The nightly entertainment can be heard in rooms near the pool
No elevator to access the second and third floors
The beach has some annoying vendors and scattered trash
The gym is small
Flies around the food when dining outside can be annoying
Solar heating means no hot water when the weather is cool and cloudy
Stray cats, a regular occurrence on St. Lucia, hang out near the restaurant
The flagship of three Rodney Bay hotels founded by a former St. Lucian schoolteacher turned hotelier, Bay Gardens Beach Resort is a mid-sized (72-room) modern beachfront resort with Caribbean flair and an energetic social scene. It's set close enough to the beach to hear the waves from beachfront rooms, even when the air-conditioning is running. Budget-oriented families will likely appreciate the one- and two-bedroom suites with mini kitchens and living areas. On some evenings, HiTide restaurant features steel drum music and entertainment such as fire-eating limbo dancers. All-inclusive rates are available, but optional.
A socially driven resort centered around the beach and pool, with a busy calendar of daily activities ranging from snorkeling to tai chi
Reduit Beach and a huge lagoon pool with a giant hot tub at its center are the two main attractions at Bay Gardens Beach Resort. Along the brown-sugar sand beach, locals hawk conch shells and carved coconuts, tourists and locals' bob in the gentle waves, and the occasional nomad can be found sleeping beneath the deck of a restaurant packed for lunch. The pool area is a bit more serene with peppy orange and white striped lounge chairs beckoning guests to settle in with a fruity cocktail from the nearby bar.
Narrow paths wind throughout the gardened property leading guests to airy pergola day beds draped with gauzy curtains to the spa and a playground. The hotel encourages guests to partake in excursions such as guided hikes to nearby Pigeon Island State Park or to participate in aqua fitness, beach volleyball, table tennis, Tai Chi, or darts.
When the clock strikes 5:00 p.m., happy hour commences, turning the bar and restaurant area into a lively environment for all guests to come together. Entertainment on some nights includes steel drum bands, live music, and a troupe of fantastic limboing, fire-eating dancers.
Front and center on Reduit Beach and close to the buzz of Rodney Bay Village
A low-lying decorative white concrete fence separates the border of the hotel from the brown-sugar sand of Rodney Bay's lively public Reduit Beach. Along the beach, guests mingle with locals to swim in the calm water and wander along the long stretch of sloping sand that reaches toward Pigeon Island.
Guests arrive at the hotel via a side street that winds away from the activity of Rodney Bay Village, St. Lucia's entertainment district. Getting to the more than 30 bars and restaurants is an easy 10-minute walk.
Spacious guest rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites that cater to budget-oriented families
The hotel offers a collection of three-story coral-colored buildings with private pale-green terraces offering views of the gardens, pool, or beach. Deluxe Rooms are standard guest rooms, offering king-sized beds or two queens. The same rooms can be connected to studios, configured with sofa beds, living areas with dining tables, and kitchens to form one-bedroom or two-bedroom suites.
Pale yellow and sky blue painted walls set the scene for the otherwise ho-hum traditional style: beige tile floors, and decor that hints at colonial Caribbean influence. Headboards feature carved pineapples, rattan chairs are tucked beside small round tables, and ginger-red printed throws and neck rolls are neatly placed on the beds offering contrast to the crisp white linens.
The spacious bathrooms feature long granite vanities and tubs with showers that offer a variety of spray options. Kitchens in the suites have granite countertops, coffeemakers, microwaves, and the necessary essentials to prepare meals. The private terraces are one of the best features of the rooms, and make ideal spots for sipping coffee and watching the activity at the beach or pool.
A mid-sized, mid-range resort with a prime beachfront location, a large lagoon pool, and a lively atmosphere
A beachfront location and a huge lagoon pool are the two biggest draws at this mid-range resort. On Reduit Beach, the resort has carved out a spot for guests to settle under the shade of stationary wooden umbrellas and small palm trees. A water sports hut steers guests toward a variety of activities from snorkeling to sailing to becoming certified to dive.
Around the pool, which features a large hot tub at its center, guests relax in brightly colored orange and white lounge chairs and order cocktails and burgers from the nearby HiTide Bar and restaurant, or grab a latte and ice cream from the LoTide deli.
The intimate Le Mer Spa offers a variety of traditional treatments in its quiet rooms, but the beachside gazebo is more tempting as it offers the chance to enjoy a massage while listening to the sounds of the sea.
Those looking for exercise can head to the small gym or take on more creative pursuits by referring to the activities calendar which offers a list of everything from guided hikes to Pigeon Island to sunset tai chi to private yoga or Pilates sessions.
Lively public beach in the heart of St. Lucia's entertainment district
Reduit Beach is a stretch of brown-sugar sand that rings the horseshoe-shaped Rodney Bay. Early morning treks along the sloping sand are serene except for a few sleepy drifters rolling from random lounge chairs. When the sun rises high above the neighboring Pigeon Island, the bay comes alive with parasailers dotting the sky and sailboats of all sizes cutting through the waves. On the shore, local, and sometimes annoying, vendors, offer up shiny pink conch shells, beaded bracelets, and figurines carved from coconut shells. Hotel guests rest in the arrangement of lounge chairs situated beneath umbrellas and palm trees. Water sports from paddle boards to paddle boats to sailing and snorkeling are readily available. At Pebble's, guests seek shelter and refreshment at the bar and at colorful tables set in the sand.
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