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Cap Maison

Address: Cap Estate

Neighborhood: Gros Islet


Phone: 758-457-8678


Expert Review

The island's newest residential-style hotel officially opened in January 2009 to quiet fanfare due to its intentionally remote location in the secluded and exclusive Cap Estate neighborhood. The beach-fronting, clifftop, Spanish Colonial-style resort's 4 acres, 50 rooms, spa, and outdoor restaurant belies its intimate feel. Cap Maison boasts award-winning chef Craig Jones, whose résumé includes stints at several British Relais & Châteaux hotels and St. Lucia's Royal Rex. Guest rooms are modern, with a Mediterranean feel, but the villa suites are the real showstoppers, each outfitted with full kitchens, huge living areas, and either a private pool (on the roof or on the ground) or an outdoor hot tub. Guests additionally can opt to charter the resort's private 46-foot yacht for sunset cruises, celebrations, or overnight trips to nearby islands.

This is the choice for the couple who prefers a hammock nap to a volcano hike. The string of terra-cotta-roofed villas with simple white interiors gets a jolt of color from island art. Spanish-style fountains and courtyards abound, nods to the resort’s past as a colonial-era sugar plantation. Cap Maison’s signature attraction is a wooden deck built atop a huge rock surrounded by crashing waves. Reached by a wooden staircase, this platform is equipped with a zip line that delivers sandwiches, champagne, and the occasional engagement ring in a basket. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: luxury | beach | expensive | smart luxury winner | views | trendy

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