Just returned from a fantastic 2 week holiday at the Bel Jou on St Lucia. We asked for and got a room on the top floor. The view overlooking Castries and the sea from the room was amazing, so much better than the hotels on the beach. Beds were very comfortable, and the AC worked well. The food quality was superb, with a good choice considering the small size of the hotel. The local fish was always a favorite with us. Food was always piping hot. Vegetables were cooked to perfection.Not as much creole cooking as I would like. The breakfast chef Kelvin,made wonderful omelets. Every Wednesday lunchtime there is a BBQ by the pool area. Wine of reasonable flowed with Lunch and Evening meal. The pool bar was open from about 10AM to 6PM and served all types of drinks including cocktails. The barman developed a cocktail to my taste with some 80% proof rum to give it a kick!!
The gardens are very beautiful, with many of the local plants atracting colourful humming birds. Once a week, the head gardener does a tour explaining all the plants. Don't try the seeds from the pepper plant by the Gazebo, I had a numb lip for 30 minutes!!
The room was always kept very clean. All staff were very courteous. The manageress Camilla and her husband were always around to talk to guests, and to ensure the hotel ran smoothly.
The Saga rep Henry was amazing, the best rep we have ever known. Always around to help guests, and ensure we were all happy. His daily quizzes were a big favorite, and the afternoon croquet was great fun, even though we played to Henry's rules!!.
The courtesy bus to the beaches was run on time and only once was full. Visit Pigeon Island for a great day out. All the three trips included in the holiday price were well run and interesting. We also did a forest walk, and the bus and catamaran cruise is a must.
Our only concern was that we like to walk, and the terrible steep roads by the hotel make this almost impossible. Henry organised some local walks to the beach and the lighthouse which we enjoyed.
Some reviews have called this hotel 'God's waiting Room', but the guests during our stay were all young at heart, and we had a great time.
We look forward to our next trip to the Bel Jou.
- Also Known As:
- Bel Jou Castries
- Bel Jou Hotel St. Lucia/Castries
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Saga guests can now enjoy a holiday at Saga’s own hotel on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. Boasting stunning views over Castries from its setting atop a steep hill, the 4-star Bel Jou provides a tranquil, tropical retreat for today’s over 50s, free from the distractions of the more overrun resorts. With many opportunities for sightseeing and sampling island life, the hotel’s relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a leisurely holiday or a lively Caribbean experience. ... more less