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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