➔ British Airways Club World, Boeing 777-200, Gatwick – St. Lucia
➔ Club Aspire Lounge, London Gatwick North Terminal
➔ Harmony At Coconut Bay Resort, St. Lucia
➔ British Airways Club World, Boeing 777-200, St. Lucia – London Gatwick
With the COVID restrictions in St. Lucia being a little tight, a property with a beach was very much a necessity.
The restrictions meant that you had to stay in a government approved hotel. And once you were there, you weren’t allowed to go off property of your own free will. Only excursions arranged by the hotel were permitted.
Therefore, a good property was essential.
The Coconut Bay resort has over a mile of private beach. In addition there are 9 restaurants on site, a water park, tennis courts and a number of other features. Plus it was only a 5 minute drive from the airport. In addition, the hotel bills itself as a premium all inclusive. Meaning all food and drink is included in the price.
As the hotel was booked as a package with British Airways I can’t comment on the nightly price.
The Coconut Bay Resort has a permanent stand at the airport, as you exit from the arrivals hall. This is where the transfer to the hotel is arranged. As a concierge package was booked, this meant that a private transfer was included… which also had two others on board. Oh well, at least it was only a 5 minute drive.
Upon arrival at the hotel, the staff are on hand to provide a welcome rum punch and a cold towel.
As I had booked a concierge room, there was a separate check in area.
The formalities were completed and I was escorted to my room on the 3rd floor of the Harmony wing.
The room itself was larger than average. Although this could be due to the fact that the bathroom was a little smaller than average. As such, there was only a shower cubicle – not a bath.
Crabtree & Evelyn amenities were provided in the bathroom.
Moving into the room itself, there was a work/dressing desk with a couple of nearby power ports.
The bulk of the room was taken up by a huge bed, which was more than comfortable.
At the far end of the room was a lounge area.
Opposite this was tea and coffee facilities – however the actual coffee etc. Had to be requested from reception.
Also in this area was a refrigerator, which was stocked with water, beer and soft drinks. Again, these were replenished on request. Everything in here was included in the price.
Every evening there was a plate of snacks left in the room.
Another perk of the concierge room was that you were able to select a bottle of premium alcohol. This was selected at check in and arrived into my room while I was out at dinner.
The final part of the room was a small but functional balcony.
Other Areas Of The Hotel
The room was just a small part of the resort. As mentioned above, there were 9 restaurants on site. Although it should be noted that not all 9 were open at the same time during my visit. I suspect that this is the standard procedure. However, there was more than enough variety to be able to eat a different meal each night of my stay.
The food was generally high quality in the restaurants.
Breakfast took place in the same restaurant every day however.
Social distancing protocols were adhered to in the restaurants.
There was also more snack type food available outside the main meal times too, available in the central area of the hotel.
There were a number of swimming pools on site.
Two of which were dedicated to the adult only Harmony side of the property. Therefore these were generally much quieter. The activities took part in the Splash pools, which was far enough away not to be a disturbance.
Of course, there were also a number of bars at the hotel. To the point where I didn’t visit every single one of them. I didn’t really have the need to!
Despite being a seafront property, the main beach isn’t directly outside the hotel itself. It’s a 10 minute or so walk from the property. Which isn’t a bad thing, as this means it’s fairly quiet.
There was a bar at Paradise Beach, meaning no long walks back to the main hotel complex if you wanted a drink!
There is also a water park on site.
Opposite the main entrance to the hotel, there is a small petting zoo. First time I’ve experienced this in a hotel!
Along side this was the tennis courts, a football pitch and an area for paintball.
Also on site was a duty free shop, along with a convenience store and a jewellery shop.
I must confess that the thought of being marooned in the hotel didn’t really appeal to me all that much at first. But luckily, the property was large enough to not be considered claustrophobic. Even the Harmony side of the property was a decent enough size. Include the other areas and it was fine.
The room itself was generally fine. The only minor niggle was that the water pressure in the shower wasn’t that great. But I got by. Other than this, it was a good stay on the island of St Lucia.
There were a number of excursions available for an additional charge. These are allowed, provided they are arranged by the hotel. However I was content enough to stay put.