Surrounded by more than 100 acres of tropical rainforest with breathtaking views of the Caribbean, Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia offers a choose-your-own adventure of sorts for travelers, whether you want to soak up the sun on the beach or explore the surrounding area. But no matter how you decide to spend your vacation, natural beauty is guaranteed. Here’s our honest review of a recent stay to this luxe destination.
Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia Is the Sweet Caribbean Escape You Need
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Name of accommodation: Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
Location: Soufriere, St. Lucia
Price: from $569 per room, per night
Accommodation options: bungalows, cottages, suites, residences
Who should you bring?
This beachfront resort has the rare distinction of being both family- and couples-friendly. A multi-family reunion might take advantage of the four-bedroom residence with its beach views, infinity-edge pool and private patio and walled garden, whereas honeymooners may want to enjoy a luxury suite complete with a claw-foot bathtub and four-poster bed. Likewise, the activities on offer at Sugar Beach offer something for every type of traveler, where guests can unwind at the pool or on one of the two white sand beaches, or opt for something more action-packed like scuba diving or hiking.
What’s the food like?
There are multiple dining options available for guests at Sugar Beach, including the Asian-fusion Cane Bar, a fine dining restaurant called Saltwood, a casual beachfront restaurant called Bronte and a beachfront grill as well (the lobster menu here was fun and delicious). We particularly enjoyed Saltwood, with its steak tasting (including an excellent Wagyu) and crab cakes.
What amenities are available?
In addition to the expansive pool, two white sand beaches and waterfront dining options, there is also the Rainforest Spa, which was a definite highlight (the massage in the treehouse treatment room was a solid 8/10). There is also a large fitness center, a full PADI dive facility and multiple activities available, such as tennis, sailing, kayaking and snorkeling. Families will appreciate the kids’ clubs on offer, where those ages 4 and up can engage in a range of activities including treasure hunts, arts and crafts, archery, and coconut bowling, as well as fish feeding and sandcastle building at the beach.
How was the service?
Each room has its own ‘butler’ to take care of all your needs, but all staff were friendly and accommodating during our stay. If you’re shy about asking for what you need, you should know that getting around the property means contacting a shuttle driver since many of the rooms are not within walking distance to the main area where the beaches, restaurants and pool are.
What was your favorite part?
The snorkeling in the protected area right off the hotel's beach was especially cool—we didn’t have to go far to see unique sea life, including an octopus and a seahorse! The beach was very serene with private chairs and umbrellas set up before we even arrived.
Know before you go:
Every room has its own pool set-up, ranging from plunge pools to infinity pools, depending on the type of room.