We had a fantastic stay in St. Lucia at Nature’s Paradise! Nature’s Paradise was definitely a vacation in the delights of Saint Lucian nature – the cottages have views of the ocean and are surrounded by gorgeous tropical foliage and the sounds of tropical fauna – mostly at night. We had frequent finch visitors on our porch, a few lizards and of course, the Nature’s Paradise cats, Mango and Papaya. The pool area is also serene and affords gorgeous sunset views.
We stayed in the Avocado cottage, which includes a bath with a spacious shower, kitchen and bed with mosquito net. The patio had a small table with chairs as well as 2 lounging chairs. We truly felt as if we were staying in the middle of nature with modern conveniences available but not in the forefront. Dave and Wanda even have a charging station in the main house for US power devices (cell phones, etc).
On arrival, Dave and Wanda were very welcoming – a tour of the property was accompanied by a fresh fruit rum punch. Dave’s suggestion to rent a jeep was absolutely a great idea for getting up and down the roads from Nature’s Paradise to Marigot Bay as well as for exploring the island. Be prepared to drive on the left – you do get used to it after a day or two. Dave and Wanda are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful with setting up tours and dinner reservations and with suggestions of things to do and the best way to get there. The tour with Dave of the South – diamond botanical gardens and the volcano – is a great tour and Dave uses his background in TV to take phenomenal photos!
Dave and Wanda made a delicious breakfast every morning at 8 AM. Fresh fruit (often local produce that is not available in the US), breads, cheeses, homemade baked goods and coffee were all amazingly good. Breakfast was also a time to get to know the other vacationers as well as Dave and Wanda. We had a chance to talk about things we did previous days and get advice about things we were interested in doing.
Out of the local restaurants in Marigot Bay, JD’s and Rainforest Hideaway (Dave and Wanda made sure we got a table on the water) were our favorites. We would definitely recommend going into Castries, exploring the market and getting lunch at one of the little food kiosks in the alleyway. We also recommend hiking up Gros Piton but be prepared to sweat! It’s hot and the climb is steep. Nature’s Paradise does have beach towels available and there are many nice beaches to visit.
Overall, we had a wonderful time in Saint Lucia and very much enjoyed our stay at Nature’s Paradise.