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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.

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