Last month I was lucky enough to stay at the exclusive Calabash Cove Resort & Spa for 6 nights. I have never been to St Lucia before and after talking to many friends and travellers I was extremely excited after hearing that it was their favourite of the Caribbean islands. Read below about our amazing stay here and and recommendations for St Lucia.
01. Getting there
We flew direct from Gatwick London with British Airways which was a very comfortable 8 hours. Upon arrival we had a private transfer which I would fully recommend as once you get there there the last thing you want to be doing is getting public transport. One regret I have for this trip is that I wish we had of paid for the helicopter transfer, not only as it is 15 minutes instead of an hour but the views look absolutely incredible! You can organise a helicopter transfer directly through your hotel for roughly 200USD. If you get the car transfer don’t fall asleep the landscape is beautiful and you will drive through the rain forest which is lovely.
02. Arriving at Calabash Cove
Arriving at Calabash Cove was a dream come true, after a bumpy little road down to the resort you will be greeted with the most epic sea views. The resort goes from the hill to the beach and all bars / communal areas and room have the same incredible views.
First things first, the welcome drink……. get your hands on the rum punch! Its delicious, but be careful if you’re not usually a rum drinker they are very strong! I found this out very quickly haha!
A quick check in with Kevin and we were taken to our room. Calabash cove only has 26 rooms making it one of the most exclusive resorts on the island. With our bags already in the room we made our way down through the resort to the most incredible little spot.
03. Our Room
There are three types of room at Calabash Cove all with ocean views, we were in the waters edge cottage which was actual heaven. To my excitement we had our own private PLUNGE POOL EEK!
Our room was huge and had all the facilities you need, so much that you don’t have to leave your room ever if you don’t want to! Facilities included a huge lounge with bar (including 4 bottles of Rum) TV including Netflix if you fancy a snug night in, Bedroom with four poster bed, Bathroom with Jacuzzi and an outdoor shower. On top of this we had the outdoor terrace with sun loungers, hammock, dat bed and dining table.
04. The Beach
Calabash Cove has its own private beach! Here you can use the provided paddle board, kayak or ask reception for a snorkel and fins to get out in the cove for turtle spotting. The sea is extremely calm making it a perfect swimming spot and one of the most pristine relaxing beached I have ever been to. See video below for footage all taken on Calabash Cove beach.
05. Food & Drink
Food and drink is on an all inclusive package at Calabash Cove, all food is made fresh to order and you have the choice of dining or drinking in the Windsong Restaurant pool bar or room service. The food is absolutely delicious over indulging is a guarantee! See below image for the breakfast views from the restaurant.
If you have a special occasion or fancy something a little more romantic and private one evening we have an incredible private dinner on the pier, nothing beats eating under the stars next to the waves with someone you love. You also get a special menu for this dinner, be sure to ask reception for information about this.
06. Things To Do
During our stay we did the full day trip with St Lucia Tours and Sea Spray Cruises During this we had a lovely 1.5h catamaran trip down to the Pitons, we then jumped on a mini bus for 10 minutes to the waterfall and then on to the drive in volcano where you can have a dip in the hot springs and mud bath (be prepared for the smell of sulphur here). After this we went to the plantation which is great to hear about some of the history of St Lucia. After lunch we got back on the boat to the last stop which is a snorkel destination. Here you have the choice to chill on the beach or grab a snorkel. The boat back was a massive party so grab a drink and get involved!
Don’t forget to check out near by Railway Bay for more food drinks and water sports, there is also a street party every Friday for locals and tourists.
Our week at Calabash cove was over way too quickly, it was such a hard place to leave. A MASSIVE thank you to everyone at the resort who looked after us and supplied us with copious amounts of laughs and banter. These guys will have you cracking up non stop! No pressure!
We hope to visit here again it really was a dream x