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“A beautiful escape to Saint Lucian paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Nature's Paradise
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   1 Marigot Heights, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Marigot Bay B&B and Inns
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Vienna, Virginia
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“A beautiful escape to Saint Lucian paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

What can we say? Just a great time to be there.

We were looking for a nice, unique accommodation on St. Lucia - and found it with "Nature´s Paradise". Wanda and David were very friendly and helpful.
The two Cottages (we had the Avocado Cottage) are so beautiful and clean...and the wooden porch is just a dream. We did not miss anything!

The house is located in a quiet area on a hill and we felt very comfortable there. Nature´s Paradise is a good starting point for excursions around the island - which is why a car (4WD) highly recommended. David and Wanda also give valuable tips - and if desired, they also offer interesting tours.

From Nature´s Paradis to Marigot Bay is a walk about 20 minutes.There you will find everything for a successful holiday (grocery store, bank, restaurants, cafes). Back, it is a steep walk, for it takes about 30 minutes. Important: In the dark, take a torch! But do not worry - this is also fun!

Yes, we would choose it again...but for longer! Thank you, Wanda - thank you, David.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My husband and I went to St. Lucia for the first time over Christmas and spent weeks researching places to stay. We were looking for an intimate, boutique property with an incredible view and we found all that - and much more - at Nature's Paradise! The owners, David and Wanda, could not have been more helpful or hospitable. From the moment we arrived to St. Lucia, where a driver David had arranged was waiting to pick us up (on Christmas Day no less!), we felt completely at home. If you are looking for a large, all-inclusive resort with tons of amenities and no interaction with the locals, then please stay at Sandals....there's three of them on the Island! However, if what you are looking for is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, then I can't recommend Nature's Paradise highly enough.

The property is surrounded by beautiful, lush foliage providing privacy and a true tropical feel. From the pool, you have a breathtaking view overlooking the Caribbean Sea and my husband enjoyed swimming a few laps here every morning. Breakfast is served promptly at 8 a.m. each weekday and we thoroughly enjoyed the spread of fresh, local fruit (papayas, pineapple and grapefruit, oh my!) cheese, coffee, tea and homemade bread baked by Wanda. It was a perfect way to start each day in St. Lucia and we valued spending this time with David and Wanda and the two or three other couples who were staying at Nature's Paradise (there's only four guest rooms on the entire property). We would all swap stories from the previous day and share recommendations for tours and activities we enjoyed. After breakfast, my husband and I would head out on a different adventure (many either recommended or coordinated directly by David). From ziplining in the rainforest to sailing along the Southern coast of St. Lucia to hiking Gros Piton, St. Lucia has so much to offer and we tried to take advantage of it all!

Finally, probably one of our favorite things about Nature's Paradise was the fact that there were no TVs in the rooms/cottages. WiFi and cell service is very spotty, as well, though there is a computer in the Great Room that is available for guests to use and access the internet. However, for us, having an opportunity to truly "disconnect" was the best thing we could have possibly done. It allowed us to completely enjoy our time in St. Lucia, and with each other, and we returned home to NC six days later feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and totally stress-free. We hope to recreate this experience and return to St. Lucia very soon and when we do, we will definitely be returning to Nature's Paradise!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Rest, Relaxation and Recuperation - what a perfect trifecta served up in Nature's Paradise. When my wife was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year a doctor friend gave us a piece of advice: this was going to be a long haul so you need to create a light at the end of the tunnel, something to look forward to. Our daughter surfed the net for any place that met the criteria Worry-Free and Warm and found Nature's Paradise in St. Lucia. Come the Fall, the reality matched up to the billing. Avocado cottage overlooking the luscious expanse of Marigot Bay, with Martinique in the distance, was a paradise within Paradise. Fabulous fresh-fruit breakfasts, swimming in the pool surrounded by gorgeous tropical vegetation and walks down to the bay and the beach (and back up!) were all part of a beautiful, quiet, restorative two weeks. David and Wanda were delightful hosts, brimming with helpful knowledge and advice and amusing anecdotes (but not in the least bit intrusive). If you are looking for air conditioning, watching football games on the wide screen and hanging out at the bar, this is not the place for you. For those who love fresh food, fresh air, energetic walks, double rainbows and uninterrupted reading heaven then you too will have found the light at the end of your tunnel. Just what the doctor ordered!

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

You will either hate or love Nature's Paradise.

If you like TV in your room, bar, disco, on-site restaurant, 5 minutes walk to the beach where there are lots of other tourists just like you and all inside a security fence where the only St Lucians you meet are staff, don't bother - you will hate Nature's Paradise.

If you want a quiet, beautiful oasis set in a semi-natural garden to match the best on St Lucia, and where you can watch hummingbirds, with views across the Caribbean to Martinique, then Nature's Paradise is for you. A small pool - which you'll have to yourself much of the time - gives you views across the Caribbean. Lesser Antillean Bullfinchs will expect to be fed - and if you don't, will probably help themselves, there are some enormous butterflies and moths, at night geckos and frogs, the occasional possum and watch out for the large hermit crabs, wandering through the gardens.

While your own transport isn't essential, it's probably a good idea, at least for part of your stay. There are a range of facilities down the hill in Marigot Bay itself - several restaurants, a small beach with a range of water sports facilities, a small supermarket and an ATM. The track down to Marigot Bay is rough and steep in places but a fairly easy 20 minutes walk down and 30 minutes walk up - as you're on holiday, the walk really isn't a problem. Take a torch if you think you might walk it at night - which we did several times; the walk up after dinner, looking up at the Milky Way and listening to the tree frogs and cicadas is worth it.

David and Wanda are friendly, very helpful and very knowledgeable about St Lucia. They will happily make reservations for you as you want, organise tours, etc. But, really, the best thing to do it get your own vehicle and just drive off and explore St Lucia. You will certainly get lost from time-to-time. Despite being a small island, the lack of road signs and maze of small roads means you need to allow plenty of time to get where you want to go but who knows what you'll discover on the way. In any case, all the locals, despite the dreadlocks, really are very friendly and helpful and will happily give directions - and chat to you about where you're from and where you're going.

A wonderful place.

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

My wife and I visited St Lucia for the first time earlier this month as a brief escape from the notorious Seattle climate.
After initially researching options through various resorts on the island, I stumbled upon Nature's Paradise (via Trip Advisor actually) and was immediately drawn to the intimacy - not to mention the outstanding reviews.

A few things that need to be stated up front. Nature's Paradise is not a resort. It is not for those who wish to experience a foreign country partitioned off from the culture or those who prefer to view the action from afar. On the contrary, this B&B is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the natural environment of St Lucia (it is called Nature's Paradise, after all). Nature's Paradise is located up a steep hill overlooking Marigot Bay, a hike away from any restaurant, grocery, or other establishment. It's beautiful and scenic, and very private hillside.

This brings me point two: as another reviewer already stated - you will need a rental car. For some this can be tricky considering the British driving style, but believe me it's worth it and you will become accustomed to the driving after a few short minutes. Having a vehicle gives you the freedom to do what you want, when you want it, and also empowers you to explore more of the island and break away from the groups. I have to give credit to Dave for stressing this point. The rental was worth every penny.

Now, for the accommodations itself.
From the moment you arrive in Nature's Paradise, you feel as though you have entered… well… Nature's Paradise. After the long flight and drive, we were well worn in from the road and needed relaxation. Dave and Wanda warmly greeted us with fresh squeezed tropical juice and kindly toured the house, cottages, and gardens with us (we were also graced with the presence of their two cats Mango and Papaya, who we were visited by regularly). After a brief tour Dave walked us down to the Banana Cottage, located just down the hill from the main house. We were instantly taken with the amazing view, the hush, and the remoteness of it all. Immediately the weariness of travel washed away and we were ready for our vacation.

The cottages are quaint and functional. Each comes with a nice bed, couch/chair, full kitchen, fridge, and full bathroom. It's worth noting for some here that these are not hotel bathrooms. They have a few very minor quirks that come with being as remote and secluded as you are – primarily with consistently hot water and pressure. This was minor for my wife and I but I note it as some may take issue with this. Keep in mind the days and nights are very hot so a tepid shower is actually preferable.

Breakfast is served every morning in the main house at 8am. Dave and Wanda are gracious hosts and use this time to learn more about their guests, plan the day, and organize any outings as required. Dave is a great resource for the island's history, restaurants, and culture. More than anything I urge those who stay at Nature's Paradise to put trust in Dave to help you plan the trip that is right for you. He is a personable and knowledgable guide who is keen on avoiding crowds/tourist pitfalls and giving the best possible experience to his guests.

The afternoons can be as busy or as free as you like. We opted to spend our time taking advantage of two of the available Eco Tours Dave will book on your behalf – the first being a day filled with roadside coconut tasting, snake charming, a hike to a secluded natural hot mineral bath (fueled by the islands volcanic activity), and a beautiful lunch overlooking the islands iconic Pitons. The second: a full day sail, snorkeling trip, and gourmet lunched cooked on the boat by your personal crew - all booked through a Marigot Bay local restaurant, Chateu Myggo, and recommended by Dave. It was absolutely splendid and the day ended up being one of the highlights of our trip.

We spent the late afternoons and evenings lounging around Nature's Paradise's beautiful pool, overlooking a stunning sunset, beach, and distant banana plantations.

In the dusk, the surrounding jungle comes alive with hermit crabs, frogs, lizards, and bats. We would often sit on the deck of our cottage and listen to the sounds echoing up from the forests around the hill. The air itself seems to vibrate with life and one can truly feel a sense of awe and wonder for the environment you are surrounded it. It is at once engaging, exciting, and peaceful.

All told our St Lucia adventure was incredible, made all the more so by Nature's Paradise: the location, the accommodations, the hosts. My only regret was not staying a second week!

A couple tips:
-Utilize your full kitchen to plan a couple meals back at the cottage. Pick up some fresh fruit or food from the local markets. Enjoy some time at the cottage and really settle in.
-Ask questions. As already stated, Dave is your resource. Learn more about the island and it's rich history. Talk to the friendly locals. They have a great demeanor and the conversations I had with some were very memorable and provided perspective.
-Because of the remoteness of Nature's Paradise, I caution those checking their toiletries/essentials with the airline to pack some small essentials/extras in a carry on. I only mention this because American Airlines lost my wife's bag en route. This meant going without a change of clothes and some essential toiletries until the next daily flight to St Lucia over 24 hours later. To Dave/Wanda's credit, they offered my wife a change of clothes and some base necessities while we waited for the airline to taxi the bag across the island to the North side. Again - something to keep in mind as it was not easy to simply get replacements due to the remote location.
-As another reviewer pointed out, there are some great beaches right next to the airport in Vieux Fort. It's definitely worth checking in for your flight, then heading out to grab lunch at one of the local restaurants on the beach.

Evan

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Yorktown, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This was our second time back to Natures Paradise for a two week celebration of our 25th anniversary. The first week totally lived up to the expectation we had from being there once before (2010). We were the only guests and spend a lot of time together with Dave, who again showed that he has a good knowledge of St Lucia.
We were somewhat disappointed when a couple with a two year old showed up at Natures Paradise for the last 6 days of our stay.
We decided to give it a try, but after breakfast we realized that this was not going to work for us. We luckily found another place in Marigot bay, that was available immediately, so we could continue to celebrate our anniversary, the way we originally planned it (no children allowed); in a tranquil environment.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Marigot Heights, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Marigot Bay
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Marigot Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Nature's Paradise 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NATURE'S PARADISE at Marigot Bay A St. Lucia Eco-Lux vacation with a breathtaking Caribbean Sea view. Avocado Cottage and Banana Cottage are located on a quiet ridge high above the sea at Marigot Bay. The spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea creates the mood. Marigot Bay is what you have in mind when you think "Tropical Paradise". Our lush Tropical Gardens surround your private one-bedroom Cottage. Palms and Bougainvillea offer shade and color. You awake in the morning stunned by the breathtaking brilliance of the Caribbean - a turquoise like you have never imagined. PARADISE on a BUDGET Your Cottage is designed with romance and privacy as the keys to a great vacation. The French Provincial Four-Poster Queen-Size bed is draped with netting from Thailand. Constant trade winds make air conditioning unnecessary. Our large ceiling fans guarantee your comfort. The roofing is high and angled to allow plenty of light and airflow. The bathroom features a glass block shower and a built-in hairdryer. The sliding glass door opens onto a large balcony with those fabulous ocean views. Our Tropical Breakfast (Mon - Fri) begins at eight and lasts until you have finished dining on our fresh breads & muffins. Fresh fruit is always available. The seasons dictate which fruits are on the table. Dining is in the Villa. + AMENITIES: + Private Cottage with a fantastic Caribbean Sea view. 30ft. Swimming Pool & Sundeck w/comfortable lounges. Full Kitchen with quality dinnerware. Solar-heated Glass Block shower. Fresh white Egyptian cotton towels. In-Wall Hairdryer. Maid service 3x/week. Tropical Gardens and Fruit Trees. + LIFE in the TROPICS: + Bathe in hot Volcano mineral waters. Find the Perfect Beach. Hike to Waterfalls. See Diamond Falls Botanical Garden. Zip-Line through the Rain-forest. Enjoy a serious and relaxing Massage. Tan at the Waterfall fed Pool (be careful). View a Green flash from Paradise Pool at sunset. Eat at the best Restaurants in the Caribbean. OR you can do nothing at all. At Nature's Paradise there is a beautiful pool with a wood deck and comfortable lounges. Lay back, enjoy the sun and read a book. NATURE'S PARADISE Eco-Lux Adventure, Relaxation, Romance. ... more   less 
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