Irene and I stayed at Bel Jou over Christmas and New Year 2009/10 and had a wonderful time. The staff were caring and attentive, Larry, the manager was on-hand and involved at all levels from early until late.
The food wad superb; especially the gala and celebration dinners - amazing fillet steaks! Wine was dispensed liberally during meals and the free bar provided an extensive range of inclusive drinks for 12 hours a day. On several days we took the alternative of having lunch in the Cabana instead of the main restaurant - a limited menu but equally good.
The location provides stunning views over Castries and the Caribbean Sea. Saga's brochure describes the hotel and its facilities accurately (note especially the location and info on steps between levels if your mobility is limited). The Saga rep, Penny, was caring, effective and attentive.
The included excursions were rather rushed but did provide a taste of the dramatic scenery and activities available in the north and west of this beautiful island.
A selection of optional activities added interest and fun to otherwise lazy days.
Fellow guests made use of the courtesy minibus to go shopping in Castries, visit Rodney Bay or Pigeon Island. Although we didn't, they seemed happy with the service.
We had some rain showers but this rarely caused a problem and everything dried quickly afterwards. Of course the rain is essential to maintain the greenness of the vegetation.
- 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