St Lucia: Island Paradise

Code: LUWHW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Flora

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £2,899.00 - 12 nights

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Holiday overview

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Join us on one of the most beautiful islands in the West Indies, with much to explore. Lush forests, waterfalls, idyllic natural harbours and white sand beaches, combined with an exciting Creole culture and evocative historic sites from the days of exploration.

For an island of its size, there are numerous different habitats to explore, including the spectacular Pitons, rising directly out of the sea. St Lucia is indeed a natural paradise.

Holiday highlights

  • Rainforests, waterfalls, beaches and bays
  • Creole culture and Anglo-French maritime history
  • Walks in tropical gardens, rainforest and beautiful coastline
  • Stay at an intimate hotel in the heart of the Rodney Bay area
  • Dine at character restaurants
  • Optional walk up the extraordinary cone of the Gros Piton
  • Free time to relax on the beach, snorkel or take boat trips

Price includes:

  • 12 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, except 2 lunches
  • A full programme of guided walks led by an experienced local leader
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan and boat
  • Tips

Accommodation

The Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa lies on Reduit Beach, with breathtaking views of the Pigeon Island and Caribbean Sea. Set amongst landscaped gardens with light, airy, modern rooms overlooking the gardens or the sea, this hotel echoes St Lucia's colonial past with a mix of Caribbean, French and Georgian plantation-style design. Each room has air-conditioning, ceiling fans, iron, hair dryer, fridge, cable TV, Internet, and phone, as well as tea/coffee making facilities. Hotel facilities include restaurants, a deli/coffee snack bar, pool bar and beach bar, a lagoon-style pool with shooting water fountains, sundeck, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, and La Mer Spa. Swimming towels are provided.


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

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Walks are on marked paths, some through dense rainforest, with distances up to 5 miles (8km) on frequently undulating terrain, the greatest ascent is 1,900 feet (570m) at Gros Piton. 

Day 1: To St Lucia - Fly to St Lucia and transfer to the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa on Reduit Beach, for 12 nights.

Day 2: Pigeon Island - Leisurely morning exploration of Pigeon Island on the northeastern tip of the island, and visit Fort Rodney and/or Signal Hill, a former British naval lookout. A winding trail through the island’s 17th and 18th century ruins leads to the beach below. We later stroll through the village of Gros Islet with its quaint village atmosphere.

Day 3: Petroglyph Walk - We explore the Dauphin area, the site of the first catholic church on the island and one of the first settlements on the island. We'll find a petroglyph depicting a family. Afterwards we continue along the sea shore, before walking up hill, looking out for tropical birds, and seeing the fields of pumpkin, watermelon.

Day 4: Castries - Morning visit to Castries the capital of St Lucia and its busy harbour, including a stroll around the capital and the cathedral, and lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we head for the historic fortress of Morne Fortune with panoramic views.

Day 5: Rainforest & Gros Islet - Into the heart of the rainforest. We can try fresh tropical fruit and see the colourful birdlife, including possibly the elusive St Lucian parrot. This evening we visit the town of Gros Islet for the St Lucia 'Jump Up' and to dine at Laurel's Restaurant.

Day 6: At leisure - Today is at leisure to relax at the hotel, on Reduit beach, or explore the area. A variety of optional excursions are available including snorkelling and catamaran trips.

Day 7: Gros Piton - A boat trip along the west coast to Soufriere and the most strenuous walk to the iconic peak of Gros Piton, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering fantastic views. There is an option for a less strenuous climb, halfway up the mountain. 

Day 8: North Coast Walk - Explore the beaches of the picturesque northwest Atlantic coast on a relaxed coastal walk

Day 9: Louvet Trail - Discover the northeast of the island, with lovely sea views and a walk on the Louvet Trail, gradually leading down to the ocean. A stop is made to view a cattle egret colony amongst the mangroves, before returning to the hotel.

Day 10: At leisure - At leisure to relax at the hotel and beach, snorkel in the Caribbean waters or explore further.

Day 11: Mamiku Gardens - Head for the east coast and take a coastal track to Mamiku Gardens, past sculptured rock cut platforms, stacks and arches with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the interesting Dennery village. Dinner at the Stony Hill Villa, set in tropical gardens with wonderful sea views.

Day 12: Font Latisab - A gentle walk through the Toussaint Estate with a visit to the Creole heritage village of Fond Latisab. This evening there will be a farewell dinner at the seafront Coalpot Restaurant.

Day 13: To London - Morning at leisure before a transfer to the airport for the flight to London.

Day 14: London - Early morning arrival. 

General Information

Passport
A full passport valid for at least six months is required to enter St Lucia.

Visa
British citizens with full right of residence in the UK do not require a visa. Other nationalities should consult their nearest St Lucia consulate or embassy.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk   www.traveldoctor.co.uk 

Vaccines: Hepatitis A & Tetanus vaccinations are recommended.

Visitors must pay for all medical services on St Lucia. As with all international travel, medical insurance is essential.

Climate
The climate of St Lucia is tropical, with temperatures ranging from the mid-20’s to mid-30’s °C (mid 70’s to mid 80’s °F). The heat is tempered by sea breezes and prevailing northeasterly trade winds. The driest period on the island is from February to May, though short showers can occur throughout the year, and the wet season is usually from June to September. The rainforest in the interior of the island receives more than double the average annual rainfall on the north and south coasts.

Money
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the official currency on the island. However, American and Canadian dollars and the British pound are widely accepted.

Credit cards are widely accepted at all major centres, restaurants, hotels, etc but not at the craft market or smaller stores. Ask the stores whether credit cards are accepted before making a purchase. Most banks have ATMs. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab 

Reviews

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5 Mar 2016, 2:51 p.m.

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Good choice of destinations. Well organised holidays.
23 Feb 2016, 11:29 a.m.

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Very good leader. Good variety of walks and activities.

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Excellent hotel.
28 Jan 2016, 8:18 p.m.

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The information provided was poor. Little information about the hotel - no mention of drinks facilities in the room nor that swimming towels would be provided. The booklet listed 3 free days and even though the 3rd free day did have a description of the outing. More proof reading would have helped.

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Full marks to HF for letting this holiday go ahead with only 9 participants! The St Lucian leaders (from Barefoot Tours) were brilliant, caring, always wanting the best for everyone, always sorting out problems and ensuring that everyone had a really good time. The hotel was excellent and it was a real bonus to set off early and get back in order to be able to use all the hotel facilities before the evening meal. Initially food delivery was slow but the leaders addressed this, the hotel responded and all was sorted. The meals taken away from the hotel were all excellent, especially at the Doc's, with local produce and local dishes. All in all one of the best HF holidays we have been on, and we have been on around 30.
28 Nov 2015, 11:43 a.m.

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Well organised. Excellent value

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Ideal size group for travelling and walking. Local guides excellent.
26 Nov 2015, 4:09 p.m.

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Usual HF effeiciency

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The local side of the holiday from arrival landing to departure take-off was all arranged by the local company Barefoot Holidays whose staff were really excellent and clearly proud of their country
25 Nov 2015, 4:09 p.m.

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We have used HF many times and have never been disappointed.

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The walking seemed harder than was advertised, but nevertheless enjoyable.
25 Nov 2015, 1:31 p.m.

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Holiday spoilt by period in limbo from being asked to vacate our rooms (1100) until the airport pick up at 1630. I think this spoilt the reputation of HF compared with other holidays we have taken. A room was available for some of the time but we had to visit reception to obtain a key and then return it. Situation was not helped by very wet weather but we couldn't consider a swim because of the meagre facilities on this final day.

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Barefoot holidays were excellent but we felt the last day was ignored on the programme. A final lunch would have been a nice way of completing the holiday. The leaders provided were excellent and knowledgeable.
25 Nov 2015, 10:36 a.m.

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Thoroughly reliable

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Would have been excellent but for the absence of an HF leader.
24 Nov 2015, 10:20 a.m.

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Unfortunate email incorrect regarding kettle incorrect causing extra luggage. More information regarding what is not required would be useful eg. swimming towels

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Excellent guide. Unfortunately no good snorkelling accessible from resort or on excursions, brochure misleading.
24 Nov 2015, 10:03 a.m.

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Easy to book with friendly staff at the office. Hotel was as described and the location was excellent so that you could get to places by bus if necessary. The places that we saw gave us an excellent insight into local life. Could not fault anything.

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Although all the walks are short, they are hard because of the heat and the terrain. St Lucia is a beautiful island and the itinerary for the trip was first class, I don't think anything can be improved upon. I will have a hard time trying to find another HF holiday as good as this one.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
6 Nov 2017 LUWHW - St Lucia Island Paradise
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 Nov 2017, 10:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Nov 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: St. Lucia Hewanorra

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 18 Nov 2017, 8:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Nov 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: St. Lucia Hewanorra
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
12 £3,439.00 Book Now
6 Nov 2017 LUWHW - St Lucia Island Paradise 12 £2,899.00 Book Now
22 Dec 2017 LUWHW - St Lucia Island Paradise
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 22 Dec 2017, 10:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Dec 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: St. Lucia Hewanorra

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Jan 2018, 8:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Jan 2018, 8:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: St. Lucia Hewanorra
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
12 £4,139.00 Book Now
22 Dec 2017 LUWHW - St Lucia Island Paradise 12 £3,169.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £570 (2016), £640 (2017)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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