St. Lucia’s Best Caribbean Hideaway: Marigot Bay Resort & Marina
By Janis Turk
Of all the Caribbean islands, St. Lucia is one of the most enchanting.
There, guests can stay tucked away on a private sparkling bay flanked by rainforest-covered mountains and a pristine little beach, making it a sublime vacation or honeymoon spot with a warm and windy West Indies vibe.
And with daily nonstop JetBlue flights from New York and nonstop service from Boston on Saturdays, getting to St. Lucia is a breeze. All the best island fun—like hot street parties and cool water sports—awaits, or you can simply unplug from city life and enjoy a leisurely day at the beach.
St. Lucia is home to many spectacular hotels and resorts, but my favorite is one far from where the cruise ships dock. For a truly luxurious experience, I like to stay at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina by Capella. Romantic, playful, scenic, and sexy, this stylish little resort offers rest and relaxation, along with plenty of opportunities for exciting island adventures.
Rum Cave Restaurant
Centered by two freshwater infinity pools on the upper and lower levels of the resort, Marigot Bay Resort also is home to a luxury spa, an active marina, attractive shops, boats and beaches, fine-dining restaurants, sushi bars and a swim-up watering hole, along with a newly renovated Rum Cave restaurant, featuring fun and informative rum tasting events.
The lavish resort has sprawling indoor/outdoor lounge spaces, garden pavilions, patios, cabanas, water features, and a private boardwalk. With stunning views of Marigot Bay (it’s been featured in movies), and with shimmering waters, and mountain flora and fauna, Marigot Bay Resort offers a blissful escape.
The resort’s 124 extravagantly handsome rooms and suites offer hot tubs, balconies, and West Indies-inspired décor. You’ll feel as though you’re in your own private island residence, complete with five-star amenities and your own personal assistant.
A Personal Assistant for All Guests
Whether guests book the most expensive suite or simply a standard room, all are assigned their own Capella Personal Assistant who calls in advance of their trip to make their every desire is ready once they arrive. Once there, the personal assistant will book romantic dinner reservations, arrange a cruise from the resort’s own Capella Marina, or set up special island adventure excursions.
During my stay, the staff pampered me as I enjoyed an enormous one-bedroom suite, complete with a living room, ultra-contemporary kitchen, laundry room, spacious master bedroom, and grand master bath.
With my own deck overlooking the pool and Capella Marina, and with a private hot tub and fast dependable Wi-Fi, I couldn’t imagine nicer island accommodations.
Two- and three-bedroom suites are also available, and families with children will appreciate the resort’s “Zando’s” Kid’s Activity Program.
One of the highlights of my visit was an evening spent dining with Billy Boyle, Marigot Bay Resort & Marina’s executive chef, who carefully and skillfully cultivates the resort’s farm-to-fork dining experiences.
Chef Billy’s meticulously curated menus feature delicious, locally-sourced dishes inspired by fresh ingredients available seasonally from Saint Lucian farmers.
A local fisherman, called “Captain Warren,” even docks at the Rum Cave to deliver his catch of the day for the evening’s dinner.
Another blissful part of my stay was an afternoon at the Auriga Spa & Fitness at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina.
With views of the bay and mountains, the private indoor/outdoor spa village and fitness facilities are hidden among trees and verdant foliage, creating an exclusive oasis.
Before my treatment, I enjoyed the steam inhalation room, Jacuzzi, and sauna cabana, and a welcoming, grounding ceremony, which uses carefully selected herbs designed to prepare the body for the spa experience.
The large state-of-the-art fitness center was also handy day and night. The Spa village is even home to a treehouse gazebo, perfect for a romantic dinner for two or a special spa treatment setting.
With the resort’s marina’s shops, restaurant and sundries store, and with a ferry to take guests across the bay to LaBas Beach at Marigot, to swim, kayak, and more, guests never want to leave Marigot Bay.
But if you do, be sure to take a “Smooth Operator” private charter boat to the other side of the island (or you can ask your Capella Personal Assistant to arrange for a car).
Take day trips or half-day excursions to visit cocoa farms, or to bathe in natural hot springs, or take a volcano tour, and along the way pass through charming villages and see St. Lucia’s famous twin volcanic mountain peaks, the Pitons.
Visit Pigeon Island and Anse Cochon beaches, where snorkeling and diving is a delight. Or make a scenic climb up the Marigot Bay Ridge with the resort’s resident Ranger.
With all this to do and see in St. Lucia, you owe it to yourself to book your Marigot Bay getaway.
Visit www.marigotbayresort.com to find out more.
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