I've travelled all over the world and there are a couple places that really stand out. Balenbouche is one of them. The land is lush and magical. The other guests you'll meet are interesting and various. The animals are playful and protective. The location is quiet and serene. The nearby Pitons are majestic. (The rest of the island is fine, but each time we ventured out we were relieved to return to the unique oasis of Balenbouche.) Really it's Uta, Verena, and Anitanja that make Balenbouche so special. They're remarkably kind, gracious, and loving. You'll feel at home with them. Balenbouche is a place where time stands still in the best of ways.
Thank you for a lovely quarantine stay! I was lucky to have been able to stay at Balenbouche and enjoy the large property for two weeks which has a lots of old trees, a yoga barn, ruins, pastures and two small beaches attached to it (one beach you get to it by passing by some friendly cows). It's an idyllic natural place to get away from pandemic life in the U.S. Yes, there is no AC (it's not that hot at night anyhow), and yes you will hear crickets at night, and yes you do need to sleep under a mosquito net, but the accommodations are comfortable, the showers hot, the dinners brought to the cottage delicious and the family that runs it wonderful. Merci bien.
I stayed with Verena, Uta, and Anitanja at Balenbouche for two weeks when I arrived to Saint Lucia for my quarantine and the stay was absolutely delightful. The property itself is gorgeous with multiple beaches to swim and explore, so much light, green, and open space, and adorable cabins. I felt like I was in a slice of paradise my whole time. Beyond that, they absolutely took care of me- the meals were delicious, they took care of my shopping so that I was always well stocked, and they were ready to help with any excursions or anything else that I needed. The whole process of booking, arriving, and staying was so seamless and wonderful. I definitely will return and have any of my friends and family stay here when they visit.
Balenbouche Estate is an old farm house in a wonderful park. In addition to the manor house with several rooms, there are 2-3 cottages in the garden, in one of which we stayed for two nights. The houses are beautifully decorated, with lot of attention to details. The garden is beautiful, with many different plants, a small lake with water hyacinths and water lilies, and - most amazing of all - an old sugar mill, overgrown by tropical vegetation. A photographers dream! It is very quiet, with only nature around, and was wonderful just to spend the day on a sun beds and relax. One can climb down to small beach, and spend hours exploring the gardens. The estate is run by very nice lady from Europe, who also cooked for us and provided breakfast - very tasty freshly prepared organic food. She was very responsive to all our needs in a very pleasant and efficient way, and was a charming and impressive character, also in the way she took care of the workers on the estate. As written on their webpage, the estate is very close to nature, not using pesticides and with open structures. This is something one must like and tolerate. Despite being otherwise very clean, we had quite some cockroaches in our room appearing in the evening (but a mosquito net around our bed to be protected), and giant crickets around our cottage, which would not allow to sleep without earplugs. If you are sensitive in that respect, you may better ask whether this is better when staying in the main house.…
Visited Balenbouche with my wife, 6mths after a heart operation,. This is a magical, spiritual and healing place, exactly what we needed to recuperate. The cottages, sacred grounds, private beach and, oh my god, the organic food. Exquisite! Uta, I apologize for taking so long to leave this review, you are a truly beautiful human being. I will never forgot you guiding us to the Arawak gathering place, through the overgrown jungle, leading the way with a machete. We are coming back for my 50th. Cannot wait to explore the Island, more of Balenbouche. and to be with you again, Uta.