Zen Your Way to Rejuvenation in Soufriere

Finding your zen simply means slowing down enough to pursue peace. It’s about being centered at your core mentally and physically. When it comes to mindfulness and wellbeing, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but a getaway to a serene locale is a great start!

St. Lucia’s Soufrière – known for its colorful fishing village and idyllic topography that wraps around a beautiful bay – is an ideal place to rejuvenate with some moments of zen. Trade in the adventure excursions and start your day with a mud bath near the island’s drive-in volcano and end with marveling at one of the most tranquil views around.

Why St. Lucia's Drive-In Volcano Might be the Best Thing to Happen to your Skin This Year

These days, people tend to spend more time outdoors, meaning more exposure to the open-air elements, which can be tough on the skin. Soufrière is near the iconic St. Lucia Pitons where Sulphur Springs presents a hidden wonder. People can choose to take a therapeutic dip in the mineral rich mud bath. Comprised of hot water from the spring and ash from the volcanoes, this igneous combination is said to detoxify, replenish, and moisturize the body and eradicate itching caused by insects and mosquitoes.

Architecture Blessed with Heavenly Charm

When you think of St. Lucia excursions, a Roman Catholic church is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But the Church of the Assumption, located east of the town square in downtown Soufrière, is hard to resist. The original Lady of the Assumption Church was built between 1788 and 1790. Keeping some of its Old-World charm, construction of a new church (today’s site) began in the 50s.

Stop a moment to say a prayer, muse, or simply take a slow, quiet stroll through the church to admire its arched ceiling—an ornate vaulted wood structure that resembles the ribs of a boat. The interior delights with Caribbean hues and French design, colorful pillars, and brightly colored stained-glass windows. While the outside hints to a neo-gothic style complimented by lovely blue and white accents. Visitors are welcome to join in the Saturday evening mass or Sunday morning mass.

A Peaceful Retreat with Exotic Surprises and Hidden Private Baths

Who needs to go to a spa in St. Lucia when you can soak like a king? Bathing in the waters of the Diamond Falls section of the Soufrière Estate is highly recommended. The Diamond River, fed by the Sulphur Springs, is black from volcanic mud. It is believed by the locals that people who suffer from chronic rheumatism, sore joints and muscles, and other physical ailments, can find relief in the area’s waterways which include a grand waterfall with mineral-rich deposits and the hot spring-fed private and public baths originally built for France’s King Louis the XVI’s army.

Find peace and quiet in the tranquil gardens decorated with mahogany, coconut, and red cedar trees and tropical flowers including orchids, hibiscus, and anthurium. After a quiet moment in the garden or a therapeutic dip in the outdoor pools, waterfall, or private bathhouse, comfort food awaits—a Caribbean feast at the area’s acclaimed restaurant.

This Quiet Beach with Calm Turquoise Waters and Towering Palm Trees can Change your Life

Soufrière’s Anse Mamin beach, a pretty palm-lined shore, is a must-chill site for anyone looking for rest and relief. Marvel at stunning vistas from every viewpoint—the sand decorated with towering palms, the turquoise waterscape, and the clear indigo sky from the relaxing vantage point of a hammock. These picturesque vistas take your zen to a whole new level!

Among the best beaches in St. Lucia, Anse Mamin is walking distance from town resorts. The beach is rarely crowded, making it even harder to resist. Take refuge with an early afternoon laze on the sand, resting up for a no-frills late afternoon sans phone calls and to-do lists. St. Lucia tourism at its best!

Become One with Nature with a Lush Hillside Trek

Vacationing in St. Lucia to find your zen is incomplete until you hike a natural trail. Winding through tropical forest in St. Lucia's World Heritage-listed Pitons Management Area, the Tet Paul Nature Trail has been described as absolutely heavenly as well as one of the best trails located near Soufrière. From the majestic Pitons to the far away islands of Martinique and St. Vincent, you can see it all on this path. The gorgeous southern side of St. Lucia including Jalousie Bay is easily visible and you can even see Maria Island and Vieux Fort.

Among other native species, traditional medicinal plants and trees grow along the trail. Also, several species of exotic fruit trees including guava, avocado, and soursop trees line the hiking route. Here, guests can discover the traditional Amerindian art of cassava production too. This trail is great for any skill level and is primarily used for running and hiking. The best part, some say, is the “stairway to heaven” step formation leading up to a panoramic view of the verdant countryside.

Learn more about St. Lucia on islandroutes.com/st-lucia.

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