Coconut Bay is a sprawling (85 acres), family-friendly, all-inclusive seaside retreat minutes from Hewanorra International Airport. The resort is divided into two sections: Harmony is restricted to adults; Splash, on the opposite side of the property, is a tropical playground for families with kids. The Maria Islands are just offshore, and St. Lucia's Pitons and other natural attractions in Soufrière are 45 minutes away by car. Tours and adventure outings are easily arranged. Otherwise, you'll have to be content with the activities at the resort—and there’s plenty to do and plenty of space to do it in.
Located just 5 minutes from the international airport—when nearly every other St. Lucia resort requires a 45- to 90-minute drive on winding roads—is a huge benefit.
Rooms in the Splash (family) section of the resort have a king or two queen-size beds; connecting rooms are available. Rooms and suites in the Harmony (adults-only) section also have king or two queen-size beds. On either side, rooms have a small patio or balcony with a view of the gardens, pool, or ocean. Concierge-level suites add personalized assistance with tour and dinner reservations, spa appointments, stocked mini-fridge, themed dinner parties, preferred dinner seating, and more.
The higher the floor, the better the view—and the higher the price.
Bathrooms are new-ish but still rather basic and definitely not huge. Each has a walk-in shower, tiled vanity with a single sink, and, of course, a toilet.
The lobby serves as the crossroads of the resort. Just beyond reception, the space opens to a large seating area, the main Coconut Walk Marketplace restaurant, a shop for sundries, and the Lobby Bar.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A business center has computers with Internet access.
The Harmony side of the resort has two adults-only pools, an “oasis” pool and another pool surrounded by palm trees, with hammocks and loungers big enough for two. On the family-friendly Splash side of the resort, CocoLand is a water park with a splash pool, large activity pool, lazy river, and water slides that delight kids and adults alike. A “water playground” has waterspouts and fountains that surprise and delight tiny tots.
On the Harmony side of the resort, Kai Mer Spa, “House by the Sea,” offers massages, facials, body buffs, and restoration wraps in 8 air-conditioned treatment rooms or 3 beachside cabanas. The 11,000 square foot spa also has saunas, steam rooms, a relaxation room and garden, and a beauty salon that provides hair and nail services.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Spa services cost extra.
Guests who head for the spacious fitness center will find all kinds of cardio and strength machines, plus yoga, Pilates, and aqua aerobics classes and, upon request, a personal trainer.
Other sports options include playing a game or two on any of four tennis courts or four basketball courts—or join a team and play paintball—or stroll, power walk, jog, or run along a mile of beachfront.
All meals are included in the rates. Coconut Walk Marketplace is the main buffet restaurant serving buffet-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Flip Flops Burger Bar and Pizzeria serves a light menu all day and snacks late at night; and the popular Jerk Treehouse serves spicy grilled food. Specialty restaurants, which are also included but require reservations, serve dinner only: Calabash (Creole/Caribbean cuisine), Silk (Asian cuisine), Sea Side (Italian), and Veranda (seafood and more served alfresco). Private oceanfront dining can be arranged for a supplemental cost.
The resort has enough bars to quench anyone’s thirst—Lobby Bar, Sand Bar, Peter John’s Lounge (piano bar with evening entertainment), two poolside bars, a swim-up bar, and Paradise Beach Bar. Unlimited beverages are included in the rates.
The ocean views are beautiful, and the main beach has lovely white sand; but the resort faces the Atlantic Ocean, so swimming in the sea is restricted to an area protected by a manmade reef. Beyond the reef, the surf is rough. Non-motorized water sports are included: snorkeling, kayaking, and standup paddle boarding.
Paradise Beach is more remote and a lovely place for adults to spend a quiet afternoon; it has sun loungers, a small bar, and restrooms.
Constant winds from November to July make kitesurfing a huge attraction here. Instructions and rental equipment are available (extra cost).
Rental cars are available at the airport, which is close by, but driving on the island’s winding mountain roads is exhausting and sometimes scary. Most of the iconic sights (and sites) are in or near Soufrière, so joining a tour—via land, sea, or a combination—is the best choice. For horseback riding, garden visits, or other nearby activities, taxis are always available. Airport transfers are complimentary.
The only nearby option is Greathouse Restaurant (2-minute walk), the gourmet dining room at Serenity at Coconut Bay, a sister resort that’s within walking distance. Dining there will cost extra.
Guests must be satisfied with the seven bars and nightly entertainment at the resort, as there’s nothing else nearby.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s a huge resort with lots to do for families, while adults can choose peace and quiet or choose to participate in the activities on the family side. And proximity to the airport is no small thing on this island!