While my boyfriend and I love to go away for romantic getaways and appreciate all the luxuries of high-end accommodations… We are also thrill seekers who want to engage in activities that get our adrenaline pumping!
So when I had the opportunity to visit St. Lucia’s Stonefield Estate Villa Resort and Spa I jumped at the chance. Not only is this property breathtaking with its airy and bright ambience accented by its French colonial style architecture, including wide open verandas, attractive jalousie shutters and antique four posters beds, it is also a place where we can be active. For example, the resort recently opened a new 860 square foot yoga studio equipped with tatami mats for martial arts and yoga above its Red Door Spa overlooking the Petit Piton mountain and Stonefield’s lush tropical gardens. The resort also has a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned gym fully equipped with Cybex cardio equipment, free weights and multi gym machines, and has access to some really scenic hiking – the resort is nestled at the base of the Pitons.
Accommodations options at Stonefield include one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and private villas. All come with a plunge pool; tropical, outdoor shower; locking safe; ironing board and iron; telephone; iPod dock; and hammock. There are no televisions in any of the guestrooms. While it took a day to disconnect from my favorite shows, I ended up loving the TV-free environment.
For me this property had the best of both worlds. On days when we just wanted to relax, we started with breakfast on the veranda of our villa and then lounged by our private pool, which also included a garden shower for my personal use. If we never wanted to leave our villa, we would have been content. With a pool, views of the mountains and Caribbean ocean amid rich green and lush plantings, and an attentive staff to bring us our meals, really, you could convince yourself that there is no reason to leave. But like I said, my boyfriend and I do like to be active.
One afternoon, we spoiled ourselves with treatments at the resort’s on-site spa and then went for a yoga class in the property’s new spacious yoga pavilion. The next day, we went on a Gros Piton hike climbing almost 2700 feet where we encountered rare birds. Other activities included horseback riding through a local cocoa plantation; a tour of the St. Lucia visiting the village of Anse La Raye; snorkeling at The Pinnacles reef (scuba diving is also offered); sailing to the fishing village of Canaries; and chartering a boat for a sunset cruise.
You would think after all that we would have been exhausted but after being lulled to sleep by the sounds of nearby sea waves, a good night’s sleep provided energy for more adventure. One of my favorite sightseeing opportunities was visiting the picturesque colonial town Soufriere where we walked the streets, shopped and had lunch. Afterwards we took advantage of the resort’s spa once again, this time opting for soothing hand and foot massages with botanically based products. Post-massage we sat on the sands of the Malgretoute and Jalousie beaches with crystalline waters unequalled elsewhere on the Caribbean coast.
For some of our dinners, we dined at Stonefield’s Mango Tree Restaurant – an al fresco dining pavilion that looks out onto the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons. All of the restaurant’s herbs and vegetables are grown on property, including mango and breadfruit, both of which are served everyday. I also liked that the restaurant featured a vegan menu, and a children’s menu if you go with your family.
Back at our private villa, I enjoyed ending my evening laying on our personal hammock and just letting those ocean waves lull me to sleep.
Rates at Stonefield Villa Resort and Spa start at US $374 in low season. For more information visit www.stonefieldvillas.com or call 1-800-420-5731.