Soleil: St Lucia's Summer of Festivals

The Caribbean island is celebrating the season and its heritage with a range of festivities, from jazz and blues, to rum and the arts

(Image credit: © 2015 Robert Reck)

The Caribbean island of St Lucia has long been known for its rich and vibrant culture, breathtaking views, endless sun and friendly locals. But this summer, the island has even more on offer.

To showcase its diverse heritage, St Lucia is staging a summer of festivals, beginning on 12 May with the St Lucia Jazz Festival. In celebration of Saint Lucian, there will be free and paid Caribbean and international jazz performances from 12 to 14 May, alongside musical workshops.

But jazz is only one of the six festivals that complete the island's varied cultural and event programme taking place from May to October. The Soleil Summer of Festivals includes a Roots and Soul Festival, the electric St Lucia Carnival, the Food and Rum Festival, a Country and Blues Festival and, as it comes to a close, the Arts and Heritage Festival. Honouring the island's history, which boasts influences from Africa, Europe and India, the Arts and Heritage Festival will weave together a diverse collage of artistic culture to explore and dishes to sample.

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Each of the festivals dotted across the summer lasts 3 to 4 days, leaving plenty of time to investigate the blue-water bays, lush rainforests and glistening waterfalls. The unspoiled nature of St Lucia lends itself to being discovered in adventurous ways and thrill-seekers can take a spin through the world's only drive-in volcano, zip-wire through forests and partake in many watersports.

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(Image credit: © 2015 Robert Reck)

Where to stay

The five-star Capella Marigot Bay resort and marina is a secluded sanctuary that's heaven-sent when you need to recoup from the day's festivities. Amenities include freshwater infinity pools, a rum cave serving some of the best regional varieties and a spa offering treatments influenced by Saint Lucia's diverse heritage and healing traditions. You'll also find a wealth of retail outlets cushioned within the tropical hillside of nearby Marigot Bay, a coveted yacht haven for centuries.

A seven-night stay in a Resort View double or twin room during the jazz festival in May starts from £2,120

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