It’s known for its luxurious resorts, but none can be more special than The Landings in St Lucia.
For every ex-pat looking for that perfect humble abode, the luxurious apartments and homes in the north of this glittering island, offer no more perfect an island space.
But to describe The Landings as humble would be an understatement.
Prices range from the two-bedroom marina view apartments at £512,525 to the three-bedroom Grand Villa penthouses on the beach front which cost £3,076,123.
Last year, The Landings created its last premises on this Eastern Caribbean island within the final beachfront section of two and three-bedroom homes.
Or, if you really want to splash the cash, there’s the penthouses on the top floor with three bedrooms.
Set over 19 acres in the north-west of St Lucia, guests can step out and explore the island or simply sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail from the hotel bar and enjoy the crystal white sands while the waves lull back and forth in front of you.
Arriving on the island, and as a first-time visitor to this side of the world, a quick glimpse of the stunning turquoise sea as the aircraft arrived onshore was enough to get this traveller off the plane.
And nothing can begin a trip to The Landings like a helicopter ride taking in the breathtaking beauty of the island.
Flying over the stunning greenery including the banana plantations surrounded by the glittering ocean, the anticipation of what this island has to offer is only increased.
St Lucia is known for its small and luxurious resorts that drip both colour and flair.
From The Landings to nearby Cap Maison and Ladera where hummingbirds surround the stunning restaurant which overlooks the World Heritage site of the Pitons.
Stepping into one of the open plan ground floor apartments at The Landings I felt as if I might have to pinch myself I was finally here.
Guests can pamper themselves in the lavish 7,000sq ft Soleil spa, sail in and out of the 60 slip yacht basin, play golf on a PGA 18-hole course or relax on the 800ft private beach or beside one of the resort’s many pools. You can also take a launch to a superb snorkelling and diving site, enjoy a drink in the stylish Viscount Lounge and so much more.
There are 143 apartments with views of Pigeon Island where the English defended the island from French attack on 14 occasions.
The final phase of the scheme at The Landings was launched last year and offers an additional 21 waterfront apartments.
No expense has been spared in these incredible apartments with beautifully decorated floors, four-poster beds and spectacular views of Rodney Bay or the incredible marina.
Owners can also join The Landings rental pool which means they can earn money while back home in the UK or elsewhere.
The plan works by allowing owners to rent their properties off-setting the running costs and providing a good return on investment.
There’s plenty to do even on your doorstep, from a lush walk around the greenery on Pigeon Island to lunch at one of the casual waterfront restaurants for some fresh delicacy.
Or there’s the chance to mix with St Lucians with a jaunt on a Friday night to the Gros islet street party, where music booms from a set of DJ decks and lots of incredible small food stalls line the streets.
The evening is popular with tourists and residents alike. You can have a dance and relax to some music while tasting some of the finest rums.
It’s not difficult to see why visitors to this laid-back island set up home with an apartment or villa at one of the many property spots.
Each homeowner at The Landings not only enjoys freehold ownership of their property but also shares in the ownership of the beach, private marina, resort and all its facilities.
What The Landings does so well is not only to offer rest and relaxation with fantastic food – perfecting the local delicacy of Mahi Mahi – but the opportunity to explore this incredible island.
The exclusive luxury resort gives guests the chance for the perfect down-time where they can stay in their home away from home with all the extra trappings of a lavish stay.
This is an island with so much to do.
Whether it’s a stomach-flippping trek via zipline through the rainforest or the chance to go out on the Southern Breeze catamaran and sip Champagne as the sun goes down with St Lucia boat tours.
It’s not difficult to see why those looking to retire in the sun, or just find a perfect spot to return to each summer or winter, would pick St Lucia.
This island is special, it’s not loud or brash, but laid back and cool and offers its inhabitants the chance to lie back and relax or get up and go.
It’s the perfect antidote to modern life, charming and easy to fall in love with, it would have this first-time traveller back in a heartbeat.
Cap Maison is an exclusive development of 22 spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments which together create a 50 room, boutique-style luxury hotel. Owners enjoy exclusive use of their own residence for up to nine weeks per year without any additional cost or service charges and with a profit share of the hotel room rental.
Set in front of the incredible Pitons, all 32 suites enjoy an open wall with a spectacular view of the Pitons. Guests can also enjoy private plunge pools, heated or non-heated, some with cascading waterfalls. Ladera was once part of Rabot Estate, one of Soufriere’s oldest and most famous cacao plantations.