Cotton Bay Village
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Jeff and I have never been to St. Lucia so we decide instead of taking an organized tour we'll strike out on our own and go snorkeling.
We wend our way off the boat through the hordes hawking tours and taxis. We do stop to ask a cabbie how much the fare would be to Anse-La Raye. Our Fodors tells us that there is excellent snorkeling there. "$120. US" is his answer. When we laugh, he drops it to $100. We laugh again ...
... getting some dance lessons from a local girl. Progressing on my quest for a bubble bum. Had to look after some of the boys in the end, keep them from trying to sleep on the road. Good night in the end! Ruined today though, made it to town for some groceries and a smoothie, but that's as far as I got. Off for a proper breakfast with the crew tomorrow and then probably some more beach time! May do pigeon island again and pay more attention to what's written on the signs... ...
... and I decided to adventure home around 1.30. Eventually got there after sitting through arguments over bus fees and knifes being pulled... Never a dull moment in st Lucia. Unfortunately didn't get any photos though as I felt it safer to leave the phone at home! I'll try and remember to bring it next Friday... After a relaxing morning this morning, we had a nice walk down the hill to the Saturday fruit, fish, and veg markets on the main road of Castries. So ...
... a couple of bottles of Malbec (cheaper than Sutter Hill and you would have to pay me to drink that!)
Wednesday was another quiet day in Discovery Bay, we are getting to know the barmaids very well. When we returned, the dogs were going mental, the local owner of all the plots had brought down a huge caterpillar truck and was working on clearing our dog walking path!
Waited until they had finished before taking Tizzie and Lucky out. We now have ...
... me the heebie-jeebies, The barbecue keeps going out and your not supposed to add more fluid. Wondered if it was really worth setting the place on fire for a couple of pieces of chicken.
Monday was another tough day – two beach stops today and a trip to the classy supermarket
in Rodney Bay where I found some pre-soaked charcoal and a bloody big Aberdeen Angus sirloin steak. Well maybe I’ll give the barby another go!.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cotton Bay Village Castries
This resort is still being finished although we were told that all units are now sold. As we travelled 'out of season' we, more or less, had the place to ourselves.The unit was spacious,clean and well furnished and we had no problems with any utilities other than when some contractors damaged a water pipe. This was fixed after about three hours. We found the restaurant service quite good but were disappointed in the menu choice and lack of vegetables. Travelling in to Rodney Bay for an evening meal or to go shopping incurred a $40 taxi fare so quite an expensive option on a daily basis. The new restaurant/bar/shop complex is being worked on and may be open for Xmas 2007?? Also, the access road is now being finished which should make a tremendous difference. The beach area in front of the restaurant is nice with shallow safe water. Be prepared for lots of sea grass in the water which makes it look rather grubby. It would be nice if the rest of the beach was kept cleaner. The pool area is superb with plenty of loungers and a very nice young man who keeps everything spotless. The water is sparkling and lovely and warm! If you like solitude and lazing around all day every day then this is the place for you (with some reservations). However, if you want some choice in where to shop or eat then opt for somewhere nearer town. Also, take lots of anti insect bite preperations!! This was our first visit to the Caribbean and we felt quite disappointed
Myself and my husband and 3 year old daughter have just had a wonderful stay at Cotton bay Village in St Lucia. It is our 3rd visit to the Island and we had heard mixed views and comments about this place, but were prepared to give it a chance as we were struggling to find accommodation to the standard that we wanted, having left it until last minute to book. We stayed in a large 2 bedroom apartment, which was fully furnished and full of all the latest equipment, much of which we didn't use, for instance Play Station, 3 TVs and a very complicated looking coffee machine.
Cotton bay Village is a new concept in the Caribbean in that all of the 74 properties which comprise the resort are privately owned. Sunswept Resorts (the Management Agents) who also run Le Sport - the body holiday, Jalouise, and Rendezvous hotels on the Island, have committed to managing the resort and delivering a 5 star Spa and Golf resort for Families.
We returned 5/27 from a week long stay in the 3 bdrm Coral Penthouse. I was concerned prior to going because of the negative reviews I had read here. I wrote to the resort and was assured the comments were unfounded....
We visited Cotton bay in February when it was nearing completion but that did not prevent us having a wonderful time. We stayed in a two bed apartment by the pool surrounded by beautiful gardens. Only the beach front restaurant was open but the food was excellent quality and service was impecable - staff could not do enough for our 5 year old daughter. We used the Kids Club most days and the staff were wonderful. The Bar is perched on the edge of the beach with beautiful views across the bay. The swimming was also great as the beach gently slopes down into the water.
We have just arrived back from our stay of one week at Cotton Bay and it was a fabulous time. Keeping in mind when we booked the trip, we knew the resort would not be complete we took a gamble and the gamble paid off.
We stayed in a Tamarind 2BR suite from March 17-24. It has some real problems, and my guess is they aren't going to be able to fix all of them... however, for us, it was a great bargain since we had a very nice, large suite for something like $250 per night. (We booked through American Airlines Vacations.) We knew there would be problems but took a gamble. In the end, it was worth it to have the kind of room we had (about 1200 sq ft, with full kitchen) since we were travelling with a baby and the Carribean can be so expensive. So we gave it a shot, and -- even though this place isn't for everyone and we'd have been mortified if we paid $600 per night -- we're glad we did.
Good family break
I have just returned from 1 week at Cotton Bay Village in St Lucia with my husband and our 2 1/2 year old son.
The accommodation was fantastic. We stayed in a 2 bed Calabash suite. We had the four-poster and our son had his separate room. We had a good size sitting room and kitchen with full facilities. All new and beautifully done.
There was only one restaurant open, which did limit us slightly, but having said that the food was a good standard, and room service/butler service very friendly and very quick.
If you a relying on a full blown Kids Club, then it hasn't actually got up and running yet, but will do in due course.
The Spa is great.
The facilites are due to be finished in the next few months, and I'm sure it will be a big success.
Quite frankly it should not have opened and accepted guests when it did. We were the second party to arrive at the hotel and as we, and subsequent guests, found out, very little was ready. This included no hot water, TVs and DVDs not installed or working, electrics that were unable to cope, no bar, Spa, Kids' Club etc etc and only one restaurant (really the casual dining beach restaurant).