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Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

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Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

We are planning a 10th anniversary trip to St. Lucia next spring (2012). My husband is set in stone on going to Ladera, so we will be staying there for probably 3 or 4 days. After that we would like to go somewhere more directly on the beach. Right now we are eyeing either Jalousie or Calabash Cove.

I realize we'll have access to the Jalousie beach while staying at Ladera, but I am also enamored by the spa, pool, and villas. Looks fantastic but would we be better off seeing another side of the island? On the other hand, I love the look of the beach cottages at Calabash being right on the beach. But is it a mistake to sacrifice the beauty of the Pitons to spend half our trip there? The Calabash beach cottages have a 5 night minimum or else I might try to squeeze in all 3!

We are primarily looking for romance, privacy, and relaxation. Thanks for any insight you can give!

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1. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

personally, I would start at Calabash cove and end at Ladera. That way, you get the best of both world - the newness and beachfront location of Calabash with close proximity to Rodney Bay for nightlife, dining and casino followed by pure bliss and stunning scenery at Ladera with proximity to snorkeling, hiking, mud baths, etc. That's the way I would go. Others may go a different route, but this way, to me, you would see the best of both sides of the island. Either way, you won't go wrong - they are all stunning resorts!

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2. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

I would stay at Ladera and then the JP - I'm sure Calabash Cove is lovely but I've read that there is only aircon in the bedroom which means that the rest of the cottage is not so comfortable to use. Not much can beat the location of the JP right between the Pitons, the villas and sugarmill rooms are beautifully kitted out and it will give a completely different experience to Ladera with it's open wall and more rustic feel.

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3. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

Thanks for the quick responses!

reedprincess-I will consider that as far as switching the order. Good to know.

mw104-Thanks that is something else to consider. We may be tired of no AC with 2 such resorts....

OK, so its a 1-1 tie, :-) Interested in more input and opinions. Thank you!

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4. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

I agree that, if you're going to do so, staying in the north for the first few days would be better, otherwise it will seem anti-climatic.

Sandals Halcyon is on a beautiful beach near Castries - they even have beachside butler cottages. And in St Lucia you stay at one and get to play at three. www.sandals.com/main/halcyon/ha-home.cfm

And on the same beach is Rendezvous - a romantic boutique resort

Edited: 26 July 2011, 12:50
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5. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

Thanks, I am checking out Rendezvous right now and it looks amazing as well!

Edited: 26 July 2011, 14:43
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6. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

I took a day trp to the north while staying at Ladera and it only reaffirmed we made the right chocie by staying in the south. I met another couple who did Sandals first and then Ladera and they were happy they did it in that order. Her words were "if we did it the other way around I would have been disappointed in Sandals". So, if you decide to stay up north, Id do north first and then Ladera.

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7. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

ps: Sandals Halcyon and Rendezvous are on 2 different beaches - not the same on as stated by gdbear65 above. Both are nice long stretches of beaches, for me, if the chooice was between those 2 resorts - Rendezvous would win hands down!

I would definitely re-iterate the start in the north, end in the south order - if you are going to split your stay.

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8. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

whoops - forgot that Halcyon is on Choc Bay / Beach - but as reedprincess wrote both beaches are great

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9. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

Definitely North first and South second. Rendevous would be a good choice but check out East Winds too as access to the beach is easy and the resort is very carribean. The food there is very good for an AI too and, for a honeymoon, very relaxing after the wedding! The beach at East Winds is very small but picturesque and you are not far from Castries for shopping and Pigeon Island for relaxation and historical interest. East Winds packs wonderful picnics too!

Edited: 26 July 2011, 19:11
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10. Re: Jalousie or Calabash Cove after Ladera?

For our anniversary vacation in St.Lucia... priorities were romance, privacy, relaxation, snorkeling, scuba diving, warm water mineral baths, so for us staying between the Pitons at Ladera and Jalousie Plantation happened to become an... excellent split resort choice for us.

It's certainly nice to see/visit the North side of the Island, yet seeing was plenty enough for our first trip to St.Lucia, for us the trade off in locations was to great...for a short trip (7/8 nights).... not to spend the majority our time in and around the incredibly lush Piton area...