- Not on the beach (short boat taxi away)
- Many, many stairs to most rooms
- Crickets might perturb light sleepers
- Hour-long taxi from Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)
Quaint, 122-room boutique hotel not entirely detached from the rest of St. Lucia
From the day it opened in November 2006, the Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina has stood out as one of the leading luxury hotels in St. Lucia, surpassed by only a few others (Jade Mountain, arguably). But while Jade Mountain dazzles with its innovative design and more exclusive isolation, the Capella is anchored by its renowned marina, the go-to place for yachtsmen looking to stock up on gourmet goodies, duty-free booze, and fresh designer swimwear.
Of course, the marina is merely one of the many things that pull this small-scale boutique up into "world's best" fame. Its spa, its big immaculate suites, its cuisine, and its service all best what you can find at the many mega resorts wedged gated-barrier to gated-barrier along the island's northern coastline. (The spa and the food are also a bit better here than they are at Jade Mountain.) And the hotel does prove to be a bit more conscionable choice than the more exploitive all-inclusives -- it donates time and money to a variety of community-development and environmental projects.
But while the location does bring with it a fair diversity of dining outside the hotel proper -- more so here than just about anywhere else in St. Lucia -- there is one distinct trade-off: the beach, a less-than-inspiring patch of volcanic sand, is a two-minute water taxi ride across the bay.
Courteous, dedicated, and (most often) fun
On Marigot Bay, but a long way from a nice beach
The Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina is located on a calm, clear-water inlet on St. Lucia's west cost (Marigot Bay). The hotel's marina is the go-to place for yachtsmen, and as a result there are more shops and tourist-friendly restaurants here than in other parts of St. Lucia. While the area doesn't have nearly the same level of mega resort development as the north coast, it's not quite as remote-feeling as the area around Jade Mountain, and the juxtaposition of the haves (tourists) and have-nots (locals) might feel a bit jarring. And while there are advantages to the location -- its lush natural beauty, for one -- there are also trade-offs. There's no beach, for starters. On top of that, getting to the resort from the international airport along slow, narrow, winding roads can take over an hour.
No direct beach access; just a free ferry to a mediocre stretch
Clean, comfortable, and up-to-date
Catering to yachties resting their sea legs, many of the guest rooms at the Capella are more like small, luxury apartments than conventional hotel rooms. There are still standard guest rooms, but the one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites -- each with a full kitchen, living room, and dining room -- make up about half of the resort's 122 guest rooms.
All of the guest rooms (including the suites) are divided into three basic categories: Resort View, Bay View, and Penthouse Suites. The Penthouse Suites, though similar to the other suites in terms of space and amenities, are bi-level units with a loft-style bedroom that overlooks the living room. Perched on the hillside, above the rest of the resort, the Penthouse Suites also have doors and wood-planked louvered windows that open to create a fantastic view as well as a cooling breeze (a meaningful perk, as the air conditioning unit above the bed usually only keeps the bedroom area cool). Popular among honeymooners, the Penthouse Suites also include private outdoor Jacuzzis and four-poster beds with mosquito netting (more for style than necessity).
All rooms include:
Suites and Penthouses also include:
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