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Cosmopolitan: This Stunningly Private St. Lucia Resort Is Honestly Where Sexy Vacation Goals Peak

The following article was featured on the Cosmopolitan website on August 16th, 2019. The link at the end of this post directs to the original article.

Selfies from your seaside villa will make all your followers jealous.

PEOPLE, amiright?! Always wanting something from you… “Hey, can you give me advice?” “Hey, can you read this email?” “Hey, can you pay your rent?” “Hey, can you wake up? This train is no longer in service…”

Can a girl just BE sometimes? Like, where does she have to go to just sip on her morning espresso at a chill table on the ornate balcony of her own private villa overlooking the soft, rolling waves of the aqua blue Caribbean Sea—completely undisturbed?

Oh. Calabash Cove Resort & Spa in St. Lucia. Okay, cool.

Seriously, this tropical, adults-only oasis perched on the west coast of the West Indies Island in the Caribbean is the perfect destination for anyone looking to take a T.O. from daily life for a hot second. It was also ranked one of the sexiest hotels in the world by Cosmo itself. With only 26 rooms—eight of which are awesomely large private villas—Calabash Cove and its staff make sure you feel like you’re their only guest at all times. And you know what that means: No judgment when you take ALL the vacay pics!

Whether you arrive solo or with a sister, friend, or lovahhh (like I did), you better like the company you’re keeping—because for the next few days it will just be you guys in this cliffside paradise. (Honeymooners, this is where your search ends, btw.)

The Boyfriend and I had the pleasure of staying at the resort for four blissful days in July (when rates are less expensive than in the busy winter season). Here’s exactly what you gotta do to get the most—and I mean the MOST—out of your trip, St. Lucia’s top attractions included. And come to terms now with the fact that your Instagram page will look laughably bleak in the wake of this sexy, sand-and-sea-heavy adventure.

1. Order room service to your private Water’s Edge Cottage plunge pool.

There should be a new word for “famished” after taking a 4.5-hour direct flight from JFK and then an hour-and-20-minute drive on the windiest, steepest roads across an island and through an actual rainforest. (Yes, the popular Hewanorra International Airport, UVF, is on the southern end of St. Lucia; Calabash Cove is on the northwest side. Trust me, the trek is worth it.)

In the lobby of Calabash Cove Resort & Spa’s airy and pristine main entrance, you’ll be greeted by the concierge and a bright and fruity rum punch—the first of oh so many to come. You’ll notice the concierge isn’t wearing a name tag as she goes over the details of your all-inclusive package. None of the staff at Calabash Cove wears one because everyone goes out of their way to introduce themselves and shake your hand as soon as they see you—and then greet you with the warmest, personal hello throughout your stay.

But right, back to that all-inclusive thing. It’s everything. Every single meal, every single drink, every top-shelf liquor, every minibar goody, every room service order, plus a selection of 20 bottles of wine, and tips—it’s ALL included in the all-inclusive, hun.

So you better believe you’ll be ordering tempura shrimp with salad and wasabi mayo, Calabash burgers, and fried plantains to your room before you even start to unpack. And then you’ll feel bloated and dopey as you wade the travel day away in a beautiful, private, Insta-worthy Caribbean Sea-side plunge pool. Built just for two, of course.

2. Paddleboard or kayak at your leisure on the Caribbean Sea.

Who likes water sports? Answer: Every feet-flapping human who appreciates when their playground is warm and clear so they can see exactly what’s happening beneath them. I’m assuming, like me (a shark-fearing wave worshipper), that’s you. So definitely take advantage of the two free paddleboards and two kayaks just itching to be used on Calabash Cove’s private beach. Don’t worry, you won’t be fighting off anyone else to have your turn…because, um, there no one else is here.

As you paddle, expect to see sea turtles, plenty of fish, crabs, a few sting ray, a pack of sea urchin, and some of St. Lucia’s 50 species of birds in the sheltered waters of Bay of Bonaire.

At this point, bless up that you’re on the west coast of the island. Because over on the east, which hugs the Atlantic Ocean, global warming is creating a bit of a smelly seaweed dilemma. No joke: Rising sea temps are killing the underwater plants, and shifting ocean currents are pushing this carnage right onto the beaches. It creates a smell so pungent, you have to plug your nose while driving past the coastline. THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE REALITY, PEOPLE. And it’s directly affecting a country whose main source of income is tourism.

But thankfully, not on Calabash Cove’s side of the island. There’s just the sea waves rocking you to sleep in your massive, mosquito-netted canopy king bed. And oh yeah, your partner lying next to you…nudge, nudge.

3. Get the kinks worked out with a couples massage.

Speaking of not sleeping, I’ve never dozed off during a massage, because I’m one of those type-A people who wants to stay present so I can squeeze out every single second of being pampered. But I came oh-so-close to succumbing to a deep snooze during our couples massage at Ti Spa, the resort’s on-site wellness center.

IDK if it was the traveling, the yummy food in my stomach, or the relaxing candles and music our massage therapists set up, but I was blissed out in less than a minute. If you come here with your hubby or wife on your honeymoon, I high-key suggest the same treatment. Better yet, try the Island Romance Signature Treatment, a ~romantic~ massage for two set up on the resort’s outdoor boardwalk or gazebo. DREAMY.

4. Have the happiest happy hour at C Bar.

Chris. He’s the bartender you’ll come to know and love at Calabash Cove’s swim-up pool bar called C Bar. This is also a chill spot (with, you know, regular tables and chairs) to hit up for a cocktail and light bites before a night out.

As Chris makes your rum punches, ask him to tell you all he knows about St. Lucia and its culture. He’s a lifer who never wants to leave his beloved island, and he’s got a few ideas of how locals and tourists alike can help maintain its natural beauty and uniqueness. (No one wants Tulum 2.0, okay?)

Oh, and because you’re definitely going to want to recreate these rum punches at home, here’s the full recipe:

St. Lucian Rum Punch

Makes 10 to 12 servings

3 cups orange juice
3 cups pineapple juice
1 cup lime juice
a pinch of cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
6 shakes of angostura bitters
2½ cups dark or light rum
grenadine syrup (enough to make it a pink sunset color)
1¼ cups simple syrup
Mix it all up in a large pitcher with ice, let chill, then serve with an Insta-ready garnish like pineapple, cherries, and/or an orange slice. You’re welcome.

5. Hit up the Friday night street party at Gros Islet.

Street parties are a major part of life on St. Lucia. In fact, the day before we arrived, St. Lucia had just ended its Carnival celebration, which we heard rivaled the feather-clad parades in Brazil. On any night of the week, a random rager—we’re talking fresh food, music, booze, and lots of dancing—will pop up at an empty roadside shack, and the very next day, you won’t find any evidence of it. It’s wild!

On Friday nights, the Gros Islet Street Party is where you wanna be. This weekly event brings out locals and tourists alike to fill up on local seafood, grilled chicken, and pork; chug Piton beers; and dance in the streets to the DJ’s hits. Calabash Cove’s owner and managing director, Konrad Wagner, was our gracious host. He took us to Duke’s Place for (duh) rum punches before we moved to a different spot for garlic shrimp and rice. It was all sooo good, and the perfect appetizer for people-watching as the crowd started getting loose to reggae.

6. Get a full island tour—and see the Pitons—on a Catamaran cruise.

The Pitons’s claim to fame is that they’re one of the most photographed twin peaks on Earth…so you can’t leave St. Lucia without seeing them up close and snapping a pic for yourself. I can confirm: They really do take your breath away.

We hopped on Sea Spray Cruises Tout Bagay full-day Catamaran tour to see these iconic mountains, dubbed Gros Piton and Petit Piton, which were formed by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. FYI: This catamaran tour has a van pick you up from Calabash Cove and drop you off at the nearby dock. From there, you (and a group of about 50 to 60 other tourists) sail all the way down to the south side of St. Lucia to see the Pitons, visit a St. Lucian waterfall, tour the ACTIVE volcano that formed the island, take a dip in the Sulphur Springs (great for the skin, but super smelly!), eat lunch made by locals, and snorkel for a bit before heading home. It’s a marathon of a day, but it packs in all of St. Lucia’s highlights with direct transpo to/from your resort, so I def recommend it. (Just make sure to pack plenty of snacks, SPF, and sunscreen with you!)

7. Have the most extra dinner on a pier surrounded by nothing but waves and stars.

Of course, as soon as I was convinced our time in St. Lucia couldn’t get any more meta, Calabash Cove pulled out all the stops for our last dinner on the island: A private dinner for two hosted on the resort’s outdoor boardwalk—a special treat you and your partner can also book through the concierge.

Listen, I have not been, and will never be, a contestant on The Bachelorette, okay? So, I WAS NOT prepared for the primetime-ABC-level romance this experience packed into one meal. Right before sunset, we could see from our villa the staff setting up our white linen table on the boardwalk. (I may have been squealing, and yes, there is video proof of this.) Around 6:30, we walked across the resort’s garden-filled grounds down to the boardwalk, which was lined with dozens of candles and conch shells (check the video in my Insta post below). At the end of the pier, our server was waiting for us with a bottle of champagne chilling—nothing but the sea waves and the fading sunset at his back. “We are not worthy!” is all I could keep saying.

After the champagne was popped, we were served a delicious four-course dinner—including a fresh clam, scallops, lobster, and veggie main course, with chocolate cake for dessert—while I joked that now would be a good time for the BF to propose. JK, my heart would probably combust from too many feels. And as amazing and sexy as this trip had been, I wanted to live so I could do it all over again.

Read the full article here.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa has no control over posts from external sites, and while each post is vetted prior to sharing, content is subject to adjustment by the original author without notice, and the resort thus makes no assertions as to the accuracy of external content. If you find a broken link, or an article with inaccurate or misleading content, please contact us.

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Toronto Star: Five Avid Travellers Share Their Dreamiest Destination Spas

The following article was featured on the Toronto Star website on March 13th, 2021. The link at the end of this post directs to the original article.

Reminiscing about what we miss is basically a national pastime right now, and for many, dreamy faraway destinations are near the top of that list. We asked five (former) frequent flyers to share the escapist spa experiences they can’t wait to book, once the world is open again. Take note for your future adventures.

Julia Doran, Creative Director

Home Sweet Home: New York City

Dream Escape: Ti Spa in St. Lucia

After 12 months of living and working in a cosy apartment with her husband and toddler, the idyllic respite that creative director Julia Doran would choose is the Ti Spa at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa in St. Lucia, her honeymoon destination back in 2015. With rustic sun-bleached wood, rattan furniture and a calming seaside palette entwined with lush foliage, this unassuming spot evokes a bohemian vibe with a side of Caribbean hospitality.

“It felt secluded thanks to the surrounding mountains, giving the sense that the beaches were nestled into the lush topography,” says Doran. From the tightly edited spa menu, she has fond memories of the Island Fruit Body Scrub, which infuses local fruits, natural oils and sea salts into a signature exfoliating service. After the 50-minute treatment, her skin was left silky soft and naturally glowing.

Read the full article here.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa has no control over posts from external sites, and while each post is vetted prior to sharing, content is subject to adjustment by the original author without notice, and the resort thus makes no assertions as to the accuracy of external content. If you find a broken link, or an article with inaccurate or misleading content, please contact us.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: The Most Luxe Hotel & Travel Buyout Deals

The following article was featured on the Forbes website on December 2nd, 2020. The link at the end of this post directs to the original article.

With people itching to travel but craving added privacy with the travels they are able to book, the travel industry is offering some incredibly luxe options for those who want to splurge on their future trip. It’s more than an extravagant hotel room with impeccable design; instead, it is the true height of luxury with private planes, personal butlers, or exclusive use of a yacht. Here are 10 options that will have you looking forward to when travel resumes.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa

Guests who visit this adults-only St. Lucia hideaway will love everything about it—the breathtaking views, the fresh food, and the privacy. The hardest choice guests will make there is whether they’d like to sunbathe by the pool or take a dip in the crystal clear waters. Guests can book the entire 26-room resort with their Carefree All Inclusive package. Pricing starts at $20,299 in summer and $26,053 in the winter.

Read the full article here.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa has no control over posts from external sites, and while each post is vetted prior to sharing, content is subject to adjustment by the original author without notice, and the resort thus makes no assertions as to the accuracy of external content. If you find a broken link, or an article with inaccurate or misleading content, please contact us.

Lockdown-An Island Story

Six months ago, life changed. And at this point in the COVID pandemic’s relentless progress, we are uncertain whether the ‘normality’ we used to recognize is gone, or whether life has changed forever.

Looking back over the past months, what have we learned? What can we say about Saint Lucia and those on whom we rely for our livelihood; North America and Europe, mainly the UK?

In common with our neighbors, St Vincent, Grenada, Barbados, Martinique, and Antigua, we rely on tourism for the more significant part of our income. Our target markets’ protocols prevented travel, but as islands, we also had the challenge presented by a lack of flights.

.In Saint Lucia, however, even before lockdowns overseas, the government was swift to act. Closing our borders and introducing strict internal protocols was a wise yet brave decision. Other than supermarkets and other essentials, every business closed down. In the tourism sector, all hotels, restaurants, bars, entertainment places, and tours ceased to function, resulting in thousands of staff sent home.

We had the stress of a 7 day, 24-hour curfew, along with a temporary ban on alcohol, but this is the Caribbean, and so somehow, rum was always obtainable if you knew where!

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Although the government managed to finance a furlough scheme, we learned which hotels and resorts were ready to stand by their employees and provide support, some even launching guest appeals to raise money.

Most impressive was the overall response of Saint Lucians to the crisis and to appeals made by the government. Everywhere you looked, masks were being worn willingly, social distancing observed, and frankly, a determination to cooperate and get through the ordeal the best way possible.

Crime has been at an all-time low, and in general, a bonhomie existed along with a spirit of caring for one’s neighbor. At that point, we knew we’d probably come through this reasonably unscathed. Having said that, closing down the economy is not without consequences. Businesses have failed, many people have been impoverished by the calamity and no-one can say life isn’t tough right now.

We’ve been spared the embarrassment of selfish people, arguing about wearing masks in stores as in first world countries. We’ve learned to be patient in our inimitable Caribbean way. (“Don’t worry ’bout a ting. Cos everyting gonna be irie”). St Lucian’s will persevere.

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Unlike a bomb or a natural catastrophe, a virus doesn’t destroy the landscape. Saint Lucia is as beautiful as ever. Is it possible that the beauty we wake up to every day, coupled with a global realization of how quickly the planet can recover with such a dramatic drop in carbon emissions, has focused the hospitality industry on sustainability?

It would be fantastic if that were so, but it is noticeable that some hotels in Saint Lucia are looking to sustainability as the next big thing. We’ll see some evidence of this as travelers themselves are statistically more interested than ever before on the sustainability rating of where they will stay.

We’ve recently begun welcoming visitors back to the island at this moment in time, providing specific protocols are observed. So if you are someone compliant with those rules and are coming to visit us, you will receive a warm welcome.

Don’t just come for the beauty, the soft sand, and the suntan. Come and get happy. Our island is full of smiles.

Footnote: Officially, Saint Lucia is the only country to date with a 100% recovery rate. (eg, No deaths have resulted from Covid-19)

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Calabash Cove Resort & Spa: an Oasis of Tranquility on the Island of St. Lucia

The following article was featured on the Journal de Montreal website on February 1st, 2020. The article has been translated from French into English. The link at the end of this post directs to the original article.

In Bonaire Bay, on the northwestern part of the island, between Rodney Bay and Castries, this romantic boutique hotel is perfect for lovers of design, nature and refinement.

No queues for loungers on the beach here, no buffet, noisy echoes from pool bars, or aqua aerobics that resonate in your eardrum. This all-inclusive boutique hotel is one of the most refined hotels in Saint Lucia. Recognized for its steep coastline which shelters small beaches in its coves, its luxuriant vegetation, its splendid sunsets, this pearl of the Lesser Antilles is an ideal destination for honeymoons and Calabash Cove, reserved for adults, is the place to be.

Nestled on the hillside, at the end of a winding dirt road, you are immediately dazzled on arrival by a contemporary design lobby with a spectacular view of the sea, the hotel’s airy bar and restaurant on the second level, then the infinity pool below.

From level to level, through paved paths and alleys of tropical greenery, we descend a slightly steep terrain which leads us to the quiet beach of Mosaic Beach. Wooden lounge chairs and palapas, kayaks, snorkeling equipment and a nice pontoon await vacationers.

Situated in a secluded location away from everything, guests of this hotel spend most of their time on the property.

Mahogany chairs, day beds with large blue cushions are distributed on different levels around the infinity pool, which, it must be said, is splendid. The perfect place for lounging. Drinks and small snacks (healthy salads, crab cakes, grilled shrimp or squid, fish & chips, old-fashioned beef burger, etc.) are offered at the pool bar.

The hotel also has many nooks and crannies for seclusion. The room called Whispers, inside, is a space for meditation with large bay windows on the sea, comfortable sofas, books and magazines. We are lulled by soothing ambient music. The clientele is mainly composed of couples. The overall atmosphere is most relaxing.

The suites and the cottages

The 26 rooms are divided into three categories. Each has modern, bright decor with white walls, dark wood furniture, and tiled floors. Decorative cushions, curtains and burnt orange bedding add beautiful touches of color to this sobriety.

For even more luxury and privacy, small cottages made of mahogany wood, stone and other natural materials have two separate rooms, including a living room and bedroom, and a bathroom with an outdoor rain shower. The ultimate! Each cottage has its private porch with sea view, jacuzzi, hammocks and lounge chairs.

Dining

The hotel restaurant, Windsong, offers panoramic views of the sea and the lights of the city of Castries in the evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with an à la carte menu of Asian and international inspiration, and dishes cooked with fresh, local ingredients.

The specialties of the Lesser Antilles are of course in the spotlight: root vegetables and cassava, callaloo leaf soup, tuna steaks or other fresh fish in Creole sauce and the typical breakfast of islanders consisting of “bakes” (small breads), salted fish salad, green banana, avocados and fried plantains. The restaurant menu can also be ordered through room service.

A Tropical Paradise

With more than 1,300 species of plants and wild flowers, Saint Lucia is known for its lush, still wild vegetation and spectacular flora: exotic flowers, succulents, bougainvillea, hibiscus, frangipani and fruit trees (passion fruit, walnuts, coconut). The hotel gardens are flamboyant and attract a beautiful variety of birds whose songs mingle with the natural sounds of the island. Luxury, calm and pleasure: a little paradise!

On Property

26 rooms, including 11 in the main building, 11 in independent buildings and 4 swim-up pools
9 cottages
An infinity pool
A restaurant with storeroom and two bars
A library and a reading room
A gym
A spa
Wedding and honeymoon packages

Things To Do Nearby

The nearest shopping centers and restaurants are in Rodney Bay, 3 km by car, and Castries, the capital, is 5 km away. It’s imperative to go there on Saturday morning for the market.

Pigeon Island National Park, 10 km from which you can see Martinique, also offers the opportunity for a beautiful hike while discovering a piece of history, taking advantage of its beautiful white sand beach.

The more athletic can enjoy a private excursion: the ascent of Mount Gimie, the highest peak in Saint Lucia, at 3,117 feet. Of volcanic origin, it is covered with a tropical rain forest. The tour lasts all day with around five to six hours of hiking in steep terrain.

Things To Know

1 hour and 15 minutes from Hewanorra International Airport.

Most of the island’s attractions, including the Pitons of Saint Lucia and the town of Soufriere, are a 90-minute drive away. The capital (Castries) and Rodney Bay are 10 minutes away.

Such luxury has a price! This hotel is offered by Air Canada Vacations, with a daily departure and a stopover in Toronto. The package for one person is from $ 3,790.

Pros

The place is idyllic, the food varied and excellent. Every detail of the installations is studied and the service is very personalized.

Cons

You can’t go anywhere on foot. You have to take taxis or rental cars.

Read the full article (in French) here.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa has no control over posts from external sites, and while each post is vetted prior to sharing, content is subject to adjustment by the original author without notice, and the resort thus makes no assertions as to the accuracy of external content. If you find a broken link, or an article with inaccurate or misleading content, please contact us.

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Romance Around the World on Valentine’s Day – Millennium

The following article was featured on the Millennium website on January 21st, 2020.

Still trying to come up with plans for your significant other this Valentine’s Day that’s not like those in years’ past? Well, if you’re one who has trouble thinking out of the box, yet still want to totally wow your Bae, consider leaving plans for Sweetheart’s Day to Naya Traveler’s experts.

Naya Traveler can craft unique experiences far beyond the well-trodden romance resort path. Discover Naya Traveler’s “Roam”-ance Journeys, a different and refreshing take on couples’ travel to unchartered destinations including Cambodia, Myanmar, Kashmir and Ladakh, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and more. Each curated trip is fully tailor-made. Here are a few favorites selected by Millennium Magazine:

Better than a Box of Chocolates: Calabash Cove Resort and Spa

One of the most popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotels in Saint Lucia, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa offers seclusion, beauty, and mesmerizing views. With old Caribbean charm, 26 villas are accompanied by the Windsong restaurant, lively C-Bar, and the peaceful Ti Spa. Ti Spa offers special Valentine’s spa packages – with treatments including the Chocolate Decadence Body Polish ($100USD pp), with a chocolate full body scrub; a Couples Moonlight Escape ($300USD), combining a hot stone and Swedish Massage, a chocolate peppermint foot scrub and champagne and chocolates under the moonlight; and the Couples Massage Lessons ($100USD), where lovebirds learn how to pamper each other with techniques to help reduce tension and stress. The all-inclusive concept includes a Valentine’s Day dinner, with highlights including a grilled half spiny lobster, five-spiced foie gras with papaya chutney, and escovitched shark with sweet potato chips and edible moringa flowers.

Read the full article here.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa has no control over posts from external sites, and while each post is vetted prior to sharing, content is subject to adjustment by the original author without notice, and the resort thus makes no assertions as to the accuracy of external content. If you find a broken link, or an article with inaccurate or misleading content, please contact us.

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Travel Getaways – Recommend

The following article was featured on the Recommend website on January 16th, 2020.

Hotels and resorts across the globe have created special, romantic experiences to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and in some cases, the entire month of February. Here are a few travel getaways that might appeal to your clients.

Calabash Cove Resort and Spa

A popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotel in Saint Lucia is Calabash Cove Resort and Spa. With old Caribbean charm, 26 villas are accompanied by the Windsong restaurant, lively C-Bar, and the peaceful Ti Spa. Special Valentine’s spa packages include the Chocolate Decadence Body Polish ($100 pp), with a chocolate full body scrub; a Couples Moonlight Escape ($300), combining a hot stone and Swedish massage, a chocolate peppermint foot scrub and champagne and chocolates under the moonlight; and the Couples Massage Lessons ($100). The all-inclusive concept includes a special Valentine’s Day dinner.

Read the full article here.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa has no control over posts from external sites, and while each post is vetted prior to sharing, content is subject to adjustment by the original author without notice, and the resort thus makes no assertions as to the accuracy of external content. If you find a broken link, or an article with inaccurate or misleading content, please contact us.

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Romantic Travel Experiences Around the World – Culinary Travel Guide

The following article was featured on the Culinary Travel Guide website on January 13th, 2020.

Forget the boxed chocolates and flowers! Celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day with one of these dreamy romantic travel experiences far beyond the well-trodden tourist path.

One of the best ways to grow your love is to share new experiences together. When you travel and try something new, all your senses are heightened. Just by feasting your eyes on fresh sights, tasting new foods, and inhaling exotic aromas, you add to the sensual pleasures of the day.

Being somewhere unfamiliar has a way of making you feel more alive. So does taking time to delight over small pleasures. And when you travel with someone you love, you’ll create shared memories to last a lifetime.

Celebrate your love on February 14 and throughout the year with these globetrotting romantic travel experiences.

Better than a Box of Chocolates: Calabash Cove Resort and Spa

One of the most popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotels in Saint Lucia, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa offers seclusion, beauty, and mesmerizing views. With old Caribbean charm, 26 villas are accompanied by the Windsong restaurant, lively C-Bar, and the peaceful Ti Spa.

Ti Spa offers special Valentine’s spa packages – with treatments including the Chocolate Decadence Body Polish ($100USD pp), with a chocolate full body scrub; a Couples Moonlight Escape ($300USD), combining a hot stone and Swedish Massage, a chocolate peppermint foot scrub, and champagne and chocolates under the moonlight. Don’t miss the Couples Massage Lessons ($100USD), where lovebirds learn how to pamper each other with techniques to help reduce tension and stress.

The all-inclusive concept includes Valentine’s Day dinner with highlights including a grilled half spiny lobster, five-spiced foie gras with papaya chutney, and escovitch shark with sweet potato chips and edible moringa flowers.

Read the full article here.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa has no control over posts from external sites, and while each post is vetted prior to sharing, content is subject to adjustment by the original author without notice, and the resort thus makes no assertions as to the accuracy of external content. If you find a broken link, or an article with inaccurate or misleading content, please contact us.

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Saint Lucia’s Home Away From Home

Only a day into our stay at Calabash Cove, we felt our Watersedge Cottage had quickly become a second home. Was it the smell of coffee freshly brewing? Or the comfortable king size bed? Our own private pool? What really was it that made me feel such comfort on vacation?

To begin with, imagine drinking fresh coffee on the patio daybed while your partner swings in a nearby hammock. Every morning we looked over into the vast ocean fascinated by the different shades of blue. These shades, only a stone?s throw from our beachfront cottage, changed with the angle of the rising sun. Who would have thought there were so many shades of blue to be seen?

Majestic St Lucian Flora

Of course, the exuberance of life in St Lucia did not end there. The blues only competed with the shades of green exploding from the lush gardens all around us.

Naturally, the garden is made up of a variety of local flora. Most plants I encountered bore exotic names like Bougainvillea named after French Navy admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville or Allamanda in honor of?Swiss?botanist?and physician?Fr?d?ric-Louis Allamand. Every one of these names meant to tell a story, the story of St Lucia.

Remembering these names now, with their histories described to us by Alban, the properties head gardener, I’m disheartened to be away from our perfect getaway at Calabash Cove. I often wish I had written down every plant name.

Comfort We Couldn’t Resist

We are not usually the type of people who stay within the walls of our room… and this wasn’t even our honeymoon. With the warm feel of the living room and it’s (believe it or not) old fashioned books, we were too cozy to leave. Even with all of our technology, the books added such comfort on vacation. Although, I will also admit that the all-inclusive bar with a real fridge may have contributed to our feelings of happiness and occasion.

For now, I can only dream about our Watersedge Cottage with the coffee smell and the old fashioned books. One thing is for certain, we will be back.

Author: Heidi? Berger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tempura Lionfish and Bean Thread Noodle Salad

A word about Lion Fish

Until the Nineties there had been no sightings of lionfish in the Caribbean or western Atlantic, but some reefs off Florida and South Carolina now harbour 1,000 per acre. Lionfish rodeos, in which spearfishers hunt down the species, frequently harvest 1,400 in a day. Numbers have doubled annually since 2010, and the invasion has spread from the United States throughout all the Caribbean islands to Venezuela, then westward through the Gulf of Mexico.

Nobody knows for sure how the lionfish got here. Some blame it on an incident in 1992, when Hurricane Andrew smashed a seafront aquarium in Florida, releasing lionfish into the wild. It’s more likely the first specimens came in the ballast tanks of ships from distant oceans or were discarded by amateur aquarists who had simply grown bored with them.Seeing them on Soufrière reef, it is hard to see how. Confident of their place in the food chain, they never dart or hide but float gracefully above the coral with their venomous spines extended like a mane and twirl slowly like ballerinas, as if to say: “Look at me.” It has clearly never occurred to them that anyone might take a potshot – pot being the operative word, since a campaign has been launched in St Lucia by the Department of Fisheries, dive operators and others to encourage fishermen to catch lionfish and sell them to local restaurants.

WHY?

The Lionfish has been a terrible plague to the Caribbean especially, being called the worst invasive marine species in history. With reefs already suffering from climate change and bleaching, Lionfish are predatory fish that feed on smaller reef fish. They’ve been known to wipe out entire reef fish populations. The problem is that here in the Caribbean, the Lionfish has no natural predators, so they’re going on eating and reproducing unchecked. Actually, it’s said Giant Grouper can be predators to Lionfish, but there are no longer sufficient numbers of them here in the Caribbean to really make a difference. The solution: Have them on every restaurant menu. The fact is they are delicious.

Ingredients yields 4 Servings

  • 6 ounces wide bean thread noodles
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2oz soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large cucumber julienned
  • 12 oz lionfish filet
  • 2 large carrots, peeled, julienned
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1 cup torn fresh cilantro, divided
  • 3/4 cup unsalted, dry-roasted cashew nuts, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 1 tablespoon of cilantro
  • 2cup of tempura batter

Preparation

Place noodles in a large bowl and add boiling water to cover. Let noodles soak until tender but not mushy, 15?20 minutes; drain. Rinse under cold water and drain well.

Whisk garlic, fish sauce, lime juice, vinegar, sugar, ginger, and pepper in another large bowl. Add soy sauce, cucumber, and carrots; toss to combine. Let sit 10 minutes.

Fry the marinated lionfish with tempura pad try and keep warm

Add noodles, oil, half of cilantro, and half of cashew to bowl; toss to combine. Top salad with lionfish filet remaining cilantro and cashew.

Tempura batter

  • 1cup cornstarch
  • 14 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  1. In bowl mix first 5 ingredients;
  2. Add water and egg and then mix to a smooth creamy batter.