Hotels are sexy and the Caribbean is experiencing a resurgence of spice and style making them chic and hip. More than ever guests are seeking hotels that offer an experience reflective of the country they are in which is what St Lucia’s newly opened Coco Palm exudes.
Centrally located within the Rodney Bay Village with over 30 bars and restaurants within walking distance including the islands popular Reduit Beach, Coco Palm encourages guests to explore St Lucia both day and night and explore ‘Village Tourism’. Already popular with honeymooners and families, St Lucia is now also attracting the independent traveller from all walks. Thanks to the internet, Coco Palm entices the savvy traveller who has used the internet to find St Lucia’s newest hotel rich in style and Caribbean décor.
Owned and managed by the Chastanet’s, a local St Lucian family, the 101-room Coco Palm’s Managing Director has embraced the rich French Creole décor topped with modern day amenities. The Plantation lobby area and all rooms are furbished with rich mahogany furniture and Caribbean colours which instantly add a warmth and comfort of the Caribbean they grew up with.
All this is no doubt enhanced by the fact that Coco Palm along with the Kreole rooms have both applied Feng Shui to ensure guests are comfortable. The interior design team drew on local suppliers and artists with some drawing on Chris Blackwell’s Island Outpost project to create the authentic Caribbean style which strikes you from the exterior warm yellow and red colours to the Plantation style Ti Bananne restaurant.
Having grown up in the Caribbean and worked abroad, the Chastanet’s set out to build a hotel that offered all the things they loved about St Lucia including the strong French Creole influence while combining comforts which one has became accustomed with including WiFi, DVD’s, cable television and soon to come iPod docks. Guests should be given the option to choose how much time they want to spend watching TV and being connected or just chilling.
Coco Palm offers traditional garden or pool view rooms with the six swim-up rooms with steps straight from the balcony leading into the large free form pool being in great demand. Having hosted a string of Diplomats in the early days with groups and meetings, the eight suites with bedrooms opening on to a lounge have been equally popular as are the Family Suites catering up to five comfortably. But most attractive has been Coco Palm’s rates as guests do not have to compromise comfort for price nor location with rates starting at US$100 and up.
Food is an integral part of ones holiday and at the Caribbean Bistro Ti Bananne painted in Caribbean colours with two spectacular murals depicting St Lucia’s banana plantation hand painted by Luigi St Omar. The high ceilings and open kitchen allowing diners to see chef’s preparing their dishes before their very eyes.
Coco Palm is truly Caribbean with the warm hospitality of the St Lucian team managing Coco Palm. You haven’t experienced St Lucia if you haven’t stayed at Coco Palm! For further information, visit www.coco-resorts.com or call 1 758 456 2800.