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Saint Lucia

The perfect blend of beauty and majesty, Saint Lucia enchants anyone lucky enough to venture onto her sun-kissed shores. Her welcoming waves, beautiful beaches and hospitable locals are what make people eager to visit, and reluctant to leave. The island embodies an adventurous spirit that excites and inspires.

Culturally, Saint Lucia is an intoxicating melange of English, French and African influences, tangible in everything from the exotic markets in the capital, Castries, to the lilting rhythms of Kweyol, the French creole spoken by the locals. Reminders of Saint Lucia’s colonial past can be found in the fortifications at Pigeon Island, while the ‘drive-in’ volcano at Soufrière in the south offers up clues to a more ancient history, when Saint Lucia’s otherworldly landscape, dominated by the towering Piton mountains, was hewn from molten rock. The volcanic nature of the island also means that some of the beaches on Saint Lucia are darker in colour than the classic Caribbean picture postcard, so make sure you let us know if you want to stay somewhere with guaranteed white sand.

Eating and drinking here is a real treat, whether you’re sampling haute cuisine at the hotel restaurants, tucking into tasty street food or enjoying a rum and coke at a local bar. Saint Lucians love to party too – for a slightly sanitised experience, try the Jazz & Arts Festival in May, or for the real deal, head down to Gros Islet on a Friday night and dance with the locals and the yachties to the thundering sound systems set up on the street corner. A word of warning, go easy on the rum punches - they’re strong!


Getting There

Flying time from the Dublin via Gatwick is approximately 14 hrs 30 mins and all flights are non-stop.

British Airways Twice-weekly departures via Gatwick.

Virgin Atlantic Twice-weekly departures via Gatwick.

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on flights from Dublin to Gatwick and then with British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights. Helicopter transfers can be arranged on request - please contact us for details.


English, but a French Creole is widely spoken.

Time Difference

4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.


Eastern Caribbean dollar. American Express, Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in the hotels.

Useful Information

A full Irish passport is required and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for Irish citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the Ireland who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.

It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and returned on departure.

See the island

Whale and dolphin watching

Saint Lucia is a great place for whale and dolphin watching, with tours operating year round. The island’s mountainous landscape provides a stunning backdrop as you look out for the large pods of spinning and spotted dolphins as well as the more elusive pilot, sperm and orca whales. Half day boat trips leave early in the morning and carry state-of-the-art equipment to maximise your chances of spotting these majestic creatures. 


Snorkelling the south west

Grab your flippers and head for the coral reefs in the south west of the island. We recommend Anse Cochon, next to Ti Kaye Resort & Spa, a quiet little bay flanked on either side by reefs teeming with colourful fish. Similarly impressive and with a truly spectacular setting is Jalousie beach in Soufrière, which sits smack bang in the middle of the Pitons and also happens to be home to the ultra luxurious Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort.


Scenic helicopter tour

Take a helicopter transfer to your hotel for an unforgettable arrival experience, or enjoy a 30 minute scenic tour of the island. You’ll take in all the sights, from the majestic Pitons and the dense vegetation of the rainforest, to the picturesque bays and beaches along the Caribbean coastline and the sleepy fishing villages of the more rugged Atlantic coast.


Banana Ketchup

It sounds like it can’t possibly work, but give this quirky condiment a chance and it might just surprise you. The combination of bananas, a Saint Lucian staple, with garlic and spices creates a sweet, subtle and very yellow sauce, a great accompaniment to barbecued chicken. Even if you’re not a fan of the taste, it’s a great souvenir to take back home for friends and family.


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Anse Chastanet boasts a beautiful beachfront setting with wonderful views and arguably the most romantic rooms in the Caribbean

At this environmentally sensitive resort you’ll find that the sights and sounds of the natural world become an integral part of your holiday experience - birdwatchers in particular flock to Anse Chastanet to enjoy the abundant tropical bird life

With protected, pristine reefs just off shore, at Anse Chastanet you’ll have some of the island’s best diving and snorkelling right on your doorstep

Directly behind Anse Chastanet’s second beach lie the 18th Century ruins of an old French colonial plantation - a veritable tropical garden of Eden, the plantation is best visited with one of the estate guides who will give you a fascinating insight into the plantation’s historic past

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