St. Lucia Takes Home Gold in 2012 With Over 50 Awards

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The island of Saint Lucia ends the year with a record 50-plus awards, most recently tapped as Travel Weekly’s 2012 Readers Choice for Best Caribbean Destination. Among the noteworthy accolades: four properties were named among Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels and two resorts were featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Hotels.

“We are honored and very proud of the awards received this year and do not take them for granted. For an island of our size to be recognized with the most hotels within the Caribbean on both Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels and Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Hotels is an accomplishment. Each award is a testament of the hard work and commitment of the government, hotel and tourism partners and the workers in the industry,” said Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.

Destination Awards:

  • Travel Weekly’s 2012 Readers’ Choice for Best Caribbean Destination
  • Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination for the 4th time at the 2012 World Travel Awards Caribbean & The America’s Ceremony
  • Best Caribbean Port from Porthole Cruise Magazine
  • Voted number #3 on the list of The World’s Top 20 Honeymoon Destinations by Brides magazines
  • Castries Market ranked #3 on National Geographic Magazine’s Top Food Markets in the World
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards rated Saint Lucia #6 on the list of Top Islands in the Caribbean & Atlantic
  • Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers’ Choice for Most Romantic Destination
  • Sexiest Romance/Honeymoon Destination by Recommend Magazine Readers’ Choice Award
  • TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Destinations in the Caribbean, Castries ranked #13 and Soufriere ranked #23

Tours Operator Awards:

Barefoot Holidays DMC Saint Lucia, which offers assistance with accommodations, tours and excursions and more, was named Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator at the 2012 World Travel Awards; Americas ceremony.

Noted Property Awards/Recognition:

Anse Chastanet:

  • AAA 4 Diamond recognized property
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012
  • Condé Nast Traveler Top 270 Spa
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World
  • Travel + Leisure’s 2012 Top 25 Caribbean Resorts

Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa:

  • Expedia’s 2012 Insiders’ Select List
  • Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels Award for Fun for All Ages
  • Virgin Holidays Silver Award for Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean
  • Best All-Inclusive Resort in the Caribbean by Cigar Aficionado Magazine
  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award

The BodyHoliday LeSport:

  • Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels Award for Best All-Inclusive
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012
  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award
  • SpaFinder’s Readers’ Choice Favorite Spa in the Caribbean and Top 10 Best for Watersports
  • Best All-Inclusive Resort in the Caribbean by Cigar Aficionado Magazine
  • Tied for Best Spa in the Caribbean by Cigar Aficionado Magazine

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat:

  • Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels Award for Local Experience
  • Island’s Magazine Best Resort for Romantic Getaways
  • Travel + Leisure’s 2012 “It List”
  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 “Hot List”

Cap Maison:

  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 30 Hotels in the Caribbean and the Atlantic
  • TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean
  • 2012 Fodor’s Choice property by Fodor’s Travel
  • Honorable mention, Cigar Aficionado Magazine Best Resort or Hotel, Any size

Coconut Bay Resort & Spa:

  • TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Hotels for Families in the Caribbean

Coco Palm:

  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award

Crystals:

  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award

Discovery Marigot Bay Hotel:

  • AAA 4 Diamond recognized property
  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award for Fine Dining (Boudreau Restaurant)

East Winds Inn:

  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Traveler’s Choice Award for All-Inclusive Hotel in the Caribbean

Fond Doux Holiday Plantation:

  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence

Jade Mountain:

  • Best Resort or Hotel Island by Island by Cigar Aficionado Magazine
  • Best Small Resort or Hotel in the Caribbean by Cigar Aficionado Magazine
  • Caribbean’s Top Honeymoon Resort by Bride’s Magazine
  • Caribbean Travel + Life’s Readers’ Choice for Best Romantic Resort
  • Caribbean Travel + Life’s Readers’ Choice for Best Luxury Resort
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012
  • Condé Nast Traveler Top 270 Spa
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World
  • Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels Award for Trip of a Lifetime
  • Island’s Magazine Best Resort for Romantic Getaways
  • Saint Lucia’s only AAA 5 Diamond property
  • Top 10 Adults-Only Vacation Spots by Shape Magazine
  • Travel + Leisure’s 2012 World’s Best Service List
  • Travel + Leisure’s 25 Top Caribbean Resorts
  • TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean
  • TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the World
  • Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Ladera:

  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 30 Hotels in the Caribbean and the Atlantic
  • Saint Lucia’s Best Restaurant (Dasheene at Ladera) by Cigar Aficionado Magazine
  • Travel + Leisure’s 25 Top Caribbean Resorts

The Landings:

  • AAA 4 Diamond recognized property
  • TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean
  • TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Hotels for Families in the Caribbean

Sandals:

  • Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort named Saint Lucia’s Leading Resort by World Travel Awards
  • Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa and Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort recognized as an AAA 4 Diamond property
  • Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa named Saint Lucia’s Leading Spa Resort by World Travel Awards
  • Received Five Star Diamond Award by American Academy of Hospitality Sciences for Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa and Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort
  • Received Five Star Diamond Award by Received Five Star Diamond Award by American Academy of Hospitality for Sandals La Toc Restaurant at Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia

St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia (Formerly Morgan Bay Beach Resort)

  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards in the Beach Resort/Hotel Category

Stonefield Estate Resort:

  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award
  • Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (Formerly Jalousie Plantation):
  • AAA 4 Diamond recognized property
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 30 Hotels in the Caribbean and the Atlantic
  • Island’s Magazine Best Resort for Romantic Getaways
  • Saint Lucia’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards
  • TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean

Ti Kaye Village Resort:

  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award
  • TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean

Windjammer Landing:

  • About.com’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite All-Inclusive Caribbean Resort
  • TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award

For more information about Saint Lucia as an award winning destination, please visit stlucianow.com, call 1-800-4STLUCIA or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SaintLuciaTouristBoard.

About Saint Lucia
One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties.

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