My husband and I were here for a week in September 2012 for our honeymoon. We could not have asked for a better experience. I'll start at the beginning:
--We took (and I would recommend taking) the helicopter (I think it was around $300--you can book through Calabash) from the airport to the resort. Cab or private car rides are long and bumpy. The helicopter was a bit shady looking, but it was fun with great views and a nice/informative pilot. You ride in a tight space with 6 people total. On the way back, we took a cab, which actually turned out to be a positive, as our flight was delayed. Our cab driver took us to a local BBQ shack by the road to kill time, and it was amazing.
--The resort is small. It is secluded without much going on. Which was fabulous for our taste. This is definitely for people that want to have a very isolated, lots-of-alone-time, relaxing vacation with good food and fabulous pools. The Wind Jammer and Sandals are on either side (I think) and those are moreso for families/kids. We stopped at each during cab rides to pick up others for excursions and each time I was so happy I was at Calabash instead.
--We stayed in a private cabin. It was cabin #2 and I'm told it is one of the best. It's on the far side without others near it, and no one was in cabin #1, so we had the entire area to ourselves. Very secluded and fabulous with great views.
--Note: It's not kid-friendly or activity heavy. You can book activities or excursions through the resort, but it is not actually onsite. A cab or van will come to get you for the activity/excursion. This place is for seclusion and relaxation. No pools/toys/or special kid items (thank goodness). would not recommend bringing kids or large groups. Note: you do not need to book activities, meals, or excursions in advance. You can book them with the concierge onsite.
--The staff was wonderful. We often sat alone in the open-air bar upstairs in the main dining area with Lily, the bartender, joking and laughing. Lance at the pool bar is sort of a wild card (not always at the bar when you need him), but friendly and funny. The woman manager (forgot her name) was friendly and checked in on us when she saw us. All staff members made an attempt to remember names and information about the guests.
--The food was wonderful. We did the all-inclusive, and it's worth it. Breakfast delivered to our patio (you can also eat breaky at the restaurant), lunch on our patio or at the restaurant, and same with dinner. Note that the room service menu is not the full menu, and is sometimes slow. If you want the best food, make the trek up to the restaurant, which is large and open-air. The prime minister of St. Lucia was randomly there one night as well. Great fish, great dessert, overall amazing.
--We felt the all-inclusive was DEFINITELY worth it. But we're big drinkers/eaters :)
--Our excursions were neat. We did snuba (it was mediocre), but the rain forest zip lining with the amazing Peterson (guide) was the best. Peterson was friendly, knowledgeable, and really informative. We also kayaked with Calabash's two-seater kayaks.
--Beach is small and water is a "meh" color. Most guests stayed at the pool area instead. Not the island to visit if you're looking for vast, white-sand beaches and crystal blue water.
--The cabins each have a plunge pool and outdoor shower (our favorite!) Maid staff is great. The full bar for the all-inclusive is great. We were barely able to make a dent. My husband enjoyed the Piton local beer.
--Temporary negative: On day 3 or 4, construction on the lot next to Calabash began. It was loud and an eyesore. Unfortunately, the Calabash can do NOTHING about it, which is very sad, because the managers weren't happy either, and were apologetic. I would call to check on the construction before booking.
Overall, we LOVED it. The ONLY (permanent) drawback was the mosquitoes! But totally worth the million bites we got. We want to go back here for our 5th anniversary. Can't wait!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Calabash Cove Hotel Gros Islet
- Calabash Cove Resort And Spa St. Lucia/Gros Islet