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Paul Rubio | Photo: Courtesy Image | April 25, 2013
After a multi-year facelift, St. Lucia’s The Jalousie Plantation emerges a rejuvenated vixen, moonlighting as the newly monikered Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. And we like what we see—especially the chic additions, from the stylin’ villas and vibe-heavy pool area to the spa recalling Bali’s best—all on St. Lucia’s superlative swathe of sand.
So what else did this protracted reinvention entail? Bomb accommodations, for starters. The classic, brightly colored Caribbean cottages were converted to staff quarters; while entirely new hillside villas were constructed—hello in-suite infinity pools, four-poster beds, freestanding Victorian-style bathtubs and angelic-white rooms exuding a hybrid of South Beach modernism and rustic luxury. Kicking it up a notch, Sugar Beach also added eight thatched-roof beachfront bungalows at the foothills of the dramatic Piton Mountains, with private terraces spilling onto Sugar herself.
In the surrounding rain forest, the new spa plays out as a series of tree houses, tucked into the dense foliage and connected by elaborate wooden walkways. Near ground level, Sugar Beach’s negative-edge infinity pool—the yet-to-be finale of this deluxe little redux—is the place to be (mingle, indulge, whatever; you’ll be in good company). Stare at arguably the best view in the Caribbean from either the pool itself, or one of the swinging king-size beds or cabanas, while attendants shower you with artisan cocktails, snow cones and ice-cold towels. Let the sugar rush commence! Summer rates from $350, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugarbeach, @sugarbchviceroy