A key travel trend for 2023 is seeing travellers put nature and the environment at the heart of their holiday experience, opting for getaways and activities that let them discover and get closer to nature.
With this in mind, and with summer holidays on the horizon, Cap Maison, the luxury boutique resort and spa in Saint Lucia, has handpicked a series of nature inspired experiences for guests to enjoy, each designed to showcase the island’s stunning natural landscape and exotic wildlife.
Guests at Cap Maison can enjoy an exquisite stay and soak up its serene setting whilst at the same time, discovering Saint Lucia’s natural splendor with its hidden beaches, tropical rainforest, varied marine life, natural mud baths and majestic Pitons.
The handpicked selection of nature inspired experiences include:
For wildlife lovers there’s no better way to become acquainted with the birds of the island than on a tour guided by the passionate Chief Forest Officer of The Ministry of Agriculture, Adam Toussaint.
The first stop on the east coast of Saint Lucia is focused on catching sight of the much sought-after White-breasted Thrasher. Guests will also have the opportunity to find the Saint Lucia Warbler, the Pewee and possibly and the Saint Lucia Black Finch. Other specialist birds that can be found in this habitat include the Grey Trembler, the LA Saltator, the Green Throated Carib and the LA Crested hummer.
The next stop on the tour is the beautiful and lush Des Cartier Rainforest trail for the highlight of the day; the opportunity to see the spectacular Saint Lucia Parrot – National Bird of Saint Lucia, and the most colorful parrot of the Amazona parrots.There’s also the potential to catch a glimpse of other Saint Lucian species including the Rufus Throated Solitare, the Grey Trembler, the LA Fly Catcher, the Antillean Euphonia, the Purple Throated Carib, the LA Swift and other rainforest dwelling birds.
Guests can enjoy a relaxing day on a journey exploring the scenic west coast of the island taking in various Saint Lucian landmarks on the way, such as the town of Castries, Canaries, and the iconic Pitons. The excursion will take guests on a magnificent drive through the volcano to reach the Sulpher Springs where they will enjoy a rejuvenating natural mud bath, known for its detoxifying and natural healing properties.
Under the supervision of an expert guide, guests hike up to the majestic peak of Gros Piton, towering nearly 3,000 feet above sea level, alongside its twin peak Petit Piton. Dominating the western coast of Saint Lucia, the lush green slopes of these pyramid shaped icons rise from the sapphire blue waters of the Caribbean. The natural beauty of the magnificent Pitons and the stunning views from the top, make for a once in a lifetime experience, which will no doubt remain firmly etched in the memory of guests for years to come.
The well-situated secluded beach at Cap Maison known locally as “Smugglers Cove” is set within a shallow cove and features its own house reef where guests can enjoy snorkeling and discovering the hidden treasures of the aquatic underwater world and potentially catching a glimpse of a turtle or two along the way.
After a busy day of activities and exploring the many natural wonders of Saint Lucia, guests can relax and unwind at the heavenly retreat of Cap Maison. The resort’s private cliffside location is a tropical hideaway where guests can take pleasure in the surroundings – a verdant amphitheatre with dazzling coastal views.
Cap Maison also boasts two different, yet equally alluring restaurants, The Cliff at Cap and The Naked Fisherman which both combine local produce with innovative techniques with Executive Chief Craig Jones at the helm.
For a natural treatment that restores and revitalises after a long day, the Spa Maison ‘Tranquility’ treatment is a deluxe therapy that includes a massage followed by an exotic body scrub exfoliation using a range of local ingredients such as vanilla and cocoa.
All the activities above can be booked separately (at an additional cost) through Cap Maison’s concierge desk.