My wife and I traveled to St. Lucia and Calabash Cove for our honeymoon during November '09. I'm must start by saying that we are anti-Sandals/Large Busy Resort and Calabash Cove was the perfect fit for us. If you are looking for the ultimate romantic and relaxing stay in paradise, the Calabash Cove is the right choice. And by the way, I was worried myself before arriving about the actual resort looking anything like the views and colors in the website photos, but BELIEVE WHAT YOU SEE!!! I was blown away by the views and vibrant colors the moment we walked through the main lobby.
The staff at Calabash Cove helped us set up everything from our pre-arrival plans to excursions throughout our week. If you are flying into the Hewanorra Airport (located on the south of island and main airport) I highly recommend the helicopter transfer to George FL Charles Airport (located in the capital of Castries on the north side), as you see incredible views of the island, the jungle, pitons, Castries, and even Calabash Cove from the air. Also, it saves you about an hour car ride through the mountains. Calabash Cove will arrange transfer from George Airport to the resort in a nice air conditioned car, unlike others who had a shuttle bus waiting for them. If you want to explore Castries or Rodney Bay, be sure to ask for Sadiq. He picks you up in a comfortable SUV and gives you a cell phone to use when you are ready for him to pick you up. Extremely friendly, very professional and a pleasure talking too. Even took us to a local Sam's Club style store to buy some supplies.
Highly recommend the all inclusive package and staying in Watersedge Cottage #3. The views from the deck, outdoor shower, and private pool were amazing featuring perfect views of the Choc Bay, sail boats, Cruise ships and the lights of Castries at night. Vegetation around cottage made us feel completely alone at the resort. We higly recommend #3 and will be sure to book again. Lots of stairs to get up and down from main lobby and restaurant, as the resort is on a cliff. Not an issue as it helped burn off the calories from too many delicious rum punches, but just want everyone to know. Incredible views from everywhere at the resort, especially at the restaurant. Infinity edge pool is a sight to see. Never crowded and poolside bar is open when people are at the pool. So if you go to the pool, just hang out and a bartender will come down to begin serving.
Barbara the room attendant was amazing. She picked fresh flowers daily and even left nice notes wishing us a wonderful day. One negative, be sure to ask for extra shampoo and body wash as the bottles are small. Also, if you want conditioner, be sure to bring your own as the resort doesn't have any. Room service was amazing; we ordered drinks and food daily from our deck. I felt bad for all the steps they walked back and forth to our cottage. Restaurant staff was spotty at times, but overall good service. Ask Mama Piton, at the restaurant bar, to whip you up some special drinks.
Although there is only one restaurant, my wife and I ate at the resort for almost every meal. The menu changes every few days and besides breakfast we enjoyed something new for dinner every night. Lobster is included with the All Inclusive when on the menu. Scallops, Samurai Shrimp, and Calamari where favorites and ordered often during the day for snacks poolside or on our deck. Overall, the food was incredible and once the service picks up, this place will achieve its 5 Star Michelin rating.
We mainly drank rum punch, piton beer, or wine. Room service would bring us about 8 pitons and 6 rum punches each time they brought food. We would just keep restocking the fridge. One of the staff members even gave us a bottle of local Rum Punch as a parting gift b/c he said we really seemed to enjoy it a lot ;)
Incredible messages, but don't get inside the Spa Area, as it isn't much to look at. Have your message at the gazebo located between Cottage #2 and #3, right on the edge of the cliff where the waves crashing in can be heard.
- Beware of Piton Trek as it was much more demanding than we originally thought, but well worth the experience, stories, and views.
- Golf at the Country Club: Course not as manicured as expected for a Nicklaus designed course, but fun and challenging to play. Lots of elevation and wind to judge. Could see the Pacific Ocean while on the front nine and the Caribbean while playing the back nine. A little pricey.
- Sailing: Highly recommend the half day sail with Maurice. If you hate the crowded, lets get all the tourist we can onto one boat trips, then this is your dream. The 37' sail boat consisted of Maurice, his right hand man, my wife and I. Don't judge the boat on sight, as it is an experience but wonderful boat. I really wanted to be hands on and learn sailing during the trip. Maurice basically turned the wheel over to me the entire sail and we went over the basics of sailing. Maurice brought drinks (homemade rum punch, pitons, and mimosas) along with snacks to enjoy. He is from the island and a well educated man. Knows many stories and every home/resort along the island. We are even planning to have dinner with Maurice and his wife the next time we visit Calabash Cove.
Wonderful honeymoon, incredible resort, extremely relaxing and private, and breath taking views. Highly recommend Calabash Cove and my wife and I are already planning our return trip.
Things to bring:
-Bug Spray (not as big a problem as some have mentioned)
- If you can, bring Citronella candles...helps with bugs, but also great atmosphere at night around deck and plunge pool
- iPod w/ docking station and small speakers (if you don't have docking station w/ speakers, easy to find for under $30. Trust me, music while lounging on the deck and in the pool was perfect.
- Inflatable tubes or chairs for plunge pool. We bought some in Castries, but bring your own if possible. Very relaxing to float in your pool and look out at the bay.
- Small backpack to take on excursions.
- 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