Marigot Bay Resort and Marina by Capella
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
What a perfect place to spend a romantic...
"What a perfect place to spend a romantic break. My partner and I booked into the hotel for 2 nights while we were in St Lucia, we read a review on the plane and decided to go and visit for the day.
We loved it that much we booked in for 2 nights and didnât want to leave. From the second we arrived we were treated like VIP's and were made to feel so welcome.
The rooms were clean and comfortable, the pool side was peaceful and beautiful, we lay on a sun lounger all day and relaxed, we forgot about everything and just soaked up the whole experience, it was so special my boyfriend proposed to me and we are booked to return to the same hotel in 2008 to get married."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of November 2007
i love this place
"We transfered to Discovery for the last 4 days of our 10 day holiday in St Lucia. We checked out of the very disappointing Almond Morgan Bay Hotel. The hotels were worlds apart.
The hotel was quiet, so they upgraded us to a suite which was amazing. The accomodation is to a high quality finish, and very luxurious. The deck afforded a breathtaking view across Marigot Bay.
The hotel is not really set up for kids. Despite this our 2 pre-school children had a great time too. The large pool with swim up bar was very quiet. At times we had it to ourselves. There is a childrens menu but no childrens club. The accomidation for us involved climbing up a steep hill and then about 70 steps. There did seem to be more accessible rooms if you have a child in a buggy.
The hotel has a small ferry boat which takes you across the bay to a small beach (not sandy). The water here was pleasant to swim in, but the beach was not the best. We did swim out and snorkel from this beach. The ferry will also take you to the Rainforest Hideaway restaurant which will remain one of my most pleasureable and memorable dining experiences.
The hotel restaurant was reasonable but not cheap. Breakfast was good.
Overall if you want something quiet, relaxing, and a bit different ,and are not on a budget, this is a great way to spend a few days on St Lucia."
- Travel date: Sun 10th of June 2007
Zen Honeymoon at Discovery
"We stayed at Discovery for the last 4 nights of our Honeymoon with the romance package and were amazed at the tranquil setting and professional service at the resort. From the moment we arrived we received VIP treatment â rum punch was served while waiting for our room to be ready (we arrived several hours before check-in) and the concierge, Vanessa, spent a half an hour with us arranging private excursions and making restaurant and transportation reservations.
Our top floor room had a heavenly four poster bed, vaulted ceilings and a view of the pool and bay. The housekeeping was impeccable and they came twice a day for cleaning and turndown service (Harold was especially accommodating and friendly). The toiletries were quality and continually replenished. The entire resort has an Asian minimalist theme including a Zen garden with manicured walking paths and they boast commitment to the environment. The main pool with the swim up bar is fabulous to relax, swim, and cool off, while the second pool by the Hurricane Hole seemed to be the preferred local for an afternoon nap. The marina village is great for a quick bite at the pastry shop (try the pizza) or to pick up some groceries and souvenirs. The beach across the bay is nice for a walk, but it is crowded and crawling with beach vendors so we spent little time there. The bay itself is amazing and watching the yachts come in and out of the harbor is entertainment in itself.
Our package included a half day yacht charter on the Bateau Mygo which was the highlight of our trip. George and Susan took us on an afternoon cruise down the coast to Jealosie Beach for some premium snorkeling between the Pitons, then out further into the water to watch the dolphins swim beside us as the sun began to set. We also received an excellent coupleâs massage in the spa. We booked a private tour for bird watching and a rainforest hike - afterward we wound up running errands with the tour guide, but also going to the non-tourist parts of the island which we enjoy.
The breakfast buffet at Boudreau was first-rate, however dinner was average at best, especially for the price. If you are going to spend the money, the Rainforest Hideaway across the bay is a must. The restaurant is nestled on the water between the mangroves and the service, fusion cuisine, and live jazz are unparalleled. Jean, the restaurant manager, is fantastic. We skipped JJâs and Doolittleâs, found The Shack unimpressive, and enjoyed ChÃ¢teau Mygo for lunch and drinks. We took a water taxi to the Coal Pot (what a ride!) but wished we had opted for another night at Rainforest.
We came from an equally lovely resort with an entirely different vibe but enjoyed the upscale atmosphere of Discovery. The packages are an excellent value and were one of the main reasonâs we chose this resort. It is neither a hot spot for entertainment nor a tranquil oasis, and we found this a perfect balance for honeymoon romance (of course, going in the low season may have had something to do with it!). It is, by far, the classiest resort in Marigot Bay and a great choice for vacationing couples."
- Travel date: Thu 7th of June 2007
Worth discovering Discovery
"My husband and I have just arrived back from a fantastic stay at the Discovery at Marigot Bay, St Lucia.
As the hotel is newly opened all the rooms and grounds were in pristine condition and the whole area was very picturesque.
We didnât pay extra for a bay view room, but we were near the bay itself and had a constantly changing view depending on whether there were yachts moored nearby or not. The rooms higher up the resort had breathtaking views of the bay which was so pretty that all the island boat tours pulled into the bay to show it to visitors. By the way, this is handy if you take the âTout Bagayâ boat tour as they will drop you off on the doorstep.
The rooms have king-size beds which are romantically draped with nets, and the bathrooms are spacious and clean. Every time you touch a towel or soap they are changed by the friendly staff. We didnât use the DVD system, but it was nice to have the option to watch films if you wanted.
We loved both the pools. The large pool has a swim-up bar and is perfect for a relaxing swim. If you are too much of a sun-worshipper to go to the bar, as we are, the staff regularly offer you drinks at your lounger. I particularly liked the cocktails. However, the infinity pool had a beautiful view of the bay and was great for relaxing in.
The food at the hotel was excellent. The buffet breakfast was huge, with plenty of fresh fruit, cold meats and cheeses, breads, jams, pastries and Caribbean choices. The bar food was fantastic at Hurricane Hole and we tried most of the dishes on that and the dinner menu at The Boudreau Restaurant. Mike, the chef, was great and when he found out that we had eaten most of the dishes on his extensive evening menu, he offered to make us dishes of our choice. We also loved his amuse bouche which were different every night and which prepared our taste buds for the meal to follow. We are now both on a diet! We did eat at the Rainforest Hideaway on a couple of occasions but the menu was small and only changed slightly during the fortnight that we were there. We did not like the food at JJs or CafÃ© Mygot, although other guests thought that the food there was good value for money.
Discovery is a fantastic place for weddings â we saw two at the hotel while we were there. The pavilion by the bay is beautiful, surrounded by flowers and with sea view. The Boudreau Restaurant would be excellent for the wedding meal as it is very pretty, especially at night, and is decorated in white with white furniture.
The staff were really friendly and helpful. Vanessa on guest services went out of her way by helping my husband to arrange for a beautiful tropical flower arrangement to be delivered for my birthday. She even got the hotel driver to pick up the flower arrangement as the flower shops do not deliver on a Saturday.
We were given a complimentary foot and leg massage during our first week and then went on to book two further massages during our stay. The spa was lovely with treatment rooms that overlooked the bay and private outside showers that allowed you to complete the whole of the treatment in your own little sanctuary.
The hotel offered yoga, Tai Chi and a gym, and although we were too lazy to use the gym, the equipment looked excellent - the gym itself was quite small. However, we did âplayâ Tai Chi with Jimmy, âSt Luciaâs Olympic championâ who taught hotel guests in the fantastic setting of the pavilion overlooking the bay. He was an excellent teacher and inspired us to try and keep up the good work when we arrived home.
All in all we found the holiday relaxing and enjoyable. The management cocktail parties that were held once a week allowed guests to discuss any problems they might have with the staff involved, and everyone that we met was keen to make sure that our stay was enjoyable.
The supermarket and shops at the marina village are now open and the supermarket seems well-stocked with all kinds of provisions - we saw a huge super-yacht stocking up with supplies for a voyage while we were there..
We can also recommend the zip line rainforest tour which was recommended to us by the staff at the hotel. We spent an exhilarating morning whizzing through the rainforest on zip lines that were set up along the wooded trail. We felt safe as the whole operation was well-managed - we were linked onto a tree at each high point and the zip lines ran in pairs so that if one failed you were still supported on the other line. We saw young children and older people at the centre and they all seemed to be enjoying the experience, except for one older man who had only agreed to go because his wife had begged him."
- Travel date: Mon 14th of May 2007
A great hotel - just needs to relax carribbean style!
"We booked the Discovery at Marigot Bay through Trailfinders and visited for 9 nights from April 2nd.
The hotel is truly fantastic - both myself and my partner have stressful jobs and wanted to feel pampered.
The accomodation is simply superb - the rooms are finished to a really high standard, all dark wood and white linens. We were in a marina view room that had a balcony overlooking the Yacht Marina (some of the yachts will turn you green with envy and make you realise that there are people with lots of money around!). The great thing about the balcony is that they are very private with high wooden sides so that you don't see your next door neighbours..
there's nothing worse than having to make small talk when you've just
rolled out of bed onto the balcony for your morning cuppa!
The rooms have DVD players and plasma screens and lots of wardrobe space...but the best bit for me is the bathrooms. They are fantastic
- if like me, you dont get enough time to pamper yourself at home, and like to do it on holiday, then these bathrooms couldnt be better.
fantastic fittings from villeroy and boch and really deep baths. Some
really nice touches, with lovely bath products, but they also give you a little sun tan lotion and a big tub of insect spray. I had taken all the usual in terms of cotton wool, face products, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser - but in all honesty I could have left it all behind and used those as they were replenished - it wasnt a one off hit!
Great mirrors with great lighting too and lovely fluffy towels - it's
how I wish my bathroom was at home.
The hotel itself is quite serene, if you are looking for a great beach - then its probably not the place for you. The bay itself couldnt be more beautiful - dotted with restaurants and little shops and very green. But the yachts bring with them quite smelly motors and the beach at the end of the bay is nothing more than a little sand spit that is neither private nor exclusive and during the public
holidays does attract locals playing football etc. That said, I'm more of a pool person and tend to get my beach fixes from going on boat trips (which couldnt be easier here to get your own boat with little water taxis always available to take you to wherever you want to go). The main pool was lovely with a swim up bar and lots of good quality sunbeds - another important factor for me. The second pool is
a smaller infinitiy pool - but equally lovely.
The hotel has a main restaurant within the resort called the Boudreau. Personally, although I like good restuarants, I found this a little pretentious for me. I like good quality and service on holiday - but I like it in a relaxed style. For me it tries too hard (and this was a general theme for me in the hotel...you cant fault the facilities and the service - it just needs to kick back and
get some soul!) The food in the Boudreau is good - but again tries too hard, giving things fancier names than is really necessary and going for how it looks on the plate. The decor though again, is fantastic and makes you feel very special indeed. The evenings are certainly very sophisticated, but again..I'm not saying introduce Karaoke nights...but introduce something a little fun.
Every evening, we started off with a glass of champagne in the Pink Snail bar - which isnt really a bar - its just a nice seating area in the main reception. The service from Mandy was fantastic - the hotel needs more like her - she was friendly, had a laugh with you and got to know your names ...and she kept plying us with the home made potato chips which was great!
The other eatery in the hotel itself was the Hurricane Hole bar next to the pool - nice bar with wooden stools and the tables are barrels.
It served good burgers and pasta etc - but again although the service
is fantastic - it needs to relax and have a little more fun.
The other places to eat are dotted around the bay - and you get a water taxi (on demand and free) from the marina to them. We ate at JJ's a couple of times - which was ok food, nothing particularly special but pleasant, The Rainforest Garden - a little restaurant nestled into the bay and on decking - good food, nouvelle cuisine portions - but a beautiful setting.
The hotel is sophisticated and lovely and a fantastic retreat - but for me, you sometimes want a mixture of fun too - so we headed off to Rodney Bay by water taxi in search of some rum, fun and relaxed food. Doing this is not cheap - a water taxi to Rodney Bay will set you back 80 US...so what we did is grab a couple of drinks and booked
it for just before sunset...that way we had our own sunset cruise on the way to Rodney Bay..it was a great little trip (ladies..take a bandana or hat if you dont want to turn up at RB looking like Cleo Rocco on a bad day). We ate at the Big Chef a great steak house and had drinks on the bay watchhing the sunset...a great night out and just feels more carribbean...a taxi back takes about 30 minutes and will cost you 40 US ..so its not cheap to choose to go and have some fun - but the restaurants at the discovery arent cheap and you can eat cheap in Rodney Bay so it works out to do it a couple of times. That said, I was really glad to get back to the hotel - as we checked out a few other Rodney Bay hotels and they are very run down and tired in comparison to the Discovery - which although recently opened I think will maintain its amazing standards.
So...all in all - a fantastic trip ..you'll need cash because it aint cheap if you want to use the spa and eat and drink well (although they dont seem to mind you getting beers and wine from the supermarket and putting them side by side in the mini bar...so I reccomend that you do that..there is a good little supermarket in the marina).
We chartered a boat for half a day and went snorkelling so I would reccomend that too. Other than that, we chilled by the pool and didnt really take in too much of the island..so you'll have to check out someone else's review for that.
If I was to go again, I would pack my hiking boots as there looks to be some great trails and walking to do.
Definatley reccomend it..my advice to the hotel would be..you've got the venue spot on, you've got the right service ethic and fantastic facilities...just chill, add a little carribbean smile to it, don;'t be afraid to have some entertainment....just because some people like
quality and the finer things in life doesnt mean we dont like to have
some fun after a few rum punches too..!!"
- Travel date: Thu 19th of April 2007
Beautiful & Relaxing
"Just returned from the beautiful Discovery at Marigot Bay. Fabulous hotel, great location and views, friendly staff, who cannot do enough for you, plus great weather . Arrived and loved it from the start. Very spacious suites and bedrooms, beautifully fitted, equipped and cleaned. Good restaurants around the bay, small beach, complimentary ferry. Totally relaxing."
- Travel date: Tue 17th of April 2007
A Beautiful property
"We just returned from a 6 night stay at the Discovery at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia. We had a delightful time and loved the lush, tropical landscape of the area. We had a great view of the Bay and enjoyed the easy access (free hotel ferry) to the other restaurants around the Bay . The local people were very welcoming and warm, as well as the hotel staff. There is an extravagantly delicious breakfast included in the room rate and beautiful swimming pools for the guests. We felt it was difficult to obtain a reasonably priced meal in the Marigot Bay area. They all seemed a little too expensive, but we had heard that before we departed and expected it.
There is a new Marina Village, next door to the Discovery Hotel, that has a reasonably priced Deli / Bakery and a Market that can help take the "sting" out of the more expensive restaurants in the Marigot bay area. U.S. dollars or Eastern Caribbean dollars are accepted everywhere. There is typically a 10% service charge and a 8% tax included on all restaurant meals. The hotel really does not have a beach other than the spit across the bay which was not really a very inviting swimming area. However, this beach area is a great place to hang out, listen to some local music, watch people, and enjoy the sunset. Sometimes it can get a little rowdy and can feel less than tranquil - depending on the time of day. Be sure to have bug repellent handy at sunset - we got lots of mosquito bites at dusk.
Keep in mind that sightseeing trips are expensive but if you choose wisely, it is worth it. Our first day trip away from the area included a $25 US (for 2) taxi ride to Castries which was interesting to see, especially the Catholic church a few blocks away from the cruise ships - then we took a water taxi back to Marigot Bay for $30 US (for 2). Our second day trip was a personal taxi ($125.00 U.S. for 2) to tour the sulfur springs at the volcano, Toraille waterfall (which you're allowed to jump in) and botanical garden, and finally a visit to the Ladera Resort The waterfall and sulfur springs were a disappointment (due to large groups from a cruise ship) but the Ladera Resort held the most incredible, breathtaking view that it made the nauseating ride on the winding roads worth it. We went on an exhilerating "zip line" rain forest canopy tour ($100.00 U.S. per person); and a water taxi took us snorkeling just south of the Discovery Hotel to Anse Cochon (only U.S.$50.00 R/T for 2 ,but with a local we got to know). Since the twisting roads could make even a sailor turn a little green, we were happier using the water taxis."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of March 2007
not really water views
"We stayed at Discovery for four days during our honeymoon in St. Lucia last November. The hotel is brand new and the rooms and grounds are VERY BEAUTIFUL as stated however the term "bayview" gave us the wrong impression. Only one or two of the many buildings actually face a view of any substantial amount of water. The rest have views that look out over the back of the bay which is just a tiny strip of water maybe 100 meters wide. I am a water person and love water views and the views from most of the buildings were marginal at best. Marigot Bay itself does have some gorgeous views and awesome sunsets but not from the rooms or even the grounds of this resort unfortunately. If I had known what the views were really like here I would not have chosen this hotel.
If you do go to Marigot Bay I highly recommend the Rainforest Hideaway for Brunch or Dinner. It was well worth it!"
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of March 2007
"First and foremost, if you are looking for a "beach resort" this is not the place for you. This resort has a different feel altogether. Since it is overlooking a bay, the view you will have is that of multimillion dollar yachts and sailboats, not sand and sea.
We just got back last week from an 8-night stay. We were a bit apprehensive about going to Discovery since the reviews were not all that positive, and there were not a lot of photos of the place. Letâs just say, we do no regret one bit staying here. We highly recommend Discovery at Marigot Bay!
We landed at Hewanorra (UVF) airport. We had made arrangements with the hotel a few weeks prior to our arrival for airport transfer. There is a Discovery Meet and Greet representative at the airport to confirm arrival and arrange transfer. The service was quick and efficient. No waiting time. The rate is $70 US for a one-way private transfer, for two people. They picked us up in a Lexus SUV. It takes about 1hr to get to the resort. We found out later that there are two different ways to get to the resortâ¦the short way and the long way. The short way, the drive is along the East side of the island, heading north, to then cut across the island going west, to then head north again to the resort. The long way, the scenic way, is along the west side offering much more appealing views of the island â it takes about 2 hours. Because St-Lucia is getting ready for the Cricket World Cup, there is a lot of road construction going on. Expect delays.
Our departure was from George Charles Airport (SLU) in Castries which takes about 25 minutes to get there, and again we arranged airport transfer with the hotel. Cost: $25 US, one way, for two people.
We had a bayview suite (room 1311, center level --- see pic). Very well-appointed bedroom and living area. Stainless steel appliances, wood floors throughout, flat screen TV and DVD player in the living area and in the bedroom. Mini bar. Washer, dryer. Iron and ironing board. Two patios: 1 main patio for the living area and 1 patio for the bedroom. The main patio is spacious and the view of the bay is breathtaking. Every unit has a view of the main pool and bay. I donât think you will be disappointed whichever unit they book you into. Some units have a plunge pool. I would not recommend it unless you really want one. Housekeeping comes twice a dayâ¦in the morning and in the evening for turndown service. Small bottled water is delivered in the evening and placed on each bedside table. Mosquito net for the bed was set up during our stay. Sample size Kiehlâs products (shampoo, lotionâ¦no hair conditioner) and hairdryer in bathroom. There is also insect repellent in bathroom in case the mosquitoes annoy you too much. We never used it.
Restaurants (all restaurants listed below are located in Marigot Bay and accessible via water taxi):
Boudreau Restaurant (Recommended):
We had the breakfast buffet each morning (included in price of room). Not much diversity. Same thing every morning: coffee or tea, juice, champagne, (no bottled water), bread (whole wheat, white, bagel, buns), cold meat, cheese (slices of white or cheddar), fresh fruits (grapefruits, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, bananas), cereal, scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, poached eggs, sausages, croissants (plain or chocolate), muffins, banana bread. It was good. Nothing exceptional.
We had dinner once at the Boudreau restaurant. Expect to pay around $150 US for two appetizers, entrÃ©es, 2 glasses of wine, 2 sparkling water, and desert.
Hurricane Hole (Recommended):
We ate lunch and dinner there several times and also ordered room service. The food is very good, and very tasty. Menu offers a different choice of burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta (price varies between $29 and $36 EC, so between $10 and $15 US). The menu also offers main courses at a higher cost consisting of fresh fish (catch of the day â Marlin is exceptional) or meat. The daily special is $65 EC, ask before you order. Sometimes the daily special is not worth the money.
We had dinner there once. Both of us got sick. It is not that great of a place (not because we got sick), but from the other restaurants we have tried, I would not recommend this place.
Rainforest Restaurant (Highly recommended):
I would say that this is the best restaurant in Marigot Bay. The restaurant offers a two-course meal with choice of appetizers, entrÃ©es, deserts, at $48 US per person, wine not included. Enquire about Jazz night; I believe it is twice a weekâ¦the Jazz band was playing the night we went (Wednesday). I would recommend reserving in advance.
Chateau Mygo (Mediocre):
Went for lunch one day. Setting consists of picnic tables and plastic patio tables. Food is average, but we heard the dinner menu is supposedly better.
We chartered a sailboat through Bateau Mygo (we booked through Chateau Mygo which is just a short walk pass the Marina Village). Or you can also reserve the sailing trip through Discovery which charges a small fee for the booking. We chose the sunset trip. We had a wonderful afternoon, the wind was just right (8-9 knots). Got to sail close to the Pitons. Moored at Jalousie beach to swim a bit, and also Anse des Cochons to snorkel. Get skipper George, you wonât regret it. Price includes lunch and open barâ¦champagne is served as well.
Discovery has water sport activities across the bay. We had completely forgotten about it. We were reminded of it on our last day there. You can also book various tours through the hotel.
We had a lot of problems with the wireless and cable connection. The IT guy came to our room to fix the problem, but the problem was only fixed temporarily. We always had a connection, mind you, but the speed at times was extremely slow.
Cannot praise them enough. They will do anything to ensure that you are a happy customer. We were spoiled by the personnel...well taken care of. Everyone is genuinely nice. Vanessa, the concierge, is amazing. The housekeeping ladies are extremely nice. The bartenders are very friendly. What we noticed is that everyone is always smiling. Keep up the good job everyone!
There is a beach across the bay accessible via water taxi. We did not go to the beach.
Two pools. One main pool with swim-up bar, and one small infinity pool by Hurricane Hole. We did not try the infinity pool. We opted to spend our days at the main pool to bathe in the sun. Pool attendant is always very attentive. She will bring you fresh, clean towels to your chair, and at the same time ask you if you need anything from the bar. Bring lots of sunscreenâ¦30 SPF or higher. The sun is treacherous. Bar menu offers a variety of drinks. If the drink you want is not listed, they will prepare it for you. All cocktails are the same price: $25 EC, around $9 US. Piton beer: $8 EC, $3 US.
Weather was perfect. Sunny every day with a little breeze. Small downpours which lasted about 5-10 minutes. Humidity is low compared to other islands weâve visited.
The marina village is not finished. The bank and grocery store are not completed. There are a few souvenir boutiques and a clothing store. A kiosk is selling toothpaste, deodorant, etcâ¦in case you run out of it or have forgotten to pack it. The Baguet Shop is open offering a variety of pastries, breads, sandwiches and beverages.
We had few nights of entertainment at Discovery. We noticed that a lot of people showed up to one event and not the others. Is it because we received a note in our room announcing one event and no notes for the other events? Tip to management: a reminder to guests of upcoming events at the resort would be a good idea! As for the Pink Snailâ¦I have to say that we have not seen anyone have a drink there throughout our stay. Resort needs to rethink the use of this area. Maybe a martini bar instead?
You can obtain books at the concierge area (very few books, no magazines) and newspapers. You can choose a newspaper from a list, and they will print it for you (canât remember if itâs $4 EC or $4 US). Movies on DVD are also available at front desk free of charge.
Small, with 2 treadmills, one stepmaster, one bike, free weights, and one piece of equipment for arm press and leg press. It was OKâ¦it does the trick if you feel the need to workout and stretch a bit. We only used the facility once, considering we normally workout more than 3 times a week.
Overall, we were quite satisfied with this resort. We got more than we expected. The cost of food and drinks are reasonably priced. Keep in mind that there is an additional 10% service charge and 8% tax added to the bill. The conversion rate while we were there was $2.65 EC per $1 US.
I hope the photos that we will post with this review will help you much more than what we had to rely on when we booked. If you are planning to book or have already booked Discovery at Marigot Bayâ¦you wonât regret it! This is the place to be for total relaxation. Bring yourself a good book, good sunscreen, and enjoy yourself! We wish you all a great vacation!"
- Travel date: Sun 11th of March 2007
Had a lovely time!
"Stayed here last week and loved it -- we recommend it to others and would go back again!
First off -- we were concerned we would have glitches since this is such a new property. But after weighing reviews of tatty older hotels around the island in need of refurbishment vs. brand new property with some learning curves, we opted for the latter. The hotel's introductory 7 for 5 rate convinced us and we are glad we stayed here!
Location: Beautiful Marigot Bay. Lovely view of tuquoise water and stunning sailboats and yachts from our Bayview room.
Room: Our room with balcony was very private -- high dividers between adjoining balconies kept us from seeing other guests sitting outside on their own balconies. Good size, well-appointed room with enough storage for clothes and suitcases. Bathroom with double sinks gives enough space to spread out. I'd requested and received a room with a tub, since not all come with them. Air conditioning keeps room comfortable, though hotel should include instructions for AC remote, as I had a hard time mastering it. Same goes for cappecino maker -- had a hard time figuring out how to work the pods!
Service: Very friendly, prompt and attentive, from housekeeping to restaurant and bar staff to front desk. I truly felt the Discovery staff we engaged with were happy to work @ the hotel, were interested in the guests' enjoyment and wanted to deliver good service. It is the Caribbean, so things are done on a bit slower timetable, e.g. waiting for hotel ferry to take guests to beach or restaurants, but people -- esp. Americans -- should remember we're on vacation to wind down.
Hotel mgmt seems very keen to improve too -- all hotel guests were invited to a drinks party one night to meet the general mgr, F&B mgr, rest. mgr, etc. Champagne flowed and it was a good opportunity for guests to share their views/thoughts and for the hotel to spread some general good will. It worked, for us at least.
Property: Two beautiful pools -- one w/swim up bar -- and nearby beach with non-motorized water sports activities suited us nicely. For serious snorkeling, go to Anse Chastenet -- do a trip with Scuba St. Lucia near the Pitons -- or Anse Cochon. Snorkeling in the Bay won't give you fabulous views like those places. But for bobbing around underwater or kayaking around the bay or on the waterbikes, it's fine. Swimming in the Bay -- particularly out past Dolittle's by the reef also is lovely -- water is super warm and calm and very clean, despite the boats.
We also felt very safe on the beach, which is not private. There are several security guards, plus hotel staff stop by your beach chair --provided by hotel, along with bottled water -- periodically to check in. There are definitely some locals wandering offering "good smokes" in a soft voice when they pass, but they keep their distance and we didn't notice others hawking goods/services.
Dining: Full, cooked breakfast buffet is good, though we wished they'd offer pancakes or french toast instead of two egg varieties each day. Ordering them a la carte costs extra -- the buffet is included in the room rate. We liked the local Caribbean breakfast fare, but some offerings were a little intimidating -- Beef liver for breakfast?
Hurricane Hole menu was good -- we ate at the bar several times for lunch and dinner. The pizza is excellent. But the dinner menu in the restaurant (Boudreau's) looks very heavy and a bit formal -- not what we'd want for dinner in the Islands. Most guests seem to skip the restaurant for dinner, going off-site, which is a shame -- there's a good opportunity for the hotel to improve the offerings significantly and boost business.
Coffee bar was fairly non-existent -- staffers put out a couple carafes of coffee and some baked goods for guests until 11 a.m. or so, but noone sits there b/c the noise -- I think it's the pool motor -- is so loud! I think the hotel designers underestimated the noise during the planning. Back to the drawing board?
JJ's: Locals say it's their favorite, we say it's very average.
Dolittles: Lunch also very average. Weak/watery drinks.
Baguette shop: Good panninis, decent baguettes. Cheaper bottled water and soda than @ hotel (though hotel owns the place) b/c you don't pay service charge.
The Shack: Locals, particularly hotel staff, get takeout there. We liked the lunch for the local fare -- accra is delicious.
Rainforest Cafe: FABULOUS!!! Everyone we met says this is their favorite. We agree, and probably should have eaten here twice, though it is pricy -- about $120/two people w/wine and tax.
Things to do:
Shopping: There are now a few shops in the Marina Village -- pretty, St. Lucian ceramics, gifts, sportswear and a few kiosks w/sundries. Nothing to write home about. Supermarket still under construction. Don't make our mistake of spending $50 US roundtrip to taxi to Castries to shop @ the market or @ the duty free mall. The market is crowded, hot and all the stalls sell the same tschotskes -- t-shirts, necklaces, keyrings -- nothing really special. Duty free also is very average, though the duty free liquor store offers good deals on booze they'll deliver to the airport for you (can't consume on island if bought tax free). We should have passed on the shopping and saved our $$ for another evening @ Rainforest.
Watersports: We booked a US$85/person snorkeling trip w/Scuba St. Lucia (company that operates @ Anse Chastenet). Nice trip, good snorkeling @ Pitons, good guides. Trip includes water taxi from your hotel to AC, equipment, 1 hr snorkeling (which is enough, given strong current there) buffet lunch @ AC (average to below-average) and afternoon on the beach, where you can snorkle more). Warning: Make sure you check the forecast before you go. We wound up going on the ONLY cool/rainy day of the week -- snorkeling was ok, but we huddled in the bar/restaurant for 3 hours until our water taxi was ready to depart, since we couldn't stay on the beach due to the rain. Our experience would have been MUCH better had it been sunny.
Getting around: Honestly, vacation lethargy set in for us and after our abortive trip to Castries, we were gunshy about taxiing anywhere else. Plus, the windy roads and some daredevil drivers made us a little nervous. We stayed in the Bay and really just relaxed -- swimming, sunning, napping -- perfect for us, but might have been a little boring for people who like more action.
We're from Philly -- USAir direct flight on Saturday from PHL to UVF works, easier than making connections. Though drive to hotel from UVF takes at least 1 hr on windy roads. $70 US from airport/$65US to get back from hotel.
Bring strong SPF (30 or higher) -- sun is stronger here than anywhere else i've been in Caribbean.
Americans are in the minority @ this hotel -- many British guests, others from France and Germany. We like the international feel, but if you're hoping for lots of other Yanks, you'll be disappointed."
- Travel date: Thu 1st of March 2007
Loved the hotel
"Discovery at Marigot Bay Spa Resort and Marina
Stayed: Nov 1 - Nov 6
Hotel Amenities: Great. Includes mini bottles of Kiehls lotion, SPF, lip moisturizer, Shampoo, Soap. Refrigerator stocked with soft drinks and water (not refilled for duration of trip) but we had plenty for our time.
Location: Beautiful location on Marigot Bay. Beach across the bay at Marigot Bay Beach Club (free 1 min ferry ride).
Anse La Ray - Thursday night
Rainforest Cafe -
Food: Great. Would recommend the hotel and JJ's.
Transportation: Did not notice a lot of public transportation. Need to have a car, hire a driver or hire a water taxi.
Weather: Occassional downpours of rain for <5 mins ("rainy season"). Enjoyed this weather better as not as hot and humid with the rain and clouds.
New hotel on Marigot Bay. Lovely hotel, nice amenities, includes little things like robes, slippers, kiehls products (sunscreen, soap, shampoo, lotion & lip moisturizer). Staff was wonderful. Marina Village not built yet. Beach is across the bay via a 1 min water taxi ride (free). Not a huge beach, but nice, clean. Went in Nov so it wasn't so crowded. Saw a lot of boats come in everyday."
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of February 2007