Pitons, Hot Springs, and 5-Star Resorts: A Trip to Soufriere, Saint Lucia

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Pitons, Hot Springs, and 5-Star Resorts: A Trip to Soufriere, Saint Lucia

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I’m inspired to travel when I hear folks share stories of their adventures.  So here’s the next installment of our weekly series where Million Mile Secrets team members shares their travel successes (and failures) with you!

Joseph:   Last October I traveled to Saint Lucia with a group of friends.  We spent a lot of the time in the northern part of the island, near Castries.  But a more interesting part was Soufriere, a tiny town near the foot of the famous Piton mountains on the west coast of the island.

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Soufriere Is Picturesque From Afar, but Quite Impoverished Up Close

There’s plenty to do in the area.  I’ll tell you how I spent my time.

A Trip to Soufriere

Saint Lucia is NOT what I pictured it to be.  I’ve been to a few other Caribbean islands, and this was altogether a different experience.  I found no crystal clear lagoons or powdered sugar beaches.  It has more personality instead of just a pretty face.

There were some things I’d been wanting to do in Soufriere long before my friends and I decided to visit, so I arrived before them.

My Airbnb Stay

I had been eyeing a rarely unoccupied Airbnb called Serrana Villa.  There were a few available dates before our group trip officially started, so I excitedly made a last minute booking for 2 days at ~$190 per night.

Serrana Villa is at the top of a hill overlooking the weathered but colorful town of Soufriere.  The car ride to the top was just short of a nightmare; the road is lousy with potholes and fractures, and feels like an African safari if you close your eyes.  I would NEVER have guessed this treasure would be at the end of the road.

The villa was humongous, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a dedicated work room.

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Serrana Villa Living Room and Kitchen

The deck was stunning, with lots of chairs and a small pool that stares dreamily towards the Pitons.

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Serrana Villa Pool

The master bedroom has a nice view of the Pitons, too.

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A Welcome Change to My Bedroom View at Home

The Airbnb host, Janus, mentioned that the day after I arrived was a holiday in Saint Lucia.  He recommended swinging by a supermarket for food, because many stores and restaurants would be closed.  He then showed up the next morning with bread, eggs, and cheese, in the event that I completely disregarded his advice.

Visiting Jade Mountain

Nearly 10 years ago, I was unfortunate enough to discover the existence of Jade Mountain, a 5-star resort with the most amazing suites I’ve ever seen.

I say unfortunate because there is really NO way to justify the price of a stay, even with miles & points.  Jade Mountain is NOT part of a loyalty program, and rates start at a flobbityjillion dollars per night.  But I was glad to have the opportunity to visit the hotel while in Soufriere!

I told my Airbnb host of my desire to stay at Jade Mountain, and his unbiased recommendation was to instead stay at one of his new Airbnbs, the Sargas Villa. 😉  The villa does look pretty sensational…

Pitons Hot Springs And 5 Star Resorts A Trip To Soufriere Saint Lucia
Upon Arriving at the Jade Mountain Property

The road to Jade Mountain from Soufriere is even worse than the one leading to my Airbnb.  I would have turned around if my GPS wasn’t swearing on its life that we were going the right way.

Jade Mountain is at the edge of Anse Chastanet Beach.  So most guests arrive by boat, and are spared from the jagged fury of the local roads.

I made reservations at the Jade Mountain Club restaurant, and arrived an hour early to spend the sunset at the rooftop lounge, Celestial Terrace.

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Golden Hour at the Celestial Terrace

The sunset was delightful, and the terrace granted unhampered 360 degree views.

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The Tail End of an Orange Marvel

Each room at the resort has dedicated walkways.

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The Resort Is Prettiest at Night

Dinner at the Jade Mountain Club was 4 courses, and cost $95 per person (before drinks).  Certainly not cheap, but I gladly paid to spend time at one of my bucket list spots.  Plus, the restaurant was extremely fancy.

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The Seasonal Menu From My Visit in October

I know it was a quality restaurant, because the meal portions were infuriatingly small.

Pitons Hot Springs And 5 Star Resorts A Trip To Soufriere Saint Lucia
Green Banana Soup

I don’t have any culinary expertise, but I thought the food was excellent.  And fancy looking, too!

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Saint Lucian White Coffee Mousse

Around Soufriere

There’s plenty to do in Soufriere, and my friends and I weren’t able to accomplish nearly enough.

There are mud baths, waterfalls, and tons of hot springs all within a short drive.

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Swimming in the VERY Hot Black Water Pool After Caking Ourselves in Mud

If ever I go back, I’d love to hike the Piton mountains and visit the drive-in volcano.  My biggest regret is not making more of an effort to discover the local restaurants.

We were able to take a sunset catamaran ride.  The sea was placid, and mirrored the sky beautifully.

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Sunset Catamaran Cruise

I think my favorite activity was night swimming in the Caribbean Sea.  The catamaran cut the engine in the middle of nowhere in the pitch black water, and flipped on a bright blue light that illuminated the area around the boat.  It was like our own giant swimming pool!

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Piling Back Onto the Catamaran After a Night Swim

The swim was truly terrifying, as I have a crippling fear of sharks.  But the water was warm, the blue light was enticing, and I made sure to stay in the middle of my friends in hopes that they would be the first to succumb to the powerful jaws of what I imagined was circling in for a kill.

Bottom Line

Team member Joseph visited Saint Lucia last October.  He made some of his fondest memories in Soufriere, a town on the west coast of the island.  And was especially excited to see Jade Mountain, a resort he’d been wanting to visit for nearly 10 years!

If you’ve got any tips for a traveler headed to Saint Lucia, I’d love to hear them!

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Nicely written, accurate article. I visited St. Lucia during a cruise, and I agree that a lot of the island looks better from afar. It’s a volcanic island with no real white sand beaches. The Sugar Beach resort at the foot of the Pitons imports their sand, but there is a small public beach area next door that we visited during our island excursion. The roads are bad as are some of the neighborhoods. Everyone I know who has been to St. Lucia has either done so on a cruise or stayed at one of the Sandals. It’s an interesting island but not the top one in the Caribbean to plan a do-it-yourself vacation.

But I’m with you – next time I go, I’m climbing a Piton!

Nice article about St. Lucia. I have been wanting to travel there for quite some time but struggling to visit as it appears very difficult to stay there with points and miles. I am disappointed by this article because I was really excited to see how I could visit with points but it only reconfirmed that you really have to fork out the cash to visit and not sure why this article was written. It is indeed a nice summary and gives a few pointers but I don’t feel it fits the objective of this blog. In my opinion it is a more of a TripAdvisor post.

Great writing style! I’ve lived on roads like that but never described them so well. Would have enjoyed reading descriptions about what one can do & a little less about the restaurant – congrats on getting there though 🙂