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Saint Lucia: A Dreamworld of Rainforests, Volcanoes, Waterfalls and the Caribbean Coast

The following article was featured in the latest edition of the Miami Living magazine.

The geographically and culturally-rich country of Saint Lucia is a small island nation located in the southern region of the eastern Caribbean chain of islands, just a three-and-a-half-hour direct flight from Miami.

The Setting

Blessed by nature and recognized as being a singular destination for romantic getaways, Saint Lucia has 238 square miles of rainforest-covered land and 98 miles of turquoise-watered coastlines: all in all, a stunning visual paradise that stirs the soul. Its notable topography (it is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands) and diverse natural landscapes offer unique experiences for anyone.

Explore tropical rainforests, a myriad of magnificent beaches, fishing villages, abandoned sugar plantations, coral reef diving and snorkeling spots, jungle biking and hiking trails, as well as numerous renowned tourist sites…

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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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16 Gorgeous Swim-Up Rooms You’ll Totally Fall in Love With

The following article was featured on the Oyster website on September 26th, 2019.

If you love lazing away your vacation days in the hotel pool, you can’t do much better than staying in a swim-up room. What makes them so popular? For starters, you don’t have to trek across the resort grounds to cool off and unwind. They also give you way more space to splash around than a plunge pool, and there’s something inimitable about stepping right from your room into the water. While swim-up suites are especially popular with families, you’ll find plenty of adults-only resorts around the world that offer elegant swim-up rooms as well. From Mexico and Jamaica to Bali and Phuket, we’ve rounded up our favorite swim-up rooms to help you plan your next vacation in style.

#10. Calabash Cove Resort and Spa — St. Lucia

There aren’t too many resorts with swim-up rooms in the Caribbean’s smaller islands, but the Calabash Cove Resort and Spa in St. Lucia is an excellent exception. This 26-room boutique resort is most notable for its gorgeous sea views, which can be had from just about anywhere on the property. That includes the Swim-Up Junior Suites, where guests not only dip right into the pool from their shady terrace, but can also gaze at the beautiful Caribbean Sea while they unwind in the water. Rooms are attractive, if not the most contemporary on the list, though rates are quite reasonable for notoriously expensive St. Lucia.

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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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This St. Lucia Hideaway Will Fulfill Your Caribbean Getaway Dreams – Forbes

The following article was featured on the Forbes website on September 20th, 2019.

Calabash Cove Resort and Spa strikes the perfect balance for those who want rest, relaxation, and fun on their holiday.

As the driver takes you down the rocky, uneven path, you’ll begin to wonder if there’s been a mistake. This isn’t what it looked like on the website, is it? You selected a beachfront resort with remarkable, unobstructed views of the Caribbean, with an open air restaurant, and with a secluded beach. Surely, that’s not what is waiting at the other end of this small road.

But just wait: you’ll soon pull past a gate with a security guard and witness lush trees with fiery red flowers, sparkling waters, and a warm, smiling face to greet you. It’s everything you would envision for a Caribbean getaway, and then some.

This is Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, situated on the island of St. Lucia. The journey to get there is worth it—an hour’s drive from Hewanorra International Airport and a few minutes on a gravel road lands you in your own little piece of paradise so perfect you may never want to leave.

“We have a lot of people who come here with the idea of doing a lot of excursions,” said Konrad Wagner, Managing Director of Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, “but once they arrive they usually just want to stay here.”

It’s easy to see why. This isn’t the type of resort which offers a jam-packed itinerary of on-site activities; instead, Calabash Cove lets the island itself shine as the star attraction. Something about St. Lucia invigorates the body and soul, and simply dipping into the refreshing, clear waters or sitting in a hammock and listening to the breeze rustle the bushes makes for an ideal schedule of events.

With only 26 rooms, you won’t have to fight over space at the pool or beachfront, either. Even when Calabash Cove is at capacity, it never loses the boutique experience. “People find their own things to do,” explained Konrad, “so it never really feels crowded.”

For a small property nestled onto the hillside, they have just enough to keep you busy and just enough to let you completely unwind. Indulge in an island massage, best experienced outside under one of their gazebos, or lounge in your room with room service. Some guests prefer hopping on one of the stand up paddle boards and exploring out at sea, while others prefer to relax in their private patio’s jacuzzi.

It’s hard to beat the beach at Calabash Cove, though, made even sweeter by the fact you don’t need to wake up with the sun to reserve a chair. All beaches on St. Lucia are open to the public. However, the unpaved road leading to this particular property means most people head elsewhere—which in turn, makes their strip of sand feel like an almost private beach for hotel guests.

And at the end of a day of soaking in the sun, you need only step foot into Windsong Restaurant for a meal. This is the type of restaurant that locals and people from other resorts make a point to visit, envying the lucky ones who have it mere steps from their hotel room. The chef offers a mainstay menu with items like tarragon roasted plantain chicken breast and stuffed baked zucchini, as well as mouthwatering daily specials based on what is fresh. Unlike some places where, after a few days you feel like you’ve tried everything on the menu, here, you’ll have a hard time choosing what to eat each night because it all sounds appetizing.

Sometimes, you don’t need to go and do all of the tourist activities in a destination; instead, you can have them all at your fingertips. You can make grand plans to sail down and see the Pitons, or to do a mud bath in the Sulphur Springs—but part of the joy of a St. Lucia vacation is simply winding down and taking in the beauty of the island. And like many other visitors to Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, you might just decide everything you need is right where you are.

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

The following article was featured on the Cosmopolitan website on August 16th, 2019.

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 e-mail?” “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. Ok, 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 TO 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.

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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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Scaling the Mighty Pitons

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Hardly a week goes by without some of our guests at Calabash Cove asking ?have you done it??

Done what?

Gone SCUBA diving?

Been to the Gros Islet Friday night street party?

Walked the rain forest birdwatching?

Flown through the tree tops zip lining?

No, none of the above. It was always the same question. Have you climbed the Pitons?

The time had come to put myself in a position to say: yes of course.

So here I was slipping quietly into my hiking clothes arranged neatly to the side of the bedroom, trying not to wake my wife at the ungodly hour of 5.30 am on a Saturday morning.

After all, the good European I was, there was no way I would be late for the 6.00 am rendezvous with the other climbers.? So here I was sitting at the mall waiting for my friends and the bus to arrive 40 minutes late. As we boarded the very comfortable 26 seater “Coaster”, the driver mumbled something like?..was only told this morning I am going to Soufriere.? As we were at different stages of awareness it did not phase most of us. After all, had the bus been on time, some of my friends would have missed it. Island time, mooohn.

For the scenic drive to the base of the Gros Piton snacks and power bars were passed around for what I imagine was our resolve to conquer the mountain, while some slept to catch up on the lost sleep from Friday night.

Then, we were there and after paying our fee for our climb guide, we assembled in front of a miniature model Piton for a briefing of what lay ahead of us. In addition to being allocated a guide we were implored to take at least 2 bottles of water each with us.

In single file we headed out on the trail, initially flat over large boulders before we reached the real bottom of the mountain and had a first close up look at the steep incline ahead of us. Eventually small groups of 4 or 5 people established themselves as we all settled into our own pace. After all this was not a race. Initially the stops were far apart and we made good progress to the first spectacular lookout facing the south coast of Saint Lucia. It was a breath-taking taste of what was yet to come.

After about 45 minutes we reached what was identified as the half way point, and for the first time we were treated to a spectacular view of ‘Petit Piton’ across the blue Caribbean Sea.? There was time to pass around a few snacks and sweets and allow all to catch up and get the group together again. Some of our more mature companions announced that this would be as far as they would go and they made themselves comfortable as the remainder of the group headed on up the steep path to the top of Gros Piton.

Over the next hour our steps seemed to get taller every few yards, the boulders larger and larger and the trail steeper and steeper. This also meant the stops became more and more frequent. By now it was a question of who will make it and who will just chill in the shade under one of the spectacular canopy or head back to base?

The Pitons St Lucia

The group morale was good and we felt we were now only minutes from the top. Every turn promised to reveal the peak, only to show another step in the steep trail.

And then, all of a sudden the trees became small shrubs and the terrain opened up where there were no more trees, just blue sky with cotton wool clouds. The ground flattened out and we were there? at the peak. So stunning was the experience of making it to the top with the amazing view, that the weight of our back packs was no longer noticeable. We waited for the 19 out of 26 climbers that had started to summit. The group was all smiles, everybody was reaching for his smart phone to take pictures and no, there was no signal. So the world had to wait for the good news that we had made it. It took only seconds for more food to come out and be shared. One of our French friends had carried a most delicious chocolate cake to the top while others shared candies, nuts, fresh and dried fruits.

Reluctantly. it was time to head back down. While the climb had taken the greater part of 2 hours, the descent was much quicker and completed in half the time. All I seem to remember is how wobbly I felt in my legs. The bottom could not come soon enough, not so much because we wanted the experience to be over, but more with the excitement of looking forward to telling those waiting at the resort all about it.? We were elated when we gathered on the beautiful grassy patch to stretch our legs and gaze at the clouds we seemed to have been so much closer to just a short hour ago.

It was to be a day never to be forgotten. A red-letter day. A bucket-list day !

And guess what? When now asked, have you done it? The answer is yes of course, are you going to do it too? Let me persuade you, because, boy, is it worth the effort.

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The Best White Sand Beaches in the World – Town & Country

The following article was featured on the Town & Country website on July 2nd, 2019.

From the Maldives to Panama City Beach, there’s something for everyone.

For beach lovers, there is nothing like that soft, grainy white sand. And chances are if you follow the white sand road, you’ll find a tantalizing body of water splashing up against its shores. Here are eight incredible stretches of seashore?from Panama City, Florida to Tahiti to the Bahamas?that won’t disappoint even the most discerning sand chasers. Plus, we’ll tell you where to stay to get the best access to these pristine coastlines.

St. Lucia

While not all the beaches in St. Lucia are for swimming or lounging, the ones that are really rise to the occasion?namely Calabash Cove. The resort is located on the northwest coast of Saint Lucia, conveniently positioned midway between Castries and Rodney Bay. The 26-suite hotel has rooms that are literally on this picture perfect stretch of white sand, giving new meaning to ocean view.

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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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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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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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Calabash Cove’s Cranberry Cookies

A simple recipe for a simply delicious dessert!

Ingredients
yields 48 cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cranberries
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Method
Prep 15 minutes | Bake 10 minutes | Cool 45 minutes

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture.
  3. 3. Mix in the cranberries and walnuts.
  4. 4. Drop dough by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. 5. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
  6. 6. Cool.
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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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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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Calabash Cove Vegan stuffed Zucchini, Spinach & Honey Dressing, Crispy Salad

Zucchini

Yield:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 zucchini, medium
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. oregano, dried
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup tofu, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped

?Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the middle with a spoon or melon baller. Discard or Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix to combine bell pepper, tomato, corn, olives, garlic, oregano and black pepper. Fill each zucchini with a mixture distributing evenly. Place in a large baking dish or rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Top with tofu and broil on high for 3 more minutes or until cheese has browned. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with parsley and serve hot or cold.

?Spinach and Honey Vinaigrette

?Yield:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp. white wine vinegar2 tbsp. peeled fresh garlic
  • 8 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp. chopped lemon zest
  • 4 tbsp. chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • ? cup honey
  • 11/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

To make the dressing: in a small food processor combine all ingredients and blend for 45 seconds to 1 minute until emulsified.

Grilled tomato

Yield:8 Tomato Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil(you won’t necessarily use it all)
  • Sea salt for sprinkling

Method

  1. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat (it should be hot enough so you can hold your hand about 1 inch above the cooking grate for 3 to 4 seconds before pulling it away from the heat).
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half crosswise (imagine the tomatoes are globes; cut them along the ?equator?). Lay the tomato halves cut-side-up on a large baking sheet or tray. ????????????????Brush the cut sides with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt.
  3. Lay the tomatoes oiled-side-down on the grill. Close the lid if using a gas grill. ????????????????Cook until grill marks appear on the tomatoes, about 5 minutes.
  4. Brush the other sides with oil and sprinkle them with salt. Turn the tomato halves over, close the lid on a gas grill and cook until grill marks appear on the other side, about 5 more minutes.
  5. Use tongs or a spatula to transfer the tomatoes back to the baking sheet or onto a serving?s platter.

Serve grilled tomatoes hot or at room temperature.

Crispy vegetables salad

Yield:8 Servings

  • 1 medium carrots
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh dill, loosely packed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Peel carrots, and cut them into 3-inch lengths. Using a mandolin or sturdy vegetable peeler, slice carrots, cucumber into thin, translucent strips. Place strips in ice-water bath, and let stand until curly, about 20 minutes. Transfer carrots to a paper towel; blot dry.
  2. Combine carrot, cucumber strips, dill, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil over the salad, and toss to combine and service.