So what else did this protracted reinvention entail? Bomb accommodations, for starters. The classic, brightly colored Caribbean cottages were converted to staff quarters; while entirely new hillside villas were constructed—hello in-suite infinity pools, four-poster beds, freestanding Victorian-style bathtubs and angelic-white rooms exuding a hybrid of South Beach modernism and rustic luxury. Kicking it up a notch, Sugar Beach also added eight thatched-roof beachfront bungalows at the foothills of the dramatic Piton Mountains, with private terraces spilling onto Sugar herself.
In the surrounding rain forest, the new spa plays out as a series of tree houses, tucked into the dense foliage and connected by elaborate wooden walkways. Near ground level, Sugar Beach’s negative-edge infinity pool—the yet-to-be finale of this deluxe little redux—is the place to be (mingle, indulge, whatever; you’ll be in good company). Stare at arguably the best view in the Caribbean from either the pool itself, or one of the swinging king-size beds or cabanas, while attendants shower you with artisan cocktails, snow cones and ice-cold towels. Let the sugar rush commence! Summer rates from $350, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugarbeach, @sugarbchviceroy