St. Lucia Attains Several Travel Awards for 2021

During the month of October 2021 St. Lucia attained several prestigious travel awards from both Condé Nast Traveler and the World Travel Awards. Both these organizations host annual awards to recognize destinations throughout the world.

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2021

Luxury and lifestyle travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, named Saint Lucia as the #9 Destination in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2021 in the Caribbean & The Atlantic. 

Rabot Hotel, St. Lucia copped the #1 spot for the Top 10 Hotels in the Caribbean: Readers’ Choice Awards 2021.

Rabot Hotel St. Lucia Attains Several Travel Awards for 2021
Rabot Hotel (Photo Source)

The magazine has also named six Saint Lucian resorts in its Top 40 Resorts in The Caribbean Islands: Readers’ Choice Awards 2021 namely:

  •  #7 Ladera Resort, 
  • #8 Jade Mountain, 
  • #16 Anse Chastanet Resort, 
  • #27 Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, 
  • #28 Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort and 
  • #40 The Landings Resort & Spa.

The results of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards demonstrate the travel experiences of a record-breaking 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe who submitted ratings and comments.  This year’s awards reflect the ways the world of travel has begun to welcome back guests and how travel professionals have never stopped serving them to the highest standards.

Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture, and Information for Saint Lucia, Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire stated “Our resorts and people continue to provide unmatched tourism experiences to our visitors from around the world, and this accolade is a celebration of everything that Saint Lucia offers its guests.”

World Travel Awards – The Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination

Saint Lucia has also won the award for Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2021 at the 28th annual World Travel Awards and is in the running as a nominee for the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2021, having previously won this award on numerous occasions. The grand finale event takes place on November 26, 2021.

President and Founder of World Travel Awards, Graham Cooke, presented the award to Tourism Minister Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire at the Dubai Expo, in the presence of the other senior tourism officials. The win represents the island’s eighth consecutive title as the Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination and it’s twelfth win in total, of the same title.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian 1 St. Lucia Attains Several Travel Awards for 2021
Leading Resort Awardee – Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Ancillary service providers were also recognized in various categories.

  • Leading Car Rental Company – Thrifty
  • Leading Beach Resort- Marigot Bay Resort, Spa & Marina
  • Leading Hotel- Rabot Hotel by Hotel Chocolat
  • Leading Resort- Sandals Grande St. Lucian
  • Leading Destination Management Company – Barefoot Holidays
  • Leading Tour Operator- Spice Travel & Tours
  • Leading Travel Agency- Going Places Travel

Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire, Saint Lucia’s Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture, and Information stated “Romance continues to be the essence in brand Saint Lucia, a significant niche market for our world-renowned island destination. This award, particularly in this era, reflects the resilience and perseverance of our people and the results of the hard work of all our tourism stakeholders. This truly is an award for the people of Saint Lucia!”

St. Lucia’s Travel Requirements

Whether you’re planning to escape the winter blues or planning your honeymoon at the Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2021, travelers are reminded that similar to other destinations, St. Lucia is managing the current COVID-19 pandemic. As such, be sure to review St. Lucia’s Current Travel Requirements before purchasing your ticket to ensure you meet requirements. 

The following entry requirements are MANDATORY for all arrivals:

  1. ALL travelers 18 years and older must complete and submit an online travel registration form to receive Travel Authorization
  2. ALL travelers 5 years and over must take a COVID PCR test 5 days or less before arrival in Saint Lucia and submit the negative results to the travel registration form for review and approval

You must receive and print your travel authorization documents prior to travel. Failure to do so will result in you being denied boarding of your flight or vessel.

All arriving passengers must adhere to all protocols relevant to the island, including those related to wearing masks in public, social distancing and observing high standards of hand hygiene.