Fodor's Expert Review Mango Beach Inn

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

Jane Zarem

When the Marigot Bay ferry delivers you to the dock across the bay, a small gate opens to a stone staircase that leads through a jungle of trees and flowers to this delightful, tidy little B&B. Innkeepers John and Judith Verity, British transplants to St. Lucia, warmly welcome guests to their small inn, which is also their home.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Negotiating the steep hillside may be difficult for anyone with physical challenges.

room

Accommodations are comfortable, but there are just three small suites. Blue Bamboo (the honeymoon suite) and Green Fig each have a private entrance, king-size bed, private patio with sun loungers and an eating area, and a view of the bay. The Courtyard Suite has neither a patio nor a sea view but does have a queen-size four-poster bed plus a single bed and an adjoining small room with bunk beds. Blue Bamboo is more secluded; Green Fig has inside access to the inn; and Courtyard, adjacent to the Harbour Lounge, works well for families. Each room has a small fridge and private bath.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Rates are based on two people sharing a room. Children under 10 stay free.

bathroom

Bathrooms are old-fashioned and functional, with tile floors, stone walls, and colorfully painted vanities, mirrors, and artwork on the walls. Each has a tiled shower—no tub.

lobby

The Harbour Room, the inn’s large living room, has comfortable seating and a wall of windows offering a panoramic view of the bay—beautiful day or night. This room serves as reception, guest lounge, and breakfast area.

View over Mango Beach Pool to the Harbour
Photo: View over Mango Beach Pool to the Harbour

pool

Guests can cool off in the small garden pool on the hillside, steps below the inn itself.

View over Mango Beach Pool to the Harbour
Photo: View over Mango Beach Pool to the Harbour

spa

There is no spa here, but guests can patronize the sophisticated spa at Capella at Marigot Bay, the large resort across the bay, or the more reasonable Spa Mygo near the dock.

gym

There’s no gym, but the inn is on a hillside laced by two trails. Judith generally takes a morning trek to the ridge before breakfast and encourages guests to tag along. There’s a great view and a meditation platform up there.

dining

Breakfast (included) is served in the Harbour Room at your leisure. The buffet includes a selection of breads, pastries, cereals, yoghurt, juices, and fresh seasonal fruit from the inn's garden—mangoes, of course, and bananas, pineapples, oranges, and passion fruit. Guests are also invited to use the poolside barbecue grill and picnic table.

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

drinking

A guest fridge in the Harbour Room—an honor bar—is supplied with cold beer, wine, soft drinks, and bottled water. And at the bottom of the stairs leading up from the ferry dock to the inn, Hassy’s Waterside Bar is an alfresco lounge open most evening for cocktails, beer, and live music.

You can also buy wine, alcohol, and beer at the Marina Village

beach

Marigot Beach (also called Labas Beach) is a small beach within walking distance of the inn. It’s a picturesque spot to sit and watch the boats go by but only fair for swimming.

Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort, adjacent to the beach, can outfit you with water sports equipment—and you can grab a bite to eat at its restaurant, Doolittle’s. On the other side of the bay, you can arrange fishing trips, whale watch trips, dive trips, or charter a boat.

LOCATION

Getting Around

A little ferry makes the trip across the bay to the Marina Village—all day and all evening—whenever anyone wants to make the voyage. Inn guests are given a free ferry pass. To explore the island beyond Marigot Bay, you’ll either need a rental car (a free car park is adjacent to Marina Village) or depend on taxis, tours, or boats. Taxis are always available at the Marina Village. 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

Walk along the bayfront to Doolittle’s (5-minute walk) at Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort, which serves light meals at lunch and Caribbean specialties at dinner. The ferry will collect you for dinner at your choice of several restaurants, fancy or casual, on the south side of the bay. The deck at Chateau Mygo (2-minute voyage) 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 (2-minute voyage) at Marina Village is a good place for a sandwich, salad, or quick snack anytime during the day until late in the evening. And for fine dining, head to the 14°61° Grill (5-minute voyage and walk) at Capella Marigot Bay resort.

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 (1-minute voyage) at Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort. Sometimes, especially in high season, there’s a live band.

WHY WE LIKE IT

It’s quaint, historic, and charming—and you couldn’t find more hospitable innkeepers.

QUICK FACTS

Romantic, Service, Views
3 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner no
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service no
$
Pool
yes
Parking Lot
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 758-458–3188

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