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
We stayed three nights at Suger Beach and I have to say that this resort is beautiful. Well manicured, clean and well appointed rooms, excellent service and an idyllic beach. The only downside is that this resort is fairly costly and isolated so you have to secure all of your meals onsite, unless you rented a car or cab to take you elsewhere. Prices are pretty steep for meals and a personal pet leave of mine is that they charge you for soft drink refills and even their house water. With the prices for meals, this should not be an additional charge. Additionally, you pay a standard service charge of 10% and a value added tax of 10% more so when you tip beyond that, you are spending 25-30% towards your total bill. We were quite impressed with the level of service, especially at Bayside which in my opinion was beyond the service experience at the Great Room.
The staff at this property really make the experience. The property is huge and you require shuttle service to most of the restaurants and beach area unless you happen to have a beachfront cottage. The rooms are very pretty with plunge pools yet not as luxurious as I would have expected for the price. Occasionally we did not have towels available for a second shower in the evening. The restaurants are excellent but very expensive. There is essentially no other option for dining even if you have your own car which we did. I would likely stay for for five days instead of a week at our next visit.
We were blown away with the service and attention to detail at Sugar Beach. My husband and I traveled to St Lucia to get married and spend our honeymoon on the island. After searching reviews and images online for the perfect place to have a beach wedding we decided on Sugar Beach Resort. They coordinated all the details for our wedding including photography, music, and dinner. We only stayed one night at the resort (the night of the wedding ceremony) but were able to visit the resort and hang out on the beach a couple days prior in order to go over wedding details. WE NEVER HEARD THE WORD "NO"! This place is all about what they CAN do for their guests not what they can't. I can not say enough about how impressed we were with the customer service. The resort itself is amazingly beautiful. The Piton provided the perfect back drop for our ceremony. The beach was clean and well kept, lost of lounge chairs and shade available. We went back several times during our two week stay on the island to eat at the restaurants on site because the food was excellent. You can pay a day pass to fee if you are not a guest of the hotel and you want to enjoy the beach and snorkeling they have there. The snorkeling there is also excellent. We highly recommend Sugar Beach!!!
A quite wonderful fortnight of health, Vitality & pampering. Breathtaking views and highly attentive staff helped for one almighty ‘reset’ before the festive madness begins back home! Will be back soon without a doubt
Amazing beach, location, and service! Very hospitable staff. Family friendly and an excellent selection at breakfast. Would highly recommend staying at Sugar Beach. A lot of water activities available for all ages.