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Calabash Cove Resort and Spa
4.0 of 5 Specialty Resort   |   Marisule | Bonaire Bay, Gros Islet, St. Lucia   |  
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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Privacy, Beauty and Great Hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Firstly, the staff team at Calabash Cove made us feel like we were family. They regularly thanked us for choosing them, remembered our names and hugs all around when we left. Special mention to Resort Manager Unita, Restaurant Manager Chris, Pool bartenders Jonathan and Lance, front desk's Kenisha and the lovely lady who created awesome towel art in our cottage every day (and Jonathan's bride) Jessica. We stayed in Cottage 5 which was the single dwelling (the other 8 cottages are semis), and having a private plunge pool was heaven on earth. The outdoor shower experience was unique and I never could get comfortable showering out there after dark. The bedroom had an air conditioning unit but the rest of the cottage was screened and could get warm...perhaps the only downside of the cottage. Food was terrific, tried almost everything. There isn't much length to the beach but for the small size of the resort, it works - just not for a walk!
If you are seeking a boutique style private resort, all inclusive, I highly recommend Calabash Cove!

Room Tip: Cottage 5 is the only single dwelling cottage. The rest are private but semi style.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Calabash Cove certainly lived up to our hopes of it being the perfect place for a very lazy winter break in the Caribbean sunshine to recharge the batteries. It's intimate yet spacious, set in beautifully manicured gardens with a lovely and very private beach, topped off by excellent staff & service. It's definitely the place for you if you're looking for low-key R&R. Our only real criticism would be aimed at the food, or more specifically at the head chef. The food (lunch/dinner) was perfectly edible, but we fear that the lack of genuine creativity, craft & execution in the kitchen is what will prevent CC achieving a world-class reputation. We will certainly return to CC, but will seek assurances beforehand that this has been addressed.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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13 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We had a wonderful time in this most relaxing, small boutique hotel. No fight for a deck chair, plenty to sit on in many places. Gorgeous views from our suite, beautiful flowers to walk through down to the beach. The kind gardener gave us a guided tour and explained the wonderful flowers trees and fruit. The staff were very friendly and nothing seemed too much trouble. Excellent food and no booking a table. Free water on a fully inclusive basis and more drink than you can handle! Cocktails a speciality. Perfect for forgetting your troubles!

Room Tip: We had 108, that was lovely, handy for restaurant and beach
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We have just returned from 10days at this great hotel. Small and special, the staff are friendly
the service is exceptional. You don't have to book a table in the restaurant, the food is particularly good, at a table overlooking the bay, white tablecloths and soothing and not too loud live music in the evenings.
No fighting for sun beds and no piped music, quiet, select and relaxing,what more could we want.
Breakfast cooked to order (only one restaurant) any request we made not on the menu was
not turned down, staff always willing to please.

Only small things on the negative side: avoid room 201 which is next to a staff door and noisy kitchen, there a lot of steps as the hotel is built on a hillside. The beach and grounds are limited so not a lot of walking available.

Privacy: the bathrooms are unusual as the bath/jacuzzi is out in the room, and sinks the same. Also the lights are such that if you get up in the night, the switch puts on several lights that include the toilet, so in the middle of the night you will have to wake your partner if you go to the loo. Not
a big problem, but mildly irritating.

Golfers: if you book with the hotel it will cost you double, my husband went direct to the golf club
and paid half the price quoted.

Most guests middle aged (like us) or over whilst we were there in January 2013.
We did have a few rain showers which is quite usual.
We had a lovely time and look forward to going back next year. Highly recommend if you want to get away from busy and noisy resorts.

Room Tip: Recommend room 210.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Having spent a week in south being spoilt rotten, we were slightly perturbed when we arrived after the specified check in time and our room wasn't ready. So after lunch at the pool bar, which took an age to arrive, (non-descript food, bad service) we were finally shown to our room. I don't really understand why hotels insist on calling their rooms suites when they obviously aren't, it's a room. But that's for another day... The rooms was functional and the air conditioning was refreshing. A few things would have improved the room: better electrics. There was one light switch for the whole bathroom. Not a massive problem but if nature calls at night, you can't turn the light on (unless you want to wake up your other half). Also slightly treacherous negotiating the steps in the dark.
The service was probably the worst we've ever had. Breakfast on average took 90 minutes. 90 minutes!!!! It was a la carte which is a bad idea, a buffet would have been a lot more practical. Here's a run down of an average breakfast sitting: 9am sit down, 9.10am water poured, 9.15am order tea/coffee & food (croissants, fresh fruit & an omelette, not rocket science), 9.35 tea/coffee arrives, 10am food arrives (but could be longer...) It was astonishing. I know people say that St Lucia operates on "island time", this might be the case but no other restaurant or hotel on the island took this long for a simple meal.
The beach is not all it's cracked up to be - very small but does the job. The pool is nice too but we avoided it as not keen on the other guests who spent the whole day sitting in the pool at the bar.
We didn't eat dinner in the hotel so can't comment on the food there but I would definitely suggest eating out around Rodney Bay. There are some amazing restaurants, namely Buzz, La Terrasse and Spice of India. It was a small hotel so can't comprehend why people would go all inclusive and not sample what the area has to offer.
The hotel is between Rodney Bay and Castries. A taxi to Rodney Bay costs 40ECD, so taxis do add up if you are out every night. We had a great driver called Owen who drove us every day, along with his wife. They did us a deal on the price and were there whenever we needed them. If you'd like his number, please send me a message.
So overall, Calabash Cove was not for us. It felt soulless after the hospitality we experienced in the south.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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ullapool, UK
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

My partner and I got married at Calabash Cove in May 2012 and enjoyed 8 nights' stay there. From the moment we arrived we were speechless and were treated like royalty. The staff are welcoming, friendly and fun and really made us feel at home. We stayed in an ocean view junior suite which was big, comfortable and had the most beautiful views! The view overlooks the private beach and the gorgeous ocean. The food was drinks were amazing (especially the cocktails!) and we dined at the hotel on several occasions. The helpful staff arranged excursions for us as well as transportation to and from the hotel (including to our second hotel, Foundoux Plantation. The hotel is tiny - maybe 18 rooms - so you feel like your on your own desert island.

Our wedding was on the third day of our stay and Kim was our wedding planner, everything was perfect from the decorations in the Gazebo to my bouquet to our fabulous dinner at night - she even suggested where to buy our wedding rings. The hotel's choice of photographer, Mikael Lamber was fantastic and our wedding photos are out of this world!

Cannot recommend Calabash enough and cannot wait to get back!

Room Tip: we stayed in sunset view suite, upper floor and it was stunning! best views in this world!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mission, Canada
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We have stayed here a number of times since the Calabash has opened, the personal touch's that were there in previous visits seem to be disappearing. The owner, and Cris are not as visable as before, and that seems to have transfered to the staff.
The new GM I can not remember her name is more of a pain them a help
The food, the chef seems to be trying to have his meals middle of the road to satisfy both the Euopean and North American taste buds with out taking any risks, must be pretty boring for him.
I agree with a previos review, regarding fish dishs, most had little or no taste and one was not fully cooked
The resort is still good, but could be better with a little effort

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Marisule | Bonaire Bay, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Gros Islet Quarter > Gros Islet
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty lodging in Gros Islet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Calabash Cove Resort and Spa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away on gently sloping, tropical beachfront on the northwest coast of the island, Calabash Cove is one of just a select few five-star resorts on St. Lucia. Nestled in the sheltered bay of Bonaire Estate, Calabash Cove is perched on a hillside sloping gently towards the Caribbean Sea, where cool ocean breezes provide a wonderful respite and the turquoise sea is offset by the vibrant green of tropical vegetation and views of Walcott Island. A private beach and nearby coral reef provide the perfect place to rest, reflect and dream. The resort has been designed with great care to complement and exist in harmony with the beauty of the natural surroundings. The main buildings of the hotel, such as the lobby, restaurant, bar, sanctuary, and infinity pool with waterfall lie on a slope, with the villas in the midst of lush vegetation perfectly situated to view nightly sunsets. The natural elements of earth, wind, light and water are represented in the exotic wood, stone and natural materials used in the composition of the buildings. The peaceful and tranquil gardens, under the care of one of the finest landscape architects in the Caribbean, have been created to capture and optimize the natural splendor of the area and are filled with vibrant, fragrant flowers set amid groves of trees. ... more   less 
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Calabash Cove Hotel Gros Islet
Calabash Cove Resort And Spa St. Lucia/Gros Islet

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