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Sugar Beach Reopens With Upgrades Following Five-Month Closure

Following a five-month closure, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (Soufrière, Saint Lucia) has debuted a fresh new look that marks the next chapter in the properties near 30-year history. The iconic seaside destination, nestled between the picturesque UNESCO Pitons of St. Lucia, has completed expansive renovations and immersive upgrades. Updates include nine new Luxury Cottages and Beachfront Bungalows, a culinary overhaul with the launch of a new poolside bar and various updates to its existing restaurants, and amenity enhancements including a refreshed spa, a new main pool experience, and beachside fitness facility. To compliment this fresh new look, Sugar Beach has also expanded on its museum-quality art collection, with modern original art from talents like Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Banksy, Tom Sachs, KAWS, and Jeff Koons.  

“Today marks a new chapter for our beloved resort as we debut an expansive renovation and experiential overhaul that provides travelers with a new Sugar Beach experience,” says Mark Griffiths, regional vice president of operations for Viceroy Hotels & Resorts. “As we enter our 30th anniversary in 2022, our brand-new resort honors the exemplary service and experience the property is celebrated for, but with the luxury enhancements that the refined traveler is seeking today. Through the various new accommodations, event space, and culinary outlets, we have masterfully created a new, yet authentic travel experience for our guests.”

Catering to the soaring demand for private accommodations, Sugar Beach has added nine new luxury guest rooms including four one-bedroom Beachfront Bungalows and five Luxury Cottages, all with a contemporary new design. Perched along the shoreline, the new Beachfront Bungalows allow guests to walk straight from their rooms right onto the beach. Each bungalow is complete with an outdoor hammock, a private outdoor terrace area, a chic indoor lounge space as an extension of the bedroom, a free-standing bathtub, and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views of the beach and UNESCO Pitons. The one-bedroom Luxury Cottages built higher up the mountain are all complete with contemporary interiors with a fresh neutral color palette of white and beige tones. Private lounge terraces are complimented by a plunge pool that overlooks the impressive surrounding UNESCO Pitons. Guests staying in all accommodations at Sugar Beach have access to their own private butler as well as their own private plunge pool.   

Cuisine remains a core pillar of Sugar Beach, with a celebrated collection of dining experiences. All these spaces have been further elevated through this master renovation, and in addition, Sugar Beach has welcomed new executive chef Simon Winchester. Winchester has launched brand-new menus at each of the restaurants, which celebrate St. Lucian culture and support the local farmers, fisherman, and chocolatiers. The property’s signature fine-dining restaurant, the Great Room, has received enhancements to the existing structure, with the addition of glass windows and sliding doors that open up to overlook the terrace and to views of the striking Piton mountains and beach. Inspired by the lush flora of the Sugar Beach estate, an interior green garden provides a fresh design element to the space, planted as a feature in the middle of the formal dining room. A beautifully designed new bar has been added as an extension of the dining room in the open-air Palm Court. The marble-top nine-seater bar brings a new level of vibrancy to the lounge area, which is already complemented by museum-quality artwork and contemporary furniture. 

Down by the beach, a new barefoot luxury culinary journey awaits at The Jalousie Grill, which has launched an outdoor grill and expanded undercover alfresco seating area so more guests can dine shoreside no matter the weather. The popular shoreside Bayside Restaurant has received a refresh in the shape of a brand-new state-of-the-art kitchen facility and additional outdoor seating area. Most impressively, a new place to order poolside bites and drinks is available at the brand-new Bayside Bar perched near the new fleet of private luxury cabanas that have been added to the main pool area. 

The primary pool has been completely rebuilt, debuting a new luxury design with an elevated coastal resort feel with theater-style lounge chairs and chic cabanas that boost the communal amenity experience for guests. Following the increase in private celebrations and functions, Sugar Beach has complemented its existing iconic backdrop with the launch of a special events lawn that has been landscaped overlooking the new main pool.  

The property’s tranquil Rainforest Spa, nestled in the heart of a rainforest surrounded by lush foliage and soaring mountain vistas, launched a contemporary couples treehouse treatment room alongside a refreshed lobby space. Bringing the total treatment room count to 10, the new couples treehouse is built on stilts and perched high above the ground. With a completely different design to the existing treatment rooms, the new treehouse is complete with large glass windows that overlook the serene forest, an indoor free-standing bathtub and outdoor shower, and various options for couples to relax before and after their treatments. Sugar Beach also announced Tata Harper as its new spa partner, debuting a new treatment menu with bespoke services.  

A brand-new wellness and fitness facility is now centrally located at the heart of the property, steps from the resort’s pool and shoreline. The gymnasium has been fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and a yoga studio that will host an array of wellness classes. The interior design fits with the contemporary theme—wood panels adorn the walls while floor-to-ceiling glass windows open the views up to overlook the lush surroundings and turquoise waters.

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Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.