Fodor's Expert Review Inn on the Bay

South side of the bay, Marigot Bay, Castries, St. Lucia See on Map

Jane Zarem

Owners Normand Viau and Louise Boucher treat you like personal friends at their delightful, adults-only inn high on the southern hillside overlooking the entrance to Marigot Bay. The million-dollar view of the bay, the sea, and the constant comings and goings of beautiful yachts is sensational from the guestroom windows, the veranda, and the pool deck and patio.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Besides the pool, the activities here are few—mainly, guest enjoy peace and quiet, nature, and the view.

room

The inn has just five large guestrooms with high ceilings and ample windows to catch the breeze. Each room is furnished in a tropical motif and has a sofa, table and chairs, mini-fridge, and ceiling fan (and air-conditioning, too). Guestroom doors open onto a long, plantation-style veranda.

bathroom

Each room has a very large, recently modernized bathroom, with beautiful tiling, a walk-in shower, and vanity with double vessel or basin sinks.

lobby

There is no lobby; rather, the “lobby functions” are handled on the patio or in the owners’ quarters. Everything is pretty low-key here.

pool

You won’t want to leave the pool area, as the view of the bay is out of this world—whether treading water in the pool or sitting on the deck surrounding the pool. The deck has lounge chairs and a patio where you can socialize with the owners and other guests or simply sit and stare as the sun goes down beyond the bay.

gym

Walking down the steep hill to Marina Village—and especially back up—precludes any need for a cardio machine!

dining

Breakfast (included) usually features delicious homemade muffins and pastries, fresh fruit, and cereals served on the patio whenever you're ready.

drinking

You’re on your own if you want a drink—a nice idea by the pool or on the patio at sundown.

There’s a market at the marina and a mini-fridge in each guestroom.

beach

There’s waterfront access 300 ft. down the hill, but you have to walk through thick jungle to reach it. Alternatively, Marigot Beach is a small beach on a peninsula across the bay—a picturesque spot to sit and watch the boats go by but only fair for swimming. The little on-demand ferry that leaves from the Marina Village dock will take you to Marigot Beach.

Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort, adjacent to Marigot Beach, can outfit you with snorkels or set up a dive excursion—and you can grab a bite to eat at its restaurant, Doolittle’s.

LOCATION

Getting Around

It’s a short but very steep walk to the Marina Village, but the owner is happy to give you a lift if you wish. A ferry makes the trip across the bay—all day and all evening—whenever anyone wants to make the voyage; the round-trip fare is $2.50 (EC$5). Otherwise, you’ll either need a rental car or depend on taxis, tours, or boats to explore the island beyond Marigot Bay. Taxis are always available. A boat tour is the best way to visit Soufrière, as the mountain road between Marigot Bay and Soufrière is narrow, winding, and, frankly, dizzying. A water taxi can take you to Castries, as well.

Restaurants

Just down the hill from the inn, the deck at Chateau Mygo (5-minute walk or 2-minute drive) is a popular place for lunch on the waterfront or dinner under the stars. The menu is varied, but there’s always fresh seafood. Bayside Café (5-minute walk or 2-minute drive) at Marina Village is a good place for a sandwich, salad, or quick snack all day and until late in the evening. And for fine dining, head over to the 14°61° Grill (10-minute walk or 2-minute drive) at Capella Marigot Bay resort.

On the north side of the bay, Doolittle’s (5-minute walk and 2-minute voyage) at Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort serves light meals at lunch and Caribbean specialties at dinner.

Every Friday night in Anse la Raye, a small fishing village a few miles south of Marigot Bay, Anse la Raye Seafood Friday (15-minute drive) is a street festival where residents set up barbecue grills and picnic tables and sell grilled fish, lobster, roasted corn, boiled crayfish, and more. There’s usually live music, too.

Bars

The bar is often busy at Doolittle’s (5-minute walk and 2-minute voyage) at Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort. Sometimes, especially in high season, there’s a live band. Also, Hassy's Bar (5-minute walk and 2-minute voyage) on the dock at Mango Beach Inn is a cocktail lounge with music several nights a week in season.

WHY WE LIKE IT

It’s like visiting with old friends rather than staying at a hotel—old friends that give you privacy, that is.

QUICK FACTS

Views
5 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner no
Bar no
Cafe no
Room Service no
$
Pool
yes
Free Parking
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 758-451–4260; 514-907–1027-in U.S.

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