After almost two years of Zoom, WFH then no (then WFH again) and complete uncertainty, the idea of traveling overseas felt like a distant dream. But then I flew to Saint Lucia.
I had the opportunity to stay at the Harbor Club St. Lucia which is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. The elegant hotel is located on the north side of the island overlooking the Rodney Bay marina. After being greeted with a rum punch (and thinking, quite frankly, things couldn’t get better already), I was shown to my room. Located on the ground floor, the king swim-up room was totally luxurious and exclusive. It included a private patio and direct access to the swimming pool. Bonus: my self-jet lag really enjoyed the Nespresso machine and fluffy bathrobes.
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I unpacked and went to explore the hotel, although I obviously already know every corner after hours of stalking their Instagram. With the sun deck and tiered infinity pools overlooking the marina, it quickly became my favorite spot to watch the sunset while having a cocktail (or three) at the pool bar.
Is there a spa?
Yes, and what a spa it is. With the rise of wellness experiences using natural ingredients, Harbor Club Spa treatments take the concept to a new level. Their mantra: use natural ingredients of local origin. Keiya and Vincentia, the masseuses (super fun to be around), reinvent treatments based on the local festivities of the St. Lucian calendar, making the spa experience unique and exciting for masseuses and clients alike. In October, Saint Lucians celebrate Jounen Kwéyòl, a month of dance, cooking, music, art and other cultural expressions – in keeping with the holiday, the ingredients used in the treatments were walnut oil of coconut and avocado, in homage to the spirit of the island. A must-have is the Coconut Full Body Scrub, made with coconut oil and brown cane sugar – two locally sourced ingredients sourced from small producers. This is going to sound cliché but I felt like my skin had come back to life. The experience definitely changed my perception of how I approached my skincare.
What’s in the Harbor Club for foodies?
As a good Spaniard I am a food lover, that’s why I was delighted when I found out that there are 5 restaurants inside the hotel. We loved having all kinds of breakfast and lunch options at Julia’s and its comfort food, chatting with Ricardo while trying his delicious street market sushi (made right before your eyes) or ending the day with a pizza at pizzeria wharf stone fire. But our favorite dining experience was at 14º North and its Asian-Caribbean fusion cuisine. With the all-inclusive option, most dishes are included in the price, which seems inescapable because each one is worth trying (and repeating).