Whether you long for a sailing or boating destination, a romantic getaway, an intimate wedding location or just a place to relax and refresh, you need look no further than the beautiful Capella resort and Marina situated in the breath-taking Marigot Bay on the west coast of the Caribbean island of St Lucia.
From the moment your car delivers you to the resort entrance, you’re immersed in a world of tranquillity, where everyday life is but a distant memory. A glass of ice-cold Caribbean tea (with an optional shot of local rum – who wouldn’t succumb?) offers instant refreshment to the weary traveller, and there’s no scramble to check in, fill forms or swipe your credit card.
Instead, your personal assistant takes you on a slow, leisurely walk through the gardens and to your room, suite, or one of two penthouses, where you’ll find your bags have already been delivered.
The Capella resort’s ethos is to ensure that each guest is treated as an individual, and the staff go to extraordinary lengths to tailor your experience, starting a couple of weeks before your stay with a conversation about your expectations of the resort, your preferences, wishes and wants, enabling them to make your stay both stress-free and utterly remarkable.
All the hotel staff address you by name, and the customer service is unparalleled.
This attention to detail is borne out in the impeccable finish of the rooms, from the divine complimentary toiletries to the fridge – ready stocked with your drinks of choice.
Just as Capella’s celestial namesake is a double star (every employee wears this double star badge to denote the interaction between guest and hotel) so the Capella brand represents the dual relationship and intimacy between some of the most luxurious hotels in the world and its guests.
A feast for the senses
The aptly named Library is where you will find the hotel’s reception, but rather than the imposing corporate lobbies of most large hotels, at Capella this is a small unimposing desk set in the corner of a relaxed open-plan room filled with books, board games, DVDs and the obligatory local information.
From here, make your way across the light and airy entrance hall and take breakfast at the signature restaurant, The Grill at 14*61*. Restaurant is a slight misnomer – the experience is more akin to taking a casual meal with friends and family.
A tempting spread is laid out buffet style, catering for everybody’s tastes, while eggs and hot breakfast dishes are cooked to order and delivered to your table. Impeccable fresh and wholesome ingredients are sourced from local suppliers, and staff are on hand to create special requests and tailor any dish to your whims.
In addition to the formal restaurant, there are a variety of dining options within the Capella resort. Fresh sushi, burgers and salads can be enjoyed at the amazing swim-up pool bar, Brut. From the comfort of a seat in the pool, parched swimmers can refresh with an expertly mixed drink from the impressive array.
The Rum Cave borders the Dinghy Dock, and overlooks the bay – it’s the perfect setting for its simple, freshly produced fish dishes and light bites. A short way down the boardwalk is the Bayside Café. Choose a table with a view of the sandspit (film buffs will appreciate that this was a location in the original Dr Doolittle film), and enjoy breakfast, or a casual lunch of baguettes, burgers, pizzas, salads and, if you’ve room, gorgeous homemade ice-cream.
From the Bayside Café take a stroll around the Marina, which boasts boutiques, a well-stocked supermarket and various gift shops. Every Sunday local farmers and craftspeople set up a small market selling their produce and stunning handmade gifts.
For a true taste of the Caribbean, Capella’s rum tasting experience takes some beating. Your guide on this taste tour, Dennis, is a rum connoisseur, a knowledgeable enthusiast on all things rum related.
Take a seat at an old rum cask, and with a small plate of palate cleansers to eat between tastes, and Dennis will transport you through this history of rum, its origins, the manufacturing process, and the differences between blends.
The local distillery is less than 2km from the hotel, and its rums populate the bars around Capella – Chairman’s Reserve, Forgotten Casks, 1931 and Admiral Rodney.
This really is local produce at its best!
There’s no better place to sleep off the after effects of a bit too much rum than around the pool on one of the very comfortable sunloungers or in a secluded cabana. Here you will find that towels have already been placed on the beds, and the ever-attentive staff are on-hand with bottles of water and freshly topped coconuts.
From the poolside you have a bird’s-eye view of the Marina, and can watch the yachts arriving and departing, immersed in the tranquillity that surrounds you. Drifting off to the sound of tropical birdlife, you’ll be fully immersed in this tropical paradise… But, in typical Capella style, the experience is elevated yet further by the amazing Auriga spa, with its steam room, sauna, hot water bath, massages and relaxation area.
Choose between a Fiksyon Fwote massage, a Panse body exfoliation or a Volcanic Energy therapy that incorporates acupuncture. Each treatment lasts around 90 minutes. We enjoyed the Fiksyon Fwote massage, an incredible treatment fusing traditional techniques and the scent of limes and herbs, to induce a feeling of complete and utter peace.
At the end of your stay, refreshed, relaxed an rejuvenated, we expect most people leave the Marigot Bay resort with a lingering backward glance. Whether you sail or fly into this idyllic hideaway, you’re certain to want to come back time and time again.
Marigot Bay Marina
Secluded from hurricanes, this natural shelter offers first-class marina facilities
The impeccably run Marigot Bay Marina is managed by Troy Blanchard, and whether it be a tender or a superyacht, each vessel is treated to the same high level of customer service. As with the hotel guests, the staff here contact guests prior to arrival to ensure that their stay is tailor made. Whether your yacht needs maintaining or repairing, provisioning or servicing; if you or your guests require transfers, flights, reservations or tours, you can be sure it will all be sorted before you berth.
The Marina at Marigot Bay is known as nature’s hurricane hole, and offers the best available wind, swell and surge shelter in the region. In addition, Saint Lucia has been impacted by less severe hurricanes than any of the Eastern Caribbean islands since records began in 1851. Hurricanes that have passed through the region over the last 12 years, including Dean and Tomas, have informed the Marina staff that Category 3 and below hurricanes do not pose a threat to yachts berthed on their marina docks and mooring buoys.
The pricing policy here divides the year up into two arbitrary halves, approximately coinciding with the superyacht charter season: December to May, and the ‘Hurricane Season’ from June to November. Inclusive services include black water pump-out, and captains, crew and on-board guests have access to the hotel’s open facilities including the lower-level swimming pool.
The Marina’s wonderful personal assistants and staff operate a full-service marina with both stern-to and alongside berthing. Each berth is serviced with electricity (three-phase, 410V, 50Hz, 2 x 125/200 amp single phase, 110/220V, 50/60 Hz and 30, 50 or 100 amp) with potable water (50psi) Wi-Fi Internet and CATV. In addition, the marina has in-slip high-speed fuel capabilities, with density @ 15°C and ultra-low sulphur content at 0.05 Wt. %.
Staff monitor VHF Channel 16 and 12 simultaneously and their Marina Dock Attendants are always on standby awaiting arriving super yachts to escort them into the marina.
The Marina Village offers a complete range of shopping services, including a full provisioning service available by advance order. The stock list is available online at marigourmet.com.
Affording convenient access to the Caribbean, Capella Marina at Marigot Bay is a favourite start and drop off point for yacht charters due to the large-scale marina and convenient, direct flights to and from the UK.
Troy and his team do a tremendous job making the running of the Marina look so easy – berthing some of the larger boats is not a task for the fainthearted, but the guys here make it look easy.
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Capella Marigot Bay
PO Box 7227, Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia
General Inquiries: +1 758 458 5300
Reservations: +1 321 821 0798
Fax: +1 758 458 5299