I have just come back from a wonderful 10 day holiday at Bel Jou. After a direct Virgin flight to St. Lucia and transport to hotel on a mini bus providing wonderful views - we were greeted with cool face cloths and a welcoming fruit cocktail. A quick distribution of keys from Henry the Saga rep. and we were ready to freshen up and look around the hotel. The hotel is up a steep hill but the views from bedrooms and restaurant are fantastic, you cannot stop looking at it. You can also see the odd plane taking off from the airport near the beach.
My bedroom was well equipped. I travelled with a friend and we were expecting a room each in the row of bungalows at the front of the hotel. We were pleasantly surprised when we were both given a room with two double beds in the main hotel. Some information that may be useful to you, is that every room is equipped with:- an umbrella, room bug spray ,a torch, an iron and ironing board, a safe, a dressing gown, kettle and cups, a clock and a hair dryer. This will save you taking these items in your luggage. If you do have any space in your case, Saga help with two local schools, one being for special needs. If you could take any school supplies they would be very grateful. At the time of our leaving, one of the volunteer teachers said they needed little stickers (e.g. well done written on them or a smiley face). I am sure crayons, paper, books would all be appreciated.
The first morning we went to the welcoming meeting. This was hosted by Henry, who went through all the information you would need. Explaining about the excursions you could go on. Henry also offers to take you on a Beach walk with a swim at the end and a walk up to the Lighthouse. My friend and I went on both and thoroughly enjoyed them. (They were both free trips)
What can I say about the staff. We found them all very polite and friendly. Always had a smile on their faces and were very chatty. The hotel manager Camilla was in the background but helpful if you wanted to speak to her. Then there was Henry the Saga Rep. He is brilliant!!!! Although he has not been at this hotel for very long, he was very helpful. If he didn't know the answer to a question, he would find it out for you. His concern for every Saga guest was outstanding. If someone was on their own he would make a point of talking to them - very caring and professional. He always had a smile on his face and a little joke.
As my friend and I were on the Internet Special holiday, we did not receive the included tours. We did pay to go on the trip to the Pitons, Drive in volcano and Botanical Gardens which returned on a Catamaran with a stop for swimming. It was a long trip which lasted all day but it was a really good way to see a lot of St. Lucia. We had a really enjoyable time.
We were very sorry when our holiday came to an end and could have easily spent another week there. We had a good group of fellow holiday makers which made the holiday even more enjoyable. But the star in the show is definitely, Henry.
p.s. Look for Hummingbirds in the garden.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St. Lucia's wonderful, adults only hotel. Boasting stunning views over Castries and out across the gorgeous ocean from its setting atop a lush, tropical hillside, the 4-star Bel Jou provides a tranquil, tropical retreat for today's adult and senior travelers, free from the distractions of the more overrun resorts. With many opportunities for sightseeing and sampling island life, the hotel's relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a leisurely holiday or a lively Caribbean experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bel Jou Castries
- Bel Jou Hotel St. Lucia/Castries