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“Epitome of Relaxation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Calabash Cove Resort and Spa

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Calabash Cove Resort and Spa
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Arizona
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“Epitome of Relaxation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2009

We just got back from a one week honeymoon package at Calabash Cove, although this was our second honeymoon.

Our flight got in late (after 10) but the staff was up and greeted us. We were taken to our room, one of the private plunge pool cabins and were presented with a bottle of champagne and fresh fruit plate. The staff take care of every detail and completely spoil you. They went out and bought us games when we asked for a deck of cards. Barbara decorated our room every day with different tropical flowers. Justin, brought us bags of fresh mangos, and green coconuts to drink. We left on an early morning flight out, and the chef packed us a breakfast. Never in my life have I stayed at a resort that was that welcoming and personal. You truly got to relax, because everything was planed, thought out and handled for you. Even Sadiq the car service the hotel uses, would lend you a cell phone so you could call him when you wanted to go somewhere.

We opted not to go all-inclusive because in our experience we never eat the amount of food and drinks to make up for the cost. Plus we are less likely to over-indulge. We also liked the idea that we could explore other restaurants on the island. Although I have to admit we never did. The food at the Calabash was unreal. I consider myself a bit of a food snob, who easily gets bored with cuisines and food. But the Calabash menu is wonderfully eclectic. Including: chicken roti, tilapia sashimi, wasabi creame homemade salmon ravioli, Creole stew, shrimp in a coconut sauce, roasted chicken, steak, and the world's most amazing cheeseburger. The staff were great at climbing up and down those stairs and pretty much brining food and drinks to wherever you wanted to eat them. Skittles was great, he brought us beers on ice directly to our plunge pool. You just can't beat that. The dinner for two as part of the honeymoon package on the pier at sunset was one of the most surreal and romantic evenings of my life. The food was great. The service was attentive but discreet, and you can't beat the location.

The beach is very private. The water clear and beautiful turquoise, with very small waves. The resort has snorkeling equipment and there is rather amazing fish to see right there.

The cabin was large, very ample with a jacuzzi for 2, and an amazing outdoor shower. The bed was incredibly comfortable, we slept forever. The outdoor bed on the front porch and the hammock were also great napping places. What was most incredible was how quiet and soothing this resort is. It really gave us a chance to relax and regroup. We stayed at a large resort in Puerto Rico as part of this trip, and it seemed manic after being at Calabash Cove. As we went by on a boat, I could see the Sandals resort we were considering staying at also seemed rather manic and crazy, and less secluded and relaxing.

There were several other couples there at the same time, who were all very friendly, but everyone gave each other a lot of space. It was the perfect place for a second honeymoon, to regroup, reconnect and relax. Every single one of our needs was met.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank ibpaloma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2009

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Calabash Cove in June 2009.
We stayed in a “swim up” junior suite and as the hotel was so new, we were the first to occupy the suite. There were a few initial minor glitches as one would expect, but our lovely room attendant Barbara got these sorted out very quickly. The suite had elegant modern decor of polished wood, pale tile and voile with a comfy four-poster bed and flat screen cable TV. The bathroom had a square Jacuzzi with a view and a roomy shower. We were not disturbed by any sounds from the restaurant or bar two floors above.
The suite had a sunny terrace directly onto the great infinity pool with its spacious decking, comfy sun beds, stunning views and pool bar. The pool bar, also “swim-up,” became quite a social hub for those of us who liked to cool off in the pool after a morning on the beach or touring the island.
There had been little marketing of the hotel at the time, so we were the only British guests staying there, but we found the other guests, mostly US honeymooners, to be really sociable and charming.
The staff were all well trained and enthusiastic. Everyone conveyed a genuine warmth and friendliness and seemed to be like one big happy family.
The restaurant was airy and elegant, again with stunning views over the bay. The cooking was Caribbean bistro-style, but with American sized portions that we found so generous that we never actually made it through three courses. It was not really close to what we would call Michelin Star refinement, but it’s only early days. The same menu was offered for both lunch and dinner, with a room service menu that was similar. Although a menu “special” item was offered some evenings, we would have liked a few more menu changes. The breakfast menu was a little confusing as some items were never available.
Overall, a great place to stay with a pretty beach, great pool, beautiful views and happy staff. And yes, we’ll be back!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ValShoesmith
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2009

My husband and I traveled to Calabash in St. Lucia for our honeymoon and stayed a week. Overall, our stay was quite enjoyable thanks to the accommodations, food, and staff. We would recommend flying into Castries as Vieux Fort is about 1.5 hours away.

Accommodations:
We stayed in cottage #5 - believe the photos you see because they are true to style and form. They had both European and US outlets for your electronics. The plunge pool and view were superb - don't forget the glorious and private outdoor shower! This cottage has the most foliage but all were very private. I also toured the swim up suite and we will stay there next time due to it's modern feel, all white interior and four post bed - it's also less stairs to climb to the restaurant.

Food and Drink:
We were worried about the all inclusive because we wanted to try some local fair on the island. Not to worry! Chef created wonderful local dishes and some daily lunch and dinner specials to anyone's liking. Fresh juice and croissants in the am with salt fish for lunch and prime rib for dinner. The calamari was the best I ever had. Thomason and Lily created quite the concoctions. Chris handled anything and everything we needed and when we asked for our 5th bottle of champagne the reply was simply...no problem.

Service:
The resort staff was friendly and very accommodating. We felt as though we were staying at someone's home they were so kind and made sure we had everything we needed. We received an hour long massage outside in the morning under the gazebo - would definitely recommend. This resort will help you book any excursion and they only deal with reputable and honest vendors. Sadiq is best for a taxi ride anywhere and he even accompanied us to Friday Night Jump Up (Rodney Bay). Snorkeling with Irvin and his son was quite enjoyable because he picked us up at the resort beach, provided a mini island tour, stopped at Marigot Bay (for more cocktails of course) and we snorkeled in what seemed liked a private reef. It was only us and we were sure to wave to the giant tours that sailed by. Irvin is also a dive master and well trained in the reefs and inhabitants.

Overall our stay could not have been more pleasant and private. We met other guests who were quite pleased with the resort and we all managed to have quite the afternoon pool parties. This resort is well worth the price. You will be able to meet others or stay completely tucked away in private.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lyn01Columbus_Ohio
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Arlington, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2009

Trip advisor did not steer us wrong on this one. We picked the absolute best resort and location in choosing Calabash Cove Resort & Spa and St. Lucia!

As other reviewers have stated, the accomodations were phenomenal and the staff was sincerely friendly and helpful. We were on a first name basis with most of the staff. They went above and beyond normal expectations: Justin in groundskeeping brought us fresh mangos from his back yard and created engraved Calabash bowls for us; Thomason the bartender know how to make customized drinks and created my own drink called Pineapple Kwest (ask for it!); Barbara and Kim tidied up our cottage on a daily basis and even put together a special honeymoon arrangement in our bedroom; The food was above average and there were many options. The chef will even customize a meal to your liking. Chris, the restaurant manager, takes pride in customer service. What can I say, we did not want to leave!

This resort is beautiful and in a prime location to get to many of the more popular towns and cities. You will need to grab a taxi. Ask for Sadiq..the nicest taxi driver I have ever met. Every room has a view, but we stayed close to the beach in one of the waters edge cottages. Breathtaking and very relaxing. Calabash is FAR from Sandals. You stay here to relax and unwind.

We can't wait to go back and highly recommend Calabash Cove. Thanks Conrad and the Calabash staff for making our Honeymoon unforgettable!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank KWesT73
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Property: Calabash Cove Resort and Spa
Address: | Bonaire Estate, Marisule, 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 16 Specialty Lodging in Gros Islet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Calabash Cove Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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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