We stayed at Villa Beach Cottages for eight days for our son's onsite wedding. It was perfect. Everyone we met in St. Lucia treated us as family, and the entire staff at VBC -housekeeping, reception, maintenance, grounds, etc - was no exception. They couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. Any request for help or information or arrangements was met with friendliness and absolute professionalism.
We loved hearing the waves lap the beach, especially at night. I don't think you will find this at most St. Lucian hotels,as others seem to be high on the mountains or much further away from the water. This aspect alone would send us back to Villa Beach next time.
And although we were initially surprised at the short depth of the beach here, it was great for playing in the sand and swimming with a nice sandy bottom - no rocks or coral to avoid. We had waves of varying size while there, sometimes gently lapping and other days a bit rougher which we were told was unusual, but always, always beautiful. On a clear day you can see Martinique.
The property is very quiet - there is the smallest (of 3 on St.Lucia) Sandals on the south side, a small restaurant called The Wharf on the north side - nice to have for a casual lunch or dinner - and a small beach just past that---then fairly impassable rocks so the property feels very, very private. We rarely saw non-VBC guests walking in front on the beach.
There are two small pools, a hot tub, beach lounge chairs and a hammock, two small gazebos and a number of coconut trees, but.....no swim-up bars, beach volleyball or loud music with drunken games being played, so if that is your cup of tea, VBC is not for you.
The guest bedrooms were of good size, and it is nice that in the two-bedroom units each room has its.own bathroom. A large living area with TV, DVD player, couch, chairs, dining table and equipped kitchen was in between the two bedrooms.
If you prefer not to cook, there are plenty of restaurants within short taxi rides - reception will make your reservation so you get a great table, and arrange your taxi from a pool of the same friendly, courteous and very safe taxi drivers they call on. These same gentleman took us on day trips, island tours, and answered all our many questions about St. Lucia. VBC is on the NW coast of the island, and is about 75 minutes from UVF airport which is on the SE part. This might seem like a long drive after your flight, but just relax and enjoy your initial island tour with your knowledgeable driver. (Note: there is another airport, SLU, just a few minutes from Villa Beach Cottages, but only smaller planes go in and out there, so most likely you will use UVF.)
If you choose to cook, there is a grocery store within a few minutes walk, and a taxi stand in the parking lot to drive you and your groceries back for about $10 US. (If you do plan to do much cooking, you might pack your favorite spices.) You can also order a limited-menu dinner thru reception which is sent in from a local restaurant, and which you can eat anywhere on property -- your balcony/patio, around the pool, or at a few small waterfront tables mid-property.
There are many activities to do on St. Lucia, and our 40-some wedding guests enjoyed a number of them -snorkeling, SCUBA, zip-lining, hiking Gros Piton, riding through the rainforest, visiting the mineral baths, taking a mud bath at the Sulfur Springs and attending the Friday night "Jump Up" in Gros Islet, a short drive away. We spent the better part of one day touring the island with Ernest, stopping to learn about a banana plantation, visiting the Botanical Gardens where we recommend you hire one of the private guides out front so you know what you're looking at (our knowledgeable guide was Peter Simon) , and having lunch at Ladera, a lovely resort where you have a breath-taking view of the Pitons. We spent another day on Pigeon Island, a national park on the north side of Rodney Bay which is maybe a 15 minute drive from VBC. You pay US $6 to enter the property, which has a nice calm beach where you can rent beach chairs, and a not-too-strenuous hike to the lookout on top of the hill of Fort Rodney where you get a fabulous view of the bay & boats on one side and the Atlantic and Martinique on the other. Inside the park is a wonderfully rustic restaurant, Jambe de Bois ("Wooden Leg") where we had a delightful lunch and great conversation with a sailing couple who joined us.
We could have done so much more, but we loved the peace and relaxation we found at Village Beach Cottages, so we were more than happy to spend lots of time there. If you are looking for a restorative holiday, with the options of being as active as you wish, Villa Beach Cottages affords you that full spectrum.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate, boutique, beachfront hotel featuring deluxe fully self-contained one and two bedrooms villa suites nestled among the coconut trees and lush tropical gardens at Choc Bay with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and offering comfortable, casual luxury with friendly, impeccable service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Beach Cottages Hotel Castries
- Hotel Beach
- Villa Beach Cottages St. Lucia/Castries