St. Lucia has some wonderful exclusive resorts and some of the most dramatic scenery in the world, but this charming Caribbean island also has a surprising number of all-inclusive resorts, including a trio of Sandals properties.
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Opened in 2005, the St. James's Club Morgan Bay -- formerly part of the Almond Resorts but now part of the Elite Island Resorts chain -- is located on St. Lucia's west coast and has 340 rooms, 4 restaurants, a kids' club, and a wide variety of amenities and activities, including complementary banana-boat rides, water skiiing, and reef fishing. Resort highlights include three lighted tennis courts and access to an 18-hole golf course shared by St. Lucia's pair of Almond resorts.
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This village-style all-inclusive resort, opened in 2007, sits across from the St. Lucia Golf Resort and Country Club and features 360 rooms in low-rise buildings. Guests can play up to three rounds of golf at the country club and enjoy the use of the resort's Racquet Club, which hss seven lighted tennis courts, a squash court, fitness center, and spa. There are four gourmet restaurants on site. Guest rooms have garden views or views of Smuggler's Cove, located on St. Lucia's northwest coast at Cap Estate.
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One of the only true all-inclusive therapeutic spa experiences in the Caribbean, the Bodyholiday at the Le Sport resort in St. Lucia includes a health and fitness profile and access to a full menu of activities designed to enhance body and mind, from exercise classes and yoga to golf and tennis lessons. The resort has 155 rooms, casual and gourmet dining, a scuba shop, archery range, and much, much more.
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The Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa
is located on St. Lucia's quiet south shore and caters to both romantic couples and families -- each in separate parts of the property. The 254-room resort has four restaurants, St. Lucia's largest water park, and the full-service Kal Mer Spa. Rooms are located in two four-story wings with balconies overlooking the ocean or gardens.
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The luxurious Sugar Beach
(formerly the Jalousie Plantation) enjoys picture-perfect views of St. Lucia's famous Pitons and includes a series of private guest villas, a pampering spa, dive center, and inclusive rates that cover water sports like windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking and land activities like tennis, use of the fitness center, and a schedule of daily classes and other events. A variety of meal plans is available, including an all-inclusive plan.
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This romantic couples-only resort
is located on beautiful Malabar Beach and offers a nice selection of inclusive activities and "sports for two." In addition to an open-air gym and water sports center, Rendezvous offers weekly golf clinics, tennis, volleyball, bike tours, and sunset cruises. Private dinners are provided in your room or on the beach as well as at the Terrace and Trysting Place restaurants. Spa services are extra, but fees are reasonable.
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Located on a narrow peninsula, this elegant all-inclusive is a British Colonial style resort with a beautiful pool area with swim-up lagoon rooms, and beaches overlooking both Rodney Bay and the ocean, with views all the way to Martinique. Like all Sandals resorts, there is a huge assortment of available land and water activities and multiple restaurants to choose from, including a poolside French creperie and an English pub. Guests have use of a nine-hole golf course shared by the three Sandals resorts on St. Lucia.
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Officially the Sandals Regency Le Toc Golf Resort and Spa
, this all-inclusive property is located on a lush 210-acre swath of beachfront and is home to Sandals nine-hole golf club, with greens fees including in the price of your stay. The resort has 13 classes of accommodations to choose from, topped by the posh Sunset Bluff suites with their private butler service and private pools. Dining choices include the gourmet French Le Toc.
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Lagoon-style pools and the famed Pier restaurant -- which literally sits in a palm-fringed bay -- help define this all-inclusive resort
. Dining options include the white-glove Italian restaurant Mario's, plus access to a total of 14 eateries at Sandals' three St. Lucia resorts. Guests also have a full array of land and water sports to choose from on-site along with golf at the Sandals Regency resort.