Review: Serenity at Coconut Bay, Saint Lucia
A hotel within a hotel, Serenity forms the luxury arm of Coconut Bay
Location: A hotel within a hotel, Serenity forms the luxury arm of Coconut Bay – a popular 250-key resort that bills itself as four-star. The resort is situated in Vieux Fort along the southeast coast, just a three-minute transfer from Hewanorra airport, meaning clients can be sipping on champers before others have even arrived at their home from home.
First impressions: The property has made a conscious effort to separate itself from Coconut Bay, with guests ushered towards the left of the sprawling, 34-hectare resort when they arrive, and greeted with ice-cold drinks and towels. The hotel has a French colonial feel with white-washed buildings, grey-stone accents and dark mahogany furnishings. At the heart of the property is a large swimming pool with in-water loungers and elegant water features that shine multi-coloured at night. Flanked by six wooden cabanas and home to the property’s only restaurant and bar, I’m initially confused as to why this area is so quiet. That is, until I see the suites…
The facts: Adult-only Serenity is home to 36 standalone-suites, all of which boast an impressively large, enclosed courtyard with a private plunge pool, wet bar, shaded seating area and couple’s hammock. Inside, guests will find a four‑poster bed, rainfall shower and bath with Molton Brown toiletries. Add to all that a butler on speed-dial who can organise anything from meals to in-room massages, and clients will quickly realise there really is no reason to leave. If they do feel so inclined, however, guests can use the facilities at nearby Coconut Bay, which include nine restaurants, seven bars, five pools, a fitness centre, tennis and basketball courts, ocean-front spa, water park, kids' club and evening entertainment – though it’s worth noting this hotel draws a different crowd.
Explore: The property can organise excursions to make the most of the island’s undulating landscapes and pristine beaches. Try a catamaran tour around the world-famous pitons and swim with zebra-striped butterflyfish and schools of yellowtail snapper; visit the world’s only drive-in volcano; or take a dip under the rainforest-framed Toraille Waterfall.
Wow: It’s the little touches that make a hotel stand out, and this is certainly the case here. From the ‘inspirational quotes’ on your bed after turn-down (‘You are powerful, beautiful, brilliant and brave,’ read one) to the bartenders who remember your favourite drink, the staff and hotel appear to predict your every move before you’ve even thought it.
Book it: Seven nights' all-inclusive in a Plunge Pool Butler Suite start at £2,101, based on two sharing.