By Ela Sathern By Ela Sathern | April 1, 2021 | Travel
Whether you’re in need of a mind and body wellness retreat or simply a relaxing getaway in paradise, Marigot Bay Resort and Marina awaits.
Tucked away within the exotic botanical gardens surrounding the serene Auriga Spa Village, the Tree House provides a private and intimate area for dinner. PHOTO BY ROBERT RECK/COURTESY OF MARIGOT BAY RESORT AND MARINA
The sound of live steel-pan calypso music being played in the Caribbean sun may seem like a distant dream these days, but as borders open and air travel resumes, a beautiful resort in the heart of St. Lucia is ready to give you a warm welcome.
My husband and I are seeking solace with a getaway that uses the surrounding nature to gift us peace of mind. Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, lined with exotic palm trees and steps from the turquoise Caribbean Sea, offers infinity pools to lounge by, spa facilities to relax in, a variety of beach activities to explore and a long list of wellness activities from which to choose.
On the Marigot Bay Ridge Climb, located across the bay, enjoy spectacular views of Marigot Bay as you hike.
Bright and early we wake to experience the Marigot Bay Ridge Climb. As our guide takes us on a ferry to the other side of the bay to begin our climb, he points out touristy highlights like the megayachts from around the globe found in the marina and the celebrity villas and mansions dotting the hillside, but as the climb spikes upward, so does his conversation. We make it to the highest point of the trail, not by physical strength, but by inner strength inspired by our motivational leader guiding us through—truly a mind-over-body experience. A meditation platform is perfectly perched along the trail, providing spectacular views of Marigot Bay, the neighboring island of Martinique and the sea. With our spirits high, we return to our one-bedroom penthouse suite, which includes spacious living and dining areas, and refresh in our private plunge pool and balcony.
Throughout our stay, we indulge in the cuisine at The Grill, known for its fish dishes cooked on the open fire in the middle of the restaurant. Helmed by Daniel Echasseriau, director of food and beverage and culinary operation, the culinary team’s creations range from authentic St. Lucian and regional Caribbean recipes to internationally inspired dishes that delight. For a romantic evening, we decide to enjoy an intimate dining experience in the Alexandria Garden.
From expansive junior suites to three-bedroom penthouses, it’s easy to get lost in luxury.
We also spend a day at ease in The Spa Village, which is nestled in lush tropical foliage, for a couples massage and a body scrub workshop, during which we make our own exfoliant from simple ingredients like brown sugar and coffee grounds.
Marigot Bay Resort and Marina’s director of operations, Perle Flavien, notes that rejuvenating the stressed mind and body will always be a main focus for their team. “When our guests can travel without worrying about their vacation surroundings and return to their home relaxed and replenished, we will have done our job,” she says. From arrival to departure, we say, job well done. Rooms from $495 per night, marigotbayresort.com
Photography by: Photos by Robert Reck; courtesy of Marigot Bay Resort and Marina