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“Serene and Beautiful Spot on a Gorgeous Bay”
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Marigot Bay, Castries Quarter, St. Lucia

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Stephanie...
Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Serene and Beautiful Spot on a Gorgeous Bay”
Reviewed January 10, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Ginger Cottage the last week of December 2014 through the new year in 2015. We had a wonderful time and were very comfortable in this lovely little home. George, the caretaker, was extremely helpful and made sure we had everything we needed. Enrica and Lucretia also were great help coordinating our stay. We thought we would spend most of our time relaxing and reading but there was so much to do in Saint Lucia that we found ourselves on the go a lot--but we are pretty active people on vacations in general. We went out on the boat with George a couple of times and he took us to some fantastic snorkeling spots and even caught and cooked up some fish on the beach for us. We rented a car so we could get around the island more easily. We're both Americans who travel abroad frequently and are used to driving a manual transmission on the right-hand side, so the learning curve of driving in Saint Lucia perhaps wasn't as steep for us (a little pun intended). We definitely were happy to have the freedom to get around the island as we pleased and we both felt comfortable driving during the day but were a little more hesitant at night. We left the car in the parking lot across the bay and took a quick ferry ride to access the car each day (we bought a week's ferry pass for a nominal fee). Marigot Bay is lovely and we had coffee and breakfast on the porch each morning and cocktails outside each evening while taking in the gorgeous scenery. We loved Rainforest Cafe but like everything else in Saint Lucia it definitely wasn't cheap. Chateau Mygo was a more reasonable price point. George and our driver recommended we buy our groceries at the big grocery store in Cul de Sac where the prices were much cheaper since the little store across the bay from Ginger Cottage is pricier. We made our breakfast each day and took a picnic lunch with us for our day of snorkeling, kayaking, hiking or exploring. We also stopped at the fish market in Gros Islet to ask if we could buy a fish and came away with a fresh tuna that lasted us a few meals. My husband and I bought some charcoal and he cooked it up on the porch on the simple little grill provided at the cottage. We didn't join any tours and found that with our car we would leave to get to our destinations a bit later than tour groups so would mostly have places to ourselves in the afternoon (i.e. the summit of Gros Piton and the Tet Paul trail). I should state that my husband and I aren't so much into luxury hotels, package tours or concierges--if that is your style this might not be the place for you. But if you are looking for a beautiful, relaxing, quaint homey spot with an unbelievable view and a relaxed charm go ahead and book it before someone else does!

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Laurenand...
Highcliffe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“The BEST place to stay in St Lucia!”
Reviewed March 31, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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We have recently returned from a wonderful two week stay at Ginger Cottage and can genuinely say this is one of the most beautiful self catering holiday lets we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The cottage was spotlessly clean and Enrica's attention to detail in providing everything you could need was outstanding.

The view from the cottage speaks for itself and we spent many an hour just watching the world go by from the two balconies. You can recline at your leisure almost anywhere in the property and see the gorgeous turquoise sea, swaying palm trees, sail boats and luscious flowers - absolute therapy for the soul and perfect for relaxing! Comfy bed, good size bathroom and homely kitchen - what more could you want!

Enrica and Rico and George and Lucretia (sorry about the spelling everyone) and the lady who came to clean the cottage all showed us such warmth, hospitality and kindness that it made our stay perfect and we can not thank or recommend you highly enough. What delightful hosts!

We loved Marigot Bay as a base to explore the island. It is probably a good idea to hire a car to make sure you can get out of the bay and see everything St Lucia has to offer! We didn't book one in advance and maybe should have as the local rental office were all booked out, although this did force us to stay in Marigot and relax for a few more days! It's a hard life!

Reading reviews before we went we were slightly worried about access as there is no road to the cottage. However, the little boat over to the cottage side of the bay is run by some lovely local guys and operates all the time and at all hours so this is no problem whatsoever! There is a bit of a hill up to the cottage which might be a problem for someone with walking difficulties etc

There is also a small, if expensive, shop and some nice gift shops in the Bay; it is a short drive to the bigger supermarket.

In all, we would not hesitate in recommending Ginger Cottage to friends and family.

Keep up the good work.

With lots of love and huge thank yous!!!!

Lauren and Barney x x x x

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Reviewed March 25, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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Aleia13
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ginger Cottage, a hidden gem!”
Reviewed March 20, 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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As soon as we arrived at the airport and were greeting by the lovely driver Lucretia with two fresh Pitons beers (courtesy of Ginger Cottage) we knew it could only get better! Ginger Cottage is a little hidden gem set within the most beautiful spot in the Caribbean! The house carer George waited for us at the little port to take us to paradise.. Ginger Cottage is located on the prettiest side of the Marigot Bay with a beautiful Ocean and priceless sunset view. There is Labas Beach just 2 minutes walk from the cottage which is perfect if fancying a chilled and easy going day, there are few locals on-site which are great fun and very good at maintaining the island’s identity not making it feel too touristy or resort style! George was an absolute star, he was the greatest host ever and with him you will know you are in safe hands. He took us around the island by his little boat, to his village and to some amazing snorkelling experiences but the most memorable moment was surely when he fished fresh seafood for us and cooked on the beach followed by fresh July mango - the best meal on the island! Ginger Cottage is a little piece of paradise, for a couple of days we hardly left it to enjoy the pleasant breeze coming through the open windows with the peaceful sound of waves hitting the rocks just below! Erika, the owner, was amazing throughout the booking process and the duration of the stay, always there to help if needed.. we felt like having a 24/7 concierge service available to us! Needless to say that we will surely be back.. it was a memorable holiday and can’t wait to visit Ginger Cottage again!

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Liked best: the location, the setting of the cottage, the view and the welcoming feel!
Liked least: really nothing
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Edmonton...
Oshawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Wonderful relaxing vacation”
Reviewed March 9, 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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We have just returned from 14 nights at Ginger Cottage. For the most part it exactly as portrayed here. It is across the bay from where the roads are so you must purchase a ticket or pass from Captain Bravo. There is no discount for long stays, but we chose to just get a 2 week pass. There is a fairly steep walk up the path and stairs to get to the cottage, but that is what gives such spectacular views. You enter into the living area, totally screened in, to protect you from insects. There is a dining table, a rocking chair and swing chair to relax and enjoy the views. Then you enter into the bedroom are where there is a comfortable king sized bed. Behind the bedroom up 3 more stairs is the level with the small but functional kitchen and bathroom.
The Caribbean breeze blows gently through the whole cottage. There is no air conditioning, and although it gets very warn during the day, the cottage cools enough at night that we used the coverlet.
You can not drink the tap water so we had to purchase water for drinking and coffee making.
The care taker George is friendly and helpful. The housekeeper Lettice is a gem. She came 3x a week.
There is ample storage for clothing and lots of hangers in the closets.
Outside the cottage are grapefruit, lime, banana and coconut trees. We delighted in watching the humming birds at the many colours of bougainvillea bushes. We spent many hours watching the yachts come and go.
We were to be provided with a cell phone so that we could buy some minutes for our use, but apparently the previous guest had lost it, we finally got a phone after our first week was over.
The listing of amenities included a washer, I assumed there would be a machine I could use, but there was none in the cottage, I was told that the housekeeper could do our laundry, but I was not comfortable with that.
The beach in Marigot Bay is very small, and is not nice smooth sand. There is a small bakery/ snack bar, a grocery store and a bank, along with a couple merchandise shops, to sell clothing and nic nacs. The taxi fare to go anywhere s very expensive so we felt captive in some ways. There is very limited selection in the grocery store.
We met some very nice people, and did some lovely excursions.
If you want to relax and unplug from the busy world, Ginger Cottage is just the right place to do it.

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Liked best: The gentle breeze and the sound of the ocean lulling us to sleep
Liked least: The beach
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Tracey H
London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful cottage, with the the best ocean views”
Reviewed February 19, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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Ginger Cottage is stunning, very private. Expansive views across a tourquoise ocean. Exquisite italian design and attention to detail. Delightful. A short walk to several very good restaurants. George, was a wonderful host, he looked after us, took us fishing and to local beaches. Amazing. Cooked fresh fish on a fire of dried coconuts, sitting on the beach. Ate needle fish, with octopus and fresh yams. Went kayaking many times, exploring small beaches, bays and inland rivers. Loved Marigot Bay, the culture, music and people. Hidden gem of the carribean, lush, tropical paradise. George thank you for making this holiday so special. We will be back...

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Liked best: Views
Liked least: Having to leave
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Jimfromph...
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Ginger was a wonderfull little piece of paradise”
Reviewed February 23, 2012 for a stay in February 2012
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It started out very nicely when we were greeted at the airport by our driver Ernest and driven in his very clean and comfortable car. After 2 stops along the way (approx 1Hr) for a quick beer and some picturesque views we could feel the stress slipping away.This is a very nice touch included with your stay at Ginger, the driver, not the beers. I recommend taking advantage of this added amenity as we did. After a stressful day of flying and airports you don't want to have to drive in St Lucia, with everything that entails,driving can be very stressful here.If you’re renting a car wait and have the car dropped off at the parking lot above the bay’s ferry dock the next day. When you arrive at the dock George is there to ferry you across, the bay and get you all settled in helping with your luggage and any needs you have.

Well we had 10 wonderful days at Ginger Cottage, it was everything we needed. The cottage has exceptional beautiful sunsets every evening, quite, peaceful, very private. We really enjoyed the great views of the entire bay from the wraparound enclosed porch; I brought my binoculars and enjoyed watching the daily sail boat traffic in the mornings. The furnishings are very comfortable, a firm mattress and cool breezes led to some very restful nights, the whole living space is open to the great tropical breezes, there is no ac but we did not have a need for it our entire stay. There are ceiling fans throughout and that helped later in the day when the sun seemed strongest. The kitchen is small but definitely adequate to our needs,cooking breakfast and a few dinners as we did to save on dinning out.The cottage is very well maintained and clean with cleaning service almost daily, nice towels, beach towels, everything very clean and fresh.

We had a great visit but it was made even more special by the warm and generous hospitality of the entire Ginger family. Thanks to our gracious host Erica, Enrica and to George for answering all our crazy questions about his wonderful island. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and for Lisa and myself a highlight of our visit was the time we spent talking together.

I do not have anything negative to say, but you should be aware that there is an inclining tiled path leading up to the cottage and a set of approx 8 steps to the front door.This was not a problem for us and George is there to help if needed especially upon arrival and departure with your bags. Overall this was one of our most relaxing vacation accommodations.Give this special little cottage a try,you will not be disappointed.

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