We stayed at this resort March 29 to April 5, 2009. We were a couple, and went with 2 single friends, who each had their own room. We booked through WestJet Vacations.
The flight to St.Lucia is 5 hours long. This is a long time when you are squeezed against your neighbour. Fortunately, the flight attendants were quick with the drinks.
Our check in at the resort was the fastest I have ever had. We got there at about 2pm, and 2 of the 3 rooms were ready. I had sent an email prior to arrival requesting that the rooms be near each other, and they were. The third room was available by the time we had finished our drink in the lounge. The staff had brought our bags to our rooms. Everything was really quick and efficient.
The staff at the resort were really friendly. We never had a problem with them. I had to call maintenance because my in-room safe wasn't working. They quickly came up and fixed it. On the second day, my friend noticed some bugs in her bed. She called to have the bedding changed, but that did not solve the problem. I understand hot climates have bugs, but she had a small infestation. After some legitimate complaining, she was moved to another (better) room. The problem was solved and we had no further bug issues.
There is no night life at this resort. It seems to be a lot of families and quiet couples. Every one seems to go to bed at about 10pm. Our single friends found this a bit disturbing. The adult lounge is a bit strange, given that it has about 5 beds in it. The disco is a small round room in the lounge. There is no atmosphere.
The bands were OK. It was really nice sitting out on our balcony listening to the saxophone player. Very romantic.
Karaoke was a dud. I felt bad for the guy running the show. No one was there and he had to keep singing song after song. I got up a few times just to give him a break. I am a horrible singer, but no one was around, so it didn't matter.
The carribean night was the best. If you arrived on Saturday and this was your first show, you would have been disappointed the rest of the week. We ended with this show, so we were happy about that.
The beach in the adults' section is good. It is relatively clear and you can walk out for a while. The one in the family section is full of weeds. There is no snorkeling at this resort. Other reviewers indicated that snorkeling was available 5 mintues from the resort. While it is clearer there, there is nothing to see except sand. For the best snorkeling, go to the base of the Pitons. I recommend taking a taxi. The resort has a tour for $60 US per person. We called a taxi (who stayed with us for the duration) at a cost of $120 US for the 4 of us. Much better and cheaper.
We did the island tour. We spent the day travelling the island. Please note that to do this, you should not have a weak stomach. The roads in St-Lucia are windy and hilly. All those twists and turns make everyone get nauseous to some degree.
Overall our stay at Coconut Bay was good. The staff were friendly. It was very quiet and relaxing. We always got chairs down by the ocean, no matter what time we went out. There were always chairs by the pool. The a la cartes were never full and easy to get into on any day.
We had an outside couples massage. Fantastic! I wish I had done this every day.
I tried kite surfing. It didn't work out, because I went on the only non-windy day. It is very windy at this resort, all the time (except the day I wanted to kite surf).
I spent a bit of time in the water park and lazy river, but the kids drove me away. One curiosity that I don't understand is why the swim up bar is not in the adults section. We sit in the pool many days enjoying the drinks with other guests. We were getting rowdy and loud, and there were all these kids around. Not the best environment for them.
I am happy I went to St-Lucia and stayed at this resort, but I would not return. It was good, affordable and a pleasurable, quiet trip.
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- Also Known As:
- Coconut Bay Resort St Lucia
- Coconut St Lucia
- St Lucia Coconut Bay Resort
- Coconut Bay Resort All Inclusive
- Spa Coconut Bay
- Resort Coconut Bay
- Coconut Bay Beach Resort St Lucia
- Coconut Bay Resort Spa St Lucia
- Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa St. Lucia/Vieux Fort