family getaway: st. lucia
Blair Clarke, art aficionado and founder of New York City’s super hip creative consultation firm Voltz Clarke, shares favorite moments from her family’s recent Caribbean getaway.
Published Jun 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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Located in the heart of the Caribbean, Windjammer Landing provided the perfect balance of culture, entertainment, and adventure that Clarke and her family needed to create a uniquely Saint Lucia experience for their spring break trip. “The resort was a charming oasis of fun,” Clarke explains, “with every water sport imaginable sprinkled among the most gorgeous piece of land on the island.”
– “So many gorgeous, handmade friendship bracelets; I’m going to need more friends!” Clarke jokes of the loads of indigenous treasures—ranging from chic straw bags to hand-woven island dolls and jewelry—the family brought back to New York from St. Lucia.
The capital city of Castries is the island’s well-known hub for culture and commerce, providing plenty of waterfront pavilions for shopping. “The stalls were filled with spices, veggies, fruits, fish, and endless hand-crafted toys.” Clarke explains. “The girls were introduced to okra for the first time and had a great time picking out local gifts to bring home to friends and family!”
“Each morning, our pal [and tour guide] Smokey would arrive with new discoveries like sugar cane, star fruit, and mango so sweet it dripped syrup!” Clarke raves. “After our morning dose of Vitamins from his findings – we spend the days soaking up the island sun and testing out every water sport the Caribbean had to offer!”
With a slew of affordable—and direct— flights straight into the West Indies, the Clarke family’s break from the rough Manhattan winter to the tropical paradise of St. Lucia was truly a harmonious retreat. “The people are charming & friendly,” Clarke adds. “With amazing spots for both adults and kids to explore. What more could you want from a getaway than delicious food and gorgeous weather?!”