The Caribbean is basically a relaxation dream. Miles and miles of white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and a blue, cloudless sky.
The very image is enough to make you go ‘ahhhhh’.
St Lucia is one of those dream island destinations, and for me, it would arguably be the best. I think its just more scenic, more diverse, and total paradise. Of course, everyone’s opinion is different, but for sheer relaxation, you can’t beat it. It’s probably for this reason that many people choose St Lucia as a honeymoon destination.
Becuase we’re talking Caribbean bliss, there are plentiful spas, and indeed spa hotels, around the island. Kicking back and relaxing with a reinvigorating massage is enough to cast every care away, or even just a little beauty pampering in the form of a mani-pedi.
Infinity pools (I’m more than a little obsessed with these), comfortable sun-loungers, cocktails served in hollowed out coconuts. Does this sound relaxing to you? Some of the hotels and resorts in St Lucia are pampering to the extreme. A room with a view is probably as standard for most hotels, and sitting on the balcony with so much natural beauty before you is something money can’t buy. Well obviously it can, because you’ve paid for the hotel, but you get what I mean, right?
There is no reason why you would ever come away from St Lucia stressed out, other than events out of your control in your personal life, of course. For a general visit to St Lucia, you’re looking at the most chilled-out, natural, and beautiful destination you’re likely to find anywhere in the world.
The Tet Paul Nature Trail, the famous Pitons, Pigeon Island National Park …these are all areas of stunning natural beauty, with walks on them where you can meander to your heart’s content, none of which are particularly strenuous either. There is nothing more relaxing than fresh air and the sound of the birds chirping overhead, and the ocean in the distance.
Anse Mamin is a great place to head if you’re into biking, with easy routes for a little gentle exercise through the trees overhead.
There is something serene and laid-back about the underwater world. Maybe it’s because you can’t hear anything, and the colours are mood-lifting in the extreme. You’ll find lots of spots for snorkelling and diving around the island, but Anse Chastanet Beach and Reef is a popular and recommended spot, with a large scuba centre for those who know the ropes, and courses for those who don’t.
Jalousie Beach (in the video above) would be my go-to, sitting right at the foot of the iconic Pitons. If you’ve no clue what I’m talking about with this Pitons business, these are probably what you will see on any postcard picture of St Lucia. These are two volcanic peaks, and they’re also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towering and really magestic, and a bit of beach time here, staring in awe is pretty awesome.
Aside from that a kick back and relax on a Caribbean beach really is the best kind of tonic out there.
This is probably one of the most relaxing areas on the island, and the gardens are wonderful for a chilled out stroll. There’s something rhythmically serene about the tree-topped clearing where the huge waterfall cascades in to the lagoon below, and it’s been commented that once you arrive, you’ll simply never want to leave!