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“La Bagatelle -- Everything You Could Want -- and More!” 5 of 5 stars
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Anse Chastanet Road, Soufriere, St. Lucia   |  
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Charlotte, NC
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“La Bagatelle -- Everything You Could Want -- and More!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

To keep this short and sweet -- La Bagatelle is perfect. We have stayed in many places around the world, and I can honestly say we have never enjoyed a week in a private villa more. The house is drop-dead gorgeous, from its location to its furnishings and amenities. The owner, Nancy, is a genuine person with a vibrant personality that shows in every nook and cranny of the house which is furnished in beautiful West Indian antiques and handmade pieces of artistry and craftsmanship. The photos you will see on the rental sites are authentic and accurate. There is no a/c and no television, and we didn't miss either. You should also know that there are few exterior walls which means that you'll have adorable tiny tree frogs visiting you in the evening, but there is ample super-fine mosquito netting around all of the beds so you won't have a single bite or scare at night whilst sleeping. The views from the 2400 sq.ft.main platform of the house are simply stunning -- Les Deux Pitons seem like you can reach out and touch them, and we must have shot 10,000 photographs of them! The house staff of Valinda, Krystal, and Paul are gentle, lovely, and warm -- they arrive every day at 9 am and leave at 3 pm, so you might want to give them a day off now and again so you have a bit more privacy, but they are a pleasure to interact with. The house and grounds are immaculate, equipped with everything you could possibly need. The only negative at all is the Anse Chastenet Road which you must travel to get to the magnificent location of the house, but once you've done it, it's okay. (See Reedprincess's apt description of this infamous road!) Just don't try it the first time at night. Please feel free to PM me if you have specific questions that you'd like me to answer. Thank you, Nancy, for the perfect vacation.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
San Francisco, California
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

We were so lucky to be able to spend a week at La Bagatelle. It's a wonderful home, and had everything we needed for a relaxing vacation. Thanks to Valinda and the house staff, the house was neat and clean as a pin, the furnishings were beautiful and comfortable, and the kitchen well stocked. The bedrooms are very spacious and beautiful, and the beds are comfortable and surrounded by the finest mosquito netting we've ever seen. The grounds are lush and well maintained, and the tennis court is in great shape.

We took advantage of the shopping service and airport pick-up. Trevor the driver was the best - he was right there at the gate waiting for us, pointed out all sorts of plants and points of interest on the way to the house, and had a wealth of information on places to go. We were a little worried about not renting a car on this trip, but realized very quickly that having a driver just a call away was extremely convenient and a lot easier on us.

For us, the location was perfect, but we really like walking and I have a thing for steep hills. Soufriere was about a 10 minute car ride, or a quick water taxi ride from Anse Chastenet. We could walk down to Anse Chastenet (15 min) for snorkeling, beach lounging and lunch, then hike back up (35-45 min) to watch the sunsets. The view from this house is jaw-dropping, and none of the pictures really capture how pretty it is. And for all the privacy we had, we felt very safe as there are other villas nearby, and all the gates were very secure.

As for nearby activities and restaurants, there is a ton of stuff to do, but we were so content just lounging around, playing tennis, and visiting the fish just down the road that we kind of ran out of time. Nothing seemed more compelling than sitting back with the one you love and taking in that gorgeous piton view.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Villeveque, France
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

La Bagatelle is nested high on the tropical hillside above Anse Chastanet in its verdant undergrowth from where one enjoys an uninterrupted & dramatically beautiful panoramic vista of the ocean, Souffriere Bay & those glorious Pitons. This comfortably proportioned two bedroom villa is elegantly designed with a very personal touch in the tastefully chosen furnishings & decorations throughout. The spacious teak covered terrace is the perfect dream place to chill. For days on end. The downstairs Bedrooms both have en suite bathrooms, are beautifully appointed, sharing the 'once in a lifetime' views seen from the terrace above. Bagatelle is well managed & cared for with considerable pride.

We found it very easy not to wander & spent an embarrassingly large part of our vacation at this delightful villa, swimming in the plunge pool, sipping cocktails, reading on the terrace, napping on the day bed, dining under the stars. Silly not to !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

Fabulous. My second visit to the island having stayed at the Bananaquit house next door on my last visit. The view from La Bagatelle is priceless. One could spend their whole visit just staring off the balcony. The house is beautifully designed and well laid out to accommodate 1 - 2 couples. If you are looking for a week of no activities except lounging and going to the pool, i would not recommend a need for a car. The roads are treacherous and you can walk down to the resort. But if you want to explore, a car saves quite a bit of money over over priced taxis.

We will visit again and hope to bring friends to La Bagatelle.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Malvern, PA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

Having visited St. Lucia 3 times previously (our previous stays were at Jalousie), I had both high hopes & expectations for our Christmas 2009 through New Years 2010 stay at La Bagatelle. Beyond Christmas break, our trip was a very special occasion, my wife & I were celebrating our 20th anniversary...with teenage children along. While this may sound less than romantic, both the design and spaciousness of Bagatelle allows for everyone to be together - or apart , as much as they want. If you want to spend your vacation in a serene, picture perfect "Postcard" setting, La Bagatelle is likely what you're searching for on St. Lucia (...or the entire Caribbean). Thank you Nancy, for a wonderful stay & memories our family will treasure until we return to Bagatelle, or your neighboring property Tamarind House, should our family (hopefully someday) get bigger.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Quebec
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2009

We came back from La Bagatelle two weeks before Christman, and even with all the parties going around us, our mind is still on top of the hill, admiring the ocean and the magnificient Pitons! My husband and I have spent a week in this wonderful villa with two friends of ours. The first thing we've said when we came in, was '' WOW ! '' With a local music in background and after a quick visit with the charming owner, I have add... '' This house has a soul... exactly what we were looking for! ''
Of course, this house as the most beautiful view you could find, but it is also a place where the time stops and make you feel good in a refined atmospher, decorated with beautiful antiques, painting and gorgeous flowers everywhere!
Valinda and Felice are wonderful... we really appreciated their amazing food, their nice attention and their smile!
Thank you Nancy for sharing your piece of paradise with us!!

Caroline and Christian

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

The Villa sits on top of a mountain side with spectacular views of the Pitons and water. Stepping out of the cab, was stepping into a visual fantasy of colors and scent. The Villa is behind an engaging wooden front door that is part of a privacy wall. You step down terra cotta steps to the first floor with an open living room, lounging four poster bed with flowing sheer curtain bed. pool and a fully equipped kitchen that home made ice cream in the freezer. The first floor is open and a HUGE living space. The service of cook, when requested, was a treat for our taste buds. The second floor, which is under first has two huge open bedrooms and bath. This Villa has everything you could possibly need .
A GREAT FANTASY of a Villa to rest your head and play.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Anse Chastanet Road, Soufriere, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
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Ranked #4 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Soufriere
Number of rooms: 2
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La Bagatelle Hotel
La Bagatelle St. Lucia/Soufriere

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