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Size Matters: Hotels That Truly Feel Like Home

The following article was featured on the InFluential website on June 13th, 2019.

Nothing is more exhausting than being on the go – whether jet-setting for work or leisure, avoiding the “same box, different city” syndrome can reduce fatigue by making travelers feel like they’ve arrived to a glamorous second home, rather than a bland stopover in a new location. Tiny hotels can be structured as houses, lodges or camps, letting guests feel fully enveloped in beautiful landscapes or big city living, slipping into local life with total ease.

When it comes to hotels, bigger isn’t always better. For some, there’s something appealing about mega-resorts with seemingly endless activities, numerous dining and drinking options, and pools as far as the eye can see. But for those looking for a more intimate, personalized and under-the-radar experience, here are five to consider from smallest to largest.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, Saint Lucia

Where an ocean view room really means RIGHT THERE. Calabash Cove Resort and Spa is one of the most popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotels in Saint Lucia, a Caribbean treasure offering seclusion, beauty and mesmerizing views. With just 26 suites (only three are identical), old Caribbean charm is coupled with modern luxurious resort amenities. Highlights include the Windsong restaurant and lively C-Bar overlooking the infinity pool, and the peaceful Ti Spa. Chef Paul Odle leads the culinary team at Windsong Restaurant and accommodates any dietary needs and personal requests including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free and more. The unconditional all-inclusive covers all meals and beverages including room service, daily food specials including a daily lobster dish (when in season), premium drinks, a stocked in-room bar (with full size bottles), over 20 wines from the wine list by the bottle for breakfast, lunch or dinner, gratuities/tips and Wi-Fi. The only restriction is the “Reserve du Patron” section of the wine list. Calabash Cove has a small Cybex cardiovascular fitness center and provides kayaks, paddle boards and snorkeling gear free of charge to guests.

Fun Fact: Saint Lucia is a magnet for destination weddings and honeymoons. Unlike other hotels on island, Calabash Cove only confirms one wedding on any given day. A bride and groom will never have to wait for a gazebo to become free from the wedding prior.

Insider Tip: The hotel concierge can arrange an all-day private climb of Mount Gimie, Saint Lucia’s highest peak, a volcano covered in a lush tropical rainforest (3117 ft). With a few days advance notice guests just need to bring good hiking gear and a backpack and Calabash Cove will arrange a private guide, lunch and a transfer to and from the mountain. The tour includes approximately 5-6 hours of hiking in steep terrain. This is not a run-of-the-mill experience, with guests trekking through two valleys, along a small creek and up and down on a barely visible trail.

If you go: Rates for the all-inclusive start at $295.50USD including taxes and service charges per person per night based on double occupancy. The resort also offers a rate for room with breakfast only. For visits of 7 paid nights or longer booked with the resort directly, Calabash Cove offers guests private car airport transfers. For more information, visit www.calabashcove.com.

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Bucket List Hikes – Getaways For Grownups

The following article was featured on the Getaways For Grownups website on May 8th, 2019.

Add these spectacular hikes around the world to your travel adventure list.

It’s hard to beat the exhilaration of reaching a mountain peak. After a challenging climb the breathtaking views are the sweet reward. Here are a few spectacular hikes worth adding to your bucket list.

Saint Lucia

Hike through rainforests to the top of Mount Gimie.

For fitness enthusiasts looking for a unique island experience, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, a boutique 26-room resort and spa, arranges private climbs of Mount Gimie, Saint Lucia’s highest peak. Mount Gimie, at 3,117 feet, is the tallest mountain on the island of Saint Lucia. It is of volcanic origin and covered by lush tropical rainforest. With a few days advance notice guests just need to bring good hiking gear and a backpack and Calabash Cove will arrange a private guide, lunch and transfer to the foot of the mountain and back. The tour takes all day with approximately five to six hours of hiking in steep terrain. This is not a run-of-the-mill activity. Some participants take nine hours for the hike, trekking through two valleys, along a small creek, and up and down on a barely-visible trail. In some places the guide has to clear the path from overhanging vegetation. People do it only seldom and it is not unusual for hikers to turn around half way! After the day’s strenuous climb, return to Calabash Cove and rejuvenate tired limbs and muscles at Ti Spa, the resort’s on-site spa that uses indigenous ingredients.

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7 Caribbean Resorts, 7 Versions of Luxury – Recommend Magazine

The following article was featured in the May 2019 edition of Recommend magazine.

What defines “luxury” today in the Caribbean: traditional elegance or sleek modernity? Enough guest rooms to support scores of options, or a few rooms to foster exclusivity? It’s tricky; after all, different strokes for different folks. Here’s how seven resorts and resort companies offer different flavors of luxury.

#7 Calabash Cove Resort & Spa

“If your clients like a large, noisy, and ordinary resort, Calabash Cove Resort & Spa may not be best for them,” warns owner Konrad Wagner. This 26-suite adults-only hideaway on a lovely beach in northern Saint Lucia defines luxury as seclusion and Caribbean charm. Its C-Bar and suites offer jaw-dropping views of the sea, the Winding restaurant customizes cuisine for guests, the Ti Spa exudes serenity, there’s a variety of watersports, and half the suites feature swim-out patios or plunge pools.

Calabash Cove also defines luxury as giving guests a choice between CP and all-inclusive plans. As Wagner puts it, “Choice is sexy.” Given the resort’s splendid isolation – akin to that of a private island resort – I’d recommend the AI. This unusual package includes more than 20 wines and levies no surcharges on guests who order lobster in season.

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Top 10 Best Hotel Balcony Views Around The World – Trips To Discover

The following article was featured on the Trips To Discover website on April 25th, 2019.

Having a hotel room with a balcony that provides jaw-dropping views makes for an especially unforgettable stay. You’ll be able to enjoy the surrounding scenery whether you’re in or out. More and more properties are designed these days to provide their guests with balcony views – if you hope to enjoy some of the very best, you’ll find them here.

#6 Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, St Lucia

Calabash Cove is an upscale boutique resort with just 26 rooms, set atop a gently sloping hill overlooking Bonaire Bay. Guests can look forward to Caribbean Sea views from virtually every vantage point. The ocean view junior suites boast private balconies with stunning views of the sparkling blue waters, and you’ll find more jaw-dropping views from the stylish infinity pool and swim-up bar, the library and open-air restaurant, Windsong, which serves Asian-inspired cuisine with island flavors. There’s also a spa onsite with treatments incorporating local ingredients.

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These Are 10 Of The Best Wine Cellars In The Caribbean – USA Today

The following article was featured on the USA Today website on April 30th, 2019.

Although rum first comes to mind when envisioning the Caribbean adult beverage scene, many fine dining restaurants have developed stellar wine cellars and lists. This list toasts the best of the best.

#10 Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, St Lucia

The Calabash Cove Cellars are stocked with a carefully curated selection of global wines available to guests of the resort’s Windsong Restaurant and C Bar, two venues with exquisite views of the Caribbean Sea.

The menu lists only a couple dozen vintages, but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality and originality. It covers all varietals, but is specifically strong on sparkling wines, French whites and reds.

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Celebrate Earth Day at These Eco-Friendly Resorts – Pursuitist

The following article was featured on the Pursuitist website on April 20th, 2019.

Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year, and is a reminder to show appreciation to the planet and ongoing sustainability. Here are a few hotels that are committed not only to Earth Day on April 22nd, but year round.

Saint Lucia’s Calabash Cove Resort and Spa embraces being plastic free

26-room Saint Lucia boutique gem Calabash Cove Resort and Spa is completely plastic-free, along with providing solar power to heat water, energy saving LEDs in all light fixtures, and its own on-site water treatment plant. All produce is sourced from local farms when possible. This quaint island getaway is the perfect eco-friendly vacation spot.
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Penthouses With Patios – JustLuxe

The following article was featured on the JustLuxe website on April 17th, 2019.

Sometimes one of the best aspects of a hotel and resort is the location; so why not enjoy a Penthouse with outdoor space? A private pool, a retreat from any other hotel guests, or a vantage point unlike any other are luxuries afforded by these amazing spaces. We’ve searched the globe over for these pristine open-air opportunities, from waterfront resorts to mountaintop getaways and everything in between, enjoy the fresh air and views to boot in these luxury elevated accommodations.

#18 Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, St Lucia

St Lucia is host to many stunning spots, and the Water’s Edge cottages are no exception to that statement. The private plunge pools, Jacuzzis, outdoor rain showers and hammocks are an ideal spot to enjoy a moment of tropical bliss.

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Hotels That Are Sustainable And Breathtaking – Newsweek

The following article was featured on the Newsweek website on April 15th, 2019.

Each year at the end of April, 193 countries celebrate Earth Day. It is an opportunity to appreciate the earth and reflect on ways to contribute to sustainability. One of the best ways to appreciate the Earth is to see it in all its facets, through travel. Unfortunately, unsustainable travel can have harsh effects on local ecosystems and the world at large. To celebrate Earth Day, check out these hotels and resorts that minimizing their footprint by reducing plastic use, restoring coral reefs, combatting deforestation and even promoting vegan and vegetarian options.

Plastic pollution has been a major topic over the past few years, and for good reason. Plastic is extremely slow to degrade and has created huge problems for our oceans, lakes, rivers, and beaches.

Saint Lucia’s Calabash Cove Resort and Spa’s embraces being plastic free

A popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotel in Saint Lucia, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa is a Caribbean gem offering seclusion, beauty and mesmerizing views at every turn. Along with being completely plastic-free, here are some other notable green features the intimate 26-room property offers: solar power to heat water, energy saving LEDs in all light fixtures, operate own on-site water treatment plant and recycle the water for irrigation, timers for all pool pumps, collect rainwater, no disposable food containers or disposable cups and glasses, lunch boxes made from recycled material, straws made from degradable paper, no disposable plastics like cutlery or plates, all produce sourced from local farmers whenever possible, collect used kitchen oil and send to a commercial laundry and Saint Lucia Distillers on island – it is used as fuel to heat laundry water or fire a distillation still, extremely seldom fog grounds for mosquitos to allow birdlife to flourish, grass cuttings are mulched back into the ground, kitchen waste is collected and given to a pig farmer and more.

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10 Most Romantic Couples Resorts in the Caribbean – Trips To Discover

The following article was featured on the Trips To Discover website on April 11th, 2019.

Just thinking about a tropical escape in the Caribbean brings about feelings of bliss. The islands are ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway with unspoiled white sands, swaying palm trees and perhaps an infinity pool overlooking the glistening blue waters. For the best of the best, book one of these fabulous couples resorts and look forward to an especially unforgettable getaway.

#3 Calabash Cove, St Lucia

This upscale boutique resort is set on a sloping hill above Bonaire Bay offering spectacular Caribbean views from just about every vantage point, including private room balconies, the open-air restaurant, a gorgeous infinity pool and library. Choose a Sunset Junior Suite overlooking Mosaic Beach and you’ll get a private hot tub, or book a Swim-Up Junior suite for a lanai that leads to the pool. Windsong, the onsite eatery features a menu with Asian-inspired cuisine while the spa offers treatments incorporating local ingredients.

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Top 5 Resorts in St. Lucia – Dine Magazine

The following article was featured on the Dine Magazine website on April 8th, 2019.

St. Lucia is a Caribbean island that has it all – sandy beaches, lush flora, and some of the most luxurious resorts in the region. Whether you’re planning the honeymoon of a lifetime or a family getaway, this tropical locale is for you. Check out my list of the top 5 resorts in St. Lucia.

#4 Calabash Cove, St Lucia

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa is a luxury all inclusive resort. Nestled in the rainforest right on the water, the beautiful setting alone is sure to make your stay memorable. Live music every night, a spa and fitness centre, resort tours (such as of Gros Piton), and an infinity pool are just a few of the amenities you have to look forward to at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa.

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