In summary, i agree with many things that Luv2globetrot mentioned in their below review of Crystals and the Papaya cottage. To reiterate what has already been said, Monica and Martin were superb hosts and their daughter Jessica was more than a pleasure to work with. She took us to town to get our temporary driving permit and gave us a tour of the town with her recommendations. The driveway up to the property definitely requires a 4x4 jeep and Monica set us up with Andre who was SO nice and picked us up from the airport and drive us to Crystals in our rental car(Jeep), we would have surely gotten lost otherwise. The bugs were pretty bad so just go knowing that you will need bug spray and plug in coils in addition to tucking in the mosquito net each night. The open shudders, which cannot be closed, brought a lot of bugs and moisture in when it rained which is likely why our bath towels smelled like wet dogs. It was difficulty to dry off after a shower knowing you were going to smell even worse from the towel. Hot water was definately in short supply so be quick in the shower.
AC was only in the bedroom and the TV/Internet was in the living room so that was not ideal.
Other than that this was really a unique way to have your own private cottage with pool and the most amazing view from the deck. The daily breakfast was great and we were usually too full to eat lunch afterwards.
If you can deal with the minor annoyances above then this is an absolute MUST and the price cannot be beat, trust me i've done my research.
We spent the 1st 4 nights of our honeymoon here and the last 4 at The Landings up North which was the perfect change of scenery from Crystals after 4 days. (I have reviewed The Landings as well). It was the best way to get the best of both worlds as well as two very different sides of the island.
Drink as much of the local Piton beer as you can, it's amazing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Very romantic,elegant luxury air conditioned Villas,all with private pools, magical views of the Pitons and Ocean. close to the beach and all attractions. Tree top Bar and restaurant on property, spa treatments available Reception, tours trips, Boutique on property ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crystals Hotel Soufrière
- Crystals St. Lucia/Soufriere