Savour the Sea in Saint Lu­cia

Nau­ti­cal Tours with a Twist

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - ISLANDTOURS -

This sea­son has seen a tour trend which com­bines the nau­ti­cal with the culi­nary, and sev­eral lo­cal char­ter com­pa­nies have come up with in­no­va­tive new ways to en­joy the beau­ti­ful coast of the is­land along with its boun­ti­ful flavours.

Dine on­board a Pri­vate Yacht

Food does taste bet­ter when en­joyed on deck aboard a lux­ury yacht in the open air on the Caribbean Sea. Soufrière’s Mys­tic Man Tours have put to­gether unique on­board din­ing menus pre­pared from fresh, lo­cal sea­sonal pro­duce by your very own pri­vate chef.

Imag­ine lunch or din­ner, moored out un­der the Saint Lu­cian skies next to a se­cluded beach, or slowly sail­ing along the coast of the is­land. Choose your favourite meal or be ad­ven­tur­ous and try the Chef’s rec­om­men­da­tions, like the lo­cal lambi or conch frit­ters, spicy co­conut chicken curry or the day’s fresh­est catch with a green tomato and mango salsa.

Be­fore and after your on-deck din­ing, stretch out in the sun, splash about in the gen­tle green waves or swim to a se­cluded beach to take a walk un­der the palm tree fringes. Mys­tic Man Tours will guide you in choos­ing a spe­cial way to savour the sea on your own pri­vate yacht.

Rum-tast­ing on an old Caribbean Beauty

At Jus’ Sail there’s only one thing they love as much as laid-back Caribbean sail­ing and that’s sup­ping pre­mium rum while en­joy­ing a stun­ning Saint Lu­cian sun­set on the deck of the Good Ex­pec­ta­tion! One evening, as the lov­ingly-re­stored Car­ri­a­cou sloop lay at an­chor in a favourite se­cluded cove, own­ers James and Pepsi de­cided to give their guests the chance to do the same! So they got with the lo­cal award-win­ning rum pro­duc­ers, who jumped right on­board with their novel idea…

St. Lu­cia Dis­tillers are ded­i­cated to the fine ar t of blend­ing some of the world’s most iconic, multi-award win­ning, pre­mium & su­per pre­mium rums. Says Jus’ Sail: “We think there’s no bet­ter way to sam­ple them all than jumping aboard our beau­ti­ful wooden sloop for a cou­ple of hours at the end of a trop­i­cal day.”

Jus’ Sail’s rum-tast­ing tour is an au­then­tic way to im­merse your­self in the world of top end rums, soaking up the am­bi­ence aboard a tra­di­tional old ves­sel, re­turn­ing to shore with a warm glow in your tummy and a lit­tle wiser about the cen­turies old cul­ture of rum run­ning un­der sail be­tween the is­lands.

Speed­boat to a Hide­away

For­get walk­ing to din­ner or tak­ing a taxi - try a James Bond-in­spired ride to din­ner at one of Saint Lu­cia’s most ro­man­tic restau­rants. ECO Dive Char­ters Ltd pro­vides a lux­ury speed boat ser­vice along the St. Lu­cian Caribbean coast­line dur­ing the day, but in the evening the sleek ves­sels bear vis­i­tors from Soufrière to the hid­den jewel of Marigot Bay, Rain­for­est Hide­away. As the sun sets off the west coast, skim over the waves into the shel­tered har­bour made fa­mous by the orig­i­nal Doc­tor Doolit­tle, to the pri­vate jetty along­side the restau­rant.

If ro­mance is on your mind, the trop­i­cal wa­ter­side am­biance of Rain­for­est Hide­away will win you over with­out a doubt. Pre-din­ner drinks can be taken on the deck by the il­lu­mi­nated la­goon, watch­ing the fish swimming in the shal­low wa­ter’s edge, then move to the open-air restau­rant as the stars ap­pear in the dark­ened sky above - mag­i­cal! The food is a fine din­ing Caribbean Euro­pean fu­sion, mak­ing the most of lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, sea­sonal pro­duce, and herbs, spices and vegetables grown in the restau­rant’s own gar­den. The menu changes reg­u­larly, and the choices are as daz­zling as the ro­man­tic lo­ca­tion.

Af­ter­wards, en­joy one last look at the stars, and board the lux­ury speed­boat back to your Soufrière re­sort, no doubt to walk on the beach and re­live the ex­quis­ite flavours of Saint Lu­cia.

Savour the Sea with:

Mys­tic Man Tours: 1 758 459 7783 / www.mys­tic­man­ / info@mys­tic­man­ Jus’ Sail: 1 758 287 1071 / www.jus­ / sail@jus­ Eco Dive Char­ters Ltd: 1 758 713 6047 / eco­di­vestlu­ Rain­for­est Hide­away: 1 758 451 4485 / www.rain­foresthide­awaystlu­ / rain­foresthide­away@marig­ot­

Photo: Rain­for­est Hide­away

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