Hello all - I've been combing the travel forums and researching into quite a few resorts but I am having a bit of difficulty narrowing down one place based on a couple requirements. Although this forum post:
had a few of the similar questions I had, I still need some more advice.
As I will be on my honeymoon, I'm looking for a couples only/mainly adults only resort in the Soufriere region where there is easy (walkable) beach access from the resort. I at first was looking at Ladera (and ti kaye) but my Fiance did not appreciate the idea of having to take a shuttle to the beach and insists that the point of a tropical vacation is that you're steps from the beach. I insisted that St Lucia is a completely different type of island where the point of visiting is to be in the view of it's unique gorgeous moutains, so now I'm trying to find a compromise!
Anyway, to brief you on the places we've stayed - we've been to Jamaica a couple times (all inclusive) and most recently Barbados (not all inclusive). Barbados had amazing public transportation (to local restaurants and other beaches with great snorkelling) with affordable local food and the beach was across the road from where we were staying.
So what we are looking for is something similar to Barbados in terms of access to the beach (by walking) and access to local food should we not do all inclusive. We love to eat and try different foods, but the all inclusive packages are going to run $1700 extra per person and I'm not sure if I'm being naive in thinking that we won't actually spend that much on food (This being said, I completely understand that food is more expensive in St Lucia but just by how much I can't tell and it cleary depends where and what we eat). Obviously we need lots of drinking water and some beers here and there but we aren't heavy drinkers.
We are past the experience of lazying around on the beach the entire time we will be there (7 nights) and sticking to the resort eating our hearts out. That being said, we'd like a place that is just a little more luxurious than a big box resort where we can be somewhat active yet come back to a quiet place to relax. We'd really love to explore the island and are hoping for many great snorkelling experiences beach hopping (without a tour) and hiking tours. My fiance is quite fit, I'm not too shabby so a room higher up is not a problem as long as we can walk to the beach.
Is there any place that may fit this description?Edited: 8:48 am, May 22, 2014