With Saint Lucia’s recent announcement of acceptance into Virtuoso’s exclusive portfolio of preferred destinations, the credential is another confirmation of the island’s luxury status as a destination.
The scene is set as guests meander through the verdant oasis of the exclusive Cap Estate passing dazzling ocean views, inspiring residential properties and the vibrant Rodney Bay, before arriving at the secluded retreat of Cap Maison, a family-run boutique with luxury at the helm and the island at the heart.
Set atop a private ocean-front bluff, Cap Maison is a haven whereby guests can simply take pleasure in the surrounding natural splendour, a cultural Eden in the northernmost tip of Saint Lucia. Guests are treated to unobstructed views overlooking Pigeon Island National Park and the neighbouring island of Martinique ahead, and the crystal-clear water of the calm Caribbean Sea to the west. Spread across three acres of tropical landscaped grounds, the 49 beautifully-appointed suites take influence from Spanish Caribbean style with an elegant hacienda villa-feel on offer.
Cap Maison tends to be food and aficionados first choice, thanks to its reputation for delivering outstanding cuisine across its two different yet equally alluring onsite restaurants. The man at the helm of the dining experiences is Welsh Rastafarian, Executive Chef Craig Jones. Launching his restaurants here in 2008, he brought with him an impressive culinary background that spans across several top UK Michelin-starred restaurants including Longueville Manor, Gravetye Manor, and the famed Michelin-two-star restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, under the legendary Chef Raymond Blanc.
The Cliff at Cap offers the one of the outstanding dining experiences to be had on the island, the dark wooden interior a contrast to the deep cerulean sea views that can be revered from every table. The menu here is of nouveau French and West Indian cuisine, a fusion that combines Chef Craig’s classic training with seasonal local produce. The Naked Fisherman is a more informal dining setting situated on a cove just below the resort, offering a more relaxed experienced but with the same emphasis on quality specialising in seafood and light plates.
With many intimate spots situated across the resort, the location lends itself to a plethora of romantic moments. From a chilled bottle of champagne whizzing down on a zipline to Rock Maison (the private wooden deck perched out at sea), to a private dinner on the deck with a dedicated waiter, and a delectable selection of cocktails and nibbles in the private Smuggler’s Point Gazebo that overlooks the Caribbean Sea there are many intimate memories to make here. To unwind together, the Spa Maison is a sanctuary whereby couples can also indulge in deluxe treatments that incorporate local products from the island including vanilla, cocoa, and coconut.
Cap Maison prides itself on offering an authentic taste of Saint Lucia in luxury surrounds, but the experiences on offer go beyond the resort itself. Guests can enjoy popping the bubbles with a gourmet picnic on the natural landmark and beauty spot Pigeon Island, take to sea with a cruise on the private 46-foot luxury yacht Cap Maison I for a spot of snorkelling, or to explore the exclusive Marigot Bay, the iconic Pitons and the charming town of Soufriere. Chef Craig also offers guided tours of the vibrant markets of the capital city of Castries, followed by a personal cooking masterclass to demonstrate how to incorporate Michelin-starred techniques to local produce.
Seven nights in a Garden View Room on a B&B basis in the summer season (until 19 December) start from £334 per room, per night. For reservations, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org