Booked and arrived for a 2 week stay and nearly fell out of the van upon our arrival from rubber necking my way around the property. Stunning, magical, quiet, vivid colors, birds, flowers, Waterlily cottage and of course the family. All were well above expectation. We have been married for 21 years and were never able to take a honeymoon. We found Balenbouche Estates and kept going back to the website. Verena and Uta welcomed us as we arrived and we just felt like we were being greeted by old friends. The estate is a treasure trove of small and grand experiences. From two beaches to wade in, walks around the property, always with a tour guild of one of six dogs, exploring the massive sugar cane wheel, dining on the porch of the 180 year old house, visiting with new friends at one of the other very unique cottages, or just sitting under a blanket of stars at night. And that was day ONE and just the beginning! Dinner the first night was delivered to our door and was delicious as was breakfast the next morning on the porch of the main house. We didn't have any set plans on this trip and just slowly developed our daily itinerary as we went. Verena and Uta were never far behind to lend us a hand on where to go and see but were never intrusive. We hired two drivers and both were great. Shem drove us for several day trips and never disappointed with knowledge of the island, local culture and fabulous little stops for grilled meats and seafood. Again it felt like we were visiting an old friend. Our trip never ventured further north than Soifriere and we never felt like we missed out on anything on the north end, maybe next trip. Some highlights were The Atlantic Horseback ride on the beach with our guild Max, the Des Cartier Forest Trail with Marvin, the Tet Paul Trail with Fabulous. It is not that we needed a guild but we deserved one. They all know the trees and trail secrets and history and locals and have such pride for their island. Always to return in the evening to Balenbouche. It was so much more than just a place to stay, it became a place to come home to.…
Stayed for five nights in one of the estates cabins. The experience was certainly unforgettable from the lizards and birds sharing your breakfast to the frogs and other wildlife singing you to sleep all night. The cabin was very basic but the surroundings and hospitality was second to non. The whole experience was very relaxing and everything was available as an when required. If this is the type of accommodation that interests you don’t hesitate.
We LOVE this place. Between Uta the Matriarch and Verena her Daughter they made us feel like family right away. We really didn't know what to expect because we were struggling to find a place during the Christmas to New Years week. This open air cottage was perfect. We love the jungle like nature of the place. And the history! And the grounds! Beaches are raw nature but beautiful. It's not a 5 star hotel so no AC but we really didn't miss it. The family pets warmed up to us quickly and Verena found us a car to rent and off we went exploring. Uta served us meals because restaurants were closed. Cannot recommend this place enough.
Balenbouche is a truly magical place! We just got back from our third time visiting! We travel with three kids, now 8, 12 and 14 and can not recommend this experience enough if you are looking to feel one with nature and for a special family bonding time. We always feel truly nurtured and cared for by the three magnificent women who run the property. The cottages are lovingly restored and decorated, and the tranquil historic grounds are beautiful. You can stay put and enjoy your privacy in Balenbouche to no end, and/or rent a care a travel to multiple beaches, hikes and local restaurants, all within 5-30 minutes of driving. Uta (owner) and her daughter Verena go above and beyond to make you feel at home.
Balenbouche Estate, is a peaceful and warm place. It has a deep history, and I would describe it as an ecological and architectural sanctuary. Uta (owner), is passionate about the land and the work she and the community have done to conserve it’s nature and functioning. I love it’s privacy and feeling as though you were completely immersed in nature. We had a lovely massage by Angie a local massage therapist, it was quite possibly the best massage I have had! Thank you to everyone who is involved in supporting and conserving Balenbouche Estate! I would highly recommend you experience the estate, and take time to breath, away from the heavily capitalist world we live in.
Shortly after entering Balenbouche you will be relieved of any tension you might be carrying. The accommodation is rustic but very comfortable with openings in the walls for air ventilation. Privacy is afforded by clever positioning of the cottages and plentiful foliage. The secluded beaches are a short walk away; we enjoyed swimming, watching brown pelicans diving into the water nearby. The grounds have a variety of different trees and shrubs that surround the main house and ancient mill. If you like quiet and privacy in natural and historic surroundings then Balenbouche will be perfect for you. So glad we didn't end up booking into one of the resorts.
My wife and I lived at Balenbouche for 6 months. Most everything was wonderful, but the food situation was sometimes challenging. Outside of Balenbouche, the "post-colonial" vibe sometimes felt awkward (understandably), but the island is beautiful.
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.…