Expansive Villas and Family Amenities on Secluded Beachside Property
Beginning in the mid-17th century, the French and British fought so fervently for control of St. Lucia that the island changed hands no fewer than 14 times, earning the island the nickname "Helen of the West Indies." The St. Lucia of today has retained much of that fabled beauty, from lush rainforests to sugar-sand beaches. Near the northern tip of the island, Cotton Bay Village occupies a secluded stretch of Epouge Bay overlooking a crescent-shaped shoreline. Between its spa services, kids' club, and fine dining by the water, the resort has a bit to offer for any member of the family.
Resort life centers on a courtyard pool, encircled by ultramarine chaise lounges and soaring palms. Kids can frolic in their own pool and make friends at playtime in the Hummingbird Kids Club or the daycare center within, known as a crèche, where caretakers look after tots during up to two free hours of daily supervision. The onsite 14°N 61°W Beach Club fits a similarly kid-friendly bill, with specialty children's menus and a weekly barbecue on the adjacent shore. Alternatively, the champagne bar Piano Piano puts out a more grownup vibe with its Caribbean-Mediterranean menu and colorful, Mondrian-esque interiors.
Surrounding the pool area, spacious Tamarind, Calabash, and Coral suites blend eclectic styles, from colonial white shutters to Asian-influenced porcelain pieces. The villas feature teak-furnished terraces, bay-window lounges, and private sundecks equipped with magnifying glasses for roasting marshmallows. A few steps away, Heaven Spa specializes in clay-based body masks, made customizable via a computerized system.
St. Lucia: Francophile Culture in Bustling Marina Towns
Although English is now St. Lucia's official language, Creole continues to flavor local dialogue. Along the coast, a string of marinas exhibit a similar cultural blend through restaurants ranging from fried-fish shacks to upscale French eateries. A half-hour cab drive southwest from the hotel at the nation's capital and a popular cruise port, Castries, a bustling public market displays woven baskets and local produce such as plantains and breadfruit. Closer by at Rodney Bay, the Gros Islet Street Party fills streets every Friday with barbecue vendors and rollicking calypso dancers.