My family and I went to the Villa Capri in November of 2007. We had an AMAZING stay. Right from the very start, all of the staff were so helpful! Kris was amazing in answering all of our emails with questions.
The original plan was to get married at the Villa Capri however, some medical conditions forced us to change our plans. Instead we got married here in Canada and then headed down with about 17 of us in all. The youngest was about 18 months (a premature baby and he learned to walk while we were down there, awesome!). The oldest was my husband's great grandmother, I won't disclose her age but you can imagine.
The food was FANTASTIC! We did our own groceries throughout the week, the cooks worked with whatever we bought. We had some picky eaters but everybody was stuffed after every meal.
The villa was a palace! It was amazing to have our own pool, our own cooks, our own bar, and our own absolutely gorgeous view of the ocean. Our wedding was Friday at 7pm and our plane took off at 6am on Saturday morning. Needless to say, we didn't get much sleep. We landed in St. Lucia, waited for the rest of our family to get in (3 different flights, all within an hour or so), then loaded up the vans and it was off to the villa. The ride was amazing. The drivers were extremely friendly. We arrived at the villa just past sunset (about 630pm). We all headed to bed relatively early, but not before checking out all of the rooms. We didn't realize what an amazing view we had until the morning. WOW! That's all I have to say. It was better than what I had ever imagined... better than most people's perception of paradise!
The beach is definately within walking distance, but it's straight down the hill. By "hill", I don't mean a slow grade, it's a rough walk. My 7 year old nephew seemed to do okay with it but gramma and great gramma had some problems. I don't blame them, I asked my husband to give me a piggy back ride, haha. The waves are pretty rough as it's not on the Carribean side of the island.
We didn't love the way that the locals would try to push their merchandise on you, that got really annoying.
We did the kayaking trip, which was good, fairly basic though. We also went horseback riding, which was amazing! We even got to go swimming in the ocean with the horses. This part was a little more demanding. You're bareback, and the waves sort of push you off the horse. I had my nephew right behind me on the horse tugging me off so it was interesting, but definately awesome! We also did the catamaran trip with the whole lot of us. This was enjoyed by every single one of us. My nephew got to drive the boat pretty much the whole way. We hung out at the front on the net. Gramma and great gramma took advantage of the rum punch, perhaps not realizing how much of a punch the rum really had, that is until they got off the boat and attempted to walk. The waterfalls were gorgeous, but you don't have very much time there. The drive in volcano was pretty smelly (sulphur), but definately a sight to see. The cocoa plantation was really neat, they give you a tour and let you know how everything works. We went to the zoo which was really neat especially if you have little kids with you. They don't have very many animals at all, maybe 20? But they're very knowledgeable regarding where they come from, how they live, what the eat etc... They also take you for a little tour down the path and explain some flora and fauna along the way.
Pigeon Point was amazing!! It's great for everybody. There is some beautiful scenery, it's very rich in history with plaques to describe the ruins, caves and forts. There are great hiking trails, and from the top you can see the island of dominica. The point actually joins the two seas so the beach on the carribean side is awesome for little ones as the waves are much better. We did some snorkeling here. It's not the island's best, but for first-timers, it was definately amazing!
The market in Castries was really neat, lots of local arts, crafts and fruits. I wouldn't recommend this part for small children, the kids got a little bored and really hot within a few hours. We ended up going to Burger King for lunch because it was air conditioned.
While we were on the catamaran trip, Dominica (only miles away) suffered an earthquake. It was a 7.3 on the rictor scale. We didn't feel a thing. The resort suffered some damage, mostly just things being knocked off walls and tables. Some of the showers had some tiles come off the wall and there was a crack in the side of the building. The staff, once again, were amazing and had it all cleaned up before we even got a chance to see it. In fact, if they wouldn't have said anything, we wouldn't have even known there was an earthquake.
I think I covered just about everything. Please feel free to contact me for any additional info. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Capri is a large, luxury home in the north of St. Lucia and is offering nine-air-conditioned, sea view guest rooms, all with bathroom, A/C and cable TV. Pool, gazebo, two decks, breakfast-terrace. Sleeps 20. The perfect rental house for a family reunion, wedding, or a vacation with friends or for any other special event with wedding coordinator, concierge and fully staffed. Located 5 minutes away from the cricket grounds for Cricket World Cup 2007! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Capri Hotel Gros Islet
- Villa Capri St. Lucia/Gros Islet