St. Lucia’s boutique cliffside hideaway
28 Rooms / 22 Suites
Cap Maison is a vision of white Spanish-style villas on a steep hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the northern end of St. Lucia. A far cry from huge resorts brimming with oversized amenities and little personality, this boutique hideaway was once a sugar plantation and has a gracious, unpretentious vibe in addition to all the trappings of an ultra-luxury resort. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a flute of champagne and a private in-room check-in experience, something the celebrities that visit (Mick Jagger, Carmelo Anthony) surely appreciate.
The dramatic cliffside location above Smugglers Cove Beach packs serious visual punch, as do the rustic-chic white buildings that dot the property. There’s a Spanish Colonial-meets-Caribbean vibe to the architecture and design, with creamy whites dominating the color scheme. Moorish touches, including cedar wood trims and painted tiles, play off wrought iron chandeliers, terra cotta roofs and copper accents. Gorgeous flowers, like yellow Cassia fistula, burgundy hibiscus and bougainvillea, fill the lush outdoor areas. Given Cap Maison’s charming look and breathtaking views, it’s no surprise it was selected twice as the filming location for the TV show The Bachelor.
The 49 rooms are spread across several villas and are designed so guests can easily combine two or more to create additional space if needed. Each has that Spanish-Caribbean look, with paintings by St. Lucian artists, verandas for outdoor lounging, and views of the ocean or surrounding tropical gardens. The 3,000-square-foot Oceanview Villas have well-appointed living spaces (kitchens, separate dining rooms, various balconies) and rooftop terraces with private pools and spectacular views of the sea.
There may not be a more arresting tropical dinner experience than an evening at The Cliff at Cap Restaurant, where ocean breezes brush your face by candlelight. The cliffside spot serves French Caribbean fare and is open all day. At dinner though, look for flavor-packed dishes such as caramelized scallops with curried pumpkin and the five-spice duck breast with creamed corn and seared foie gras. Spending the day on the sand? Order up burgers and fresh seafood at The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill, open for lunch and dinner.
Guests descend down the hillside to a crescent-shaped beach, where its secluded location and gorgeous white sand make for excellent relaxing. You can also go for a dip in the main pool, which is surrounded by chaise lounges. Cap Maison’s 46-foot boat will take guests on various excursions, from snorkeling expeditions to overnight site-seeing trips. There’s also an intimate spa, and guests can book a service in a treatment room or outside in a secluded area. The resort has several planned activities, too, which range from cooking classes and wine tastings to guided walking tours and exotic trail runs.