THE PERFECT BEACH
From its west coast location on the edge of the rainforest to its idyllic sandy beach curving between the magical Pitons, 10,000-year-old volcanic mountains that are a Unesco World Heritage Site, Sugar Beach is indeed special.
It opened 30 years ago and today, under Viceroy’s management, the hotel boasts a £64 million makeover and charges from £643 a night in high season. Hollywood stars have stayed, yet Sugar Beach is an unshowy, private hotel with impressive annual occupancy over 80 per cent.
Accommodation is in 78 one- and two-bedroom cottages with private plunge pools. Some have sea views, others look towards the Pitons.
Newly released this month are six freehold rental cottages priced from £764,300. Owners have four weeks personal use each year, two in high season, but otherwise the hotel will rent them. These are priced to generate a five per cent net return.
Nearer the beach, Sugar Beach Residences are two- to four-bedroom detached villas of 1,800 to 2,800 square feet, built to order. Prices start from £1.76 million. Also available are four off-plan Glenconner Residences, larger beachfront villas, from £3.5 million.
Resort facilities include tennis courts, gym, a rainforest spa, scuba diving and watersports, a kids’ club and three restaurants. Property director Penny Strawson says: “Being part of a five-star resort means our owners have effortless access to every amenity and activity.”
BUZZING RODNEY BAY
Cruise ships dock in the north where middle-market hotels line the beaches. This is the busiest, buzziest part of the island with 44 restaurants in Rodney Bay alone. Nearby are cinemas, shops and a golf course.
A former sugar plantation, Cap Estate at St Lucia’s northern tip has 250 homes, mostly detached villas in grounds of at least an acre. Prices range from £191,000 for two-bedroom flats up to £6 million for substantial mansions.
Hibiscus House on the Cap Estate rents from £1,447 a night. Its tropical gardens have direct sea access while inside are six en suite bedrooms. The British family who own it have built a new house nearby and are selling Hibiscus House for £3,152,700 reduced from £3,789,600 through Savills (www.savills.com).
Flats and villas at Allamanda, a gated development overlooking the sea, also on the Cap Estate, start from £379,000 through Sotheby’s (www.stluciasothebysrealty.com)