Unfortunately for us Natures Paradise was not quite right.
Understandably we came just after a hurricane, but were prepared for that, living in the Caribbean ourselves we are prepared for most things and wanted to show our support.
Sadly, though we felt that Natures Paradise was not ready for us.
When we arrived and were shown to our cottage we thought wow! Fantastic views, nice size balcony. Then we stepped into the cottage and we felt very differently, the place looked worn!
Curtains were faded, old bed linen was supplied and although they had stocked some requested items in the fridge, for a couple arriving on their honeymoon, some effort with some flowers maybe would have been nice or even clean cottage would have helped.
We have both worked in the hotel industry ourselves (husband owns cottage rentals) so we know standards, from 2 star to 5 star so, when you find encrusted screens that have not been cleaned since installation, filthy hampers to place your towels in the bathroom and generally your area lacking that sparkle, you think to yourself “oh what have I done”
Even the basic chore of unpacking was bad, limited hangers (5 old ropey wire hangers) and a wardrobe that smelt like their cat had left a message, is not helping a bad situation get any better.
We arranged for our car hire the day after arriving and we both wished to have had it there upon arrival instead.
Our first night we made do with sitting on the balcony and discussing our next move. This experience lasted all of 10 mins the mosquitoes were out in a frenzy, and it was not until we inspected the gardens the following morning that we found the reason, a barrel had been left directly under our balcony filled with water breeding the buggers.
The gardens at natures paradise are lovely and well looked after, but generally the location is tired looking, even the swimming pool area, is truly worn out, and requires a facelift.
The following morning over breakfast we relayed to David that we would not be staying for the rest of the holiday (we were booked for a further 6 days) he was very polite, but informed us that we would not be getting back our 50% deposit. At this point we did not wish to argue the point and wanted so much to leave we cut our losses, jumped in our hire car and went looking for a hotel. For me sleeping in my vehicle would have been better.
Maybe our standards are too high since we live and work in the Caribbean but even for basic accommodation you expect somewhere to be clean and free from breeding Mosies!
Needless to say Bay Gardens in Rodney Bay was less money and far, far cleaner!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NATURE'S PARADISE at Marigot Bay A St. Lucia Eco-Lux vacation with a breathtaking Caribbean Sea view. Avocado Cottage and Banana Cottage are located on a quiet ridge high above the sea at Marigot Bay. The spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea creates the mood. Marigot Bay is what you have in mind when you think "Tropical Paradise". Our lush Tropical Gardens surround your private one-bedroom Cottage. Palms and Bougainvillea offer shade and color. You awake in the morning stunned by the breathtaking brilliance of the Caribbean - a turquoise like you have never imagined. PARADISE on a BUDGET Your Cottage is designed with romance and privacy as the keys to a great vacation. The French Provincial Four-Poster Queen-Size bed is draped with netting from Thailand. Constant trade winds make air conditioning unnecessary. Our large ceiling fans guarantee your comfort. The roofing is high and angled to allow plenty of light and airflow. The bathroom features a glass block shower and a built-in hairdryer. The sliding glass door opens onto a large balcony with those fabulous ocean views. Our Tropical Breakfast (Mon - Fri) begins at eight and lasts until you have finished dining on our fresh breads & muffins. Fresh fruit is always available. The seasons dictate which fruits are on the table. Dining is in the Villa. NATURE'S PARADISE Eco-Lux, Adventure, Relaxation, Romance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nature`s Paradise Hotel Marigot Bay