Beautiful St. Lucia, an exotic and culture rich destination.
I was so fortunate to take my family to this fantastic island this summer. We had a blast, and were so excited to get another stamp in the passports. We knew as soon as we landed that we were in for something special, when at the airport you board and leave the plane from the outside! No terminals here, making it feel super remote. Right away you could see the beautiful mountains in the background… and feel the rain forest induced humidity.
Coconut Bay Resort & Spa
We stayed at the family friendly Coconut Bay Resort and Spa, just 5 mins from the airport grounds. This resort is on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. You can also enjoy beautiful accommodations on the Caribbean Sea side of the island, which is about a 2-3 hour drive from the airport. While this further side of the island has potential for better beaches, it was super convenient to be that close to our resort after a long day of plane travel.
Coconut Bay was great for families. There is a family side, an Adults Only side and a Luxury, All Butler, Adults only area. The family side (for everyone) had 2 large pools, one with a swim up bar, with drink menus for both adults AND kids. It had a few waterfalls, and a HUGE swimming area. The second pool, just steps away, was more of a quiet pool but did have a volleyball net and a hot tub that sat up to 10 people. There was also a small water park with a lazy river and 3 waterslides.
They had a fantastic kids club for ages 3-12, with numerous daily activities. There was also a petting zoo, paintball and daily activities by the pool. Rooms feature 2 Queen beds, or a King bed with a trundle twin sleeper (making 2 separate twin beds).
Harmony – Adults Only Portion
The Adults only side, Harmony, also had 2 pools, with a bar in between. One of the pools also had a very large hot tub. This property also had cushioned beach chairs on platforms overlooking the water. The Spa was also on this side. Rooms here offered 2 Queen beds or a King bed.
Serenity for Luxury
Serenity, the luxury Adults only, had 36 private villas, with plunge pools and butler service in each. It’s own private Adults Only pool and a gourmet restaurant. Made for couples, all rooms had a King bed, large bathrooms and a separate sitting/living room area.
Eateries at Coconut Bay
Coconut Bay has 5 specialty restaurants, 1 buffet, and 2 lunch eatery options. Everywhere we ate was delicious. The buffet had cooking stations, such as a carvery, and pasta station, and smoothies and crepes at breakfast. There was something for everyone, for sure.
Must See & Do!
The island of St. Lucia is known for their mountains, the Pitons. It is also known for being a huge producer of bananas, but we also learned they grow cinnamon, papaya, cashews, and they have 30+ types of mangos! We were fortunate to participate in 2 really great excursions. The Land and Sea excursion took us on a catamaran to 2 different fantastic snorkeling locations.
We were then taken back to land for a delicious St. Lucia inspired lunch at a local eatery with breathtaking views of the mountains, as well as a tour up an active volcanic area. This is where you can do a volcano sulfur mud bath, which we did not partake in. It looked interesting, and people who we talked to said it was fabulous, but the smell of the sulfur from the outside was enough for us.
We also did ziplining through the rainforest area. This was so much fun! There were members of my family that were a bit nervous about this and needed some coaxing… haha… but admitted they had a great time. On the way to both of these excursions, our drivers gave us some fascinating facts about the island, which was greatly appreciated. We learned a ton of things we didn’t know.
We enjoyed our visit to St. Lucia so much and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a super island experience. Let’s plan your island escape!
Thanks to Embrace the Journey Travel Planner, Tracy Devlin, for writing this blog post for us. You can learn more about Tracy here.