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Blue Skies Apartments
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Simply the Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2011

My partner and i have just returned from a two week stay at Blue Skies in the one bedroom apartment.
What can i say that has not already been said about this place and its wonderful owners.
Simon met us at the airport with his chilled beers and water which was very welcoming as it was mid afternoon. Unfortunately we didnt see Simon for the rest of the stay as he was returning to England the following day. No problems - Francine looked after us so well. Her advice on places to go and where to eat were a great help, along with the book in the apartment which other guests have written reviews (great idea). The apartment was brilliant very comfortable and clean and the welcome back was really appreciated.
The pool was great to cool off in at the end of the day on our return from trips out.
The dogs all provided us with great entertainment, each one with his/her own character.
The apartment is very close to most amenities but we did hire their car for ten days to enable us to get out and about and see some more of the island, which is highly recommended.
We both loved St Lucia, its lovely people, wonderful scenery and great food, and hope that one day we may return.
One again a very big thank you Francine for all you did for us, and apologies again for keeping you up late that night with a glass or two of wine. Not sure if it was the wine, the rum punches or the clean air but i have never slept as well as i did at Blue Skies.
We arrived as strangers but departed as good friends.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2011

Simon and Francine are incredible hosts. From the starter food pack and the orientation tour - really appreciated! - to all the advices and little things they did for us, we really felt as we were with friend.  We stayed for 2 weeks at the in one-bedroom apartment. Is very spacious, vey nice and clean. We loved the pool and the garden. It is a very quote place to stay. We rented their car and went around ....a bit of adventure but a nice way to discover secluded places. Simon and Francine also organized for us a diving cruise, a boat trip and massages ( try them! Terrific!). We followed their advices about restaurants and we always had good food. The Edge is in our view the best restaurant in the nearest area, but the food at "mama" on the beach was unforgettable! Simon and Francine are really happy to help in any way and we would like to thanks them again for that! We would recommend the apartments to anyone going to St. Lucia.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2011

My family and I returned to Blue Skies this year and enjoyed it more than ever. Simon and Francine are wonderfully friendly...The house/ appartment is fantastic . We love the location...just a quick 2 to 3 min drive to many restaurants....Rodney Bay shops and attractions, marina etc very close...Francine and Simon will always give you good advice for restaurants and places to visit..
My daughter absolutely loves the swimming pool ... and Francine's pets...well we all do...There is a car which is usually available to rent should you wish to get around the island ..otherwise taxis are very reasonable and buses are even cheaper and very frequent...we use all three options and are happy with all three...anyone going to St Lucia will have a wonderful time :)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

This was our middle week in a 3 week holiday, and certainly was the best for accomodation and facilities. Francine did a superb job, in a very relaxed way, of making us feel welcome and taking care of us. She drove us several times down to the shops or the beach, as we didn't hire a car here. We managed well without a car, either through Francine's kind lifts, or by bus, once we had orientated ourselves.
The rooms were very clean, had air-conditioning which was such a treat for us, and a wonderful pool, which we made a lot of use of.
We were supplied with lots of towels, for the pool, beach and bathroom. Everything was as described in the website. The appartment was cleaned several times whilst we were there. Everything was so relaxing and a perfect place to stay to relax and enjoy St Lucia.
We also hired Francine's spare car for our next week when we stayed in Castries, and this proved cheaper and better than hiring commercially.
My daughters loved Francine's dogs, especially the puppy Ludo!
The area had lots to do and we enjoyed everywhere we went. Francine gave us a very useful orientation drive when we arrived. All in all, a superb stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2011

The apartment was just what we wanted plenty of room and a lovely setting.
Francine and Simon were great to get on with and were very helpful.
They never seemed to mind putting themselves out for us.
The girls said it was the most relaxing visit they had had to the island.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2011

Right from the very first e-mail contact, we knew we had struck lucky with Blue Skies, and by the time we actually arrived there we felt almost like family friends. Simon and Francine are incredibly kind and helpful and make you feel special. They want you to enjoy St. Lucia as much as they obviously do and seem to sense what sort of things will appeal to each of their guests. The little tour of the area they offer at the start is a great idea, and although they have probably done it umpteen times, they don’t seem to have lost any of their enthusiasm.
We stayed in the one-bedroom apartment, which is very spacious and has everything you need – including a starter pack of eggs, milk, bread, fruit, etc., which was a nice touch and much appreciated. We loved the pool and jacuzzi and the exotic, colourful plants in the garden and appreciated the quietness of the location (apart from the whistling frogs, that is!).
If you don’t mind walking, you can get to the mall, the marina, the beach or Gros Islet and Pigeon Island on foot, but there are also very frequent buses (which are fun!) or else Simon or Francine will drive you there:-)).
We would definitely recommend going to the Pitons. We weren’t keen on driving ourselves, not being used to a right-hand drive, so Simon and Francine organised a taxi to take us down there. We were really glad, as, apart from not having to worry about the 200+ hairpin bends, we learned a lot about the island, its history, people and vegetation from our excellent driver Ali. The climb up the Gros Piton is very strenuous, but worth it.
We would also recommend visiting Pigeon Island and walking across to the Atlantic coast at Comerette Point. You can’t swim there, but you can splash about, or just watch the breakers, and you are likely to have the beach to yourselves.
We have nothing but pleasant memories of our stay and would highly recommend Blue Skies.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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St. John's, NL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2011

We had the one bedroom apt. it was very spacious. The pool is delightful. what a treat at the end of the day! Our friends stayed in the 2 bedroom apt and it is excellent! lovely showers; big bedrooms. both apartments have excellent spacious kitchens. Francine had grapefruits, bananas, eggs, milk, juice, margarine in the fridge when we arrive. Simon had lovely cold drinks for us to enjoy on our trip from the airport. Laundry facilities were a plus! We didn't want to drive on the 'wrong' side of the road so we walked a lot (although Simon and Francine offered to drive us). it is a bit of a walk to the shops and the beach but in the other direction, the local marina is a great place for lunch or a drink and a sit to watch the boats and it isn't far at all. the jump up at Gros Islet on a Friday night is a must and is not a far walk and the buses are very convenient. Dining out prices are very reasonable but the bbq at the apartment was used a lot.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Blue Skies Apartments
Address: P.O. Box GI 2172 | Rodney Bay, Gros Islet BS1, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Gros Islet Quarter > Gros Islet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Gros Islet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue Skies Apartments has One, Two & Three Bed Apartments with 28ft Swimming Pool and Spa Tub. Luxuriously furnished with fully equipped kitchens, Comfortable living areas with Cable TV and High Speed Wireless Internet. Air-Conditioned bedrooms and Private Patios. Landscaped gardens, parking, laundry facilities, large gas grill and free use of local mobile/cell phone. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Blue Skies Apartments Hotel Gros Islet
Blue Skies Apartments St. Lucia/Gros Islet

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