We traveled as a family of three, myself, husband and teen son, to St. Lucia for spring break and had a great time. We travel at least once a year to somewhere hot and have been doing so since our son was 8 months old...he is 15 now....and have been to numerous places in the Caribbean. But this is the first time we have stayed at a condo. We were persuaded by the other family we were traveling with, they have done many a condo trip, and we were not disappointed.
We booked apt 6a in the Marigot Marina Village. Booking was easy and Pauline, the owner, was great at getting back to me and answering all my questions. The condo itself was two bedrooms, two baths and a large kitchen, dining room, living room and a porch overlooking a courtyard. Pauline met us when we arrived and showed us were everything was, which was a great help. There is a full kitchen, with any kitchen utensils you can think of. Four a/c units that can really cool the place down. Lots of towels, including beach towels...one less thing to pack. There were showers in both bathrooms and a tub in the master bath, though I'm not sure who would take a hot bath in a hot place. Two single beds in one room and a Queen in the master. There is also a electrical outlet converter with a transformer which you will need to use if you are coming from North America. Even a washer and dryer ...although as I always overpack I never go through all my cloths. The place was clean and airy. In fact we happened to still be around when they started cleaning after our stay and the cleaner was doing an incredibly thorough job...I told her she should come do my house.
The unit is situated in what's called the Marina Village which is a cluster of buildings with condos on the upper floors and retail on the bottom. There was a very good Indian restaurant on the second floor as well and this is definitely a place not to miss. There was also a good breakfast/ lunch place one the ground floor...a cafe...that had good baguettes. The market is on the ground level and is really a small grocery store with all the essentials, including ice, which came in handy.
The really special thing about these condos is the arrangement they have with the Capella hotel next door. Once you rent a condo in the village you get to use the facilities of the Capella as well. You are treated for all intensive purposes like a hotel guest. Which means you can use the pool and run a tab to your room ...although you have to pay before you leave...like a guest. The hotel supplies the towels and the loungers, all you have to do is soak up the sun. There is full pool service and you can order meals off any of the restaurants menus. There are two pools, one adult only and we never had issues with getting places to sit. All together there were 8 of us and we always managed to sit together. The drinks and food were expensive but good and the service was lovely. There is a happy hour between 4-5 each day.
Marigot Bay was beautiful with all the interesting ships pulling in but it is quiet and the beach is very small. Because of this we took a couple of boat rides to other beaches to go snorkelling. Our friends dive so we hitched a ride with the dive boat and they dropped us off at Anse Chastenet, where we were able to rent some chairs and a tiki hut and go snorkelling. Our second trip was with Cornelius...who happens to be Paulines husband ... and his water taxi service called Smooth Operator. This time we went to Anse Cochon were we ..you guessed it..rented some chairs an umbrella and went snorkelling. Cornelius was wonderful and stopped many times to tell us about St. Lucia. In both places the reefs are right off shore and full of fish.
We ate just about every where with my favourites being the Masala Bay ..the Indian place..and Rainforest. The food and drinks in St. Lucia are uniformly expensive so you should know that going in. We did get our transport company to stop at a larger grocery store in Cul du Sac to pick up wine, beer, cheese, crackers and cereal...we don't cook on vacation. The transport company ...St. Lucia Airport Shuttle...was prompt and the drivers were polite and knowledgeable, and the van they sent help all of us plus luggage and groceries.
All this to say we had a great experience in St. Lucia. Has it converted me to condo vacations? I still like having my meals made for me and someone serving me drinks by a body of water too much to give up on hotels ...but this is certainly the way to do it if your going to a condo.
We enjoyed our stay at Marigot Bay Marina, Apartment 6a. The apartment is clean and well lit.
We enjoyed using the facilities next door at the Capella Resort. Would recommend and hope to stay again.
This apartment is located in the Marina Village at Marigot Bay. As a guest here, one has access to the swimming pools and fitness center at the Capella Hotel, just a minutes walk away down the marina Boardwalk. At the Capella, you are treated as a resident of the hotel. What a five star treat it was! Marigot Bay is a quiet retreat compared to other parts of the island. If you are looking for a relaxed, get away from it all break, this is the place to go. There is a nice choice of restaurants, some (Doolittle's and Rainforest) available by the free water taxi, Chateau Mygo is walkable, while Janettes on the hill above the bay will send a free car taxi for you and deliver you back. Days out on the water are available through local water taxi operators. There is an office at the marina which arranges catamaran boat day trips as well. We greatly enjoyed the catamaran trip to Soufriere with snorkeling and views of the Pitons. If you like to be around boats, this is the place to be, as yachts sail in from all over the world. Just grand!
The biggest (and only) disadvantage in St. Lucia in general is the high cost of transportation. For example, a small car rental cost in the $500+ US dollar range per week, or about $100 per day. A taxi ride to Soufrier and back cost $160 US dollars. Into Castries, a 15-20 minute drive cost $40 one way. You can use the public minibus system, but you have to make a 30 minute+ walk up and down the hill to get out of the bay to get to the main road. Or if you are lucky you might find a taxi driver willing to take you to the main road for $8 EC which is only about $3 US, but this service isn't reliable. Groceries are also expensive compared to other islands. But this is the case throughout the island, not just pinpointing Marigot Bay. And also I should note that we spend 6 weeks in the Caribbean and so are looking at some practicalities that you would not have to be concerned about if you are there for just a one week stay. Overall, I highly recommend the apartments in the Marina Village. You stay for a very reasonable price in a well equipped and beautiful apartment with the amenities of a world class resort.
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Loved the apartment!
Thanks Pauline, your prompt correspondence and warm hospitality will keep me coming back! The apartment is beautiful, with comfy beds, lovely linens and a well equipped kitchen! Mom and I had a great week. We were so busy we only spent have a day at the resort, the gym and pools are great and the staff very welcoming!