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The Inn On The Bay
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Marigot Bay
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“A jewel in the sun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2004

We truly had a wonderful vacation experience visiting the island of St. Lucia but more importantly staying at The Inn on the Bay. We have been all over the Caribbean and to Maui, but our trip to St. Lucia's Inn On The Bay ranks number one in terms of being relaxing, beautiful, and invigorating. We met some interesting people and ate some delicious food. Louise's breakfasts were absolutely the best! We much preferred the personalized service of The Inn to an all inclusive resort or big hotel that makes you feel like you could be anywhere.

We read other guests comments and there is nothing we can say that hasn't already been said. We will spread the word about this "jewel in the sun" and we look forward to returning to The Inn On The Bay in the not to distant future.

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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2004

Simple Formula: Give your guests exceptional service and attention; treat them well and they will respond in kind. Which is exactly what Normand and Louise did. The French Canadian couple have a lovely spot perched perfectly above the bay where the wind blows gently and the views are magnificent at any time of the day or night. The rising sun warms the patio and pool then moves to the front of the house where a terrace overlooks the sea as the sun sinks into the blue. A fine breakfast selection of coffee, tea, juice, fresh fruit, cereal, bread, cheese is plentiful and tasty. Our ample-sized corner room with cross-ventilation and a bit of privacy was simply furnished, bright, airy and clean. The stairs leading to water are amazing considering the dense woods, however the trek is definitely a challenge--bring water and hope it doesn’t rain. We didn’t mind the 20 min. walked down the hill to the dock but required Normand’s air conditioned 4-wheeler on the return. Stayed 4 nights, didn’t hire a car but would have if stayed longer because a taxi [expensive] was required to get out of bay; only other choice was to walk a very, very long steep hill [in the heat & humidity] to get to main road to get local transport north to Castries or Rodney Bay. Spent a dreadful week across the bay at Oasis Marigot, couldn’t wait to return to The Inn ...the best... On the Bay.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2004

We've just had another excellent holiday in St Lucia and our accomodation at the Inn on The Bay was yet again wonderful. Normand and Louise gave us a warm and friendly welcome and made sure our stay was enjoyable. Our large airy room was kept beautifully clean and tidy and from it we enjoyed one of the best views on the island. It was a haven of peace and relaxation. We don't hesitate in recommending The Inn on The Bay to any one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2004

We have just got back from 2 weeks in St Lucia and have spent 12 days at the Inn on the Bay. The Inn is on the top of a cliff overlooking the picturesque Marigot Bay which is on the North West coast of the Island. There are only five bedrooms so the enviroment is a private one and in fact when we stayed for a few days we were the only guests. The accomodation is ideal if you want a comfortable base with extremely knowledgeable and helpful hosts. A Continental Breakfast is available from 8 O'clock every morning and Normand usuallly pops down to say hello and ask where you intend to go that day and provides suggestions on places to visit and eat for that day. If you don't have a car, Normand will drive you down to the bay where you can visit one of the 4 restaurant/bars in the bay or get a taxi to somewhere else. But the most important thing is that you feel welcome and for that we were most grateful. Also for the ladies Louise makes fresh muffins every day for breakfast.
Thank you Normand and Louise

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2004

My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon in St. Lucia. We spent the week at the Inn On the Bay. It is a best kept secret. From the first time you walk into your room, the atmosphere is one of pure relaxation. There is no TV, phone or even an clock (you want to be sure to bring an alarm of your own or you will miss out on the homemade muffins ready at 8am each day). Normand coordinated our excursions for the week (water and land taxis, snorkeling and SCUBA, and making dinner reservations for us at great restaurants) and with all of his contacts on the island we always felt we were in good hands. On the days when we wanted to just relax, there was a refreshing pool outside our room, breathtaking views and a quirky supply of books and board games. Normand shuttled us down the hill each day when we wanted to explore or eat (there are no restaurants within walking distance of the Inn- I found this to be a plus as very few people travel up the hill at all) and he would pick us up after a day on the water. There is a new restaurant called Rainforest Hideaway, we went there twice, it was amazing. Take two times the amount of sunscreen you think you will need, even in the rainy season. Bug repellent is also a good idea. There is also a local beer called Piton, it is excellent. The Inn is not for everyone, it is quiet and private, so if you want a non-stop party, you should look elsewhere. If we return to the island, The Inn On the Bay is definitely where we plan to stay.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2004

If you want a really special place to stay in St Lucia forget the resort hotels and all-inclusive deals. The Inn on the Bay does offer fabulous views over Marigot, comfortable rooms, great breakfasts, a nice pool. But more important, the owners Louise and Normand offer incredible hospitality. With their help you can get to know the island: the best beaches, snorkelling, sights, and especially eating places. Normand even runs a private taxi service to and from the bay if you can't manage the 10 minute walk. Help yourself to tea and coffee any time of day, and borrow books and games. We (Veronica, Martin, Susi and Zoe) had a great holiday.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2004

Sometimes you wonder whether the reviews on these sites are fake or real, but after staying with Normand and Louise for 3 days of our honeymoon, we can definitely say that the reviews of the Inn on the Bay are absolutely true if not understated! We had stayed at Sandals for the first week of our trip and upon arriving at The Inn, we wished we could have gotten to Marigot Bay sooner! The views from the balcony were amazing if not the best in the Caribbean. The calming and relaxing atmosphere was a welcome change from Sandals. Need a ride to the Bay or a restaurant reservation? Normand's there for you. Want a delicious breakfast? Louise makes it for you. Want to tour the island? Albert the taxi driver will make it happen. All in all, the Inn on the Bay is the jewel of Marigot Bay and the best bargain of all of St. Luica. If you're traveling to the island and don't visit Normand and Louise, we think you've missed out. Can't wait to go back!

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Property: The Inn On The Bay
Address: Seaview Avenue, Marigot Bay SLU, St. Lucia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Marigot Bay
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Marigot Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in paradise between beautiful Marigot Bay and the deep blue Caribbean Sea, The Inn On The Bay will sweep you away with its breathtaking view from Sunrise to Sunset. With only five comfortable guest rooms in all, The Inn On The Bay is about as far away from conventional, all inclusive and tourist resorts as you can get... and our special guests wouldn’t have it any other way! ... more   less 
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