Caribbean hideaway: Capella Marigot Bay Marina, Saint Lucia
by Sophia Heath
Considered to be one of the Caribbean’s most secure anchorage spots, Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia has a maritime heritage going back centuries. Sheltered by mountains and with minimal tides, Marigot Bay is known as a “hurricane hole” and is a frequent hiding place for superyachts during the hurricane season.
The Capella Marigot Bay Resort, with its own marina village, offers excellent facilities and plenty of activities and restaurants for guests to enjoy. Whether visiting on a private yacht or enjoying a luxury yacht charter in Saint Lucia Capella Marigot Bay is a must visit destination marina.
Capella Marigot Bay Marina’s location
Capella Marigot Bay Marina is located on the east side of the island. It is served by the two international airports in Saint Lucia — Hewanorra International Airport and George F. L. Charles Airport. Hewanorra International Airport, near Vieux Fort Quarter, is the larger of the two airports and is an hour’s transfer by car to the marina. The smaller George F. L. Charles Airport is less than half an hour away. It is also possible to charter a private jet to either airport.
Capella Marigot Bay Marina’s facilities
Capella Marigot Bay Marina has 42 berths and can accommodate superyachts up to 80 metres. The naturally protected harbour has a maximum draft of 7.5 metres and can accommodate yachts with a maximum beam of 12 metres.
The marina offers fuelling, electricity and pump-out services as well complimentary Wi-Fi, cable television and garbage disposal. Further technical services and repairs can be arranged through the marina office.
The marina is an international Port of Entry and has a sea port authority office as well as Customs and Immigration.
The marina village has a small supermarket, which sells a good range of basic supplies as well as meat and fish. The marina can also arrange provisioning through local wholesalers.
Guest experience at Capella Marigot Bay
The marina offers a personal assistant service to all of its guests. A personal assistant will be in contact with either the captain of chief stew before arrival to discuss any specific needs or requests. Personal assistants can also arrange excursions for guests during their trip from experiencing some of the world’s best dives to zip lining.
Guests can also make use of the resort’s infinity pool, bars and restaurants and are welcome to book appointments at the Auriga Spa. The spa uses a host of organic products and traditional St. Lucian techniques to offer a variety of unique spa treatments. The Auriga Spa also offers a series of treatments based on the phases of the moon.
Restaurants and shops at Capella Marigot Bay Marina
Guests are welcome to dine at any of the five restaurants on site. Four of the restaurants — the Grill at 14⁰61⁰, the Bayside Café, the Brut Pool Bar and the Rum Cave — are run by the Capella resort. They offer a range of cuisine using local ingredients and combining St. Lucian Flavours with American and European influences. Masala Bay is an independent Indian restaurant based in the Marina Village. The chef produces refined Indian dishes and is more than happy to adjust dishes to diners specific spice requirements.
As well as the supermarket, the marina also has a fine jewellery store and a gift shop. Two high-end fashion stores are also expected to open in the marina village later this year.
History of Capella Marigot Bay Marina
As a natural harbour, Marigot Bay has a rich maritime history. The British and French fought over St. Lucia 14 times during the 18th and 19th centuries. In one of the battles, the British Royal Navy reportedly hid in Marigot Bay and the French navy passed by without noticing.
Capella Hotels and Resorts took over the Marigot Hotel and Marina in 2014. Having now completed a revamp of the hotel further improvements are also planned for the marina and the marina village.