We have just returned from a holiday at Beljou. We knew what to expect as we came here five years ago. The staff are great. I never saw a miserable face. Special thanks to Navin, deputy manager acting for Camilla his wife who has a new baby. He even gave us all the opportunity to go on a free trip to Creole country while the builders were carrying out a noisy repair. The food is first class. The Sous Chef Alvin seems to be the driving force. He even made four of us a rice pudding when we said we missed it. Our room maid Favriana kept the room spotless with a smile. She had a marvellous boss, the housekeeper Celine who kept them all on their toes. She only had to shout a name from the bottom of the steps and they came running. We stayed in room 502 which had a marvellous view of the gardens and sea.
The Gala night was a real treat with waiter service, a first class meal and entertainment and dancing provided by the Reggae music and dancing.
Having said all this there are problems with the hotel structure which is in need of repair and refurbishment. It is now tired looking. Some of the woodwork in the grounds is rotten and the roof is leaking in places. The pool area and Cabana bar needs attention to update. I love the atmosphere at this hotel but unless a lot of money is spent on it soon there will be serious problems. I suppose it didn't help with it being rainy season because when there were sharp short spells of torrential downpours it didn't improve the image. The new rep Sarah is settling in but she has a lot to learn about the area and the local and Saga culture!
However I will 'watch this space' and see what develops as I would like to return. All in all we had a lovely relaxing holiday.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bel Jou Castries
- Bel Jou Hotel St. Lucia/Castries