Contemplating two weeks at Bel Jou, Saga's own hotel might cause some people to think twice but any reservations I had were soon blown away by the excellent room overlooking the extensive gardens, (the pride and joy of Head gardener Eugene, make sure to take in his garden tour) the very friendly staff, the seamless and personal on site management, the cleanliness, the good food (its not just English) I enjoyed different fish dishes most days and the Caribbean chicken jerk was very tasty.
The wines, red, white and rose (I've bought the rose in Sainsburys) so its not just plonk! your glass always replenished by the ever watchful waiters.
Elizabeth the Saga rep was always helpful and to hand, even on her day off!
The complimentary bus service in to Castries, Vegi beach, Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island is ideal and punctual, no one would want to try and walk up those hills!
Of the optional excursions I'd recommend the 'Beautiful South', a good all day trip with the opportunity to snorkel/swim just off the beach, a party atmosphere is helped along by plenty of free rum punch with most of the passengers joining in the on board dancing.
Birds, birds and more birds, I saw all three of the island's humming birds in the garden plus many more, although they ask you not to feed them its difficult not to, I had a Antillean Bullfinch eating from my hand and from my balcony I saw possum and mongoose.
There's entertainment every evening, so for those of us of a certain age its ideal.
I'm planning on going back.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bel Jou Castries
- Bel Jou Hotel St. Lucia/Castries