My husband and I visited Sugar Beach in May for just over a week. We normally prefer adult only resorts as we have very stressful jobs and our holiday is a time to relax, unwind and recharge (we’re in our mid-late 40s).
We were not disappointed in Sugar Beach! As has been mentioned many times in reviews, the setting is really spectacular. You don’t quite understand how special the position of this resort is, until you get there. The original plantation house is very gracious and the grounds & gardens are immaculately kept.
We were extremely grateful to be upgraded to a Grand villa (904) and were told by numerous members of staff that this villa had one of the (three) best views in the hotel. The villa was beautifully appointed and spacious. One suggestion would be for a little more detailed instructions when it comes to the shower fittings. We inadvertently pushed the wrong handle in the outdoor shower, which then switched all the hot water in the bathroom & indoor shower to the outdoor shower. We did complain a few times that we didn’t have any hot water in the bathroom (we didn’t mind too much just using the outdoor shower), and only towards the end of our stay was this handle mentioned to us!
I wouldn’t say this is the best Caribbean beach I’ve ever been on as the water is not crystal clear and instead of sand at the bottom, it had green seaweed. But it’s a small price you pay for the spectacular volcanic Piton backdrops. It also dropped off quickly into very deep waters (which is great for snorkelling).
I had the bad luck of being stung by some kind of small jellyfish every time I went into the sea, but my husband didn’t have the same problem. In the end I gave up swimming in the sea and stuck to the pool. My husband is a keen sailor and enjoyed sailing the Hobie Cat every morning.
Service on the beach was great and we were often (not daily) handed some refreshing ice fruit smoothies, which was a lovely touch and would be a great idea to do this on a daily basis ;0)
The food was good, but not exceptional. After a week, the menus at both restaurants started looking a bit limited, especially for me with a shellfish allergy. We loved eating in the Great Room and were sad to notice that some guests didn’t adhere to the smart casual dress code at all – men arriving in t-shirts & jeans and ladies wearing flip-flops! None of them were turned away, despite casual dining being available every night at Bayside.
The biggest disappointment was that we were kept awake for 5 nights by some kind of rodent/creature noisily eating something inside our bedroom ceiling. It started every night at 12:30am and continued until 6am. We complained numerous times and various people came to have a look. All offered different explanations and solutions, but nothing that actually solved the problem. Let me just say, we lived in Africa for many years and loved the night sounds (of insects/frogs/crickets) at Sugar Beach, and are quite used to being in and surrounded by nature. In fact, we love it.
I appreciate the resort is surrounded by tropical vegetation and therefore impossible to keep all the creatures at bay. However, something like this should have been dealt with quickly, but instead it meant that for half of our holiday we didn’t get any good sleep! Only after I complained about it again on our last day AND suggested that a nice gesture might be to grant us a late check-out at no charge, did they actually offer this to us and nothing more. As far as these complaints are concerned, we felt that management should have been more on top of things!
On the whole we loved our holiday at Sugar Beach, but felt that while the resort was on the brink of being ‘exceptional’, in our opinion it was just ‘really good’. A few key touches were missing to make this a truly special place. We found the service throughout the whole resort to be very good and everyone was very friendly and helpful, especially our two butlers Montgomery & Dwight. When we arrived we had a lovely fruit platter in our villa. We ate all of this fruit during our stay, and felt it would’ve been a nice touch to replenish the fruit bowl on a daily basis as you would expect in any top notch hotel.
We’d like to go back to Sugar Beach again and hopefully some of these things will have been addressed and improved upon by then. This resort should really be exceptional to do justice to the spectacular setting!
Location = 100%
Beauty = 100%
Hotel & Grounds = 100%
Villas = 80% (looking a bit tired in places)
Food = 80% (limited menu if staying longer than 4 nights)
Staff = 90% (some training required still)
Drinks = 50% (extremely over priced!)
- Also Known As:
- Jalousie Plantation
- Jalousie Plantation Hotel Soufrière
- Jalousie Plantation Soufrière
- Jalousie Plantation St Lucia
- Jalousie Hilton
- Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort St. Lucia/Soufriere
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (formerly the Jalousie Plantation) is set amidst more than 100 acres of tropical rainforest on the island’s scenic Caribbean coast. Embraced by St Lucia’s majestic World Heritage-listed Pitons, the resort’s 78 Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms, Villas and Luxury Beachfront Bungalows boast elegant styling, private plunge pool, four poster bed, luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, every possible modern amenity, and personalised butler service. A stunning white sand beach, beautiful Rainforest Spa with tree house treatment rooms, full PADI dive facility, and superb waterfront dining ensure the ultimate vacation experience with space enough for honeymooners and families alike. ... more less
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