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Balenbouche Estate
P.O. Box VF 707 | Saint Lucia, Laborie, St. Lucia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Laborie B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We stayed at Balenbouche for 4 nights at the end of our St Lucia trip and very glad we did. The cottage was beautiful and the welcome and service fantastic. Our hosts made us instantly feel welcome and their cooking is excellent, I would definitely recommend sampling it.

This is definitely somewhere where we would love to return to and can not recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

If you like all-inclusive, swanky resorts this is NOT the place for you. If you like peace and quiet, beautiful surroundings, and some delicious home-prepared food then Ballenbouche is perfect. Hosts Uta and Verena offer something really special and our week in St Lucia was so much the richer for staying here. Our little cottage was simple but beautiful, the lush gardens a joy to explore and all their suggestions of places to visit were spot on. The company of one of the cats and several of their dogs made it feel like a home from home. Whenever we mentioned we were staying at Balenbouche local people were full of praise for the Lawaetz women and we would echo that: their efforts to preserve the estate and open it for others to enjoy are much appreciated.

Room Tip: There are two fully self-catering cottages and two more basic ones. In retrospect self-catering may...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We stayed at Balenbouche for a week long Yoga experience. The hospitality is as good as it gets... anywhere !
We were cared for in every way.
The food was fascinating and the variety made every meal a perfect delight. Interesting teas and juices, smoothies and cocktails were prepared fresh at all meals.
Varena kept us on the go and was always there to ensure our adventures and excursions were inspiring, yet safe.
When we needed down time, the property was inviting and rejuvenating. Natural surroundings with soothing sights and sounds, are all around. Creatures of all types share this place... dogs, cats, tortoises, lizards, frogs, cattle, horses, birds and insects of many kinds, and more ! The landscape is just as varied, with flowers, fruits, and herbs of all kinds. And the SEA, the glorious sea.
Thank you ladies, for offering such wonderful and welcoming surroundings for our tropical escape.

Room Tip: OK, so the swimming pool was really the ocean, but it is fantastic. And the Fitness center is the b...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

If you are looking for shiny surfaces and fiberglass Jacuzzis, you can skip this place. If you want to connect with the heart of the Caribbean and draw deep sustenance from its natural beauty, do not miss the chance to stay at Balenbouche Estate. Entering this remarkable sanctuary is like taking a step back centuries in time to a place where the frenetic confusion of modern life effortlessly dissolves. There is nothing Spartan about this place; the accommodations are spacious and beautifully designed, the meals are sumptuous, the surrounding forest and beckoning sea a flawlessly peaceful setting for relaxation and renewal. The Lawaetz women are unimaginably graceful and beautiful hosts who offer their guests a priceless gift in this utterly unique retreat they have built over the past 30 years.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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6 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

My search for the perfect place to stay in St Lucia took weeks of online searching and researching hotels ... I don't like 5 star hotels like Sugar Bay .. I don't want boring calm seas with awful holidaymakers and noisy children eating burgers and fries by concrete swimming pools.
I wanted and I found Nirvana - a fascinating place of heritage, great natural beauty and calm run by the amazing Ute Laewetz and her daughters.
The charming cottages on the Estate are decorated tastefully in an Eclectic West Indies, Far East and Austrian Tyrollean smorgasbord of style. There is excellent organic and homely breakfast and dinner, Yoga, friendly dogs and horses, toads and hummingbirds in an historical plantation estate with its own wild beaches where we spent hours each day bodysurfing the wonderful breakers.
This review cannot begin to give an impression of the magic of the place but all I can say is we loved it for a fabulous few days. Thank you so much. Michael, Claire, Jack and Harry. :)))

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Quebec City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you are into air conditioning, fear bugs and animals, have no car, and expect dinner--go elsewhere. If you want to see nature (in your bedroom, in your bed), and share your space with 7 dogs and 3 cats, plus the usual frogs, bats, cockroaches, 10-12" crickets, mosquitoes etc, this is your place! I recommend that you only stay 3 nights at most, because the luke-warm water and mosquitoes and damaged bed nets catch up with you. But you really are in nature--and talking to horses, cattle, and carib birds (all in your accommodation--except for the cattle, so yes, the horses too). Utta and Verena run the show and they are lovely people. The mum is a terrific designer and spends time making her guests welcome. If you have a problem, speak with Verena and she remedies it immediately--no questions asked. If you have problems and don't speak up, then you leave with bad memories--so don't do that. The home-made breakfasts were great, very basic home-made bread, jam (sometimes butter), and coffee (sometimes with milk), and juice (or not), and water (or not), and eggs (or not). Simple. Ask for drinking water for your room. The beach is not for bathing--the first beach is too violent and rocky, and the second beach is too much of a sun trap and still you should not go out of your depth. It is a great destination, clap hands to get rid of cattle on the trail down to the beach. We spent days photographing flowers and wildlife, but understand that this might not be you. I'm glad I stayed, and wish the owners very well--they are lovely people. But the non-dinners, then the drive to closed restaurants, is taxing at the end of the day. Eat here if they serve food, and ask if they are catering for a wedding as you will not get fed and there will be more people around. Enjoy.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

We visited Balenbouche as part of a tour during our recent stay in St Lucia. Verena showed us round the stunning gardens and water wheel while her mother Uta prepared afternoon tea. It was almost a surreal experience to see this amazing plantation house which looks like it's stepped out an 18th century novel. We did not stay in the cottages but would love to come back and do so. The sense of the place was one of absolute peace and tranquility.

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Address: P.O. Box VF 707 | Saint Lucia, Laborie, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Laborie Quarter > Laborie
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Laborie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balenbouche Estate is a secluded Historic Plantation Guesthouse offering several tropical vacation cottages on the south-western coast of St. Lucia. Beautifully landscaped gardens and nature trails surround the 70 acre property, which remains a working farm, heritage site, and family residence. Secluded beaches, hiking trails, and rivers are within walking distance. Our unique blend of tropical elegance, unspoiled nature, and warm hospitality will leave you truly relaxed and inspired. ... more   less 
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