We had a great trip to Cap Maison the week of June 17th 2013. For perspective on my review, we have also stayed at Anse Chastanet and multiple other high-end all-inclusives in the Carribbean (i.e. the Excellence resorts).
Our room was a suite with private pool on the ground level, on top of the bluff that overlooks the beach. This was a great location on the property and the room was perfect. The amenities (kitchen, etc.) were more than ample for our needs. The room was clean and comfortable. We loved to open the back doors and let the breeze through. Even though our pool was right on a small common area, we enjoyed a lot of privacy with a screen of tall plants and we rarely saw anyone walk by our pool area. I would recommend a room with private pool based on our experience, as the public pools are small with little privacy. Granted, we never saw the public pools crowded at any time!
Most importantly, the staff at Cap Maison was fantastic. The people are very kind, generous, helpful and generally focused on excellent service. One thing to note as that we are generally very friendly and outgoing ourselves, taking an honest interest in the people we meet and asking about their lives and families. This makes our experience much more rich and rewarding. At Cap Maison, this was a highlight of our trip, as we gained insight to the St. Lucian culture through these interactions. I think this honest person-to-person interaction contributed tremendously to the service we received. Try it and you might have the same experience.
My wife and I really wanted to focus on unplugging and relaxing this trip, so we spent every day relaxing on the beach, swimming in our pool, napping, snorkeling, kayaking, and chatting with the staff and guests. We are normally active and adventurous, but we chose to lay low at Cap Maison and we are glad we did. If you want some action, there are many opportunities to venture into town or take an excursion around the island (see side note below).
Beach and Beach Bar: Simple, casual. The beach is really nice, but remember it's not white sand here, and Cap Maison does not bring white sand in on trucks like some other St. Lucia resorts. The water is still clear and the snorkeling is decent. You have to go out 50 yards or so and "turn the corner" to get to the good stuff!
There were few, but enough, loungers and shade structures. No trouble for us finding a good spot. There is a kayak, sailboat, windsurfers, etc for your use.
The beach bar is simple and effective. Cold Pitons, fresh fruit drinks, etc. Try a small drink of the local spice rum. It is fantastic!
We really enjoyed hanging around and chatting with the staff on the beach: Charlene, Evans, Dunstan, Vanessa, Greg (Craig?)....they were all so friendly, professional and fun. Vanessa and Charlene were both very generous and insisted on sharing their home cooked lunch and homemade smoothies when I innocently inquired about their meals and culture. This is the type of friendliness and generosity I am talking about! These ladies are truly an asset to this resort, as are all of the other employees we encountered on the beach.
The food: We are generally foodies, cooking at home every night and enjoying nice restaurants often. My wife has high standards as she grew up in New Orleans. The meals here were fantastic and unique. Each night we had the opportunity to try something new, while still assured of having something familiar on the menu if we needed it. We loved every meal, from the daily breakfast room service that was cooked to order and delivered poolside to the elegant dinners at the Cliffs. At the beach bar for lunch, the preparation is very simple, with fresh fish, greens and fruit, but it is still perfect! Don't delay though, as there is often a limited amount of certain types of the fish for the day. I recommend trying both the beach bar and the restaurant for lunch.
A special call out to Sous Chef Nico. When we saw the creole tasting menu for dinner one night we asked a waitress whether they had the delicious St. Lucian creole red beans as part of the menu (wife is from New Orleans, remember?). She tracked down Nico the sous chef, who made a special effort AND a special trip to the store (probably with his own money) to prepare a delicious red beans dish later in the week especially for us. In conversation we learned he was most likely the cook at Anse Chastanet who initially exposed us to the St. Lucian version of this dish when we visited there for our honeymoon years ago. Small world. This little gem of coincidence was uncovered only due to the excellent service and generosity of the staff at Cap Maison. A nice touch and a great personal memory.
There is no real nightlife here at Cap Maison, as the restaurant bar shuts down between 10 and 11. By that time each night, we were ready to turn in anyway. They had some type of low-key live music in the restaurant every night, which provided a nice ambiance.
This place was perfect for what we wanted. If you want a big cheesy "do the group limbo" resort experience and night club action, there are better places for you. Cap Maison is perfect for relaxing, unwinding, pampering yourself and reconnecting as a couple or family.
A side note, we had great car transfer service from Janus Guyan's company, Real St. Lucian tours. We were lucky enough to have Janus himself drive us to/from Cap Maison. He is a young ambitious entrepreneur making a nice business for himself in the transfer and tour business. I would call him first for your transfer or if you want to take a tour/excursion around the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cap Maison is a new family owned and managed five star boutique resort. Located above a beautiful secluded sandy cove on the north west coast of St Lucia, Cap Maison offers luxury private villa suites, many with private rooftop pools. Facilities include a waterfront fine dining restaurant, spa, fully equipped fitness centre, walk in wine cellar, beach club with chaise lounge service, free non motorised water sports, a hiking and running club, private 46 foot resort boat, club lounge with (computer access) and concessionary golf. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cap Maison Hotel Cap Estate
- Cap Maison Gros Islet
- Cap Maison Hotel Gros Islet
- Cap Maison St. Lucia/Cap Estate