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The Inn On The Bay
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Marigot Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cannock, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Perfect holiday with perfect hosts.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

Having read all the previous reports before booking our stay / arriving at the Inn on the Bay it was hard to see how it could live up to expectations - but wow it did..!! - from the first moment you meet Normand & Louise it's like holidaying with your favourite family members who live in the most beautiful spot possible. We spent the first week in Sandals Grande - like chalk & cheese but we would choose the Inn on the Bay everytime. Everything has already been wrote by previous guests from Normands taxi service up/down the hill to great restaurants combined with his continual jokes which keep you smiling at all times of the day -Louise and her perfect healthy breakfasts - muffins freshly baked each morning - to the most perfect view over the bay - I think my best moment was waking around 6am to feel the cool air blowing through the room - the birds already singing - the blue sky against the green of the trees - just to lie there for the next hour contemplating the day ahead within the tranquility of the surroundings...just perfect.
We will defiantly return ASAP - the beauty of the area convinced us to sponsor a local families children with our support towards their education as spending time in such a perfect location with perfect hosts convinced us we wanted to give something back to this special community.
Thanks Normand & Louise - we will see you again soon as you are both now friends not just hosts. Gary & Heidi.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

There is a reason why they are number one on the island. They provide a kind of personalised and friendly service you can not find anywhere else... And they do it in such a sincere and open way that gives you the feel of long-standing friends.

I really loved the place. Will not repeat everything which others said. Though I must mention lovely breakfast with lots of fruits which was a real joy for me (and brushed nickel bathroom fittings which are so rare and very stylish). But it is true that this place is not for everyone. Read those negative reviews and very accurate Normand's responses to them to know what you should expect. And you will no be disappointed.

Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Upper floor room has a high ceiling which is always nice.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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 of 5 bubbles
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

We had been sailing around the Caribbean for two weeks. Sleeping on board had been minimal, and, it was with great delight that the Skipper gave us the freedom to spend our last night in a hotel. I found the Inn on the Bay in the Rough Guide and managed to get a room.

The location is breath taking, with views over Marigot bay to die for. The rooms over look the bay and pool and the hosts, Normand and Louise ensure that tranquility is a top priority. The welcome we received could not have been more friendly and welcoming and the little, but very significant, extra detail of being collected from the bay meant that we could relax totally from the start.

It felt as if every little detail had been considered from the free use of snorkeling equipment, to booking restaurants and taxi service to the wonderfully refreshing breakfast and access to tea and coffee at any time.

I can't recommend this place enough if you just want to get away and unwind. There is not one thing that detracts from this little piece of paradise.

Room Tip: There is no need, all rooms have a fantastic aspect
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

The Inn on the Bay is located in a stunning location which completely exceeded our expectations. My husband and I spent three days/ two nights at this location and wished we had more time to spend there. Normand and Louise are gracious hosts. They provided much information about the area and were more than willing to accomodate any request to make our stay more pleasant. Normand has a great sense of humour and was quite entertaining as he provided transportation to and from the bay! We had a main floor room that looked out upon Marigot Bay. There was great air circulation and yet we had a quiet, restful sleep. The room was spacious, very clean, tastfully decorated and had a modern bathroom. Breakfast was wonderful with a wide variety of fresh fruit and freshly baked goodies as well as an assortment of cereals if that is your preference. This is a beautifully romantic location but it is easy to spend time with other guests, also. We are grateful to have stumbled upon this gem of a place in St Lucia; we are grateful to have met Normand and Louise. If you are looking for an awesome vacation in a beautiful location with an added personal touch of care this is the place for you!!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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 of 5 bubbles
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Thank peakenergy99
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Mount Airy, Maryland
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

As soon as we arrived, we were made to feel at home. Normand and Louise are such great hosts and instantly made us feel welcomed at the inn. The inn is beautiful with the absolute best view of Marigot Bay and a breathtaking view of the setting sun. We rented two rooms (my wife and I were traveling with her mother) - both were large, airy, and clean. Breakfasts are included with the rooms and we filled ourselves with fresh fruit, and Louise's homemade bread and muffins each morning. Everything at the inn was excellent!

However, it was Normand and Louise that really made the experience exceptional. I don't think we have ever had so much fun talking with inn owners. We found ourselves laughing, even after leaving the inn for our daily excursions. In addition to being truly funny, Normand is a great resource to learn about Marigot Bay and the rest of the island. All his suggestions were great and he made travel around the island easy (either by arranging taxis or shuttling us to Marigot Bay). Louise and Normand are very kind and accommodating, we spent several mornings eating breakfast in their dining room, as it was raining outside at the time.

Without a doubt, if we ever return to St. Lucia, we know where we will be staying! Thanks again Normand and Louise.

Room Tip: All rooms are great. Room 4 (upstairs) is a bit larger than the downstairs rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Les K
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53 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Normand and Louise provided an exquisite place to stay at a wholly reasonable price. We were there right before Christmas for nine days. Not only did they provide a wonderful breakfast each morning, with home baked goodies, but helped us orient ourselves and book daytrips and excursions for us. The drivers they work with are careful and treated us very well. We met so many people staying at hotels who felt they were being ripped off by their hotels, which overshadowed their holiday. Returning at night, usually with Norman buzzing down the hill to pick us up, was almost like returning home. We had lots of privacy, but yet they were there if we needed help or just wanted to socialize a bit. No pressure. There was enough to see and some good food to eat. What a marvelous way to see this beautiful tropical island and unwind. I simply can't be more positive about the experience. A superb vacation!

Room Tip: If you get lucky, the room on the top floor is VERY LARGE and has a lovely bathroom....a true master...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cornhuski
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Barcelona, Spain
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile


One of the most joyful and pleasant stays we have had. Normand and Louise (the owners) have such an amazing place with just five rooms, swimmingpool, large sundeck and sunbeds and the most breathtaking view of the bay. See uploaded photos. This is the place to stay if you want a romantic or relaxing stay away from the hustle from the large resorts. Since the hotel just have five rooms you actually get to know the other guests as well (if you want to) and feel at home from the very start. This hotel has the best views for watching the sunset as the hotel is located T the very top of the bay.
Rooms: Our room was immucalute, recently undergone a big refurbishment with new bathroom, floors, furniture, the lot. Our room was on the first floor and very spacious. The other rooms are located on the ground floor by the pool.
Breakfast: Louise makes a nice breakfast everything morning with various fresh fruit, breads, cakes, muffins, coffee, tea, cheese etc. The last night Louise asked if we would like anything in particular the next morning. myy answer was the delicious blueberry muffins. a nice detail from the owners.
Tours: Normand is very helpful in organizing tours, recommending sights and restaurants. Can recommend sunset cruise on a small sail bot for just six passengers for usd50 pp. do explore the North West part of the Island when you stay in Marigot Bay.
Normand and Louise do everything they can to make you feel welcome. They even helped me with some car rental concerns I had prior to arrival.
We would recommend renting a car, jeep or 4W a must, in Saint Lucia. Firstly because of the road conditions and secondly due to the extra experiences you get. Norman does however drive all his guests down to Marigot Bay and back again for dinner, a super service.
Thank you to Normand and Louise for giving us the best possible start on our two week stay in Saint Lucia.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank MichBarcelona
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Property: The Inn On The Bay
Address: Seaview Avenue, Marigot Bay SLU, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Marigot Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Marigot Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in paradise between beautiful Marigot Bay and the deep blue Caribbean Sea, The Inn On The Bay will sweep you away with its breathtaking view from Sunrise to Sunset. With only five comfortable guest rooms in all, The Inn On The Bay is about as far away from conventional, all inclusive and tourist resorts as you can get... and our special guests wouldn’t have it any other way! ... more   less 
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