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ANSE CHASTENET
Soufriére
Tel: 758-459-7000 or 800-223-1108
ansechastenet.com

This treetop beachside fantasy is perfect for couples who prefer their luxury on the rustic side. Splurge on a three-walled star room (ending in "7")—they're huge, with unobstructed Piton views. This 600-acre resort is decidedly low-tech, but has tons of soul. The on-site spa, dive shop, and beach cover all important vacation bases.

LADERA
P.O. Box 225
Soufrière
Tel: 758-459-7323
Fax: 758-4598-5156
ladera.com

You might notice that a few things are missing upon checking in: a fourth wall, a telephone, and a TV. Instead, Ladera asks guests to make do with a private terrace, plunge pool, and priceless Piton views. Other perks include a stellar spa, four-star restaurant, and a free shuttle to the Anse Chastenet beach next door. The best part? No kids allowed. No wonder there are honeymooners in every room…

THE JALOUSIE PLANTATION
Soufrière
Tel: 758-456-8000 or 800-544-2883
thejalousieplantation.com

At the Jalousie Plantation, you can have the Pitons without traveling back in time: TV, A/C, and Internet access are all yours. The 125 rooms, strewn prettily over a tropical hillside between the Pitons, lack the elevation of their neighbors, but the beach is right there—as are a spa and three restaurants. New owners are in the process of updating the rooms.

OASIS MARIGOT
Marigot Bay
Tel: 800-263 4202
oasismarigot.com

The lush horseshoe of Marigot Bay is a sailors' stop distinctive for its folksy nightlife, and this small collection of cute villas and cottages is perfectly attuned to its environment. Sailors can combine a stay with a boat charter.

TI KAYE VILLAGE RESORT
Anse CochonCastries
Tel: 758-456-8101

Ti Kaye is personable, natural, and low-key. Its simple virtues include gingerbread cottages spilling down a fairly remote hillside, a sweet beach with great diving, a hammock-for-two over a wooden veranda, and excellent beachside candlelit dinners. Not for couples who place a high premium on anonymity or plasma screens.

 

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