I was recently privileged to enjoy an all- too –brief stay at my new favorite resort in the Caribbean, and I thought I’d share some information about it with you. Travel agents aren’t supposed to say a particular property is their favorite, but if could be anywhere I wanted to today, I’d be at Calabash! No offense meant to the other wonderful places I’ve experienced, but…! I really can’t put into words the almost otherworldly peacefulness of St. Lucia in general and Calabash Cove – you’ll just have to experience it for yourselves!

Nestled in the sheltered bay of Bonaire Estate, Calabash Cove is perched on a hillside sloping gently towards the Caribbean Sea, where cool ocean breezes provide a wonderful respite and the turquoise sea is offset by the vibrant green of tropical vegetation and views of Walcott Island. A private beach sheltered by nearby coral reef provides the perfect place to rest, reflect and dream.

The resort has been designed with great care to complement and exist in harmony with the beauty of its natural surroundings. The main buildings of the hotel, such as the lobby, restaurant, bar, sanctuary, and infinity pool with waterfall lie on a slope, with the Villas amidst lush vegetation perfectly situated to view nightly sunsets. The natural elements of earth, wind, light and water are represented in the exotic wood, stone and natural materials used in the composition of the buildings. The peaceful and tranquil gardens, under the care of one of the finest landscape architects in the Caribbean, have been created to capture and optimize the natural splendor of the area and are filled with vibrant, fragrant flowers set amidst tree groves.

The accommodation at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa is divided into three equally luxurious categories, each offering unparalleled views across the Caribbean Sea, of the capital Castries to the South, and nearby Martinique to the North, from the luxury of your balcony. These accommodations include Balinese-style Waters Edge Cottages, all with private pools, as well as a number of magnificent Manor House Suites—all with dramatic ocean and sunset views and some with private, poolside patios. All rooms have King-size beds, Jacuzzis, showers, mini- bars, large flat screen TVs, high speed internet access, A/C, telephone, and private balconies or patios with teak tables and chairs. Most rooms have also a daybed, and the cottages include a hammock, an outdoor rain shower and a private pool for the ultimate luxury.

The Water’s Edge Cottages are fabulous… Balinese mahogany beach side cottages with your own private verandah and plunge pool. They are amazingly private, screened from the rest of the world by lush trees and flowers. The owner seems to be on a first-name basis with every plant, and can tell you all about them, if that’s your interest!

I stayed in the Sunset Oceanview Junior Suite, and it is very aptly named. Those simple words don’t really do the view justice though – out across the Bay, the night sky is full of stars and the hills seem so far away with their tiny house lights. The daybed is comfy, the bar well stocked, the breeze was just enough – I woke up at 3 am and went to bed! What I really loved about the room was the jumbo Jacuzzi, placed so I could look out my patio door – I do love a good view!

Swim-Up Jr. Suite … just a step away from Sweetwaters – the infinity edge pool, these suites afford unrestricted and private (amazingly private!) access directly from the patio of your room. And you can just swim across to the pool bar and watch the sunset while enjoying one of their refreshing signature cocktails.

Windsong Restaurant serves international cuisine guided by Asian purity and assisted by fresh local produce. It also offers breathtaking unobstructed views across the Caribbean Sea in the sunset direction of the compass. The food is excellent, the wine list is generous and well thought-out. The dining room is open air, romantic and very well serviced. We lingered, sipping champagne and soaking in the night’s ambience. What a perfect setting for two people in love!

C Bar: this cozy cocktail bar seating 20 overlooks Bonaire Bay and offers appetizers, premium-brand international cocktails, and a well-stocked adjacent wine cellar, not to mention beautiful vistas of the coast line. And one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever been privileged to finish only half of!

Quiet walkways lead to extensive local flora as well as a miniature cane field, pineapple bed, banana patches, herb garden and several places of rest and meditation complemented by water views through subtle landscaping. Bonaire bay is a beautiful secluded stretch of white sand beach, the better to enjoy the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Sea. A boardwalk/pier offers an ideal location for an evening stroll, or a romantic dinner for two with the gentle lapping of the waves creating a soothing soundtrack.

Our host, Konrad Wagner, was gracious enough to share some of the photos taken at previous weddings, and here’s the link: http://www.kodakgallery.com/calabashcove . I want to note that the landscaping has evolved since these were taken and is truly beautiful now!

Tasteful, warm, welcoming, elegant, down-to-earth – and serene, did I mention serene? But I think the feature that really places Calabash Cove into the 5-star range is the service and staff. They truly embodied gracious hospitality, and genuinely cared about me during my stay. I’ll be back!


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