Cotton Bay Village Rating: 4.5 Pearls
St. Lucia

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Pros

Cons

  • No ocean-view units
  • Nothing is within walking distance
  • The fine dining restaurant is only open three nights a week
  • No in-room Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

Quiet, sophisticated, and stylish, this luxury resort doesn't skimp on amenities -- it boasts a beautiful Olympic-size pool, an exceptional spa and fitness center, an extensive kids’ club, and a secluded beachfront with open-air restaurant and lounge. The resort’s 49 stately residences range from sizable one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom villas of impressive proportions -- each with a private balcony or terrace and a full kitchen. This is a great choice for families, given the spacious accommodations and many children's perks, but couples will feel relaxed here too, as it is not overrun with loud children.

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 Scene

A quiet beachside village with beautifully designed rooms and well-maintained grounds

Lobby at Cotton Bay Village
Lobby at Cotton Bay Village

Tranquil Cotton Bay Village has the feel of an exclusive gated residential area. Not quite chi-chi but certainly high-brow, the 75 colonial- and chateau-style villas and apartments are nestled just beyond the posh St. Lucia Country Club along a crescent-shaped beach on the island’s northeastern shore. True to its name, Cotton Bay Village really feels like a little village -- a main row lined with townhouse-style accommodations branches off to smaller enclaves featuring access to a stunning and tranquil pool, an excellent kids' club, a lovely spa/fitness center, and a beachfront restaurant and lounge.

Exceptional amenities aside, it’s the villas, townhouses, and apartments that are the real lure here. Eclectic but tasteful furnishings -- hardwood floors, British colonial-style sofas and chairs stacked high with plush pillows, intricate Persian rugs, and slick modern art -- create the feeling of staying in a wealthy relative’s home, rather than a generic hotel room. Full kitchens featuring granite countertops, Falcon ranges, laundry rooms, more cookware and flatware than probably necessary, and furnished balconies and terraces provide a self-contained sanctuary with little reason to leave.

Still, there are plenty of shared features worth venturing out for. To start, the pool is massive and utterly serene with cushy blue lounge chairs, a small whirlpool and a tiki bar. Nearby, a not-so-impressive reception area fronts a spectacular spa. Here, guests can relax around a reflecting pool and take a dip in yet another indoor pool. Vichy treatment rooms, mud rooms, saunas, and steam rooms create a variety of experiences, and at the nearby fitness center, private Pilates and yoga classes are available. Helping maintain the mellow atmosphere is an extensive kids club, which features a nursery as well as a playroom.

Guests are pretty much left on their own here -- and many travelers prefer this to the obtrusive attentiveness at some other resorts. But those looking to be pampered might be disappointed.

 Location

In the upscale Cap Estate community, next to the St. Lucia Golf Club

Cotton Bay is located on the northern tip of the island, next to the St. Lucia Golf Club. The northern side of St. Lucia is inherently the "lesser" side of the island, simply because there are no views of the iconic Pitons, and the majority of the tourist attractions are clustered around Soufriere, on the southwestern coast. However, the Cap Estate area near Cas en Bas is one of the northern region’s poshest options, offering stunning views, uncrowded beaches, and a handful of exclusive hotspots nearby like the renowned LeSport destination spa, the Jake Nicklaus-designed St. Lucia Country Club golf course, and the historical Pigeon Island.

All of these destinations require a car or taxi, but distances are shorter and road conditions are considerably better than on the southern side of the island. Those guests who hope to visit some of the south side’s stunning natural attractions (the volcano, the cocoa plantations, the Pitons) should consider hiring a car for a day -- the drive is roughly 90 minutes and nighttime driving is not recommended for those unfamiliar with the roads, which are marked by hairpin turns, deep potholes, and virtually no lighting.

  • 20-minute drive to George F. L. Charles Airport
  • 90-minute drive to St. Lucia Hewanorra Airport
  • 1-minute walk to Cas en Bas beach (resort has direct access)
  • 15-minute walk to St. Lucia Country Club golf course
  • 5-minute drive to Rodney Bay Marina
  • 10-minute drive to Pigeon Island
  • 10-minute drive to nearest grocery store
  • 10-minute drive to Reduit Beach’s restaurants, cafes, shops, and beaches

 Rooms

Extra-large villas and apartments with full kitchens and private balconies or terraces

Full kitchen inside the Four-Bedroom Villa
Full kitchen inside the Four-Bedroom Villa

Cotton Bay Village’s 75 rooms are one the resort’s biggest draws. Ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom villas, all units feel fresh and new. The decor is best described as classic-colonial-meets-island, and not a drop of tropical kitsch can be found; instead, there are mahogany furnishings with white leather cushions and plush pillows, multi-jet stream showers and marble surfaces in the bathrooms, luxurious four-poster beds, and sleek modern art hanging on the walls. All units also feature full kitchens outfitted to the nines: granite countertops, high-end appliances, spotless white cabinets, and a host of tableware and cookware. Some villas also include private pools and yards.

  • Private villas and apartments with separate living space and private outdoor space
  • Fully equipped kitchens with new appliances, ranges, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, full-size refrigerator, and tons of flatware and cookware
  • Large marble baths with multi-jet showers and Hydro Basics toiletries
  • 26-inch or larger flat-screen TVs and DVD players
  • Ceiling fans and A/C (in bedrooms only)
  • Chateaux Mango and Cotton House Villas include a private butler
  • Townhouses feature private pools and sundecks

 Features

An exceptional spa and fitness center

The Spa at Cotton Bay Village
The Spa at Cotton Bay Village

 Family

A fun kids' club, plus lots of free perks for families

The Kids Club at Cotton Bay Village
The Kids Club at Cotton Bay Village
  • Hummingbird Kids' Club open daily, with lots of activities and games
  • Kids under 12 eat free (when with parents) and The Beach Club
  • Free baby monitors, sterilizers, cots, cribs, blankets, and baby bath tubs on request

 Food

The elegant Piano Piano restaurant is a standout -- but it's only open three nights a week

The Beach Club bar
The Beach Club bar
  • The Beach Club serves everything from barbecue to foie gras in a casual environment; kids under 12 eat free.
  • The ritzy Piano Piano restaurant (and champagne bar) serves Caribbean/Mediterranean fusion for dinner Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays only.
  • Bruschetta Deli sells basics like milk and pasta for self-cooking; open limited hours.

 Bottom Line

Quiet, sophisticated, and stylish, this luxury resort doesn't skimp on amenities -- it boasts a beautiful Olympic-size pool, an exceptional spa and fitness center, an extensive kids’ club, and a secluded beachfront with open-air restaurant and lounge. The resort’s 49 stately residences range from sizable one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom villas of impressive proportions -- each with a private balcony or terrace and a full kitchen. This is a great choice for families, given the spacious accommodations and many children's perks, but couples will feel relaxed here too, as it is not overrun with loud children.

Things You Should Know About Cotton Bay Village

Address

  • PO Box 437, Cotton Bay Cap Estate

Room Types

  • Four Bedroom Cotton House Villa W/ Pool
  • One Bedroom Tamarind Villa
  • One Bedroom Terracotta Villa W/ Pool
  • Three Bedroom Chateaux Mango Beachfront Villa
  • Three Bedroom Chateaux Mango Villa W/ Pool
  • Three Bedroom Coral Penthouse Villa
  • Three Bedroom Terracotta Villa W/ Pool
  • Two Bedroom Calabash Villa
  • Two Bedroom Terracotta Villa W/Pool

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 75
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: St. Lucia
Address: PO Box 437, Cotton Bay Cap Estate
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