Saint Lucia is an island made for two.
From its sun-kissed beaches of white sand to mountains cloaked in ancient rainforest, it’s a place where love hangs in the air like the heady scent of tropical blooms.
No two couples have an identical idea of romance. As F Scott Fitzgerald said, ‘There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice.’
But whether you’re seeking quiet seclusion, sunset dinners at the water’s edge or a shared adventure – zip-lining or jungle-biking, anyone? – you’re sure to find your own version of paradise in Saint Lucia.
The island is blessed with some of the Caribbean’s finest beaches, lined with luxury resorts that make the most of their position. You can wake to a view of the sparkling sea, and later plunge into the invitingly warm waters with a snorkel and mask.
Saint Lucia is a place to indulge all the senses, including taste. If you want to learn how to make delicious Caribbean dishes for each other, the Little Lucian Cookery School will reveal all the secrets of the Creole kitchen. There’s no need to count calories: a hearty walk along the Tet Paul Nature Trail will burn them off, and reward you with amazing views over the twin Piton mountains and Saint Lucia’s neighbouring isles.
Indeed, the opportunities to get active – and to get closer to each other while doing it – are endless. Most resorts offer a range of sports on both land and sea. Take a double kayak out and you’ll soon be paddling to the same beat. Or, if you’ve more of a competitive streak, how about teaming up with another couple on the tennis court for a game of doubles?
Afterwards, you can head to your resort spa for a spot of serious pampering. Lying side by side in a beachside cabana for your treatments will ease you both into a state of blissful relaxation.
The golden crescent of Reduit Beach is home to Bay Gardens Beach Resort, just yards away from the lively cafés, shops and nightclubs of Rodney Bay Village.
But if you’re seeking a totally secluded lovers’ retreat, East Winds will fit the bill: its cottage suites, scattered among thick palm fronds, make for an idyllic escape from the workaday world. Each resort has its own particular attractions. At Coco Palm resort, you can book into a swim-up room and launch off from your private patio into the pool.
The service is immaculate at The Landings resort: at dinner time, you can even be escorted to your table for two by your own butler.
Many consider chocolate an aphrodisiac, and the unique ‘tree-to-bar’ experience at Boucan by Hotel Chocolatoffers the chance to pick cocoa pods in the resort’s own plantation and make your very own sweet confection.
Windjammer Landing is among the many resorts to offer unlimited watersports – how about learning to sail a catamaran together? But wherever you choose to stay, you’ll find a romantic escape that’s as distinctive as your own love story.