Zoetry Marigot BayLush tropical hideaway on the beautiful island of St Lucia
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Destination: St Lucia, Caribbean
Vacation: Boutique tropical hideaway
Seeking: Wellness, yacht-watching and nature
Highlight: Sunsets over Marigot Bay and La Bas Beach
Looking down at Marigot Bay from the meandering island road in the St Lucian hills above as we approached the resort, with its sparkling waters and dramatic rainforest backdrop, was a spectacular way to get reaquainted.
We’d visited the marina once before, years earlier, just after sunset as the boat we were on dropped off some guests. The silhouetted palm trees of La Bas Beach, the lights dotted around the bay, and the diners and drinkers taking it all in at Hurricane Hole restaurant made us promise to return, but next time to stay.
Fortunately we got to keep that promise for a blissful few weeks’ vacation in a Master Suite Residence (more on that later) with Plunge Pool (best decision ever). Which gave us plenty of time to properly explore the property consisting of 124 rooms, two infinity pools, five restaurants, a rum cave, and a beautiful spa village made up of chic cabins set within the lush greenery which frames the resort, plus the wonderfully unique white sand La Bas Beach; a pleasant ferry shuttle ride across the water.
Keep scrolling down to find out more about our stay at Zoetry Marigot Bay. If you’re planning a romantic trip you might also like to read our guide to the best honeymoon resorts in St Lucia (Zoetry Marigot Bay is most definitely on the list) and, if you’re considering visiting more than one island, take a look at our pick of the best Barbados west coast hotels too for more Caribbean luxury travel inspiration.
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“Zoetry Marigot Bay St. Lucia offers unparalleled luxury, an iconic location and breathtaking views of stunning landscapes.”
Best food & drink
1. 1461 Restaurant
We really liked 1461 and probably this was our favourite place to dine at Zoetry Marigot Bay. As you walk into breakfast you’re greeted with a different daily refreshing cocktail – gin fizz, sangria, Bloody Mary, and what we think, but forgot to check, was a Tequila Sunrise with sweet orange marmalade to name a few – then as you head to your table the view of the bay, complete with yachts and superyachts, and the lush greenery spiralling up towards the sky at the water’s edge. Everything is à la carte, which we think added to the serenity at breakfast, and the ever-changing tropical weather (don’t worry the sun is never far away) means there’s always a spectacular show on offer. You can actually watch rain clouds roll across the green hills.
In the evening sunlight turns to candlelight and 1461 becomes an intimate place for dinner, sometimes accompanied with live music. Catch of the day fresh mahi mahi, seared tuna and chicken served on cheddar polenta with white wine poached buttered mushrooms were all highlights.
2. Hurricane Hole
We had to mention Hurricane Hole here because it’s just such a unique place to eat and drink. Situated right at the end of the marina where the boats enter and depart, with La Bas Beach right across the bay, in a beautiful pastel green and white building, Hurricane Hole is a landmark in its own right. This was our favourite spot for lunch; think casual but elevated, burgers, wraps, salads and other light bites, sweet potato fries and a chilled glass of the local Piton beer. We were also lucky enough to be around one evening for a special Hurricane Hole party. Lights, decorations, St Lucia flag bunting, a glorious buffet, music and entertainment, all on the edge of probably the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. It was really something. We asked what the celebrations were in aid of. “It’s Saturday,” was our answer. Sums up St Lucia. You’re in paradise, so why not? Happens once a month apparently.
3. Rum Cave
The Rum Cave, situated next to The Cove restaurant and opposite the picturesque wooden bridge that takes you out into the bay and marina, is a chic, intimate and relaxed place to enjoy a rum tasting session. As well as sampling some St Lucia staples, we enjoyed different rums from across the Caribbean, including some of our absolute favourites (Mount Gay XO we’re talking about you) and a few we’d yet to sample, along with some friends we’d met within the resort during our stay. Definitely a vacation highlight.
There are 124 accommodations at Zoetry Marigot Bay and we opted for a Master Suite Residence with Plunge Pool. Set back into the hillside tropical plants, trees and flowers seemingly everywhere, the dark wooden buildings blend with their natural surroundings. The wow factor of the plunge pool, and the view was the first thing that fixed our attention, so much so we almost forgot we hadn’t even been inside yet.
The interior was incredibly spacious and split between an open plan living area and kitchen, and the bedroom and bathroom next door. More dark wood balanced against light white coloured furniture with splashes of Caribbean blue, mirroring the scene beyond the private deck area, with sun loungers, outside.
We had everything we could need within our ‘apartment’ room, and sipping coffee in the living area looking at the rainforest opposite each morning was incredible – but it was afternoon cocktails in the plunge pool, watching the sunset and the sky turn pink and purple overhead, that really stole the show.
St Lucia is a country that’s almost indescribably beautiful, and there are so many things to see and do. Our top picks have to include a boat trip to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons, two breathtaking volcanic spires that make a spectacular backdrop to any photo, from any angle. You’ll also get a great view of St Lucia’s tropical island coastline on your way there and back.
Sugar Beach wins the prize for the beach in the most spectacular setting, as its white sand arc curves right between the Pitons, and is absolutely worth visiting, as is the wonderfully unique Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot Hotel and Project Chocolat, which offers stunning Petit Piton views.
Further north at Gros Islet, the historic Pigeon Island National Park is a beautiful place to wander around. It also has some incredible viewpoints where you can see both the Caribbean and Atlantic sides of the peninsula.
Zoetry Marigot Bay is perfectly set up for wellness and relaxation. For us strolling around the gardens, along the dock to Hurricane Hole, and being luxuriously ferried across the bay to the beach and back after a few hours sunbathing with a rum punch was an idyllic way to unwind. Whenever we could summon enough energy to actually leave the plunge pool on our balcony, of course.
There’s also the most picturesque yoga pavilion we’ve ever seen, crafted beautifully among the gardens, and the Zoetry Spa Village hidden within the trees and lush green foliage. There are three chic cabins designed for individual and couples’ treatments, a plunge pool, steam inhalation room, and sauna cabana. There’s also a treetop style area on stilts so you can really get that ‘immersed in the rainforest’ nature experience.
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