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Calabash Cove Resort & Spa in Marisule, Saint Lucia
Honeymooners flock to Calabash Cove Resort & Spa for its remote and picturesque location overlooking Bonaire Bay, where the white sands of Mosaic Beach turn stress into endorphins at an unmatched pace. There are three distinct accommodations at Calabash Cove – cool, contemporary rooms in the manor house with sweet sunset views, beachfront Balinese-inspired mahogany cottages, and open-air suites that connect to the resort’s infinity pool for all-hours access. Start dreaming about those midnight swims.
Follow the hypnotic pull of the ocean’s aquamarine waters and float among St. Lucia’s tropical reef fish – blueheads, yellowtails and redband parrotfish make up a rainbow of sea life. Order a banana and Cacao Creole rum cocktail by the pool. Watch the sunset perched high atop a hill. Dine on St. Lucian crab backs smoked with mango mojo.
Location of Calabash Cove Resort & Spa
Nearest Airport: SLU
Amenities for Calabash Cove Resort & Spa
- 26 Cottages & Suites
- Private Balconies
- Private Pools
- Rain Showers
- Outdoor Showers
- Private Whirlpools
- Beauty Salon
- Infinity Pool
- Swim-up Bar
- Scuba Diving
- Boat Excursions
- Island Helicopter Tours
Reviews for Calabash Cove Resort & Spa
My wife and I went for my 60th birthday, and was the first truly "high-end" resort holiday that we have had, and we were not disappointed! Despite not having one of the feature rooms, we had a great ocean view, complete with jacuzzi and sea view balcony.The resort is in the north of this beautiful green island but it does means that there a few days out for those who want to see the main attractions of the volcano, the waterfalls, botanical gardens and the Pitons. We used a local guy called Sam +1(758) 718 440, who has a nice clean vehicle, and seems to know at least 50% of the population. He was great company and really made the travelling an event in its self. If you want a quite "Beach" holiday, with palm trees, great views and a very chilled atmosphere i would recommend the Calabash Cove resort.
Calabash provided just what we were searching for - luxurious accommodation, romantic privacy and great food. We are so thankful we chose them for our week long stay, we returned home refreshed with a trove of cherished memories. This is a small resort that specializes in helping you reguvinate. The staff were wonderful ranging from characters like Lance and Chris to solid and friendly crew like Anette and Toussant. Then there were the real gems...Diana, Kinesa and Kim who really made our stay memorable with their genuine caring and hospitable nature; to them we cannot say thank you enough. We had cottage 3 on the waterfront, a quiet haven plush with beautiful landscaping, elegant hand carved details and the muted rhythm of the Caribbean Sea ever present in the background. The cottage included a private pool that offered romantic views of the sunset and a cooling respite when the temperature got a little too warm. You can take your meals on your deck or in the elegant dining room with it's sweeping views of the coastal turquoise waters in the day and the romantic lights of distant Castries in the evening. Chef Paul runs a brilliant kitchen with local touches given to continental cuisine and creative daily specials; we always looked forward to our meals. The main pool has a 40' long infinity edge that blends into the sea and sky, but the beach was the most fun for swimming and viewing the hermit crabs that scurry across the sand and into their tiny burrows. With experienced hotelier Conrad Wagner at the helm, Calabash seamlessly provides the special touches that set it apart from other island resorts. It was a real honour to stay at Calabash, they provided the lavish experience and rejuvenating relaxation we had hoped for our vacation. Just like many of the guest we met during our stay, we will return to this gem in paradise.
BrianAlexandra - Toronto, Canada
Thank you Calabash cove for an amazing 2 weeks. Staff were amazing, Lance, Chris, Channel, Marlon, Dina, Joanna and all the rest to many to mention. Made are visit so welcoming and made my birthday so special. Highly recommend this resort and the beautiful sunsets
sharonTed - Bushey, United Kingdom
Flight was great. Transfer from airport was seamless. Check in efficient and complete with a welcome beer! We were upgraded to a swim out suite, and there was a complimentary bottle of champagne for my bday in the room. Room cleaning was dine well and in a timely was each day, they took the time to learn our names. Same with the daily breakfast. Lunch by the pool was always fun because of the chatter amongst guests but the food service was very slow and the billing for drinks was sketchy at best. Dinner was good most nights, not exceptional, and Id say in terms of St. Lucia both Body Holiday and Windjammer had far better food overall and those were both all inclusive. Calabash was a la carte, and overall not worth the price. The ability to upgrade wines and buy by the bottle was great, and i found a new favourite. All hotel staff were friendly. The spa services we had were good, but again not exceptional. The resort was stunning in terms of layout and gardens in particular, but the pool deck needed painting and the hallways to rooms some cheering up. The main building was stunning and had stunning views. With only 26 suites it was VERY quiet, almost too quiet, but my husband and I enjoyed the peace and the ocean sound followed us everywhere. Very relaxing overall. Above average but not quite "very good."
Dora B - King City, Canada
This was our first time in The Caribbean. We were there for 22 days. We mixed and matched All Inclusive with B&B. We stayed in a Junior Suite in the main building. Calabash Cove is a lovely place. In fact, given what we were looking for, it was pretty close to ideal. Given that different people look for different things then one can understand why some people may have a less generous appreciation of what it has to offer but the reality is that not everyone will always be completely happy with everything all the time. So any negative comments across this site are explained by this, I should think. Its advantages, strengths and special features massively outweigh anything that can be presented as requiring improvement. Simply put, we enjoyed, and liked, it very much. We would, and probably will, go back. What we wanted was somewhere small, quiet, relaxed, gentle and picturesque. What we didnâ€™t want were children (because they are inherently noisy and run around with irritating energy levels that I can now only dream of), groups of loud party people, late night music, circuit style live entertainment and all the other negative connotations associated with large all inclusive resorts catering for the mass market. We didnâ€™t really want to do very much other than enjoy the break and see the island. So Calabash Cove has 26 rooms and can cater for 54 people when full. It often is not full. All rooms have fans and AirCon. It is positioned to give stunning views over the bay and of the sunset. Walking in to an open air reception with views across the bay was inspiring. There is no exterior noise except the occasional faint sound of a siren from the distant main road which is noticeable only because it breaks the tranquillity of the sound of birds singing and waves breaking. The rooms appear well appointed and well equipped. The resort is spread over a generous plot, given the relatively few number of rooms, no building is more than 3 storeys high and all rooms will have lovely views. Some are inevitably better than others. You could be troubled about the steps to the shower and bathroom in the junior suites. No big deal to us. There is a small sandy (and sort of private) beach with plenty of shade caused by vegetation or purpose built sunbathing structures. It slopes gently down. You can swim in the sea and stand in it up to about 15 metres out. There is one pool with the swim up bar at one end, two entry points at either end (one by the bar) and the entry points from the swim up suites are down one side. There is no diving or pool games â€“ which is absolutely right for this place. Around the pool are sunbathing areas with loungers. The loungers are clean. Free towels are plentiful. Moreover, the grounds themselves are beautiful; the whole thing is a carefully landscaped tropical garden and is meticulously cared for. The grounds are also a haven for wildlife â€“ hermit crabs on the move, fluttering humming birds, a variety of other bird life (but no parrots seen), lizards and on the beach turtles had laid eggs but, I think, the stormy weather had killed them before they hatched. (If anyone asks, â€˜where are the monkeys?â€™ there arenâ€™t any because St Lucia was/is a banana growing country). Thus, the location and environment were exceptional. It was never frenetic, it never felt crowded, it never felt rushed and it always felt clean and cared for â€“ in these respects it was excellent. It was a lovely place. There is a TV room/ reading room with a few books. There is an AC gym. There is a SPA where you can get a variety of massages, nails done etc. The beach is swept and cleaned every morning. There are kayaks, sail boards and, I think, snorkelling stuff to use freely. There are enough loungers across the beach, back grassy area and pool to accommodate all who want to crash. The infinity pool is 30 metres long. Every Monday there was a champagne reception where guests met each other and the staff. This was to reinforce the ambience and ethos â€“ a small resort where people would know each other and the staff and where people could mix or just crash if they wished. This ambience was reinforced by the fact that the pool bar was open until 5.30pm and that main bar, situated in the restaurant, closed at 11. This enabled socialising but did not encourage loud drinking sessions. It is a resort for couples not groups. The restaurant served all inclusive guests, B&B guests and other customers. The open air restaurantâ€™s situation was idyllic with all tables looking out over the bay. The restaurant carried a menu, which didnâ€™t change, but which was quite extensive and chefâ€™s specials which did on daily basis (well for 14 days). The food was good and sometimes very, very good. Eating there was a very pleasant and pleasurable experience. In the evening from 7.30-9.00 there was live but low key background entertainment which was different each day of the week. This too unobtrusively added to the ambience. The wine list offered a variety of choice and we thought perfectly reasonable. However, if you are hoping for a â€˜Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cruâ€™ with the fish, then you may be a touch let down. Personally, I was disappointed not to be offered a â€˜Chateau Lafiteâ€™ â€™59 (or at least an â€™82, â€™03 or possibly even an â€™09) as I thought that would have washed down the burger quite nicely! Thus, facilities were good and the ambience was excellent. The key reason for the excellence of the ambience and why, I think, Calabash Cove is justifiably highly regarded is, however, its staff. Either, St Lucia has the nicest, most courteous, friendly, helpful and genuinely happy people in the whole world who naturally coalesce into a team ethos or these guys had been â€˜trainedâ€™. If they were trained then whoever trained them to achieve premier league standards should contract for customer service in The UK as, if this is the standard, The UK would be lucky not to be relegated from Division 2. There is little I can add to what has been reported across many reviews. Simply put the staff, individually and collectively, were exemplary and excellent. So thank you one and all. I make the following as observations not as criticism but with the intention of balance. Anywhere, where there are more than 2 people you run the risk of somebody doing/saying something you find annoying. Heavy drinking round the bar was minimal and noise from it minimal. There was no unruly behaviour anywhere at anytime. We were directly below the restaurant and bar and picked up virtually no noise. However, it could happen, I suppose, with anyone (not just Americans) and so if that is your concern move away from the pool bar and/or ask for a room that doesnâ€™t overlook it. The noisiest things we experienced were the birds, especially the black birds, one which tapped on our balcony door most mornings. If that bothers you then donâ€™t feed them. There are some days where the resort hosted visitors from one of the many cruise liners that come into the capital, Castries, which you can see across the bay and so these people may temporarily disturb the balance? No matter how long you are there seeing the island is probably going to be on your agenda. We loved our trip to see the island but there is a degree of poverty, juxtaposed with the obvious wealth of tourists in hotels or on cruise liners, which is uncomfortable. There is little that one can say about this, without getting political, but some St Lucians are clearly struggling and some exist on less than $300/month. If you consider trips then consider hiring a private car and driver to do a full dayâ€™s tour on your own. The cost will be $180-$200 US and for that you get a full day to go where you want, stop where you want and see what you want for how long you want. You get to form a relationship with the driver who will also be your guide and tell you about the island (alcoholism is a problem amongst locals, as a boy ours used to enjoy cow leg soup/stew and there are 2 children at the school his sons attend who cannot afford to buy lunch for $7 EC). If you do it through organised trips then expect a minibus of up to 12-15 people, inflexibility in terms of stops and a journey which may test your ability to travel on winding and hilly roads. If you are being transported from the airport then that is a 2 hour journey by mini bus, a 90 minute journey by private car or 10 minutes by helicopter (depends how you feel about helicopters). Obviously you pay unless it is part of the holiday package you may be on. On that note, if money is a concern, check the prices across a range of sites as travel company prices, airfares and hotel costs, do vary enormously. Or, hire a car if you fancy driving. On this note the road leading to the hotel is awful so be warned. Equally, if you are in the hotel there isnâ€™t anywhere that you can reasonably walk out to. Walking anywhere isnâ€™t really an option. So, if you wish to leave the hotel then you will either need to hire a car or get a taxi. The taxi fare to Rodney Bay is $15 US (the taxi fare back can be anything if you donâ€™t agree it before you get in the car). Again, when there get clarity as to whether the prices are EC or US dollars. There is a service charge of 10% (if you are All Inclusive this is included) which will be added to your bill at the end. No big deal. Also, you will be invited to pay $2 US for each day of your stay to support environmental and ecological work on the tropical island to protect and preserve its beauty. I think this is a big deal and everyone should pay it. Castries is the administrative capital and has some interesting and authentic bits. Rodney Bay is the tourist capital and it is beginning to show â€“ for example, there is now not one restaurant offering traditional St Lucian cooking as its speciality. Similarly, getting about the hotel grounds may present some issues if you have any serious mobility issues given the steps and the slopes down to the beach. The beach serves the needs of the guests but it is also for St Lucians (it being their island!) so it is not private and occasionally locals come on to it. There are resort staff who are ever present. Occasionally the WiFI was a bit hit and miss which may matter to you; it didnâ€™t to us as we went to get away from it. Occasionally breakfast was a bit slow in coming but again we didnâ€™t care since the view was magnificent, the staff were chatty and we were there to chill. If, however, you want executive service with alacrity because you have things to do, people to see and â€˜time is moneyâ€™ then you are probably better off not coming to the Caribbean at all. I suggest some small tables for the beach or shelves on the posts of the sunbathing shacks to rest drinks, books etc. on. And, finally, if there is to be a dress code for dinner, which is absolutely right, then it should be politely enforced as there were occasions where the same men (it is always men) turned up for evening dining in collarless T shirts and flip flops, which is very poor form, not what chaps do and lets the side down ! Fortunately, these men were not from Her Majestyâ€™s United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and so civilisation is still safe this side of the Atlantic! So, hope this helps. But most importantly thank you to the Calabash Cove staff team for our time with you.
grecophile2 - south east