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“Great place for a special celebration” 5 of 5 stars
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Isibaya | 55 Hornbill St, Saint Lucia 3936, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #7 of 27 Saint Lucia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Perth
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Great place for a special celebration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

My husband, teen daughter and I stayed in the Nguni cottage for 5 nights over the New Year period. I'd booked the 3 day package with tours as a celebration for our daughter graduating from high school. From the initial email communication, it was immediately evident that everything would be good. Craig the Scot is the owner and hands-on manager with a small and competent staff who always have a smile on their faces.

Like most places in the area, the B&B is situated behind an electronic gate in a pleasant area close to town and there's a police station through the park. It's rumoured that hippos come and graze and walk through the town after dark and although we weren't lucky enough to observe this, we did see hippo scat in the park one morning.

Nguni cottage itself is spacious with twin beds in the living area and a double bed in another room. Another arm chair or sofa would be great. Two large bathrooms, fridge and tea/coffee facilities. Lots of lighting options which we always appreciate as we like to be able to read. The cottage is serviced daily (except New Year's day but we didn't mind making our own beds as Craig had given the staff the day off after breakfast and they were so excited to be spending it with their families) and is kept very clean with fresh towels daily. The beds are a bit on the small side if I was to try and find something to balance my review. But still it was a very comfortable stay. Outside each cottage (a terrace of three) is a sitting area in a small pleasant garden.

Guests in the cottages have use of the main house where there's a sitting room, honesty bar, dining room and, outside, the swimming pool and BBQ area. Craig was kind enough to loan us some BBQ utensils to cook our own meal on New Year's Eve and we enjoyed a quiet evening chatting with our Danish neighbours.

The breakfast is varied and comprehensive. We ended up extending our stay for two more nights so it was great to have the variety of cooked fare every day. No haggis involved.

Austin is a resident cat who thinks he's a dog. He actually comes when called. He'd be in your cottage given the chance as previous guests have obviously allowed him entry. My family of non-cat lovers, really took to Austin. We didn't let him in out of respect to future guests who may be allergic.

Craig is available to help with anything you need but he's not in your face. I believe he organises tours for guests. The two tours that come with the 'package' comprise a night drive and a hippo & croc cruise. Craig has an arrangement with a mate down the road who operates the tours. The night drive was unbelievable and our zulu guide was extremely knowledgable and great fun. He found everything from a baby dwarf chameleon to a leopard and hyena stalking a bush buck. You might not be so lucky but it's still a highly recommended tour. The croc and hippo tour was OK but you'll get the same 15 minute introductory speech on both tours so if you missed any snippets on the first......you get the idea. We didn't see much in the way of crocs (and being from Australia, we wouldn't be so impressed anyway, just kidding) but we did get up close to the hippos.

Anyway, I'm getting off topic because Craig isn't running the tours but just to say that, if you're considering taking the package, I highly recommend the night drive and to a lesser extent the hippo cruise.

All in all, it is my great pleasure to highly recommend this establishment to anyone considering staying here. You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: We like the Nguni cottage.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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CraigNicol, Owner at Parkers Cottages St Lucia, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Wow thanks for your detailed and informative review. We are glad that you had such a memorable time as it was very busy here in St Lucia over that period.
We will definitely take your comments into account regarding an extra armchair and a larger bed. The bed in Nguni is a double which may indeed be a bit small for a lot of people these days.
Thanks again for taking the time for your review and for enjoying Parkers Cottages. The staff and Austin the catdog send their regards...
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Craig Nicol
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Parker's cottage in the one bedroom cottage (not on website as new I think) and it was beautiful, nice and open plan with non slip tiles and his and her sinks and really good air con. The place is very peaceful and so are the rooms at night as the town strip gets very noisy overnight. It is a 5 min walk into town and is opposite a green area where we saw hippos feeding on the grass at night on our way back from dinner, truly wonderful experience (and a little scary). Craig the owner used to be a game ranger and is full of knowledge and things to do, can definitely recommend the cheetah rehab centre about an hour away. We really enjoyed everyday in Parker's cottage and st lucia and are very sad to be leaving. I think this place provides excellent value for money and if the beach gets to windy then the pool is a good place to relax the hours away before a game drive!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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CraigNicol, Owner at Parkers Cottages St Lucia, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Thanks a lot for your review. It was a pleasure having you here. Hope you made it back to Aussie safely and look forward to seeing you both again in the future!
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The accommodation was very comfortable, spacious and clean, it felt like we were in a 5 Star hotel. Breakfast was delicious.
Craig was very helpful from booking our hippo boat ride, to recommending places to eat.
Being from New Zealand we were a bit worried when we booked as we wanted to place a deposit, but at the time Craig didn't have credit card facilities so he held the booking with out a deposit for 10 months.
Highly recommend staying at Parkers Cottage if you heading to St Lucia.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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CraigNicol, Owner at Parkers Cottages St Lucia, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Thanks a lot for your review. It was our pleasure to look after you and glad that you enjoyed St Lucia. Should have a credit facility up and running soon so no worries. Hope the rest of your holiday served you well and hope to see you again soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We had a wonderful stay at Parkers Cottages! It is a tranquil place with a great ambiance, distances to everywhere you would like to go are perfect. Craig, the owner, is a very helpful and friendly guy. He is there whenever you need him and he is at the background when you don't need him. It makes you feel free and relaxed. We stayed in a wonderful cottage, very clean and with loads of space. Excellent breakfast every morning, with a good variation. Again, thanks for this great stay!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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CraigNicol, Owner at Parkers Cottages St Lucia, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Many thanks for your great and honest review. It was a pleasure having you here and we look forward to hosting you again next year!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Spent 3 days at Parkers Cottages - great location for exploring St Lucia and even better that all the recommended excursions picked us up right at the gate. Craig is a welcoming and helpful host. Breakfasts were really good, as mentioned by previous reviewers - different every day.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CraigNicol, Owner at Parkers Cottages St Lucia, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Many thanks for taking the time for your review. We are glad that you had a memorable trip to St Lucia and it was our pleasure to enhance that for you.
We look forward to seeing you again here at Parkers Cottages!
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Craig Nicol
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I spent a week at Parker's with my girlfriend and had an absolutely awesome time.
As a first timer to Parker's, and also to st. Lucia I wasn't sure what to expect.
On arrival at the guest house I was greeted by Craig and the staff and felt welcome on arrival.
The place itself was very comfortable and the cleanliness also five star.
Craig always made himself available for any questions and always gave good advice, recommending things to do if you were at a loose end,
Unlike so many B & Bs the breakfast is standard,but at Parker's you get a different breakfast every day, so you always wake up to a surprise.
All in all I was very satisfied with my stay at Parker's and will definitely be going back.
Enjoyed all the excursions and game drives, lots of hippos and game to see,but still have lots more to see.
Thanks Craig and all the staff for making our stay comfortable and relaxing. First class thank you

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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CraigNicol, Manager at Parkers Cottages St Lucia, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Parkers Cottages and in St Lucia itself, it is a beautiful location with lots of wonderful things to do.

We will be sure to pass on your great comments regarding the breakfast to our chef and we look forward to welcoming you back to Parkers Cottages in the future.

Thank you

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We booked at Parkers after having trouble with an other place in Saint Lucia.
On arrival we were warmly welcomed and brought into a big bedroom with an enormous bathroom. Everything looked as it should be, clean, lovely and friendly.

the first night just before we went to bed we saw a cockroach walking through the room. In the bathroom we found an anti-bug spray so sprayed the bug and saw that in the bathroom 2 others were crawling. After spraying the whole bathroom we just put on the aircon and tried to sleep in the hope the cold temperature would keep the bugs at bay.

The following day we told our experience and the woman in charge just ignored it with a little joke and insured us that it was the climate and they would address the problem. The following 2 nights we haven't seen any. But the last day there was a power outage and we heard them just crawling over the place, the moment the power was back we put on a light and saw several just crawling away on the walls.

Our overall experience was thus overshadowed with cockroach hunts. Although the B&B looked clean we really think they should address these bugs. We stayed at multiple places in South Africa and never had any problem except at this place.

The service itself was alright, the woman in charge helped us book our different tours and directed us to some good restaurants. Although the ski boat club was not good, they were right about the other places.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CraigNicol, Owner at Parkers Cottages St Lucia, responded to this review, November 16, 2013
Many thanks for your review and for your efforts in the cockroach extermination programme.

It is unfortunate although it seems your visit to St Lucia was doomed from the start with the problems at the other establishment and then the crawling critters here.

We are within a National Park, at the coast, in a tropical climate that differs substantially from the rest of South Africa in terms of humidity and rainfall - The Isimangaliso National Park was formerly known as the Wetlands Park after all - and so cockroaches, as well as all manner of creatures big and small thrive in this area.
Usually after experiencing heavy rain and storms like you experienced (hence the power outages) insects and smaller mammals get washed out of their burrows and seek refuge in dryer places - in this case with you guys in the room.
The bug spray in the room is there for exactly this reason and furthermore the ladies here do their utmost to clean the rooms to the highest standard.

Incidentally, we went to the ski boat club last night, had steak, egg and chips and it was great!

Thanks again for your valued comments and rest assured we will continue the fight against the cockroach and we look forward to your next visit!
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Craig Nicol
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Address: Isibaya | 55 Hornbill St, Saint Lucia 3936, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Saint Lucia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Lucia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Parkers Cottages offer comfortable accommodation in St. Lucia at affordable rates. The en suite cottages have two bedrooms, air conditioning, secure parking and are fully serviced. Set within a tropical garden, there is a private pool and braai area. Breakfast is served in the main house and after breakfast, you can set off to explore the area - we'll be happy to make tour bookings for you or recommend lots of things to do. ... more   less 

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