The first thing that hits you about St Lucia is the incredible scenery. I can totally understand why the island is so popular with honeymooners and for romantic getaways; the landscape is so lush that it feels seriously romantic. So much so, I didn't put my camera down apart from when I was actually sleeping and eating.
Everything about St Lucia is green. From her lushly vegetated peaks undulating across the teardrop shaped island, to her twinkling emerald waters, it's a Caribbean paradise chock-full of geological marvels.
St Lucia's street parties are famed: the Friday night "Jump Up" in Gros Islet and Seafood Friday in Anse-La-Raye attract hoards of tourists. But if you really want to party like a local, head to Dennery on a Saturday night.
Get your heart beating to the St Lucian vibe.
From adrenalin-pumping activities such as zipwiring through rainforest, climbing the iconic Pitons or bareback horseriding
Cap Maison, a boutique resort in the north of St Lucia, has a new immersive gastronomy package for foodies which includes visits to farms and local markets, and lessons on Caribbean cooking.
The climb itself is only two hours, however, with an estimated climbing time of two hours, you know it's not going to be a gentle path. Split into four sections, these bench breaks provide a moments rest, and a drop off point for those who can't continue any further.
So there I was, 40-something years old, chanting, humming, and heartily exhaling - hypnotised by the Caribbean sea - learning to breathe (correctly). And I really can't remember the last time I felt so energised...
Highlights: Gorgeous food, incredible beaches and a range of water activities are on offer at the Spice Mill complex on Cockleshell
A British man has been killed and his wife injured after their boat was attacked in St Lucia. The man, named by Caribbean