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San­dals Re­gency La Toc

ST LU­CIA

Glam­orous and all-in­clu­sive aren’t two ad­jec­tives that usu­ally go hand in hand but San­dals has made an art of com­bin­ing them through­out the Caribbean. Its flag­ship St Lu­cia re­sort is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of its ser­vice-led ethos. Set over 85ha, it’s an un­de­ni­ably el­e­gant spread of pools with swim-up bars, trop­i­cal gar­dens and rolling fair­ways, flanked on one side by an arched golden beach and a lush hilly back­drop that is typ­i­cal of the eastern Caribbean on the other.

When San­dals says all-in­clu­sive, it means all-in­clu­sive. So should you not want to laze by one of its three pools (there are lively and quiet op­tions de­pend­ing on your mood), you can join a yoga class, tee off on one of the nine golf holes or take to the jade green seas to wind­surf, pad­dle board or scuba dive.

Mini­bars are re­stocked daily with qual­ity spir­its and mix­ers, Ap­ple­ton rum cock­tails pour freely from the eight bars and the nine eat­ing op­tions range from top-grade sushi and Ital­ian fine din­ing to Ki­monos, a the­atri­cal tep­pa­nyaki restau­rant. And if that’s not choice enough, there are two other San­dals re­sorts on the is­land, with guests en­cour­aged to ‘stay at one, play at three’, open­ing up the op­tions to 27 restau­rants. San­dals is aimed at cou­ples, and there’s a ro­man­tic flour­ish to all rooms, which range from hand­some pool-side dou­bles to du­plex sunset-view suites with out­door tubs. The lat­ter come with but­ler ser­vice, as­sist­ing you with ev­ery­thing from check-in to book­ing meals and re­serv­ing beach­side ca­banas com­plete with beer-packed cool boxes. EM. From £2,599 per

week. 0800 022 3030, san­dals.co.uk

Clock­wise from top: spend your days soak­ing up the Caribbean sun­shine; Ashdown Park’s sweep­ing grounds; one of the large suites; clas­sic in­te­ri­ors; en­joy a sunset din­ner at San­dals

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