Lovely accommodation, a high standard for St Lucia. 4x4 transport and a healthy back is essential as the track has plenty of character with the numerous potholes that could rock a baby to sleep, albeit roughly!
Good location to visit some of the natural wonders on the island. The area is not remotely touristy and very much get to mix with the locals, whereas we understand it is more touristy to the north of the island.
Like the track to Kaye Mango, all of the roads are nearly as 'colourful in character' with their potholes. Thankfully the roads are fairly quiet but it does take a long time to travel anywhere and regrettably felt there were too many hairpin bends between here and the north to consider trying it.
Gavin gave useful information and directed us to the nearest local beach, which was deserted. Followed by recommending eating at Miss Merrills (maybe known as The View, or identified as the orange house because there's no signage). Would very much recommend Martha's Tables which is on the road to Sugar Beach but note it's only open for lunch in the weektime. Great local Creole cooking and reasonable price.
In the villas visitors book it offers for Antony to cook a meal for you. It wasn't until our last night that we realised we hadn't made use of this but so glad we did. It was a banquet and a half! He had offered to deliver but we said we'd collect it, instead him and his wife had set it up in an apartment below their accommodation (which you can rent), plenty of freshly home cooked food for 15 USD per person (as at 2018).
Sea at the foot of the mountain, slopes dressed in luxuriant vegetation and, in the middle, a cute as a button villa, with an infinity pool and a sun-drenched deck.
In the distance, you can distinguish the contour of St Vincent when you are not distracted by the ever-changing, sometimes dramatic sky, where the sun plays hide-and-seek with the clouds.
We spent a dream of a week here, going on day trips to the nearby Gros Piton, Sugar Beach or Chastanet Bay.
After a day of snorkeling, we would go grocery-shopping in Soufriere, bring home the bags cracking at the seams with fish, local vegetables and otherworldly tasting fruits and prepare the dinner in the well-equipped kitchen.
While enjoying our meal under the moonlight, we would watch the tiny lights of the ships moving on the ocean's dark canvas or follow the quick lizards chasing insects below the light on the wall.
Not so late afterwards we would fall asleep happy, in the airy bedroom, lulled by the sound of the crickets.
Hands down one of the nicest and most unique places I have ever stayed in. The villa has a gourgeus view of the ocean, it is near the mountains and the people are extremely welcoming. The time and effort put into the maintanence of the villa is truly admirable. We had a killer view of the Pitons and our own enormous infinity pool. The privacy and quietness of the villa was perfect for a romantic getaway. I highly recommend this villa, and just today I did just that. The website and photos can’t describe how special this place is; you have to experience it in person.
Not even the locals can tell you where Kaye Mango is located but that's not a bad thing. My husband and I on this first trip to St. Lucia choose this very clean villa in a wonderful location. There is always a price to pay for beauty and I'd have to say that you pay for it with very challenging roads. We rented a jeep which is the only vehicle type you should consider renting. Only once did we need the 4 wheel drive option and that was just to get out of the driveway which was loose (gravel) due to the edge of hurricane Maria paying a visit. But there are potholes and other hazards. I am experienced in mountain driving but between Kaye Mango and the next town of size, Soufriere, provided the riskiest challenge yet in my lifetime. Single track roads with many blind turns. Each day providing little surprises as we asked ourselves "How high will the stream be that crosses the road?" Day 3 I started to get to know the road so it was much more enjoyable though I did not look forward to driving it at night. Only had to do that once following a sunset cruise from Sourfriere. Back to the unit though. Sadly, the owners were away but they had another couple who were very nice. Not always available but very nice. Kaye Mango is certainly a paradise on many fronts: the fabulous views, cool and deep pool and very clean maintenance. My complaints are: the plants could have been trimmed which grew way over the sidewalk and hard to avoid with arms full of snorkeling gear and the like. The neighbors woke us 2-3 nights out of the 5 with their partying. No escape since the walls are not soundproof. Also, we learned that our American (spoiled, I'm sure) standards of having an equipped kitchen meant we were very disappointed. Utensils were scarce and not one tupperware type container. Considering the location it would have been nice to have coffee supplied at least for our first morning. There are no restaurants nearby at all for breakfast. The time we were there was not only the off season of Sept. but immediately following a storm which I'm sure scared off many travelers. No reason to be scared since there was no real evidence of damage to the island. Off season has the benefit of no crowd but some places were closed. Even the local cook recommended in the book in our unit was not available. We found one on our own though working a small kitchen at the end of the road. The last night we ate at the View but since we were the only guests unbeknownst to us, we were charged double at $20 usd per person. It was worth it. Only the last morning did we finally make it to the local beach. From earlier accounts we were sure to pace our hike down and up. But it was the rocks we were not really equipped for. NOTE: do bring water shoes with thick soles. Earlier in the week we booked a sunset cruise for snorkeling and a power boat ride for snorkeling. I'm so sorry to have seen the sad state of the reefs close to shore. Something is killing the reef and it might be the silt from erosion. So sad to see that. We did not see many fish though it was relaxing just to be in the water. Some final thoughts: It was not easy to find information on some of what we hoped to have found such as the local spot known for their arts and crafts. Each day gave us lots of physical activity which was good and yet a little tiring. Our trek up Tet Paul was representative I think of our stay. We began the gentle hike and treated to stunning views! Got to the highest point when the rain came. We stood under a tree waiting for the deluge to pass and got soaked to the skin. The wind was a little frightening but we were fine and it wasn't that cold. So there we have it: an experience with beauty and unexpected but refreshing surprises.
It was a new and refreshing experience as opposed to your average stay at a resort secluded from everyone. We got to meet friendly locals in the area and experience the culture in St. Lucia. The location and view from the villa were perfect, it is close to many attractions and beaches: Active Volcano, Tet Paul, Sugar & Anse Chastanet, Botanical Garden. The villa was incredibly cozy and the staff were a delight. It was such a relaxing vacation and we cannot wait to come back!
Great country, great people!
The location is great, as it's close to both the beach and Gros Piton. The staff was extremely nice & useful: they advised us what to visit in St. Lucia, where to eat, and even taught us some of the island's history. The house is private and the local community is very welcoming. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for adventure or relaxation.
We had a fantastic time and enjoyed everything about Kaye Mango. I think it has been our most relaxing vacation so far! Everyone we met was friendly and accommodating. We ordered two meals from Anthony and the food was amazing and plentiful. He surprised with a breakfast of salt cod and fresh mangoes on our last day. Both Samantha and Milissa took good care of our needs on a daily basis and the bunch of bananas from the grounds keeping crew was a tasty surprise (not to mention the fresh coconuts). During our stay we hiked to Anse L’Ivrogne twice, drove to Sugar Beach and snorkeled at Chastanet. We hired Martin’s driver Kimran to take us around on Valentine’s Day and he provided us with a great lesson in the culture and history of the Island, brought us to the hut where they make Cassava flour, etc and bought us the last Cassava bread. He was a real delight. We stopped off at the roadside and met a Rasta man who did carvings. We would not hesitate to recommend your place to all our friends and look forward to our next visit. There is still so much to do and see and we ran out of time.
Claire & Marc