Harbor Club, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia   

Harbor Club, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia   

THE BACKGROUND 

A Curio Collection Hotel by Hilton, the property has 115 rooms and suites.  

THE LOCATION 

Harbor Club is adjacent to Rodney Bay Marina, on the island’s northwest coast. 

Fans of the series Below Deck will instantly recognise both the marina and the hotel as the cast and crew were based there during filming of Series 10.  

The Rodney bay Mall, fashion and curio shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and nightlife – which include the island’s only casino – are about a 15-minute walk (or three-minute taxi) away.  The white sands of Reedit Beach, one of Saint Lucia’s finest, are another 10 minutes’ stroll further on.   

THE CHECK IN 

Tucked into a corner of a very spacious lobby the reception desk is an unusual rondavel shape. Although our arrival coincided with that of the British Airways crew that had flown us to Saint Lucia, I was greeted immediately I appeared at the desk, and was handed my keys and a welcome rum punch. The staff had a copy of the itinerary for my four-day stay and I was asked to confirm dining reservations and the planned activities and experiences.  

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THE ROOM 

I stayed in one of eight ‘swim up’ rooms that are set on the ground floor. These are accessible via a private corridor that requires a separate key-card.  

Spacious and super clean, with a nautical-cum-beach theme, the white tiles glistened in the afternoon sunlight. The super-king bed was super comfortable while other features included two rattan chairs, a workspace area, a second table, a mini-fridge, Espresso machine, a 55-inch TV and a bathroom with a bathroom. The standout feature was the private patio, with a table and two chairs that leads to a private swimming pool.   

RESTAURANTS AND BARS 

Julia’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed setting with tables both indoors or outside. It overlooks the swimming pool – actually a collection of four pools, including a kids’ pool – and the marina. The breakfast buffet options were substantial and some dishes changed daily – one day saltfish, the other a tuna fish mix. There was an omelette station with a chef. Dinner options included prawns in coconut batter, calamari, red snapper, blackened mahi mahi, curried goat and more.  There is also a dockside pizzeria, and 7th Heaven, a bakery and coffee shop that serves a range of pastries, cakes and the best coffee on the resort, along with lunch dishes.  A sushi bar was closed during my visit. Harbor Club’s fine dining restaurant, 14 Degrees North, was also preparing to open for the busy season starting this month (October). It serves up Asian-Caribbean cuisine. 

There is a swim-up pool bar, with an upper deck with chairs and couches, which can be used for private dinners or parties. 

OTHER FACILITIES 

The property features four swimming pools, set on a large deck area overlooking the marina. There are plenty of sun loungers, tables and chairs and a well stocked ‘towel station’. There are also private cabanas for hire.  A well-equipped gym featured the most modern of treadmills and other equipment, and a workout room for classes and personal trailing sessions. A small spa offered massages and pedicures and manicures. There is a large ‘work space’ area on the second floor, with tables and power points. The gift shop was closed but will soon reopen with souvenirs and items that “better reflect products and experiences available on Saint Lucia”. There was live entertainment – whether a DJ or band – on the deck and the poolside bar had a happy Hour from 17.00-19.00. 

THE VERDICT 

The marina location – as opposed to a beach-facing hotel – Harbour Club offers  up a different Caribbean vibe. Guests were thin on the ground during my mid-September off-season visit, but the restaurant, bakery and dockside bar and pizzeria was kept busy by locals – always a good sign. The staff was super friendly and attentive, were keen to help and suggest island excursions. This is a superb and classy (but relaxed) choice that should be recommended to both couples and families.  

THE DETAILS 

A seven-night stay at Harbor Club starts from £1,299pp, including a ‘stay seven nights pay for just five offer’. This price is based on two adults sharing an Island View Room on a B&B basis, when departing on November 10 2023 and includes (direct) economy flights from London-Gatwick with British Airways and shared resort transfers.Agents can make a booking by contacting Gold Medal online at goldmedal.co.uk or by calling 0800 014 7777. 

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