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Balenbouche Estate

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P.O. Box VF 707 | Saint Lucia, Laborie, St. Lucia
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Willemstad, Curacao
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I went to Balenbouche last July to celebrate the birthday of my local friend, but we had mixed feelings about Balenbouche. Although the first welcome was okey, they showed us the place and cottage, the cottage itself was not clean (forgotten). We wanted to take a look at the beach, but there was a bunch of dogs which came up... More 

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EcoParadise, Owner at Balenbouche Estate, responded to this review

When the couple arrived, the lady immediately said that she "hated dogs." Because we have several dogs and we didn't want them to feel uncomfortable, we asked them if they wanted to find another place to stay. Our dogs are not aggressive and actually very friendly, they are just alert and sense if someone is apprehensive or scared. Most of... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We stayed here at the end of our trip in April 2014. Uta and her family were so warm and hospitable and combined with the rustic charm of our accommodation made it such a relaxing place to stay. The cottages are scattered around the old plantation ( a torch came in very handy !) which makes them very private .We... More 

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cambridge
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Balenbouche offers travellers a unique and dream-like experience. We spent 5 nights in the Banyan cottage, which has 3 double bedrooms and a great patio. The place boasts with character. The dark wood panels, combined with the shade of the jungle make the cottage a bit dark, but very enjoyable on a hot day. The cottage has been decorated with... More 

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We stayed at Balenbouche in August 2013; relatives were staying at an all-inclusive in Vieux Fort and we wanted to have an alternative place for the whole family to get together for parts of a short vacation (all-inclusives do not allow visitors; the only way for extended family to be together is if you are all staying there). Balenbouche was... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Just a remarkable place where the owner of the Estate, here family and staff have the power to make you feel not like a tourist but a traveler. The understated old world elegance, the gracious hospitality, the delicious food, the beautiful grounds, the absolute calm and tranquility make it all for an unforgettable experience. Could not have hope for more... More 

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NYC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The property is attractive and we enjoyed our stay in the Banyan Cottage but we felt that the cottage overall could use just a little TLC. The Banyan Cottage is huge and I loved the large open layout. I love being in nature so I very much enjoyed walking from room to room while still being outdoors. The décor is... More 

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3 Thank 4EverTraveler66
EcoParadise, Owner at Balenbouche Estate, responded to this review

We appreciate the feedback from this review and agree that the Banyan cottage needed some care and small repairs. Like the previous guests who left a review, this couple stayed with us just after a severe storm which left many without power and water, caused landslides and washed away bridges and houses. While we had less damage, there was a... More 

Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Charming place in an impressive environment of course: forest, beaches, always very very natural... If you are a fan of camping/ outdoor stay it might be nice. But if you look for a cosy, comfortable room (with closed walls) in a pleasant place you should not stay there, it can get even windy in your bed! It's a kind of... More 

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3 Thank Edda G
EcoParadise, Owner at Balenbouche Estate, responded to this review

We regret that this couple did not feel entirely satisfied and comfortable at Balenbouche. They stayed with us just after the island experienced heavy flooding and stronger winds than usual, which may have influenced their experience somewhat. We also believe they were expecting something other than what we offer. Anyone who reads our website and reviews will realize that Balenbouche... More 

St. Lucia
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Staying at balenbouche estate is like stepping back in time.The main house is 180 years old,there are well preserved ruins of a sugar mill,and there is the tallest coconut tree of St lucia-how old is it? the family taking care of the estate has been looking after the estate for generations.Do ensure to listen to their stories of struggle and... More 

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2 Thank charliebrownish
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Balenbouche Estate is a magical place where I was lucky to enjoy unforgettable one week of a very relaxing stay. The accommodation was very comfortable and it's rustic feel absolutely charming. The food was always excellent, full of delicious and fresh local flavours. The heritage site and it's fascinating history is surrounded by beautiful nature and very short walk to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed at Balenbouche for a week earlier this year. My two daughters loved the freedom of being able to roam around the grounds with Ute's many dogs; we all loved the walk through the fields to the secluded beach, and the great surf. Almond cottage was comfortable and as cooling. Ute was kind and helpful. We would all love... More 

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