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Exhibitors in Focus: Saint Lucia Tourist Board

What makes your country unique?
Saint Lucia is an island that lifts all your senses.  It has some of the most stunning scenery in the Caribbean from the unspoilt rainforests, idyllic bays and beautiful palm-fringed beaches to the magical Piton Mountains.  Visitors can relax in one of the many spas on the island and be enveloped by the smell of essential oils. They can taste the delicious food at the Friday night barbecues at Anse La Raye or sample the French and Creole influenced cuisine in the fine dining restaurants across the island. Saint Lucia offers a wide array of award winning, diverse accommodation from boutique hotels and all-inclusive resorts through to spacious villas and luxury retreats. Visitors can be as relaxed or as active as they want with an abundance of activities to choose from including zip-lining adventures, bird-spotting, horse-riding, snorkelling, a Segway tour, and whale and dolphin watching. There is something for everyone whether you are travelling in a group, as a family or a couple. Saint Lucia is easily accessible from the UK with 13 flights from London Gatwick operated by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and a new flight from Manchester with Thomas Cook which launched last year.  
 
What is the ‘hot spot’ for 2015?
Capella Marigot Bay - Reopening on 1 December 2014, this is the perfect opportunity to experience Capella’s first resort in the Caribbean and see first-hand how a multi-million dollar renovation has transformed the site and added stunning new features that include all-new restaurant and bar concepts, refurbished rooms and beautifully appointed suites, an Auriga spa and fitness centre and a world-class Capella Marina and retail village.

Where is your favourite, off the beaten track, location?
To pick one is just too difficult, but our top three are:
The Des Cartier Trail - Situated 6 miles inland from Micoud, the Des Cartier trail is one of the best birding sights in Saint Lucia.  Visitors have a good chance of seeing the 5 endemic birds of the island including the Saint Lucian Parrot which is the National bird of Saint Lucia.

Diving in Soufriere – Saint Lucia boasts more than ten world-class diving locations across the north and south, with some sites offering the chance to explore the secret alcoves of the tranquil seas during the evening. Soufriere gives divers the chance to explore the sloping wall dive at the base of the Petit Piton reaching a depth of around 1,500 ft where divers can spot octopus and turtles, moray eels, parrot fish and even sea horses. 

Climbing the Piton Mountains – The Piton Mountains are certainly some of the island’s best features, and a Gros Piton hike is an experience unlike any other.  Gros Piton stands a remarkable 2,619 feet above sea level, and coupled with Petit Piton, it is the hallmark of St Lucia’s western coast.  From the peak, you can see not only the gorgeous waters of the Caribbean, but a vast portion of the island itself.  A Gros Piton hike tour is the only way to see the island from this vantage point, and the experience you will have standing at the top makes it absolutely worthwhile.

What is your top tip for people travelling to your country for the first time? 
Visit our UNESCO World Heritage site - Anyone visiting Saint Lucia for the first time must visit the magical Piton Mountains which is a UNESCO world heritage site and the Caribbean's only drive-in volcano. 

Saint Lucia street party – Every Friday - For a truly unique cultural experience, the Friday night street party is an event that cannot be missed.  Visitors get the opportunity to try out juicy BBQ fish, lobster, shrimp, crabs, roast bakes; even a meal!  Grab a drink, and then dance the night away to enchanting music, enjoyed by tourists and the locals.

Historical Sites - Pigeon Island Landmark is a historical experience where visitors can climb Fort Rodney and also visit the Museum which contains artefacts from the Caribs and Arawacks who were the first settlers on the island.

Recommend an incredible place to stay.
Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, Ladera offers a unique design in guest accommodations. Situated 1,100 feet above sea level, the 9 villas and 23 suites all have an "open wall" and with their own private plunge pool – the west side of each unit is left open to expose the breath-taking view over the Caribbean Sea and Piton mountains, and the orientation of the buildings maintains complete privacy.

 

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