Island Style - ST LUCIA – FOODIE
Blessed with the majestic Pitons Mountains and finger-licking delicious food, this strikingly beautiful island charms with its curious blend of sophistication and laid back cool.
Words By Kyle Fulton
DO a cooking course at Jade Mountain Resort. Chef Allen Susser and his team offer interactive culinary events that showcase St. Lucia’s gastronomic heritage. Think: Cooking In Paradise, Mango Madness, Spices of the Caribbean and Discover Chocolate.(www.jademountain.com)
When hunger strikes, EAT at Dasheen (www.ladera.com) where traditional cuisine is made modern using locally sourced ingredients. Coal Pot, a local institution offering Caribbean-Creole food and is rumoured to be Nobel laureate Derek Walcott’s favourite. Feeling spicy? APSARA, part of Anse Chastanet Resort is known for its innovative fusion of East Indian and Caribbean cooking.
Don’t miss out on LOCAL speciality, roti, an unleavened Indian bread stuffed with curried vegetables and meat. The best cheap and cheerful flavour bomb can be found at Prudees House of Roti (FB: Prudees-House-of-Roti).
DON’T MISS Ms. Theresa’s Bakery, an authentic island enterprise for over 60 years, its renowned for freshly baked Creole baguettes. (Off Hospital Rd., Soufrière)
When it’s time to feed your sweet tooth VISIT Saint Lucia’s oldest plantation Rabot Estate and opt for The Tree-to-Bar Experience. Walk through cocoa groves, pick ripe pods and even try your hand at making a chocolate bar. www.hotelchocolat.com
Appreciate the island’s jaw-dropping beauty and head to The Cliff at Cap for a DRINK. Enjoy the dramatic setting while watching birds swoop below. (www.thecliffatcap.com) If rum is the order of the day, head to Cane Bar at Sugar Beach and sip some of the best aged rum around. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Work off those calories with a challenging HIKE in the rainforest clad Piton Mountains. (www.grospiton.com)
Feeling mellow? PLAY in mud famed for its restorative powers at the island’s long-dormant volcano Sulphur Springs. (www.soufrierefoundation.org)
If you’re more inclined to get your SPA on, wander over to the all-organic Mama La Terre Spa at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort. (www.fonddouxestate.com) Don’t forget to amble around Castries market and BUY local crafts and spices to lug back.
Known for its I-never-want-to-leave-accommodation, STAY at posh Viceroy Sugar Beach. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com If you suffer from claustrophobia, then Jade Mountain Resort is where you’ll want to be. Lacking the fourth wall, this hotel offers jaw-dropping views and superlative service. www.jademountain.com
FUN FACT: Nobel laureate Derek Walcott was born and raised in St Lucia. His poem Omeros was inspired by the Iliad and written as a tribute to his homeland.
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