There’s no better way to escape the cold this winter than with a sun-drenched escape on far away shores.
And when it comes to banishing thoughts of sleet, snow, wind and rain, there’s one particular destination that stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The captivating Caribbean island of Saint Lucia offers winter sun in abundance, paradise beaches, inspiring scenery and is sure to leave you with blissful memories that will warm your heart for the rest of the season and beyond.
Now you’ve escaped the chill, it’s time to chill out, and there is no better place to do this than in Saint Lucia.
For starters, you will find plenty of opportunities for beach fun or relaxation, with a host of stunning stretches of sand dotted all around the island.
From enjoying water sports on Reduit Beach, to unwinding amidst glorious scenery at Jalousie Beach, you’re sure to find the perfect piece of paradise to suit your needs.
Pick out a peaceful spot and let the warmth of the Caribbean sun melt away any lingering thoughts of the plunging temperatures back home.
When you’re done relaxing, you might want to turn up the heat with a spot of sightseeing.
If you have always wanted to visit or explore a volcano, Saint Lucia has you covered. The town of Soufriere, which is named after the French word for ‘sulphur’, offers visitors a drive-in volcano.
You can explore the attraction on one of the tours and view the hot, bubbling sulphur springs, followed by a dip in the medicinal mud baths.
The volcano itself is dormant, allowing visitors to drive and walk right into the heart of it.
No trip to Saint Lucia is complete without catching a glimpse of the world-famous Piton Mountains situated close to Soufriere.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the two volcanic peaks are a sight to treasure, with Gros Piton standing at 771 metres high, while Petit Piton is slightly smaller at 743 metres.
As well as spectacular scenery, Saint Lucia also boasts an abundance of activities. Indeed, you can take a Segway tour, go zip-lining through the rainforest, hit the road on a jeep safari and much more besides.
Those who prefer water-based action are also well catered for with pirate-themed boat cruises, scuba diving, kayaking and snorkelling just a few of the amazing aquatic activities available to visitors. Animal lovers can also hit the waves, with whale and dolphin watching on offer in the waters off Saint Lucia.
Down in Marigot Bay there’s a delectable place called The Rum Cave. Here you can dine on traditional Caribbean delicacies as well as sample a vast range of rum cocktails.
If you’re seeking more of a romantic setting, Rock Maison, at Cap Maison, is an excellent choice. An experience like no other, you dine on a secluded wooden platform away from the main restaurant, with champagne delivered via zip wire.
For the chocoholics, a visit to the Hotel Chocolat chocolate plantation is a must. Here you can sample some of the finest chocolate in the world and be able to experience the journey from cocoa bean to luxury bar.
With so much on the menu, a sun-drenched escape to Saint Lucia is the perfect way to turn up the heat this winter.