A luxury hotel stay in St Lucia, including full board, a 12-hour bar, VIP door-to-door chauffeur service and return flights from London or Manchester starts from £107 a night. How does Saga do it?
The over-50s holiday firm has cut out the middle man at the 4Q Bel Jou Hotel on the beautiful island of St Lucia. This Saga-owned property, with stunning views over the Caribbean Sea, offers guests a value-packed holiday and the friendliest of service.
Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or laze in the sun on the terrace – Bel Jou is the perfect place to relax, set on a hilltop and surrounded by tropical gardens. Accommodation is spacious and comfortable with air-conditioning in all bedrooms.
For those who want adventure, there are tours to the rainforest with an optional aerial tramway excursion to view wildlife in the lush, green landscape.
Included in the holiday price are at least two excursions; travel along the stunning east coast to the 12-acre Mamiku Gardens surrounding the ruins of an 18th century estate and visit
Lushan Country Life & Forestry for a spice leaf trail.
Another option is to combine shopping and history on a tour of Castries. Visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Derek Walcott Square before heading to the bustling market or duty-free shops. From here, head north to Pigeon Island, one of St Lucia’s national landmarks.
Want to party? Perhaps join an evening sunset cruise, drink rum punch and dance to the pulsating sounds of a steel band.
For those who want a unique view of the island, a 15-minute helicopter ride over the rainforest offers wonderful views of the island, from £105.
Another option is to take a taxi to the idyllic Marigot Beach, where the movie Dr Doolittle was filmed. Swim in the crystal clear water or relax on the palm-fringed white sand beach and watch the boats bobbing in the bay.
Bel Jou is exclusively for Saga passengers who enjoy exceptional service and attention to detail.
Daily afternoon tea, water in the room on arrival, a fruit bowl at reception, welcome party and a shuttle bus to Castries or local beaches are all complimentary.
Eight nights from £999 or from £1599 for 15 nights with a choice of regular departures from London Gatwick or Manchester Airport throughout 2014 and 2015.
Price includes include VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights, airport taxes, accommodation, full board, 12-hour bar, porterage, two excursions (three on 15-night holidays), travel insurance and cancellation cover.
For details call free on 0800 414 8986 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays