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The 14 Most Beautiful Hotels in St. Lucia – Oyster

The following article was featured on the Oyster website on March 27th, 2019.

Unlike many developed Caribbean islands, St. Lucia maintains a sense of unspoiled beauty. The landscapes here are some of the most stunning in the world — gorgeous beaches and lush mountains included. And that jaw-dropping beauty certainly extends to the island’s resorts, which come with swanky amenities like attractive infinity pools, chic spas, and picture-perfect views. Whether you’re planning a St. Lucia vacation, or simply want a dose of eye-candy, check out our picks for the most beautiful resorts in St. Lucia. They’re sure to spark some serious wanderlust.

5. Calabash Cove Resort and Spa

Situated on Bonaire Bay, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa has an isolated, away-from-it-all location. On the plus side, the resort comes with an array of features, including an infinity pool, superb restaurant, and gorgeous beach, that keep guests occupied. The 26 rooms, which feature polished decor and swim-up pool access, also entice folks to spend most of their time on the property. However, those who want to leave the grounds will have to rely on expensive taxis or rental cars.

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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 Resort & Spa Embraces Being Disposable Plastic Free – eTurbo News

The following article was featured on the eTurbo News website on March 25th, 2019.

Cut down on plastic: 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 disposable 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 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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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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10 Best Honeymoon Resorts in St. Lucia – Trips To Discover

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

If you?re thinking a Caribbean honeymoon sounds just about perfect to celebrate your new marriage, there are lots of island destinations to choose from. But one of our absolute favorites is St. Lucia, especially if you?re looking for top-notch resorts and lots of fun things to do with your partner. From hiking up the Piton mountains together to bathing in the Toraille Waterfall and sipping cocktails on the beach, this island has a lot to offer couples in search of effortless romance. Here are 10 top honeymoon resorts in St. Lucia to help you plan your post-wedding celebration.

#10 Calabash Cove, St Lucia

The last resort we?ll mention here for honeymoons is Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, an all-inclusive resort with the Ti Spa, lively C-Bar that overlooks the infinity pool, and beautiful gardens. Make sure to register your honeymoon with the resort to get fun perks to go with your luxurious accommodations. Honeymoon packages include couples? massages, champagne, chocolate, breakfast in bed, and more romantic amenities.

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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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Reduce Stress by Visiting these Global Wellness Experiences – Viva Glam Magazine

The following article was featured on the Viva Glam Magazine website on March 19th, 2019.

Calabash Cove Resort and Spa is one of the most popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotels in Saint Lucia, a Caribbean gem offering seclusion, beauty and mesmerizing views at every turn. Its 26 villas feature old Caribbean charm coupled with luxurious resort amenities of today. From the heavenly Windsong restaurant and lively C-Bar overlooking the infinity pool to the peaceful Ti Spa, guests have everything at their fingertips when vacationing at Calabash Cove. Ti Spa offers a wide range of treatments that combine European technique with St. Lucia?s storied tradition of using plant- and food-based curatives. Each and every treatment is expertly designed to cleanse the body of stress, rejuvenate the spirit and relax the mind. The exfoliation products are all organic made from local products that are in some case directly from the resort. The therapists will be happy to demonstrate the different benefits between a coffee or papaya scrub, and more. Try their signature Spa Sampler (80 minutes/$140USD), a blend of holistic spa treatments fused together to create the ultimate spa experience. Melt away the stress and tension from the back with a hot stone massage followed by deep tissue massage on the back of legs. To the front of body Swedish massage techniques are used with a mix of counter stretching. Aromatherapy facial massage is then performed to rebalance and to induce even deeper relaxation and this blissful experience ends with a revitalizing foot scrub.

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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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These Upscale Hotels Recognize The Value Of Vegan And Vegetarian Menus – Forbes

The following article was featured on the Forbes website on February 27th, 2019.

You already know you?re not allowed to discuss politics or religion at dinner parties, but, if you still want to cause a stir, there?s one word that?s sure to ruffle some faux feathers (especially at dinner), and that?s vegan. No matter which side of the spectrum appeals to your dining companions, loyalties tend to run deep and emotions high when it comes to living a lifestyle free of animal products; so high, in fact, that vegetarianism, once considered extreme in its own right, is now, essentially, a middle ground that tends to go a long way toward quelling the vegan debate, at least long enough to get through dessert.

Vegetarian and vegan diets are particularly popular with younger consumers (Millennials and Gen Zers) of a more affluent background, and this demographic also happens to be largely responsible for the booming tourism economy. Traveling more frequently and widely than previous generations, the under-35 crowd is keenly aware of the health and eco benefits of the animal-free lifestyle, creating a significant demand for vegan and vegetarian dining options outside of hot spots like New York, San Francisco and Northern Europe. Combine that with the with ever-increasing awareness from older generations (who tend to travel less adventurously but spend more while doing so), and it?s easy to understand why savvier brands are beginning to develop veggie programs at all tiers of travel, but especially in more luxurious markets.

Windsong Restaurant at Calabash Cove Resort and Spa in St. Lucia, featuring 26 villas in an exclusive, adults-only property, caters to the individual dietary needs of its guests without sacrificing its emphasis on innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine. Vegetarians won?t find themselves limited to a green salad at this secluded paradise, but can choose from a variety of eclectic options including pumpkin coconut soup with lemon grass; korma curried vegetables with coconut basmati rice chick peas and mixed vegetables; pad Thai noodles with fried eggs, tofu and plum sauce; chayote and yam pie; and more traditionally Caribbean-inspired favorites like enchiladas with brown beans, corn, cilantro and plantains.

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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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Jamaican Ackee-The Forbidden Fruit

Did Kevon tell you it is poisonous?

What is poisonous? The Ackee you are eating, said Evelyn.

I was about to enjoy another bite of my Ackee salad sitting in front of me in a beautiful ceramic bowl and sparkling in the perfect olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. As my fork remained frozen, suspended between the white linen-clad table and my mouth my mind went into overdrive. What am I going to do? As a priority measure, swallow hard and smile.

Pretending I have this covered, there is nothing to worry about.

Of course, I could not resist asking. So I asked Kevon what do you mean poisonous?

From Kevon?s facial expression it was pretty clear this was not the first time the subject matter came up with a guest. Well, not really he said with that island smile.

Not really? But still a little? What do you mean?

And then he explained. Ackee is part of Jamaica?s national dish, Ackee and Saltfish with Johnny Cakes or roasted breadfruit. The fruit, that is prepared like a vegetable grows on a beautiful medium-sized tree.

The trees at Calabash Cove will produce 2 harvests every year. And Chef Thierry always has an eye on them.

The fruit initially green, will turn a bright pink just before it is ripe. Pink you may say, screaming ?don?t eat me I am poisonous?. At the last stage of the ripening process, the pink shell will open up in 3 wings, exposing the actual yellow fruit. This yellow fruit is removed, while carefully taking out a pink vein. It is then poached in saltwater. This will render the fruit save to eat.

Some lovers of Ackee will saut? it right away in large quantities of oil, onions and saltfish.

This particular Calabash Cove dish calls for the Ackee to be cooled off before being mixed with kale, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, olives or other fresh garden vegetables like smoked pumpkin or zucchini.

But Kevon, what happens if the Ackee is not boiled properly?

Well, that could be a whole different story???..

Author-A Traveler

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Romance Around The World With These Hotel Special Offers – Viva Glam Magazine

The following article was featured on the Viva Glam Magazine website on January 22nd, 2019.

CHOCOLATE FOR LOVERS: CALABASH COVE RESORT AND SPA

Calabash Cove Resort and Spa is one of the most popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotels in Saint Lucia, a Caribbean gem offering seclusion, beauty and mesmerizing views at every turn. It?s 26 villas feature old Caribbean charm coupled with luxurious resort amenities of today. From the heavenly Windsong restaurant and lively C-Bar overlooking the infinity pool to the peaceful Ti Spa, guests have everything at their fingertips when vacationing at Calabash Cove. Just in time for Valentine?s Day, Calabash Cove now offers a unique ?create your own natural scrub? experience at Ti Spa, a wonderful way to take home a piece of Saint Lucia as a souvenir. Ti Spa?s signature line of body scrubs made from the best natural ingredients which are grown in St. Lucia. The island?s local farmers take pride in nurturing these fruits and ingredients and they are carefully selected to ensure that the product is rich and of superior quality. Ti Spa?s Chocolate Body Scrub is a luxurious scrub as it has an array of our natural spices which are purchased from local market vendors. These spices include nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. The cocoa is harvested and beans are sundried, polished then broken down to make their ever rich cocoa. This same cocoa which is used to make the body scrub is also used to make chocolate here on the island which is sold all over the world. The chocolate body scrub helps to fight free radicals off the skin and helps to prevent sun damage while exfoliating dead skin cells living skin radiantly smooth. This luxurious body scrub polishes away dull dry skin while leaving a delicious aroma. It is rich in antioxidants which help to fight free radicals off the skin. This sugar scrub will gently exfoliate and revitalize your skin leaving it soft with a silky texture. Other natural scrubs that can be made at Ti Spa include coffee, sea salt and papaya.

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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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A Saint Lucia Tradition -The Wood Carver

THE WOODMAN OF CALABASH COVE

Introducing Stanfield Dolcy,- a joiner by trade, lover of gardens and finally a wood carver with passion. Fifty seven years young, he started his career as a forest officer for the St. Lucia Government. He’s happily married with four girls. Furthermore he has been one of the most loyal, respected and lovable ?Calabashies? since the Cove?s opening ten years ago.

An unassuming and charming ?Saint Lucian?, he delights the guests with his endless knowledge of indigenous plants and trees of exotic wood. Now and then he opens a fresh cut coconut with his machete to have guests taste this truly healthy local libation straight from the palm. Doing so. reciting a famous Caribbean Song?drink, drink Coconut water, drink, Coconut is good for your daughter, think, etc?;-) You can probably figure what that means. Every Saint Lucian will tell you it works ! ?Moreover, Dolcy also knows, where the best Mango and Pineapple grow.

One encounters his work as a passionate wood carver immediately on entering the property. An artistic sentry post carved from a massive single branch of a Saman Tree, sits next to the Calabash Cove sign. Exiting from the taxi, you are faced with a magnificent Welcome Sign before entering the lobby. He’s expert in utilizing exotic local woods like Mahogany, Saman, Bamboo, White Cedar and White Wood.

Dolcy created and carved all the hotel?s room numbers, wooden menu covers, bill presenters, paper towel holders and most signage around the property. He also creates special commissions from a single piece of wood, for guests. Some of his creations are on display and for sale in Memories of Calabash.

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Our Turtle Photo Competition

In September, which is usually the end of the Turtle laying season until next April, we announced a photo competition. We were looking for guests with the best images and the best story from the Calabash Cove beach.

Among the entries there were two we like a lot, from John Groeger and Jesse Williams.

Here’s John’s story:

John Groeger My wife and I spent a truly AMAZING week in paradise at Calabash Cove for our honeymoon in August of 2013. On one of the days we decided to take the kayaks out and paddle to rat island. When we were about halfway out a storm looked to be heading our way so we turned around and high tailed it back home! As we approached the beach, we saw what looked like 60+ crabs running towards the water. As we got closer we realized they were freshly hatched sea turtles! The experience of watching the sea turtles hatch and head to the water was truly a once in a lifetime experience for my wife and I and made our week in paradise that much more magical!

Here’s one popping up from the nest…

 

All of the nesting and hatchings and excitement take place here between April and September approx, on the little pretty beach at Calabash Cove.

 

Then another story from Jesse Williams

Jessy Thompson On August 1st, 2013, at approximately 9:07 am island time, I witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime moment of perfection. My wife and I had been staying at Calabash Cove (Cottage #5) for our honeymoon. It was truly one of the best weeks and adventures of our lives. As the time of our stay was winding down, I decided to walk down to the beach to soak in as much of the Saint Lucian sun as I could, while my wife was finishing her shower. When I approached the beach, a garden attendant called my attention to a hole in the sand from which baby sea turtles were emerging. I quickly went back to the cottage to grab my wife. With her in hand and freshly robed, we delicately made our way back down to the ocean front where the turtles seen in the attached pictures were making their way from their nest and into the ocean. We were witnessing an event that most people will only see in documentaries. We were witnessing life, untouched, vulnerable, and breathtakingly beautiful. From a safe distance, we quietly snapped pictures of the baby turtles. Like Saint Lucia, the pictures are not photoshopped or doctored, there is no need, they are as perfect as the moment my wife and I shared witnessing their journey to the sea. The metaphor is not lost on us. Our marriage was only seven days old and very much buried in the sand when these pictures were taken. But, like the baby turtles, we have been bravely, unabashedly, and with our eyes on our own ocean, making our own journey ever since. The innocence and hope captured in these photos is, for us, the essence of island life, the beauty of Saint Lucia, and symbolic of the love we shared at Calabash Cove. And that, my friends, is a picture of one beautiful turtle.

Isn’t it amazing that our two entries are both from August 2013 and both from two couples on honeymoon. I am not going to look up whether they were from the same town, cos that would be spooky. Still it is not only an interesting coincidences but also I think proves that sharing an event like this is most definitely romantic. That’s why we think Calabash Cove is a romantic place all over and for many reasons.

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Lobster with Beetroot Gnocchi

One of our very favorite dishes.

?Red Beetroot Gnocchi

Ingredients:

Yield 4 Servings

  • 1 cup boiled red beets 230 gr.
  • 1 cup boiled potatoes 230 gr.
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour 300gr. + one handful for dusting
  • ?pinch of salt (to taste)
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • ? cup parmesan cheese, (for serving if needed )

Method:

  • Boil the potatoes (20min from boiling) and the beets (60min from boiling). Drain and remove the beets’ skin under running water.
  • In a big bowl add the flour and mash the beets with a potato masher. Mash and add the potatoes and add the egg and a pinch of salt.
  • Mix together with a fork first and with your hands later to create an airy and light dough. On a flat surface dusted with flour, roll a long cylinder of dough and cut it in 1 inch long pieces. Place the gnocchi on some parchment paper, one next to the other.
  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to boil. Add salt and one tablespoon of oil in order not to let the gnocchi stick together and drop 10/12 gnocchi into the water. Don’t overcrowd (I did 10 at the time).After 3/4 minutes the gnocchi, once cooked, will come to the surface.
  • Remove them from the pot and place them in a bowl.
  • In hot pan, add olive oil and lightly saut? gnocchi for 2-3 minutes, then add to the lobster pesto cream direction listed below.

Basil Pesto

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

pepper, to taste and set aside.

Method:

  1. Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely chopped, with the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and process until smooth, add the cheese and pulse until combined.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Season with salt and pepper