St Lucia, with it’s two majestic active volcanos, the Pitons – Gros and Petit – anchor this tropical jewel of the Eastern Caribbean.Â Historically the island changed handsÂ betweenÂ the French and English with the English ultimately prevailing.Â Napoleon’s wife,Â Empress Josephine, was born in the island of Saint Lucia and not Martinique as commonly supposed.
Sandals Grande St LucianÂ -Â This Sandals resort, located on a peninsula approximately 20 minutes north of Castries, offers the longest, nicest beach of all three resorts on the island. As a Seattle and Portland travel agent who has been specializing in the Caribbean for many years, I am aware of eachÂ resort’s unique history.Â Originally built as a Hyatt, Sandals purchasedÂ and “sandalized” itÂ into the specialÂ all-inclusive resort it is today. Unique to this resort is access to Pigeon Island National Park located at the end of the peninsula.Â Hiking to the top of Pigeon Island offers fantastic views forÂ a nominal fee.
The high-rise buildings, where most of theÂ rooms and suitesÂ are located, are typical American large-hotel-style accommodations but there areÂ a few gems.
Recently added, three newÂ specialty restaurants, Bombay ClubÂ (Indian Cuisine), Kimonos (Oriental Cuisine) and Soy (Sushi Bar) increase dining optionsÂ at Sandals Grande St Lucian to 12.
OneÂ of the latest additions – Romantic Cabana Escapes – areÂ privateÂ cabanas. Garden cabanas areÂ complimentaryÂ andÂ beach cabanas are available at a nominalÂ fee.
For a taste of all 3 St Lucia Resorts, Stay at One, Play at Three!
by Molly Sumption, Caribbean Honeymoon / Sandals Expert, Seattle & Portland / subscribe to RSS feed