When you are looking for the ideal honeymoon resort, you just found it. This was paradise!!
I'll start by saying we almost stayed at Sandals, but were looking for something a little more intimate for our honeymoon. I just felt from reading the reviews on here about Sandals that it would feel more like a vacation factory than a honeymoon escape. Cap Maison offers a honeymoon package that made the cost very similar, and the resort blows away anything else on the island, including Jade Mountain. We talked to two of the taxi drivers and they were actually the one's saying some of that. "Why would you want to take a shuttle to the beach at Jade Mountain?", "You're not just staying at the best in St Lucia, it's one of the best in the Caribbean". Their words, not ours.
A ride was there to pick us up at the airport and we enjoyed a scenic ride through St Lucia after our flight. The trip through the island was very scenic and included a road-side stop overlooking a beautiful clifftop cove for a beverage (locally brewed Piton beer). We were greeted at the resort with cool towels upon check-in. We were then escorted to our suite for a tour. We selected the Oceanvilla Suite with jacuzzi and got more than we bargained for. Apparently some of the rooms come with a 3rd floor rooftop terrace and we got the "luck of the draw". It offered a stunning view of the entire resort and caribbean.
The entire staff was friendly and attentive. If we needed it, we got it. The only glitch we had was the wired internet (no wireless) did not work in our room immediately, but was fixed by day 3. We stopped by the front desk to book some fun. We wanted to see the island so planned a day-trip and zipling on two of the days. The day-trip was unbelievable. Andrea signed us up for the "honeymooners special" through treasure tours. I thought it was just a discounted deal or something, but was actually a lot more. We rode a sailboat to the town of Soufriere with about 40 or 50 others. When we got there we were then led to a private van with a personal driver and tour guide for the entire trip. The trip also included a volcanic mud bath in mineral hot springs. It definitely was more intimate.
The food and drinks were extremely well done. Our favorite dinners at the Cliff at the Cap were the Tasters menu, when you got small portions of several menu items with each course. You must try the local drink favorite, rum punch. But beware, they can pack a punch.
As far as the honeymoon package at the resort, it includes some wonderful add-ons. We enjoyed the sunset cruise on their yacht one of the first nights. You get a great look from the water back to the island. This is also where we discovered the rum punch. We didn't realize we got free room-service breakfast, but it is also included (including champagne once). We enjoyed it almost every day on our patio, and the local birds are very interested when you are eating in the morning. The rate is cut 25% for honeymooners. We also got a complimentary dinner and I highly recommend the Rock. It is the same food as the Cliff but you get a private deck overlooking the Caribbean for just the two of you.
Overall this place was one that we will never forget. The service was top-notch. When we wanted to go to dinner at Rodney Bay we just called the front desk and they set everything up (including taxi). Most things are charged to your room making it easier to deal with (including excursions, meals and ride to-from airport).
We felt like VIP's on our entire trip, and we are not VIP's. This was an incredible week that we will remember forever.
Tipping is a tough one in St Lucia. About everywhere we went there is a 10% service charge added. This is a tip shared by all employees of the establishment. By the end I figured leaving 5-10% of bill is good since this puts it in the 15-20% range (with service charge). Bring lots of small bills!!!! They do not have change at most places. Bring a lot of 5's and some 1's. I learned early that taxi's and a lot of bars do not have change, which is tough when you've got 20's and higher. Also it makes it easier to tip for room service. The hotel can change your money to Easter Caribbean (their currency) for you, but all places take US money, they just don't have change all the time.
I will warn you that they say the "rainy season" for St Lucia starts in June or July. But I'm not sure how much rain they average there. I'll also say beware the scammers in town. I was taking a picture of the two of us and someone volunteered to take it. We accepted and he then offered us two small carved pieces of wood. Then he wanted money for the "great picture" he just took. Another guy claimed he worked security at our hotel and hoped we would help make a donation so he could get more cricket balls for his son's game. He did not work security. It was not dangerous at all, but beware.
From our experience, if you have decided on St Lucia but you're not sure which resort, quit thinking about it and just take the best!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cap Maison is a new family owned and managed five star boutique resort. Located above a beautiful secluded sandy cove on the north west coast of St Lucia, Cap Maison offers luxury private villa suites, many with private rooftop pools. Facilities include a waterfront fine dining restaurant, spa, fully equipped fitness centre, walk in wine cellar, beach club with chaise lounge service, free non motorised water sports, a hiking and running club, private 46 foot resort boat, club lounge with (computer access) and concessionary golf. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cap Maison Hotel Cap Estate
- Cap Maison Gros Islet
- Cap Maison Hotel Gros Islet
- Cap Maison St. Lucia/Cap Estate