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“The Place to Stay in St Lucia!!!”
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Villa Makambu and surroundings
Villa Makambu and surroundings
Mezzanine in the upper level unit
The mezzanine
Bedrrom with ensuite bathroom with extra large double shower
Bedroom with ensuite bathroom with double shower
Ensuite bathroom with double shower
Outside living on large verandas
Marigot Bay
Myranda and Carlos our exceptional staff!!!
Pascale and Franz the owners
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Marigot Bay, Castries Quarter, St. Lucia

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B_and_E_1...
Fargo, North Dakota
1 review
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“The Place to Stay in St Lucia!!!”
Reviewed February 1, 2012 for a stay in January 2012
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Where do I begin? Villa Makambu, Marigot Bay and St Lucia exceeded every expectation during our 8 day stay. Villa Makambu was finished ~December 2011, so we were some of the lucky first guests. We also had an opportunity to meet Pascale (owner) and her friend while we visited and formed a lasting friendship with them. Rest assured you are doing business with amazing, truly one of a kind people. Pascale and her husband Franz live in Canada, but travel down to St Lucia quite often.

Villa Makambu has 2 buildings that share a pool between them. Building A (for the sake of conversation) has 2 levels that are rented out for guests while building B is where ‘Carlos’ stays full time. Carlos is a native Lucian that takes care of the property. He is also available for boat tours around the island. He offered to drop us off/pick us up at private beach, or have an ‘all day’ tour with multiple beaches, snorkeling, shopping, you name it. He asks what you want to do, and makes it happen. It was so nice having Carlos around, because he knows the island and the people inside and out. The people of St Lucia are EXTREMELY friendly, but it was nice having Carlos as your ‘tour guide’ as he is very respected on the island. Pascale and Franz are lucky to have him.

Villa Makambu: We knew it would be nice, but we were amazed at the level of detail that was put into this property. Easy to see that Franz and Pascale are in the construction industry back in Canada. We stayed on the upper-level of ‘Building A’ and I would highly recommend this (if it is available). The views from the upper level are spectacular, and you have an additional ‘loft’ area that has a sitting area, tv and bed. Our villa had a full kitchen that we stocked with food from the local grocery store (we were shocked to see how ‘American’ the grocery options were). There are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (that include gorgeous walk-in showers), tv area and a huge balcony complete with furniture. Not a detail was spared. Each bedroom had large doors that opened up to Marigot Bay. The doors and built-in cabinets are all made from local wood. There is a shared, saltwater pool that was always quiet. We never felt like we needed more space from Carlos or the other guests (lower level). Carlos gave us plenty of space during our stay, but was there when we needed him.

Driving in St Lucia: ‘Smally’, (their recommended taxi driver) was there to pick us up from the airport. He was extremely nice and had lots to share with us about the island during our hour long drive from the airport to the villa. He is also available for tours of the island by car. Prices vary by what you are looking to do. St Lucia roads feel like a roller coaster. Right turn, left turn, up, down. We chose to skip the rental car as the locals do drive pretty aggressively on these small roads and we simply didn’t feel comfortable. Depending upon your shape, I would recommend a rental car getting up to the villa. It is on a hill overlooking Marigot Bay. My wife and I are 28, so we were able to handle the 15 minute walk up and down the steep roads.

Marigot Bay: Unreal. Bring a good camera! It was awesome to see the ships sail in from around the world. You have an opportunity to sit down by the docks and meet a lot of great people. Everyone is very friendly. A trip to St Lucia isn’t complete without a bottle of ‘Piton’ beer on the docks of Marigot Bay.

Beaches: There are plenty of private beaches along the coast of St Lucia that Carlos can drop you off at for a couple hours. Every beach in St Lucia is available regardless if it is in front of a resort. Some resorts require a fee to ‘rent’ a chair.

Currency: I didn’t find a single place during our 8 day stay that didn’t accept US currency. Most every place accepts major credit cards as well. If using US cash, they convert at $1US = $2.50EC for easy math’s sake instead of the current $1US = $2.68EC. You are technically best off paying the 3% fee (in most cases) that your credit card company charges to convert the currency. And you don’t have to carry around a wad of cash.

Recommendations:
-All day water taxi with Carlos to Jalousie (white sand) between the Pitons, snorkeling along the way. You can catch a taxi in Soufriere that will take you up to the water falls, mud baths, gardens, etc.
-Rent a 4x4 car if you plan to explore the island every day, or are in less than good shape (to make it up the hill from the bay to the villa). You can easily hire Smalley or Carlos and walk like we did.
-Chateau Mygo in the bay for Pizza and Pitons. Enjoy the open air while ships sail in right next to you.
-Be sure to tip Carlos, Smalley and the locals. St Lucia is a 3rd world country and they all rely on the tourism industry.
-Relax and enjoy your time!

Thank you Pascale for all the great memories. I already have recommend Villa Makambu to friends. We hope to be back soon!

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Liked best: Views from the balcony and great people.
Liked least: Roads in St Lucia
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Reviewed August 30, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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Liked best: uitzicht, comfort en zwembad
Liked least: niets, het was super!
Traveling group: Tieners
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Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
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Reviewed April 6, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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Longueuil, Canada
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Reviewed September 2, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed August 18, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Liked best: propreté, vue,grandeur de la villa.
Traveling group: En famille avec jeune(s) enfant(s)
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Brossard, Canada
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Reviewed November 23, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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