Climbing to the 2,619-foot peak of the Gros Piton, tasting cacao seeds from the tree on an organic farm in lush inland jungles, or snorkeling among some of the most protected reefs in the Caribbean is all impossible without first booking a stay at one of the best resorts in St. Lucia.
The eastern Caribbean island is a reader favorite for a reason: not only is it an island full of adventure, with natural mud baths, zip-lining through jungles, and the aforementioned hiking of the volcanic Pitons, but St. Lucia also offers a diverse food scene, including a fascinating Indian cuisine heritage. Many of the island’s restaurants are starting to source from government-backed farming initiatives on the island to not only cut costs, but to also reduce the environmental impact of shipping items in.
This is a passion point for the island, and the dreamy resorts that offer unspoiled beach access, jaw-dropping views, and indulgent service are helping to push forward local initiatives like these. For example, Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet Resort’s executive director of marketing and operations Karolin Troubetzkoy has long established programs to raise up the community in a sustainable fashion, such as sourcing food from local farmers and fishers, establishing an art program that supports and showcases the island’s artists, and most recently, working on a coral reef restoration program. Ladera Resort gives back to the community by decorating its rooms with exclusively St. Lucian–crafted furniture and organizing ongoing initiatives like planting trees or repairing roads.
Each of the following resorts offers programs that support eco-initiatives or the local community, reflecting the greater philosophy shared by the island nation, all without sacrificing an ounce of luxury. Read on to find the best resort for your St. Lucian island escape.
Every hotel on this list has been selected independently by our editors and reviewed by a Condé Nast Traveler journalist who knows the destination and has visited that property. When choosing hotels, our editors consider properties across price points that offer an authentic and insider experience of a destination, keeping design, location, service, and sustainability credentials top of mind.