We recently stayed at Calabash Cove for the beginning portion of our honeymoon. From there we were moving on to Sandals, but we really wanted to have a few days to relax first in a nice, quiet resort.
Via our travel agent, the hotel facilitated transportation for us from the airport to the resort. It IS a long ride – and quite windy and high – but you get to see the island and the scenery is beautiful! The driver stopped at a scenic location mid-way to allow us to get out, get some air, and take some pictures. I can certainly understand why some people may mind this car ride, but it didn’t bother us at all.
The resort is built in a hill, so this means you have to take stairs to get from one location to the next. It felt good to have an excuse to have to get a little exercise walking the stairs, since other than that all we were doing is lying around, eating, and drinking! But be careful when they are wet! The flowers, trees, and overall foliage is so well done and beautiful. We saw lots of hummingbirds enjoying the flowers, and lots of little lizards!
We stayed in an oceanview suite and the view was spectacular…can’t be beat. There’s a nice balcony with furniture so you can sit out and take it all in. The room itself is very spacious, nice and was kept cool. It was very quiet and we couldn't hear anyone in other rooms. There was no clock, so bring a little one or a watch if you think you'll need it.
We chose to do the all inclusive plan and it was well worth it. It’s so nice not having to worry about prices or how much you are spending, since it’s already been paid for. The menu’s all have prices on them but with the all inclusive you don’t have to feel guilty once you see how much you are spending! The main restaurant is very good. It is open air and you can sit right next to the railing and look out onto the island. There are mosquitoes – no more than what we’re use to here in the northeast – but they are pesky so you might want to bring along some bug spray. The breakfast menu is not large, but there should be something for everyone. Portions are large. Lunch we ate every day at the pool bar. They have burgers, sandwiches, nachos, etc. For dinner, there is a standard menu, as well as a specials page each night. They have some unique dishes and appetizers that were fun to try. The service is slow, but this is not a bad thing! You have nowhere to be, so just enjoy the time with the person you are with! The drinks are also delicious, they have a drink menu that you can get ideas from or they’ll make you whatever you like!
The pool is refreshing and we loved the infinity edge. There were plenty of lounge chairs, and since the resort itself is not large, the pool never felt crowded. The beach is small and they have lounge chairs down there, some in the sun and a few in the shade. A waiter came down several times to take drink orders. When you’re being lazy and don’t feel like walking up to the bar to get a drink, this is much appreciated :) You don’t have to tip, especially on the all inclusive plan, but a couple bucks here and there can’t hurt. On the first day that we went down to the beach, the ocean had a lot of debris in it – it seems like the palm trees, and other trees, ‘shed’, and this gets into the water since the beach is lined with trees. It feels very much like seaweed and is not pleasant. However, the next day it seemed to have cleared out. So if you go in the first day and it’s not clean, don’t write it off, give it another shot.
We traveled first into Miami, and then from there to St. Lucia. Our luggage did not make it to St. Lucia with us and was delayed in Miami. We were told it would arrive the following evening. From what I can tell, this is pretty common. When we arrived to the resort (sans luggage) and we asked the front desk if they had any basic toiletries to get us through the night (toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.), they said no – but they could call us a cab to bring us into town. Well let me tell you, when you’ve been traveling for an entire day, the last thing you want to do is take a taxi into town to go shopping. But we had no choice, so we spent $40 for a cab ride in addition to the basic necessities we had to purchase. Although there is a little shop at the resort, they do not have these items. I would recommend to management that they have small, basic items available to guests who need them, as many hotels do, or if not that, at least have them in the gift shop. If your luggage is delayed it is an annoying situation in the first place to not have any of your stuff, and providing basic items would make the situation a little bit better for the guest. We did have our bathing suits with us in our carry-ons, thankfully and we could enjoy the beach on our first day, so make sure to take those with you on the plane just in case!
Overall the resort is beautiful, staff is fantastic, and it was just the kind of relaxing vacation we had hoped for! The weather was perfect – it rained every day for a few minutes but other than that, it is warm, sunny, and just enough breeze to keep you comfortable. You will love it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on gently sloping, tropical beachfront on the northwest coast of the island, Calabash Cove is one of just a select few five-star resorts on St. Lucia. Nestled in the sheltered bay of Bonaire Estate, Calabash Cove is perched on a hillside sloping gently towards the Caribbean Sea, where cool ocean breezes provide a wonderful respite and the turquoise sea is offset by the vibrant green of tropical vegetation and views of Walcott Island. A private beach and nearby coral reef provide the perfect place to rest, reflect and dream. The resort has been designed with great care to complement and exist in harmony with the beauty of the natural surroundings. The main buildings of the hotel, such as the lobby, restaurant, bar, sanctuary, and infinity pool with waterfall lie on a slope, with the villas in the midst of lush vegetation perfectly situated to view nightly sunsets. The natural elements of earth, wind, light and water are represented in the exotic wood, stone and natural materials used in the composition of the buildings. The peaceful and tranquil gardens, under the care of one of the finest landscape architects in the Caribbean, have been created to capture and optimize the natural splendor of the area and are filled with vibrant, fragrant flowers set amid groves of trees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Calabash Cove Hotel Gros Islet
- Calabash Cove Resort And Spa St. Lucia/Gros Islet