Arriving on the island of Saint Lucia is like stepping onto a film set. Everywhere you turn, the sights feel both mystical and unreal. It’s tough for one island to really have it all, but this one certainly tops the list with its mix of sugar-soft white sand, gorgeous rainforests and waterfalls, volcanic mud baths, and a melting pot cuisine that’s considered one of the best in the Caribbean.
Boasting a mix of nature, adventure, and relaxation with hotels that range from waterfront cottages to resorts perched on a volcano ridge, Saint Lucia truly is a dreamy romantic getaway — which is why the country was named The Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2023 for the 14th time at the World Travel Awards. Whether you’re looking for a spa stay or want to spend your days hiking and snorkeling, here’s how to soak up the island’s romance on your next couple’s trip.
- Sleep in Nature
Waking up to the sound of waves never gets old, but why not take your waterfront stay to the next level by adding some height to the equation? Saint Lucia’s three-walled villas and suites are like luxe versions of treehouses (but with perks like private infinity pools) that frame panoramic shots of the island’s iconic Piton mountains. Jade Mountain Resort ranks among Saint Lucia’s most romantic spots, with sanctuaries that feel like you’re suspended in the sky — they’re also so private that you cross your own sky bridge to reach your room.
2. Cruise the Coast
Whether you’re interested in a romantic sunset sail or prefer spending whole days exploring Saint Lucia’s coast, you can take your pick of kayak, boat, or yacht to see the island’s top sights from the best location — on the water. Snorkel in crystal-clear bays like the secluded Anse Cochon, where you’ll spot three different wrecks; swim at a reef that has the Pitons as a distant backdrop at Anse Chastanet; or cruise over to Pigeon Island for panoramic views from the lookout point at the ruins of the 18th-century Fort Rodney.
3. Go Chasing Waterfalls
The couple that’s active together, stays together. From the original French capital of Soufrière, you can set off on hikes around the Petit Piton or go for a dip in waterfalls. For more of an adrenaline rush — as well as dreamy views — take the Saint Lucia Three Peaks Challenge, which includes hiking up the peaks of the island’s three mountains all in a single day. A few other adventure-filled ways to spend your time are ATVing or zip-lining through the lush rainforest canopy or rom-com-worthy horseback rides along the coast with a seaside picnic and prosecco toast.
4. Soak in an Outdoor Spa
Don’t let the word volcano scare you away. The Sulphur Springs near Soufrière lie in a collapsed crater that’s dubbed the “world’s only drive-in volcano.” Think of the mineral mud baths as a natural spa, where you and your other half can apply DIY mud masks or soak in the steamy springs that are believed to help detoxify and loosen up stiff muscles. For something a bit more refined, opt for a couple’s treatment at one of the many resort spas around the island that incorporate a mix of ancient traditional energy healing and Indigenous herbal remedies for an experience that’s both relaxing and reflects Saint Lucia’s wealth of natural offerings.
5. Discover Creole Cuisine and Culture
The island’s rich blend of European, American, Indian, and Caribbean flavors — plus its bounty of local produce that ranges from bananas to cacao beans — make for a diverse culinary scene, where five-star can refer to fine-fining as well as streetside stands. Sample Saint Lucia’s signature dish, green figs and salt fish (boiled unripe bananas with salt-cured boiled or flaked cod), or join locals at the Friday night Gros Islet Street Party for barbecued fish and lobster with calypso and soca beats playing. You can also take a couple’s cooking class to learn how to make some of the island’s highlights or indulge in a different way — with an immersive chocolate bean-to-bar experience crafting your own bar.