I'd heard this was a beautiful place with luxury service in a fabulous setting, so my expectations were, quite simply, sky high.
We arrived early Sunday afternoon, skipped the usual reception stop (at the Sugar Beach, check-in is in your room!) to be greeted by our butler, who took us up a short flight of steps to our little villa, a large room with a massive bathroom, a walk-in closet (we know how much I love this), a little bar area, and, amazing perk, a little garden with our own pool... The furniture is all white, like the walls, doors, and shutters, and within a couple of hours I felt myself relax in this blissful environment. In all honesty, they had me at 'no check-in' (after a long-haul flight to the Caribbean in the Summer, with a toddler in tow, you'll be grateful for any shortening of the formalities and barriers between you and the beach).
The beach was amazing, in fact we spent most of our time in Saint Lucia there, with a lovely warm water and hardly any swell, meaning Little Monsieur swam very happily for hours on end. He did however insist in a little splash in our small pool at the villa at the end of each day, and his squeals of delight were all we needed to know he was happy.
When we did venture out of the resort, we visited the Soufriere region, as well as Castries, the capital, but all in we were very happy to enjoy our time at the Sugar Beach.
What didn't I like? Very few things really... You need to take a little shuttle up to your room for most villas, especially if you have a little toddler to haul around, and the shuttle service was, hmmm, somewhat unreliable. And I thought the old name, Jalousie, was far more original and suited to the place than the more generic Sugar Beach. Aside from this, we loved everything. We'll be back!
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Val des Pitons
Soufriere, Saint Lucia
+1 758 456 8000