We chose Balenbouche because of all the great reviews and because it looked down to earth and different - as far from an all-inclusive beach resort as you can get - and that's exactly what it was. We stayed in the Almond Cottage for three nights and were very happy with our choice. Verena and Uta were lovely hostesses and the many dogs and cats made us feel right at home. One cat, Cali, pretty much stayed in our cottage the whole time, enjoying the attention, and one of the dogs took up camp on our front stoop, sat with us at breakfast, and even escorted us to the beach. We could see and hear cows from our window. Breakfasts on the porch of the "big house" was fresh mango, mango juice, coffee, warm rolls with cheese and jam, and scrambled eggs. Our cottage was comfortable and we just left the doors and windows of the bedroom open all night. The rest of the house is open anyway so you do have to not mind bugs and a few small lizards. The outdoor shower, which has a curtain that blows open to the great outdoors, has a few tiny resident frogs. Wasn't a problem. Do bring your ear plugs though. The frog and insect noises at night are close to deafening, especially if you aren't used to it. We mainly used Balenbouche as a base for exploring, and drove up to Ladera for lunch, to see the volcano, and walk the Tet Paul Trail. We did spend a couple hours on the beach about a 10 min. walk from our cottage, wading in the water and getting some sun, but the current makes it not good for swimming. If the idea of living in an open air cottage and having the outdoors come in sounds good to you, you can't do any better. We enjoy camping and this was a big step up from that, but it's not everyone's cup of tea. For us, it was just as expected, and we would definitely recommend it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Balenbouche Estate Hotel Laborie
- Balenbouche Estate St. Lucia/Laborie