Ex­plor­ing St. Lu­cia

Tourism Tattler - - DESTINATIONS - Adam Ja­cot de Boinod.

with The best way to get a proper sense of St. Lu­cia, it seemed, was to work my way up the is­land by foot, road and boat. And spend nights at the is­lands’ supurb re­sorts along the way.

More than any­where St. Lu­cia is best vis­ited by be­ing on the move. The thing to do is to change ho­tels ev­ery few days. For all its beauty and fe­cun­dity, the is­land can be quite re­stric­tive es­pe­cially if you want to stretch a leg as the beaches are small and the hill­sides are steep. Each cove (which the French called anse) is a hide­away and ho­tels vie to of­fer the most ro­man­tic set­ting.

At­tempt­ing to tra­verse the is­land on foot, I de­scended steeply down from hills still stricken with their trees de­ra­ci­nated from a re­cent storm.

Viceroy Sugar Beach Re­sort

Start­ing from the in­ter­na­tional air­port in the south I reached the Viceroy Sugar Beach. This Amer­i­can ho­tel has surely se­cured the choice location of the is­land. It's be­tween the fa­mous twin peaks of Gros and Petit Pi­ton. These up­right, pre­cip­i­tous moun­tains reach over two thou­sand feet in height and are the con­se­quence of an his­toric earth­quake bal­anc­ing its neigh­bour­ing sea with equal depth. They gave me a sense of be­ing grounded with their ma­jes­tic pres­ence dwarf­ing all be­low. I needed to see them

panoram­i­cally. From the sea as well as the land. At dif­fer­ent an­gles they al­ter­nate be­tween one be­ing a pyra­mid and the other a multi-faceted shape.

At the Gar­dens I came across a beaten track to a 50 foot wa­ter­fall with the wa­ter free fall­ing ev­ery sec­ond for eter­nity. I learnt even more about na­ture from the 250 year old ‘Sul­phur Springs' still bub­bling away, emit­ting nox­ious fumes that gave it's name to Soufrière. This is­land's sec­ond town is fur­ther north and is small and jolly with shops be­hind her seafront and houses re­ced­ing up into the val­ley.

Capella Marigot Bay

The Capella Marigot Bay ho­tel's location couldn't be more idyl­lic as it over­looks its ma­rina. Here I got a strong sense of the nau­ti­cal char­ac­ter of St. Lu­cia as I looked around at premier yachts berthed from all over the world. The bay is known as ‘hur­ri­cane hole' from its po­si­tion on the west side of the is­land. It's sur­rounded by moun­tains and experiences min­i­mal ti­dal changes. Yachties tin­ker with their equip­ment and there's a seren­ity in this se­cluded and se­cure haven. A seren­ity re­flected in the phi­los­o­phy of the ho­tel.

As I moved up the is­land the veg­e­ta­tion changes and the sand gets whiter.

St. James's Mor­gan Bay

Next came St. James's Mor­gan Bay. The rooms have dou­ble bal­conies and it is beau­ti­fully set within the sound of lap­ping waves and has views of the sea of­fer­ing stun­ning sun­sets. It's for those pre­fer­ring or­gan­ised en­ter­tain­ment. There's a spoil­ing range of six restau­rants and

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