This Caribbean beauty dishes up all the ingredients required for a tasty and exotic luxury holiday...
The idyllic island of St Lucia in the Caribbean is world renowned for its blooming natural beauty, healing spring waters and two jagged mountains that jut proudly into the blue skies. The peaks of Gros Piton and Petit Piton have graced many photographs of this lush destination, which is close to the Caribbean islands of Martinique, St Vincent, and Barbados. You could even be fooled into thinking that you're in a James Bond shoot while enjoying holidays surrounded by the natural wonders of this island paradise.
Popular with honeymooners, as well as those looking for a luxury break from the stresses and strains of daily life, the aim of most St Lucia holidays is rest and relaxation. Fortunately, the kind and welcoming staff at the numerous top-class resorts and luxury hotels around the island are on hand to help you relax in fine style. In fact, pretty much all the hotels in St Lucia are of an excellent standard. Luxurious havens of elegance and charm, vibrant flowers dot the landscape of the island's hotels, along with palm trees, swimming pools, sports facilities, and exceptional restaurants and bars.
Flights to St Lucia take around nine hours from UK airports, and arrive into one of the two international airports on the island. However, you'll soon shake off that long-haul flight feeling when you arrive at your resort, unpack your belongings, and slip outside to feel the sugar-soft sands beneath your bare feet. Look out on the cobalt hues of the sea and delight in the sun kissing your skin.
It is also well worth getting out and about to see the island's traditional banana plantations, pretty towns and villages and capital city Castries. Charming harbours, rainforests, the sulphur springs at Soufriere, the Botanical Gardens, Pigeon Island National Park, and, of course, the grand twins of St Lucia - the Pitons - are just some of the local treasures to look out for on your travels.
Discover the best time to jet away to paradise in St Lucia...
The average daytime temperature rarely strays from 28C in St Lucia, apart from a small dip to around 25C in January and February. Holidays in St Lucia are popular between December and June, when rainfall is at its lowest (it peaks in October).
Find out what's on the annual events calendar in St Lucia - an island that knows how to party in style...
St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival; May: Swing to the soothing sounds of jazz and see a variety of cultural performances during this popular annual event on Pigeon Island.
St Lucia Carnival; July: Soca and Calypso music fills the streets during this wild and wonderful parade of costumes and dance in St Lucia's capital Castries.
St Lucia Food and Rum Festival; October: Learn how to make rum, taste rum, cook with rum... and also sample some of St Lucia's tastiest local dishes.
Holidays in St Lucia are not just about beach life, water sports and soothing spa treatments...
Whatever you're into, St Lucia offers a tempting selection of sights and activities.
Active types: The Pitons provide the most adrenaline-inducing activities on the island of St Lucia. Hike through forests to earn amazing views of the twin peaks.
Romance: The mud baths and sulphur springs at Soufriere provide hot and steamy moments (literally) for loved-up couples. You can also book couples massages at many hotel spas.
Grown-up families: Young imaginations can run wild with the tales of armies, battles and cannons they will hear at Pigeon Island National Park, a former military base.