Property: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Country: Saint Lucia
Region: Soufriére, located on the west coast of Saint Lucia between the iconic Piton Mountains
Property size: A combination of 86 rooms, villas, bungalows, and residences all with private plunge pools.
Best time to travel: November to April, which is outside of hurricane season and tend to be the island’s driest months. Temperatures during the winter and spring also average in the low 80s, making Saint Lucia a sought-after destination for couples enjoying a winter honeymoon.
Flight time: Minneapolis to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in Saint Lucia, roughly 8.5 hours including a short layover and connecting flight; New York to St. Lucia, roughly 4.5 hours nonstop; Los Angeles to St. Lucia, roughly 12 hours including a layover and connecting flight. Sugar Beach is an additional 45-minute drive from UVF.
Why I’m smitten: Location, location, location. When Mr. Smitten and I were buying our house, everyone we talked to emphasized that while the house itself is important, the location is perhaps even more crucial. Thankfully, at Sugar Beach guests don’t have to think twice about location or the quality of their accommodations—that is unless they’re marveling at how Sugar Beach has knocked both out of the park. The only resort in the valley between the volcanic Pitons, this luxe property’s sophisticated yet unpretentious style is amplified by the fact that its home is widely considered one of the most beautiful spots in the world.
What’s more, Sugar Beach offers guests a variety of accommodation options on its 100 acres, allowing guests to soak up the destination from the room type of their choice. Honeymooners often gravitate toward the Luxury Beachfront Bungalows for their unparalleled romance. Positioned just steps from the sea, these exclusive bungalows feature personalized butler service, a walk-in shower, free-standing soaking tub, a second outdoor shower and a private thatched sitting area perfect for relaxing with the love of your life.
Travel tip: Sugar Beach’s prime location means it’s perfectly situated for guests to easily explore Saint Lucia. Ask your honeymoon consultant about opportunities for snorkeling, hiking the Pitons or to nearby waterfalls, renting ATVs, yachting, deep-sea fishing, or any other excursions you may desire. He or she also can make recommendations if you’re not sure what additional options exist!
(Photos courtesy of Sugar Beach)