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“Great Relaxing Holiday” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Beach Cottages
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Castries
Certificate of Excellence
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great Relaxing Holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2009

It's difficult to say much more about this place than that said by previous reviewers. On the basis of such good reviews, my wife and I decided to book our holiday here. We were not disappointed.

The location was as close to the beach as you can practically get, with the sound of waves breaking a constant companion. Waking up and walking down the beach was a joy each day and much missed now we are back home! The accommodation was excellent and kept spotlessly clean.

Much has been said of Colin's "briefings" - they are good and they are spot on! But this is just part of the "family" atmosphere, where all the staff are so friendly and helpful. From reception to cleaning ladies to car hire to security. It's so refreshing to get this kind of attitude compared to the attitude we are more used to in hotels!

Octogenarian Mr Charles picked us up from the airport in possibly the oldest car on the island, travelling at just over walking pace. Going back we had Austin driving us in luxury at just over Lewis Hamilton's pace! They were both enjoyable in their own ways. Mr Charles has been there for over 45 years and Austin around 5, but they are all part of the "family". They are proud of it and it shows.

There's not really any restaurant facility on the property, just a small place called "Coconuts" that seemingly opens up on request, but we never saw it open! Not that you really need anything, as there is a place to eat next door, a supermarket five minutes walk away if you want to buy food for self catering and there are plenty of very good restaurants within a 15 minute drive.

The only thing VBC could possibly improve is perhaps the website. It doesn't really do the property justice. It keeps saying that the new one is "coming soon".

However, this is a minor gripe. If you are looking for a relaxing informal break in a great location on a beautiful island, this is the place.

  • Liked — Relaxed atmosphere, room quality and beachfront location. Friendliness of staff.
  • Disliked — Low watt bulbs in the bedside lights!
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank St0ney
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Ontario
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2009

What a beautiful property, complimented by a sincere, accomodating staff ... these people were wonderful and our experience was one of the best we have ever had and we travel frequently.

We have included a few of our many photos to further underscore the beauty, but trust the photos on their website, they are the real deal.

My wife and I celebrated 30 years together and my 50th birthday at Villa Beach Cottages. The staff had flowers ( thanks Jennifer )and wine ( thank you Colin ) waiting for us in our room upon on our arrival. On my birthday, they almost gave me a heart attack ,by surprising me with a home baked cake ( thanks Clara ) , a personally constructed banner complete with balloons ( thank you Nadia & Neva ) along with a boisterous rendition of Happy Birthday.

The accomodations were the best we have ever experienced in that part of the world and tastefully decorated. The villa came complete with a truly comfortable four post, king size bed from which we had an incredible view of the ocean. We loved listening to the ocean, night and day and watching the cruise ships come and go. The kitchen was quite large and had every ( new ) amenity, even the counter tops were granite . I mention this because we ended up cooking in most nights because we did not want to miss the impressive sunsets from our expansive balcony. The bathroom was a combination of tile, marble and glass block ... with his and her pedestal sinks! The high cathedral ceilings had large fans( air conditioning if desired ) and we were spoiled with wi-fi, flat screen satelite t.v. and telephone. First rate ... First class!

Colin Hunte, the General Manager of the property, is truly interested in his guests not only enjoying Villa Beach Cottages, but the many attributes of St. Lucia. He personally greets his quests and gives them the orientation that allows them the opportuntiy to take advantage of their stay on the island.

This property is a find and you will not be disappointed !!! We will definitely visit again.

Sincerely

Janet & Robin Brent
Ontario, Canada

P.S. Canadians - Westjet flys to St. Lucia directly from Toronto and their service is exceptional too.

  • Liked — the comfort and location
  • Disliked — nothing, we truly loved the whole experience
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank robinb3
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Philadelphia, PA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2009

We went to St. Lucia for our honeymoon Dec 2008 just shy of 2 weeks. I cannot say enough great things about the Villa Beach Cottages!!! 5 stars is not high enough praise for this villa. The staff bent over backwards to make our stay pleasant. The rooms are beautiful, comfortable, romantic, unlike anything I could ever imagine!! The grounds are immaculate and beautiful!! They even give you a map describing all the sights to visit around the island as you are scheduling your days. The food was fantastic!! Definately go to the Coal Pot for dinner and Dasheens for lunch! These were my favorites by far!!!! Collin goes out of his way to make you feel apart of the family atmosphere they are well known for on and off the property. If you arelooking for a secluded get away or just a great place to stay in St. Lucia, I highly reccommend it!!!

  • Liked — The people
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank SweetnWild
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Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2009

Our family of 4 young people and us parents have just returned from a incredible holiday in St. Lucia. Our stay surpassed all our expectations of a exotic, paradise holiday on a truly beautiful island. We were very pleased with the recently renovated villas; four poster beautifully crafted beds and furnishing, modern appliances but most of all was the garden doors of our own private deck, foot steps away from the crashing surf of the Carbibbean Sea. After we had settled in ,we were welcomed with a informal visit with the owner Colin Hunte which was not only personal and informative but resulted into the most memoriable and unforgetable tours and experiences. We were priviledged to retain the services of the best personal driver, island guide and a true reflection of the charm and joy reflected in the people of St. Lucia, Moses Paul. Our young people and ourselves loved Moses's stories, laughter, treats of local cooking and of course his knowledge of the island. St. Lucia is truly a beautiful island but it is the personal experiences at the Villa Beach Cottages with their staff that has made this holiday the most memoriable. P.S to Wharf Restaurant-thank you for all the fun and great "Roti"

Helpful?
Thank CathyjCanada
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Baltimore, MD
Level Contributor
24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2009

Villa Beach Cottages is right on the beach. Falling asleep with the sound of the surf was magical. We stayed in a beach front villa and it was modern with a great kitchen, bathroom and four post bed and a large balcony practically on top of the water! The staff was great, always friendly and helpful. Colin Hunt's family has owned this property for generations and the pride of ownership shows even in the minute details (if Colin recommends a restaurant...go!). Bon voyage.

  • Liked — Location on beach
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed December 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank jceby2002
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Dublin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2009

My Sister and I have just returned from 8 wonderful days at the Villa Beach Cottages. We came across this property on a review of "Fodors Guide"

We found the establishment excellent in every way. The apartment was cleaned daily to a high standard. The staff in reception were very helpful, willing to please - go the extra mile, and a mine of information.

The Establishment is located right on the Beach, with a 5 min bus journey, right outside the hotel to go to Rodney Bay. It is an absolutely excellent location. The property is manned by 24 hour security, and this made us feel very safe at all times. The security staff were also most helpful, and indeed the beach area in front of Villa Beach Cottages was cleaner than that of Sandles Hotel which was just up the beach.

We would rate this property as 5 star and would definitely return there should we go back to St. Lucia.

  • Liked — Location , and the dedication of the staff.
  • Disliked — We did not have a sea view.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank TrasaDublin
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suffolk
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2009

Thankyou to all other villabeach trip advisor subscribers this venue lived up to everything you had said about it. I travelled with my wife and two daughters seventeen and nineteen. The Villa was lovely, two large bedrooms and everthing you could ask for, good housekeeping, the whole property well maintained, and security was excellent. Thankyou to all the ladies on the front desk for all their help and to Colin for all his advise on where to eat and visit.The Coal Pot was excellent!
A VERY SPECIAL THANKYOU to Austin at CO CO NUT car rentals who made sure the vehicle we hired a Daihatsu Terios in Bright Yellow was ready and waiting, but more over went out of his way to collect it from St Lucia Airport on Sunday evening when
we departed.
However, do not forget to use the local buses we did for three days a mere $2.00 ECD per person to travel to Rodney bay, a great way to meet the St Lucian people who always greeted us with a smile!
I have only one point to make, whilst I fully support Colin in the use of energy saving light bulbs and Solar panels, I feel that there should be a back up for hot water, some days we had a cool shower, maybe not a big problem when the daytime heat is the way it is, but us Brits do like a warm shower at the end of the day!
In conclusion if you are like my family and do not want to lay on a beach surrounded by lots of other people taking in the sun, then I can fully recomend that the beach at Choc Bay is paradise, only a handfull of people taking in the sea and sun, most from the Villas.
Thankyou for sharing this paradise!

  • Liked — The clean and comfortable surroundings
  • Disliked — Not enough hot water
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank jamesSuffolk
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Additional Information about Villa Beach Cottages

Property: Villa Beach Cottages
Address: Choc Bay-Gros Islet Hwy | PO Box 129, Castries, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#1 Family Hotel in Castries
#1 Romantic Hotel in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Beach Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate, boutique, beachfront hotel featuring deluxe fully self-contained one and two bedrooms villa suites nestled among the coconut trees and lush tropical gardens at Choc Bay with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and offering comfortable, casual luxury with friendly, impeccable service. ... more   less 
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