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Sweet! Finally St. Lucia's Jalousie Becomes The Viceroy Sugar Beach

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  Site Where: Val des Pitons, Soufriere, Saint Lucia
December 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM | by | ()

After what seems like an interminable amount of time (really, about four years in the making) St. Lucia's Jalousie Plantation, originally to be called "The Tides", was named Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, on December. 1st.

We visited the property about three years ago where renovations (which eventually topped out at $100 million) had already begun on transforming Jalousie into a more sleeker resort. Coincidentally that's when the Viceroy Hotel Group had taken over Tides properties in Mexico and renamed them Viceroy as well.

Although there's a new lobby and reception area, the resort's most evident and beautiful change are the additions of the new luxury villas that come with their own plunge pools and butler service. Another improvement is the Rainforest Spa, which now has seven treehouse treatment cabanas to experience more authentic and organic therapies such as the sulphur and lime body wrap or papaya and sea salt body polish.

While we believe the hotel is more suited for couples than families, there are times of the year you'll see children at the resort, and for that reason, there's been an investment in updating the Kids Club by adding murals by Lucy Loveheart, a British children's-book designer. There's also two dining options and now four bars, an increase from before.

Rates at Sugar Beach start at $375 per night.

Viceroy has plans for hotels in Istanbul, Bodrum, Turkey, and maybe, just maybe, New York!

[Photos:Viceroy Hotel Group]

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