Sugar Beach: The Caribbean’s Sweetest Secret

With just a quick three hours up and down on JetBlue, you can be transported to the most romantic escape fathomable: an island sanctuary that, although located in the nearby Caribbean, feels as though it is halfway across the world, given its rustic ambiance and unparalleled serenity. Throughout the snaking 45-minute drive from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport to the grounds of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, you will be treated to glimpses of the famous Gros Piton and Petit Piton mountains as they peak just above the lush St. Lucian countryside—but it is not until the mountains reveal themselves in their entirety and you feel as though you can reach out and grasp them, that you know you have truly arrived. As you approach the reception area, you will be greeted by smiling faces holding personalized refreshments, and a shuttle will be waiting to take you to your plantation-style villa or room to begin an unforgettable retreat at Sugar Beach.

Piton Bay at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia. (Photos courtesy of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort)

The resort’s villas and rooms are uniquely located right in the heart of the land’s volcanic mountainous terrain—nestled directly on a steep hillside and situated at the base of both Gros Piton and Petit Piton. Whether in a Sugarmill room, cottage, or villa, all options provide a plunge pool, a four-poster bed, air-conditioning, spacious walk-in showers, and a claw-foot tub, and all offer unsurpassed views of the Piton Bay. Surrounded by only the sounds of birds chirping and the running water of the plunge pool, it is truly a feeling of delightful seclusion. You are, however, not at all isolated as each cluster of villas has on-call butlers nearby.

A Beach Bungalow at Sugar Beach.

Attentive and impeccably groomed, these butlers seem to always be anxiously awaiting your beckoning call and will quickly become more akin to a friend to you than a butler. And, if you are wondering how you get around on such steep terrain, cell phones are provided to each group upon check-in so that you can easily call your butler, who will, within minutes, have a shuttle waiting to take you to your next activity. Those who love relaxation and tranquility can find themselves a comfortable spot on the property’s beach or pool, where the sun is seemingly always shining and where there are countless local drinks to choose from. For the more energetic types, there are many activities available right on the property, including fitness classes, tennis, beach volleyball, ping pong, badminton, snorkeling on the main beach, water sports, and more. The resort also offers guided tours and adventures for an additional cost, like the popular Sunset Cruise, a two-hour boat ride featuring music, tropical cocktails, and passed hors d’oeuvres, all while taking in beautiful views. You are also likely to spot groups of dolphins leaping out of the sun-kissed water.

The resort’s pool area.

After a long day of activities, you can enjoy a meal and drinks at one of the resort’s six highly rated restaurants led by Chef Jacques Chretien, who has worked for several top Michelin-starred restaurants over the course of 30 years. All Sugar Beach options are wonderful, and the standout is the Great Room—a proven favorite among selective diners due to its elegant French dishes with unique St. Lucian flavors like the roasted New Zealand lamb loin, a dish so tender that a knife is truly optional. You can also wind down at the lavish Rainforest Spa at the base of Petit Piton. A dimly lighted path across from the hotel’s reception area will lead you to a collection of six treehouse cabanas suspended over running water, where you will experience natural spa treatments while immersed in what resembles an ancient, rustic village—a true feeling of tranquility and relaxation.

Entrance to the Rainforest Spa.

Sugar Beach offers wedding and honeymoon packages, and for those seeking a more permanent stay, the property also recently introduced its Beachfront Collection Residences. Michaelis Boyd Associates brilliantly designed the homes to blend with the bucolic surroundings, with contrasting sleek interiors and amenities, like floor-to-ceiling windows, open kitchens, contemporary infinity pools, terraces, rain showers, flat-screen TVs, and more. And when the owners are absent, the properties are rented out (starting at $6,300 a night), making them investment-worthy as well. No matter what your plans may be, one thing is for sure: Sugar Beach represents the ultimate in secluded style.

The Beachfront Collection Residences at Sugar Beach.
Sugar Beach’s main beach and pool area overlooking Petit Piton.

For information, visit viceroyhotelsandresorts/en/sugarbeach. For reservations and inquiries, call 800.235.4300 or email