Saint Lucia – Unique mix of mountains and beaches

In a guide to the top destinations to visit this year, Saint Lucia nabbed the number 3 spot, highlighting its mix of mountains and beaches, but also the rich history and culture of this must-visit paradise.

An icon for nearly two decades – where guests can find clear waters, lush rainforests, and the majestic peaks of the Pitons – Coconut Bay is the perfect place to stay, offering both family-friendly and adults-only accommodation.

Additional features include a mile-long beach along Saint Lucia’s exotic south coast, 250 rooms split across Harmony, which is adults-only, and Splash, the family-friendly wing featuring the island’s largest waterpark, an oceanfront spa and the fully supervised CocoLand Kidz Klub.

Here, we explore exactly why this Casually Caribbean, Incredibly All-Inclusive Resort should be top of your list.


For 2024, the Sanctuary Spa at Coconut Bay has launched 6 new oceanfront cabanas which offer an exclusive 50-minute or 80-minute oceanfront cabana Swedish massage. New spa treatments for 2024 includes ‘High Seas’ – $129 for one guest, and $259 for a couple – which is a full body massage with crashing waves and ocean breeze as the backdrop. The experience combines stretching, and long flowing movements in rhythm with the ocean to relax sore muscles and calm the mind. The spa has six treatment rooms, some of which offer ocean views and outdoor showers, where guests can choose from a variety of signature organic therapies. This includes the Chocolate “Cocoa Tea’ Sugar Scrub, where world-renowned Lucian Chocolate is combined with warm tropical oils with a hint of nutmeg to create an invigorating and exhilarating scrub to improve blood flow.


Coconut Bay has introduced a newly constructed wedding venue – an ocean-front gazebo – ideal for a picture-perfect wedding. Catering for weddings of any size, several customised wedding packages are available, including a personal wedding planner, and romantic extras to really make the celebration special; bridal spa treatments, a signature champagne turndown service, and private island tours taking guests through the rainforest to the world famous waterfalls and mud baths.

Brand new for 2024 is the True Love Vow Renewal package, which costs $1499 for up to 10 guests, including the bride groom. Not only does this include the oceanfront gazebo as the perfect location for this special event, but also the addition of a private dinner reception with a gourmet 3-course menu, and a full-day private chauffeured island tour for the wedding couple.


Cocoland Kidz Klub has revealed its 2024 programme of activities for kids, all with an educational element.Turtle Scouts training enables young guests to learn about the three species of endangered sea turtles that nest on the resort’s beach from March to November each year, and there is even a new piece of artwork showcasing a beautiful depiction of the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, and the Green sea turtle, created by Saint Lucian artist Naja Simeon, on the Coconut Bay shoreline.
Other fun activities in the three age-appropriate SCOUTS (Seeing, Crafting, Observing, Understanding, Tasting, Saint Lucia) programmes include daytime karaoke, and pool games incorporating kiddie aqua fitness. There are also plenty of sports and fitness offerings at Coconut Bay which are ideal for the whole family to discover together on their holiday, including new pickleball courts.


In both Splash Premium and Harmony Junior Suites, Coconut Bay has introduced new concierge amenities. This includes personalised in room bar, nightly turndown service, and invitations to exclusive dinners. Additional in-room amenities include a complimentary branded beach bag and reusable aluminum water bottles.


This year, there are plans to expand Coconut Bay’s CocoLand Cares programme, which distributes early childhood educational tools to 40 preschools across the south of the island.

The resort also contributed to Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School to improve its facilities, and a $5,000 donation will create a sensory playground, featuring a swing and sensory play table, designed to benefit special needs and autistic students at the Special Education Centre. Furthermore, Coconut Bay continues its ongoing support for young minds through annual scholarships.