More than just a honeymooner’s paradise, St Lucia offers striking scenery, first-rate botanical gardens, whale-spotting and the world’s only drive-in volcano.
Visit Soufriere Volcano in St Lucia, considered the world’s only ‘drive-in volcano’ – a road goes straight through the crater, which emits steam and sulphur
You can’t fail to miss the Pitons, St Lucia’s two volcanic spires. Although Petit Piton is best left to professional climbers, Gros Piton is more straightforward to ascend. Or take a sunshine-filled history lesson at Pigeon Island (no need to go by boat, there’s now a sandy causeway). First used in the 1550s by pirates, the ‘island’ was fortified by the British two centuries later.
Check in: Sugar Beach, a Viceroy resort is often billed as one of the best hotels worldwide. Particularly impressive is the butler service in each room, the Rainforest Spa set in the treetops, and the resident ‘rummelier’. An all-inclusive option is available.
Kids in tow
St Lucia’s tropical rainforest is a gift for children. Jump on an open-air aerial tram and swing out over the treetops – you might even see St Lucia’s endangered amazon parrot. Capture little imaginations by visiting Soufriere Volcano, considered the world’s only ‘drive-in volcano’ (don’t worry, it’s now dormant). A road goes straight through the crater, which emits steam and sulphur – be prepared for the smell. Out at sea, take a whale and dolphin-spotting tour – there are over 30 species.
Check in: The all-inclusive Coconut Bay Resort & Spa. Mum and Dad will love the restaurants, bars and oceanfront spa, while little ones will spend their entire time in the five pools, at the onsite waterpark Cocoland or the paintball zone.