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Smugglers Cove St Lucia

Smugglers Cove Resort and Spa*** overview, reviews, rates and last minute vacation deals:

Spread over 60 acres of tropical lush gardens at the foot of a slightly sloping hill,  Smugglers Cove St Lucia Resort and Spa boasts its own stretch of white sand beach on an isolated bay. If you are looking for a lot of water and beach activities, all-inclusive accommodation, a family friendly resort that also attracts couples and singles, and want to mix with an international clientele, then Smugglers Cove St Lucia is the way to go.

The cove’s 250-yard beach is protected by an offshore reef and high ridges of cascading land, which guarantees perfectly calm water for that ideal swimming, water-skiing, and windsurfing experience. The resort also offers 7 pools, including a swim-up bar pool, an activities pool, and 2 adults-only pools matched with a 10-person Jacuzzi tub, and kids’ pool with 100 feet slide.

At this resort, you can be as active or as relaxed as you wish. Sunbathe on a magnificent beach in one of the many sun loungers, or go water-skiing, banana boat riding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, or snorkeling. Smugglers Cove St Lucia Resort and Spa also has its very own  Racquet Club with as many as seven tennis courts, a squash court, and a fitness room.

At an extra cost, you can relax your body, mind and soul at the spanking new Samsarati Spa, where you can get a wide range of lavish spa therapies, starting from soothing massages and finishing with pedicures, manicures, various body treatments, and facials. You can enjoy these wonderful treatments either in a treatment room, or in a beach-side gazebo, or directly on the beach.

Smugglers Cove St Lucia has a special program for your kids, catering to children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, and designed with educational fun in mind. Your children will be busy at playgrounds and activity centers, supervised by highly qualified staff, while you will be relaxing and enjoying yourself on the beach or in the water, knowing that your kids are taken good care of.

There is an open-air stage that hosts all nightly entertainment programs. Your daily activates will include water aerobics, morning hikes, athletic competitions, and various games. You don’t have to worry about beach towels – those are included and are available any time at the water activities desk.

If you love to shop, there are local crafts for sale in addition to a beachwear and sundries shop. A separate shopping trip to the island’s capital Castries can be arranged via a shuttle services that runs daily (except Sundays) and is available at an additional charge.

Smugglers Cove St Lucia Resort & Spa*** Highlights:

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    Smugglers Cove  - Kids Pool Slide View
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    Smugglers Cove St Lucia - Deluxe Garden View Room
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    Smugglers Cove St Lucia - Superior Deluxe Garden View Room
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    Smugglers Cove St Lucia - Superior Deluxe Beachfront View Room
 Address: Cap Estates, Cap Estate, St. Lucia || Highlights: – All-Inclusive Program – 3 Kids Clubs – 5 Swimming Pools (2 adults-only) – Swim-Up Bar – 4 Restaurants – 5 Bars – 10-person Spa Tub – Night & Day Tennis Courts – Complimentary Use of Small Sailboats – Spanking New Samsarati Spa -
Children’s Activities – Shuttle Service – Beach – Tropical Gardens – Game Room – Water Sports – Land Activities || Nearby Attractions: – Scuba Diving – Golf – Parasailing – Horseback Riding – Fishing – Helicopter/Airplane Sightseeing – Coral Reef

All Inclusive Program Features at Smugglers Cove St Lucia:

All-Inclusive Features:

-room accommodation, taxes, gratuities, and service charges -non-motorized water sports, including water-skiing; Nightly and daily entertainments
-three daily meals, unlimited snacks, and an afternoon tea -7 swimming pools, pool & beach chaise lounges, towel service Supervised kids’ activities: nursery, babysitting, Mini Club for kids ages 2-4, Kid’s Club for children ages 5-12, Teen Center
-all beverages and drinks, including house wine -land sports and activities, including Tai Chi, Pilates, yoga, guided walks, fitness center, archery, squash, volleyball, billiard, tennis courts, and table tennis Instruction classes: dance lessons, windsurfing, sailing, tennis, aerobics
-taxes, gratuities, and service charges

Here’s what’s NOT INCLUDED into your package:

Not Included:

-airport transfer; airport/departure taxes -wine when ordered by the bottle -steaks & lobsters at certain meals
-top shelf liquors and private reserve wines -spa treatments -tours and excursions
-golf at the nearby Cap Estate Golf Club -scuba diving -medical services
-telephone, internet and fax -dry cleaning and laundry -photo and video services
-business services -babysitting after 5 pm -incidental purchases

Smugglers Cove St Lucia Dining and Entertainment:

Restaurants and Cafes:
The Cove Restaurant This is an international cuisine restaurant serving all your three daily meals:  buffet breakfast and lunch, and a themed buffet dinner changing daily; the British style afternoon tea is also served here from 3:00-4:30 pm.
Waterside Creole Grill Open for breakfast or dinner, this traditional Creole cuisine restaurant is sitting directly over the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea
La Trattoria This traditional Italian restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, and offers hand-made salads and pastas and wood-fired oven pizzas.
Cafe Asia This Adults-only Oriental restaurant serving Tai, Japanese and Chinese cruising is open for dinners only.

All restaurants require elegant casual dress code except for the Cove restaurant where you can safely wear your shorts and sleeveless shirts.

You will also enjoy a weekly Creole Buffet set on the beach where you will feast on the barbeque and dance barefoot on the sand to the popular Caribbean tunes.

The Piton Lounge offers a wide range of nightly entertainment programs with a mixture of local island music, local dancers and fabulous floor shows.

The Smugglers Pub opens door at 11:00 pm and stays open until 2:00 am – sing your night away to the latest hits there.

Smugglers Cove St Lucia Accommodation and Rates:

Accommodation: 357 rooms in single-story buildings

Rates: for 7 nights
Standard Room These rooms, overlooking the lush tropical garden are located throughout the property, and accommodate 3 adults, or 2 adults with 2 kids aged 0-16. Includes: king-size bed, a/c, terrace, bathroom, hairdryer,  TV, telephone, coffee/tea caddy. $1,962/avg/per person
Deluxe Garden View Offering stunning garden views, these vaulted-ceiling rooms can be found all over the property; same occupancy as above. Includes: king-size or double/double beds,  a/c, terrace, bathroom, hairdryer,  TV, telephone, coffee/tea caddy. $2,088/avg/per person
Superior Deluxe Garden View Nestled on a hillside close to the Racquet Club, these rooms are away from the main traffic areas and offer additional peace and quiet coupled with the tropical lush garden view; occupancy: 3 adults, or  adulst+2 kids.   Includes: king-size or double/double beds,  a/c, terrace, bathroom, hairdryer,  TV, telephone, coffee/tea caddy. $2,179/avg/per person
Superior Deluxe Beachfront These spacious rooms accommodate two adults and are located either atop a hillside or close to the beach and offer a spectacular romantic view of the Caribbean sunrise/sunset over the ocean; a Japanese Soaking tub is a nice touch to this deluxe accommodation.  Includes: a king-size bed,  a/c, bathroom, hairdryer,  TV, telephone, coffee/tea caddy. $2,263/avg/per person
One Bedroom Garden View A spacious bedroom with a large vanity area  is adjoined by a living room area and can accommodate 4 adults, or 2 adults + 3 kids ages 0-16. Includes: a king-size bed plus queen-size pull-out sofa, separate living room terrace, a/c, bathroom, hairdryer,  TV, telephone, coffee/tea caddy. $2,963/avg/per person

Additional information:

In general, most guests seem to appreciate their stay at Smugglers Cove St Lucia Resort and Spa. It ranks at #32 of 63 hotels in St. Lucia and #8 of 10 all-inclusive resorts in St. Lucia. I do find that 68% satisfaction rate is at a lower end, but if you add people who voted for this resort as average, then the satisfaction rate goes up to 86%.

People who didn’t have inflated expectations about this resort seem to be the most satisfied. This resort is positioned as a 3 star plus, but most reviewers indicate that it’s simply a solid 3 star property.

This resort is great for families as it offers a lot of activities, both for adults and the kids. Adults will enjoy an abundance of water and land sports, while their children will be very busy at one of the 3 Kids’ clubs that cater to children of all ages. Tip: make sure you book water-skiing no later than 08:30 am for a guaranteed place.

The resort’s management team has recently changed, and most guests indicate that the new management is doing a great job trying to put right a lot of wrong things inherited from  the previous owners.

Keep in mind that this is a very social  resort, where you have a chance to meet a lot of people not just from North America but also from Canada, the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe. If you like socializing with people from different countries, then you won’t be disappointed.

The grounds at Smugglers Cove St Lucia are very well kept, which is widely appreciated by all guests. The gardens are simply stunning, and one can tell how much effort has been put into maintaining such a high standard.

This is not a brand new resort, so many rooms do look somewhat tired and need to be renovated, particularly the bathrooms. However, there are some rooms that have been recently refurbished and guests who stayed in those rooms seem to be absolutely satisfied. Many reviews indicate that the 400′s rooms seem to be the ones that have been refurbished, therefore it would make sense to request one of these room while booking your stay at Smugglers Cove. These rooms are also close to all the amenities and the main buffet restaurant. One general complaint that stands out is that many rooms have ants, however not all of them, and it doesn’t seem to bother most of the guests. Remember, this is a general problem in the Caribbean – almost every resort will have insects in rooms, and unless it’s some sort of a serious infestation, it should not be a concern.

As we mentioned before, this is a very large resort, and there are rooms located uphill, which is a fair distance from the main resort area. If you are not prepared to spend time going up and down, or if you have kids, then you should probably book something closer to the beach or the pools. If, however, you want to enjoy some solitude and a spectacular view of the ocean and sunset, and don’t mind the exercise, then definitely book one of those rooms at the top of the hill. There is also a shuttle service that will transport you up and down.

Most vacationers find the food at Smugglers Cove to be simply delicious and amazing at all four restaurants, but Cafe Asia gets most of the great reviews. The Cove, resort’s main restaurant that serves the buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner has a variety of food that can satisfy any taste, and it also offers a casual relaxed atmosphere. However, it’s in the open air and some guests don’t like the birds or the cats that always seem to be looking for food there. If you are put off by the birds or the cats, simply eat at one of the other three restaurants.

As far as the drinks concerned, the bar staff will be happy to mix you your favorite cocktail, and many guests do find something they like, including Jim Beam or Heineken on tap. On the downside, some drinks may be too sweet and weak, so make sure you ask for a double, if that’s a concern.

The pools are fine and well maintained but some guests think the management could do a better job cleaning them up. You will particularly appreciate the two adults-only pools as other pools may be loaded with too many kids. Most parents do think that the pools are awesome as well as the kids’ area and all the fun stuff.

Although the beach is small, the waters are normally calm, which is great for all sorts of non-motorized water activates or simply swimming. Again, calm waters are great for kids. There is plenty of shade under the palm trees, however, the beach itself could have used a few more umbrellas. Also, keep in mind, that all beaches in St. Lucia are public, so locals are permitted to hang around and they will try to sell stuff to you. Be prepared for that.

The nightly entertainment was OK for most guests, but nothing of the ordinary.

I was a bit surprised by the number of theft complaints, when phones and money have been stolen from guest rooms. This can definitely dampen your stay at Smugglers Cove St Lucia, so make sure you use the safe in your room to store all valuables. People who complained about things stolen, did acknowledge they did not lock them in the safe, but just left things in the room. While it is bothersome to know that things get stolen, I personally would always put everything valuable into the safe, including my documents, money or cell phone. I actually would not stay in the room if it doesn’t have a safe.

My overall impression is that Smugglers Cove St Lucia Resort and Spa is a very decent 3 star property, particularly if you book one of the refurbished rooms. It’s definitely great for kids as they will be occupied at least until 5 pm, while you could pamper yourself at the spa or enjoy a swim in the sea. As it’s located in the Northern part of the island, it’s close to the capital and many other attractions that you can visit, if you get bored at the resort. And, as the food is praised by most guests  as well as the number of available activities, you should not be disappointed.

If you are used to staying at more luxurious resorts, then check out our list of St. Lucia All Inclusive Resorts, or explore St. Lucia Last Minute Vacation Deals.

The nearest airport , George F.L. Charles, is only 30 minutes away from the resort. Hewanora Airport (UVF) is actually on the South side of the island and is about 1h30 min away from the resort. The check-in time is at 3:00 pm, as is at the majority of the resorts in the Caribbean; the check-out is at 12:00 pm.

Unless you are planning to stay there for Christmas or New Year Holidays, there is a three night minimum stay required; for the Holiday season, you will be required to stay at least five nights, effective December 21, 2011 through January 2, 2012.