Other last minute holiday destinations
When it comes to affordable getaways, St Lucia is just one suggestion, the Caribbean has plenty of other idyllic islands to consider. Try Jamaica, with it’s a laid back vibe and tropical beaches or historic Cuba blessed with beauty and historic sites. There’s also the small, sun-drenched island of Aruba for the ultimate late escape.
But, if you’re sold on St Lucia check out our travel guide to plan your trip. Here are some excellent last minute hotel options to get you started.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
With a hot and tropical climate throughout the year, late escapes to St Lucia are possible at any time. Book up to eight weeks in advance to secure a great deal, or even a few days before. Peak season is also dry season so book from December to April to ensure the best weather. For the cheapest deals aim to book for May, it’s less crowded and you’ll sneak in for a relaxing break before the summer influx.
Choose St Lucia for your last minute island escape and relax in style
Average flight times to St Lucia from the UK are around eight hours, allowing you just enough time to watch an in-flight movie, take a nap and browse through your guide book before arriving on the island.
November is the hottest month with average temperatures of around 29°C with January the coldest at a still-impressive 26°C. Aside from the excellent beaches, active holidaymakers will find a selection of hiking options available to them exploring the lush interior. Pigeon Island National Park, a serene spot with a beach and museum, is another fascinating day out for those wanting more than just beach life.
Castries is St Lucia’s main city, where luxury cruise ships dock in the crescent shaped harbour. The large red-roofed market is a delight to explore with an array of stalls selling local crafts, baskets and handmade souvenirs. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is open daily and offers a cooling retreat from the sunshine.
Meanwhile, Smugglers Cove at the northernmost tip of St Lucia, is an idyllic beach resort surrounded by lush greenery. There’s an 18-hole golf course and Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island National Park are within easy reach. Corinth, a small town situated between Castries and Rodney Bay, boasts a pretty shoreline easy access to the capital with its duty-free shops, open-air market and restaurants.
Escape to the 5* Royalton St Lucia and make the most of a stunning private beach, five a la carte restaurants and a buffet restaurant. It's luxury all the way at this superb hotel and the expansive swimming pool and swim-up bar are just the start. All of the Royalton's deluxe suites feature high thread count sheets, unlimited free Wi-Fi and rain showers, meaning your last minute break will be a memorable one. There's also a Clubhouse Kids Club for children ages four to 12 and the Hangout Teens Club for 13 to 17 year olds. Venture beyond the gym to try out a host of complimentary non-motorised watersports or a game of beach volleyball then, in the evenings, sip a drink or two at the Terrace Bar or Champagne Bar.
Stylish and elegant, the Rendezvous Hotel is set right on the beach three kilometres from Castries and promises a romantic holiday base. Surrounded by seven acres of gardens, this boutique style hotel has a pretty outdoor pool surrounded by loungers – the ideal spot for complete relaxation. The pool bar provides refreshments and snacks during the day and for main substantial meals head to The Terrace buffet restaurant, The Trysting Place for fine dining or Malabar Beach Club. Activities are plentiful and include yoga, Tai Chi, pilates, aerobics, archery, beach volleyball and tennis, or head to the beach for sailing, kayaking and windsurfing.