Fodor's Expert Review Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort

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

Jane Zarem

You have to take a 2-minute ferry ride across the bay to get here. The resort itself is a laid-back getaway and comfortable enough if you don’t mind giving up the usual resort frills. Scuba courses and dive trips are available from the on-site PADI dive center; special dive packages include accommodations, meals, daily two-tank boat dives, and all equipment.

Rates are deeply discounted off-season.

room

Some accommodations are right on the beachfront; others are on the hillside with a sweeping view of the bay. Most units have either a kitchen or kitchenette, and all rooms have balconies. Villa accommodations, suitable for families and large groups, have two, three, or five bedrooms; the largest has two kitchens. Newer rooms are more contemporary and attractively decorated; older units are, well, older.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Hillside rooms require a trek up and down lots of stairs.

bathroom

Bathrooms differ from room to room, but all are small with older fixtures. Some have a walk-in shower and large vanity or pedestal sink; others have a tub /shower combination.

lobby

A small front office has a reception desk, tour information, and a few chairs.

pool

A terrace with sun loungers surrounds a small pool, which is also close to the bar and restaurant.

spa

Soothing Touch Spa has a single treatment room with a pair of massage tables; three small huts on the hillside house a steam room, sauna, and flotation tank!

gym

There’s a small gym; power walking, yoga, Pilates, and aqua aerobics sessions are available.

dining

Doolittle's waterfront restaurant is popular with guests who want to escape their kitchenettes, as well as with nonguests and locals who like the food and yachties who come ashore for a bite to eat. Whether you eat indoors or alfresco, you'll have a beautiful view of yachts quietly slipping by as you enjoy your meal.

The restaurant was named for the protagonist in the original (1967) Dr. Doolittle movie, part of which was filmed in Marigot Bay.

drinking

Doolittle’s bar is often busy. In high season, there’s a live band and dancing on Saturday nights. Otherwise, there’s a TV, board games and pool tables at the bar.

beach

Marigot Beach (also called Labas Beach) is a small beach in front of the resort. It’s a picturesque spot to sit and watch the boats go by but only fair for swimming. The resort’s dive shop can outfit you with snorkels. 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. All guests get a ferry pass to come and go at will. 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

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 evening 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

Each of the bayside restaurants has a bar where you can get a drink to either cool off or socialize. Take the ferry to Hassy’s Bar (1-minute voyage or 5-minute walk) on the dock in front of Mango Beach Inn. Mainly, Marigot Bay is a relatively quiet spot—except on Saturday nights in season.

WHY WE LIKE IT

The views are stunning, and the price is right.

QUICK FACTS

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

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 758-451–4974

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