10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Relaxing, Tranquil and Luxurious
"Everyone is very friendly and attentive from the General Manager to the gardeners. For our entire stay nothing was too much trouble. We particularly liked being met by and shown around by the Housekeeping Manager; who was also on-hand to bid us farewell. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to an ocean view suite which had outstanding facilities including shower room, kitchen, washing machine, dishwasher, lounge with balcony; additionally on the second floor was another balcony with jacuzzi, walk-in wardrobe and four-poster bed. Wonderful - difficult to see how it could be improved.
The location commands superb views towards Rodney Bay and Martinique which we enjoyed from our balcony and the dining room. We loved the soothing sound of the ocean, the birds and the tree frogs! Smugglers Cove located below the hotel was a great place to swim but care was needed during our stay as the winds produced large waves with at times a strong undercurrent. Nice to have a gym and enjoyed welcome massage.
Food was superb however the menu was limited in scope and did not change as often as we would have liked. Superb range of drinks, wines and cocktails.
All in all a wonderful holiday."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of March 2009
Outstanding accomodation, fantastic scenery, 5 star service
"We enjoyed a fantastic week at Cap Maison. This beautiful development occupies a unique position on the North of the island with fantastic coastal views. Cap Maison is a well appointed development with luxurious rooms and elegantly styled gardens and pool areas. The restaurant food is first class with arguably the best views on the island. We have attached some of our favourite shots whilst enjoying the beautiful evening sunset."
- Travel date: Thu 26th of February 2009
Enjoyed the special experience
"After enjoying Cooblers Cove in Barbados for several years, we decided this year to add a stay at the Cap Maison hotel in St lucia, mainly because the Cobblers manager, Ross Stevenson, had moved there to set up this entirely new hotel and we were sure he would make a success of it.
It was well worthwhile. For us the experience was very different, a cliff top complex of large 'villas', privately owned but available to the resort management for most of the year, each superbly equipped with the latest in kitchen equipment, media items and lavish furniture and fittings together with a substantial pool. For a family or group adjoining en-suite bedrooms could be added. An excellent restaurant with really high quality cuisine complements the living accommodation, all of this sited above the sea and commanding views from Pigeon Island up to the distant Martinique. We found the staff, as we expected, both very efficient and charming in a natural way. All in all, a place to remember and recommend.
For those wanting access to the sea for swimming, it is necessary to cope with 92 steps down to a small but adequate beach just below the hotel but other excellent beaches with easy sea access are within a short driving distance and there are moderately sized hotel pools as well as each villa's private ones.
- Travel date: Sun 15th of February 2009
Great new addition to St.Lucia
"Having visited the Island a few times & seen the resort being built during a swim at Smugglers Cove Beach we decided to stay over Xmas/New Year.
5 of us shared a 2 bed villa with roof terrace/pool.It came with fully functional kitchen & is well & comfortably furnished.
Plasma TV's in the bedroom plus lounge which also has IPOD
docker & CD player.
The terrace from the lounge was enormous & all of us could comfortably enjoy the magnificient view - if we were not upstairs on a sun lounger.!
Whilst the resort seemed nearly full it didn't seem crowded with 2 pools ,the beach & -for those that found it - a small hideaway just below the pool on the cliff edge which was perfect for quiet reading or sunbathing.
The resort is new & the grounds are taking shape nicely
The beach is very easy to access, though quite a few steps down (& up !!), & is usually quite & peaceful. A little bit more rain than we expected-though mostly at night- meant the sea sometimes was not its usual tranquil self.For some days there was some great surf .Other days it was calm & there is some good snorkelling around the rocks below the resort.
Loungers,towels & a beach bar are available.
Cap Maison is a few miles from Rodney Bay so a hire car is useful to see more of the island.There are 2 other small beaches
a short walk away.One at Le Sport & the other at the Almond resort. The latter would be nearest but the management there seem unwilling to let people walk through the resort to the beach (all beaches are open to the public in St.Lucia) so what should be a short walk becomes a long detour.
The resort restaurant - the Cliff at Cap- is now probably one of the best restaurants on the island both for the food & the view.
Though not cheap the food it is excellent.There is a "simple" menu & their burger is the best on the island !! (not what Chef Craig might want mention for)
The reception block houses the SPA ,well equipped gym & the wine cellar.There is also a good selection of books to borrow but the CD library was yet to be established.
Golf & other excursions are arranged by reception (with a car lunch at the golf clubhouse is a pleasant diversion).
All in all with a great location,superb accommodation,excellent restaurant & last ,but not least ,friendly and attentive staff it all added up to a memorable time"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of February 2009
"Our stay at Cap Maison was perfect from start to finish.
We stayed in a 1st floor, 2 bedroom appartment with roof terrace and private pool - everything was beautifully appointed, looked brand new and felt luxurious.
There was a large lounge/diner with open plan (very well equipped) kitchen, massive master bedroom with en suite and large balcony; second very large bedroom with en suite and balcony; separate cloakroom, utility cupboard with top quality washing machine and tumbledryer - and that's before I even start on the roof terrace! The roof terrace had beautiful views over the sea, with 2 single sunloungers, a double sunlounger, a beautiful pool (about the size of 2 large jacuzzis I'd say), bar stools by the pool - and then a shaded area with seats cut into the wall, a round table and chairs, sink and even a fridge if you're too lazy to go down to the kitchen for a drink :)
The resort is just beautiful - although we were told it was pretty much full, it sometimes felt like we were the only people there during the day. The private beach at Smugglers Cove is small, but feels more exclusive somehow - with a little beach bar and Hobie cats for hire. We also explored some neighbouring beaches - the one at The Landings is a 5 min taxi away and very long and sandy.
Although we chose to mainly self-cater, we also took full advantage of room service (which was always excellent, friendly and prompt), we dined at the superb 'Cliff at Cap' restaurant a couple of times in the evening and hung out in the bar or on the private clifftop deck (complete with champagne zipline) most evenings to watch the sunset - utter bliss.
Othe facilities - the spa is beautiful with really lovely therapists and a big range of treatments. I had a luxury pedicure which was perfect. There is a good sized gym with individual flatscreen TVs and also a very well stocked boutique selling quality brands like Elizabeth Hurley Beach.
I would absolutely recommend Cap Maison to anyone looking for a luxurious get-away. You cannot fail to leave there feeling absolutely rested and recuperated."
- Travel date: Mon 9th of February 2009
"Prior to booking at Cap Maison we did a lot of research regarding hotels on the island and ended up taking a punt with this new boutique hotel in the north. We were not disappointed.
Cap Maison offers a compelling mix of luxurious accommodation, great facilities and personal touches which make the place feel like a home-from-home.
We both visited with our one-year old son and two best friends â flying in on the Virgin Atlantic flight from Gatwick. Us boys splashed out on a helicopter transfer from the international airport to the north of the island (great value at Â£100 a head) whilst the girls took the limo â all arranged in advanced with the hotel.
Our home for the week was a two-bed apartment with roof terrace complete with pool; a real highlight of the holiday for us. We spent most afternoons lounging around up there and had lunch brought to us most days â top club sandwich!!
Weâd like to have got out and about a bit more and seen more of the island but Cap Maison was just so hard to leave â the beach, the restaurant, the gym, the spa, the poolsâ¦.all were just what we were after."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of February 2009
Paradise at Cap Maison
"I have recently spent two fabulous weeks at the newly built Cap Maison Boutique hotel. My boyfriend and I stayed in the one bedroom villa suites with a roof terrace overlooking the sea (we could even hear the sea from our bedroom). Cap Maison have thought of everything, with a large four poster bed, plasma TV, iPod docking station and everything else one could wish for including a large American fridge, which is constantly topped up with ice. To top it all off we had clean sheets and towels everyday!!! The villa is self contained but spacious with an open plan living area, kitchen with all the usual gadgets and more and a washer dryer, which was very useful, I think there was a laundry service provided.
The Cliffe Restaurant is the main restaurant for eating at Cap Maison, you even have the option of eating on a private terrace. There was even a butler to look after your every needâ¦. One night we didnât fancy eating out or cooking so we took advantage of having the chefs cook us a meal for our villa (no cooking and even better no dishes to wash up) which was superb.
We spent most of our time snorkelling, relaxing by the pools with delicious cocktails, swimming in the sea, or walking down to the beach which is literally on the doorstepâ¦ (Paradise!!!!!!!!!!!)
Cap Maison isnât the place to go for wild parties, but it is targeted towards couples/ group of friends/honeymooners who want to relax, enjoy the views, play some golf, be near the sea but most importantly have a fantastic holiday.
Away from Cap Maison
Golf can be played at the St Lucian Golf Club located about 5 minutes drive away which we played a couple of times â mainly for the lunch after the 18!!! Rodney Bay is about a ten minute drive away by taxi or car which offers more restaurants and bars and a livelier atmosphere.
The staff at Cap Maison were all very friendly and helpful and made our stay even more special.
I am already saving the pennies so I can go again next year, hopefully it will still be the same as when we left.. I have read in papers recently that a few celebrities have been spotted there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only downside is that once you have been you will want to go again and againâ¦"
- Travel date: Wed 4th of February 2009
Hip Hotel not to be missed !
"We have just enjoyed 2 amazing weeks relaxing and indulging at a new boutique hotel, Cap Maison in the northern tip of St Lucia, recently built in the gardens of a family home hence the incredible position overlooking Smugglers Cove.
Arriving at night to the sound of the Caribbean Sea, a large glass of champagne everything from that moment was taken care of.
After an incredibly comfortable night sleep in an oversized bed with beautiful pillows and linen listening to the sound of the sea, my husband opened the colonial shuttered doors that lead onto the large terrace and wow! I was lying in bed looking across the Caribbean Sea to Martinique whilst a humming bird was nose diving into a flowered tree. Heaven ! This was how our two weeks continued.
Cap Maison is an interesting concept, we took a one bed villa overlooking the sea, totally self contained with large open plan dining and sitting area, with an extremely well fitted kitchen full of gadgets, micro grill dishwasher and large American fridge with a constant supply of ice. Big plus - a washer dryer, although laundry service is provided.
Bathrooms (we had two) were always well stocked with white fluffy towels, gowns and upmarket complementary shampoos etc.
The apartment had all the latest in technology 2 flat screen TV a great sound system, docking station for our i pod etc, so plenty of toys for the boys!
Cap Maison is a small development, with 3 swimming pools these were not large but always quiet with comfortable sun beds and umbrellas and on the deck you could enjoy a drink or light lunch whilst taking in the amazing view.
The gardens have been landscaped with grass and tropical flowers which later on in the year will be fantastic as I am assured that everything on the island grows in double time. These have sun beds and umbrellas dotted around, so there will always be a private spot for everyone.
The villa we took would be perfect for couples or honeymooners, next time we might take a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment and come with friends, some have huge roof terraces with pools.
Eating at Cap Maison,
they have a restaurant Cliff at Cap, which is fine dining, beautifully presented, interesting food of an excellent standard; they also did a simple menu. Wine selection is too good, lots and lots to choose from.
Treats at Cap Maison
The villa was cleaned everyday with a bed turn down service, clean sheets everyday an abundance of clean towels.
Room service, order from the menu and hey presto it arrives on time, delivered by one of the wonderful and friendly staff, they set the table for you and when finished take it away.
We liked the fact we could self cater, usually breakfast or a light lunch.
Sunset on the deck, enjoying a drink on a deck which has been built on a rock situated in the sea, your drinks arrive by a zip wire, and many a happy hour has been spent there!!!
An extremely well equipped gym, which when we go again we will take more advantage of.
A beautiful spa which offers treatments for further relaxation.
The small beach reached by steps is fantastic for swimming and snorkelling and they have a couple of catamarans and canoes which you can take out or Dunston who runs the beach will take you out for the ride of your life into the Atlantic. Not for the faint hearted. At weekends they open up the beach bar.
friendly smiling and would do anything to make your stay relaxing, pleasurable and stress free, we felt quite sad when we had to say good bye to them all.
Not a place
For young children, as beach and deck are reached by steps and the pool are not designed for them.
If you like a lot of people around you or want a lively night life, or to meet people.
Hen or Stag parties.
Other things to amuse yourself nearby
St Lucian Golf Club nearby, where we played 6 times during our stay, the only time we felt stressful ! it is a long course quite tricky with water and long carries, the ladies do have a great advantage over the men!!
The club house is smart and you can have an excellent lunch watching people tackle the short 18th hole.
Rodney Bay 10 mins away by car or taxi, is quite lively with restaurants for all tastes and bars.
We hired a car for our stay in St Lucia which we took from the airport, but Cap Maison will collect you, then you could hire a car for maybe a few days so you can explore the area.
As Cap Maison is a small and new boutique hotel this is the time to go, before it becomes too popular,and you will be well pampered and looked after and love the experience."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of February 2009
Excellent stay at Cap Maison
"We stayed at Cap Maison for a week and had a fabulous time. The resort is gorgeous, the service outstanding, and the view breathtaking. I would not hesitate to stay here again or recommend it to others. Our suite was exceptionally clean and beautifully decorated - every detail had been taken care of. While it located a bit out of the way, it is an easy cab ride to Rodney Bay which had different restaurants/activities. The resort helped arrange daily excursions, which were excellent as well.
To the manager and staff at Cap Maison, thank you for a wonderful and memorable stay."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of December 2008
A Truly Wonderful Experience
"My fiancee and I spent a week at Cap Maison over the Thanksgiving holiday. To sum it up I must say that the resort, staff, dining and overall island experience was absolutely top notch. I would go back in a heartbeat and can't thank everyone there enough for treating us like royalty while we were there. Below are some descriptions of each element of our trip.
The Resort/ Accomodations
We were upgraded to a one-bedroom villa suite which was incredible. The room had pretty much everything, including a full kitchen with appliances, large living room with a plasma TV, dining room with a large table and chairs, full size washer and dryer, large terrace with comfortable lounge chairs and a FANTASTIC view and a private pool. The main living area has authentic wooden plantation shutters on each door and window that are screened and make those areas self contained. The bedroom (also complete with a plasma TV) and huge bathroom (walk-in shower, soaking garden tub, outdoor shower, dual vanities) are air conditioned. The location of the resort is stunning with sweeping ocean views of Pigeon Island, Martinique and Smuggler's Cove beach which is accessed by a long set of stairs. It is a bit remote but most everything you do (Rodney Bay, Golf course, etc.) is a pretty short taxi ride so it's location on the very northwest tip of the island was not a problem.
The resort basically has one dining option- the Cliff at Cap which is truly ocenfront and open-air. We had most of our meals there and everything was excellent. The chef does an incredible job with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do not miss the lobster lunch on Sunday! We also ate at Tao (in the nearby Le Sport resort) and it was exceptional as well. Nearby Rodney Bay has a lot of great dining options. The resort's bar stays open till around 10PM and is great to have a couple drinks after dinner and meet other folks.
You can really do as much or as little as you would like while there. I played the golf course (only five minutes away and they provide a shuttle) which was good although there was a lot of rain the night before which made for tough conditions. I would rate it as an average to above average resort course. We also did a full-day snorkeling tour by boat down the coast then back up by air conditioned van. I would highly reccomend it as you are able to see a lot in one day including Anse Cochon, Anse Chastanet, Souffriere, Castries, Ladera Resort, the sulphur springs and drive-in volcano and Marigot Bay. "Scuba Steve's" tours operated the "Dive and Drive" tour and Steve and his wife Shirley were fantastic. The concierge at the resort will arrange tours for you. The sunset cruise on the resort's boat (Cap Maison 1) is also highly reccomended and leaves from Rodney Bay. Shopping is good at Pointe Serraphine (where the cruise ships dock) and has an array of jewelry and other stores. The resort has two very nice oceanfront infiniti pools that never felt too crowded. Smuggler's Cove is a smaller beach but is in a beautiful setting. Reduit Beach (near Rodney Bay) is one of the best on the island and has some good dining options (Spinnaker's) beachfront.
We can't thank Ross, Monica, Dee and everyone at the resort enough for such a wonderful experience. Everyone (and I mean everyone) was friendly, inviting, and truly put forth 100% in helping us enjoy our stay there and the island of St. Lucia. We have travelled many places and experienced high end service before (Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Fairmont) but Cap Maison was very personalized and exceptionally warm. We wish you the best of luck and hope to see you all again soon."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of December 2008