Saint Lucia Jazz kicks into high gear

Island hotels offer value packages, competitive ticket prices.

Soleil, the Saint Lucia Summer of Festivals will kick off on May 12 – 14, with Saint Lucia Jazz, a celebration of Caribbean and international jazz music.

Musical performances will take place across the island culminating with three major concerts at the iconic Pigeon Island National Landmark.

This year’s festival lineup blends island culture, famed musical talent, and eclectic music genres. Internationally renowned performers taking center stage this year include Grammy-nominated singer and actress Vanessa Williams, and the multi-talented Rachelle Ferrell. Additional headliners include pianist, composer and social activist Danilo Pérez; Grammy-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington; and Kenny Garrett, a Grammy award-winning jazz saxophonist and flautist who was a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Miles Davis’ band.

Tickets for the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival are priced at US$37/EC$100 for Friday night shows and US$65/EC$175 for the Saturday and Sunday shows. For more information on our line-up and updates on ticket availability visit http://www.stlucia.org/jazzfestival/schedule/

Hotels and resorts island-wide are offering free nights, value-added packages and discounted room rates as much as 60 percent off.

Packages from participating hotels and resorts include:

Anse Chastanet – Soufrière

“Sun, Sand and Jazz at Anse Chastanet”

•    Book a six night stay and receive every third night free in selected accommodations

•    Package rates start at $1,140 per couple, per three night stay for a savings of 33 percent off

•    Package includes breakfast and dinner meal plan, plus a $150 resort credit per person

•    Minimum six night stay required; reservations are not combinable with other offers;

•    Rates are subject to 10 percent service charge and 10 percent VAT

•    Book by May 10, 2017 for travel from May 1 through May  31, 2017

•    For more information and to book this package, call 1-800-223-1108, email [email protected] or visit http://ansechastanet.com/sun-sand-jazz

 Calabash Cove Resort & Spa – Gros Islet

“Jazz it up at Calabash Cove”

•    Book a five night stay for $199 per person, per night, based on double occupancy for a savings of 48 percent off standard rates

•    Package includes breakfast plan and two tickets to the Jazz Festival

•    Book by May 10, 2017 for travel from April 25 through May 15, 2017

•    Visit http://calabashcove.com/specials for more resort information; call 1-800-917-2683 to make reservations

•    Minimum five night stay required

Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina – Marigot Bay

“Jazz at Marigot Bay”

•    Book a three night stay for $1,340 per package, per couple, for a savings of up to 42 percent off standard rates

•    Package includes daily breakfast, two Jazz lunches, and one rum tasting for two

•    Minimum three night stay required

•    Book by May 10, 2017 for travel from May 11 through May 13, 2017

•    Visit www.capellahotelgroup.com/capellahotels/stlucia for resort information; call for package details

 Chez Marie Alish – Castries

•    Rates start at $75 per couple, per night

•    Minimum four night stay required

•    Available from May 11 through May 14, 2017

•    Email [email protected] for more information about the resort

 Coco Palm – Rodney Bay Village

“Jazzy Coco Loco”

•    Book a four-night stay in a Patio Garden Room starting at $937.20, per couple, per night for a savings of 20 percent off standard rates

•    Package includes full breakfast and $50 resort credit for Ti Bananne & Creole Grill

•    Minimum three night stay required; resort credit is not combinable with other offers and not redeemable for cash

•    Rates are subject to 10 percent service charge and 10 percent VAT

•    Book by April 30, 2017 for travel from May 11 through May 15, 2017

•    Visit http://www.coco-resorts.com/specials.php for more information and package details

 Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa – Vieux Fort

“Spring into Savings”

•    All-inclusive rates start at $159 per person, per night, based on double occupancy for a savings of 60 percent off standard rates

•    Package includes all-inclusive meal plan, $500 resort credit, and round trip airport transfers to Hewannora Airport

•    Children under three stay for free; childrenages 4-17 stay for $63 per night

•    Minimum three night stay required

•    Book by April 30, 2017 for travel from May 1 through June 30, 2017

•    To book call Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa toll-free from North America at 877-352-8898 or visit http://cbayresort.com/specials

Hotel Chocolat – Soufrière

“Chocolate Jazz”

•    Book a five night stay for $3,867.50 per room, based on double occupancy for a savings of 15 percent off standard rates

•    Package rate includes full breakfast, a two course lunch and three-course dinner, plus a $50 beverage credit each day

•    Also includes one cacao scrub, one cacao wrap and one cacao facial, per person, and boat transfer to Pigeon island for Jazz

•    Use code Jazz17 to book by May 14, 2017 for travel from May 1 through May 28, 2017

•    Visit http://www.hotelchocolat.com/ for more information and package details

•    Minimum five night stay required

 Ladera Resort – Soufrière

“Early Booking Bonus”

•    Book a four night stay for $564 per couple, per night, based on single occupancy for a savings of 30 percent off standard rates

•    Minimum four night stay required; reservations are not combinable with other offers; three night deposit is required at the time of booking

•    Book by April 16, 2017for travel from May 1 through June 30, 2017

•    Visit http://www.ladera.com/ for more information and package details

 Jade Mountain – Soufrière

“Jazz N’ Jade”

•    Book a five night stay and receive the fifth night free

•    Package rates start at $5,856 per couple in a Sky Jacuzzi Suite, for a savings of 20 percent off standard rates

•    Includes pre-booked breakfast and dinner or all-inclusive meal plan, and $100 credit for the weekly Jazzy Champagne Sunset Cruise or other excursions

•    Reservations are not combinable with other offers; rates are subject to 10 percent service charge and 10 percent VAT

•    Book by May 10, 2017 for travel from May 1 through May  31, 2017

•    For more information or to book, call 1-800-223-1108 or visit http://jademountain.com/jazznjade/, email [email protected]

 Mango Beach Inn – Marigot Bay

“Mango Beach Inn Jazz Festival Special”

•    Book a stay for $150 per night, per couple, for a savings of 25 percent off standard rates

•    Includes complimentary breakfast and one free ferry pass

•    Reservations are subject to availability

•    Book by May 31, 2017 for travel from May 1 through May 31, 2017

•    Visit http://www.mangobeachmarigot.com/ for resort information

 St. James’s Club Morgan Bay – Choc Bay, Gros Islet

•    Book a five night all-inclusive stay for $179 per person, based on double occupancy for a savings of 45 percent off standard rates

•    Package includes all-inclusive meal plan, plus a $250 resort credit for hotel amenities

•    Five night minimum stay is required

•    Book by March 31 for travel through December 20, 2017

•    Visit http://www.morganbayresort.com/special-offers/ for more information and package details

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort – Soufrière

“Caribbean Escape”

•    Book a stay in a Luxury Cottage or higher room category starting at $578, per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy, for a savings of 25 percent off standard rates

•    Package includes daily breakfast for two

•    Offer applies to room only bookings, not combinable with any other offer

•    Book now for travel from May 1 to December 18, 2017

•    Visit http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach/reservations/special_offers for more information and package details

The Landings – Pigeon Point, Gros Islet

“Soleil 2017”

•    Rates start at $297 per night for a one-bedroom Marina View Suite plus service charge and taxes, for a savings of 50 percent off standard rates

•    Book five nights or longer and receive $100 resort credit; Book seven nights or longer and receive round trip airport

•    Minimum three night stay is required, not combinable with any other offer

•    Book by May 15, 2017 for travel from May 1 through May 30, 2017

•    For more information and to book, call 866-252-0689 or visit http://www.landingsstlucia.com/specials

 Villa Capri – Cap Estate

“Jazz It Up at Villa Capri 2017”

•    Book five nights and receive the sixth night free for a total of 25 percent off

•    Four bedroom villa for up to eight guests is $750 per night

•    Five bedroom villa for up to 10 guests is $850 per night

•    Six bedroom villa for up to 12 guests is $1,000 per night

•    Seven bedroom villa for up to 14 guests is $1,200 per night

•    Eight bedroom villa for up to 16 guests is $1,400 per night

•    Nine bedroom villa for up to 20 guests is $1,550 per night

•    Book by May 15 for travel from April 24 through May 27, 2017

•    Not valid with any other offer; does not include food and beverages

•    Visit http://discovervillasstlucia.com/listings/villa-capri-st-lucia/ for more information

10 Comments

  1. ...
    March 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I am confused. Is it No more St Lucia Jazz, Or St Lucia Summer Festival including St. Lucia jazz?…What Are we going to call the folk/ Country Segment? I need confirmation on this. We just need 1 name please…

    1. Anonymous
      March 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Whatever it is, it is much cheaper than the St Lucia Jazz of the pass. That is what was promised. Government said that they would not be spending so much money in Jazz. As a Jazz lover I am very impressed with the lineup. That is where I got to know most jazz artist, Norman Brown, decease George Howard who featured Pigeon point on one of his album “A Home Away from Home”. These were real jazz then which became hip hop and R&B. Jazz has always been for the tourist to come to St Lucia during the off season.

      1. ...
        March 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm

        This was not the answer I was looking for…I was referring to the name of the festival or festivals. Will it be a General festival as in “St Lucia Summer Festival” or a festival within festivals, as in St. Lucia Summer festival including St Lucia jazz. I was under the impression that the name “St Lucia jazz” would become obsolete.

      2. Curious George
        March 26, 2017 at 8:41 am

        Cheaper for whom…attendees or the country? 6+ events over several months is in no way cheaper from an event planning perspective.

        Nou c’est Makak?

  2. Ti Guy
    March 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Lets call it “I am not sure”because we are not sure of anything in St. Lucia

  3. Jimmy Flip Flopper
    March 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Saint Lucia JAzz segment of the Summer fastival you nincompoop

    1. ...
      March 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      It reads, St Lucia Jazz Festival. Furthermore intelligent persons never resort to condescending attitude. When a question is imposed, you just answer if you wish to simply share your knowledge,if this is the intention anyway. When you resort to name calling, you no longer seem intelligent but place your self within the same category as anyone of us simpletons. When simpletons acquire new information, they always anticipate that it is common knowledge, as a result any late arrival is automatically labelled as an idiot.

  4. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I concur. And you are right, because I, too, am confused. Woe be unto those who think they know the answer to this confusing mess. When the so-called change was announced, one got the I pression that there would be a series of fetes running every two weeks from May to November. Agreeably, Jazz would “kick off” the “Festival”, and other events, like La Rose, La Marguerite, and Jounen Kweyol would be added as we went along, until the end of November. The name of that “thing” was given as a “Summer Festival”, leading me to wonder: since when does Summer run into November? So let those who have the answers give us the answers, and let us see what spectacular differences will emerge from our changed circumstance.

  5. Amie dodo
    March 25, 2017 at 12:33 am

    O please Lucian’s stop political zing everything its jazz for one week ing and the artist are great so appreciate it ,live love and let live cause life is too short,,!

  6. Anonymous
    March 25, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    OK. But what are the other aspects of the Festival? I know there will be Carnival, which will be extended to three weeks, and I know the plan is to incorporate some of our existing celebrations into the Festival. So does this mean that each of these existing activities will be extended to two weeks, in order to fit into the proposed plan of having events every two weeks until November? And how will these events be marketed in order to attract visitors to our shores so that they can experience our Summer Festival? What is the primary benefit or the central focus of this change in the way we have celebrated these events, and what is the justification in replacing a single Jazz Festival with a seven-month series of fetes?

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