Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Comeback
- An unbeatable location on 100 acres of rain forest overlooking Sugar Beach, the Caribbean and St. Lucia’s twin Pitons
- The plantation-glamour of the all-white rooms, villas and bungalows — and whiling away the hours under a fan on a swinging chaise longue
- Popular with honeymooners, families, nature lovers and sybarites alike
- Direct access (albeit it up and down a steep hill) to the white-sand Sugar Beach
- The butler service and cell phones for that urgent rum punch request
What To Know
- Popular with young families for its on-site kids club
- Located at the end of a bumpy dirt road; staff takes you up and down the steep lanes in golf carts
- The regular barbecue at the Bayside Restaurant is expensive unless you have a very large appetite
- The resort is quiet on the surface, but there’s a lot to do if you look for it, so just ask
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Staying between St. Lucia’s iconic twin peaks, the UNESCO-protected Val de Pitons, feels rather like lodging in the Eiffel Tower or a behind the clock of Big Ben. You know you’re in an unbeatable spot, and Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort puts you right there. Next to an 18th-century sugar plantation in more than 100 acres of rain forest, the spacious rooms, villas and bungalows show off plantation-house glamour with whirring fans and four-poster beds, and all the tropical-luxe extras. Take your pick of the beach, a hammock, your private plunge pool (in most rooms) or the hotel’s Rainforest Spa, where the all-natural treatments use ingredients from nearby volcanic springs and cocoa plantations. And don’t miss a drink at Cane Bar, which specializes in local rums and even has a professional “rummelier” to help you choose your new favorite tipple.
In the Area
Nature abounds in St. Lucia—rent a car (or have the resort call a taxi) if you want to explore. Nature trails and hikes to Gros Piton, the largest of the twin volcanic cones, are organized regularly by the hotel. Start early to avoid the heat of the day. Sugar Beach also isn’t far from St. Lucia’s famed drive-in volcano and sulfur springs. Save half a day to explore the nearby fishing village of Soufriere, where you can shop at the market and the many roadside vendors selling local handicrafts. Venture farther afield to the capital, Castries, for a larger market and a bustling street culture.
How to Get There
A beautiful 5-star resort located between the iconic Pitons. Most villas are located in a jungle-like setting on the side of the mountain. The large sandy beach is uncrowded. There are in-the -water floating rings on which you can relax and enjoy the superb and unique scenery. The water in the bay is calm. Kayaks, catamarans and snorkeling equipment are available. Beach lounges are very comfortable and there are a good number of palapas for those who want to avoid direct sun. There is a very nice, large, uncrowded pool. We have been to many 5-star resorts but this is great resort in an unforgettably beautiful location. Expensive but worth going to at least once in a lifetime (we have stayed here three times).
My husband and I went on our honeymoon in Saint Lucia and stayed at Sugar Beach. Everything was amazing, the staff were so nice, the spa is a dream, the beach and views are beautiful and I loved our plunge pool. We got champagne on ice delivered to our plunge pool nearly every afternoon and just enjoyed, relaxed and took in the view. The food was also very good and the smoothies at breakfast were so good. Can't wait to go back!
My wife and I had high expectations for our trip to Sugar Beach as it had been recommended to us by a close relative and his pictures were exceptional. The resort is isolated from the main road and is heavily guarded. As you leave the main road you descend down a steep twisting road that ends at a spectacular beach nestled between two towering “pitons” which are actually volcanic domes. It was beautiful.
There are very few accommodations directly on this spectacular beach, rather they are secluded villas up in the mountain that decends to the beach. Our villa was about a mile away from the beach with its own plunge pool and a partial view of the ocean. It was spacious and well appointed. The road to the beach was very steep and narrow and a hazard to walk on. The resort compensates for this inconvenience with an elaborate system of private butlers, pagers, and shuttles which actually work quite well. The various dining options are located down by the beach so when you want to eat or go to the beach or return to your villa yo have to page your butler who summons a shuttle that eventually delivers you to your desired destination. It works but you are a “hostage” to the system. You are not leaving the resort or getting to the beach or bar or dinner on foot.
This is a pricey resort and I expected high prices and high quality food. The food was 3 star food with 5 star prices, the drinks were weak and the cheapest bottle of wine on the wine list was $75 ($10 retail at home). Throughout it all the staff, the butlers, the bar tenders were polite and accommodating.
We are beach people and we thought we went to a beach resort. If you want to roll out of bed and walk to the water or walk to breakfast (or walk anywhere) this may not be the place for you.
Incredible view, white sands, jungle and flowers surrounding the resort
Privacy for those surching privacy,
Cuisine of high standard and excellent wines available.
For those who love some action, musik, bbq and excursions on land and ses
Great beach, and amazing service by Ivan at the beach bar. food and drinks arrived promptly after order and we were taken care greatly. Thank you Ivan and Viceroy resort, truly amazing experience. Saint Lucia at its best