St. Lucia’s Pitons – twin mountains rising up from the Caribbean Sea – were created by volcanic activity almost 300,000 years ago. The peaks were considered to have mystical properties and were worshipped as Gods by the local Arawaks. Now deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bay of white sand beach between them is the setting of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. Drawing on the spirit and beauty of the site, the property is a haven for wellness of the mind and body.
Dotted along the treetops, the Rainforest Spa offers all-natural rituals using locally sourced ingredients like coconut, aloe vera, and cocoa. There are seven traditionally built treehouse treatment rooms along with a relaxation pavilion and an earthen Amerindian steam dome—known as a temascal. Guests can venture off-property with the Sulphur Seduction treatment which involves a morning trip to the volcanic sulphur springs near the resort to bathe in the black waters, followed by a sulphur mud bath and exfoliation treatment, shower in the Piton waterfalls, and a massage back at the spa.
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The property’s fitness program includes daily classes on the hour, ranging from gentle sunset yoga and morning walks to military bootcamp and ‘beast mode’ body burn classes. For the more intrepid guest, the Piton Recovery starts with a hike of the island’s Gros Piton followed by a stretching session, rehydration with coconut water, and revitalizing snack of potassium-rich bananas before having a muscle releasing massage back at the Rainforest Spa.
In anticipation of Yoga Month in September, guest can practice their flow while the sun sets behind the Pitons.