Cap Maison, Cap Estate, St Lucia
Perched on an isolated bluff above the crashing surf of this dramatic coastline, this isn’t usually the kind of place people just stumble upon... but when they do, it’s hard to imagine staying anywhere else.
Just 10 minutes from Rodney Bay, the setting, Spanish-Caribbean hacienda-style architecture, and refreshingly different approach to holiday-making make it great for a spot of romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A diminutive-but-serene beach is reached by descending 62 steps (the ascent back giving you the perfect excuse to head to the spa), and is home to 'The Naked Fisherman' (the informal beachside restaurant), non-motorised watersports and pure relaxation.
Generously proportioned, with the best in-room technology on the island, all the accommodation here is simply gorgeous. Unusual contemporary French Caribbean cuisine has made Cliff at Cap one of the island's hottest tables, and The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar and Grill is a must for all kinds of toes-in-the-sand-style beach dining from day to night.
For somewhere so petite,
the activities are vast: all the usual watery-based wonders; the safe, secluded
sands of Smuggler’s Cove; the Spa Maison and two-tier infinity-edged clifftop
pool; waterfront yoga, t’ai chi and a fitness studio; private motor yacht and
variety of inventive outings; plus championship golf and tennis on the
doorstep. Children are welcome year-round, and flexible accommodation options
give families all the freedom and advantages of a villa holiday, but on the
whole it’s more geared towards adults.