Located in the beautiful Rodney Bay area of St Lucia, the Harbor Club, Curio Collection by Hilton is a lively, stylish, and ideally located base for experiencing all this most picturesque of Caribbean islands has to offer.
The long, winding but scenic drive from the airport gives wonderful views of colourful local villages, lush tropical forest and mountains and the glistening turquoise sea below. We marvelled at just how green and unspoilt the island is outside the small urban areas.
The hotel sits at the heart of Rodney Bay marina, frequented by mega yachts and small sail and powerboats all drawn by the area’s charm. You enter the hotel and can walk through to an expansive pool deck featuring four full-size swimming pools, pool bar with two-story viewing deck, and private cabanas – all offering stunning views of the harbour.
There are 115 rooms and suites. Featuring a casually elegant nautical-inspired design each room is well-appointed with modern tech and high-end amenities. For a truly elevated resort, experience one of the 8 our Swim-up Rooms which feature private pools.
Our room was one of these fantastic Swim Up suites which, situated on the ground floor, has sliding doors which open directly out to a small terrace where you can just step straight into a pool. This is great as you don’t have to walk through public areas of the hotel to enjoy a cooling dip.
The main pool area is very nicely designed, with lovely harbour views and tropical plants and palms. Having several different size and styled pools means there’s one to suit all – from shallower for children to one large enough to play ball. There’s plenty of loungers too and you can simply relax and enjoy cocktails expertly mixed at the pool bar.
It has a rather cool beach-club vibe and comes alive in the evening too where you can often enjoy a local band and even dance the night away under the stars if you wish. The pool area has lovely views of the sunset too, so is a super place for a sundowner.
Dining wise, there’s a good choice from more informal – tasty pizzas and so on, to an elegant experience. Julia’s is an elevated comfort cuisine concept, offering air-conditioned indoor or relaxed outdoor seating, overlooking the swimming pool and the Marina where you can choose from international and local flavours.
14° North is the perfect place for Asian-Caribbean Fusion cuisine. Perched on the sixth floor it overlooks the marina in a modern yet comfortable setting. We enjoyed particularly delicious meals here and it appeared the ideal place for celebrating a special occasion too.
For those with a sweet tooth, there’s the Swiss-inspired 7th Heaven Bakery that’s enjoyed by hotel guests and also many locals. Their Swiss-trained chefs bake fresh artisanal breads and pastries every single day. And there’s Market Street Sushi too offering fresh sushi made to order by expert Chef Ricardo. Finally, the Dockside Pizzeria, and the pool-side Harbor Bar serving amazing cocktails and a cool ambiance.
Harbor Club also has a super little Spa offering a range of relaxing and therapeutic treatments to suit all.
A lively and fun place to stay with authentic Caribbean atmosphere and a cool modern vibe.
By Lisa Curtiss