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CONTENTS BLAINE HARRINGTON III / GETTY IMAGES

in every issue

12 WELCOME TO SAINT LUCIA

26 BEST-KEPT SECRETS

Five of the island’s greatest surprises

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28 HOT & COOL

The best of Saint Lucia’s duty-free shopping

30 2018-19 EVENT CALENDAR 84 ISLAND INVOLVED

How the Tourism Enhancement Fund makes things better

86 MEMBER DIRECTORY

Where to stay, where to eat, what to do, what to buy

96 ISLAND AMAZED Marigot Bay

features

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34 SAINT LUCIA BY HIKE AND BIKE

There’s plenty of wilderness to explore on the slopes, in the rain forests and along the shores. By John Roberts

44 AN ENVIRONMENT OF DESIGN

Look around and you’ll see Saint Lucia’s architectural melting pot, shaped by the Caribbean.

By Lea Ann Fessenden-Joseph

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50 LUCIAN RELAXATION

For the island’s Year of Wellness, we introduce some of the most soothing, stress-relieving experiences on Saint Lucia.

By Antony Bolante

Saint Lucia’s rum giants are rescuing the reputation of classic cocktails — by hosting a globe-spanning battle of bartending geniuses.

By Kim Marie-Evans

64 JOHN COMPTON, FATHER OF SAINT LUCIA

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56 CHEERS TO THE CHALLENGE

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One man set this West Indian paradise on a course for success from its founding.

By Stephen Grasso

68 FROM THE SEA TO YOUR PLATE

Enjoying the freshest seafood of Saint Lucia By Kevin Revolinski

76 GENIUS IN PARADISE By Alex Darlington

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The artists of Saint Lucia create world-class works.

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Welcome

From Saint Lucia Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet

Dear Visitor, Inspiration in Saint Lucia will come from everywhere! We imagine you will be inspired by our natural beauty, abundant culture and we also know you will always remember the friendly faces of the wonderful people who make up this beautiful island. On behalf of the government and people, welcome to our shores and may you treasure every moment basking in the morning glow coming over the hilltops. Saint Lucia has so much to offer you in terms of scenic and historic sites. Explore the local market in Castries, visit the fishing and craft villages and climb the majestic Pitons. It’s definitely one of the things you must do in your lifetime! Along with our natural beauty, Saint Lucia is becoming an entertainment mecca in the Caribbean. In 2017 we launched our summer festival, “SOLEIL,” which features six events with a focus on music, culture and art. We commence in May with Saint Lucia Jazz, and of course, our annual festival of local music and revelry – Carnival! We hope to entice you to stay longer as we present a celebration of Arts & Creole Heritage in October. Stay close to Saint Lucia for the dates for these and other events. Saint Lucia is also developing our equine industry, which will be propelled by the construction of a horse-racing track in the town of Vieux Fort. The Pearl of the Caribbean is a new foray for Saint Lucia, and our unique landscape means that horse enthusiasts will have the perfect backdrop to enjoy their passion. Check back in with us later this year for more details on this and other attractions which will make Saint Lucia even more irresistible and keep you coming back to us for vacation or maybe to stay! In the meantime, on yor current visit to this Helen of the West Indies, enjoy our world-class hospitality, our amazing local food and of course make sure you leave your footprints in the sand. Be inspired!

Hon. Allen M. Chastanet Prime Minister Saint Lucia

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Welcome

From Minister for Tourism, Broadcasting and Information Hon. Dominic Fedee

Dear Visitor, I take great pleasure in welcoming you to this beautiful country of ours, Saint Lucia — and trust that you will explore and enjoy our numerous cultural and tourism treasures in our unique and exotic paradise home. Saint Lucia is a country that abounds in its heritage and scenic beauty, delivering an all-encompassing experience. The Ministry of Tourism takes much pride in the high standards of our hospitality industry, and its many successes as an award-winning international destination have been well chronicled. We have steadily built our industry around blending cultural creativity with your expectation of quality service. As we continue to refine our destination, Saint Lucia is committed to investing in our human resources to ensure that the industry — characterized by a constant state of flux — meets the growing challenges of sustainability, to maintain the pristine quality of our natural environment. Passion, professionalism and preservation are all values we hold dear, in our constant striving to identify and develop quality experiences. At the dawn of a new year, the Ministry of Tourism and its agencies intend to build and nurture a hospitality industry that epitomizes both service excellence and passion. As you explore and discover our beautiful island of Saint Lucia, let’s hope that you savor all the priceless moments of adventure, serenity and excitement that the warmth and diligence of our people make possible. When you leave our shores, I know you will take with you fond memories of your stay. Thank you for choosing our exotic yet familiar destination to rejuvenate your spirit. Warm wishes,

Hon. Dominic Fedee Minister for Tourism, Broadcasting and Information

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Welcome

From Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association President Karolin Troubetzkoy

Dear Visitor, Welcome to our beautiful Saint Lucia! It is our pleasure to introduce you to the magazine of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, La Belle Hélène. You can read La Belle Hélène magazine online also at labellehelene.com, and we invite you to share this link with your family and friends. We are delighted that you chose to visit our island and look forward to sharing with you our vibrant history, rich culture, lush scenery, picturesque sites, attractions and, above all, our talented and welcoming people. Whether you are here on business or vacation, celebrating your professional feats or life’s big events, we look forward to helping you create memories that will last a lifetime. If you are looking for an active vacation, you will find that our resorts and businesses provide an exhilarating choice of excursions by land, sea and air. If you are in search of a tranquil hideaway or romantic escape, our serene landscape — from sandy beaches to stunning mountains, ever-changing sunsets and gently lapping ocean waves — will be the perfect backdrop for you. While here, we hope that you can visit our communities and sample our restaurants and renowned menus, explore our historic sites and dive into our idyllic waters. We are proud of our culture, our music, our dance and our festivals — all of which have deep roots in our history and heritage. So please stop to look over the works of art and artisanal crafts available at the island’s many shops, galleries and markets. We encourage you to treat yourself to these offerings and learn more about what makes us so unique among our sister isles that we have earned the name “Helen of the West.” Share your experiences with us on social media and tag @destinationsaintlucia on Instagram and Facebook. Thank you, once again, for visiting Saint Lucia. We look forward to welcoming you on your return visit. Sincerely,

Karolin Troubetzkoy President SLHTA

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Welcome

Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Chief Executive Officer (Ag.) Tiffany Howard

Dear Visitor, I am delighted to welcome you to beautiful Saint Lucia, the “Helen of the West.” You have made an excellent choice to visit our enchanting destination. Saint Lucia is a land of many wonders and I hope you’ll be inspired to explore and create memories that will last beyond your lifetime. As you read on, you will understand better why Saint Lucia is regarded as one of the world’s most desired destinations. And still, there is so much more yet to be discovered. From the rolling hills and sprawling rainforests to her white sandy beaches gently lapped by the Caribbean surf and her more rugged Atlantic coast, Saint Lucia has something to satisfy the passion of every traveler. With so much to do and such limited time, it’s impossible to take it all in during just one visit. But while you linger, immerse yourself in the richness of the island – the culture, the people, the cuisine, the landscapes and seascapes, the history and everything else there is to discover. Treat your taste buds to the succulent flavors of our indigenous cuisine prepared expertly by some of the best chefs in the Caribbean, get out and explore the terrain, pamper yourself at any of our award-winning properties or just lay back and bathe yourself with the Caribbean sun on one of our many white-, yellow-, gray- or black-sand beaches. Your visit might just coincide with the Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival, with its six months of amazing music, culture, food, arts and heritage. Choose from the cool sounds of jazz music in May or the revelry of Saint Lucia Carnival in July. Get entertained at Mercury Fest – the Caribbean’s biggest beach party, or at the Roots & Soul Festival with its starstudded line-up of R&B and pop singers. Wait a bit longer, and you can experience the Food and Rum Festival. All of this captured in one incomparable destination – Saint Lucia. Of course, you cannot visit Saint Lucia without encountering the majestic Pitons, a World Heritage Site that is breathtaking from all vistas – whether you choose to explore them by air, sea or land, you’ll appreciate why visitors cannot stop raving about the iconic twin peaks. Take a trip to Soufriere! Roam the streets of this historic town before you explore the region’s only drive-in volcano with its therapeutic mud baths and visit our botanical gardens and waterfalls. Head to the north and dance all night at the acclaimed Gros Islet Friday Night street party. Romance is always within reach in Saint Lucia – that’s why we’re regarded as the world’s top honeymoon destination. Whether it’s a quick getaway, that perfect engagement or our signature weddings, there is no better place to find, or be in, love. Just as well, we cater to the entire family with our parks, attractions and adventures. As the agency charged with developing and marketing the destination, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is excited to introduce you to the island that inspires. We’re always growing our tourism product to provide you with a spectacular experience that will ensure that Saint Lucia will remain your ultimate destination. Thank you for visiting Saint Lucia, and Let Her Inspire You! Sincerely, Tiffany Howard CEO (Ag.), Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

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Welcome Tourism Enhancement Fund

Dear Visitor, On behalf of the many communities, villages and youth who benefit from our Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), we welcome you to our sunny Saint Lucian shores. The TEF is an initiative by the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA). The brainchild of SLHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy, the TEF was created in 2013 to provide our visitors with an opportunity to become more involved in the sustainable development of our communities, our environment and our people. Over the past few years, the TEF has invested over $5 million strengthening linkages with our farmers, training our unemployed youth and caring for our environment. Last year, two of these projects, which have been generously funded by visitor contributions, received commendations from the World Travel and Tourism Council and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association as best practices in meeting the global sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations General Assembly. For more information about the TEF and some of these programs, visit us at http://www.saintluciatef.com/. For a small island developing state such as ours, many of these goals are still aspirational and we will be unable to achieve them without your generous donations and support. As a purely philanthropic initiative, the TEF is financed by a small, voluntary donation from guests to member hotels of $2 USD per night, which goes towards community development and environmental projects and actions which will affect the livelihoods of our current and future generations. We invite you to thoroughly enjoy your stay and experiences with us, but, as you get ready to leave our beautiful shores with your treasured memories, remember that your TEF contributions will stay on to do great things for our people. In anticipation of your support, we thank you for your contribution and we thank you for choosing Saint Lucia as your vacation destination. Gratefully yours, The TEF Team and Board of Trustees “Together for a better Saint Lucia”

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CONTRIBUTORS Antony Bolante is a freelance writer based in Orlando, Florida, as well as a traveling performer, a video-editing trainer and a playwright. His playwriting credits include onomatopoeia: a hobo show with music; on the nOse: a multi-media, modern clown show; and Liquid Courage: a DIY musical. He is also the cocreator of the wacky not-quite-flying machine that won the “Most Creative” prize at Red Bull’s first Flügtag event in the U.S. Kim-Marie Evans is a freelance travel journalist and the travel editor for Moffly Media Publishing. With a background in broadcast journalism, she launched the brand Luxury Travel Mom in 2009 to tell the stories of traveling the world with her four children. She believes the best gift you can give your children is an understanding of the greater world, its cultures and its people. She has written about skiing, surfing, chasing sharks and avoiding spies in Cuba. With this publication, she is excited to add “published rum expert” to her resume. Lea Ann Fessenden-Joseph is a luxury travel writer specializing in the Caribbean. She is fortunate to call both Saint Lucia and Dallas, Texas, home bases as she scours the islands for tantalizing destinations and beautiful beaches. Her articles can be found in numerous publications, such as The Dallas Morning News, USA Today and Travelhoppers. Stephen Grasso is a freelance writer and world traveler currently based in Hialeah, Florida, previously from London, UK, and originally from Newcastle. He writes about music, film and culture, and is working on his first novel. Kevin Revolinski has lived abroad in Italy, Panama and Guatemala, writing for Rough Guide guidebooks, Caribbean Travel & Life, Chicago Tribune, and Wisconsin State Journal, as well as a memoir, The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of an American Teacher in Turkey. John Roberts is a freelance travel writer and operator of InTheLoopTravel.com. John calls New Jersey his home base while venturing around the world aiming to help travelers find the best ways to explore destinations in a fun, fit and adventurous way. John has written for numerous well-read publications such as AARP The Magazine, Cruise Critic, World of Cruising, Travel Pulse and TravelAge West.

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Such Great Heights The “drive-through volcano” of Soufriere is on most visitors’ must-see lists, but the nearby Toraille Falls is one of the island’s hidden gems – a shimmering cascade of beauty in a lush rain forest setting. It’s refreshing to swim in the water – and to feel the force of the waterfall – but even simply sitting by the banks of the pool can be a tranquil experience. The views of the Pitons from the road there and back

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Explore Saint Lucia’s culinary highlights with Dine Around Saint Lucia, an initiative aimed at introducing diners to the island’s best award-winning restaurants. A US$55 voucher is good for a three-course meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner – at more than a dozen participating restaurants.

The New Beer A short distance from the cruise port in Castries, one can find the cozy, colorful taproom of Saint Lucia’s foremost craft brewer, the Antillia Brewing Company. The company is small, but has already built a reputation with award-winning brews like Passionfruit Wheat, Organic Chocolate Stout, Pale Ale, Golden Wheat and

Fancy the Indian flavors of Elegance Café or the French cuisine of La Terrasse? Care to sample the Mediterranean meals at Blue Olive, or the Caribbean fine dining at Rainforest Hideaway? A casual bite at Le Mango Vert or Hi-Tide … or something a little dressier at Windsong or Jacques Waterfront Dining? All of these and more are conveniently within reach, and for a single, reasonable price. “Culinary art is an exciting way for Saint Lucia to invite guests to visit our shores,” Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association Executive Vice President Noorani Azeez explained at the program’s official launch at Zaika the Taste restaurant. “It is all designed to get guests to come out, patronize and experience a variety of dining options.” The vouchers are only available at participating destination management companies, which include: Barefoot Holidays, Cox & Company, Serenity Vacations & Tours, St. Lucia Reps and Spice Travel & Tours.

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2018 NOVEMBER TRI Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia hosts a week of sport including an ocean swim, an aquathlon (swim and run) and a beach run. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, the events provide holidaymakers and locals with a taste of an overall triathlon. The course includes a swim in the beautiful, clear waters of Rodney Bay, tough hilly bike rides and finally a flat run to Pigeon Island and back.

NOVEMBER 10-18 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup

The 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will be hosted in the West Indies, with nine matches played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia: * 10 November England vs Sri Lanka * 12 November England vs Q1 Sri Lanka vs South Africa * 14 November Sri Lanka vs Q1 Windies vs South Africa * 16 November England vs South Africa Windies vs Sri Lanka * 18 November Windies vs England South Africa vs Q1

NOVEMBER 25 ARC Flotilla – Saint Lucia This symbolic event celebrates the start of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. The ARC Flotilla leaves Castries Harbour at the same time as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets off in Gran Canaria, and travels to the Rodney Bay Marina for a fun day of food, drink and a live concert.

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NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) At the end of November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, over 200 racer and cruiser yachts set sail in the world’s largest trans-oceanic sailing event, bound for the IGY Marina, Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia in early December. A host of cultural events are planned for the visiting yachtsmen at the IGY Marina and in the town of Gros Islet.

NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 2 Mango Bowl Regatta A small but growing two-day event held in Rodney Bay annually. Classes include a cruising class as well as racing classes including J24 and Surprise.

DECEMBER 13 National Day – Festival of Lights & Renewal The Festival of Lights is observed on National Day – December 13, the Feast of Saint Lucia, patron saint of light – and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good overcoming evil and the renewal of life. The celebrations start in the first week of December with a stunning Lantern Competition. They culminate on the eve of Saint Lucia Day, December 12, with the Parade of Lanterns in the streets of Castries, a Christmas show, the illumination of Derek Walcott Square, and finally a fireworks display.

2019 MID-JANUARY Nobel Laureate Week Saint Lucia sets one week each year to celebrate the achievements of our two Nobel laureates – Sir Arthur Lewis (Nobel Prize in Economics - 1979) and Sir Derek Walcott (Nobel Prize in Literature - 1992). A series of panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions highlight their achievements.

FEBRUARY 9-13 International Cricket – England Tour of The West Indies

3rd Test

FEBRUARY 22 Independence Day In 2019, Saint Lucia will celebrate 40th Independence Anniversary. Each year Saint Lucians celebrate with activities held throughout the island. In celebration of the 40th milestone, an exciting calendar of events is planned.

MARCH 2-5 International Cricket – England Tour of the West Indies

5th One Day International (ODI) and 1st International T20 (IT20)

MAY 9-12 Saint Lucia Jazz A celebration of Saint Lucian, Caribbean and international jazz music. The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival offers a series of concerts, educational activities targeted at Saint Lucian and visiting musicians, and culminates in a major open-air concert at the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark on Mothers’ Day.

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JUNE 29 Fishermen’s Feast (Fete Peche)

AUGUST 30 La Rose Flower Festival

Each year on the last Sunday in June, Saint Lucian fishermen hold a thanksgiving celebration that includes church services, a blessing of the boats and various activities island-wide.

This cultural event is one of the two Flower Festivals – “La Rose” and “La Marguerite” – held annually in observance of Saint Lucia’s rich cultural heritage. These two Flower Festivals depict a historical rivalry among communities whose members sing the virtues of their flowers. “La Rose” members pledge their allegiance to the rose by dressing in red and creating flamboyant displays made of roses.

MID-JUNE–MID-JULY Saint Lucia Carnival A variety of competitions including the everpopular Power and Groovy Monarch, Senior and Junior Panoramas (Steel Pan Competitions), and the Inter-Commercial House Calypso competition, dozens of community events, and of course a continuous calendar of parties and fetes. The season culminates in an exciting, fun-filled two-day street parade of live bands and DJ music, stunning Carnival costumes and the joyous and energetic revelry typical of Caribbean carnivals. This is a very special celebration of Caribbean history, culture and creativity. Under the leadership of the Cultural Development Foundation and in collaboration with all stakeholders, Saint Lucia Carnival is recognized as one of the top carnivals in the Caribbean and becomes a more vibrant and creative event each year.

SEPTEMBER Food & Rum Festival Inspired in part by the outstanding achievements of chefs Nina Compton, Shorne Benjamin and Doran Payne, this unique event promotes Saint Lucian and other Caribbean rums, restaurants, and regionally manufactured food and drink products to chefs, wine connoisseurs, rum fanatics and food critics from around the world. Cooking demonstrations, rum tasting, wine tasting, celebrity chef dinners and community culinary experiences are accompanied by musical and other artistic performances by musicians from Saint Lucia and further afield.

AUGUST Chocolate Heritage Month Saint Lucia celebrates Chocolate Heritage Month recognizing the role that cocoa and its beloved by-product, chocolate have played in the history of the island. A number of on-island experiences and month-long festivals delve into Saint Lucia’s cocoa heritage, offering travelers unbeatable island-wide hotel and resort promotions and lots of chocolaty fun.

AUGUST Mercury Fest The Ultimate Beach Party Thousands of people arrive from our sister islands Martinique and Guadeloupe as well as further afield for this two-day beach party at Pigeon Island National Landmark. Beach, boats, bikinis, floaties and live concerts by international superstars, what could be better?! Roots & Soul Festival A festival dedicated new trends in reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afropunk and R&B, with performances, master classes and encounters between artists and other actors in the music business. Like Saint Lucia Jazz, there will be free and paying concerts in various parts of the island, culminating at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

In 1981, Saint Lucia celebrated Creole Day for the first time. Since then, this celebration of French Creole heritage has extended into a month of music, dance, cuisine, art and other expressions of Saint Lucia’s diverse cultural, ethnic and artistic heritage. With musical, theatrical and other performances, seminars and lectures, and a variety of culinary experiences, street parties and art exhibitions, the Festival culminates on the weekend of October 27-28 with the celebration of International Creole Day in communities throughout the island.

OCTOBER 17 La Marguerite Flower Festival Fete La Marguerite is the second of the two flower festivals held annually, depicting a historical rivalry between societies whose members sing the virtues of their flowers. “La Marguerite” members dress in the color purple and create displays of the marguerite flower in addition to singing their traditional songs.

NOVEMBER Mango Bowl Regatta TRI Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Bill Fish Tournament

SEPTEMBER 8-14 Dive Fest Saint Lucia will host the third annual Dive Fest Saint Lucia highlighting the Saint Lucian dive experience. Saint Lucia is one of the most scenic islands in the Caribbean with worldclass dive sites and snorkeling just off shore. There is endless beauty beneath the surface with rainbow colour reefs and abundant marine life.

The Saint Lucia Game Fishing Association hosts its annual Saint Lucia International Bill Fish Tournament at IGY Rodney Bay Marina. The tournament attracts over 130 anglers to the island aboard vessels from the United Kingdom, United States, Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago along with host country Saint Lucia. For further information: Email slgfa@758@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 24 ARC Flotilla – Saint Lucia

OCTOBER Octoberfest En Kweyole This colorful and festive celebration offers a delightful array of beers infused with Saint Lucia’s culinary delights and Creole culture. Octoberfest En Kweyole will also feature Saint Lucian arts and crafts and live music to kick off Jouneyen Kweyol or Creole Month.

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NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) DECEMBER 13 National Day – Festival of Lights & Renewal

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There’s plenty of wilderness to explore on the slopes, in the rain forests and along the shores. By John Roberts

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t’s easy to switch your setting to “relax” once you arrive in Saint Lucia. With its soft-sand beaches and swaying palm trees, enchanting sunsets and music that infuses your soul, this idyllic Caribbean island eagerly invites a sense of bliss.

But Saint Lucia is also a wonderful place for adventure, and travelers who love to get a little dirty and sweaty while seeking out new heights on their Caribbean getaway can find plenty of thrills on the hiking and biking trails throughout the island. Ranking among the most mountainous destinations in the Caribbean, Saint Lucia’s geography makes for challenging climbs and rides. Two particular peaks immediately hold the interest of avid climbers. Grab the local lager, Piton, and have a look at the label. Those pretty mountains depicted on the beer bottle are the island’s famous Pitons — two volcanic spires soaring above the Caribbean Sea — which are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serve as an iconic symbol of Saint Lucia.

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Yes, you can climb them! In fact, Saint Lucia offers several hiking options that will please peak-baggers. Saint Lucia’s three highest mountains — Mount Gimie,

negotiating dirt paths and trails with nimble bunny hops. Outfitters throughout Saint Lucia offer guided

Gros Piton and Petit Piton — feature hiking routes. Plus,

trips, and nearly every tour is appropriate for all

numerous rain-forest treks deliver that mix of adventure

riding levels.

and connection with the beauty of the island that you are seeking.

Whether hiking or biking, the rewards for charging up hills with lung-busting effort are the stunning

If you’re an avid cyclist, you also have a full menu from

scenic vistas over the blue bays and charming town

which to choose — from intense jungle rides in verdant

of Soufrière or the capital city of Castries — with the

rain forests to coastal rides past beaches, bays and

Pitons showing off in the distance, of course.

historical landmarks.

This is the spirit of Saint Lucia, where its beauty

Mountain biking is the calling card for Saint Lucia,

is fully on display through the natural surroundings

however, and the island’s brand of “jungle cycling”

in the jungles and along the coastlines. It’s all best

offers riders the thrill of dodging roots and ruts and

enjoyed by getting outside to explore.

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The big draw, however, is two cascading waterfalls that give the trail its name. MOUNT GIMIE — The tallest peak on Saint Lucia (and the 17th tallest in the West Indies) offers a long and arduous hike to the top. While Gros Piton is the easiest ascent of the island’s three tallest peaks and Petit Piton the toughest, Mount Gimie is moderate but long. It takes about six to eight hours to complete the trip (compared with about four hours for the other two). Avid hikers love the diversity of this trail, which crosses jungle rivers, and muddy sections that follows lush jungle. You’ll also be able to cool off in a waterfall along the way. Also, keep an eye out for orioles, black finches and the Saint Lucian parrot. ENBAS SAUT RAIN FOREST TRAIL AND WATERFALLS — This trek is at the foot of Mount Gimie within the Edmund Forest Reserve, a tropical rain forest that covers 19,000 acres from one side of the island to the other and encompasses mountains and valleys rich with exotic birds and flowers. The Enbas Saut Trail is a 2.5-mile FIONA MCINTOSH/GETTY IMAGES

designated trail within the remote wilderness that is incredibly scenic. The trail offers views of three nearby mountains and passes through jungle, cloud forest and beautifully gnarled elfin woodlands. The big draw, however, is two cascading waterfalls that give the trail its name. Enbas Saut translates to “below the falls.” The falls feature natural pools that provide a popular swimming area. OTHER HIKING AREAS TO CHECK OUT: GROS PITON — This is the taller of the two Pitons.

Tet Paul Nature Trail in the town of Soufrière is an easy

Rising more than 2,600 feet, Gros Piton is the second-

45-minute walk to a spectacular viewing area to see the Pitons.

tallest peak on the island of Saint Lucia behind

Des Cartiers Rain Forest Trail is a 1-mile loop that offers

Mount Gimie (3,120 feet). What could be better than

the chance to spot birds and is a good trek to tack onto

pointing to the Pitons and declaring, “I climbed that

your hike on the Edmund Rain Forest Trail.

taller one”? Fortunately, you can reach the top of Gros

Pigeon Island National Landmark, a 40-acre park at

Piton in about two hours. The route is challenging,

the island’s northern end, is an easy hike for all ages and

as it is steep and rocky in parts. (GrosPiton.com)

fitness levels but still gets your heart racing if you go at it hard enough. The views are spectacular — you can

PETIT PITON — The summit is at 2,460 feet, so it shouldn’t

see Martinique on a clear day — and visitors can explore

be too surprising that reaching this lower peak is a more

historical ruins at Fort Rodney and Signal Peak.

difficult challenge. The steep incline requires a fair amount

Barre de L’isle Ridge/ Morne La Combe is about

of endurance and skill, and it is highly recommended

25 minutes from Castries and runs along a section of

to book a guided tour for this hike. Petit Piton is part

the island that separates east from west. The ridge trail

hiking and part climbing expedition, during which you

extends 1 mile and offers four lookout points with views

will need to use ropes to reach the summit. Note: You

of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, as well as the

can register at the base of Gros Piton to secure a guide

villages along the coasts. Then, you can climb Morne La

for a hike up either of the Pitons. (PetitPiton.com)

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TOP BIKING OPTIONS

Bike Saint Lucia — The Jungle Biking Adventure at

Coastal Biking — For a more relaxed ride, try a guided tour

Anse Mamin Plantation in Soufrière is Saint Lucia’s most

(this is the easiest way to secure two wheels on Saint Lucia)

well-known and diverse outing for bikers of all levels. The

to explore the quaint coastal town of Gros Islet (about 20

property has developed 8 miles of biking trails to explore

minutes from Castries), located on the northern end of

amid the plantation’s lush tropical vegetation. You’ll

the island. A ride from here allows you to enjoy the scenic

discover fruits and cacao trees growing in the jungle, see

bay views, stop at beaches, and eventually reach Pigeon

ruins from the old sugar production structures and learn

Island National Landmark, a 40-acre park connected via a

about the cultural heritage of the 18th-century estate.

causeway to the mainland. The ride here features jaw-

Riders have nine trails to try, including intermediate-level single-track rides or the taxing expert-level Tinker’s Trail

dropping views of the sea and nice hiking trails, mentioned above. (Viator: Saint Lucia Bike and Mountain Bike Tours)

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The rewards for charging up hills are the stunning scenic vistas over the blue bays and charming town of Soufrière or the capital city of Castries — with the Pitons showing off in the distance, of course. EXPERT ADVICE bikes on Saint Lucia, but your resort might offer a

If you plan to hike or bike during your visit to Saint Lucia, a few tips can ensure you have a safe and memorable adventure while out in the spectacular natural wonders on the island:

bike rental program. Ask your concierge services

 THOROUGHLY RESEARCH your route or

For Avid Cyclists — There are few shops that rent

for help locating a bike to use during your time on Saint Lucia. If you can secure a cycle or bring your own to the island, you can explore further afield.

secure the services of a qualified guide who can lead your trip. (Ask the concierge at your hotel or resort for assistance.)

the south. You’ll find a pleasant variety of scenery,

BRING AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER and pack some snacks, too, so you’ll be properly hydrated and fueled up for your activities.

traveling for a period through dense forest that

 WEAR COMFORTABLE AND APPROPRIATE

Try the 18-mile route from Soufrière to Vieux Fort in

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FOOTWEAR for either hiking or biking. Plus, wear a helmet (when biking) and sunglasses and a hat to protect from the intense sun.

Most of all, have fun and enjoy the experience. After all, that’s what Saint Lucia is all about.

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LOOK AROUND AND YOU’LL SEE SAINT LUCIA’S ARCHITECTURAL MELTING POT, SHAPED BY THE CARIBBEAN. By Lea Ann Fessenden-Joseph

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t of Design

Saint Lucia has always been a crossroads of cultures, and today is no different. On the city streets as in the luxurious resorts, it’s possible to look with an architect’s eye and see buildings shaped by colonial Europe, Africa and the New World — and look to the future by embracing the sun, mountains and sea breezes of the island itself.

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REMAINS OF THE PAST Very few examples of early architecture still stand on the majestic island of Saint Lucia due to multiple battles between the French and English, the fire of 1948 in Castries, and the brutal natural forces that have been a part of the island’s history: high winds, heavy rainfall, earthquakes, humidity and floods. The earliest homes were tenuously constructed of wood, straw, reeds, leaves and other natural materials. But the colonial British and French styles of long, in the island’s classic domiciles, with their detached kitchens and verandahs. African influences are seen in the vivid colors, with bold artwork adorning buildings and homes. Colonial European cultures also brought intricate designs, ironwork and second storys. The combination of all of these cultures led to an eclectic melting pot of Caribbean charm. The island has made great strides in preserving the vestiges of their historical past, and most of these are located near the capital city of Castries. 46

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THE PLANTATION ERA In the southwest region of the island, nestled between the imposing Piton Mountains, lies the magical town of Soufrière where the French made their capital city. One can find traces of ancient battles and signs of the early production of sugar cane, cocoa and coconut. But there are also well-preserved examples of French colonial life as it was. Morne Coubaril Estate, Balenbouche Estate and Fond Doux Plantation are all excellent examples of the

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grand plantation style. The eco-friendly Fond Doux Plantation and Resort property is beautifully landscaped with native plants of the island and also serves as a working cocoa farm, as it has for the past 250 years. The owners saved 15 ornate, 100-year-old French colonial wooden structures from demolition, transported them to the working plantation and restored them into romantic luxury cottages for guests of the resort. Visitors to Fond Doux can also see ruins and fortifications from the Battle of Rabot, which took place on this land during Napoleon’s reign.

PIGEON ISLAND One of the most important and beautiful historical locations is Pigeon Island, off the northwest coast of Saint Lucia. Originally a home to Amerindians, the 44acre island later became a hideout for the French pirate Francois Le Clerc, and then was taken over by the French army who attacked the British in 1778. The British took occupancy, fortified the island — with construction that’s still visible today — and used it to their advantage in defeating the French in the Battle of the Saintes in 1782. In 1909, it became home to whaling operations; by 1937, it was leased by an English stage actress and in 1940, American troops established a naval base there. A causeway was eventually constructed to join Pigeon Island to Saint Lucia, and the historic site was designated a National Landmark in 1992. Visitors can enjoy several beautiful beaches, a restaurant and pub — and explore ruins every day of the year. The Saint Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society continues to solicit funds to restore the 18thcentury British military buildings to their former grandeur. LA BELLE HÉLÈNE

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CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Once it was built in Castries in 1897, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception became one of the largest churches in the Caribbean, measuring 200 feet long by 100 feet wide. The simple exterior gives a visitor no warning of the beauty inside. The cavernous interior is beautifully lit by natural sunlight, which brings life to vibrant colors incorporating both Caribbean and African architectural influences. Local artist Dunstan St. Omer created magical murals depicting biblical scenes, as well as the island’s patron saint, St. Lucia, watching over the congregation from above the altar. The cathedral was elevated to the

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MODERN, CONTEMPORARY DESIGNS

Today’s architects have taken the hard lessons from

the environment with an open fourth wall, isolated terrace

the past and are creating structures that embrace and

and plunge pool that juts out into space while hovering

live contently within the existing, occasionally volatile

over the deep blue Caribbean Sea framed by the Piton

environment. Contemporary Caribbean designs focus

Mountains.

on seamlessly marrying the indoors with the remarkable

In a recent interview, local architect Seán Compton of

views of the natural surroundings, while using rugged,

Melon Designs described the most important things he

sustainable materials like concrete and indigenous stone.

considers when designing for clients. “Our main goal is

Two beautiful examples of merging indoors and

to combine a client’s requests with the site’s form, shape,

outdoors are Ladera Resort and Jade Mountain, both in

topography, wind, views and nature. The architecture

the Soufrière region.

should serve as a way to frame the natural environment,

Recently named among Condé Nast Traveler’s “16 Most Romantic Places to Stay in the World,” Ladera

to participate and create a connection with it, be it visual, aural or literal.

Resort pioneered the eco-luxury design of only having

“It goes without saying that houses are personal; it’s

three walls, permitting jaw-dropping views of the Piton

important to know how the client will use the house — it’s

Mountains emerging from the turquoise-blue Caribbean

a collaboration between the clients and ourselves. Are

Sea which you can see from your bed or private pool.

they morning people wanting coffee with the sunrise?

With his award-winning Jade Mountain, architect Nick

Or maybe they might like entertaining under the stars.

Troubetzkoy followed a vision to create an environment

We look for opportunities to create added experience

that captured the island’s beauty, allowing the island to

— elements beyond the basic requirements that bring

designate the color palette and material selections. The

joy to being in the house. It’s important for our clients to

organically designed, multi-tiered resort sits high upon

feel a sense of harmony in their spaces that elevate the

a mountainside featuring beautiful local stonework,

experience of each day.”

waterfalls, hanging gardens and sky bridges leading

Examples of Melon Designs can be found throughout

guests from the main structure to their secluded, almost

the island in private luxury homes, small boutique hotels

spiritual private retreats that are intimately connected to

and commercial buildings.

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relaxation LUCIAN

KAI KOKO

For the island’s Year of Wellness, we introduce some of the most soothing, stress-relieving experiences on Saint Lucia. By Antony Bolante

Close your eyes. Breathe in, slowly. Now release your breath, and with it, your tension, the pressures of everyday. Now, how perfect would it be to open your eyes to the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, the white sands of Sugar Beach and the twin Pitons rising from a lush, green rain forest? In other words, to open your eyes in Saint Lucia? The ideal holiday can be many things: exciting, novel, edifying. But above all, it should be relaxing and restorative. It should be a true departure, not only from your ordinary surroundings but also from ordinary concerns and the fatigue accumulated in tiny, daily increments. Fortunately, Saint Lucia provides the perfect setting to relieve the body and nourish the spirit. From healing baths and massages to rejuvenating skin treatments and wellness practices, the island’s many resorts and natural features provide ample opportunities

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HOT SPRING HISTORY

closely, but just a few hundred yards downstream, the

Long before it became a favorite tourist destination, Saint

temperature is just right for a healing mud bath. The

Lucia’s southwestern town of Soufrière was known for its

hot, mineral-rich mud is said to increase circulation,

hot springs, heated by the same geothermal forces that

invigorate the skin and even treat skin conditions.

gave rise to its namesake volcano. As early as the late

For a more refined experience — a visit to Sulphur

1700s, French soldiers bathed in the therapeutic, spring-

Springs Park is a muddy one, after all — you may opt for

fed mineral baths commissioned by their king, Louis XIV.

a spa that utilizes volcanic mud as part of a massage or healing wrap. Some spas, like the Spa at Ladera and

Today, natives and visitors alike can still enjoy the benefits of Soufrière’s Sulphur Springs Park and restored

Fond Doux Resort’s Mama La Terre Spa offer the best

mineral baths. The collapsed mouth of the volcano, or

of both worlds: they deliver you to Sulphur Springs Park

caldera, is easily accessible by car, earning Soufrière the

accompanied by a massage therapist who will do the

reputation as the world’s only “drive-in” volcano. There,

honour of swathing you in Soufrière’s famous mud —

you’ll be welcomed by vents of steam, boiling mud, and

and provide a soothing massage upon your return to

the distinctive smell of sulfur. (In fact, soufrière is French

the spa. Rainforest Spa at Sugar Beach will even let you

for “sulfur,” a mineral found in volcanic deposits.) The

shed your muddy mantle under the gorgeous Toraille

spring’s source is too hot for visitors to approach too

Waterfalls before returning to the spa for your massage.

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NATURAL BEAUTY

Unsurprisingly, Saint Lucia’s breathtaking natural beauty often becomes a key ingredient in a spa treatment, enhancing the effects of any massage, scrub or meditative practice. The Sugar Beach Resort is situated in a pristine rain forest at the base of the Petit Piton mountain, and extends to a white-sand beach and the shimmering Caribbean Sea. The spa itself is a network of seven stunning gazebos of latticed wood and thatched rooftops, like luxurious treehouses set seamlessly into the lush landscape. The Rainforest Spa also includes the Stone Room, a large, earthen steam dome. In this beautiful and unique version of a sweat lodge, you can purify yourself in an Amerindian ritual called tezmacal. At the boutique hotel Cap Maison, you can take a body massage — hot stone, Swedish, or deep tissue to name a few — in Spa Maison itself, located in the resort’s main house. But why not further enhance the experience, and enjoy your massage on the terrace, or under a garden gazebo? You can even take your massage on Rock Maison, a private deck below the restaurant The Cliff at Cap that practically hovers over the swirling tides. Afterwards, relax in Cap Maison’s seemingly borderless infinity pool, whose

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waters appear to blend into the ocean view.

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After a day in the sun, a signature aloe and banana-leaf wrap will rehydrate your skin and relax your body.

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HEALTHY BODY, SOOTHED MIND

Naturally, physical well-being can’t be separated from mental peace of mind. That’s why along with massages, facials, scrubs and wraps, most Saint Lucian spas offer fitness activities, yoga and meditation. Jade Mountain Resort’s Kai En Ciel spa specializes in treatments that draw from Ayurveda, an ancient Hindu system of medicine dedicated to integrating the body, mind and spirit. Kai En Ciel offers several ayurvedic massage treatments, including a Rainbow Body Massage, designed to balance the seven chakras, your body’s centers of spiritual power. Experienced instructors can also facilitate your yoga practice or guide you in calming meditation to balance body and mind. Total well-being is the core philosophy at the luxury, all-

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inclusive resort The BodyHoliday. This expansive resort and wellness center helps you design a personalized holiday experience from a vast list of amenities, treatments and activities. Included in the package is a daily wellness treatment of your choice: a coconut and spice massage, or a Lucian lime-and-ginger scrub, to name just a few. Or you can try thalasso therapy, a form of hydrotherapy that uses massaging jets of seawater

LOCALLY GROWN

to infuse the skin with beneficial minerals and stimulate

The treatments and unique products found at Ti Kaye Resort’s Kai Koko spa find inspiration not only in Saint

circulation and muscle tone. Numerous ayurvedic treatments take place in their own

Lucia’s natural beauty but also its local ingredients.

ayurvedic Temple, built by Indian craftsmen. Experts can

Creole for “coconut house,” Kai Koko is literally crafted

even consult you on the benefits of an ayurvedic diet.

from coconut wood, and set into a cliff overlooking the

Of course, along with an array of fitness and sporting

sands of Anse Cochon. The facial treatments offered

activities, you can incorporate yoga, meditation and tai

here are based on hibiscus, papaya and blends of citrus.

chi into your personalized holiday.

Or you can indulge in a body wrap treatment of seaweed, sulphur mud or even cocoa. After a day in the sun, their

Whether you choose an all-inclusive resort or an

signature aloe and banana-leaf wrap will rehydrate

indulgent visit to a day spa, rest assured that Saint Lucia

your skin and relax your body. It’s like retreating into a

will help you elevate your island getaway into an idyllic

comforting cocoon from which you emerge reborn.

journey of total wellness.

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Challenge Saint Lucia’s rum giants are rescuing the reputation of classic cocktails — by hosting a globespanning battle of bartending geniuses. By Kim-Marie Evans

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Consider the oft-maligned mai tai, a drink at one time so famous that it caused rum supplies to be depleted worldwide. How did this drink, a favorite of U.S. presidents and movie stars alike, become known today as a sad syrupy concoction served with a cherry and an optimistic little paper umbrella?

The origin of the mai tai itself is steeped in controversy. Victor Bergeron, the founder of the Trader Vic’s chain of restaurants, claims to have created the drink by mixing a combination of rums with a touch of lime, orgeat, orange curaçao and simple syrup. According to legend, after shaking the concoction with ice and serving to visiting Tahitian friends, they liked it so much one of them exclaimed, “Maita’i roa a’e!,” which translates to “Out of this world!” Others lay the Beachcomber, famous for introducing tiki culture to the U.S. Bergeron, however, does not back down. He was quoted in a 1994 New York Times story as having said, “Anybody who says I didn’t create this drink is a dirty stinker.” Ah, the good old days,

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claim to creating the drink, including Don

when “stinker” was an insult.

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Return to Greatness

An authentic mai tai is meant to showcase a great rum with fresh ingredients and transport the lucky drinker to a lush island with the sun on their face and long lazy afternoons stretching before them. The team at St. Lucia Distillers is so serious about helping the resurgence of the mai tai that they have created an international mai tai competition — the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Challenge — to bring out the best recipes from the finest bartenders around the globe. Unfortunately, rumor has it that there are only four bottles of J. Ray & Nephew’s 17-Year-Old, the original rum used in the first mai tai, left in the world. Each bottle would set you back around $50,000. The Managing Director of St. Lucia Distillers, Margaret Monplaisir, explains why their Chairman’s Reserve is the perfect choice for the mai tai today: “Chairman’s is a classic English-style blended rum RICARDO DEARATANHA/GETTY IMAGES

with just the perfect balance of pot-still flavors that shine bright in a classic mai tai.” St. Lucia Distillers were recently awarded “Distiller of the Year” at the World Spirit Awards, where several of their rums took home medals. The co-founder of the International Rum Council, Dave Russell, agrees that Chairman’s is the best choice. When I reached him for comment, he replied from his sailboat in Tahiti that “the Forgotten Casks expression presents flavor and funk so

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necessary to a successful mai tai.”

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Taking my judging duties as sincerely as I did, I made the rookie mis

We were to judge 10 different creations based on criteria including: NAME OF COCKTAIL 15 points EASE OF PREPARATION 20 points PREPARATION 15 points TASTE 40 points MIXOLOGY TECH 10 points KIM-MARIE EVANS (4)

Taking on the Challenge

mixology journalist. The visiting bartenders had each

I met Margaret while touring the distillery on a visit to Saint

finished first in local competitions to secure their coveted

Lucia, which happened to coincide with the international

spots at the finals. They were flown to Saint Lucia and

competition. Ten bartenders from around the world had

hosted at the luxurious Marigot Bay Resort and Marina,

just arrived to compete for the grand prize and the island

best known for their mega yachts and sleek pools, where

was buzzing with excitement. Rum happens to be my

the final competition was being held. Once landed,

favorite spirit. It could be the sugar content, or that it’s

they were paired with Saint Lucian counterparts to start

always included in a tropical welcome cocktail, or the way

their four-day partnership. The Saint Lucian Bartenders

it always seems to say, “you’re on vacation” to me. Halfway

represented Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, Sandals,

through our tour, I proclaimed to Margaret that I was a rum

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expert, because if a love for something and countless hours

Resort, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, and The

pursuing it doesn’t make you an expert, what does? As luck

BodyHoliday. The visiting countries included the United

would have it, they were in search of one more judge for the

States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Portugal and

evening’s competition, and I had just talked my way into it.

France. Teams visited the distillery, where they sat for a

As it turns out, there are actual rum experts with greater

master class in rum-making and a seminar on tiki culture.

expertise than I — but not more enthusiasm. The judges’

They also embarked on a visit to the local market in

panel consisted of cocktail competition winners, a co-

Castries to pick up native spices and fruits for their globally

founder of the International Rum Council and a true

blended mai tai.

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kie mistake of actually drinking each entry.

A Night to Remember (Mostly) Watching the teams work their magic behind

the bar on the night of the final competition, it was hard to believe they had only known each other a few days. It’s been said that bartenders are rock stars who couldn’t be bothered to learn instruments. Indeed, many bartenders have achieved celebrity status thanks to the rebirth of the cocktail culture (thank you, Mad Men). As the teams danced and weaved behind the bar, each miked-up Britney Spears–style, some were able to work the crowd into a frenzy with their exuberance and showmanship. As judges, we needed to take our duties seriously. There was a $2,500 prize and a trip to the winning partner’s home country on the line. Seated next to fellow judge Dave Marsland, founder of Drinks Enthusiast and bona fide rum expert, I figured the earnestness of my judging efforts might compensate for my lack of technical expertise. We were also given the option to level a penalty; however, it wasn’t clear how many points or for what offense we could do this, so I chose to use the option sparingly. A few drinks I did penalize included the creation that was set haphazardly ablaze, the odd use of a tiny banana with a dolphin face drawn on it, and the team who was overly rowdy with their excitement regarding the use of bois bandé — a local bark supposedly possessing aphrodisiac powers. Taking my judging duties as sincerely as I did, I made the rookie mistake of actually drinking each entry. Wouldn’t I be derelict in my duties if I didn’t give each cocktail a second, third or fourth opportunity to impress me? Toward the end of the evening I noticed that the other female judge, a journalist from Paris, had been using her index finger atop her straw to meter out just enough of each cocktail for her to judge its merits. Note to self for future judging duties.

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HELEN OF TIKI 4cl Chairman’s Reserve Original 3cl Chairman’s Reserve Spiced  3cl Caribbean Sherbet*  2cl Ginger spice and passion fruit*  2cl Freshly squeezed lime juice

Drink of Champions

PREPARATION:

In the end, it would seem that the experts on the panel and the now tipsy rookie were in agreement on the winning drink. The bartending duo of Sharam Mohebbi of OGBG Bar & Restaurant in Sweden and his Saint Lucian counterpart, Stephen Peter, from BodyHoliday took home the grand prize. Their creation, Helen of Tiki, was simple, refreshing and maybe the bois bandé does have mystical powers. The winning team says their cocktail was inspired by the Greek legend of Helen of Troy. “Saint Lucia is renowned as the, Helen of the West Indies” says Mohebbi. “Her beauty and strategic location

*Ginger spice and passion fruit Add roughly chopped ginger and passion fruit seeds into a blender with 1 dl of water. Strain through a cloth to remove pulp.

caused war between the French and the British during the mid-17th and early-19th centuries. “We saw it fit to name our cocktail as a tribute, for the mai tai is truly the Helen of Tiki.” Guests of the Piano Bar at BodyHoliday can find the

Add sherbet, ginger spice and passion fruit and the rest of the ingredients to a mixing tin. Add at least two cups of ice and shake well for 15 seconds. Pour over a bed of bois bandé in a calabash bowl. Top with fresh ice.

drink on the cocktail menu or give it a go and re-create the award-winning mai tai at home.

The co-founder of the International Rum Council, Dave Russell, agrees that Chairman’s is the best choice.

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*Caribbean Sherbet Bring 3 dl of water to boil. Add cinnamon, bois bandé and fresh bay leafs to taste. Reduce to about half. Take the zest of 4 large bloodgrapefruits, put it in a plastic bag and pinch the zest to release oils. Add 2 dl of white sugar to the bag. Let it sit for a couple of hours. Add the contents of the plastic bag to the broth. Take off heat. Stir and dissolve any remaining sugar and let it sit until cool.

Garnish Slice of grapefruit, mint, roasted stick of cinnamon, lime wheel and flowers. Place artistically in bowl.

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John Compton, FATHER OF SAINT LUCIA

One man set this West Indian paradise on a course for success from its founding. By Stephen Grasso

When Prime Minister John Compton died in 2007, the island of St. Lucia went into mourning for two weeks. Known affectionately as “Daddy Compton” or just “Pa Pa,” Compton was considered the father of St. Lucian independence from Britain. He served as chief minister and then premier of St. Lucia through most of the 1960s and 1970s, and then served as prime minister three times after having negotiated the island’s independence in 1979.

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“My father was a visionary,” says

LAW & JUSTICE

Chef Nina Compton, one of the

Compton was born in 1925 on the

politician’s four daughters and a

island of Canouan in St. Vincent and

James Beard Award–winning chef.

the Grenadines. At the age of 13,

“He had the foresight to lead our

he moved to neighboring St. Lucia

country in amazing ways and his

with his mother and went to school

focus was on the betterment of the

in Castries. As a young man, he

people that lived there. He worked

worked in oil refineries in Curaçao

hard to give people the opportunity

for two years, before traveling to

for education and advancement

the United Kingdom to study at the

and he succeeded.”

University of Wales and the London

Among Compton’s accomplishments was to have anticipated the decline of the

School of Economics. He passed the bar at Gray’s Inn in 1951. On his return to St. Lucia he began

sugarcane industry after the

his political career in 1954, when

collapse of colonialism, and to have

he ran as an independent for the

shifted the island economy towards

constituency of Micoud/Dennery and

banana exports and tourism as

was elected. In 1956 Compton joined

successful replacement industries.

the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP),

He was also a pioneer in promoting

where his strong sense of social

regional cooperation throughout

justice and support for the working

the Caribbean, helping to set

classes brought him into conflict

up the Caribbean Community

with the island’s predominantly

or CARICOM (modeled on its

white sugar-plantation owners. His

European equivalent, the European

reputation grew in 1957, when he

Commission) and the Caribbean

supported a strike by plantation

Development Bank.

workers seeking better conditions

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and was arrested for physically blocking the path of a planter’s

In the late 1960s, Compton

tractor during the demonstration.

first attempted to negotiate

By 1961, he had broken away

independence for St. Lucia from

to form his own party called the

Britain but was granted only

National Labour Movement (NLM),

Associated Statehood, a form

which went on to merge with

of quasi-independence where

another small party to form the

Britain remained in control of

United Workers’ Party (UWP) in 1964.

the island’s defense and foreign

With Compton as the party leader,

affairs. His commentary at the

the UWP beat the St. Lucia Labour

time was scathing: “The color

Party in a general election that same

of our skins is against us, and

year and he became the island’s

a government, even one that

Chief Minister. Under Compton’s

professes democracy, is pleased

tenure, the UWP also won the

to legislate and propound the

following elections in 1969 and

doctrine of second-class citizenship

1974. During this time, he promoted

for people of another color.”

the development of roads, airports,

After winning the 1974 election

industrial estates and housing

he tried again, and after five years

projects on the island, as well as

of negotiations, St. Lucia finally

developing the mosquito-infested

became an independent nation in

swampland to the north of St. Lucia

February 1979, with Compton as the

into the popular Rodney Bay district.

island’s first prime minister. Much

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“I AM GIVING THE EXPERIENCE AND INTELLIGENCE THAT GOD GAVE ME.”

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loved on the island, he famously walked around the capital city of Castries without a bodyguard, stating: “The day a prime minister has to get a bodyguard to walk around his own country, that’s the day he needs to go.”

THE DAY A PRIME MINISTER HAS TO GET A BODYGUARD TO WALK AROUND HIS OWN COUNTRY, THAT'S THE DAY HE NEEDS TO GO.

St. Lucians had become disillusioned with Compton’s UWP, however, despite its role in

is a state of mind. I am giving the

securing independence. Just five

experience and intelligence that

months later, his party lost the

God gave me.” His final term in office quickly

wake of his greatest victory, he

generated controversy when

was relegated to the opposition

his administration announced

benches. But schisms quickly began

that it was planning to abandon

to emerge in the SLP government

diplomatic relations with China and

not long after their election win,

would restore its prior connection to

and within three years it collapsed

Taiwan. The decision infuriated the

amid recriminations. The crisis

Chinese government, who swiftly

forced an early election in 1982,

severed diplomatic relations with St.

and Compton’s UWP were swept

Lucia. Compton’s health was already

back into power where they would

failing by this point though, and it

remain until 1997 when Compton

was unclear what role he played in

announced his intention to retire.

the decision-making process.

STEPPING BACK, & BACK AGAIN

LASTING LEGACY

In 2007, Compton suffered a series

Leadership of the UWP passed to

of strokes during a visit to the United

Compton’s handpicked successor,

States. He returned to St. Lucia

Dr. Vaughan Lewis, but the party

visibly weakened by his illness, and

suffered a humiliating defeat the

while he initially responded well to

same year. The SLP returned to

medical treatment, his condition

power with Kenny Anthony as prime

began to deteriorate. In late August

minister, and Compton enjoyed

he was admitted to hospital with

his retirement for almost a decade,

breathing difficulties, and then

before he was coaxed back onto the

later taken to Martinique for more

political stage by popular demand

specialized care. He showed

at the age of 81. After wresting

little improvement, and was soon

control of the party he founded from

returned to St. Lucia where he

Vaughan Lewis at a historic party

remained on a ventilator until Friday,

convention in 2005, he took the

September 7, when he passed

UWP back to power the following

away leaving a legacy of social and

year with an 11-6 win.

political change on the island.

Compton’s political detractors

“My father was humble in every

made much of his advanced age

way and people admired that about

during the campaign, but after his

him,” Chef Compton explains. “He

victory he dismissed such criticism

is missed not only by our family

stating, “Age is not a factor here. I

but the people of St. Lucia and

am not going for a marathon. I am

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general election to the SLP; in the

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FROM THE SEA TO YOUR PLATE

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Enjoying the freshest seafood of Saint Lucia By Kevin Revolinski

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A snorkeling trip or an afternoon on a fishing charter is a tour through the menu in Saint Lucia. As the culinary world trends toward “eating local,” this island nation has the advantage of being surrounded by a bounty of excellent seafood. Beneath the waves, along the reefs, these various fish and shellfish are an attraction in themselves, but back on terra firma you’ll find them again on your dinner plate.

LAMBI (CONCH)

Queen conch (Strombus gigas) is a mainstay throughout the

Caribbean. While its beautiful shell may double as a tourist souvenir or a musical horn, the conch (pronounced ‘konk’) is a type of mollusk or sea snail that features prominently in shallow waters with sandy or grassy bottoms — and on the menu. The tender flesh can be eaten raw in salads or in ceviche, and it is perhaps most popular fried in batter as conch fritters. Saint Lucians call it lambi, and the fritters are typical appetizers while main dishes include conch in Creole sauce or even lambi curry, demonstrating the culinary influence of Indian immigrants. Some variations of another island staple, callaloo soup — made from a leafy green similar

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SALTFISH

Saltfish seems selfexplanatory. Made from cod (sometimes other

fish as well), the flesh is cured with salt for preservation until it is ready to be eaten. At that time, the cook needs to soak it in water for at least 12 hours, changing it several times to extract much of the salt. Saltfish has several uses, but none more typical than green fig and saltfish, the national dish of Saint Lucia. Locals have it on any day of the week, but also on special holidays, especially Jounen Kweyol or Creole Day, an October festival that celebrates Saint Lucia’s Creole (Kwéyòl) language and culture, which are mainly of French and West African origin. The “fig” here is actually sliced green bananas, which are not sweet or strong-tasting but provide some texture to the dish, a bit like potatoes. The fish is cut up in chunks and sautéed with onion, garlic, peppers, and boiled green banana slices. The dish originated during slavery, when inexpensive salted cod from the northern Atlantic fed the slaves, and they in turn used seasonings and bananas, which were overabundant on the island, to make it delicious. You’ll find it on the menu at most restaurants. Saltfish may also be served in fish cakes or cooked in a stew and served with “bakes,” hand-formed bread dough patties fried in oil. Or in the case of accra, bits of saltfish are actually baked into the fried bread and served at breakfast. The Scotch bonnet peppers in that recipe will wake you up faster than coffee. LA BELLE HÉLÈNE

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SPINY LOBSTER

Hiding along the reefs, under ledges and in shadowy crevices, the

lobster is a favorite at the dinner table, and free divers or snorkelers catch them by hand all around the island. Unlike the clawed variety you may find in the colder waters of the North Atlantic, the lobster of Saint Lucia is a spiny creature with a large tail and two long antennae DIEGO GRANDI/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

as long as or longer than their bodies. The spines along their exoskeleton give them some protection against predators. As with most lobster, it is popular served whole, but other dishes may include it as an ingredient, even in callaloo soup.

Stately and unrushed,

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LIONFISH

trailing spines that resemble exotic feathers,

the lionfish looks lovely on the reef. But the invasive fish, native to South Pacific waters, is venomous along those spines and doesn’t belong here. Lionfish have been rapidly taking over Caribbean waters and feeding on smaller fish important to the food chain — and the fishing industry. The solution? Lionfish are delicious. The tender, white flesh is not at all poisonous, and the spines, while potentially painful if you were to brush against them in the sea, are not poisonous, only venomous — there’s a difference. Chefs clean them (with great care, usually freezing them a bit first to make them easier to handle) and serve the filets fried and perhaps coconut-crusted. This is a very recent food trend and not just a prize for your palate; by eating the delicious lionfish you are creating a demand for it, and thus encouraging

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RED SNAPPER

This popular reef fish is red with a white belly and a long triangular

snout. Popular on most menus, the fish may be served whole or cut into small pieces to be fried a bit and served in a Creole fish stew. Try a red snapper filet marinated in a blend of Caribbean herbs, pan-seared or baked and served with rice, Saint Lucian Creole sauce, and fried plantain. Or have it barbecued and served with

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souscaille, a spicy, citrusy sort of salsa.

MAHI-MAHI, DORADO OR ... DOLPHIN? Don’t panic: You may hear that dolphin is on the menu, but rest assured, this is not the chattering playful mammal you may see playing in the boat’s wake, but dolphinfish, another name for dorado or mahi-mahi. This large, bluegreen fish is a popular catch for anglers heading out on fishing excursions. It’s got an unusual flat face, with a dorsal fin that runs along its entire back. Mahi-mahi is a in finer restaurants, but is commonly grilled as steaks and served with Creole sauce or lemon and garlic butter, or else pan-seared or even skewered and grilled.

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FLYING FISH

Few sea experiences are as surprising as seeing a flying fish for the first

time. Like a bird from the depths, these sea creatures take to the air for longer distances than you might expect possible. They also make excellent sandwiches when fried up in filets.

BIG FISH

Saint Lucian waters are home to a variety of big fish popular with

anglers and well suited for the grill. The toothy predator barracuda makes great steaks, as do the thick-lipped and docile grouper. Marlin and swordfish are prized catches that provide thick, meaty cuts, and tuna — yellowfin,

When being chased by a bigger fish, you can see ballyhoo leaping from the water and skimming along the surface like a skipped stone.

blackfin and skipjack — are available year-round.

These small fish, with

BALLYHOO

a needlelike beak, are commonly used as bait on fishing excursions,

and when being chased by a bigger fish, you can see them leaping from the water and skimming along the surface like a skipped stone. But you can also find wheelbarrows full of them at a fish market. Because they swim in large schools, they are easy to catch in nets. Locals will fry them in big batches and eat them in a manner similar to smelt.

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RECIPE: GREEN FIG & SALTFISH 1 lb saltfish 8 green bananas 1/4 cup coconut oil 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 1 medium sweet pepper, coarsely chopped 4 spicy peppers, sliced 1/4 cup chives, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tsp thyme Salt and pepper

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Rinse and then soak saltfish to remove salt, then remove any scales, skin or bones before flaking the fish. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, and add the onions, peppers, and garlic, sautéing until fragrant. Add the fish, thyme and chives, then cover and cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, peel the green bananas (“figs”) and boil in water with a tsp of salt for 15 minutes or until tender. Slice diagonally each banana into 3-4 thick pieces, place them on a plate and serve the cooked saltfish over the top of them.

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By Alex Darlington

HATTIE BARNARD

The artists of Saint Lucia create worldclass works.

The international art community has a name for the tiny Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia: They call it the New Paris. Many art teachers, critics, sculptors and painters worldwide compare what has been taking place here over the last few decades to the legendary movement that occurred in the French capital in the late 1800s and early 1900s. That was when earth-shakers like Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse were making lasting changes to the face of art, inspiring schools of thought that remain significant today. And just as would-be painters and sculptors flocked to Paris in its heyday, artists from all corners of the globe are pouring into this dot on the map in the Lesser Antilles to study with these modern masters and feel the inspiration the island provides. On one hand, it’s surprising to see such an overwhelming number of skilled artisans living and working in such a small country. But on the other hand, maybe it shouldn’t drop jaws at all. Visual art is threaded through Saint Lucia’s history. Just take a look at the official flag, with its rich sky-blue background and the dazzling 76

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sunshine-yellow triangle at its center. It’s hardly shocking to learn that it was designed by one of the most highly respected painters of the 20th century, Dunstan St. Omer. And what artist would not feel moved by the island’s sheer beauty, nestled between Martinique and Saint Vincent on the awe-inspiring Caribbean Sea, offering views of the majestic Pitons? It’s home to the Diamond Falls

Not finding it anywhere, she took matters into her own hands.

Botanical Gardens and blessed with wonderful weather, someone who never painted in his life could be moved to pick up a brush and try to capture beauty like this. The list of noted geniuses living and working in Saint Lucia reads like a who’s who of creative visionaries. It includes, among hundreds of others, Urmie Persad,

SIMON GAJADHAR

warm sunlight cooled by refreshing trade winds. Even

Lawrence Deligny, Christopher Cox, Alcina Nolley, Jonathan Gladding, Daniel Jean-Baptiste, Luigi St. Omer (son of the aforementioned Dunstan) and hundreds of others. Here are just four of those talented hundreds. All of them work in a variety of media. But each specializes in a

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MICHELLE ELLIOT (2)

MICHELLE ELLIOT: POTTERY

Like her contemporary, Zaka, Michelle Elliot has the sea rolling and flowing in her blood. She was born into a seafaring family in Vigie, Castries, near Saint Lucia’s scenic Vigie Beach. But it took a trip to Hawaii to awaken her interest in art. She was fascinated by the colorful, primitive paintings of the Hawaiian painters. Inspired, upon returning to Saint Lucia she began to create paintings of her own while managing her family’s restaurant. To her surprise and

SIMON GAJADHAR (AKA ZAKA): MASKS

delight, those paintings began to sell. But the lightning bolt really struck when Michelle

Crafting beauty is in Gajadhar’s DNA. Born in the U.K., he

wanted to buy crockery for the restaurant with designs

began his training building boats in his teens. While still

that would reflect the feel of the island. Not finding it

a young man, he earned a shipbuilding diploma from the

anywhere, she took matters into her own hands and

International Boatbuilding Training Center in Lowestoft.

began designing, creating and painting her own totally

In 1993, curious about his roots, he bought a round-trip ticket to Saint Lucia where his father was born. It was

unique ceramics. Her work has been displayed in Cagne Sur Mer in the

love at first sight. After being on the island for just a few

French Riviera and the gallery in Santo Domingo. And, of

days, he tore up his return ticket to England and was soon

course, her pottery is found locally in her studio at Saint

running the woodshop at the Marina Boatyard.

Lucia’s Pink Plantation House.

Shortly afterward, he gained well-deserved acclaim carving and painting masks and totems out of recycled telephone poles. He took on the name “Zaka” to reflect his love for nature. Zaka is the Haitian god of earth, forest and trees. Visitors to Saint Lucia can find his work at Zaka Art Café near Soufrière. LA BELLE HÉLÈNE

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JALLIM EUDOVIC: SCULPTURE

Jallim Eudovic comes by his exceptional talent naturally. Even at the precocious age of 5, he longed to follow in the footsteps of his father, famed Saint Lucian sculptor Vincent Joseph Eudovic. Joseph trained and encouraged his talented son and taught him the basics. By age 17, young Jallim was already creating breathtaking sculptures that caught the attention of the art-buying public and critics alike. He works with a variety of materials. Unlike some other sculptors, who find mahogany too hard to work with, Eudovic prefers it to the softer woods — especially the mahogany grown right here in Saint Lucia. He considers patience and mindfulness one of his most important strengths. Before he picks up his tools, Eudovic spends a long time thinking and considering each project, formulating the concept he wants to express. His hope is to convey a message of peace and unity among all people of the world. One of his best-known pieces, “Steering,” graces the grounds of the Changchun, China, International Automotive Sculpture Park. He currently works in his home studio in the Goodlands district of Castries. 80

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Plan for an hour & stay all day Offering “great produce, simply grilled” in a relaxed beach front location - a thatched bar, a thatched kitchen and a grill - a recipe for some great beach food for those lazy days and nights ahead.

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Relax in one of our 15 private cottages, situated on an organic estate that borders St. Lucia’s Petit Piton, one of the most stunning geological formations on Planet Earth. Each cottage has been lovingly restored and is accented with white gingerbread and jalousie shutters. Pick fresh fruit directly off the trees on the estate, enjoy the smell of chocolate wafting by on warm island breezes, and renew mind, body, and soul in our organic spa. • Set amongst St. Lucia’s majestic pitons • Located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Nestled within fruit and palm trees • Award winning resort & restaurants • Best Small Luxury Organic Spa Resort Worldwide 2018 • #30 in the Top 100 Luxury Resorts Worldwide 2018 • Discover St. Lucia’s history and culture We invite you to experience Fond Doux!

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HATTIE BARNARD: GREETING CARDS

Anyone snooty enough to dismiss the idea of greeting cards as an art form should take a look at the work of Hattie Barnard — one of Saint Lucia’s (and the world’s) most unique and inventive painters. Barnard was born in England and spent much of her childhood in Dominica (which also goes by the name “Nature Island”). But she now lives and works in Saint Lucia, the place she loves. She and her equally creative husband, Leo, own and operate the Choiseul Art Gallery and Shop in the sleepy fishing village of River Doree, just a mile from Kai Papai. Like so many Saint Lucian artists, Leo and Hattie are ardent conservationists. The two of them make jewelry and other crafts using only local materials (coconut, stones and seeds). Nothing they sell in the shop is imported. Both of them paint and draw on recycled paper. Each of Hattie’s cards reflects the essence of Saint Lucia. She’s also a writer. Her book, The Village by the Sea

The list of noted geniuses living and working in Saint Lucia reads like a who’s who of creative visionaries.

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enhancement FUND SLHTA’S TOURISM

T

A Private Sector Initiative

he Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) is

uses its existing resources to administer the projects

a private-sector initiative established on

identified for funding so as to ensure that ALL your

October 1, 2013, designed to allow the

contributions go directly toward the projects.

tourism industry a greater opportunity

Since its inception in 2013, the fund has supported

to play an integral role in the sustainable

over 130 projects and has had a significant impact on

development of our destination. The

the people and economy of Saint Lucia. The Virtual

TEF is financed by a small, voluntary donation from our

Agricultural Clearing House, a program designed

guests of $2 USD per night, and goes toward community

to bridge the gap between agriculture and tourism,

development, environmental projects and actions

received worldwide acclaim and recognition for its best

which will affect the livelihoods of our current and future

practices in sustainable tourism development. Over 540

generations. By collecting this small voluntary fee from

unemployed youth have received training under the

our visitors, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association

Hospitality Apprenticeship Program for Youth, another

will also be able to support specific projects ensuring that

initiative sponsored by the fund. The fund continues

our island is clean and safe for visitors and residents alike,

to support programs like the Kids In Sight Project,

including the beautification of specific areas of our island.

which is designed to help visually impaired children get much-needed surgeries to help repair their vision.

The TEF is managed by a Board of Trustees

One of the most recent projects funded by the

comprising representatives from the public and private sectors who ensure that projects undertaken

TEF is a wheelchair project in which the targeted

by the fund continue to have a strong educational,

beneficiaries are persons who are unable to walk

environmental and developmental impact. The SLHTA

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TO DATE, THE TEF HAS FUNDED OVER 100 PROJECTS. SOME OF THE NOTABLE PROJECTS ARE LISTED BELOW:

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: • SLHTA Apprenticeship Programme • Island Destination Promotion • EXPEDIA campaign • Media Symposium • Agri-Symposium • Small-Hotel Promotions (Visitor Channel) • Sponsorship of Manager Mentorship Programme • French Language Training for Hospitality Industry Workers • Leadership Training for Industry Workers • HACCP training • Wines of the World Training • Training Videos on IETV • Sponsorship for Bay Fest Street Festival • Sponsorship for training on five things an entrepreneur needs to know • Cost Control Training – Lisa Beckles • Tourism Linkages & Networking Forum

SOCIO-ECONOMIC PROJECTS: • Rodney Bay Safety Enhancement Project • Wilton’s Yard Training Project • Health Promotion & Safety • Rodney Bay Beautification Project* • Rodney Bay Demarcation Project • Pli Belle Komin Project • Christmas Hampers (2014) • Refurbishment of CCSS Food 7 Nutrition Room • Canaries Relief Effort/ 2013 Trough Victims Support

chairs due to financial constraints. This new mobility will enable persons with disabilities to undertake

• Sandals/ SLHTA Partnership – Sick Kids’ Initiative • Uniforms for the National Netball Team • Support for Taste of the Caribbean 2014 Team

employment, provide for their families and encourage independence of recipients, thereby restoring or

• Support for Taste of the Caribbean 2015 Team • Support for Taste of the Caribbean 2016 Team • Social Transformation Community After School Programme • Marketing Material for SBDC Model for Saint Lucia

enabling a greater sense of self-confidence. To date, the TEF has spent over $4 million in support

• Support for Grooming Programme – Cutty Ranks • Support for volleyballers’ participation in international competition

of youth development, healthcare, environmental

• Support for Chefs in Schools

preservation, anti-litter awareness, after-school

• Sponsorship of four flights for US coaches to train

programs, small-business support, agricultural

Soufriere Football Camp

linkages with tourism, libraries, disaster relief and

• Support for Jus Sail Youth Training Programme

• Support through NCPC for training of mini-bus drivers • Electrical works for lighting for Gros Islet Street Party

feeding programs for the underprivileged.

• Sponsorship for Swawe Kweyol Event – Ministry of Tourism

The fund continues to demonstrate our industry’s

• Dominica Relief Efforts contribution

limitless potential when we commit to getting

• Tourism Safety Unit • Social Transformation After School Programme

things done collectively. Its current success would

• Christmas Hampers (2015)

not have been possible without the efforts of our

• Sponsorship for ZIKA Training (nurses) and members

resort-management teams and resort employees

• Sponsorship for Youth Steel Pan training

who encourage guests to participate.

• Sponsorship for MERCURY BEACH

• Sponsorship for RISE St. Lucia - Good Food Revolution Project • Sponsorship for IN2care mosquito traps.

To find out how your company can participate in the work of the TEF, please visit us at www.stluciatef. com or contact us at grants@stluciatef.com.

• Agri-Tourism linkages Virtual Agriculture Clearing House (VACH) • Rise St. Lucia Inc, The Good Food Revolution • Gros Islet Tourism Rehabilitation Project

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BAY GARDENS HOTEL

Cheryl Gustave 452-8060/4528002/4578010 452-8059 P.O. Box 1892 Castries, Rodney Heights Gros-Islet cgustave@baygardensresorts.com www.baygardenshotel.com

HIGH-END BOUTIQUE HOTELS

ANSE CHASTANET HOTEL

Karolin Troubetzkoy 459-7000/459-5502 459-7700 P.O. Box 7000, Soufriere ansechastanet@ansechastanet.com; www.ansechastanet.com

MARIGOT BAY RESORT & MARINA BY CAPELLA

Perle Flavien 458-5300 458-5299 P.O. Box MG 7227, Marigot Bay, Castries perle.flavien@marigotbayresort.com www.capellahotels.com

PAPILLON BY REX RESORTS Richard Michelin 457-3000 P.O. Box 512, Castries gmanager@rsl.rexresorts.travel

COCONUT BAY BEACH RESORT & SPA / SERENITY

BAY GARDENS BEACH RESORT AND SPA

Zachary Frangos 459-6000 459-6019 P.O. Box 246, Vieux-Fort msmithcarolan@cbayresort.com www.cbayresort.com

Waltrude Patrick 457-8500 457-8400 P.O. Box 1892, Castries, Rodney Bay Village, Gros Islet wpatrick@baygardensresorts.com www.baygardensbeachresort.com

RENDEZVOUS

ROYAL ST. LUCIAN

BOUCAN BY HOTEL CHOCOLAT

ROYAL ST. LUCIAN LIMITED

ROYALTON SAINT LUCIA RESORT & SPA

CALABASH COVE RESORT & SPA

Richard Michelin 457-3131 452-9639 P.O. Box 977, Castries Gros-Islet reservation@rsl.rexresorts.travel www.rexresorts.com Anderson Howard 457-4100/450-9544 450-8625 P.O Box 915, Castries gmuvf@royaltonresorts.com www.royaltonresorts.com

SAINT JAMES’S CLUB MORGAN BAY SAINT LUCIA

Mark Grebby 457-3700 450-1288 P.O. Box 2167, Choc Bay, Gros- Islet gm@stjamesclubslu.com www.morganbayresort.com

SANDALS GRANDE SAINT LUCIAN SPA & BEACH RESORT Winston Anderson 455-2000 455-8405 P.O. Box GI 2247, Gros-Islet wanderson@grp.sandals.com www.sandalsgrande.com

SANDALS HALCYON BEACH SAINT LUCIA Christopher Elliott 453-0222 451-8435 P.O. Box GM 910, Choc Bay, Castries celliott@grp.sandals.com www.sandals.com

SANDALS LA TOC GOLF RESORT AND SPA SAINT LUCIA Gaurav Sindhi 452-3081 452-1012 P.O. Box 399, Castries gsindhi@grp.sandals.com www.sandals.com

THE BODYHOLIDAY

Pascal Bertrand 457-7800/457-7802 450-0368 P.O. Box 437, Castries pascal@thebodyholiday.com www.thebodyholiday.com

THE HARBOR CLUB

Philip Yu 731-2900 P.O. Box GI2232, Rodney Bay philip.yu@theharborclub.com www.theharborclub.com

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Bernabe Alexander 459-7971 N/A P.O. Box 312, Soufriere bernabe.alexander@thehotelchocolat.com; www.thehotelchocolat.com Konrad Wagner 456-3500 450-4603 P.O. Box RB 2696, Gros-Islet info@calabashcove.com; www.calabashcove.com

CAP MAISON RESORT & SPA ST. LUCIA Ross Stevenson 457-8670 450-8847 P.O. Box 2188, Gros-Islet ross@capmaison.com www.capmaison.com

COCO PALM

Jean St. Rose 456-2800 452-0713 P.O. Box GM 605, Gable Woods Mall, Castries gm@coco-resorts.com www.coco-resorts.com

EAST WINDS RESORT LTD Judith Milne 452-8212 452-9941 P.O. Box 1477, Castries judith@eastwinds.com www.eastwinds.com

FOND DOUX PLANTATION Eroline Lamontagne 459-7545/ 459-7548 459-7790 P.O. Box 250, Soufriere info@fonddouxestate.com www.fonddouxestate.com

JADE MOUNTAIN

Karolin Troubetzkoy 459-7000/459-7977 459-4002 P.O. Box 7000, Soufriere karolin@ansechastanet.com www.jademountain.com

LADERA

Christian Gandara 459-6600/717-7723 459-5156 P.O. Box 225, Soufriere adminstration@ladera.com www.ladera.com

Yhasmine Remy-Hylton 457-7900 459-7700 P.O. Box 190, Malabar Beach, Vigie, Castries yhasmine@theromanticholiday.com www.theromanticholiday.com Richard Michelin 452-9999 452-9639 P.O. Box 977, Reduit Beach, Castries, Gros-Islet gmanager@rsl.rexresorts.travel www.rexresorts.com

STONEFIELD RESORT

Anista Brown 459-5648/ 459-7037 459-5550 P.O. Box 228, Soufriere salesandmarketing@stonefieldresort.com www.stonefieldvillas.com

SUGAR BEACH, A VICEROY RESORT

Mark Sterner 456-8000 459-7667 P.O. Box 251, Soufriere mark.sterner@viceroyhotelsandresorts.com www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

TET ROUGE

Diana Moldovan La Pointe, Choisuel info@tetrouge.com www.tetrouge.com

THE LANDINGS RESORT & SPA BY ELEGANT HOTELS Paul Collymore 458-7300 458-7395 P.O. Box CP 5984, Castries gm@landingsstlucia.com www.landingsstlucia.com

TI KAYE RESORT & SPA Nicholas Pinnock 456-8101/ 456-8157 456-8109 P.O. Box GM 669, Castries admin.assit@tikaye.com www.tikaye.com

VILLA BEACH COTTAGES Colin Hunte 450-2884/ 452-2691 450-4529 P.O. Box 129, Castries colin@villabeachcottages.com; www.villabeachcottages.com

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CASTLES IN PARADISE

Bonnie Zephirin 454-8409 454-8409 P.O. Box 660 Gablewoods Mall South, Vieux- FortVieux-Fort castleinparadise@candw.lc www.castlesinparadise.com

CLEOPATRA VILLAS

Robert Joseph 458-0703 P.O. Box RB 2528, Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet office@villasinstlucia.com www.villasinstlucia.com

HARMONY MARINA SUITES Indra Betts-Hermiston 452-8756/ 452-0336 452-8677 P.O. Box 155, Castries Gros-Islet indra.hermiston@gmail.com harmonysuites.com

INDIGO PEARL PROPERTIES INC.

Reid Levenson 1-613-699-5073 Gros-Islet reid.levenson@indigopearlproperties.com www.indigopearlproperties.com

TROPICAL VILLAS

Marella Devaux 450-8240 450-8089 P.O. Box BW419 Rodney Bay Gros-Islet admin@tropicalvillas.net www.tropicalvillas.net

VILLA C’EST LA VIE

Michael Thorn 452-0933/7221616 452-0869 P.O. Box GM 848, Castries cestlavie@casalucia.com www.villacestlavie.com

VILLA CAPRI

Kris Wagner 450-0009 P.O. Box RB 2552, Gros-Islet capristlucia@hotmail.com www.capristlucia.com

VILLA FORTUNE

Dwayne Daniel 459-0085 459-0177 P.O. Box MF 7137, Morne Fortune, Castries daniel_dwayne@hotmail.com www.villafortune.com

WINDJAMMER LANDINGS VILLA BEACH RESORT & SPA Scott Seger 456-9000 452-0907 P.O. Box 1504, Castries Gros-Islet sseger@windjammer-landing.com www.windjammer-landing.com

SMALL HOTELS

AUBERGE SERAPHINE

Camilla Joseph 456-3002/ 453-2073 451-7001 P.O. Box 390, Vielle Ville Bay Pointe Searphine, Castries auberge@candw.lc www.aubergeseraphine.com

BAY GARDENS INN

Cheryl Gustave 452-8200 452-8002 P.O. Box 1892, Rodney Bay Village, Rodney Bay Gros-Islet cgustave@baygardensresorts.com www.baygardensinn.com

BAY GARDENS MARINA HAVEN

Ms. Daryl Aaron 456-8500/ 456-8512 456-8511 P.O. Box 1544, Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet daaron@baygardensresorts.com www.palmhavenhotel.com

BEL JOU HOTEL

Dean La Force 456-1800 456-1801 P.O. Box 296, La Pansee, Castries frontdesk@beljouhotel.com www.saga.co.uk/stlucia

HABITAT TERRACE HOTEL

Cheryl Skeete 452-0822 P.O. Box 247, Castries Gros-Islet reservations@habitatterrace.com; www.habitatterracehotel.com

HUMMINGBIRD BEACH RESORT Joan Alexander Stowe 459-7232/ 459-7985 459-7033 P.O. Box 280, Soufriere hbr@candw.lc www.1stlucia.co.uk

Joseph Charles 457-1485 457-1731 P.O. Box 235, Soufriere downtownhotel@candw.lc www.thedowntownhotel.net

THE GINGER LILY HOTEL

Karen Kisson 458-0300 458-0033 P.O. Box CP 6013, Castries Gros-Islet info@gingerlilyhotel.com www.gingerlilyhotel.com

TROPICAL PARADISE VIEW Primus Suffren 285-5853 c/o Anse La Raye P.O LC8101w tropicalparadiseview@gmail.com

XHALE LUXURY VILLA

Lisa Gardner 728-9199/730-9700 P.O. Box BW492 Gros Islet LC01 601 adhanpaul71@gmail.com www.xhaleluxuryvilla.com

SMALL PROPERTIES

(SMALL HOTELS, INNS/GUESTHOUSES)

ALIZE INN GUEST HOUSE

Hyacintha Simon 452-0960/ 450-1487 P.O. Box 1763, Castries LC04-101Gros-Islet pta@candw.lc alize-inn.info

AUPIC PARADISE GUEST HOUSE & APARTMENTS Lean Antoine 454-5857 454-5853 P.O. Box 513, Vieux-FortVieux-Fort aupicparadise12@gmail.com www.aupicparadise.com

CHARLERY’S INN

Bruno Galon 458-0392 P.O. Box BW333 Castries Gros-Islet info@stlucialaterrasse.com www.laterrassestlucia.com

Clinton Charlery 454-7420 454-5899 P.O. Box 286, Clarke Street, Vieux- FortVieux-Fort info@charlerysinnslu.com www.charlerysinnslu.com

MANGO BEACH INN

FOX GROVE INN

Judith Verity 458-3188 451-4872 P.O. Box CP 5437 Castries judith@marigotbay.com www.mangobeachmarigot.com

Franz Louis-Fernand 455-3800 455-3271 P.O. Box MR 30R, Mon Repos Post Office, Mamiku LC15 201Mon Repos foxgroveinn@candw.lc www.foxgroveinn.com

MARIGOT BEACH CLUB & DIVE RESORT

MARIGOT PALMS/ ALDANTE LTD

LA TERRASSE INN

Lorne Charles 451-4974 451-4973 Marigot Post Office Marigot info@marigotbeachclub.com www.marigotbeachclub.com

Daniel Kempenaers 287-3716 P.O. Box Choc 8465, Mega J Castries info@marigotpalms.com www.marigotpalms.com

OASIS MARIGOT

Charles Serieux 722-4565 CP5775 Waterfront, Castries Morne Fortune, Castries info@mornemanor.com

Beverly Mathurin 285-6123 305-946-6372 P.O. Box 387 Castries Marigot oasism@candw.lc www.oasismarigot.com

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QR QUALITY ROOMS

Niles Ferdinand 454-8043 454-9953 Cedar Heights, Vieux-Fort qrqualityrooms@gmail.com www.qrqualityrooms.com

THE REEF KITE & SURF

Cecile Wiltshire 454-3418 454-7400 P.O. Box 485, Anse La Sable, Vieux-Fort info@slucia.com www.slucia.com

FOOD AND BEVERAGE SUPPLIERS

ADMAC LTD.

ISLAND MIX

Nadia Jabour 5847877 Rodney Bay Post Office najabour@gmail.com

PARAMOUNT HOLDINGS LIMITED

BLUE OLIVE RESTAURANT

Anita Charles 451-6600/ 451-6621 456-0615 P.O. Box 618, Castries Gros-Islet palacs@candw.lc paramountprocurementservices.com

BUZZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL

(HOSPITALITY EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTORS)

PETER & COMPANY DISTRIBUTION Leo Lionel 457-7000 457-7059 P.O. Box 84/ 85, Castries pcl.reception@thegelgroup.com www.goddardenterprisesltd.com

Ruth Mc Farlane 451-6890 451-8995 P.O. Box Choc 8225, Castries info@admacltd.com www.admacltd.com

RAINFOREST SEAFOODS INC

BARBAY/ ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS

RENWICK & COMPANY LTD.

Margaret Montplaisir 456-3100 451-4221 P.O. Box 823, Castries info@saintluciarums.com www.saintluciarums.com

BARON FOODS

Ronald Ramjattan 454-9230 454-9231 P.O. Box 393, Vieux-Fort rramjattan@baronfoodsltd.com www.baronfoodsltd.com

CARIBBEAN JUICES

Monica Althea Valmont 7206566 P.O Box RB2366 Rodney Bay Gros Islet corinthestate@gmail.com

COCO LOVE

Sherrian Saltibus-Edgar VF 849 Gablewoods Mall South sherrisaltibus@gmail.com

CROWN FOODS LTD.

Kevin White 452-0530/ 285-4197 452-0531 P.O. Box 2190, Gros-Islet kevincrownfoods@candw.lc www.crownfoodsstlucia.com

DU BOULAY’S BOTTLING CO. LTD. Maclean James 452-2280 452-3125 P.O. Box 962, Castries maclean.james@heineken.com www.duboulaysbottling.com

Ian Duncan 459-6073 459-6024 Beanfield Vieux Fort adminstlucia@rainforestseafoods.com

Sophia Groenewald 727-9734 sophia1980maria@gmail.com

CARIBBEAN PIRATES LTD.

Robert Skeete 452-2543/ 714-4647 P.O. Box 2026, Gros-Islet caribbeanpirates123@gmail.com

IL PIRATA PASTAIO

Emanuela Gualtieri 454-6610 454-5100 Industrial Estate Vieux Fort ilpirata@candw.lc

JACQUES WATERFRONT DINING

SMJ BEVERAGES

MARUTI FOODS LTD.

Ernest Augier 454-7777/ 453-6392 454-5567 P.O. Box 1906, Vieux Fort Industrial Estate, Vieux-Fort smj_beverages@candw.lc www.chubbykidsclub.com

Ashok Vaswani 459-2452 450-0014 P.O. Box CP 6425, Castries Car Park, Castries Gros-Islet info@craveslu.com www.zaikathetasteslu.com

SUPERIOR FISH & SEAFOOD SUPPLIERS LTD.

ORLANDO’S RESTAURANT

Hilary Herman 450-8647 450-9729 P.O. Box CP 5828, Castries Gros-Islet info@superior-seafoods.com www.superior-seafoods.com

VIKING TRADERS LTD.

Nicholas Zephirin 450-1520 450-1188 P.O. Box 691, Castries Gros-Islet viking@candw.lc www.vikingstlucia.com

WINDWARD & LEEWARD BREWERY LTD. Oscar Garcia 459-6200/459-6231 454-6301 P.O. Box 1271, CastriesVieux-Fort oscar.garcia@heineken.com www.pitonbeer.com

Anthony Samuel 459-6400 454-6206 P.O. Box 363, Vieux-Fort anthony.samuel@goddardcatering.com www.goddardenterprisesltd.com

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Bruno Galon 458-2433 P.O. Box BW333 Castries Gros-Islet info@blueolivestlucia.com blueolivestlucia.com

Cheryl Renwick 455-8000 452-7602 P.O. Box 90, Vide Boutielle, Castries contact@renwickslu.com www.renwicksaintlucia.com

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Catherin & Jacques Rioux 458-1900 P.O. Box RB 2534, Rodney Bay Gros-Islet cathyrioux@gmail.com www.jacquesrestaurant.com

Orlando Satchell 459-5955 P.O. Box LC09101 Soufriere orlandocaribchef@gmail.com

SPINNAKERS SAINT LUCIA LTD. Linfus Mederick 452-8491 458-0301 P.O. Box 1192, Castries Gros-Islet spinnakersbeachbar@ymail.com www.spinnakersbeachbar.com

DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANIES / TRAVEL CONSULTANTS BAREFOOT HOLIDAYS

Erwin Louisy 450-0507 450-0661 P.O. Box BW 379, Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet barefoot@candw.lc www.barefootholidays.com

BEYOND BORDERS INC Bernice Jean 719-6647 bernice@beyondborderz.biz

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Hyacintha Simon 450-1487 P.O. Box 1763, Castries, LC04-101 Gros-Islet pta@candw.lc www.pitons-travel.com

SAINT LUCIA REPRESENTATIVE SERVICES LTD. Bridgette Charles 456-9100 452-0459 P.O.Box 879, Castries Gros-Islet dutyoffice@stluciareps.com www.stluciareps.com

SERENITY VACATIONS AND TOURS INC.

John S. Mathurin 450-4525 410-782-0137 P.O. Box GI 2090 Gros-Islet ambassador@serenitytvl.com www.serenitytvl.com

SPICE TRAVEL LTD.

Maria Thorn 452-0865/ 452-0866 452-0869 P.O. Box GM 848, Castries Gros-Islet casalucia@candw.lc www.casalucia.com

SUNTOURS CARIBBEAN (CWTS) Lydon Thomas 458-0473- 4 452-8550 P.O. Box CP 6356, Castries Gros-Islet managerslu@suntourscaribbean.com www.suntourscaribbean.co,

TRAVEL & LEISURE CENTRE

Adrian Popo 452-1359 453-1359 #5 Gablewoods Mall, Sunny Acres, Castries info@tlcslu.com www.tlcslu.com

WEDDING SERVICE PROVIDERS

AWESOME CARIBBEAN WEDDINGS

Michelle Ince 450-0300 450-8033 P.O. Box 487, Castries talktous@awesomecaribbeanweddings.com www.awesomecaribbeanweddings.com

CAP ESTATE GARDEN WEDDINGS

Carole Louison 716-1163 452-4184 P.O. Box 1402, Castries Gros-Islet capgardenweddings@gmail.com

STONY HILL SAINT LUCIA

Cynthia Soni 458-0461 458-0495 P.O. Box GM 731, Castries Gros-Islet soni@stonyhillstlucia.com www.stonyhillstlucia.com

AIRLINES AND DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANIES/TRAVEL CONSULTANTS, WEDDING SERVICE PROVIDERS

AIR CARAIBE

Cleopatra Judy Mason 453-0357 452-0926 P.O. Box GM 629, GFl Charles, Castries aircaraibes@candw.lc www.aircaraibes.com

COX & CO. LTD.

Matthew Beaubrun 456-5000/456-5042 456-5016 P.O.Box 88, Castries info@coxcoltd.com www.coxshipping.com

FOSTER & INCE CRUISE SERVICES Ian Herman 452-6441 456-0694 P.O. Box CP 6249, Castries iherman@foster-ince.com www.foster-ince.com

MINVIELLE & CHASTANET LTD. 458-8000 458-8259 P.O. Box 99, Bridge Street, Castries mcee@mandcgroup.com www.mandcgroup.com

BRITISH AIRWAYS

Dylan Harrow 454-6172/ 454-9926 454-8259 P.O. Box 1015, Gablewoods South Vieux-Fort dylan.harrow@ba.com www.ba.com

CARIBBEAN DISPATCH SERVICES LTD. Jenny Vigier 459-6500 459-6517/ 459-6518 P.O. Box 512, Vieux-Fort Jenny.vigier@aa.com

LIAT (1964) LTD.

Josse Mesmin 457-4261/ 457-4260/452-3051 453-6563 P.O. Box 416, Castries mesminj@liat.com www.liat.com

ST LUCIA AIRLINE OPERATORS COMMITTEE Kennedy O Rene 452-7211 458-1727 P.O Box 416, Castries krene@parcelsexpresslc.com

THE TRAVEL BOUTIQUE

Cleopatra Judy Mason 451-6364 452-4979 Castries travel.boutique@candw.lc www.the-travel-boutique.com

DUTY FREE GIFT SHOPS

DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL Yaniv Gliksman 457-4200 452-5888 P.O. Box 88, Castries ygliksman@shopdi.com www.shopdi.com

DUTY FREE CARIBBEAN HOLDINGS Emma Degazon-Adley 453-2629/ 459-0060 453-7729 P.O. Box 1487, Pointe Seraphine, Castries emma.degazon@dfch.com www.dutyfreecaribbean.com

EUDOVIC ART STUDIO Joseph Eudovic 452-2747 459-0124 P.O. Box 620, Castries seuduplessis@gmail.com don.e@hotmail.co.uk

HARRY EDWARD JEWELERS

Thomas Ladner 458-6000 452-7587 P.O. Box 1889, Pointe Seraphine, Castries hejl@candw.lc www.harryedwardsjewelers.com

HEBAH LTD.

Zai Mohammed 452-6666/ 453-6666 452-9421 P.O. Box BW 300, Baywalk Mall Gros-Islet info@baywalkslu.com www.baywalkslu.com

DREAMY WEDDINGS & TOURS INC.

SEA ISLAND COTTON SHOP

Natalie John 1-869-466-9418 1-869-466-4205 P.O. Box GM 672, Castries customerservice@dreamyweddings.com www.dreamyweddings.com

Brendan McShane 452-3674 453-7751 P.O. Box 37, Castries Gros-Islet seaisland@candw.lc www.seaislandcottonshop.com LA BELLE HÉLÈNE

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CARNIVAL SAILING LIMITED Peter Bryne 452-5586/ 722-7193 458-2369 Castries carnival@candw.lc carnivalsailing.com

DUBOULAY HOLDINGS LTD. Joan Devaux 715-1266 453-2068 P.O. Box 1020, Castries jdevaux@candw.lc www.diamondstlucia.com

ISLAND ROUTES- CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE TOURS

Nicola Cozier P.O. Box GM 910, Sandals Halcyon, Castries ncozier@islandroutes.com

LEISURE INN

Andrea Faucher 459-5616 459-5309 P.O. Box 289, New Development, Soufriere info@leisurestlucia.com www.leisurestlucia.com

PALM SERVICES LTD.

Bryan Devaux 458-0908 452-8163 P.O. Box RB 2581, Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet palmservices.reservations@gmail.com www.adventuretoursstlucia.com

AANANSI ATV TOURS

Kareem Hinkson 716-3735/485-4590 P.O. Box 2002C, General Post Office, Castries Fond Assau, Babonneau kareem@aanansiatv.com www.aanansiatv.com

RAIN FOREST SKY RIDES/ADVENTURES SAINT LUCIA Daryl Raymond 458-5153/458-5151 458-5150 P.O. Box 6066, Castries Gros-Islet rainforestskyrides@gmail.com www.rainforestadventure.com

SAINT LUCIA HELICOPTERS LTD. Mervin Robert 453-6950 452-1553 P.O. Box GM 945, Castries reservations@stluciahelicopters.com www.stluciahelicopters.com

SEA SPRAY CRUISES

Corey Devaux 458-0123/ 452-8644 452-0916 P.O. Box RB 2587, Gros-Islet info@seaspraycruises.com www.seaspraycruises.com

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SOUFRIERE HOTWIRE RIDES INC Morne Coubaril Historical Adventure Park Josh Defreitas 459-7340 P.O. Box 308, Soufriere info@stluciaziplining.com www.stluciaziplining.com

CHI SHUTTLES

Nesa Constantine 723-3314 P.O. Box MA 08 Gros-Islet chishuttles@gmail.com

T.E. TOURING SERVICES INC. Trevor Naitram 453-5223 458-2721 P.O. Box 4045, Bocage, Castries guestrelations@tetouring.com

ISLAND ROUTES

Nicole Cozier P.O. Box GM 910, Sandals Halcyon, Castries ncozier@islandroutes.com

FINEST TOURING LTD Kervin Mitchell 451-2136 chevy888@gmail.com

TET PAUL NATURE TRAIL

Maureen Fontenelle 457-1122 62 Church St Soufriere maureenfontenelle@yahoo.co.uk www.tetpaulnaturetrail.com

SOUTHERN TAXI ASSOCIATION Kenneth Phillip Micoud P.O kenphilip@hotmail.com www.southerntaxi.com

COURTESY TAXI AND TOUR CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD Linus St Clair 452-1733 453-7175 P.O. Box GM599 lstclair9@msn.com

GRANDE ANSE SEA TURTLE AND NATURE DEFENDERS Trevor Naitram Babonneau Post Office tnaitram@hotmail.com

AUTOMOBILE RENTALS

24 HOURS CAR RENTAL

Sandra Monrose 452-1330 450-1632 P.O. Box CP 5694, Castries 24hourscarrental@gmail.com www.bestratescarrental.com

COOL BREEZE CAR RENTAL

Andrea Faucher 459-7729 459-5309 P.O. Box 289, New Development, Soufriere afaucher@candw.lc www.coolbreezecarrentals.com

COURTESY CAR RENTALS LTD. Marie Ambrose 452-8140 P.O. Box 2144, Massade, Gros-Islet info@courtesycarrentals.com www.courtesycarrentals.com

DRIVE A MATIC

Sianna Charles 452-0544 452-0630 P.O. Box GW 673, Gablewoods Mall Gros-Islet sianna@carhire.tv www.drivestlucia.com

BUDGET RENT A CAR

Ursula Lubrun 452-9887 452-8160 P.O. Box GR 5129 Grande Riviere Post Office budgetcars@candw.lc www.budgetslu.com

TAXI SERVICE PROVIDERS

THE GROS ISLET TAXI OWNERS COMPANY LTD Matthew Albertie 456-9546 P.O. Box 2154 Gros Islet requestwindjammertaxi@gmail.com www.windjammertaxis.com

SEE ST LUCIA TOPLESS MINI COOPER ROADTRIP/ BUCKET LIST LTD.

TRIM AIR CHARTER SERVICES

COSOL TOURS

HOLIDAY TAXI LTD

Andre Dhanpaul P.O. Box BW492 Gros Islet LC01 601 adhanpaul71@gmail.com www.minicooperroadtrip.com

Cera Eudovic 450-6848 Babonneau Post Office cosol966@hotmail.com

HIBISCUS TOURS ST LUCIA Daniel Nunez Rodney Bay Gros Islet BW 456 hibiscustours.stlucia@gmail.com

Nelista Young 451-2359/ 285-0272 450-8428 P.O. Box RB 2486, Gros-Islet info@affinitychauffeur.com www.affinitychauffeur.com

Lucien Joseph 452-6067 452-6093 1651 Castries accounts@holidaytaxislu.com

EVERGREEN PASSENGER TRANSPORT LTD Owen Augier 451-5265/451-1977 453-5720 oaugier@yahoo.com

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IGY RODNEY BAY MARINA Sean Devaux 572-7200 452-0185 P.O. Box 1538, CastriesGros-Islet rbm@igymarinas.com www.igymarinas.com

REGIS ELECTRONICS LTD Jon White 452-0205 stlucia@regiselectronics.com

BOAT CHARTERS

CATS (1995) LTD.

Micheal Green 450-8651 452-0659 P.O. Box 1797, Castries Gros-Islet catsltd@candw.lc www.stluciaboattours.com

JUS’ SAIL

James Crockett 458-0069 / 287-1071 P.O. Box RB 2472, Rodney Bay Gros-Islet james@jussail.com jussail.com

THE PEARL

John Allamby 450-2744 P.O. Box 2011 Gros Islet Rodney Bay info@thepearlstlucia.com http://the-pearl.webflow.io/

UTILITY COMPANIES

STATUTORY CORPORATIONS

INVEST SAINT LUCIA Jeremiah Edward 457-3400 452-1841 P.O. Box 495, Castries info@investstlucia.com www.investstlucia.com

COMMERCIAL BANKS

1ST NATIONAL BANK SAINT LUCIA LTD.

Jonathan Johannes 455-7000 453-1630 P.O. Box 168, 21 Bridge Street, Castries manager@1stnationalbankslu.com www.1stnationalbankonline.com

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AUTHORITY OF SAINT LUCIA

BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA

Margot Thomas 452-1654 453-1405 P.O. Box 3060, La Clery, Castries mariette900@yahoo.com

Elie Bendaly 456-2100 458-2856/ 456-2130 P.O. Box 301, #6 William Peter Boulevard, Castries bns.stlucia@scotiabank.com www.bankofsaintlucia.com

SAINT LUCIA AIR & SEAPORTS AUTHORITY

BANK OF SAINT LUCIA

Ag Daren Cenac 457-6100 457-6190 P.O. Box 651, Castries info@slaspa.com www.slaspa.com

Derry Williams 456-6000 456-6702 P.O. Box 1860, Bridge Street, Castries info@bankofsaintlucia.com www.bankofsaintlucia.com

SAINT LUCIA NATIONAL TRUST

FIRST CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL BANK

Bishnu Tulsie 452-5005/ 453-1495 453-2791 P.O. Box 595, Castries natrust@slunatrust.org www.slunatrust.org

SOUFRIERE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION Lester Cazuabon 459-7200 459-7999 P.O. Box 272, Soufriere soufrierefoundation@gmail.com www.soufrierefoundation.org

EXCHANGE MEMBERS

Ladesa James-Williams 456-1000 452-6860 P.O. Box 335, Bridge Street, Castries ladesa.james-williams@cibcfcib.com www.cibcfcib.com

SAINT LUCIA DEVELOPMENT BANK Dorn Lafeuillee-Simon 4567532 4533839 P.O. Box CP5900, Castries Dorn.lafeuilee@sldb.lc www.sldb.lc

EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING INSTITUTIONS

DIGICEL (SAINT LUCIA) LTD.

Siobhan James-Alexander 728-3400 450-3872 P.O. Box GM 791, Castries Gros-Islet siobhan.james-alexander@digicelgroup.com www.digicelstlucia.com

LIME

Chris Williams 453-9000 453-9700 P.O. Box 111, Castries customerrelations@lime.com www.lime.com

SAINT LUCIA ELECTRICITY SERVICES LTD. Trevor Louisy 457-4400 452-1171 P.O. Box 230, Castries lucelec@candw.lc www.lucelec.com

WATER & SEWERAGE COMPANY INC.

SAINT LUCIA ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY (SLAPS)

DIVISION OF HOSPITALITY STUDIES (SALCC)

SAINT LUCIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

MONROE COLLEGE

Pamela M. Devaux 457-5277 P.O. Box GM 788, Castries, Gros-Islet stluciaanimals@gmail.com

Brian Louisy 452-3165 / 453-1540 453-6907 P.O. Box 482, Castries info@stluciachamber.org www.stluciachamber.org

SAINT LUCIA TOURISM AUTHORITY Agnes Francis 452-4094 453-1121 P.O. Box 221, Castries, St. Lucia, LC07-301 information@stlucia.org www.stlucia.org

Tanya Warner 457-7318 Morne Fortune, Castries kharris@apps.salcc.edu.lc www.salcc.edu

Gus Small 456-3200 458-2117 P.O. Box Cp 5419, Castries asmall@monroecollege.edu www.monroecollege.edu

SPRINGBOARD CARIBBEAN

Anne Marie Quail 450-0198 Head Cornerstone Building, Gros-Islet Castries springboardstlucia@gmail.com springboardcaribbean.com

Edmund Regis 457-3900 / 457-3903 452-6844 P.O. Box 1481, Castries edmundregis@wascosaintlucia.com

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ANGELS OF THE WEST INDIES Regina Posvar 486-4509 P.O. Box BW 314 Gros-Islet reggiregg@gmail.com www.angelsofthewestindies.com

CARIBBEAN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM TRAINING INSTITUTE (CHTTI) Dave Charles 384-1118 General Post Office cometostlucia@gmail.com

CELESTIAL SELF DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Thecla Deterville 453-1924/484-9756 453-0244 P.O. Box 835 Castries Saint Lucia tdeterville@hotmail.com

THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT NETWORK LTD.

Lindell St. Aimee 717-4959 BW 387, Rodney Bay, Gros IsletGros Islet nazeez@hdnconsult.com

BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS AND MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS ACCELA MARKETING

Agnes Francis 452-6299 452-7571 P.O. Box 1058, Castries info@accelamarketing.com; afrancis@ accelamarketing.com www.accelamarketing.com

CGM GALLAGHER INSURANCE BROKERS Scott Stollmeyer 450-2410/ 458-5750 450-3250 P.O. Box CP 5352Castries scott_stollmeyer@ajg.com www.cgmgallagher.com

EASTERN CARIBBEAN COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION FOR MUSIC RIGHTS

Vanesta Mortley 451-6436/451-6809 451-6437 P.O. Box CP 5380, Castries- LC04-301, St. LuciaCastries vmortley@eccorights.com www.eccorights.org

GRANT THORNTON

Anthony Atkinson 456-2600 452-1061 P.O. Box 195, Castries grantthornton@candw.lc www.grantthornton.com

HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES Daniel M. Belizaire 450-0307 P.O. Box 2210, Gros-Islet beli_d@hotmail.com

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PKF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Richard Surage 450-7777 451-3079 P.O. Box Choc 8245, Castries info@pkf.lc www.pkf.com

REGIONAL BUSINESS SYSTEMS INC.

Sharon Christie 1-246-426-1510 1-246-429-9665 P.O. Box 1231, Bridgetown, Barbados sachristie@kensingtoncourt.com www. RegionalBusinessSystems.com

CONVERGE SOLUTIONS INC

Terrence Elliott 452-8760 458-0109 P.O. Box 6123 terrence.elliott@convergesolve.com www.convergesolve.com

STR (SMITH TRAVEL RESEARCH INC.

Britany Baldwin 1-615-824-8664 1-615-338-3536 735 E Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075 brittany@str.com www.str.com

HR WISE INC

Goretti Paul 458-4001 P.O. Box BW450, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet goretti.paul@hrwiseinc.com

STERLING INSURANCE SERVICES ST LUCIA LIMITED Veronica & Keith Smith 452-5558 P.O. Box Gm 699, Castries diane@stluciainsurancebroker.com

PRINTING, PUBLISHING AND MEDIA COMPANIES

ST. LUCIA YELLOW PAGES

Vanetta Charlemagne 452-3188 452-3181 P.O. Box GM 656, Castries vcharlemagne@globaldirectories.com www.stluciayp.com

MEDIAZONE PRODUCTIONS INC Wayne Whitfield 452-7347/456-0306 P.O. Box GM745, Castries wayne@mediazonestlucia.com

J.E. BERGASSE & COMPANY LTD. Anthony Bergasse 456-6500 456-6508 P.O. Box 102, Castries info@jebergasse.com www.jebergasse.com

ADVERTISING & MARKETING SERVICES LTD.

Lokesh Singh 453-1149 453-1290 P.O. Box 2003, Gros-Islet, Castries lokesh@amsstlucia.com www.stlucia.focus.com

KIRK ELLIOTT LIMITED Kirk Elliott 450-2295/ 518-5800 P.O. Box 672, Castries kirk@kirkelliott.com kirk@kirkelliott.com

SACRED SPORTS FOUNDATION

Nova Alexander 450-0673 P.O. Box GI 2162, Gros Islet LC01101 nova@sacredsportsinc.com http://www.sacredsportsinc.com

DELIA DOLOR MEDIA PRODUCTIONS Delia Dolor 485-3060 P.O. Box RB2727 delia@deliadolor.com deliadolor.com

DAHER BROADCASTING SERVICE (DBS Television) Linda Daher 453-2705 452-3544 P.O. Box 1623 Castries daherl@candw.lc www.dbstvstlucia.com

TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES

ISLAND TEK

Gidden Augustin 485-7444 P.O. Box GR 5211 Grande Riviere info@islandtekinc.com www.islandtekinc.com

SECURITY COMPANIES G4S SECURE SOLUTIONS (SAINT LUCIA) LTD. Walston Joseph 450-7233 450-1700 P.O. Box CP 6098, Castries walston.joseph@lc.g4s.com www.g4s.com

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SANDALS SAINT LUCIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Simone Skinner 450-9324 450-9069 P.O. Box RB 2588, Cap Estate, Castries info@stluciagolf.com

ST. LUCIA DIVERS ASSCOIATION Donovan Brown 488-0482 P.O. Box RB 2607, Rodney Bay Gros-Islet dnewtonb@yahoo.com

BIG JETSKIIS LTD

Royron Adams 487-0882 radams@bigdjetskiis.com

GENERAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

BEACHCOMBER LTD.

David Devaux 452-5241 452-7448 P.O. Box 930, Vide Boutielle, Castries admin@beachcomberltd.com www.beachcomberltd.com

FDL PEST CONTROL SOLUTIONS Christopher Lubin 453-1056 458-1068 P.O. Box GM 898, Castries fdlpcs@candw.lc www.fdlpes@candw.lc

LUBECO (1991) LTD.

Geoffrey Allain 454-6026 454-9463 P.O. Box VF 552, Gablewoods South Vieux-Fort lubeco@candw.lc www.lubecoslu.com

SAINT LUCIA LINEN SERVICES LTD.

Nicholas Barnard 450-1365/ 450-2924 450-2314 P.O. Box 2135, Gros-Islet Castries admin@stlucialinen.com

SOL EC LTD.

Lawrence McNaughton 457-4355 452-7555 P.O. Box 140, Castries lawrence.mcnaughton@solpetroleum.com www.solpetroleum.com

TREASURE BAY CASINO

Len Diptee 459-2901 459-2915 P.O. Box RB 2745, Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet ldiptee@treasurebay.com www.treasurebaystlucia.com

ASPIRE SOLUTIONS LTD.

Christos Poravas 457-8523 P.O. Box 2714, Castries Gros-Islet christos@aspiresolutionsltd.com aspiresolutionsltd.com

TOLYN MANUFACTURERS LTD Mark Charles 454-6468/454-6168 454-6280 P.O. Box 293, Vieux-Fort tolynmfg@yahoo.com www.tolynltd.com

EXPLORER PROMOTIONS Perry Longville 727-7799 perrylongville@gmail.com

VELS MULTI SERVICES LTD Patrick Velinor 453-3302 velsdiesel@hotmail.com

EZONE ( E Couriers Ltd)

Corey Devaux 451-3004 452-0916 P.O. Box RB2587, Gros-Islet corey.devaux@getezone.com www.getezone.com

Robert Vaughn Jaganath Babonneau Post Office Fond Assau robertjaganath@gmail.com

BLACK SHIELD SECURITY SURVEILLANCE & PRIVATE INVESTIGATION LTD.

Magloire Charles 455-9989 Pierrot Post Office Aupicon Vieux Fort blackshieldslu@gmail.com

RODNEY BAY MEDICAL CENTRE

Farida Bousquet 452-8621 452-0785 P.O. Box RB2305, Rodney Bay manager@rodneybaymedicalcentre.com

BODY & BEYOND - ST. LUCIA

Michael Vincent 452-0451 P.O. Box 2713 Rodney Bay Post Office, Rodney Heights, Gros Islet mnv1227@gmail.com

B & B QUICK PRINTERS LTD Bernadette Eliodore 450-6727 P.O. Box CP6247 Castries sv_elliodore@yahoo.com

DD AUTO IMPORTS Donald Dorius 484-6244 P.O. Box 8145, Gros Islet ddorius@candw.lc

BUMPER PLUS INT’L LTD Francine Rivoire 450-3078 P.O. Box 8181 Gros Islet francine000@hotmail.com

GREEN GRASS LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE SERVICES Malcolm Jn Baptiste Grande Riviere P.O. Gros Islet malcolmjnbaptiste@gmail.com

SIGMATEX INC

EXCHANGE AND HONORARY MEMBERS

BOO HINKSON

EDWARD JOSEPH

KINGSLEY POWLETTE

NINA COMPTON-MILLER THERESA HALL

VERONICA SHINGLETON-SMITH

Marcia Rodriguez 212-593-0606-*108 212-888-3859 551 5th Avenue, SK 1110, New York, NY-10176 New York mbhandari@sigmatexlanier.com www.sigmatexlanier.com

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS Rozel Kendra Creese 285-9890 Water Front Castries kozelcreeze@gmail.com

BORNEWELL HOLDINGS INC. Nadine St. Rose 713-9191 P.O. Box GM-643, Castries nerdin@bornewell.com www.bornewell.com

H&L ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES LTD

Millines Herman 384-7868 Box QSR 60, Bois D’Orange, Gros Islet info@hnles.com

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ADVERTISER A Antillia Brewing Company___________________ 95 B Bay Gardens Resorts_____________________ 43, 94 C

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The Naked Fisherman Restaurant

Harry Edwards Jewelers_______________ Back Cover,

at Cap Maison Resort ______________________ 81

Inside Front Cover, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa______________ 63 Colombian Emeralds International______________ 25

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Cox & Company Ltd._______________________ 94

Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet _______________ 41

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Diamonds International______________ 9, 11, 13, 15, 19

Orlando’s Restaurant & Bar ____________________ 95

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East Winds Resort_________________________ 23

Porthole Cruise Magazine ____________________ 83

Effy Jewelry___________________________ 20, 21 S F

Sandals Resorts_________________________ 32, 33

Forevermark at Diamonds International____________ 17

St. Lucia Distillers Group of Companies___________ 61

Fond Doux Plantation & Resort_________________ 81

Saint Lucia Tourist Board __________ Inside Back Cover

Sea Adventures Tour operated by Cox & Company +1 (758) 453-4362 coxcoltd.com/sea-adventures/ Participate in two unique underwater experiences. SNUBA® is the ultimate happy-medium for those wanting to go beyond snorkeling without the training and concerns associated with a deep dive. Now, imagine walking in zero gravity while surrounded by incredible aquatic life ….. That’s Sea Trek!

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SAINT LUCIA’S AWARD WINNING CRAFT BREWERY

ASK YOUR SERVER FOR ANTILLIA Visit our beer garden and retail store at Pointe Seraphine to sample our full lineup. From our refreshing Passion Fruit Ale to our complex Imperial Chocolate Stout and balanced IPA’s. Cheers!

   758-459-0844 • ANTILLIA BREWING CO., CASTRIES

Dine, chill out and unwind

with a tranquil view of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea … and by mentioning La Belle Hélène magazine, you can enjoy a complimentary Chef O spice ginger rum punch with your experience at Orlando’s Restaurant.

Indulge and experience a unique Soufrière oasis in Orlando’s Restaurant and Bar, voted as one of the Top 50 Restaurants on the island of Saint Lucia by Caribbean Journal, with Chef Orlando recently recognized by the editor of Recommend magazine as “the godfather of Caribbean fine dining.”

Bridge Street, Soufriere | 758.459.5955 | www.orlandosrestaurantstl.com

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SAINT LUCIA TOURISM AUTHORITY

JUST FOUR MILES FROM CASTRIES – AND VIRTUALLY NEXT DOOR TO SAINT LUCIAN NATIONAL MARINE RESERVE – LIES MARIGOT BAY. Local sailors know this hidden harbor as a “hurricane hole,” thanks to steep, forested slopes that protect it from the weather. But the sparkling waters and lush vegetation moved American author James A. Michener to call Marigot, “the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean.”

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Saint Lucia is the perfect blend of powerful landscapes and magnificent verdant rainforests, with spectacular coastal beauty presenting a Caribbean island with a burst of natural splendour at every turn. With its gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest, waterfalls, majestic mountains, refreshing breath-taking vistas and warm inviting people, Saint Lucia offers a wealth of awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are sure to impress the most seasoned traveller. Whether you are looking to relax in the sun or find an adventure filled with excitement and intrigue it’s hard to imagine a more feel-good destination. Visit our website at stlucia.org and Let Saint Lucia Inspire your next vacation.

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La Belle Helene 2018  

Your St. Lucia guide to all the most popular locations for hotels, dining, activities and more!

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Your St. Lucia guide to all the most popular locations for hotels, dining, activities and more!

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