Never written one of these before, and I guess the tough part about being helpful is recognizing that everyone has a different idea of what an ideal vacation looks like. I’ll try to explain why Henry’s La Panache exceeded that vision for me and my boyfriend.
The guesthouses are tucked away on a lush hillside that is beautifully maintained by Henry and Roger. We even had to duck underneath one part of the tropical greenery on our way up the rustic stairs that led to our room. We chose to stay in “Amanda” because of the outdoor kitchen and a balcony that overlooked Rodney Bay. When I first saw the view from our place, I immediately squeezed my boyfriend’s hand in a holy-crap-this-is-amazing type of way.
My boyfriend and I are the outdoorsy type who like to get up early, cook our own food, and then jump in the car and follow directions to a small, private beach. We didn’t spend much time in our guesthouse, but it far exceeded our expectations while we were there. Someone complained about no ventilation and being uncomfortable at night, but we had an AC unit and a fan that quickly cooled the rooms. I’m sure that’s just one of the many ways the owners have improved their units over the years.
I’m also a little shocked that someone said they wouldn’t go into the bathroom without sandals. My boyfriend and I kicked our sandy shoes off outside and walked around barefoot the entire time. The guesthouse was perfectly clean and someone even washed the dirty dishes we left behind one morning—I was a little embarrassed, ha. You just have to manage your expectations; this is a cozy, hillside cottage, not an uppity 5-star resort.
Our guesthouse was perfectly charming and picturesque. The bed was comfortable and we loved having shelves and a fridge for groceries. Some of my best memories will always be cooking breakfast on our balcony that overlooked the ocean. And the owners were so welcoming and friendly! When our toaster wouldn’t work, they immediately replaced it, and they even brought us some exotic fruit from one of their trees one morning.
We “splurged” on a typical island resort called Coco Palm for the last few days of our trip. HANDS DOWN preferred La Panache. Sure there was a gorgeous pool, but who wants to swim in a pool when you’re on an island? The staff wasn’t friendly, the food was lousy, and I didn’t like being so close to so many tourists. Made it feel like less of a getaway.
Overall, our trip to St. Lucia was our favorite to date, and Henry’s La Panache played a big role in our enjoyment. Not to mention the ridiculously low prices allowed us to stay twice as long as we would have otherwise! If you go, make sure to find the hammock at Smuggler's Cove.
Roger and Henry- CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!
Jessica and Ronnie
- Also Known As:
- Henry's La Panache Guesthouse And Apartments St. Lucia/Gros Islet
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are 20 minutes drive from Castries and 90 minutes from Hewanorra airport. We have three self-contained self-catering units for holiday rentals. We are part of the Cas en Bas Road community which is a mix of locals, tourists and residents with holiday homes. We are a 5 minute (400 meter walk) down to the Castries highway and frequent buses to Rodney Bay and Castries. There’s a small supermarket and a bank at the junction and 2 larger supermarkets on the way to Rodney Bay. There are all styles of eating, drinking and party establishments in Gros Islet and Rodney Bay. Gros Islet Beach is a 20 minutes walk, Reduit Beach a short bus ride and the Atlantic beaches a 30 minutes walk. Beausejour Cricket Ground is 2 km away, Rodney Bay Marina a 15 minutes walk. We have two studio apartments and one two-bedroom apartment. Each is quite separate and has its own entrance and balcony with great views. In addition we have a reception lounge. We no longer have a bar or restaurant but there are many within a short distance. However we can put breakfast ‘kits’ into rooms for US$5/person for arriving guests. The kitchen area has a three burner gas stove, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, kettle, coffee-maker and toaster and the usual pots, pans, utensils and cutlery. Each unit has a shower with hot water, wash basin and toilet. Fixtures and fittings are simple but rooms are comfortable and clean. They are cooled by powerful fans (but of course guests arriving from a cold winter will take a day or two to adjust). The two studios also have air-conditioning. Electricity is 220 volts; we have adapters but cannot for safety reasons provide 110v transformers (except for small electronic items). Rooms are changed and cleaned twice weekly; guests wishing a daily service will pay a 10% service charge. We can wash clothes for you, US$4/load.There is 24 hour, free wireless internet access in the reception area. A computer is also available in the reception area. The apartments have wired and wireless internet access. We have a small car park for guests who rent a vehicle. To suit the driving conditions in Saint Lucia, we recommend that guests rent small cars or short wheel base jeeps. ... more less