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Relax and unwind on the large, cool patio
Large room with air conditioning
large cupboard with a safe for your valuables
The view from the queen size bed
Bright bathroom with walk in shower
large bathroom with lots of driftwood surprises!
Fully equipped kitchen with gas hob and mini oven
Looking towards the beach
Lie on your own sunbed in the tranquil garden
View from the verandah
Laborie Beach
Spectacular sunsets
Another sunset
The beach in front of the house
Laborie Beach, just a few steps from the cottage
Mama Tilly. Strong rum punch and great food!
Looking towards Laborie village
Looking out to sea early in the morning
Laborie village...a hidden gem!
The famous Pitons!
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Laborie, Laborie Quarter, St. Lucia

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Nico P
Houston, Texas
1 review
“Honeymoon on a budget”
Reviewed November 9, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

My wife and I wanted accommodations close to the beach so we could roll out of bed and catch some rays without a trek. We were also looking for a small town that didn't break the bank so we could afford to snorkel at Sugar Beach, hike up the Gros Piton, zip line through the rain forest, soak in mineral water, bask ourselves in mud and enjoy private dinners prepared by local fisherman like Lincoln.
We never imagined in a million years of the classy 5 star treatment we would receive from our host,Tony and Jan. The couple are a wealth of information that made our stay so much more enjoyable. They are also very resourceful to boot. The pair go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need during your stay in Laborie. From the time Tony picked us up at the airport till he dropped us off they were attentive and just a shout away if we needed them.
I recommend using their knowledge and resources to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Money can't buy what they offer!

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Liked best: We liked the hospitality of Tony and Jan.
Liked least: It rained on and off for a couple of days which damped our plans.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Kathy S
Camano Island, Washington
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“Wonderful cottage near the beach”
Reviewed November 2, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

One of our criteria in booking this place was that it be close to the beach. We were truly just steps away from a beautiful beach, with warm water and a sandy bottom, great for wading or swimming.
The cottage itself is a work of art. Owners Tony and Jan have created a little jewel of a place. Fun features made from actual driftwood were charming touches, and the decor was colorful and fun. A nice little kitchen, great shower in the bathroom, and very comfortable bed made for a pleasant stay. We had everything we needed to do our own cooking, if we wanted to. The covered porch was a great place to sit and watch the local world go by. We were just a few blocks from the center of Laborie, and after our week there, really felt we had experienced all that the village had to offer. Tony and Jan live on the property and had great recommendations for meals in town. They were wonderful hosts, and truly wanted to be sure we were enjoying our stay. A local fisherman delivered a lobster dinner to our door one night, which was delicious, and a unique experience. I can't say enough about this cozy cottage. It was a great place to stay. I agree with the comments made by other reviewers. We loved the owners' dogs, and enjoyed the chickens roaming around. The efficient air-conditioning made for good sleeping at night, and with the windows closed we weren't bothered by the early morning crowing of the roosters.
The local people were friendly, and happy to chat with us. We were lucky to be in town for the rare White Sea Urchin harvest, and observed the whole process right down on the beach near our place. The Jounen Kweyol festival happened in town while we were there too, and it was a fun event.
We'd love to go back, and we wouldn't even think of staying anywhere else but at Tony and Jan's Driftwood by the Sea.

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Judith B
East Lansing, Michigan
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32 reviews
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“Near the Village by the Sea”
Reviewed October 6, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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This carefully crafted beach house is the work of owners Tony & Jan, who live just across the drive in their own beautiful home which also houses Mango Splash (where I also stayed). From back to front, the cottage is a rectangle with the spacious bathroom across the entire width of the back, moving forward is the sleeping area with the large poster bed a bit precariously situated on a raised platform (the bed is grand but a little oversized for the space, just watch your step), next is a comfortable seating and dressing area with a curtain, a regular work of art which cozies up the space when pulled shut and when pushed aside leads though the French doors to the patio/porch. The premier feature for me was this wrap around covered porch with dining table and hammock chair swing. As you are likely well aware, this is a tropical climate, temperatures rarely leaving the 80"s, perfect weather for outdoor dining day or night. An unusual feature was the fact that the small kitchen was attached to the outside of the building at the end of the porch and was accessible only by going outside (remember however it is always warm!). There is a small pass-thru window which works fine if you are traveling in pairs. I however was not. It all worked out fine however, and I liked the idea that all cooking aromas were left outside. The beach house is well appointed with plenty of towels, hot water, kitchen ware, soft seating and air conditioning.

The Driftwood and Mango Splash are located right on the sandy beach of the Caribbean's warm beautiful waters. It is a public area with people walking by regularly to and from Rudy Johns Beach and/or to and from work. A few people and kids swim in the same area but it was never crowded. The location is also near the football field (which is soccer to those of us who have misnamed football!) and right beside a grove of coconut palms. This grove frequently fills up with locals either fishing, watching a game or just hanging out...which also includes music. I never noticed it lasting much beyond sunset. The 6 am & 6 pm sunrise and sunset is one of the determining factors in the daily lives of St. Lucians. They are up before dawn and retire early.

The center of the village was a short walk, which I made daily, through the grove, across the football field and down a narrow paved street (which was also well lit in the evenings and I felt entirely safe walking alone). Laborie is not an upscale or touristy destination. It is a fishing village. There are several restaurants with delicious fish, salads and ice cold Piton beer; a couple of small groceries and a bakery; places to purchase food stuffs, alcohol and top off your cell phone; a Saturday Market in the Square and bus service to all points beyond. It is a very comfortable and low key place for a lovely vacation. Tony and Jan were excellent hosts, introducing me to several of their friends, inviting me, in fact taking me, to Soufriere to Zappa's and a chance Sunday Brunch at Fond Doux Plantation.

The only thing which caught me off guard here were the number of dogs. I stayed in the village atop Marigot Bay last March and the dogs there were totally disinterested in passers-by. Here they are generally friendly and clamoring for attention, due to the extreme love and care given by Tony and Jan to their own dogs plus any others which live nearby. Since I am not a 'dog person', I was not thrilled with them running up to me wanted to be petted. I don't like to touch animals that I don't know, it's a fact. I asked Tony to mention the dogs in his description of his places and he has added a little more info. He also asked me if I had known about the dogs would I have opted not to stay there. It worries me that I might have...and would have missed a most perfect place to stay, the warm sea only steps away and the porch a very lovely and private place to eat, and write and drink wine and enjoy myself with them and several other local friends. So my advice is...do not be wary of the dogs, just know they are there, and book this place ...if in fact you can get a reservation. It looks to me like I'll have to book a year in advance!

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Liked best: proximity to the sea
Liked least: friendliness of dogs
Traveling group: Solo
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ZBrack
Seattle, Washington
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“Exceptional charm, beauty and hospitality in Laborie”
Reviewed September 24, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

After our two nights at the Driftwood cottage, we can see why our hosts decided to pick up and move to Laborie! The view and beach access from their property is absolutely incredible, the people of Laborie so friendly, and the weather is fantastic. Their guesthouse is lovely, and very well appointed. The large windows and frosted French doors afford an opportunity to let light and air into the room, and a good strong fan is great for keeping air flowing. There is a lovely covered patio, my favorite place to crash with a cup of coffee and a great book. As with most of the islands there are roosters about, and you will certainly hear them; we stopped noticing after about an hour, no big deal. The owners (Jan and Tony) are active in animal rescue (a family after my own heart!), and their sweet dogs will happily keep you company on the patio or beach when they aren't following their parents around the property. Tony was extremely helpful, ever willing to give us a lift to Vieux Fort, provide insight on Saint Lucia, or point us to the best spot for a drink or bite to eat. Driftwood had all the comforts of home (if home were in paradise, that is). We were treated not as guests, but as friends. Coming home was such a sad parting.

Laborie is a very working class town; don't expect the resort treatment here. The streets are packed in the evenings, but we never felt unsafe (except for the possibility of tripping into a drainage ditch). Bring EC; USD is accepted everywhere, but you will almost certainly be charged more. Additionally, if you're staying over a weekend it may be necessary to go to Vieux Fort for an ATM. Plan ahead: taxis are the only truly expensive thing in Saint Lucia, to be avoided where possible. Not that most things are desperately expensive; prices generally trend a little cheaper than you'd likely pay at home. For food, you must go to Mama Tilly and let her set you up. She is very much a mama; she'll feed you as though you look like you're starving, then sit down to have a yarn about whatever's on her mind. We loved her, and ate at her table for every meal.

We so loved our stay in Laborie, and can't wait to return.

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Liked best: We were seconds from the beach.
Liked least: We have absolutely no complaints.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Simon G
Montreal, Canada
1 review
“The best part of our trip to St Lucia”
Reviewed July 12, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Our stay in Driftwood was wonderful. Though we went on to stay in Rodney Bay and Marigot Beach, Laborie ended up being the best part of our trip to St Lucia, thanks in no small part to Jan and Tony's hospitality. The effusive praise that can be found in these reviews is well deserved. They were very welcoming and generous with their time and attention, not to mention accommodating our change of plans. We showed up in St-Lucia with a vague "To Do" list, and Tony and Jan graciously took care of us. We had a lovely time. Laborie is a fishing village 15-20 minutes away from Vieux Fort. The locals are friendly, the food is inexpensive. It's on the South coast, so the waters aren't quite as calm as on the West coast, but the water is warm and there are only a handful of tourists on the beach. Many times we walked to the beach and found it deserted. The beach gets a bit dirty when you walk east towards the town center, but it's perfect when you walk west. Tony arranged dinner for us at Mama Tilly's twice. Both times, the full meal for 2 people (with grilled meat/fish, many salads and side dishes, and desert) including 3-4 beers and 2-3 rums came out to 90$EC (33$ US) excluding tip. You might find similar prices in public markets and small food stalls elsewhere on the island, but restaurants in Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay are 3 or 4 times the price. Don't forget to try the bakes - they cost 30 cents US and they're delicious. When we stayed in Driftwood, it was basically new. It's a wonderful small cottage with a raised bed, small desk, AC and a separate kitchen. It's clean and well equipped. It's not directly on the beach, but this ended up being a non-issue, as the beach is barely 20 meters away. There's a porch where we ate breakfast in the morning. It's perfect for a couple. You must love (or at least tolerate) dogs. Jan and Tony's friendly dogs lounge on the cottage porch.

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Your age range 25-34
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RickFrank...
Medford, Oregon
1 review
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“Laid Back Caribbean Village”
Reviewed June 30, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Spent 2 weeks, actually stayed at the Driftwood, the cute little house that is adjoining Mango Splash. Very pleasant quiet stay and felt that we were in a Caribbean village, not a tourist resort. Nice quiet beach and friendly relations with the locals. Got to watch the local soccer and cricket matches while we were there and enjoy the local cuisine.Jan made a car available for us to get out and see the sights and see them we did. Lovely way to enjoy the island. Looking forward to a return visit sometime.

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Liked best: Proximity to the beach, ease of getting around, food, laid back setting, the fact that it was not a resort or hotel
Liked least: As always when there are economic disarities with the local population, there are those who are looking to take advantage
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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theCoughl...
Exton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Total Chillout!!!”
Reviewed June 27, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We stayed at Driftwood for 10 nights in mid February soon after the property had been constructed and were only its second guests; so it was with a little trepidation when we booked, but we need not have worried.
The owners Tony and Jan are extremely hospitable hosts and we arranged beforehand for Tony to collect us from the airport, and then stop off at a large supermarket to collect major grocery items to see us through the first few days.
The cottage has been built in a traditional, very attractive and colourful caribbean style and has been finished with many unique and original features, most made from collected driftwood. It is set to the rear of Tony and Jan's own house on a plot of land backed by tropical trees and vegetation which attracted a good and varied number of birds,providing for many hours of bird watching and throughout our stay more and more plants were being added to develop the "garden", enhancing the beauty of the place.
The facilities are first class and the best we experienced during our 4 week stay in St. Lucia; excellent wi-fi, air conditioning, a well equipped separate kitchen including a toaster which was not provided at any other property we stayed at. The traditional large wooden antique bed was very comfortable and made quite a statement in the living area, and the bathroom, a large light and airy room was fitted with a modern suite and excellent shower, not forgetting the driftwood towel rail and toilet roll holder.
The best thing of all about the cottage, however, is its veranda, nothing can beat that excitement each morning, throwing open the veranda doors and looking out towards swaying palms, soft white sand and calm blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, and all a matter of forty or so paces away. The veranda itself is a covered large space with table and chairs and the heart and focal point of the cottage.
Driftwood Cottage is the most perfect of places, a true gem, and Laborie is the most perfect of resorts, albeit not a resort. It is a traditional thriving fishing village with a friendly welcoming community, a beautiful bay and beach backed by green hills. With just a handful of ex pats and a few rental properties you genuinely feel part of local life and on occasions the only sole on the beach or in the sea. Heaven!!!!!!!

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