St Lucia: Island Paradise

Code: LUWHW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Flora

Level

  • Easy
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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

Date & Rating Customer Review HF Holidays says
26 Feb 2017, 10:23 a.m.

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Enjoyed the holiday very much overall. Think that the walk (scramble) up Gros Piton was extremely taxing, even dangerous, and off your scale - that fact should be emphasized. Okay, I did it - but it was tough. Barefoot leaders were good, considerate - very knowledgeable on most things but could improve on some flora and fauna.

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A very enjoyable holiday. Hotel good, clean and the staff were polite
friendly and helpful. Hotel perfectly sited on the beach! Days were
varied. Good to have two leisure days - the temperature was very high on most days so the rest was appreciated. A beautiful island. One of the highlights was the catamaran trip out to Soufriere and the sunset return.
23 Feb 2017, 5:04 p.m.

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St Lucia is truly a paradise island, especially where we stayed at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort.
The family-run hotel exuded hospitality.. The bedrooms are large and spacious, the food excellent, served from a restaurant that is on the beach The choices of pool or beach were equally appealing.

The local walks leader was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and was very good at pacing the group according to the temperature and steepness of ascents.

The walks were quite challenging in the heat The one to be aware of, in terms of fitness, was the Gros Piton. It should be called a 'climb; for it is not a walk.
As only half of the group were able to go to the top, it would have been good if an alternative option had been available that day. e.g. the local botanical gardens or hot springs.

We had many opportunities to meet local expert who demonstrated their knowledge of the fruits, flowers and vegetation.
We were all given a book to identify the birds that we might see and this added to the pleasure .

There were lots of special surprises which added to the experience and fun.

We had a very good variety of different places where we tried and ate local specialty dishes.

Overall this holiday surpassed expectations - one of the best!

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This holiday was a surprise present for my husband's birthday. He / we had a wonderful time and the hotel made it a very special and memorable experience.

The holiday met our needs to enjoy both challenging walking with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty of our location, especially the beach; a very good balance.
21 Feb 2017, 10:17 p.m.

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Well organized, excellent local guide, George. George is highly recommended in every category.
One guide at the rainforest not very interested. Guides on Gros Piton climb not helpful. Guide at Mamiku Garden , Gilbert, was excellent.
Guide at Pidgeon Island was also excellent in every way.

Gros Piton climb requires much caution as dangerous in parts ( I reached the top)
Concern about the high risk of injury on Gros Piton hike and a casual approach
to questions asked about preparation and evacuation if accidents occur.
You may want to think carefully about whether this climb is worth the risk.
Bay garden Resort was top notch and very pleasant. Terrific beach and great swimming. Staff at the resort was very helpful and pleasant.

Overall organization was very good and Barefoot certainly went out of the way
to ensure a pleasant experience at all times.

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Very pretty island. Locals were very pleasant throughout the island.
All barefoot staff were top notch: George was marvellous in every way, Sylvia was very good, Joel , the driver, was a very good driver and Alison from Barefoot went over and beyond.
Bay Gardens Resort was a perfect choice.
21 Feb 2017, 10:34 a.m.

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The holiday required some calculations - business class travel and 5% discount for early payment, but this was all arranged without any problems.

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All the ingredients for a great holiday. Plenty of warm sun, a beachside location, great food and accommodation, and some nice walks ( but not too long as it is quite hot during the day).
27 Jan 2017, 4:59 p.m.

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Some walks very good some just a poinyless slog down then up a ridge. Should have been 2 centre as a 2 hour drive to the more interesting things in the south too much.Or bazed south or middle. Not much of interest in the north.Traffic terrible.Driver excEllen. Guide could do with Mlounr tain Leader training. Food often not arriving in time and monotonous. Hotel looked great but service appalling especially restaurant. Waterfall Heritage site Mamaku gardens all good. Hotel low lying likely to be inundated with rising sea levels. Please with Jackie Metal is response at sorting out problems.

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Some things very good others very bad.
26 Jan 2017, 5:29 p.m.

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The generally good holiday experience in St Lucia was marred by a couple of factors. We spent far too long sitting in a minibus in heavy traffic between the hotel in Rodney bay and the walk/activity area. This holiday should have been at two centres to reduce travelling times. On the two last full days we had set meals for dinner, lunch and then dinner again - on all three occasions the menu was the same - a choice of fish or chicken with generally the same vegetables!!!

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just done that!! what a confusing feedback form!!!
24 Jan 2017, 4:43 p.m.

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The holiday was very enjoyable but it should have been advertised as a hiking holiday for experienced hikers and not as gentle walking!

Bay Gardens Hotel and Resort is a superb location but being so far north in the
island means that too much time is spent driving on rough roads to reach the
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A two centre holiday would be much better for St. Lucia as one week
in the north followed by a week in a 4* hotel in the south would ensure that many hours of driving need not be endured.
Our guide George and driver Samie were excellent and Barefoot
Holidays are doing a good job.
6 Jan 2017, 1:14 p.m.

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The local guides were very knowledgeable with experienced walk guides. However without a HF rep. with notes saying tips included, we did not know the correct procedure regarding this aspect.

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Please see above report for my comments
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.

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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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