It’s a Small Dog’s World at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

Our Top Pick for a Posh and Pet-Friendly Hotel in Saint Lucia

By Si Si Penaloza

Craving to book some Caribbean eye candy now to have something to look forward to come winter? Smart thinking. When it comes to dog-friendly boutique hotels, Saint Lucia has a few options to spark up a flurry of tail wags. Check into the best of the lot at the whimsical Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, where small dogs and service animals are more than welcome. Best of all, they stay for free! This resort knows the sweetest things come in small packages. Guest canines receive a welcome letter and treats to settle them into the island vibe.

 Photo: Viceroy Hotel Group

Perched on the pristine shores of Saint Lucia,Sugar Beach offers the finest amenities for sunseekers and saltwater junkies. There are 96 sumptuous suites, including 28 standalone villas, cottages and residences. Many rooms have a private, ocean-gazing pool to lounge by. The Two- to Four-Bedroom Ocean View Residences offer extra space for dogs to feel at home, or families travelling together. Bedrooms open out onto a stylish terrace with a private infinity pool and designer sunloungers, from which you can gaze out over the shimmering sea and contemplate the big things in life. The cosy, secluded One-Bedroom Residences are ideal for couples and their Coton cuddle bug; each has a large, jungle-sheltered private pool. The hotel does provide dog beds, bowls and food on request.

 Photo: Viceroy Hotel Group

PADI divers glide through a spectacular coral kingdom by day, and feast on fresh seafood by night. You’ll appreciate how accommodating the kitchen is, they can alter their line up of Caribbean classics to most allergies and restrictions at the resort’s laid-back Bayside Restaurant. Be sure to save room for the decadent Creole sweets for you, and be sure to bring back a biscuit for Banjo.

 Photo: Viceroy Hotel Group

The hotel spoiled us silly, so we barely left the resort grounds. For more active travellers, hike Gros Piton mountain or follow a nature trail through the rainforest; be sure to wear swim gear under your active wear to take a bracing dip in the photo worthy Superman Falls at the end. For history buffs and confectionary hounds, a tour of an 18th-century chocolate-and-sugar plantation provides a signature Saint Lucia experience. Thrill-seekers can zip-line through the jungle canopy, sign up for whale watching, rev up ATVs along the coast, or ride horses through fragrant banana plantations.

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