This elegant, boutique hotel enjoys an enviable position on the northern headland of Saint Lucia, with dramatic coastline and fabulous views from the hotel’s position on the bluff.
Set on the site of a former sugar plantation, Cap Maison perches above secluded Smugglers Cove beach looking out to Pigeon Island and Martinique in the distance. This intimate retreat offers sophisticated luxury with Spanish Caribbean architecture, a contemporary French-West Indian menu at Cliff At Cap, and spacious accommodation.
The resort is particularly renowned for its dining and offers one of the leading restaurants on the island with regular guest chefs from overseas.
The Gobat family, Caribbean hoteliers for over 40 years, have invested a great deal of personal attention in creating Cap Maison and the result is an elegant charm with uncompromising levels of personal service.
This luxurious boutique retreat offers impeccable attention to detail. It’s especially good for honeymooners or for those looking for somewhere romantic. The location is fabulous, as although it feels quite secluded, there is much within easy reach.
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The 49 stylishly appointed rooms, junior suites and one, two and three bedroom villa suites are furnished with hand painted tiles and designed in a classic, Spanish Caribbean style. They all have a ceiling fan, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, BOSE iPod docking stations, DVD and music center, tea and coffee maker and minibar. The two and three bedroom suites combine the one bedroom suites of the same category with adjoining Garden View rooms and Junior Suites.
The resorts two, two- and three-bedroom villas and one, four-bedroom villa provide exclusive accommodation for families or groups to unwind. Each villa has a private ground or roof terrace and pool, spacious en suite bedrooms, living and dining areas. An essentials welcome pack will be supplied in the villas well-equipped kitchen on arrival, a daily shuttle provided to the local supermarket and the option of in villa dining with one of the islands chefs. Guests can relax in the privacy of their villa whilst still utilizing the facilities at the resort.
Set in the northwest of the island, Cap Maison is set among beautiful gardens overlooking the sea. Next to the resort, a small, pretty beach cove is framed by steep cliffs and rocks and although only small is certainly charming and secluded. The 92 steps down to the beach mean this resort isn’t suitable for those less mobile but there are facilities down at the beach including a restaurant.
Although the location feels very secluded and private, Cap Maison is actually just ten minutes’ drive from the shops, bars and restaurants of lively Rodney Bay, as well as the St Lucia Golf & Country Club. The fishing village of Gros Islet is only ten minutes’ drive away.
Food and drink
The gourmet Cliff at Cap restaurant is one of the best fine dining experiences on the island, where the emphasis is on using fresh seasonal produce with a French-Caribbean influence. The service is excellent without being over the top, and you’ll also be treated to stunning sea views toward Martinique and beautiful sunsets. The chef has worked at European Michelin starred restaurants and they regularly invite guest chefs to the island.
For more casual dining, The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill is an informal thatched roof venue on the beach offering casual grills, drinks and a laid back Caribbean vibe.
Cap Maison also boasts an impressive wine cellar with over 1,500 bottles of French, Chilean and Californian wines, which also doubles up as an intimate private dining venue. There are also two bars to choose from as well as the novel ‘Rock Maison’, a private dining wooden deck surrounded by the sea on three sides, where drinks are delivered by zip-line.
Children of all ages are very welcome, although no children under 12 years will be allocated upper floor suites. The kids' club is only available from July to mid-September, but babysitting is available at a local charge year round.
Facilities and activities
There are two small pools; an infinity pool overlooking the sea with a Jacuzzi and another situated in a relaxing courtyard area. Down on the beach there is a range of complimentary non-motorized water sports available, including kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, snorkeling on the house reef and windsurfing.
Tennis is available at a nearby hotel or at the National Tennis Centre, both just five minutes' drive away, and concessions are also available for Cap Maison guests at the St Lucia Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole championship golf course.
The hotel has a small gym and if you enjoy hiking or running outdoors, the Cap Maison Running and Hiking Club can offer you a guided remote beach hike or a trail run on Saint Lucia’s Atlantic coast, just ten minutes away.
There are many excursions that can be arranged by the hotel and the fishing village of Gros Islet is only ten minutes’ drive away. Here the historic streets are lined with rum shops and fishing shacks, and on a Friday the village comes alive with a fish fry.
There are many excursions that can be arranged by the hotel and the fishing village of Gros Islet is only ten minutes’ drive away. Here the historic streets are lined with rum shops and fishing shacks, and on a Friday the village comes alive with a massive street party and fish fry.
If you wish to venture further south there are numerous excursions incorporating the famous pitons.
There is no dive center on site, but the resort has teamed up with a local dive operator who offer a wide range of packages and single dives to the numerous dive sites on Saint Lucia.
There are some excellent diving opportunities on the island, and if you’re staying at Cap Maison you don’t have to go far as their house reef at Smugglers Cove is ideal for a beginners dive. Further out and if diving from the boat, there are lots of trenches and shelves that are home to Flying Gurnard, Lobster and large Trumpet Fish.
Cap Maison has three treatment rooms offering a full menu of spa services using products from Sothys. Spa services are also available in guest rooms.
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