Guests who stay at this small family-owned and -operated hotel in the center of Rodney Bay Village are generally scuba divers, boaters, or others who want to be on the waterfront and appreciate convenience but don’t expect a great deal of luxury. The hotel is on the bay side of the village—on a marina—and it’s only a short walk to the beach.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Children must be at least age 12.
Of the 30 large, one-bedroom suites, eight waterfront units each have a whopping 700 square feet of space and a private sundeck. All have a sitting area, balcony or patio, a fridge, and kitchen sink. Premium suites have a full-size fridge and a microwave, stovetop, and toaster oven. Overall, rooms are spacious, with tile floors, and furnished in a tropical theme.
Waterfront suites are not recommended for families with kids.
Bathrooms are fairly large, with single-sink vanities and separate water closets. Some bathrooms have tub/shower combos; others have separate tubs and tiled shower stalls. The waterfront units each have an open-concept whirlpool tub—open to the bedroom, that is—and a bidet.
The hotel is on a quiet street, and the entrance is down a short pathway. At the reception desk, guests can check in/out, borrow beach towels, buy a soft drink or snack, and get touring information. The lobby connects to the bistro and the building that houses the guestrooms.
A sparkling pool, surrounded by tropical plantings, is just steps from most guestrooms. A few lounge chairs are placed around the narrow deck.
A couple of wooden decks at the edge of the bay have a few sun loungers and hammocks—a nice place to relax and watch the marina activity.
Spa therapies can be arranged.
The hotel’s Kevala Studio offers yoga and Pilates sessions.
All-day dining—hearty breakfasts, baguette sandwiches, rich pastas—is available at the hotel’s Cockpit Bistro (except Sundays); dine inside or outside on the patio. Jacques Waterfront Dining is a separately owned and operated restaurant situated at the edge of the marina and surrounded by the hotel’s gardens. Renowned Chef Jacques (Jacky Rioux) fuses his native cuisine—French—with local ingredients at lunch, dinner (except Sunday), and the ever-popular Sunday jazz brunch.
The Cockpit Bistro has a bar, with happy hour every Friday at sunset.
Long, broad, golden-sand Reduit Beach is just across the road. Water-sports equipment and instruction can be arranged on the beach in front of Royal St. Lucia by Rex resort. Harmony Suites has its own on-site dive center that offers dive trips, instruction, and certification.
You can easily walk to the restaurants, bars, and shops in Rodney Bay Village. A rental car is recommended to explore further on your own, and the hotel has an on-site car rental service. Driving is not a problem in the north, as the terrain is fairly flat. To visit the iconic sites in Soufrière, however, a boat tour is the most comfortable way to travel—and the boats depart from Rodney Bay. Taxis are always available.
Rodney Bay Village is restaurant-central. All along Reduit Beach Avenue, from Baywalk Mall to the beach, you’ll find one restaurant after another. For seafood, for example, try Buzz Seafood and Grill (5-minute walk); for barbecue, head for Delirius; and if you have dinner at Ti Bananne at Coco Palm Hotel, you can stick around for the live music.
Bars and nightspots in Rodney Bay Village are within walking distance, although it’s better to drive or take a taxi late at night. For example, Verve (2-minute drive) is a dance club that attracts a fairly young crowd. Or you can try your luck at Treasure Bay Casino (2-minute drive)—St. Lucia’s one and only casino—at Baywalk Mall.
Don’t miss Gros Islet Jump-Up (5-minute drive), the island's largest street party. It’s a Friday-night ritual. Huge speakers set up on the street blast Caribbean music all night long. You can also buy barbecued fish and chicken from villagers who set up grills along the roadside—along with beer and soda. Take a taxi to Gros Islet. The streets get so crowded that you’re unlikely to find a parking spot for a rental car. Your taxi driver will arrange a pickup time.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s very affordable. It’s a short walk to the beach. It’s a slightly longer walk to all of the Rodney Bay action. And there’s a really terrific restaurant on the property.