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Coco Kreole and Coco Palm, Gros Islet

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
St. Lucia, Caribbean
Reduit Beach Avenue
Rodney Bay Village
Gros Islet
St. Lucia
Tel: 758 456 2800's insider take:

Opened by the former St. Lucia director of tourism, Allen Chastanet, in fall 2003, Coco Kreole is a cute, 20-room self-styled boutique hotel across the road from Reduit Beach—and a refreshing antidote to the nearby cluster of giant resorts. Chastanet put a lot of thought into avoiding the typical reception/check-in routine, instead employing "hosts" responsible for tending their own block of rooms. Cable TV with VCR, AC, cordless phones, Wi-Fi, and a pool are the big-ticket extras included in the very small ticket price. The Brown Sugar bar is open all day. The brand-new, pricier Coco Palm has 72 rooms, including a few where (parents of toddlers, beware) the French windows open directly over the pool. Both hotels have exuberant, splashy, island decor, with sun-bright colors, bamboo furniture, and palm-frond prints. If you're staying at Coco Creole, be sure to ask for the recently upgraded though identically priced corner rooms, with updated bathrooms and furniture.

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