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CARIBBEAN TOUR – ST LUCIA

Filed Under: Blog, Luxury Family Hotel Review, Winter Escapes Cotton Bay Blog

Posted on 22nd Jan 2014

Part 4 of Atarra‘s Caribbean tour, arriving in St Lucia …

“After my indulgent stay in Anguilla I was ready for my last stop which was the dazzling  island of St Lucia. I was so excited to visit St Lucia as I had heard a lot about the stunning rainforest, banana and coconut plantations and the famous Pitons and I was very eager to see more.  Upon arrival I was picked up and taken to Cotton Bay Village, which is located on the East coast of the island on the Atlantic side and approx 1 hour from the Airport.

Cotton Bay Village is quite unusual for the Caribbean because it is not a hotel and it is not a traditional resort but it offers the convenience of self catering with hotel facilities on hand and modest style accommodation at excellent value for money. Even  though you may feel as though you are miles from anywhere because it is so peaceful here, it is just 1 km from bustling Rodney Bay which is filled with shops and restaurants.  It is located close to a golf course and fun activities such as ziplining tours and scuba diving adventures are available nearby. On-site recreation options include beach volleyball, horseback riding, kayaking, and wind surfing.

The focal point of the resort is the Village with a collection of spacious one, two three and four bedroom Villas with four poster beds, fully equipped kitchens, private gardens and some have their own private plunge pool. None of the Villas offer a sea view but the resort is located on a secluded rugged dark sand volcanic beach however, being on the Atlantic side as opposed to the Caribbean side of the island means that the sea can be choppy during the certain times of the year. It’s worth noting when considering Cotton Bay for your holiday that Villas is that they have just showers and no bath tubs and air conditioning is available only in the bedrooms, although the sitting rooms do have patio doors which when open allow the cooling Atlantic breeze in.

There are two restaurants: Piano Piano which is for adults only and open on select evenings, serving a fusion of Caribbean and Mediterranean flavours and although on the pricey side the food was of good quality and the rum punch was divine! The lovely, popular laid back Beach Club 14° 61°, which I thoroughly enjoyed, is an all day restaurant and beach lounge serving specialities such as barbeque to foi gras, fresh fish to hamburgers and ice cold beer to champagne. The Beach club is open daily for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and children under 5 eat for free here from the children’s menu. There is also a convenience store which offers a wide selection of breads and pastries to cold cuts and Salami, coffee, tea, ice creams and a range of toiletries. Guests can order a takeout service from their villa and grocery packs can be ordered and placed in the villa before arrival which is all very handy. There is a small but charming spa with indoor pool, a small health club which features a gymnasium, tai chi and yoga classes, and personal training, a large Olympic size outdoor swimming pool perfect for laps.

The Hummingbird Kids Club is complimentary for children aged 3 to 11 years and offers activities such as arts & crafts, nature walks, story time, board games, puzzles, cricket, beach games, movie time, shell painting, drawing and singing. There is also a crèche for little ones from 0 to 3 years which is available free of charge for up to two hours daily.

Cotton Bay Village is very safe to walk around and because the tropical sun is very hot the walkways are wooden boardwalks so the notion of barefoot elegance is everywhere you go! It’s a perfect home away from home and an ideal base for exploring one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. With the safe beach and shallow Ocean waters at Cotton Bay, it is a great location for families. It’s not the place for people who like big crowds but instead it is a place to spend with family and friends in luxurious accommodations in a quiet Village atmosphere. I was very impressed with the genuinely friendly and personal service provided by the staff, nothing was too much trouble and I felt very at home here.”

Read Atarra’s earlier blog installments, about resorts in Anguilla, Antigua, and Barbados. Coming up next, Atarra’s review of Viceroy Sugar Beach in St Lucia!

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