With the nation being vaccinated against Covid-19 as fast the treatment can be manufactured, thoughts are turning towards travel plans, with St Lucia being amongst the first to create a coronavirus-safe travel experience.
The most mountainous of the Caribbean islands, St Lucia boasts year-round average temperatures of at least 29C, and glorious white, sandy beaches. Whether your ideal break includes ziplining in the rainforest, soaking in a volcanic mud bath or just lazing in the sun to the sound of gentle waves, Saint Lucia probably has something suitable.
To keep travellers safe, and in response to the UK government’s requirement for a negative Covid-19 test for returning airline passengers, Saint Lucia has announced visitors can obtain a suitable test at selected hotels or local testing facilities, with test results returned within the 72-hour time frame.
While the PCR and antigen tests available meet the standards required by the UK government, regulations and guidelines change frequently so CALIBRE recommends checking the details before you go.
However, should you be happy with the steps being taken to protect us all, Saint Lucia has some attractive packages on offer to tempt visitors back to the island. With savings of up to 50%, extended stays and all-inclusive deals, it’s certainly a destination to be considered, so here’s our selection of the best deals around right now…
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort Working Holiday
Responding to a trend of extended bookings, Windjammer Landing has launched a ‘Work from Windjammer’ package. The villas lend themselves to the sorts of stays where family members can work from home using spare rooms as offices and still spend quality time together.
Where: Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
What: The package includes spacious villas with office-ready rooms equipped with fast and secure wifi, desk & chair; onsite IT support; daily housekeeping; five restaurants and four bars; water activities such as snorkelling; kids’ club and use of the fitness centre. Private airport transfers are also included. Rooms start at £213 per room per night.
Cap Maison Upgrade
Book a stay at Saint Lucia’s best-loved luxury boutique hotel and receive an upgrade to half board. The hotel features two of the best restaurants on the island, the Cliff at Cap and the Naked Fisherman (along with one of the best stocked walk-in wine cellars) making it a destination for food lovers.
Where: Cap Maison
What: Book a minimum of three nights and receive a free upgrade to half board in all categories. Rates in a garden view room from £345 per night inclusive of a free upgrade to half board. Valid for stays up to 31 December 2021.
Sandals Resorts Discounts
There are three Sandals resorts on the island: Sandals Regency La Toc is a magnificent 220-acre estate set on a half-mile, crescent-shaped beach by a challenging executive-style golf course. Halcyon Beach embraces the quintessential Caribbean amid a tropical utopia, with a charming and intimate sanctuary that’s the essence of its name. Grande St Lucian is located on its very own peninsula. Cradled to the west by Rodney Bay – boasting the calmest waters in all of Saint Lucia – and to the east by the majestic Atlantic Ocean, this resort showcases panoramic views of volcanic mountains rising from an impossibly clear blue sea.
Where: Sandals Resorts
What: Book a seven-night, all-inclusive break in the Honeymoon Luxury Room, Crystal Lagoon Poolside Luxury Room or Caribbean Deluxe Room respectively on selected dates and receive a 40% reduction on standard rates, plus a £150 booking bonus discount. Prices start from £1,935 per person, including return British Airways flights and airport transfers.
The Landings Resort and Spa Discount
Book a stay at The Landings Resort and Spa with luxury villas overlooking the resort’s luxury yacht marina or the Caribbean’s shimmering turquoise water before the end of March and get up to 50% off. Tucked on the shores of Rodney Bay, alongside one of St. Lucia’s most celebrated beaches, the resort exudes a sense of luxury and timeless elegance.
Where: The Landings Resort and Spa
What: Book a minimum 3-night stay and receive a discount of up to 50%. Rates start from £235 per night and include taxes, daily breakfast, non-motorised water sports, kids club and Wi-Fi.
Stay at the brand-new boutique SoCo House hotel and enjoy its unique charms, as well as the exclusivity of being an adult-only all-inclusive experience. The hotel’s South Beach style decor merges seamlessly with the rustic French Creole architecture, and is set on a peninsula a stone’s throw away from the Islands’ leading beaches, restaurants and bars.
Where: SoCo House
What: The SoCo House is on sale now for holidays from 1 May 2021 with a seven-night, all-inclusive stay starting from £999 per person when booked via Tropical Sky. This is based on two adults sharing a Deluxe room and includes return economy flights with British Airways from London.