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Romance in St. Lucia

With a variety of picture-perfect romantic set-ups surrounded by tranquil ocean views and boundless nature, this leading honeymoon destination has everything to charm you and your loved one, whether you want to enjoy a peaceful and secluded honeymoon or one filled with soft adventures.

Tucked behind the coconut palm trees, it seems that we’ve found our perfect oasis – a large terrace with a direct view of the Pitons. Even the tiny tropical birds are in euphoria, singing as they fly into our room. As I listen to the sound of the ocean, one thing becomes clear, St. Lucia is the most romantic island we’ve been to.

The only country in the world named after a woman, St. Lucia is truly one-of-a-kind. Just over 43 kilometres long, it’s difficult to fathom how this tiny island can be home to a tropical rainforest, a drive-in volcano, culturally rich towns and many five-star accommodations. She is said to hold something for everyone. For us, it’s the journey to an unforgettable couple’s getaway.

We’re staying at Anse Chastanet, an open-concept resort that integrates the region’s flora, birds and landscape into the vacation experience; sounds of nature flow in and out of the room, with only wooden shutters to block the sun and a mosquito net to block the insects. Complete with a view of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage site, the Pitons, the 2.4 square kilometre estate brings an entirely new definition to going green.

After spending our first morning relaxing on the terrace, we make our way to the Tet Paul Nature Trail. The 45-minute leisure hike is a display of the exotic horticulture and, of course, a scenic view of St. Lucia’s mountains.Considered to be the most photographed landscape in all of the Caribbean, the Pitons do not disappoint, rising more than 730 metres from the ground.

Led by a local guide, we walk past fruit trees, learning about the local farmers and villages nearby. As we near the top, we’re greeted by a sign, Stairway to Heaven. “Because the view is unreal,” the guide says. He is right, my husband and I are blown away by the beauty of the landscape displayed to us and decide to capture this moment with a selfie.

After making our way back to the hotel, we enjoy a delicious private gourmet dinner at the water’s edge on Anse Chastanet beach. The next day, still amazed by the delicious flavors of the island traditional meals, we join the Executive Chef on his weekly harvesting excursion to the hotel’s organic farm, Emerald’s, before going back for a cooking class with wine pairing. As my husband and I are enjoying every second of our honeymoon, we promise ourselves to recreate the same menu for our first wedding anniversary.

We finish our St. Lucia journey with an adventure through a drive-in volcano. Marketed as the “world’s only drive-in volcano,” the Sulphur Springs volcano is a dormant volcano, now a geological site and allnatural spa combined. Though no formal studies have corroborated the claims, the surrounding mud pools and hot springs are believed to contain medical properties. A spa created by Mother Nature is an idyllic ending to our honeymoon.