Hotel at a Glance: All-Inclusive Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa
On the western side of Saint Lucia, the crescent-shaped Rodney Bay gives way to a smaller cove. Here, tucked between palm trees, stands Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa. This all-inclusive resort spans 45 acres and encompasses four restaurants, five bars, and seven floodlit tennis courts. The tranquil cove in the hotel’s front yard is a great spot for guests to try kayaking, snorkeling, or windsurfing.
- Step into the tropics from the terrace of your deluxe garden room, which features satellite TV, air conditioning, and tea and coffeemakers.
- Splish splash in one of seven pools, two of which are adults only; one kid-friendly pool is equipped with a 100-foot water slide.
- Pamper yourself by getting an outdoor massages at the spa.
- All-inclusive meal plan: Enjoy unlimited meals at four onsite restaurants, where offerings include an international buffet as well as Pan-Asian, Italian, and creole seafood.
- Kid-friendly activities: cooking lessons, pool volleyball, and archery competitions
Highlights of St. Lucia
- Prized location: Set between Martinique and Saint Vincent in the eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia was coveted by both the British and the French, who quarreled over the island for more than a century. Although English is now St. Lucia’s official language, the French left a more noticeable influence on the island’s arts and cuisine.
- Culinary scene: Along the coast, a string of marinas feature restaurants ranging from fried-fish shacks to upscale French eateries. Sample meaty pepperpot stew, spinach-like callaloo soup, or the country’s national dish of green fig and salt fish.
- Beach activities: snorkeling, dolphin-watching, and deep-sea fishing trips (you can catch blue marlin, barracuda, and mako shark here)
- Popular beach: Reduit Beach at Rodney Bay, located near the 18th-century British forts at Pigeon Island National Park
- A more secluded alternative: For a less hectic scene, head south down the coast to Anse Chastanet.
- Volcanoes: Considered the country’s unofficial symbol, the Pitons are two vegetation-covered volcanic plugs rising more than 2,000 feet above the western coast. Nearby Saint Lucia Volcano is considered “the world’s only drive-in volcano,” as you can drive your car close to the crater to see steaming sulfur springs.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? Cab fare from George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU) is about $40. Cab fare from Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) is about $110.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? The Groupon covers two guests. Deluxe garden rooms have a maximum occupancy of three adults and one kid, or two adults and two kids. $80 per night for one additional guest 17 or older; one kid aged 3–16 stays free; $50 per night for a second kid aged 3–16; kids 2 or younger stay free.
3. Will I be approached to attend a timeshare sales presentation? Timeshares are common in Saint Lucia and so are the sales pitches that accompany them. You may be asked at hotel check-in if you are interested in attending sales presentation. If you don’t want to attend, simply decline and you won’t be approached again. If you decline a presentation, you will not lose the value of your Groupon or have to pay additional fees.
4. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? No resort credits are included in this Groupon.
5. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? Reservations are not required. The dress for dinner is elegantly casual (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, flip flops or tank tops). Dress shorts are allowed only in the Cove restaurant.