We absolutely love sharing a travel experts adventure on our blog, but this time we’ve got an extra special treat for you. For those of you who don’t know Richard and Sonia they are two of our illustrious directors, and a pair of brilliant minds dedicated to Holidays Please and its success.
The husband and wife duo have just got back from St Lucia, and Team Dixon have shared their experience and photos with the HP blog. Over to Richard and his shorts…
Having spent no more than a few nights away with Mrs D since our Honeymoon in 1993, the thought of 9 nights in Saint Lucia, just the two of us, was exciting and perhaps just a little bit scary!
What would we find to talk about over dinner every night?! Thankfully, the natural splendour of this beautiful Caribbean Island and the amazing Hotels we stayed in inspired plenty of conversation.
The International Airport of Saint Lucia is situated on the Southern tip of the island, so the 60 minute transfer to our first hotel near the capital Castries on the North West coast, gave us the perfect feel for the islands stunning lush and verdant landscape.
Rendezvous was the ideal hotel to start our holiday at – its boutique style meant that we felt at home right away, and as it’s a ‘Couple’s Only’ resort was a haven of peace and quiet.
Our Luxury Beachfront Room enjoyed lovely views of the long stretch of beach to the left and right. The grounds of the Hotel are beautifully tendered and we found the staff particularly friendly and helpful.
Rendezvous puts on plenty of activities for energetic guests, Mrs D especially enjoyed sunrise pilates! Personally, I was content to doze on the beach and watch the local kids having fun jumping off a rocky outlet into the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
After 3 nights of 100% relaxation, we were primed and ready for the more upbeat feel of The BodyHoliday Le Sport.
The BodyHoliday prides itself on their motto of “Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind”. The fabulous daily complimentary spa and beauty treatments, plus excellent range of fitness and relaxation classes, the wide choice of watersports, and healthy dining options nightly, all combine to give guests the chance to rejuvenate and work on their fitness whilst away.
But don’t worry the lovely beach and grounds provide plenty of quiet havens for you to laze days away, and the restaurants excellent food choices will satisfy any indulgent impulses…
The journey South down the west coast to Soufriere for our final 2 nights was quite magnificent. Up and down volcanic hillsides covered by incredibly lush rainforest the vistas are truly stunning.
Yet nothing quite prepared us for the setting of our third Hotel, Sugar Beach. Positioned between the famous Piton Mountains, Sugar Beach really does live up to its spectacular billing – Cottages and Villas are scattered amongst the hillside providing privacy and outstanding panoramas.
Our ‘Grand Luxury Villa’ was incredibly spacious, beautifully furnished, with a lovely outside decking area and plunge pool. Butlers were on hand to tend to our every need, and the resorts tuc tuc’s offered a fun and convenient way to get around.
We enjoyed a couple of memorable meals firstly down at the beachfront Bayside Resturant then the Great Room of the beautiful, colonial style main hotel building. The food at Sugar Beach is very, very good indeed.
Every member of staff we encountered was particularly attentive and polite without being stuffy. Standards at Sugar Beach are high, but it is an air of relaxed refinement that infuses the soul as you enjoy a hotel that matches every expectation.
So Mrs D and I survived our 9 nights of Saint Lucian solitude. How could I ever have doubted we would?!