Healing Traditions and Natural Attractions
The scenery alone will lower your stress and nurture your bliss. But sugar-sand beaches, verdant mountain peaks, and lush tropical gardens are just the backdrops for some of the finest spa and wellness services in the Caribbean. From authentic Ayurvedic therapies of India to the wellness arts of Thailand, Japan, Tibet, Indonesia, Mesoamerica, Scandinavia and beyond, St. Lucia's spas blend healing traditions with state-of-the-art programs for the restoration of optimal health. Wellness journeys take place in magnificent settings that bring in mountains, sea and sky. Whatever your wellness goal, St. Lucia is the perfect place to begin your journey of relaxation, rejuvenation and inspiration.
- Best for: Everyone, experiences including watersports, yoga, spas and soft to rugged adventures
- Best season to visit: Year round
- Weather: Steady trade winds account for relatively minor differences in seasonal air temperatures, which range from the 70s into the mid 80s. Rain showers are less common from December to May
St. Lucia Information
Spa and Wellness in St. Lucia Overview
St. Lucia's premier spas offer a broad and eclectic range of services and treatments. Most are located on the landscaped grounds of upscale resorts along the island's Caribbean coast. The emphasis is on individual attention, which is reflected in therapies that are adapted to fit the needs of each individual patron.
Spa and Wellness in St. Lucia Tips
If you've ever wanted to sample a range of relaxation and healing traditions, St. Lucia is a great place to do so. The island's premier spas are associated with upscale resorts, but most also accept patrons who are staying elsewhere. A popular option is, to begin with, a morning at the beach, followed by afternoon therapies.
Best Places for Spa and Wellness in St. Lucia
In-room treatments at Jade Mountain take place on private terraces set high above the Caribbean. At Chastanet's Kai Belté Spa, Anpagal four-hands massage employs the principles of Abhyangam healing. Ti Kaye's refreshing and rejuvenating treatments feature natural and organic ingredients from the island's virgin rainforest, lush mountain valleys and mineral-rich volcanic waters. At Body Holiday a Master Bhutanese Practitioner delivers Kora Healing through a combination of deep tissue massage, Indian stretches and Reiki energy work.
What to Pack for Spa and Wellness in St. Lucia
Dress for comfort with soft, loose-fitting clothing that doesn't require belts or tight elastic, and choose shoes that can be slipped on and off with ease. Leave the personal electronics behind and opt for a good book if you anticipate downtime between treatments.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements
U.S. citizens need a valid passport that must be valid 6 months beyond the date of entry into St. Lucia, with available space for entry stamp. No visa is required with proof of onward or return ticket and accommodation confirmation. Check the entry/exit requirements here. A departure tax of $68EC, approx $25.30 should be included in your international airline ticket.
Vaccinations are not required for entering the Caribbean if you're coming from the United States. Before traveling check with the CDC here.
Culture and Customs
St. Lucia is a land of vibrant greens set in a sapphire sea. Rainforests cover the island's interior, providing vacationers with a variety of eco-adventures that range from sedate birding hikes and relaxing rides on an aerial tram to off-road adventures and soaring zip line flights through forested canopies home to endemic birds such as the St. Lucia parrot. The lush surroundings also set the stage for a number of unique resort properties that blend luxury and nature, and provide some of the best dining experiences in the Caribbean. The island's rich volcanic soil yields a cornucopia of tropical fruits and vegetables. This bounty is reflected in the savory dishes of traditional Creole cooking, and it has inspired a new wave of organic and fusion cuisines that have earned island chef's top honors in international culinary competitions. In addition to enlivening resort kitchens, St. Lucia's farms and orchards support a thriving agricultural export sector that includes bananas and chocolate. One of the island's sweetest day trips involves a tour of historic cacao plantations, followed by a chance to create your own chocolate confections. Across the island English influences are obvious, but so too are the cultural contributions of France and Africa. The local version of relaxing is known as “going on the lime” or “liming,” which simply involves stopping by a favorite local pub or rum shop and spending time with friends.
Electricity, Phone and Internet Access
St. Lucia runs on 220 to 230-volt AC (50 cycles), so bring an adapter if you plan to use U.S. appliances. Some hotels are wired for U.S. appliances.
Check with your local provider to see what plans are available, otherwise, you will be subject to roaming charges. The country/area code for Saint Lucia is 758.
Many hotels offer WiFi.
The local tap water is chlorinated and considered safe to drink. Alternatively, bottled water is available for purchase at restaurants, bars, hotels and local grocery stores.
Language & Currency
English is the official language, but islanders often speak a French-Creole patois or Kweyol similar to that heard on Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Grenada and Dominica.
The currency in St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, (EC$). You can see the current exchange rate here. However, nearly all hotels, restaurants, and shops accept US dollars. Change may be given in EC Dollars. ATMs are available which dispense EC dollars and credit cards are widely accepted.
Saint Lucia is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. St. Lucia is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).
Location, Size and Population
St. Lucia is a sovereign island country in the Eastern Caribbean that is part of the Lesser Antilles. St. Lucia is a mountainous island of 238 sq. miles, located about 25 miles north of St. Vincent and 25 miles south of Martinique and northwest of Barbados.
The population of St. Lucia is 185,868 (2016).