You know what happens when you don't have to take winter weather advisories or accumulating snowfalls into consideration? You wind up with a sumptuous indoor-outdoor living arrangement that's the envy of East Coasters who have forgotten what a proper patio looks like. Such is the case in sunny St. Lucia, at the recently renovated—to the tune of $100 million—Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, where trad Caribbean style gets a modern makeover.
Set on 100 acres of rainforest overlooking the island's famous Piton mountains, the resort's gingerbread-style guest cottages blend classic colonial elements—grand wooden shutters, bead board wall paneling—with a contemporary all-white palette. The four poster beds, sans mosquito netting are given a more streamlined finish to reflect the present day, and the soaring vaulted ceilings enhance the airiness of each space. Outside, a pair of minimalist wicker chaises are right at home next to a private plunge pool.
Public spaces offer a modern take on Caribbean chic. In the restaurant, campaign-style, cane-backed chairs sit on a grand veranda trimmed in mint-green shutters. A checkerboard-tiled floor in the Palm Court Lounge adds a note of visual interest that coordinates with celadon garden stools turned side tables. And in the Late Night Bar, moody gray walls and asymmetrical red-velvet chairs give the room a through-the-looking-glass feel that has us wondering: how soon is the next flight out?