Castries, Saint Lucia: Saint Lucia is popularly known as a travel destination due to its rich heritage, culture, rivers, parks, oceans, and much more. Although there is a lot to see on this island however, Diamond Waterfall is unique in itself.
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and Mineral Baths are located in the historic Soufriere at Saint Lucia, and the view is totally ‘Photo Op.’
Diamond Botanical Gardens and Mineral Baths
A Diamond Botanical Gardens, Waterfalls and Mineral Baths is a six-acre private park which showcases a peaceful and soothing natural retreat and escape from the outside world.
The place in itself is very attractive, along with the lushness and beauty of the tropics and the garden’s wide range of flowers, birds, tropical plants, and insects.
While exploring the garden, travellers can witness the colourful waterfall and relax in the warm and breezy waters of the mineral baths.
The Sulphur Springs are weak spots in the crust of an extensively collapsed crater, which is a consequence of a volcanic disruption that took place nearly 40,000 years ago.
Some of the natural minerals found in the area are,
– Smaller quantities of Gypsum
Private baths at the gate
It offers two original private baths that are hidden away from the way and were restored with water temperatures that may require additional cold water to bring them up to a comfortable range.
In addition, there are three public pools that feed from the high flow of the real tanks up the hill as well.
The local bathers and the visitors to the island generally enjoy the warm and clear water. Therefore, people with sore joints and muscles or chronic rheumatism are highly recommended to take a bath in this water.
The site features,
- Changing rooms
- Small gift shop
- Snack bar area
Outlook of Diamond Botanical Gardens
Diamond Botanical Gardens is now the talk of the town and a thriving tourism site as the Diamond River comes straight from the sulphur Springs, black from the volcanic mud and knocking over the rock face.
This stains the stone wall with many colours left behind by the minerals, which finally drop into the calm pond below.
Historical background of Diamond Waterfalls
Baron de Laborie, Governor of Saint Lucia, in 1784, sent samples of the mineral water to Paris to be examined by the ‘Medicine du Roi.’
The Diamond Springs waters had properties similar to the famous Aix-la-Chapelle or Aachen in Germany and Aix-les-Bains in France.
A person suffering from chronic rheumatism, ulcers or respiratory complaints is always advised to bathe in these therapeutic waters. This opinion is also supported by John Davy, circa 1850, M.D., who served as the Inspector General of military hospitals in the West Indies.
Dr Davy even went for a detailed analysis elaborating on the mineral content of these ‘Healing’ waters in 1854.
This historic property has been transformed from a working plantation that once produced cocoa, limes and copra into one of the major heritage sites in the region.
It is a viable and picturesque tourist attraction that includes the following,
- Mineral Baths
- Old Mill Restaurant
- Botanical Gardens
- Historic Soufriere Estate House
- Nature Trail