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“Beautiful views of a beautiful part of the Island”
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View from the balcony Looking towards the ocean and village
Sunset..wonderful every night
private entrance to the apartment, accessible through a private garden with stone steps and path
Looking up to the apartment via garden gate..this is a private garden
Inside the apartment 2017
Upstairs part of the house, go down the path to the apartment Which is below main house
View from apartment balcony
Balcony view..perfect for sunset watching
Steps up to parking place
Fully tiled shower room
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Laborie, Laborie Quarter, St. Lucia

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boggsey
staffordshire england
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful views of a beautiful part of the Island”
Reviewed May 27, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Just returned from a fabulous 14 night stay at this great apartment in Laborie in the South of the Island. This area is so off the tourist trail it is a world away from the brochures of St. Lucia and that is what makes it so special. My hubbie and I arrived to the Island to the heat at 31 degrees, the steel band playing at the airport and a giant of a man, Ian Estaphane ready to take us in his taxi to the Greenheart apartment. I recommend Ian, he was on time, greeted with a couple of cold Piton's and a quick shopping trip to the Super J, and then we were greeted by Evelyne and shown the apartment. First impressions were good and the views from our private balcony were simply stunning. We relaxed into a three day chillax, getting to know the local surroundings, Mama Tilly's and the Bamboo Bar restaurant were a big hit. We also visited the craft shop and beach bar at the far end of the Rudy John Beach as well as the local Petit bay which is directly over the headland from the apartment along a rubble track and across a grassy field. This was a beautiful bay and very private, but not much sand!
We settled into the apartment well as it has everything you need (but note, there is no oven but there is a great electric fry pan and we became dab hands at fried home made pizza!!!). We enjoyed sharing our showers with a variety of tree frogs and had a pair of St. Lucian finches nesting in the corner of the room which was fab. There was not much for the birds to approach our balcony by way of feeders and we both felt as bird lovers that some nectar feeders to attract the hummingbirds and a large feeder to attract the bananaquits would have added considerable enjoyment to the balcony experience, but overall the bird life in the trees within the garden is great. We had three regular visitors to our balcony by way of small lizards and for us, this made the stay so much more than just a holiday, it was a real experience (see my review on trip advisor of Tobago, as this is a similar holiday experience which we wanted to create), but we are aware that holiday makers rather than visitors may have found some of these things a little offputting. The only thing off putting is the climb up the steep hill to the apartment. You do have to be sound on your feet to rent this apartment to get up the hill, or have a car!. We rented a jeep for 7 days and I have left a contact card in the apartment for Islander cars, Marcus Antoine was excellent value for a Terrios and I would only recommend hiring a 4 X4.
This is a safe part of the island, but be aware that public footpaths do go directly around the property. The Lucians are lovely, friendly people, but as the gate was broken to the entrance to the property, we did have locals popping in for some soursop leaves and fruits from Annette's many trees - they did ask permission though. This is a lovely apartment in the best village on the Island, with enough eateries in the village to keep you going. (Top tip, we did get quite a few mozzies so take a good repellant as Chikagunga is present in St. Lucia and take ear plugs as there are a few too many dogs across the bay which echo around to get a restful nights sleep on some occasions). Previous comments in relation to music in the bay are true, you get very quiet nights Monday to Thursday, but the weekend gets started from Thursday night onwards and in typical style, lasts four days. Try and catch the children at the school practicing the steel drums, but you can hear then from the balcony on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Our favourite places to visit were Balanbouche estate, Sugar Beach for snorkelling, and Pigeon point for lunch and James de Bois. Finally, if you cannot manage a hike up a Piton, which we couldn't due to the heat, take in the gentle hill walk up Tet Paul which is right next to the Fond Deux estate entrance. The views are stunning. Enjoy this special place.

Date of stay: May 2015
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Alamac193...
Eastleigh, United Kingdom
1 review
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“A place to laze and look”
Reviewed May 5, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Amazing location in a village full of Caribbean life. The wonderful verandah overlooking Laborie Bay is well protected from wind and sun which makes it an ideal place to enjoy bay watching with binos.

Open plan apartment is well designed and thoughtfully equipped and the bed is very comfortable. The apartment has been recently built with greenheart, a very durable wood from Guyana, making it a rather unusual property which blends easily into its surroundings.

The walk down to supermarket (limited stocks)/village/beach etc. is steep in places but was manageable (even coming back!) by us (82 + 70).

Humming birds on bougainvillea, cheeky bullfinches on the verandah, mangos and bananas ripening in the grounds.

We relied on Ian's taxi service and didn't bother with car hire. Ian picked us up from the airport and took us out for a couple of sight seeing trips and provided an interesting commentary on island life.

A most enjoyable 6-day stay. Thank you!

Date of stay: February 2015
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Liked best: The view and the design of the property
Liked least: Without a car, local food shopping was limited but our taxi from airport stopped at good supermarket en route.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Ian F
London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Everything we wanted it to be”
Reviewed April 13, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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We stayed at Annette’s lovely apartment Greenheart for nine days in March.

We can warmly recommend her place for a couple that wants to relax, enjoy the silence of the Laborie village and appreciates an amazing sunset view!

Even though we never came to meet our host her being in the UK during our stay we always felt very welcome. All the instructions were written with care – from the right beginning of our holiday we felt like we were in good hands!

St. Lucia is a beautiful, very unique island with its own ways and Annette knows this very well. So do follow her directions from for example popping in to the supermarket (and to use the cash machine there!) on the way from the airport.

It’s also worth booking the taxi drive from the airport in before hand to make sure you pay the right amount.

Another thing about the taxis is that even though they are not expensive compared to London prices, where we are based, they are not easily booked with a short notice. Tourists seem to use taxis more for day trips and experiences than just popping out for dinner. (The taxi drivers we met seem to always have interesting stories to tell about the island as well as cold Piton beers in a cooler – so you do get a real tourist guide when booking a day trip from Laborie to for example Anse Chastenet resort’s beach for snorkelling!)

For more casual and adventurous way to get around is the local bus, you can spot numerous minivans speeding around the island. For hopping on, just raise your hand and pay the driver approx. $2 (East Caribbean Dollars).

Greenheart appartment is lovely, very tidy, clean and cosy.

Big thank you to the amazing Evelyne who takes care of everything! She was a big help for us every day and a wonderful person. She is also a great cook who will prepare a dinner for you when requested. During our holiday we had some amazing sea food but none of them as good as Evelyne’s.

Laborie is a friendly, quiet village with beautiful beaches and a few great places to socialize (Mama Tilly’s restaurant! Pop in and book a table for the following night – she will prepare a feast! Do also try the delicious locally made ice cream.)

We really enjoyed our time in St. Lucia and hope to come back one day!

Date of stay: March 2015
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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298vincen...
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“A Slice of Paradise”
Reviewed March 21, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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True island feel with all amenities needed. Amazing views from the private balcony. Exotic birds all around. Minutes from the fishing town and quiet beach. Greenheart Apartment is the ideal spot. I wish I had stay longer. If you are looking to experience the real island life away from the Cruise ship and loud tourists, Laborie is for you and Greenheart is perfect. Clean, airy with a comfortable bed with net. Watching the sunset from the balcony while sipping on a rum punch or Piton bear was so relaxing. Ian Taxi service was great shuttling us from and to the airport and he also drove us around on a day trip toSoufrière. Make sure to go eat at Mama Tilly's or get a drink with locals at The Big Bamboo. Both 5 minutes down the hill.
I highly recommend.

Date of stay: March 2015
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Liked best: The location and the privacy of the apt. Very comfortable
Your age range 35-49
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Gneti
New Orleans, Louisiana
2 reviews
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“I was delighted with the accomodation, and enchanted by the village of Laborie.”
Reviewed February 10, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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The balcony of this apartment is a very pleasant place, with a wonderful view, lots of greenery, and birds that come close. It is tempting to stay on the balcony, and in the equally pleasant apartment, rather than take the walk down to the village. The walk is not so arduous, really just 10 minutes, and there is ample reward in meeting the people of Laborie, walking out on the jetty, shopping (basic but adequate), having a seaside meal at Anna's Place by the beach, or at the little restaurant by the square, going to the market on market day, and watching the fishermen. Walk a little further past the football field and you come to a wonderful swimming beach, where there is a little bar as well as a small cafe and craft gallery. The walk back up the hill is very good exercise. Our hosts were charming, made us feel very welcome, and graciously answered all questions. We had a rental car for part of the time: there was a place to park near the house but a lot of the time we left the car down in the village and walked up because the road is narrow and steep. I played violin downstairs from our hosts and they said it didn't bother them a bit. Some nights there was loud music from the village. There was Karaoki one night and a DJ on another night; from up on the hill you could hear that music quite well, and we just had to roll with it, an interesting mix of Reggae and Country & Western. That's part of life in a small village these days. Other nights were wonderfully quiet. We had dinner cooked by Evelyn one night and it was delicious, with enough leftovers that we had breakfast the next day from that as well. If you have trouble walking up a steep hill this may not be the place for you. We were not really troubled by mosquitoes as there is a constant breeze, and a mosquito net for at night, but you may want to bring your favorite organic non-deet repellent, as well as a small flashlight for walking up to the house from the garden gate at night. I felt very safe in Laborie and at the house. I highly recommend this rental. Only at the end of our stay did we discover that there is another, more secluded and rocky beach on the other side of the headland, just a short walk up the road from the apartment, then down a beautiful grassy hill, perfect for an early morning walk. There is a yoga studio practically right next door, you can also get a massage there. Laborie is small without the usual tourist amenities, but very special.

Date of stay: February 2015
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Liked best: Proximity to the village and beach while at the same time a feeling of seclusion and privacy from being up on the hill, and the windows with no glass open to the fresh breeze and to the sound of the birds.
Liked least: Occasional loud music from the village.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Kilian195...
Augsburg, Germany
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“Nice place”
Reviewed February 4, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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Stayed there for 3 nights. The place is lovely, clean, safe. Very nice view of the bay, within walking distance to the center of Laborie. The right place for people who do not need a resort character, who prefer to get in contact with locals around. Very helpful owners, who can also organize breakfast for you. I can recommend it.
Helmut from Germany

Date of stay: January 2015
Traveling group: Solo Traveler
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queensol
Salem, Massachusetts
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“In my heart I have not left this place.”
Reviewed January 28, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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Prior to our trip to St. Lucia, Annette and I communicated by email and she was both prompt in her responses and helpful in her suggestions. She arranged to have Ian of Ian Taxi Service, Vieux Fort, pick us up at the airport. Although our plane was delayed and we were late arriving to St. Lucia, Ian was waiting to take us to Laborie.
Karen and I stayed at the Greenheart Apartment for one week and loved every moment of the time we were there. We were greeted by Evelyne who, prior to our arrival, had purchased the items we had requested (snacks and some food stuffs) who then showed us around the apartment and ensured that we had everything we needed.

The town of Laborie, although lively, is charming and as we walked through town we were greeted by friendly people and often told to “enjoy St. Lucia”. There are several restaurants that serve delicious food, a post office, and several stores. It is not a tourist town and they do not have an ATM, for that you have to go outside of the town toward Vieux Fort.

We were fortunate to have met Annette’s family, her son Mark and grandson Matt who were friendly, helpful, and accommodating with any questions we had. On several occasions we had a lovely time hanging out with them and if you are lucky you will get to hear Mark play the guitar and sing some of his original tunes! Although there was no Wi-Fi in the house we were able to connect on the property (at the corner of the walkway leading out of the apartment – aka the “Wi-Fi Café”).

The apartment has every amenity, the bathroom is a wet-room but the water drains immediately and the room dries quickly. The bed was very comfortable. I am almost 6 ft tall and always felt as though I had ample space (and I shared the bed with my partner) and there is a mosquito net that surrounds the bed. While at the apartment we spent most of our time out on the porch surrounded by banana trees, chickens, hummingbirds and our other daily bird companions.

The apartment is located at the top of a steep hill but the view of the bay and the town is pretty great. It is helpful to have a car, preferably one with 4-wheel drive but there are buses that run to Vieux Fort throughout the day and taxis are available.

This lovely apartment is not for those who want luxury accommodations but is perfect for those looking for a peaceful retreat in a beautiful setting.

Date of stay: January 2015
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Liked best: The view
Liked least: the palmetto bug who visited
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Recommended for:
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