We stayed at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort for eight nights in late November 2011. This hotel was excellent and the staff friendly and accommodating. The beach was one of the nicest we’ve seen in the Caribbean. I would highly recommend this resort. The resort is located in the far northwest corner of the island in an area known as Gros Islet.
The Bay Gardens Beach Resort is large (about 75 rooms) and well laid out. There are two restaurants and a bar on site along with a beautiful pool and Jacuzzi. There is also a fitness room, spa, small gift shop, and internet café/library. Chaises were readily available at all times of the day on the beach and at the pool. Staff delivered fresh beach towels to the room daily.
The rooms are pleasant, clean, and spacious. They are in good mechanical condition and very comfortable. Rooms have a full kitchen, living room/dining area, outside patio/balcony, bedroom, and 1½ baths. Kitchens have dishes, pots and pans, and cutlery and full-size appliances. Free wireless internet is available, but tends to be a little slow.
We ate breakfast in our room daily, but had lunch at the hotel restaurants (Hi-Tide and Trios) and at a nearby restaurant called Spinnakers. Both are good, but the menu is limited at Hi-Tide and Trios is only open Thursday through Sunday. This is of little concern because there are many restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel, so choices are not an issue. Available food styles include: local fare, Indian, Chinese, Italian, American fast food, and others.
We enjoyed dinner at several restaurants in the Gros Islet area. Our favorites were The Edge (we ate there twice), La Terrasse, Buzz, Jacque’s, and a spot in Castries called the Coal Pot. All served excellent food and had good service. The local seafood is great and the lobsters are big and not too expensive. The Edge was our favorite. It’s right on the water in Rodney Bay and is a fine dining restaurant with an extensive wine list and fresh local cuisine.
Overall, food is pricey, but of high quality. Checks usually include a 10% tip, so double check before paying.
On Friday nights, the fishing village of Anse-la-Raye has a fish fry and it is a good time for sure. A party boat leaves Gros Islet for the 30-minute sail to Anse-la-Raye. It costs $65 per person with an open bar and live music. It is well worth it. The other alternative is to go by taxi, which is cheaper, but takes much longer as you have to navigate some tough roads to get there. St. Lucia is very mountainous, so driving is slow and dangerous if you are not familiar with narrow roads and driving on the left side of the road.
The resort borders Reduit Beach, a beautiful, brown sand beach. Most consider it the best beach in St. Lucia. The water is calm and clear. Some vendors will walk through the beach area selling jewelry and local crafts, but they are not bothersome. Water sports equipment is available and you can book snorkeling and diving trips through the hotel.
The Hi-Tide has an inside bar and a small beach bar with a happy hour (5:00-6:00pm) featuring 2-for-1 drinks and snacks (the breadfruit chips are awesome). The bar features good liquor, local beer (Piton), local rum (Chairman’s Reserve, Bounty, and others) and wines from France, Chile, and Argentina.
Overall, the service was good. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Things to do
We took a snorkeling trip that went down the western coast of St. Lucia to Soufriere where you can view the Pitons. The trip included a visit to the volcanic mud baths and a natural waterfall, lunch and snorkeling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bay Gardens Beach Resort is an all-suite hotel with magnificent views of the stunning Caribbean Sea. The architecture of this private boutique and hip hotel is reminiscent of its colonial past, with a mixture of both Caribbean-French and Georgian plantation style, incorporating traditional elements of timbered balconies and verandas for that true Caribbean ambiance. This resort provides a luxurious and relaxing environment for guests with every possible modern facility. Suites are complete with full kitchens, modern bathroom fixtures and living and dining areas. All feature cable TV, DVD and CD players, high-speed internet access and Wi-Fi. The Bay Gardens Beach Resort... Your Window to Paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Gardens Beach Hotel Gros Islet
- Bay Gardens Beach Castries
- Bay Gardens Beach Resort St. Lucia/Gros Islet