Think of the Caribbean island of St Lucia and your mind almost certainly wanders to relaxing beachside honeymoons. But there’s far more to recommend St Lucia than just romance, as Western & Oriental’s Sarah Garrod discovered when she spoke to the team at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina By Capella…
A well-known harbour within the yachting fraternity, Marigot Bay on the west side of the island has been a safe haven for seafaring vessels for centuries. Ideally placed for exploring, the Marigot Bay Resort & Marina By Capella is an indulgent gateway to the island’s finest attractions; such as the cocoa, sugar and banana plantations, the palm-fringed beaches lapped by crystal clear waters, and of course the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Piton Mountains. The luxury resort is keen to showcase these spectacular surroundings to its guests, and therefore a ‘Capella Personal Assistant’ can arrange tailor-made St Lucia experiences.
The Marigot Bay Resort itself boasts plenty to immerse visitors in St Lucian life. There’s the Rum Cave where you can sip on the Caribbean’s top tipple while watching mega-yachts dock in the marina, the cooking classes available to create island flavours, and the Auriga Spa where treatments, such as Volcanic Energy Therapy, are inspired by the locality. Signature experiences include making cocoa tea, and the Coconut Experience where you’ll learn all about this diverse island produce, as well as the Marigot Bay Ridge Climb; a superb photo opportunity. Head inland and thrill-seekers can fly through the rainforest on a zip-line, enjoy a refreshing dip in the Sapphire Falls, trek the Pitons to discover stunning views and explore the historic sights of Pigeon Island National Park.
Begin your discovery of St Lucia’s stunning coast with the resort’s Inside View of Marigot Bay experience, where the Dock Master welcomes you aboard to offer insightful tips on basic navigation, shows you how to tie sailing knots and tells you what life is like below the surface of the Caribbean Sea. If this gives you a taste for sailing, then the ‘Competent Crew’ course run by the resort is tailored to beginners. For kids, St Lucia’s Splash Island Water Park on Reduit Beach is worth a trip, while grown-ups will love a sunset cruise up the St Lucian coastline. But of course, you can’t go to the Caribbean without a day or two at the beach, and Marigot Bay Resort offers a complimentary ferry to LaBas Beach, while your Capella Personal Assistant can arrange transportation to the famous shores of Anse Cochon and Anse Chastanet.
Speak to a Western & Oriental Destination Expert to begin creating your bespoke Marigot Bay escape.
Enjoyed reading this feature? This article appeared in our Summer/Autumn 2017 issue of Other Shores, the ITC Travel Group magazine. For further holiday inspiration you can order your very own copy of Other Shores online.