by Candyce H. Stapen
As you drive through the gate at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, the blue ocean and grassy lawns with palm trees greet you. In the lobby, the hostess welcomes guests with a glass of champagne for adults and fruit juice for children. Like many moderately priced resorts, the roofed, open-air lobby has something of a cavernous, camp-like feel even though rattan and upholstered couches create comfortable seating areas. While checking in, be sure to admire the views of the pool from the lobby. Since the drive from Hewanorra International Airport, St. Lucia’s main airport, is only five minutes, making it from touchdown on the runway to splashdown in the ocean can happen in record time. That’s a bonus for weary travelers, especially on St. Lucia, an island known for its twisty, slow-driving roads.
As the resort’s marketing materials emphasize, the property offers “two worlds in one,” each in different areas: Harmony for adults and Splash for families. Along with lodging, Harmony features a quiet pool, a bar and a beach. Splash, has a family pool, water slides, lazy river, children’s club and beach. In between, guests mingle on common ground — the lobby, main restaurant, an activity pool, beach grill and Buzz, an entertainment section with ping-pong tables and a stage.
At Coconut Bay, adults may avoid children during the day by hanging out in the quiet pool and snoozing in a lounge chair on the adult side. And, with 254 rooms on 85 acres, Coconut Bay offers plenty of space for all. In addition, the resort’s daylong, supervised children’s activities keep ages two through teens happily engaged. Infants through tots are cared for at the nursery.
Coconut Bay Resort sits on land that formerly housed a Club Med. After extensive renovations and additions that included the water park, lazy river and the spa, Coconut Bay reopened in March 2004. Located on the southern tip of St. Lucia near Vieux Fort, the island’s second largest town, the resort lies on the Atlantic coast side of St. Lucia, where you can swim in the water off Coconut Bay’s Beach.
While at Coconut Bay Resort, you won’t have a marble bathroom or room service, but you will have a comfortable (if not stylish) room, lots of good food, a friendly staff, plus activities to do with your kids as well as without them.
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Families lodge in the coral-colored Splash wing and adults without children stay in the lime green Harmony wing. Each wing consists of two, four-story buildings. Elevators access floors in both wings.
Splash Wing Guestrooms
The guestrooms are basic, but comfortable for two adults and one or two children. Consider a second room if traveling with teens; depending upon availability and season, Coconut Bay may offer a deal on a second, adjoining room. Up to four people may stay in a room, or five if the fifth is a baby. However, adding a crib would make the room tight.
The colorful decor in the Splash wing generally features coral-painted headboards, either twin or queen. Twin rooms have beige wicker settees. Queen rooms have a blue pullout sofa that accommodates two children up to age 10. All rooms on the second through fourth floors come with balconies that have high railings and two chairs. First-floor rooms feature patios and lounge chairs. Although all rooms face the ocean, those on the first and second floors may have views of the water obstructed by buildings or palm trees. Accommodations on the fourth floors offer the best views as well as a more spacious feel, since fourth-floor ceilings are high and sloped.
Most of the rooms contain the same, simple bathroom: white tile walls, blue vanity, toilet and shower. All of the guestrooms feature a mini-fridge, flat screen television, air conditioning and coffee maker.
Harmony Wing Guestrooms
On the fourth floor of the Harmony Wing, there are premium rooms. Although the bathrooms are standard, the rooms' more sophisticated furnishings include sleek, dark wood Parson's-style desks and tables, dark wood and wicker headboards and low gray couches with silver throw pillows and a dark green accent wall. These rooms also have refrigerators that come stocked with water and soda. So if Grandma and Grandpa want spiffier accommodations, book them a Harmony room.
Alright folks, here it is. My review of the trip my wife and I took to the Coconut Bay Beach Resort. This was out 10 year anniversary trip, and I had literally spent months looking at various resorts and islands in the Caribbean until i settled on this one. Some of the key points I looked for were the adults only section, the ratio of restaurants to guest rooms, spa availability,# of bars, etc.This resort ticked a lot of the must-have boxes i had envisioned for our trip.
Now let me address some of the bad reviews you might see online before i give you the things you really need to know. First, the food at the buffet. Some reviews and people will complain about the selection and variety of the buffet at their chosen resort. If you cannot find anything to eat at this buffet, then you should probably stay home, as you are certainly too picky to be outside your own little bubble. At breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this buffet had at least 30 items to choose from, and arranged all over the dining space, in stations, which made for a quicker, and more pleasant experience.
Rooms. Sure, the room wasn't ultra modern, and didn't have a 60 inch LED flat screen. But come on people, if you are planning to spend more than 8 hours a day in your room, then maybe you should rethink going to the Caribbean. The rooms were perfect for what they needed to be, a space to change, and sleep at the end of a wonderful day outside.
So now let's talk about the best points, and about some of the best people you will meet. First, this resort is sooooooo close to the airport, you could almost walk there. before we even got comfy in the cab, we were pulling into the resort, and had a rum punch in hand within 5 minutes of leaving the airport, i kid you not. if you don't want to do a long drive after a long flight, then this is the resort for you.
Checkin process is smooth and professional. They go to great lengths to make sure you have the info you need before you head to your room. You need to find Aaron and Nahid. these guys know everything and are super helpful in answering your questions.
Restaurants are all awesome, no complaints on any of them. we arranged all our evening meals immediately after checkin, and this process was smooth and simple. As we were without kids on this trip, we quickly learned that adults only breakfast outside on the veranda is the way to go, trust me, just do it. PLUS, you can get food from 7 am until 1 am at this resort. There is no way to get hungry here!!
The Entertainment staff. There was something to do every night!! Country night, Casino, Full moon party, Carnival, etc etc. This entertainment staff knows what they are doing. We did everything from a foam party, to a mixed drink competition (which i lost, and am still bitter about) to a guided walk into the local market. The staff are all wonderful, but if you need an extra ray of sunshine and happiness in your life, go find Gillie and Zara. The energy of these two make us all feel a little old :)
The Bars. I would have to say that i met some of the friendliest bartenders at this place. I don't want you to think that these folks are just being friendly for tips, they're not. These staff members are genuine, laid back and happy folks that will talk to you for hours and have a laugh, and treat everyone the same, regardless if you tip them or not. None of staff were ever pushy or hinting for tips here. So go sit down, experiment with the list, and enjoy yourself!!!!
Again, if you're in the mood for some extra fun at the bars, walk around and look for Karel and Sherma. They will treat you right. If you're like me, and enjoy having a bartender you know will treat you right, and push your boundaries, then go find Dillan, and make sure you find him everyday!! Dillan is the man, made us laugh soo much and we had such a great time with him. My wife and I , and some of the new friends we met, would go around the resort seeing which bar he was working on and sit down with him. He knows what you can handle, and don't be surprised to turn around a see a shot of a 'mystery' liquid in front of you. Trust Dillan!! and tell him to 'Let the Goose run Loose!!!!!'
I mentioned it before, but i'll say it again, every staff member of this resort seems to love what they do, and are there to make sure you love the time on their island and at this resort. From gardeners to housekeeping to the beach cleaners, spa staff, all the way to the managers we met, everyone was polite, had a smile, and was there to make sure YOU had a smile.
We would go back there tomorrow if we could, and this time we would probably bring the kids, as the kids zone and water park on the other side of the resort is perfect for letting the kids be kids while mom and dad relax!
So folks, trust my opinions or not, that's totally up to you. But i loved this resort, and without pause, would tell all my friends to stay there is they are ever in that part of the world.
by DIOnne B
Just got back from an amazing holiday at coconut bay, this is my family’s second time visiting this amazing resort in sunny St Lucia and once again we were not disappointed. Sylvina the guest bookings manager was totally amazing and dealt with all my numerous queries with a professional manner and politeness, making me feel at ease she responded to my queries via telephone and email with ease, Emiley (may have spelt her name wrong) on front desk was a delight so helpful and friendly, spoke to us about the different activities that the children could participate in. the rooms are spacious and modern. Good choice of food main dining hall offers a vast range of different cuisines, the jerk hut located near the main pool is delicious and opens from 12-6pm offering a range of Caribbean food I.e chicken, fish, rice and peas etc. The kids had a fantastic time on the water slides and foam pool party. Can't wait to go again.
Thank you Coconut bay (until we meet again)????????????????
The resort's water features delight both kids and adults. The water park consists of three elements, all on the Splash side of the property. Two you can't miss: the lazy river and the slides. Grab an inner tube and float along the 3-foot-deep lazy river. Twist down a high slide or glide down a short one into a shallow pool.
Inside CocoLand, the children's camp, kids romp through a water playscape with a mushroom fountain, spray guns, jets and bucket dumps. Typically, counselors turn on the water elements for an hour at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Even if your children aren't signed up for the Kidz Klub, you and they are welcome to splash around -- just bring towels. The water playscape anchors a wide grassy play area featuring swings, climbing equipment, a sand pit and a mini zip line.
Coconut Bay claims that CocoLand, the children's facility for infants and kids 2 through 12 -- broken down into age group to keep little ones together and bigger ones doing their own fun activities -- devotes the most space to kids of any family-friendly resort on the island. Counselors greet kids in the air-conditioned main room, colorful with its rainbow-striped couches, and red kid-size tables. As a welcome gift for signing up, children receive a canvas bag, water bottle, T-shirt and cap.
At the outdoor yet roofed art area, children paint coconuts, decorate items with glitter and create crafts. Along the adjoining, wide corridor, also roofed but open, toddlers pedal bikes and scooters. Lunch with the group is optional Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, kids dine with parents. In general, CocoLand offers supervised activities from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. or 9:00 p.m., depending on the day.
At the separate, air-conditioned nursery with porta-cribs and couches, counselors take care of infants up to 23 months from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, with breaks at mealtime. There's no extra charge for scheduled infant care as at some other all-inclusive resorts.
In addition to the water features, the resort has three pools plus a kiddie pool. The family pool has a zero entry, great for tots. There are no lifeguards, although pool attendants are certified in CPR.
Even though Coconut Bay fronts the Atlantic Ocean, typically rougher than the Caribbean Sea, the boulders that the resort placed offshore of the family beach serves as a breakwater, mitigating the waves. The beach's gradual slope means that the ocean remains relatively shallow (about 3.5 feet deep) for a good distance. While not lined with shells or rocks, the ocean in front of the resort does have a good deal of sea grass. The turtles like it and in season, some do come ashore to lay eggs.
If you can get your kids off the beach and out of the water park, they may be interested in playing tennis, soccer or basketball. Ages eight and older can sample kite surfing (lessons cost extra). Those 12 and older can battle it out on the paintball field.
The Teens Club for ages 13 and older features foosball, billiards, videos and couches for lounging. When the number of teens in the house spikes, the club may have a facilitator to help get teens to meet and mingle. When at least five teens sign up for off-property tours, they can go kayaking, horseback riding and take island tours (for an additional fee).
Like many all-inclusives, Coconut Bay hosts theme nights. Listen to jazz and learn salsa dancing; toe-tap and Texas Two Step on Country and Western Night; and sway to steel band rhythms and join in an island limbo dance on Caribbean Night.
The resort books many excursions, including jeep, bicycle and hiking tours, plus day trips to the island's volcano, billed as the "world's only drive-in volcano," since you drive into the collapsed caldera. At the Botanical Gardens, stroll through the garden, lush with palm trees and ferns and blooming with heliconia, lilies, ginger and many other flowers.
Coconut Bay's food, in general, is good. The food isn't gourmet, but it doesn't pretend to be. Some days the steam table fish is a bit dry and other days it's moist. All meals, drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) and snacks are included in the all inclusive rate.
Coconut Walk, the main dining area, serves buffet meals three times day. There are enough choices even though Coconut Bay offers fewer selections than at a larger all-inclusive such as Club Med. A chef always cooks eggs to order and the buffet line offers pancakes, French toast and breakfast meats.
For lunch and dinner, in addition to salads and fruit, there's always a carved or cooked-to-order item such as steak, seafood medley or chicken fajitas. Check out the buffet's "local corner," featuring island specialties such as stew or lentils. At the Children's Corner, a kid-height buffet, children can serve themselves two entrees such as macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders or spaghetti with meat sauce.
This Italian restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating. The kids will love the hand tossed pizza. Open for dinner only, reservations are required.
Beach Grill serves burgers, chicken, wraps, pizza and salads from about noon to 5 p.m.
Silk and Calabash
Silk, serving Asian fare, and the adults-only Calabash, serving Caribbean cuisine, are the specialty restaurants. Neither costs extra, but reservations are recommended and resort evening attire is required. Families may dine at Silk at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Adults without kids take the later reservations.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi access can be found within the concierge guestrooms only and the hotel lobby. A fee applies for Wi-Fi in all of the other guestrooms.
Babysitting is available by reservation at an hourly rate.
The fitness center feature cardio and weight machines as well as aerobic classes.
The resort can book a variety of island outings for you and your family.
The Art of Smart Timing
High season runs from about mid-December through April. Shoulder season consists of May, June, July, August and early December. Low season runs from September through November.
Many airlines fly into Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort on St. Lucia's southeast coast. The Coconut Bay resort is about a five-minute drive from the airport.
Airport transfers can be scheduled through the hotel and are included in the all inclusive rate.
For Mom and Dad
Harmony Wing-Adults Only
Harmony has a quiet pool -- no rock music blaring and no children. If you want some R&R when your kids are in the children's program, sunbathe at Harmony's beach or pool.
At Kai Mer Spa, pamper yourself with a massage or a pedicure (they offer a superb spa pedicure).