Saint Lucia, Caribbean
In natural beauty, St. Lucia seems like an island plucked from the South Pacific and set down in the Caribbean. Its dramatic twin coastal peaks, the Pitons, soar 2,000 feet up from the sea, sheltering magnificent rain forests where wild orchids, giant ferns, and birds of paradise flourish. Brilliantly-plumed tropical birds abound, including endangered species like the indigenous St. Lucia parrot. The rainforest is broken only by verdant fields and orchards of banana, coconut, mango, and papaya trees.
Presidio del Mar, St. John
The crown jewel of St. John’s fabled North Shore, nestled within the boundaries of the Virgin Islands National Park, in the exclusive beach enclave of Lower Peter Bay. The Presidio is perched on a small peninsula with Cinnamon Bay to the east, and world-renowned Trunk Bay to the west. A pristine coral reef rings the base of the property, providing excellent diving and snorkeling. The sugar white sand beach of Peter Bay is one minute away via a private, stone-paved beach path, accessed directly from the Presidio. Surrounded on 3 sides by crystal clear Caribbean waters, cooled by gentle trade winds, the Presidio’s dramatic location offers incomparable views, and incomparable serenity. Drawing on the architectural traditions of the island’s historic Danish sugar mills, the Presidio is constructed entirely of native stone and brick, with rich mahogany and bronze accents.