We traveled to crystals for our honeymoon the first week in May. This is my first time booking a trip based on tripadvisor research and we couldn't have had a better experience. I recommend booking directly with the property thru Monica. We used a travel agent and I basically ended up still talking with monica because our travel agent did not know anything about the property.
So Monica can arrange a great rate for Jeep Rental-Highly recommend you rent a vehicle if you plan to sight see. Driving was fairly easy once you become accustomed to the topsy turny roads. We used our vehicle every day and arranged to have it picked up from the airport when we departed. Again Monica will help with all of this.
We stayed in Callabash...lots of pics on here of that new cottage. It was simply fabulous. There cabins have air-conditioning although we did not use it because of the cool breezes in the evening. we did use the mosquito netting around the bed since there were no screens. No bug problems whatsoever...i think i get more bit up in ohio : )
There is housekeeping service daily which comes in and cleans the place like magic-we actually never saw them. Another great feature is they stock yoour cabin with drinking water for free everyday which we took with us as it is so hot there you need to drink lots of water. that saved us alot of money,
ONe great highlight was the treehouse bar-=where guests are invited most nights for a drink or two and to meet with the other guests and MOnica and exchange their experiences and recommend places to visit. we found this to be a favorite part of our trip. I'm not sure what the other couple was complaining about the noise as they were guests during our stay and i can only think of one night where there could have been noise (people there) past 10pm. but they never came to happy hour either. we met another wonderful couple on their honeymoon: Jamie and Amy-hi and thanks for a great time!
martin is very musical and he often entertains the group with song. and monica even cooked us dinner on our first night there which was a delicious blessing after a 12 hour trip.
we ate in the various local restaurants....The Still is excellent for lunch...we thought the hummingbird was so-so on our two experiences there. We also ate at the Mango Tree, Captain Hooks-local joint-good cheap fare. We also enjoyed La Haut which is the closest and I felt best food for the money besides the Still.
We recommend the massage by johan. He is very knowledgeable and comes to your villa for your massage. very professional-my husband was nervous as it was his first, and he loved it! he makes his own oils-better than any spa i have ever visited.
We also recommend the Scuba Experience in Soufriere. It is next to the still we did the intro course and it was the favorite of our trip. They are wonderful as it was our fist time.
My husband is a cop, and he remarked at how safe -he was surprised-it was there. We were smart about our travels but experienced nothing but kindness from the people of st lucia. we did not give money to anyone who asked except the one guy in town who gave us directions.
the grocery in town has limited supply. we cooked out one night which was fun. the fresh bread is delicious! martin went in to town at 6am when we asked where to get some...this is the kind of personalized service here.
I felt more like i was staying in a bed and breakfast type spot with friends than a paying guest at a hotel.
If you are looking to be a number and blend in and not be friendly with others this may not be the place for you as it may ruin it for the rest of us!
we had no problem with privacy. plenty of privacy. Pretty much walk around in your villa/patio naked privacy. they are working on other villas be we did not find the noise too loud. we left in the late morning and returned in the early afternoon after lunch and sightseeing and were not disturbed.
This was the perfect honeymoon for my husband and i.
we enjoyed getting a true taste of st lucia-which we would not have gotten at a flagship resort full of annoying tourists-which was the only negative-american tourists can be the worst :)
we loved the adventure element of being in a villa with a mango tree growing out if it, sleeping with all windows and doors open listening to tree frogs and crickets, and rising with the sunshine.
we loved that it was laid back environment that helped us unwind.
Definately do the rainforest hike and plantation lunch-the food is some of the best on the island. it is on wednesdays.
the snorkle-sail was also fun....snorkel before you scuba...you will appreciate it more that way.
we loved that we made friends with monica and martin and plan to keep in touch and return.
the beach at anse chastanet is nice....the employees there are not so nice......kinda snobby and the place really isn't all that super nice - we where glad we did not stay there. we preferred the beach and service at Ti Kaye which is half way up the island near nothing but a great day trip.
it will forever be a memory that is ours to share with other couples that could only say they got to eat alot on their "all inclusive vacation" they didn't meet a soul, or experience a new culture. we are forever in love with st lucia and it's wonderful people. we will be back !
- 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