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Coco Palm Resort 3.5

Gros Islet, Gros Islet Quarter, St. Lucia

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Pros

  • Colorful Caribbean decor and artwork
  • Cheerful rooms with tropical style; some have terraces
  • Convenient location to the bars and restaurants of Rodney Bay Village
  • Large pool with swim-up access to some rooms
  • Spacious outdoor dining pavilion and bar
  • Free breakfast included in the room rate
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Ti Bananne restaurant as well as a Creole restaurant
  • Local bands perform in the evenings

Cons

  • Not located on the beach
  • Music and noise from nearby bars can be intrusive
  • The gym has outdated equipment and no cardio machines
  • The hallways, especially on the first floor, are noisy
  • It's a 90-minute drive to the airport
  • There is a steep service charge for room service
  • All-inclusive plans incur extra charges for items such as shrimp and steak

Bottom Line

Coco Palm is an 83-room budget-oriented boutique hotel with style and service you'd expect at higher priced, beachfront hotels. It features a huge free-form pool, French Caribbean style decor, and the option to book with or without an all-inclusive plan. Rooms are cheerful and tropical, and some have terraces with pool access. While not on the ocean, it is a short walk to Reduit Beach and close to the amenities of Rodney Bay Village, St. Lucia's entertainment district.

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Caribbean flair in the heart of St. Lucia’s entertainment district

Owned by Allen Chastanet, a former minister for tourism for St Lucia, Coco Palm delivers an authentic Caribbean vibe and amenities that draw both families and couples -- though couples are certainly in the majority. The cheery yellow-clad four-story building with its white gingerbread trim and punchy French Caribbean style shelters the main attraction of this budget-oriented boutique hotel -- a huge free-form pool. Guests settle in to lounge chairs beneath the shade of green umbrellas to relax and socialize. Steps away is Koko Cabana, a spacious open-air pavilion sheltering a bar, lounge, and restaurant. Stone and concrete paths wind away from the pool to the spa, a second restaurant that serves Creole cuisine, and the buzz of Rodney Bay with its many bars, restaurants, and shops.

The hotel's quiet, air-conditioned lobby with its black-and-white checkerboard floors and mahogany furniture offers a cool escape for guests to check e-mail and visit with the concierge to plan excursions. In the evenings, local bands, ranging from country to Reggae, perform under the gazebo situated between the pool and bar.

Location

In Rodney Bay Village, close to Reduit Beach, shopping malls, and more than 30 restaurants and bars

Coco Palm is located on a nondescript street about a block from Rodney Bay Village's main thoroughfare. The hotel is far enough away from the clamor of the busy shopping and entertainment district to avoid serious noise, but at night the throbbing sounds of music from nearby bars cannot be avoided, especially in the lowest-priced rooms in the Creole building, which faces the strip. Guests looking for a beach fix will need to schlep their towels and gear for about eight minutes to reach the brown-sugar sand of Reduit Beach, a public beach with interesting people watching, vendors, and calm waves.

  • Five-minute walk to Bayside Shopping Mall
  • Eight-minute walk to Reduit Beach
  • 10-minute drive to Pigeon Island National Park
  • 15-minute drive to Castries
  • 30-minute drive to Marigot Bay
  • 90-minute drive to Hewanorra InternationalAirport

Rooms

Colorful Caribbean style, mahogany furniture, flat-screen TVs, and pool and garden views

The rooms have cheerful Caribbean style, and feature mahogany furniture (including sleigh beds or carved headboards), soothing color palettes of sky blue or light green, and framed photos of St. Lucia's Pitons and beaches.

Spacious two-room Family Suites occupy the top floor of Coco Palms. The homey accommodations feature king-size beds, two bathrooms, living rooms with sofa beds, vaulted ceilings, cheery yellow walls, cozy alcove window seats, and master bathrooms with claw-foot tubs and copper fixtures. Lower floors of the hotel hold Garden View or Pool View Rooms with two double beds or one king and Juliet balconies. Rooms on the first floor of the hotel feature terraces, some overlooking the pool and six with steps directly into the pool for swim-up access. Bathrooms are somewhat drab but feature large walk-in showers with glass-block walls and large shower heads. Comfortable beds, mini-fridges with bottled water, coffeemakers, and flat-screen TVs are added comforts.

Features

A large pool, two restaurants, a bar, live music on designated evenings, and a great location close to the action of Rodney Bay Village

The large pool and adjacent airy dining pavilion and bar occupy guests throughout the day and evening. A short walk off property takes guests to the heart of Rodney Bay Village with its many bars and restaurants as well as the brown-sugar sand of Reduit Beach.

The fitness center here is big, with windows, strength training machines, and free weights, but lacks cardio machines. There's also a spa on-site for treatments and massages.

There are two restaurants -- Ti Bananne, with both indoor and pavilion dining, and the open-air Creole Grill. An all-inclusive option is available, but certain items such as shrimp and steak may incur extra fees.

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