One of the most spectacular sights in the Caribbean is two
striking cone-shaped mountains, the Gros and Petit Pitons, rising 2500
feet above the sea on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia near
the town of Soufrière. The stretch of land between the
peaks called Jalousie Plantation, formerly a working sugar
mill, is a natural spot for a luxury resort. Although it has only been open
two years, Jalousie-Hilton Resort & Spa is now the finest hotel on the island
and one of the best in the West Indies.
The resort is spread over 325 tropical acres and fronts a secluded beach. Accommodations
include 115 private one-bedroom cottages, suites and Sugar Mill rooms, all designed
for maximum privacy. Rooms are luxurious, many have their own plunge pools and
verandahs. Every structure from the Colonial-style Jacquot Greathouse,
the hub of the hotel, to the row of boutiques was designed to blend with the
jungle-like environment. Facilities are widely spaced, but a fleet of shuttles
circles the grounds regularly to transport guests. For one all-inclusive price
Jalousie offers just about everything–unlimited food in four restaurants, all
alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, a variety of water sports, squash
and tennis (clinics, too), use of the spa, airport transfers, taxes and gratuities.
Every visitor receives some free spa treatments depending on the length of their
stay. In addition, spa packages are available. About 30 different beauty treatments
are available from an able and well- trained staff. Guests interviewed at the spa
were all very enthusiastic about the masseuses and masseurs.
Other staff members were also cited for excelling at their tasks. Nancy and Roy
Myers of Cinnamonson, New Jersey, both with high-powered jobs, she in construction,
he in nursing home management, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary at Jalousie
and said, "The hotel is just so hospitable. People are warm, courteous, have
a genuine feel for hospitality and a desire to please." In fact "Desire
to Please" is one of the hotel services. For any reasonable request all you
need do is call a special extension.
Jalousie-Hilton Resort & Spa, Bay Street, Soufriere, LC. Tel. 1-758-456-8000.
Rates start $650 for a double including meals. Jalousie-Hilton