Swish, colonial-style resort nestling into a forested hillside with the 3,000-foot Les Pitons volcano summits towering above.
Individual, pastel-shaded cottages - one and two-room - scattered around the 325-acre resort. Some have private plunge pools. A shuttle busferries guests up and down steep gradients.
Four restaurants including the Bayside on the beach for barbecues and The Pier for elegant casual dining. Special children's dining room whereunder-5s eat free; 6-12s pay half price eating from any menu.
There is a beach of fine, golden sand in front of the resort. This is imported from Guyana, which punters prefer to St. Lucia's volcanic black sand.
A spa and fitness centre, squash, tennis, scuba diving and the full gamut of water sports. For children, there is a creche, a club where sports andother activities are supervised, and a Learning Centre which organises field trips to explore the island's volcanoes, rainforests and sulphur springs.
Americans and British; fewer French, Germans and Italians. Many well- off families withchildren, taking advantage of childcare activities.
Total cost for a family of two adults and two children for a week, £2,634 in low season (May, June, September and October), rising to£3,274 from January to Easter, with Harlequin Worldwide Travel (01708 850300). Prices include flights, transfers, B&B and mostactivities and sports.
Jalousie Hilton Resort, Soufriere, St Lucia, West Indies, Tel: 001 758 459 7666, Fax: 001 748 459 7667, email: JHR_gm_sec @candw.lc.
UK bookings: 0345 581595