This September will see the launch of Saint Lucia’s new romance programme, ‘Romance Revitaliser’ which focuses on bespoke on-island experiences for couples.

Packages will be tailored to the couple’s interests and are designed to provide a personal, holistic experience of the Caribbean island, whether celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary or rekindling a spark.

Planned activities include a discovery of the hills and valleys of the island in ‘Reach the peak’ and climbing to the summit of the Pitons together; an exploration of the island’s creole cuisine through a private cooking tour; ‘Feel the Heat’ with a visit to the Sulphur Springs near Soufriere; a body scrub making class and Saint Lucian Treatment; and ‘Paint the Pitons’, an afternoon spent in the company of St. Lucian artist Alwyn St.Omer where couples can create a masterpiece together under his tutelage.

In addition, recent research commissioned by the tourist board has revealed that almost four in ten Brits (37%) are not particularly happy with their wedding photos and would have them redone if they could.

The research, which polled 2,000 men and women aged between 18 to over 55 across the UK who are either married or in long term relationships, concentrated on peoples’ attitudes to wedding and honeymoon locations and photos.

Looking between the age demographics, the majority of 25-34 year olds (57%) and 35-44 year olds (60%) cited a desire to have their wedding photos retaken, compared to 19% of over 55s. Of those who stated they were not happy with the photography, one in five said the reason was down to the setting not being special enough and one in three didn’t like how they look. More than twice as many men (28%) as women (12%) disliked their wedding photos because they believe they don’t reflect the people they are today.

In addition to promoting its picturesque backdrops, the island is also able to offer a diverse range of wedding venues and locations - from private villas, hotel sun decks, waterfalls and botanical gardens, to plantation houses and spa resorts. Romance breaks currently account for more than 30% of all global arrivals to the destination.

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