Living the high life in St Lucia

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I have just returned from a visit to St Lucia , it's been over 10 years since I first visited the island the year after joining ITC in 2000 and I was pleasantly surprised by the changes that have occurred since then. British Airways now fly daily from Gatwick to St Lucia and included onboard is the ever increasing allusive First Class cabin, which I got to see only when disembarking the aircraft; however the business class service was a treat!

It was a bit of a whirlwind trip, not quite a new hotel every night but almost! Cap Maison was first on the list and a great reason to visit the north of the island - we took the helicopter transfer from Hewanorra International up to George F.L Charles airport up in Castries the island's capital. The additional cost for the helicopter was for me absolutely worth it, as it dramatically reduced the transfer time by road by over an hour.

Another treat for us was the day we spent at the Body Holiday where you are in total control of how active or not you will be. Given the short time, we enjoyed a great and healthy lunch, a treat in the spa and still had the afternoon to enjoy some water sports and a fitness class. I can highly recommend the Body Dance followed by the Lucian and Lime Ginger Scrub to get your own personal 'Body Holiday' off to a good start.

Jade Mountain was my next highlight where it felt like I was dining at the top of the world, the view of the Piton Mountains is truly amazing and the staff and food faultless. The accommodation is definitely something to write home about with each Sanctuary having its own pool and the open air front exposed to the elements; the breeze and the altitude ensures the heat and the mosquitoes are kept under control! The only negative I could find with Jade Mountain is the availability; they are doing extremely well even in low season which is due to the unique experience only Jade Mountain can offer; very romantic indeed.

For me, being a mum of two small children who enjoys the best accommodation on offer, then it has to be Jalousie Plantation (soon to be re-named Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort) where I stayed in Grand Luxury villa number 503; the most requested room on the property and it's safe to say I didn't want to leave. The atmosphere was relaxed, every meal excellent, the service spot on and the views, accommodation and weather perfect; not bad for the so called 'rainy season' we only encountered the odd shower not lasting more than 5 minutes all week.

I am already planning my next visit with the family, 3 nights Cap Maison followed by a week at Jalousie Plantation with helicopter on arrival and a zip wire excursion, just to see my husband's face! This is also my recommendation to you; a visit to St Lucia - what are you waiting for?

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