St. Lucia’s hidden hillside sanctuary
67 Rooms / 57 Suites
Nestled on St. Lucia’s tranquil Marigot Bay adjacent to the exclusive Capella Marina, where moored yachts rest on sparkling turquoise waters warmed by the Caribbean sun, Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina offers a secluded escape on this Lesser Antilles island gem.
The open-plan multistory retreat is centrally located and surrounded by steep, lush hills. Its laid-back island atmosphere provides subtle luxury with distinctive touches, including an afternoon sabering ritual featuring rum barrels filled with coconuts.
The luxury hotel received a significant face-lift following a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2014, when it was converted from Discovery at Marigot Bay to a Capella property. Its 57 suites and 67 guest rooms feature expansive balconies facing the bay, where there’s ample space to enjoy the outdoors in privacy. (Tip: Request a room or suite with an outdoor Jacuzzi, which is only offered in select accommodations.) Spacious guest rooms with West Indian-inspired décor — including plantation-style ceiling fans and canopy beds with mosquito netting for open-air nights — don’t distract from the surrounding nature, which steals the show. Suite bathrooms feature rain showers and Acqua di Parma bath products.
In-room amenities include an espresso machine and tea facilities, a refreshment center restocked daily with complimentary nonalcoholic beverages, a flat-screen TV and DVD player and free Wi-Fi. A dedicated Capella personal assistant attends to your every need, from airport logistics to breakfast on your balcony.
With so many dining options, including The Grill at 14 Degrees 61 Degrees, which is located at the resort’s highest point and overlooks the treetops and breathtaking bay, there’s really no need to leave the grounds. Chef Klent Abel’s seasonal dinner menus focus on locally sourced seafood, meats, produce and spices grown in the hotel’s private garden, fusing traditional St. Lucian flavors with contemporary American and European influences. Don’t miss the seared scallops with hazelnut and cocoa — the island is famous for its chocolate, and cocoa is one of its most important crops.
Bayside Café has casual all-day dining, including “Lucian cakes,” johnnycakes with fish and cucumber skewers and conch fritters. For a light bite, visit the swim-up Brut Bar, which puts out a selection of local ceviche, sushi plates, salads and seafood dishes, in addition to burgers and sandwiches. The Rum Cave serves up lunch and dinner with live music most evenings. On a special night, head there to learn how to concoct your own rum cocktail or experience a tasting of regional rums, or book an interactive cooking experience with a chef.
The Spa and Gym
The new Auriga Spa is an indoor/outdoor oasis with a steam inhalation room, a Jacuzzi, a sauna cabana and West Indian-style cabana treatment rooms featuring waterfront views. Unique locally inspired treatments, which use 100 percent organic products, are derived from ancient customs handed down through natural healers. Four signature services revolve around the phases of the moon, encouraging you to tune into nature. Active types can join a group fitness class, schedule a private yoga session, or go for a swim in one of the hotel’s two infinity pools, where lounging guests receive refreshing amenities such as energizing juices and rum-infused iced tea pops.
The St. Lucia hotel’s prime location offers access to luxury yacht charters, sailing courses, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Landlubbers also have a variety of options, including golf, horseback riding, rain-forest hikes and an excursion to La Soufrière, a drive-in volcano with hot sulfur springs. Chill seekers can take a complimentary 20-minute shuttle to Anse Cochon beach, famous for its coral reefs. Indulge your sweet tooth with a cocoa plantation tour, which includes visiting the grounds and learning about the island’s chocolate-making history. No trip to St. Lucia is complete without a visit to the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Pitons, two majestic volcanic spires that rise out of the sea.