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Welcome To Twin Peaks Image Credit: Family Traveller
Welcome To Twin Peaks Image Credit: Family Traveller

Welcome To Twin Peaks

Chocolate-making, ziplining, thermal mudbaths and walk-in volcanoes. What’s not to love about St Lucia

Tracey Davies
Even in the radiant sunshine, I felt the shadowy presence of twin peaks. I was standing on the terrace of our pretty villa, one of dozens staggered into the jungly hillside, breathing in the fragrant scent of papaya and banana trees, and a rampant bushel of honeysuckle, which had a blurry hummingbird hooning into it like a student at a free bar.

If I craned my neck up to full stretch, I could just about see the green peak of Gros Piton to my left, and the granite tip of Petit Piton to my right. Behind me, I heard pitter-patter-splash in stereo as my 11-year-old twins, Nancy and Lola, ran and jumped into our private pool, oblivious to our breathtaking proximity to St Lucia’s most famous natural features.

We were spending half-term week at Sugar Beach, Viceroy’s heavenly resort nestled between the Pitons, the defining, UNESCO-protected landmarks of the island. Built on the site of an 18th-century sugar plantation, the resort’s colonial-style whitewashed villas tumble down to a crescent of sugary white sand lined with obedient palms and bookended by the Pitons. ‘It’s as close to heaven as we’re gonna get, girls,’ I grinned, swishing a goblet of requisite rum punch.

Although widely considered a honeymoon hotspot, St Lucia is actually a great place to bring the kids. A herd of brightly coloured vintage tuk-tuks buzz guests around the winding roads of the hilly resort. ‘Goodmorning, Lola and Nancy, and h


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