St Lucia in the Caribbean is not just the home of the honeymoon and wedding parties; no, this mountainous island offers so much more than that. The iconic Pitons reach from the blue warm, lapping waves, stretching up to the skies like pyramids. This is an island which delights your senses with its sights and sounds as the calypso beat your hands tap and reggae blares from car stereos.
The island offers a rich variety of things to see and do. Pigeon Island National Park provides interesting walks and has a small sandy beach, along with a rich history. There is great scuba diving to be found and sailing, along with whale and dolphin watching, which I greatly enjoyed
We set sail on a gentle sea with the sun beating down and the odd spray of refreshing seawater on our faces. Suddenly the crew began to point and let out a chorus of “The dolphins, they are over there!” and a smile leapt across my face at the sight of these beautiful mammals. In addition to a wide choice of activities on offer for the many visitors, there are also spas to pamper and spoil us hard working females on this sun-kissed island and, if you want to slow things down and relax by the beach, you can do that too. It’s your St Lucia, you Caribbean adventure.
And of course, if you’re looking for a Place to stay while you enjoy St Lucia, then Windjammer Landing luxury resort and beach is an ideal choice. One of St Lucia's leading resort hotels, the hotel, has won a number of accolades.
The resort lies on Labrelotte Bay in the north-west of the island’s capital, Castries, and just south of Rodney Bay. Don't miss the Friday night jump-up at Gros Islet, just past Rodney Bay. This is a large street party where tourists and locals dance and buy food and drink, with calypso and reggae music begging you to dance, which I did while enjoying the local fare.
Windjammer landing resort is a large site with 65 acres and there are more than 160 villas and suites. The hotel is laid out like a Mediterranean village, with red-tiled roofs and whitewashed villas and apartments, climbing up a lush hillside around a crescent shaped bay of beautiful white sand. The hotel staff are helpful and charming throughout, they make you feel like a member of their family and welcome you as such.
I stayed in a Hibiscus Suite, a well-appointed suite which was always immaculate and had bright Caribbean abstract paintings decorating the walls. It consisted of two double rooms separated by a kitchen and sitting room, of good size. There was a wet room, as well as a Jacuzzi out on the balcony. The balcony was large and so inviting that I often found it hard to leave it to visit the beach and instead relaxed there, taking in the beach view while the Caribbean sun kissed my brow.
The resort has a list of daily activities from excursions to keep fit classes, with more than enough distractions to fully enjoy the Windjammer experience and, if you fancy motorised water sports, the hotel offers this service free. Nowhere on St Lucia is very far away, and a sea cruise to the piton (the twin green mountains in the south which form a Unesco World Heritage site) should not be missed. For those who want a little TLC, then the hotel Serenity Spa provides that little bit of extra pampering under the gaze of the Caribbean sun.
The hotel has five restaurants, each with a different theme, and the cuisine includes Asian and Caribbean seafood. There are also bars offering from light snacks and fresh tasty smoothies to full menus. There really was a menu to suit most taste.
As the sun blazed down on me and I watched the palm trees dancing in the breeze, the only sound to be heard for miles and a welcoming sound, far removed from the noise of city living, I could see why Windjammer Landing has won so many awards. The resort allows you to relax with little fuss or intrusion from staff and you’re not just welcomed as another customer but treated as part of the Windjammer family and that is priceless. As I drank my smoothie under the palm tree on the beach with the gentle waves lapping the rocks, I knew Windjammer Landing would always have that special kind of magic for me.
Dawn-Maria is Editor in Chief of the Yorkshire Women’s Life Magazine www.yorkshirewomenslife.co.uk
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