Fodor's Expert Review Serenity at Coconut Bay

Micoud Hwy., Vieux Fort, St. Lucia See on Map

Jane Zarem

An all-inclusive, adults-only enclave tucked into a corner of the expansive oceanfront gardens surrounding Coconut Bay Beach Resort, a sister property, Serenity certainly lives up to its name. While only a hop, skip, and jump from Hewanorra International Airport—no small thing, as island visitors consistently grumble about the long drive from the airport to northern resorts and those in Soufrière—Serenity's guests feel like they're a world away from any semblance of "hubbub."

Coconut Bay Beach Resort’s restaurants and activities are included in Serenity’s all-inclusive package.

room

Each large, beautifully designed and furnished villa suite (1,250 to 1,900 square feet) has a private entrance into a walled patio with flowering tropical plants, a saltwater plunge pool with a lighted waterfall (that can be switched on or off), a large wet bar with a stocked mini-fridge, and a hammock big enough for two. French doors lead to the room, which is furnished with a king-size four-poster bed (that you’ll need a stool to jump into), a dressing table, lots of closets and bureau space, a comfortable chair, Bose sound system, an espresso machine, and a coffee/tea maker. A personal butler caters to every need or whim—including helping you select a pillow from the pillow menu.

It’s a short walk along garden pathways from each villa suite to the restaurant/bar/pool area, but a butler is always on call to give you a lift.

bathroom

Bathrooms each have a walk-in rain shower, mahogany vanity with his/her vessel sinks, oversize soaking tub, and separate W/C. Plenty of soft towels, a pair of bathrobes and slippers, and Moulton Brown toiletries are all on hand.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The bedroom has an open view of the tub and glass-wall shower.

lobby

A small welcome lounge has a couple of chairs for guests waiting for a ride or for friends. The lounge leads to the cocktail bar and restaurant. There’s a small office poolside, but check-in is completed privately in-suite.

Long-distance calls are complimentary.

pool

A long, stunning pool is the central focus of the resort and the main gathering spot for guests. Shaded cabanas, comfortable sun loungers, aqua loungers, and a row of water spouts line either side of the pool. The adjacent pool bar is always open for a cool drink or a snack.

spa

In-room spa services are available to guests, including a choice of soothing massages and facials, as well as body scrubs that incorporate chocolate, coconut, honey/lavender, sweet tea/shea butter/sugar, or butter/rum. Sounds delicious! Or guests may go to the Kai Mer Spa at Coconut Bay, which offers a full range of massage, facials, body treatments, and salon services.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Spa services cost extra, whether in-room or in-spa.

gym

There is no gym on-site, but Serenity guests who want to work out may use the fitness center at Coconut Bay—or walk, jog, or run along the mile-long beach.

Hidden behind the foliage next to the pool bar is a bocce court—which I guess you can call a kind of exercise!

dining

Greathouse Restaurant and pool bar both offer all-day dining—whatever you want whenever you want it—but dinner at the Greathouse is especially delicious, expertly prepared in the open kitchen, beautifully presented, and professionally served.

drinking

There’s a cocktail bar between the welcome lounge and dining room, which mainly services the restaurant. The poolside bar is open all day and into the evening and will pour, shake, or stir whatever your heart desires.

beach

The ocean views are beautiful, and the nearby beach at Coconut Bay Beach Resort has lovely white sand; but the beach is on 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. Serenity guests may access Coconut Bay’s non-motorized water sports: 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, private cabanas (with butler service) for Serenity guests, a small bar, and rest rooms. It’s a long walk to Paradise, but Serenity provides golf cart rides to and from the beach.

Constant winds from November to July make kitesurfing a huge attraction here. Instructions and rental equipment are available at Coconut Beach (extra cost).

LOCATION

Getting Around

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.

Restaurants

Serenity guests are welcome to wander over to Coconut Bay Beach Resort (2-minute walk) and dine at any of the restaurants there. Try the specialty restaurants—in particular, Silk (Asian cuisine), Capri (Italian cuisine), and Calabash (Creole/Caribbean cuisine). And everyone loves the food at Jerk Treehouse.

Bars

As with the restaurants, Serenity guests may enjoy unlimited beverages at any of the seven bars at Coconut Bay Beach Resort (2-minute walk), along with the nightly entertainment there. It’s a short walk, but a golf cart will give you a lift if you wish.

WHY WE LIKE IT

While it’s very expensive, even with special offers, it’s a perfect choice for a romantic interlude, honeymoon, or anniversary.

QUICK FACTS

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

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 758/459–6068, 877/252–0304 in U.S.

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