We had a nice stay at Crystals. The location is great- up on a hill with beautiful views and close enough to everything to be convenient, but just far enough away that you feel the peace and quiet you want on a trip. In terms of the property, the cottages are great as they have tons of space (more than you probably need!), kitchen, living room, bedroom- definitely no complaints there! We stayed in the Mango and our only issue was the upstairs bathroom, which is part of the master bedroom didnt have a door. My husband and I pretty comfortable with each other, but you know, a door and some privacy is nice too-- so we ended up using the downstairs bathroom more often which was kind of annoying. A door is a small add on that would make the upstairs a bit nicer.
The breakfast every day is great. I have NO idea how anyone could complain about it. The coconut pancakes are great and you get eggs and fruit AND a basket of bread with jam and butter. Plenty of food.
Monica and Martin are great- fabulous hosts. Monica does her best to make sure you are happy and upon request is very helpful in giving tips and suggestions of places to go and things to do.
Now, in terms of what could make the place better or why it is not for everyone---There are 5 dogs on the property who are very nice and sweet but yes,they do bark a lot. My husband and I own a dog and we love dogs so we didnt care but if I was not a dog person I dont think I would have been so happy. There are no screens on the windows- which on the one hand makes it feel very relaxing to have the unobstructed views and breezes coming through, but that did lead to mosquitos in the cottage. There is A/C which I do recommend people use at night- or make sure to get under you mosquito netting! There are also stray/wild cats on the property but they keep to themselves and never bothered us Our cottage was nice but at times felt very dark- a few brigther lights would have made a world of difference- especially at night when we were trying to cook.
Also, the place runs on rain water so they suggest you drink bottled water. I'm fine with that, but it would have been nice upon arriving after a long day of travel to have a few complintary bottles of water in the cottage. or a note that told us that vs. us having to ask if the water was ok to drink.
There is a welcome book in the cottage but it doesnt list out any restuarants to go to or their favorite places like which sites/beaches they recommend. It would have been nice to have that. Monica is more than happy to offer suggestions but it would be nice to have that list and not always have to ask for directions and suggestions.
Happy hour is great and we were lucky to be staying there at the same time as a nice group of friends who we really enjoyed speaking to and meeting.
Overall I woudl absolutely recommend Crystals and can imagine going back there, but there are a couple of things that could help make the place better and it might not be for everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crystals is a one of a kind Tree House property with a cluster of unique cottages and Villas built into the trees. It is nestled away in the hillside of Soufriere with most spectacular views of the piton mountains, ocean and the picturesque town of Soufriere. Crystals is not an all inclusive resort. Here, you can take advantage of your own BBQ and full kitchen, or enjoy a wonderful feast at our Treetop Restaurant. Private chefs are also available. Our one of a kind cottages and villas are equipped with Air Conditioning and stylishly furnished with 4 poster king size beds, art from around the world, private pools and offer amazing, panoramic views of the ocean, the majestic Gros and Petit Piton and the drive-in volcano. Visit Crystals soon and allow yourself a moment to relax in a hammock and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your lush surroundings, or get pampered with a full body massage in the privacy of your own cottage. Then join us every night for complimentary cocktails at our tree-top bar and dance the night away to the rhythms of a local band. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crystals Hotel Soufrière
- Crystals St. Lucia/Soufriere