THE PLANTATION - Live in abject luxury
The Plantation on Cotton Bay will be one of Saint Lucia's most
exclusive holiday locations. Scheduled to open in early 2006, it is the
island’s only villa resort positioned between a spectacular mile-long
beach and a great, champion- ship golf course. It is a tropical escape
for families, groups of friends or couples.
The Plantation is a village of elegant mansions centered around a pool as big as a lagoon– all just steps from a superb beach.
The Cotton House offers four bedrooms and a gallery. Other villas include a separate guest cottage. Chateau Mango is a deluxe three-bedroom villa while the Terracotta Terrace is a three-bedroom town house. There are also luxury apartments with one, two or three bedroom options.
Fourteen Degrees North is the casual beach café bar. The Estate
restaurant opens for dinner and specializes in fine Caribbean Fusion
cuisine. Before and after dinner you can linger with friends in the
Piano Bar. Butler service is available for home entertaining and is included when you reserve one of the luxury villas. Nannies can be arranged to look after the children,
and “The Humming-bird Club” provides them with endless entertainment.
The Casuarina spa features a range of treatments. A first in the
Caribbean is the “Rasul", a state of the art treatment room. There is
also a private suite designed for two where you can lose yourself for a
day or a half-day with refreshments, personal masseur, a private pool
and a cave to call your own.
Water sports and riding on the beach complete the picture of what the
Plantation calls “time well wasted!”
A TWIST OF FOLK
Boo Hinkson’s latest album, A Twist of Folk, pays homage to
St. Lucia’s traditional musicians.
Hinkson is St. Lucia’s finest guitarist and a talented composer and arranger. He has chosen twelve traditional numbers among them classics like Poinsettia Blossom, Aye
Aye Aye Doudou and Chanson Marianne and given them a new jazzy texture,
a blues feeling, a konpa swing or a surprising hard rock attitude. The original lyrics in English or Creole are interpreted by many of St. Lucia’s young artistes. The work of local folk composers like Charles Cadet, Frank Norville and Joyce Auguste just got a new
lease on life.
“What is indigenous must not die,” says Hinkson. “If folk music is
presented in a way that young people can connect to, it will be preserved and it will continue.”
WORLD MUSIC FOR ST. LUCIA
Music aficionados have a new reason to come to St. Lucia. From the 1st
to 4th December 2005, the first Kalalu World Music Festival welcomes
international artistes to the island’s shores.
Headlining the festival is Hugh Masekela from South Africa along with
Idrissa Diop from Senegal, Emeline Michel from Haiti, Sensaccion
Orchestra out of Cuba, Soukous Stars from the Congo, Jose Alberto from
Puerto Rico, Yerba Buena from Venezuela, Sekouba Bambino from Guinea and from St. Lucia, Bluemangó and Ronald “Boo” Hinkson.
The festival lineup was designed in collaboration with New York based
Afromondo Productions. Tracey Warner-Arnold is the festival’s marketing
consultant: “Kalalu is well-timed as no Caribbean island currently
hosts this type of event.”
Holding the festival in early December will help boost occupancy
levels at a traditionally slow period of the year. “We are targeting world music lovers from around the globe as well as
our Caribbean neighbors from Barbados, Trinidad, Martinique, St.
Vincent, Grenada, Dominica, Jamaica and Antigua,” said Warner-Arnold.
Sponsored by Heineken, She Caribbean, Digicel, Liat, Almond Morgan Bay
Resort, St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association and the Wave, the Kalalu
Festival will promote St. Lucia as a centre stage for world class
Adrian Augier, director of the event says that Kalalu aims to achieve
the same level of success as the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.
The main stage for the Kalalu World Music Festival is Samaans Park at
The Oasis is the award winning health & wellbeing centre at The
BodyHoliday – LeSPORT. The architecture is elevating and breathtaking,
reminiscent of the Alhambra Palace in Spain. You can see majestic
vistas and feel the relaxing atmosphere within The Oasis’ peaceful
There are thirty-three treatment rooms and an outdoor temple dedicated
to thalassotherapy, valued for its anti-inflammatory, relaxing and
analgesic effects on skin disorders, muscular aches as well as the
benefits to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Oasis
treatments focus on a series of massages, wraps, exfoliation,
detoxification and hydrotherapy. The hydrotherapy pool is fed by
filtered seawater from the Caribbean Sea.
The Oasis boasts a Wellness Centre that is dedicated to traditional
and Asian disciplines - Indian Ayurveda massages including ShiroDhara
warm oil drip, Chinese Suikodo Body therapy, Shiatsu, Shodashi,
rehabilitation and sports injury massage, acupuncture, clinical
reflexology, nutritional programmes, dietetics, weight management,
Balinese Massage, Reiki and medicinal yoga.
Within The Oasis there is a MediSpa and specialist skin and beauty
services clinic. The clinic can treat all skin types and skin
disorders using LaTherapie, a French cosmeceutical product that is
particularly effective for preventative ageing, acne and phyto damaged
skin. The MediSpa offers Botox Fillers (Restylane and Perlane),
Lipodissolve and Sclerotherapy. Simon Connolly, a highly regarded
British doctor trained by Professor Patrick Bowler, administers the
treatments. The Clinic also offers beauty treatments such as
manicures, pedicures, waxing, tinting and brow shaping for men and
The highest quality organic products are used throughout the Oasis-
Elemis, Ayoma, LaTherapie, Aromatherapy Associates and OPI.
Therapists come from all over the world, each with a different
specialty. The predominantly St. Lucian staff have been trained at the
Oasis’ own training centre.
St.Lucia’s newest property, Coco Palm, is located in the heart of
Rodney Bay Village. The hotel’s upper floors provide a panoramic view
of St. Lucia’s tourism capital.
The Palm’s design evokes old French Caribbean architecture, yet the
hotel provides the most modern day amenities that travellers expect.
Laid out over four floors, Coco Palm has 83 rooms including 12 suites
and 6 swim up rooms. The colourful rooms are equipped with coffee
makers, flat screen TV’s, CD players, WiFi, mini-fridges, security
safes and in some cases, Ipods and DVD players. One of the best views
of Rodney Bay Village can be had from the roof top which by day is used
for massages and in the evening for cocktails or wedding receptions and
also for a special dinner set, for no more than eight people, with a
Guests dine at the 24 hour bar and lounge restaurant, Kafe Kaiso,
featuring late night music, a projector screen with TV/DVD, a pool
table and a stock of fine Caribbean and international rums.
The 1,300 square foot spa offers a variety of treatments, some of
which will be held in different parts of the hotel; around the pool
area, on the roof top, and even on the nearby beach front. Spa
services will also be available in the rooms.
Guests will be invited to participate in Feng Shui and yoga sessions.
There will be some major calendar events such as Holistic month in June
and a culinary month in November that will feature invited chefs from
all over the world.
A special programme called Kreole Kids has been designed in
association with the nearby Montessori school. During the summer
vacation forty visiting children will spend half day at school and the
other half on tour.
MARIE JOSEPH -
CHEF LA PAR EXCELLENCE
In 1979 when Hurricane Allen hit the island, Pat Bowden, owner of the
Buzz restaurant at Rodney Bay was living in Marigot Bay and running the
Hurricane Hole Hotel. After the storm struck, Pat never expected the
staff to show up for work. To her great surprise, Marie Joseph reported
After the hurricane, Marigot Bay was crowded with yachts. Guests and
crew were impatient to get ashore for drinks and meals. Nick, Pat’s
husband, ran the bar while Pat and Marie prepared up to 350 meals per
day. They were so short staffed that guests cleared the tables and
washed the dishes!
Thirty years later Marie is the buzzing chef at “Buzz” restaurant
where everyone calls her “Chef la.” When you go to “Buzz” ask to meet
the Chef – she loves to cook and she loves to laugh. She is also
famous for her potions designed to cure a slew of ailments. “Don’t try
it!” says Pat.
Pat calls Marie “the boss”. When she is not giving orders to the
staff, she is telling Pat how to run her life.
“Chef la” is now building her home near the cricket grounds at
Beausejour. The ideal address for her as cricket is her second love.
Do meet this formidable St. Lucian Lady when dining at “Buzz Seafood &
The Landings is Saint Lucia’s first private marina development
consisting of 228 luxury residential properties. It offers buyers an opportunity to purchase beach-front or water-front property freehold. Sales were launched in February 2005 and the first phase is now 50% sold out. The rare opportunity to buy freehold Caribbean seafront property is available because The Landings
occupies an area of reclaimed land not bound by Queen’s chain
Saint Lucia is gearing up for the Cricket World Cup in 2007. Saint
Lucia will be home to the English team. The Landings will open in
February 2007, in time for the event. Prospective owners will benefit
from high income potential and a return on investment right from the
Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a sunset lounge and restaurant located on the resort’s pier, helicopter transport to and from the
airports, state of the art fitness club, world-class spa, five swimming
pools, an array of retail shops and boutiques, tennis courts and
central resort reception area. Landings’ owners also get
life-time membership at the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club, 5 minutes
drive from the resort.
Canadian Frank Heaps, CEO and developer of The Landings Ltd. was quick to appreciate the development potential of the site. Together with some
of the most respected businessmen in Saint Lucia they planned this
exclusive yacht-oriented condominium resort.
“The development is designed to the highest world-class standards,”
says Heaps. “We want to set a new standard for leisure resort
developments in the Caribbean.”
Sunswept Resorts, the Saint Lucian based hotel group that owns and
manages the BodyHoliday at LeSPORT, Rendezvous, and the Jalousie
Plantation (formerly the Jalousie Hilton) has been appointed to manage
HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN
Extract from an article by Nancy Stead
The St Lucia Canopy Tour is an adventure ride, an hour-and-a half
rocket 50 or 60 feet off the floor of the rain forest on 500 foot runs
of cable suspended between tree platforms. The course is a system of
integrated cables and rigging carefully designed to deliver a thrill
The key to a good ride is relaxing. Correct form is to lean back with
right arm extended overhead, gloved thumb and forefinger forming a
gentle "O" around the cable so that the gentlest pressure corrects
torque. Then you soar like an upside down bird, swooping through
coconut fronds, stands of bamboo, enormous tree ferns and mangolong. The tree platforms are generous in size and are enclosed with sturdy railings.
Between zips there is plenty of time to observe life in the jungle. I
remember tall stalks of crab claw and heliconia sent fire-engine red
spears into the air while at their feet were the palest pink symmetry
of flowering ginger. The fragrance of wild bay leaf and incense filled
the air. A purple throated Carib (the Caribbean black hummingbird)
darted from flower to flower and we could hear but never saw the Lesser
Antillean pee-wee. I longed to see the St. Lucia parrot but they are
birds of dawn and dusk and we were in the jungle at noon. The
neighborhood boa constrictor had moved from his normal station in the
mangolong tree at station three, but we found him later on a branch
above the access road.
St. Lucia Canopy Tours is located near Dennery, about 3 miles inland
from the main highway along a twisty, pot-holed track running beside
the Dennery River.
A TASTE OF ST. LUCIA IN MIAMI
St. Lucian chefs play a major role in visitor satisfaction. At the 2005 edition of Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition held in Miami, St. Lucia’s team of young chefs showed that they know how to keep people coming back for more.
Elton Ambrose from Rendezvous, Fabian Vigee of Jalousie Plantation,
Gilroy Samuel and Marvin Alcindor both from Windjammer brought home the
silver medal for Team of the Year. Barcus Henry from Sandals Grande
won the silver medal for Bartender of the Year.
St. Lucia was pitted against 13 other teams from the region.
Once a month, visitors can sample the winning recipes of the 2005
Silver Award Winning Team at various hotels in St. Lucia.
CHANGES AT MAGICAL MARIGOT BAY
Marigot Bay, on St. Lucia’s scenic west coast, has long been a
favourite film location with its palm-lined sandspit and steep forested
hillsides. It is also one of the most attractive natural harbours in the Caribbean. During the 1990’s facilities in the bay were limited but things are changing fast... A new luxury resort, spa and marina village, Discovery at Marigot Bay, opens early 2006 transforming the bay into an exciting destination with a great choice
of dining, shopping and liming.
Built on a steep hillside overlooking the bay, the 124 indoor/outdoor
designed rooms and suites of the Discovery Resort are landscaped into
the lush tropical gardens. World class services and amenities are open
to hotel guests and visitors alike.
Among the resort attractions is the Lapli Spa with its extensive menu
of treatments from body scrubs under the Vichy shower to rejuvenating
massages and facials using aloe vera, hibiscus, cactus, seamoss, banana
and other locally grown fruit and herbs.
There is a fitness centre, swimming pools, the sophisticated Pink Snail
cocktail bar, the Boudreau Restaurant, and the famous old Hurricane Hole bar restored to its former glory.
Discovery’s first fine dining restaurant and champagne bar, the
Rainforest Hideaway, opened in 2004 and has established a reputation as one of the best restaurants on the island.
Shoppers have not been forgotten. Built around an attractive courtyard
garden The Marina Village has a range of boutiques, a craft shop, art
gallery, bank, bakery, supermarket, dockside restaurant and bar,
special services for visiting yachts, and the list goes on.
The new fully serviced docks, managed by The Moorings, attract some of
the world’s most beautiful sailing and motor yachts. At the height of
the season, celebrity spotting is as popular as bird watching in some
of the local bars.
Marigot won’t just be a film-making location and photo opportunity for
much longer—it’s well on the way to becoming one of the Caribbean’s
most exclusive and exciting destinations.
UP, UP AND AWAY
What do Wyclef Jean, Harrison Ford, Whitney Houston, Bill Clinton and
Nicolas Cage have in common?
They have all flown on St. Lucia Helicopters.
However, the service is not reserved for celebrities and anyone can
enjoy the impregnable views of the island from a helicopter seat. Indeed, on an average day, 250 people fly St. Lucia Helicopters, most of them taking the thirty minute guided tour of the island. Pigeon Point, the St. Lucian interior, Soufriere, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the rainforest and coastal villages are all part
of the itinerary. The helicopters’ comfort windows make taking photographs a snap.
Indeed, St. Lucia Helicopters’ services are so solicited that the
company has purchased its third, six-seater machine, an investment of
US$1.6 million. Equipped with headsets for all passengers, comfort
seating and specially insulated for a smoother ride, the new helicopter
will help accommodate the growing demand.
At St. Lucia Helicopters, safety is a priority. The island’s only
qualified helicopter engineer works full time for the company, ensuring
that all the machines respect all safety
St. Lucia Helicopters is open seven days a week. In addition to set
tours, the company does special charters and airport transfers. Consult stluciahelicopters.com or call 453-6950.
CABLE & WIRELESS
Historically on the Cutting Edge!
Cable & Wireless’ Caribbean history started in 1868 when a cable was
laid from Florida to Cuba. The linking of the region was completed in
1872 when the West Indies was able to contact the rest of the world via
For more than 150 years, Cable and Wireless has been keeping the
Caribbean connected to the rest of the world. In 1965 a new radio
technology, Tropospheric Scatter, was introduced to the Eastern
Caribbean. This was superseded in 1972 by the Eastern Caribbean
Microwave system and then by a new digital microwave system in 1991.
The era of liberalization brought new challenges but infrastructure
investments guaranteed that everyone benefited from a world class
communications network that ranked the Caribbean among developed
countries in its provision of telecommunications.
Today Cable & Wireless is positioning itself as a total service
provider. Visitors who want to maintain occasional contact with family
and friends or workplace will find a suitable communication solution.
For a more connected vacation, there are other options available.
Cable & Wireless offers mobile, internet and broadband products, cable
TV, and fixed lines. This enables us to offer services to a visiting
yachtsman (mobile, CATV, internet) with the same ease that we provide
mobile seamless communication to the stay over tourist or real time
integrated communication to the visiting business person.
TAI CHI MASTER
THE AGELESS JIMMY JAMES IS ST. LUCIA’S ONLY TAI CHI MASTER
“It’s a bit like getting an honorary doctorate,” says James who took
up the martial arts discipline late in life. After a busy three decades
spent working in the hotel and restaurant industry, Jimmy James, a
jogging addict was forced to slow down when his doctor informed him
that as a result of pounding the tarmac for so many years, his knee
and back joints were worn out. If he did not want to end up a cripple,
he would have to find something else to do.
When a friend suggested that he try Tai Chi, he went out and bought
instruction videos on the practice.
Two years later he finally found a teacher. Tai Chi instructors are
quite difficult to find in the Caribbean.
“When he saw what I had learnt on my own, he said ‘forget you have
ever done Tai Chi’,” says James.
That was twelve years ago. These days Jimmy James competes at world
championship level. He has won 7 gold medals and 2 silvers at
international tournaments. He represents St. Lucia all over the world.
In 2008 in Beijing, Tai Chi will for the first time become an Olympic
sport. Jimmy James would like to put together a St. Lucian Tai Chi
contingent to compete in the discipline.
“Tai Chi is the pinnacle of all martial arts,” says James who has at
last found the ideal discipline that brings about a sense physical and
“Before Tai Chi, I was seriously considering Viagra, now I don’t need
it,” says the very contented Tai Chi master.
CAP MAISON -
OR YOUR HOUSE AT CAP
Cap Maison is situated at Cap Estate on the northwest coast of St.
Lucia. This small but luxurious development is an exclusive apartment
hotel. The 16, two and three bedroom units, between 2,500 sq ft and
3,200 sq ft in dimension, start at US$ 750,000. They will be built on
the Caribbean coastline with unobstructed views of Pigeon Island, the
ocean and the neighbouring island of Martinique.
Scheduled for completion in 2007, just in time for the Cricket World
Cup, purchasers may use their apartments for up to nine weeks per year.
The rest of the time, the apartment will form part of a five-star
hotel. In total there will be 40 rooms, and the complex will feature a
top notch seafood restaurant, a cliff-edge bar and a spa.
Owners are entitled to 50 percent of the annual rental income and
according to calculations, they will benefit from a minimum five
percent return in the first year of operations. The apartments are sold
on a 99-year lease.
Cap Maison is the creation of Theo and Helen Gobat, who have been in
the Caribbean hotel industry for over thirty years. The project is
designed by Lane Pettigrew, one of the Caribbean’s best-known
architects. All landscaping will be done by Veronica Shingleton-Smith,
owner of one of the most spectacular botanical gardens in St. Lucia.
For more information on the project, consult capmaison.co.uk.
ANIMATED HISTORY -
DESMOND SKEETE ANIMATION CENTRE
Situated at La Place Carenage Duty Free Shopping Mall in Castries, the
Desmond Skeete Animation Centre affords visitors a quick, concentrated
discovery of St. Lucian history.
The visit starts in the Centre’s small museum. Artifacts and remains
of St. Lucia’s first Amerindian inhabitants are on display. The most
fascinating being the skeleton of a middle-aged Arawak woman dating
back to 400 AD. She is in a curled up fetal position, a traditional
burial posture. The history of the Castries harbour, with its links to
St. Lucia’s colonial past is also shown along with a military
exhibition, a testimony to the island’s
At the end of the museum tour, visitors are invited into the Animation
theatre for a 20-minute light and sound show that relates the story of
the history of Castries. Using audio, video and special effects, the
presentation illustrates the Anglo-French wars for domination of St.
Lucia, the importance of port Castries and the catastrophes that have destroyed
the capital. Well-known French, British and American personalities that
have helped shaped the country’s history are also included in the
The Animation Centre is named in honour of the late Desmond Skeete,
one of the most forward-thinking, innovative and hard-working
individuals to be elected Chairman of the St. Lucia Tourist Board.
TWO POUNDS OF STEAK PER DAY -
KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
Gastronomic Celebrity and TV CHEF personality Peter Richard Kouly from
the Triple Diamond Big Chef Steakhouse has received a Certificate of
appreciation from the Caribbean Cardiac Society.
He was guest speaker at the 19th Annual Caribbean Cardiac Society
Conference which was held in Saint Lucia.
Big Chef not only has the knowledge pertaining to red meat and steaks,
he also has a lifetime experience in quality living.
He swears by a balanced diet which includes equal doses of juicy steak
and quality red wine. This translates into two bottles of red wine (one
bottle a day for health and the other at night for pleasure) plus two
pounds of steak.
Steak provides a protein shot and wine is essential for the
cholesterol. It cleans your veins like Draino.
The cardiologists had a lot of questions for the Steak Master who managed to enlighten them and put healthy living into perspective. Here are a few examples from the question and answer session.
Doctor: You must agree that running and exercise is good for the heart.
Big Chef: Absolutely not, think about your car! Will it last longer, the faster you drive it? If you want to live longer, take a nap.
Doctor: Your heart works best with a lot of vegetables in your diet!
Big Chef: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat?
Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. Steak is nothing more
than an efficient way of delivering vegetables to your system.
Doctor: Too much wine is bad for you!
Big Chef: All doctors agree that fruit and vegetables are good for you.
Wine is pure fruit to be enjoyed to the fullest.
Doctor: Tell me the advantages of participating in a regular exercise
Big Chef: Sorry, I can’t think of a single one. My philosophy is: No
And the philosophy is gaining quite a following. Nearly 500 steak
lovers have become Steak Masters by successfully completing the
32-ounce Steak Challenge. Their certificates are displayed on the
restaurant’s wall of fame.The unbeaten record is held by a medical student studying to become a
cardiologist. He consumed a whopping 67-ounce Rib Steak.
Big Chef Steakhouse not only serves big, succulent steaks, but also a
large variety of seafood, salads and pasta. One of the specialities is
Snapper Extravaganza topped with Jumbo Garlic Shrimps.
You can meet Big Chef, a.k.a. Peter Richard Kouly any evening (except
Sunday) and chat about steaks, diplomatic service (he is the Consul for
Denmark and Sweden and has been knighted by the Queen of Denmark), real
estate or wines. Big Chef also has the most extensive and prestigious
wine list in St. Lucia.
DIGICEL ST. LUCIA
The Digicel Network is based on superior GSM technology. Global System
for Mobile Communications (GSM) is a European standard that is now
commonly adopted worldwide.
When traveling to St. Lucia, you can stay connected on the Digicel
Network. Digicel gives you access to over 200 roaming partners in
almost 80 countries around the world! Digicel gives you the ability to
send and receive calls and text messages while vacationing in St.
As a visitor to St. Lucia, Digicel offers SIMS for EC$50 which comes
with EC$20 call credit. To use this service, visitors will need an
unlocked mobile phone. The visitor SIMS can be purchased at any of 3
Digicel outlets and both airport centers of the Guy’s Car Rental. With
this Digicel visitor SIM, visitors can take advantage of the local
Digicel rates and can top up/recharge using Digicel Flexcards. Digicel
has a total of 700 Digicel Flexcard dealers island-wide. Just look for
the Digicel sign outside various business places on the island.
Remember…when dialing internationally with the visitor SIM you will
need to dial 1 plus the area code and then the number.
LEPARADIS AT PRASLIN BAY
St. Lucia’s latest major tourism development will be situated on 554
acres of land on east coast of the island. It encompasses 4.5km of
coastline, small bays and distinctive peninsulas, and is just 20
minutes from the international airport. From the shoreline, the land
rises 186 meters (610 feet), generating spectacular ocean views. The
site is protected by a system of interlocking reefs, which completely
isolate the bay from the Atlantic swell.
"Among the most important aspects of any real estate development
are location, beauty and quality. We are thrilled and honored to have
the absolute best of all three," said Kierron Dolby, Managing Director
of DCG Properties Limited, the developers of Le Paradis.
Phase one will include an international four star plus hotel with 232
rooms and conference facilities for up to 600 persons. One hundred
luxury condominiums and ultra-luxe residences will also be built along
with an international health spa and a Greg Norman signature 18-hole
golf course to be managed by international Troon Golf. Snorkeling,
sailing, diving, deep sea fishing, kayaking and tennis will be offered.
The golf course will be one of the main attractions at Le Paradis.
The 18-hole Greg Norman signature course will offer breathtaking ocean
views from each hole. Included on the course is a signature hole at the
14th green that will be one of the most challenging golf holes in the
world. The 19th hole located at an elevation of 86 meters (280 feet)
will have stunning panoramic views over the course, the bay and the
In Phase two, a 40-bed five star Marina Boutique Hotel, together
with a marina and marina village encompassing inland waterways and
moorings, will be nestled within Le Paradis.
Completion date for the first phase is March 2007.
TEN YEARS ON THE SOUFRIÈRE MARINE MANAGEMENT AREA
In July 1995, in response to severe natural resource degradation, a
unique management system was created, the Soufrière Marine Management
Area, or SMMA.
The area concerned is an 11 kilometre marine and coastal stretch in
Soufrière that extends between Anse l’Ivrogne in the south and Anse
Jambon in the north. It comprises marine reserves, where no fishing
activities are allowed, fishing priority areas, yacht mooring zones to
avoid the anchoring of yachts on delicate sea floor substrates,
multiple use-, and recreational areas.
Fees generated from entry into the marine reserves by divers and the
use of moorings, sustain the operations of the SMMA and pay the
salaries of 9 employees.
In the beginning, the stakeholders had problems accepting the new
zoning arrangements. Fishermen complained that too many prime fishing
areas were taken away for the benefit of tourism, yachters
complained about the banning of unsupervised diving, loss of anchorages
and fishing limitations. The cooperation of certain dive operators was inadequate.
In 1997, political changes, combined with the
dissatisfaction of the trap and line fishers, caused a major crisis,
leading to a thorough institutional review. The outcome was an improved
structure, consisting of a Board of Directors and an advisory
Later that year, the SMMA received the prestigious British
Airways/IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Award. Fishermen received a
one year stipend to compensate them for the transition from an open access to a controlled access situation.
With French assistance, fishing pressure was diverted off shore with
the establishment of Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs). Fishermen
received training in long-line fishing and were given easy access to
loans, to invest in better equipment or a tourism career.
Ongoing research showed that after only 4 years, fish catches
improved. In 2001 scientists testified that certain fish species
tripled in stock in the marine reserves and doubled in the fishing
The International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) declared the SMMA its first “Demonstration Site”, based on its ability to manage coral
reefs. June 30th 2005, ten years after its creation, the SMMA became part of
the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pitons Management Area.
St. Lucia’s Newest Southern Attraction - COCONUT BAY
Set amidst 85 acres of coconut palms, Coconut Bay is a short drive
from Hewanorra International Airport on the windswept Southern shore of
St. Lucia. The resort is an attractive alternative for the budget conscious traveler who demands a quality vacation experience.
Coconut Bay has 254 guestrooms each with a balcony, sitting area and
ocean views. Guests enjoy three freshwater swimming pools including a
water park, lazy river and two waterslides.
Coconut Bay’s spa provides an extensive menu of salon and spa services
in ocean view treatment rooms.
Dining is offered in two specialty restaurants (Asian and Italian) and
an open air buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Snacks are served at the Beachside Grill and friendly bartenders mix
island cocktails at three bars plus the swim-up pool bar. When the sun
goes down, the fun continues with nightly entertainment.
Coconut Bay proposes a variety of recreational activities including:
beach and pool volleyball, water aerobics, tennis, basketball and a
complete fitness center.
“At Coconut Bay, guests can do as much or little as they like and the
exceptional service of our staff will make them come back again,” says general manager, Newton Grey. “We guarantee a truly memorable vacation.”
Coconut Bay is the ideal setting for a wedding, honeymoon or family
vacation. The staff offer full wedding services. Couples can enjoy an
intimate affair or a grand celebration.
Families may play the day away on the beach, in the children’s
activity center, or the water park. The resort is the perfect escape
for any traveler seeking fun for less than a fortune. Coconut Bay Resort and Spa at 758-459-6000, or visit www.coconutbayresortandspa.com.