Great atmosphere. Staff very helpful and offered personal service. Food good at restuarants, very nice pool and is close to lovely beach
HL and JL UK
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Great atmosphere. Staff very helpful and offered personal service. Food good at restuarants, very nice pool and is close to lovely beach
HL and JL UK
I have to agree with most of the reviews already posted about Coco Palms. It's a lovely small hotel, with friendly and helpful staff right in the centre of Rodney Bay so all the bars and restaurants are accessible.
It was great after a long flight to have an in-room check-in, something I've not experienced even in some of the fairly swish hotels I've stayed in and the games and coffee laid out for to use when it rained really heavily were just what we needed. The restaurant at the hotel serves consistently good food - we didn't have a bad meal there but we did have some iffy food in some of the other restaurants in Rodney Bay....our meal at the Red Snapper was inedible.
The negatives - well, the building work from the huge new shopping mall was a bit intrusive, but what really got to us was the tip tip tapping from the workmen building the new shower block by the pool (the work went on all week including weekends) and the renovation of the hotel windows overlooking the pool. We know that the rain had prevented work being done but there was no warning on booking that the pool area would be noisy..so a bit disappointing. The sister hotel is also being renovated, so the re-roofing project was also intrusive! The renovations meant that the spa has moved temporarily to a house about 5 minutes drive away, we were given a lift there, but our treatments were in a room that felt like a garage with a TV soap on all the time. However the spa did ask for feedback and we hope that things may have changed.
Through Al's earlier review we found an amazing taxi driver - Andre, Mr Reliable, He responded promptly to my e-mails, picked us up from the airport and we also booked him for a day tour - which was great, he knows his stuff, is a safe driver and his cool box holds all sorts of surprises! Here's his website: http://www.ataxiservicestlucia.com/
St Lucia is lovely, it's safe and easy to get out and about - we were there to relax, but here's some suggestions on things to do:
- Take a day trip with Andre
- Catch the local bus to Castries
- Snorkel off the beach at Pigeon Island
- Visit the marine park at Anse Castanet, there's a hotel on the beach, but we had lunch there and then snorkelled off the beach. The fish were amazing, really clear water and lots to see.
- Friday night jump in Gros Islet was okay, but the night we were there it was a DJ and no live music - but I enjoyed the band at Lime better
- Make the most of Reduit Beach when there are no cruise ships in
- Talk to Ash in the bar at Coco Palm and make the most of happy hour
- Have a veg roti in the Ti Banabe ..the best!
- Have sunday lunch at Spinakers, enjoy the steel band music (well there's one man so not strictly a band but still great)
Overall we had a great time, looked after by lovely people.
Hope you have as good a time as we did if you chose to go.
Returned from St Lucia on 26th November after 10 days’ holiday. We went on a room only basis flying BA and using BA travel to book the hotel. (This worked out cheaper than booking direct with hotel). Flight was on time both ways, although plane was pretty cramped and if flying BA, do use the on-line confirmation system to check-in on line 24 hours before travelling or you will get rotten seats. You have been warned!!
I would like to echo all the good things about the Coco Palm that have already been said. The staff are absolutely the best and the rooms are air-conditioned, spotless and certainly spacious enough.
In order not to repeat all that has been said before, I would prefer to comment on some points that may help new travellers to St Lucia.
Rodney Bay. Without a doubt, the best place to stay on the Island with the best beach and a decent yet small town that make you feel 100% safe. The downside is that Rodney Bay is anything up to 50% more expensive than Castries or other areas. If you have chosen to holiday here, then you have the best spot on St Lucia.
Eating out. If you eat at the Fire House, Buzz, the Big Chef, Ti Bananne or Charterhouse – or indeed any of the more upmarket restaurants - then you will have an excellent meal, but be prepared to pay for it. An American visitor staying at the hotel described prices as slightly higher than Manhattan. An example was a meal for 2 consisting of a main course, a pudding and one drink each cost between $300 - $360 (local currency) including the 10% service charge. At $4 local to £1, that worked out at over £80. However, there are a couple of places that are excellent and cost a fair bit less.
Top choice, Spinnakers at the far end of the beach. Great setting and really nice food.
Also Plantation Brewery/Pub. Down past Red Snapper. Best value for lunches 3-course special for $39.
Chez Claude – just next door to the hotel and great for breakfast.
If you want a really cheap local meal and are happy eating with local workers, then do try the Triangle pub next to Rituals Coffee house. But think Caribbean transport café and you won’t be far wrong!
There is also a Domino Pizza, Subway and KFC if you are down to your last dollars, but shame on you if you go all that distance just to eat UK High Street food!
Trips. The Pirate ship (brig) wasn’t working when we were there, but it looks like a hoot and we would have gone on it otherwise. The full day trip down the west coast on a Catamaran is excellent, made even more so on the return journey by the Captain and crew. If you do nothing else, then go on the rain forest Tranapy trip where you zip-line down 10 zip lines at 50 – 70 feet up in the trees.. Absolutely brilliant.
Again, these trips as not cheap – around $100 US or £70 per person.
Beaches. I have to say that I was disappointed as Reduit beach and, therefore, since it was the best on the island, St Lucia Beaches. They are not long, wide, coconut palm fringed beaches as found in the Dominican Republic, or some other Caribbean islands. At high tides, the sea can come right to the top of the beach leaving shingle, shells and debris on the beach and when the cruise ships come in, the beach is pretty full, being quite narrow, and the loungers are a rip-off. I didn’t see any other really white, sandy beaches on the whole of the coast from Rodney Bay to Soufriere, although Pigeon Island does seem to have a decent beach, but weather prevented me form confirming this.
St Lucians. From Taxi drivers, to bar staff to people you meet in the street, they are genuinely friendly. The beach hustlers apart, you couldn’t wish to meet more courteous people. Example – a car driver stopped after driving slowly through a puddle on the road to check he hadn’t splashed us.
Hope this is of some help.
After a 8 1/2 hour flight and 1 1/2 drive with an eleven month old baby, we were pleasantly surprised on arrival with the quick, efficient and friendly check in at the Cocoa Palm, and were presented with a nice spacious double bedroom which opened out onto the gardens.
Tia Banane could not be faulted, in fact we enjoyed some of our best meals for both lunch and dinner at the hotels restaurant. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, especially as we gave our little son his dinner there every evening and they were always happy to provide the highchair, heat his food up and even prepare baby portions of light meals for him upon request.
We enjoyed various cocktails during the happy hour between 5-6pm and even the local bottled beer "Piton" and Bounty Rum were reasonably priced and extremeley tasty.
Food in general throughout the resort is pretty pricey, so expect to pay somewhere between £40-£60 per couple for a main course and a few beers each evening, although we did discover a local takeaway serving typical caribbean food at the Triangle Pub which we "lunched" at for a few days. Paying approx 12 EC which works out about £4 per tray, with gigantic portions - enough to keep anyone going for the rest of the afternoon. This is where we noticed the locals ate and it was always really busy.
The rest of the restaurants in the resort were good. Spinnakers excellent location - right on the beach and good value for money. The Edge for a special meal was a beautiful setting although a little on the expensive side.
In all, we found the resort friendly, felt safe and as we had our small son with us we spent most of the time at the beach and in the pool and he absolutely loved it.
And finally if you are thinking about going horseback riding, then I would advise you do it early in the morning. I booked this on my own for the first ride of the day and was grouped with just one other couple. You have a mediocre ride down to the beach, but then they take the saddles off and you actually "swim" the horses right out in the bay. An amazing experience and if your not a rider, then they are happy to take it slow for you. On the return ride back to the stables however we passed another group of about thirty people from the Cruisers, which I imagine would not have been quite so fun.
I would certainly recommend Cocoa Palm for families, but would advise not to go during the rainy season as without the beach and the pool there is not an awful lot more to do without travelling outside of the resort.
Our trip to St. Lucia was wonderful, Nov 6-13th 2008 we did do some research before we left so we had our airport transportation arranged prior to landing, which I would highly recommend as there are so many people trying to get you to go with them. We hired Winson's Taxi Service, (email@example.com) so professional, clean airconditioned van. The drive is long and the roads are narrow and steep but through the whole drive different areas were explained to us it was like a tour. We used him there and back to the airport for 75.00 US a trip. (please tip) I know I read that tipping is not essential however they truly deserve it.
We arrived at the CoCo palm very tired, but we were greated with such smiles and kindness and were shown to our room right away. The only thing I did not get which we asked for was a king size bed, oh well we just pushed the two queens together and had a huge bed.
We booked a Catamaran tour this tour is the best for 110.00 US you get to see the most popular attractions on the Island, we booked with Carnival, all this is done at the CoCo Palm and other tours are available, they take care of everything for you and explain everything, no surprises at all.
The food at the restaurant (there is only one) was good, The breakfasts are a great deal. Happy hour was also good, daily from 5-6 and depending who is bartending it could go till 6:30. The bar seats fill up fast so we would get there about 4:45 in our usual seats. Excellent way to meet people and talk and learn more about the island.
We hired a taxi to take us to Castries where the cruise ships come into port, you will pass this on your way from the airport. Again we researched cabs and we highly recommend to use
Andre Joseph, wonderful clean airconditioned car, he was terrific.( firstname.lastname@example.org ) We used him for our daily trips and also to take us to Laurels for dinner. Now Laurels, if you want authentic food you have to get to Laurels for dinner, it is in a neighbourhood 1/2 way between the CoCo Palm and Castries, you will not find it on your own, so make sure to ask someone where it is. She is awesome she does the cooking right there and it is a very small menu but it is all local fresh food and I would go back there in a second. You will not experience anything like that again.
The CoCo Palm is a cute small resort, highly recommend it to anyone who does not want the hustle bustle of a big resort. It is very very clean and the pool is just right. You don't have to rush to get a lounge chair as this resort is 84 rooms and you will always get a spot at the pool. The cleaning staff are very friendly, actually everyone there is. We truly enjoyed this resort, our children are grown up so it was nice that there were very few little ones running around. This resort is not geared for little tykes, not much for them at all except the pool. The beach is a short walk or they have a shuttle, which we never used, way to close for that and the walk was great, you could see all the restaurants and merchants along the way.
The only thing that bugged me was as we walked along the beach being approached all the time to buy this or go on this trip but I guess they need to do that to make a living, harmless but still did not like that someone was always asking for something.
Especially in front of Spinnakers, we could not even sit to have a drink and they were hanging over the railing to get to us. Did not sit there long to bad to because the beach is beautiful. We did go down there evey other day still but just to enjoy the walk.
If you are looking to bring home presents or something from the island you might be disappointed. I tried the whole time I was there to find something anything to bring back to our girls, the only thing I got was 2 Christmas ordaments for our tree.The malls are not what you would expect and the markets well everything is massed produced, so you know it is not made
locally all imported. I guess personal preferance but I did not find anything. Also if you want duty free make sure you take your airline info and passport with you to the duty free shops in Castries as the airport duty free is terrible. There is nothing at the airport so don't expect to get a last minute item there and they only take cash so bring extra.
All in all the Island of St. Lucia is beautiful, the people are amazing and oh so friendly. Treat them with respect always say good morning or afternoon, make sure to tip as they truly need this to live, it is so expensive there that every penny helps. Enjoy your stay.
We stayed at the Coco Palm for 1 week at the end of October 2008. The reviews are pretty accurate. Our ground floor garden room was cool and spacious. Watch out for the mozzies my legs were savaged, and thats with a mosquito plug and spray containing deet! We were on a Virgin holiday on a room only basis. We went on some trips with Virgin which were good, but a bit expensive. While on the subject of expense, eating out is not cheap here unless you want KFC etc. we ate at 3 different restaurants and the bill for 2 adults and a child came to almost £80. The steak at the big chef was the best i have ever had, the thai and chinese were also good. a slight annoyance are the people that want money off you for telling your fortune or whatever, but a firm "no thanx" does the trick. The jump up at Gros Islet is worth a trip to on friday night. if you can find the Tradewinds rum shop (shack) and ask for Joseph, you will be in good hands. The weather was great, some rain but not enough to worry about. i would go back, but probably all inclusive next time due to the restaurant prices. Virgin offer a free trip to Pigeon Island which is very close and a good morning out. Dont attempt to walk up the hill to the fort unless you are reasonably fit.