First, the bad news: St. Lucia’s luscious Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina is closing at the end of April. Now, the good news: It’s expected to reopen after only two months, in July. When it returns it will have an inviting new look and some stunning new features.
Formerly Discovery at Marigot Bay, the resort has been managed since 2013 by Capella Hotels and Resorts, which operates ultra-luxe properties in cities including Singapore, Cabo San Lucas and Washington, D.C. The design firm, OBM International (OBMI), is incorporating the island’s natural environment, taking inspiration from the sun, ocean, mountains and greenery.
The resort is now built on three tiers, with penthouses on the highest point and pools and restaurants occupying the middle tier. OBMI is transforming the tiers, creating the Capella Marina on the ground level and placing a swimming pool on each tier; all three pools will be linked by flowing water for a zen-like waterfall effect. The top tier’s version will be an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, and guests relaxing there will be attended by wait staff serving complimentary refreshments.
There’s a lot more to look forward to:
- Redecoration of the one-, two- and three-bedroom residential villas, which are popular for groups who want the comforts of home—if home is incredibly luxurious. Guests at the villas have their own Capella Personal Assistants, who will be aided by a team of private butlers.
- Renovation of the Garden Suites, which take their name from the large private garden that each villa opens to.
- A fine-dining venue delivering breathtaking views of the Marigot Bay cove from its rooftop perch.
- The Rum Cave, which will offer specialty local rums in a warm, relaxed, cave-like space.
- The Hurricane Hole Bar, one of Marigot Bay’s most popular destinations, which will move to the resort marina’s dock area. The bar takes its name from the bay’s service as a protective “hurricane hole.” Capella wants to bring the bar closer to the dinghy dock area, for a more authentic maritime aura.
- Auriga, the signature spa of Capella resorts. The spa concept is based on the four phases of the moon; treatments reflect the varying energies of the lunar cycle. Auriga uses natural and organic products blended with indigenous herbs. St. Lucia’s version will be an outdoor spa surrounded by lush greenery, built as a series of spa pods or tree houses so that guests will have an intimate experience amongst the heavy foliage.
- A beach area a few minutes from the resort, with a Capella-managed bar and grill; guests can relax in cabanas and lounge chairs.
- An array of international shops, bars and restaurant at the marina, including a cigar bar, a sports bar and a game room.
All this in only two months?
The most important and hardest part is already there, says the resort’s general manager, Jeroen Quint:
“We already have in place the Capella award-wining service philosophy, and coupled with the innovative designs from OBMI, we believe this will become a preferred luxury resort for guests in the Caribbean.”