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Jalousie Plantation, Soufrière 

Forbidden Beach La Baie de Silence
Val des Pitons
Saint Lucia
Tel: 758 456 8000
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This intimate luxury resort is nestled between the towering Pitons on the site of an 18th-century sugar plantation. The 78 rooms and villas—some just built, others fully renovated under a $100-million overhaul to be completed in 2012—are spread out across lush rolling hills and totally secluded from one another. Inside, the plantation-style decor features bright white furnishings that draw your attention to the tropical paradise outdoors—luxurious four-poster beds, huge walk-in closets that double as the dressing rooms, claw-foot tubs in the bathrooms, and a private deck with chaise longues and a plunge pool. All rooms are appropriately outfitted with mod cons like AC, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, iPod docking stations, and even a personal butler who's reachable 24/7 by mobile phone. You might be tempted to stay inside, but the biggest perk is your surroundings—sea, sand, mountains, and rainforest—so get out and explore. It's best to hit the beach before breakfast if you want to snag one of the coveted chaise longues under umbrellas and reserve some shade. Or, if you're a late riser with a big pocketbook, book a brand-new beachfront bungalow (opened in December 2011) and you'll have your own thatched-roof cabana on the soft white sand. While you're splurging, why not charter the owner's yacht, the Manatee, for a lavish day at sea? The more budget-conscious can snorkel, kayak, and swim off shore in the warm Caribbean water (complimentary water activities are offered right from the beach). Try both of the excellent on-site restaurants—the casual on-the-beach Bayside and the swankier Great Room, where farm-to-table menus change daily—and sip sophisticated cocktails at the trendy Cane Bar. And don't leave without treating yourself to a chocolate body scrub or massage at the idyllic Rainforest Spa, where seven treehouse-like rooms stand on stilts in the jungle.— Jen Swetzoff

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