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Hotels in Barbados and St Lucia

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6 October 2010

Here Wexas Americas specialist Patrick Griffin reviews a selection of hotels in Barbados and St Lucia and gives us his personal opinion on what he found.

This was my seven-night trip to explore the hotels of Barbados and St Lucia. We travelled in June, which normally guarantees fine weather, however, we managed to get a good drenching of rain, especially on St Lucia.

Barbados

Barbados

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

This pleasant property is due for a complete renovation later this year to upgrade all the rooms, after which they’ll have two room categories: the Ocean View Room and the new Junior Suite. The ground floor Junior Suite will have a beachfront patio as well as new wooden floors, soft furnishings and a re-arrangement of its existing furniture to maximise space. The standard rooms are getting an upmarket re-fit with new soft furnishings, new flooring, and the old balcony rails will be replaced by glass rails to become Ocean View Rooms. The beach is probably the second best on the island after Sandy Lane’s. This hotel would be great for couples and families, although all rooms only have king beds, so best for those with young children rather than older teenagers.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Coral Reef Club

Unfortunately, this property was closed for renovations. However, you could still tell that this was one of the best hotels on Barbados. We were shown a Luxury Cottage, which was lovely, with a large sitting room and spacious bedroom. The décor was contemporary - whites and creams throughout - with traditional Caribbean touches in the paintings and drapes. The restaurant and bar looked lovely and the property is spread over extensive grounds.

Coral Reef Club

Colony Club

This is a relaxed 3.5* hotel and a good option for those not wanting to spend big bucks for the 4-5* hotels. The rooms are nice and cosy with standard rooms in the two-story garden blocks and more luxurious rooms by the pools. The Luxury Poolside rooms remain the best, opening onto the lagoon-pool, which, considering there are only a few poolside rooms seems like your very own private lagoon.

Colony Club

The House and Daphne’s

The House is a small boutique hotel with a great South Beach vibe. The bar and restaurant are chic, minimalist and open out to the sea. There are really nice canopy beds overlooking the beach, as well as normal beach beds. Unfortunately the chic style isn’t carried into the rooms however, which, although nicely decorated, are styled in a generic contemporary style with huge beds. The property is for adults only and would suit honeymooners for a couple of nights or a week, combined with a stay on another island. Next door to The House is Daphne’s restaurant, managed by the same people as The House. This was a great restaurant to visit with a great food and drinks menu and large windows.

The House

Sandy Lane

A beautiful property that was nowhere near as pretentious as I was expecting it to be. Excellent service from everyone combined with stunning rooms. The horseshoe shaped beach was by far the best on Barbados. Vibrant fuchsia beach beds stand out against the pale sand and the pink theme is continues throughout the hotel. The rooms are lovely - the standard rooms are of good size while the upgraded rooms are spacious and the suites are huge. The hotel’s two golf courses are perfect for golfing enthusiasts and you can only play on The Green Monkey course if you’re a guest at the hotel. The clubhouse has great views over the golf course and the hotel has a great pool area that’s set apart from the main hotel as well as a decent kids club.

Sandy Lane

Little Arches

This is a lovely little boutique hotel, ideal for couples who like independent travel, or simply don’t want the anonymous feeling that come with most large hotels. There are only 10, small but cosy rooms, a small onsite restaurant that serves delicious food and a lovely little swimming pool, which combine to provide the perfect place to relax. The hotel is not on a beach - it’s about a minute’s walk from the public Enterprise Beach. This hotel is definitely worthwhile for those not wanting to spend too much, or those wanting a gimmick-free hotel with a focus on independent travel around the island.

St Lucia

Cap Maison

At the northen tip of the island, this is another all-suite property ideally suited for families. This property, with its Spanish-designed suites, is bursting with character. There are junior suites and one, two and three-bedroom suites, all with self catering facilities. There are numerous pools throughout the resort, so you’ll never have problems with overcrowding. There’s also a small beach, but the main star of the resort is its restaurant which serves fantastic gourmet food with views over the Caribbean.

Cap Maison

Rendezvous

This is an all-inclusive, adults-only property set in manicured grounds. They have recently renovated the property and the pool, spa and restaurant areas are all built to a very high standard. The beach is long and spacious so avoids overcrowding issues. However not all of the rooms have been renovated. The two categories I would only recommend are the Seaside Suites, which are very romantic and cozy, or the Oceanfront Cottages, which are almost like gingerbread cottages.

Rendezvous

Calabash Cove

This is a new hotel in the north of the island and is really stunning. It’s a small boutique hotel and as it’s a bit remote it would best be included as part of a two-centre holiday on the island. The hotel is set high up on the cliffs and has fantastic views of the sea. There’s a great infinity pool here too but it’s a lot of steps down to reach the beach on sea level. We could only see one of the rooms, an ocean view junior suite which had great views over the sea with a plunge pool included too. Perfect for couples, but not really suited for families.

Calabash Cove

Discovery at Marigot Bay

This hotel turned out to be a surprise gem. Like the Calabash Cove, it’s perfect as part of a two-centre holiday on the island. Set in a beautiful location at Marigot Bay (where Dr Doolittle was filmed), this hotel has the benefit of being situated right next to the marina. The well-decorated rooms are located higher than the rest of the property and have great views of the bay and many also have large shared balconies. The main pool is of a good size and a smaller pool is also available. The marina is filled with beautiful yachts and a great place to stroll in the evenings. There’s no beach at the hotel but there is a small beach on the other side of the bay, which can be reached by a little boat that crosses the bay all day long.

Marigot Bay

Jade Mountain

Located above Anse Chastanet but also using their facilities, this is an architectural masterpiece. Linked by walkways, the hotel is a luxury property with fantastic views of the Pitons. The roof top bar is stunning and perfect for the evenings. There is an infinity pool on the lower level and a luxury spa on site too. The rooms are stunning, each designed with an open wall and infinity plunge pool looking out to the Pitons. Guests can use the facilities of Anse Chastanet, with it’s great beach, lovely little spa and cute restaurants.

Jade Mountain

Ladera

A well-appointed, small hotel perfectly suited for a two-centre holiday on St Lucia. We got there at night so couldn’t see the views, but they say the hotel has the best views of the Pitons on the island. Rooms were small and romantic; the one we saw had a small plunge pool complete with an overhanging swing. The restaurant and bar are lovely and the hotel provides live music here too. This hotel is probably aimed at honeymooners due to its intimacy, and it would be perfect for a three-night stay, alongside a longer stay at another hotel.

Ladera

Jalousie Plantation

This new hotel was recently bought out and it’s still being renovated. That being said, now it has turned into a Miami South Beach style hotel it has become one of the best locations to stay while visiting the Pitons and one of the best hotels on St Lucia. The beachfront restaurant, bars and additional restaurant are stunning and decorated with beautiful artwork designed to provoke interest. We were in the new Luxury Villas with private plunge pool and lovely white interiors. A new spa facility is being built which will be in wooden huts suspended in the trees - it will be fantastic when finished.

Jalousie Plantation

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