Fabulous stay at Driftwood last week. Driftwood is located just behind the beautiful beach in Laborie Bay, a charming Caribbean village on the west side of the island of Saint Lucia. The accommodation is superb - lovely bathroom, relaxing verandah, comfortable bed and a well equipped kitchen for those who really want to cook. However, the local restaurants, although simple, are excellent - Wilson's "Salt Rush" on the beach as well as Mama Tilly's highly recommended and great value for money. Tony and Jan are consummate hosts and full of local knowledge - they gave us great recommendations on things to do and were always on hand when needed. Just love the place and will be back soon !
A brief trip but well worth it. Laborie on the south end of the island is full of Carrabian character and only a 15 minute drive from the airport.
Driftwood was the perfect place to stay for a relaxing break, overlooking the lush garden towards the white sandy beach and turquoise blue sea.
The accommodation is bright, spacious and beautifully decorated with attention to detail, and the bed is very comfortable. There is air conditioning if required.
The separate kitchen provides ample equipment for cooking if desired, but we ate out most evenings to enjoy the local ambiance; Mama Tilly's a favorite.
Breakfast on the shaded veranda while watching the feeding humming birds - Perfect.
We loved an evening stroll along the beach to Wilson's bar to watch the sunset.
Jan and Tony, the owners couldn't be more helpful. They are full of local knowledge and seem to know all the local people.
Can't wait to return.
If you want to know what life is really like on St. Lucia, this stay in Laborie is an excellent start. Hosts Tony and Jan are welcoming and full of information they are happy to share with you. The accommodation is immaculate, and the front porch/veranda offers a view of the sea. Multitudes of hummingbirds swarm to the feeders, and local roosters and chickens help you greet the day. There is always a fresh breeze, and fans and AC available if needed. The private beach is perfect, shaded by huge palms and dotted with sea glass rather than shells. Because it's a protected bay, the water is lovely warm. Tony and Jan are involved with local dog rescues, so their beloved pets and wannabes are a moving feast of canine variety, as well as a dependable security system! Your hosts can make many arrangements for extraordinary activities to suit your taste: travel around the island, sunset or snorkel cruises, private lobster dinners and an evening meal at a lovely estate reminiscent of colonial living (Balenbouche). They can help arrange weddings, vow renewals and other bespoke celebrations-----or you can just unplug, lie back and enjoy this piece of paradise.
Other reviewers are right - it's no 5 star resort. It's better. Tony, Jan, and Lincon have created a very special place and helped make it one of the best vacations we've ever had. The village of Laborie made us feel welcome and we can't wait to come back. Next time we'll stay longer. Thank you!
We stayed in Driftwood for a week and loved it. The beach nearby is one of the most beautiful on the island, relaxed and friendly and you can walk along the beach into Laborie village to pick up supplies. Jan and Tony were such great hosts, they gave us loads of tips for places to go on the island. A real highlight was the mineral waterfall and a pretty tough walk up Gros Piton. Hard work, but the tropical forest at the top and a swim at the beach at the bottom was well worth the hike. We loved eating at Mama Tilly's and Mama Rose's in Laborie. Try the dish of the day at Mama Roses's. Such a great holiday. Highly, highly recommended.
We had a lovely time staying in driftwood. We couldn't have asked for a nicer st lucian village to stay in, everyone is so friendly, you can experience the real st lucian life. Driftwood is right on the beach and so picturesque.
We enjoyed a morning tea on the veranda and getting pastries from the bakery in the village before exploring the island in the day.
Tony and Jan are perfect hosts, so helpful and knowledgeable.
Would love to visit again one day.
Well, we've finally had to accept that we have returned home, and it's not a bad dream!
We stayed in Driftwood for most of our month in Laborie (had a few days in Bay Treehouse, which we're reviewing separately), and truly could not have wished to have been anywhere else.
All the good points mentioned by other people are echoed by us, and we would add that during our four weeks here we only left Laborie on two days ~ our view was simply "why would anybody wish to stay anywhere else?"
Tony and Jan were the most amazing hosts, and were extremely kind and helpful over our need to cancel last year's holiday the week before we were due to fly out. We had some fabulous times with them, having so much in common (motorcycles being just one interest).
Absolutely nothing was too much trouble (hopefully) ~ a suggestion that a shelf in the bathroom would be useful resulted in a unit being made by Tony that afternoon, and in situ the following day! The driftwood fittings in the bathroom and around the cottage itself were lovely (we fell in love with the loo-roll holder!), and everything was of a first-class standard.
We just loved chilling out on the verandah when we weren't in the sun on the beach, and were adopted by a delightful couple of children from next door.
Wandering into the village for supplies was easy, and we always walked back along the beach. Without exception, everybody said hello with a smile, and we had some impromptu chats with some of the lads (and our first taste of Bounty rum), and a lesson in how to prepare coconuts from some of the elders. We watched the local inter-schools sports day, and an inter-village cricket match on the recreation ground: the locals freely chatting with us on both occasions.
We could go on and on, but will just say that you will not regret your decision to stay here, and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
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