Fodor's Expert Review Cap Maison

Smuggler's Cove Dr., Cap Estate, Gros Islet, St. Lucia See on Map

Jane Zarem

Prepare to be pampered by doting staffers at this intimate villa resort on the northern tip of St. Lucia. Luxuries include unpacking (if you wish) and a personal butler for any little needs that might arise. The elegant Spanish Caribbean architecture features terracotta roof tiles on extraordinary cliffside villas, each with an amazing garden view or extensive view over the sea—as far as Martinique on a clear day.


The resort's 22 villas can be configured into 49 garden rooms, junior suites, and oversize (3,000 square feet) villa suites. Each elegantly-appointed room and suite has a balcony or verandah and a BOSE entertainment center. Villa suites have a larger balcony and separate sitting room, full kitchen, and washer/dryer; some have a Jacuzzi, a plunge pool, or a huge roof terrace with a plunge pool. Villa suites can interconnect to make two- or three-bedroom suites.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Only the bedrooms have air-conditioning.


Garden-view rooms have en suite bathrooms with hand-painted tiling, double sinks, walk-in shower, and separate WC. Junior suites bathrooms are larger, and some have an additional outdoor garden shower. Villa suites have a large tub and walk-in shower, double vessel sinks, and an added half-bath.


A main building includes a front room with a reception desk, comfortable seating, tour information, and access to the spa and fitness studio.


While some villas have a plunge pool, a large infinity pool at the edge of the bluff and a smaller garden pool are available to everyone.


For extra pampering, Spa Maison offers treatments—massages, facials, exfoliation rituals, skin care and mani/pedi—for men, women, and couples in the spa, in your villa, on your terrace, or in the calming Zen garden.

YOU SHOULD KNOW A supplement is charged for treatments outside the spa.


The fitness studio, adjacent to the spa, has a cross-trainer, a stationary bike, two treadmills, resistance machines, and free weights. Yoga and Pilates classes are held there—or you can have a private session in your own villa suite.

Join the Cap Maison Running and Hiking Club on a guided clifftop walk, beach hike, or trail run.


Enjoy breakfast (included), lunch, and French Caribbean cuisine at dinner at the renowned Cliff at Cap restaurant. The alfresco, cliff-top atmosphere is amazing any time of day or night, and there’s live entertainment some evenings. The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar and Grill, on the beach, serves lunch and dinner.

A private dinner on Rock Maison, a wooden deck built on a shoal at the water’s edge and continuously lapped by the surging sea, is an exceptional experience. Access is via a wooden staircase near the restaurant; champagne and canapes are delivered via zip line.


Enjoy cocktails with a view at Cliff Bar, surfside on Rock Maison, or all day and evening at The Naked Fisherman on the beach. Guests also enjoy the daily wine tastings and the Friday night "wine and dine" experience in Cellar Maison.


Because the resort is on a seaside cliff, getting down to the small beach—a secluded crescent of sand—requires walking down (and back up) 92 steps. Once there, plan to spend the day. There are beach loungers, thatched roof “umbrellas,” and a hammock on the rocks. Kayaks, Hobie Cat sailboats, paddleboards, windsurfers, and snorkeling equipment will keep you amused—and they're complimentary. (Windsurfing lessons cost extra.) The Naked Fisherman serves lunch and drinks—and is one of many great places at this resort to toast the sunset.

The resort has a 46-foot, 15-passenger powerboat to take guests on day trips to Soufrière or nearby Martinique—or on honeymoon cruises.


Getting Around

A rental car is recommended, particularly if you want to explore on your own; the hotel concierge can make arrangements. Driving is not a problem in the north, as the terrain is fairly flat. To visit the iconic sites in Soufrière, however, a boat tour is the most comfortable way to travel—they depart from Rodney Bay. Taxis are always available.


Take a taxi or your rental car to The Body Holiday, which is right nearby, and enjoy Asian-Caribbean Fusion cuisine at Tao (2-minute drive). If you play a round of golf at St. Lucia Golf & Country Club, which is also nearby, plan to have lunch at Cap Grill (5-minute drive).


There are no bars or nightspots nearby. The closest are in Rodney Bay, which is also where you can try your luck at Treasure Bay Casino (15-minute drive)—St. Lucia’s one and only casino.


The villas are spacious and beautifully furnished, the main restaurant is exceptional, the service is spot on, the cliffside location is magical, and the views are amazing.


49 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service yes
Gym, Pool
Free Parking


Phones: 758/457–8670, 888/765–4985 in U.S.

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