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“Stylish Villa, with superb views of Marigot Bay”
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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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AnnaMaria...
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Stylish Villa, with superb views of Marigot Bay”
Reviewed September 22, 2015 for a stay in July 2014

Our family stayed at Villa Makambu last July for two weeks and we had a lovely time. Nestled amongst hills overlooking Marigot Bay, Villa Makumba is a beautifully designed villa on two levels, with stylish interiors and a super pool surrounded by tropical plants and palms. Pascale, Carlos and Franz really enhanced our holiday experience, providing lots of advice about where to go, what to see, where to eat etc as well as being great fun to be with on some exciting holiday adventures like swimming in waterfalls in the rainforest, exploring the vibrant Castries market and drinking exotic cocktails overlooking beautiful Marigot Bay. They are fun people with a love of life and lots of energy who really care that their guests have a good time.

We spent a week in the lower level and a week on the upper level of the villa, each had its charms, with views being more spectacular from the upper level, though the lower level was probably more practically laid out for a family. Loved the fact that beach towels were provided and we didn't need adapters for our electrical stuff. Lovely crisp white sheets on the beds. The sun beds by the pool were delightful, with shade if required. The kitchens were well equipped though eating in was more of a challenge than we're used to since no shops near by and we found the prices quite steep compared with the UK. It's an island, everything needs to be imported so be prepared. Carlos made an amazing BBQ for us one night with marinated chicken, christophenes and green banana salad, delicious.

Exploring the island was great fun, we hired a jeep to travel to the north and had lunch at Spinnakers at Rodney Bay, fabulous place right on the beach with a waiter who looked like Morgan Freeman. Doolittles in Marigot Bay is a restaurant we would not recommend (see my review on Trip Advisor). You can swim in the sea right outside though and the kids loved swinging on a rope around a palm tree on the beach nearby and leaping off into the water in the dark! Visiting the volcanic mud baths, thermal springs and exploring the rain forest with Pascale and co was magnificent, stopping to see the snake man and take photos of the Pietons en route. Carlos knows everyone and as we'd drive along through the little villages, his friends would leap into the back of the pick up truck from time to time, cadging a lift, magic. There are various beautiful beaches to drive to all around St Lucia.

The downside: we went in mid July which is the rainy season so lots of mosquitos and towards the end of our holiday three days of torrential rain. Be prepared and bring strong repellents, they somehow manage to get under the mosquito nets. We had a box set of 24, the thriller with Keiffer Sutherland with us, a good move for when it rained. There is a DVD player at the villa. The villa is quite isolated so you need to hire a jeep if you want to explore the island; we did this for a few days, choosing to chill by the pool for some of the time. Carlos was very helpful running us down to a restaurant in the evening in his truck or to the shops when we didn't have a car.

All in all, an amazing trip and thank you very much to Pascale, Carlos and Franz. Extra thank you to Franz for that wonderful cocktail you mixed, served with panache in a pineapple on the last night of our holiday and to Pascale for retuning my red bikini top. Sorry it's taken a while to write this review!

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Liked best: Stylish decor, lovely pool, fun people
Liked least: Mosquitos, torrential rain
Traveling group: Teenagers
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Brian R
Whistler, Canada
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3 reviews
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“Wow, what a treat!”
Reviewed June 23, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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Wow, what a treat! Upon arrival at the oasis like setting of Villa Makambu, the holiday continued to exceed all of our expectations. Pascale and the staff of Carlos and Miranda did nothing but make our stay one that will be firmly entrenched in the memory banks of all of our group. We were a group of 12 and rented the entire property for a two week stay. The property had all of the amenities any group would enjoy, including the best pool I have ever swam in! The luscious garden setting just minutes above Marigot Bay provided awe inspiring vistas and a short walk to the town by the bay. The house had all of the requirements to provide everyone what they needed, from the plush pool towels to a kitchen with almost everything you need to the open veranda with the most comfortable rattan furniture. Carlos, the caretaker/concierge (don't tell him that, he is only doing his job...sure) has all of the answers to the questions you may have, Miranda, the housekeeper has a smile a mile wide and an attitude to match. They are the true beauty of the island, the local people! We were treated wonderfully, enjoyed the company of Pascal around the pool for the numerous happy hours. I would recommend this property to any of you that have the willingness to get out there and explore the island, immerse yourself in the culture and just want to feel the great vibe this place has to deliver. Immeasurable thanks to all involved with our trip in a lifetime. We will be back Pascal, and that is a promise.

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Liked best: The staff of Carlos and Miranda
Liked least: There was nothing not too like, other than it was too short a stay
Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
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AGarvin20...
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best Vacation Ever!!”
Reviewed June 15, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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There are several rentals in St. Lucia, but I am so glad that I chose to stay at Villa Makambu to celebrate my 28th birthday! Although we were there for a short period of time, Pascale, Carlos, Josee, and Smally made our vacation to St. Lucia a memorable one. We did not have the pleasure of meeting Pascale, but communicating with her to secure the reservation was simple. She was also very responsive to any inquiries we had about the island and activities. Smally made us feel at home. He met us at the airport and was more than happy to take us to Super J (the supermarket) and other sites prior to dropping us off at the villa. We were greeted by Josee and Carlos. We truly felt right at home. We will miss Carlos, Bounty (Carlos' dog) and Clemons (the cat) the most. One day, Carlos took us out on his boat for 6 hours! We visited Anse Mamin, Anse Cochon, Anse Chastanet, and stopped by Sourfiere to see the Pitons! What an awesome day! Carlos is the sweetest and funniest person that I met in St. Lucia.

I highly recommend staying at Villa Makambu!! This was by far the best vacation I've taken in a very long time. We owe it all to Pascale, Carlos, Smally, and Josee :)

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Veronica...
Morgan Hill, California
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34 reviews
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“Comme a la Maison”
Reviewed April 22, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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If home is where the heart is, then I left my heart at Villa Makambu. Truly a paradise home away from home. Where do I begin?
First of all ,the communications prior to our arrival with Pascale were of the upmost professional and attentive. She was an endless source of information leading to convenience, preparedness and complete attention to every detail. All of which carried through our entire stay. And it doesn't stop with her, the team she has surrounded herself with are a dream team indeed. Carlos is not your average groundskeeper, he is your guide to all things in local culture, food, history, shopping and does it all with the biggest smile on the island.
The pictures shown are gorgeous but they barely scratch the surface. When you're here, you are encapsulated with all things lush and fragrant. The grounds are overflowing in bright greens, reds, yellows and more greens. Almost as vibrant as the the double rainbows we witnessed from our terrace. Then the views of Marigot bay and Caribbean sea went on for days. Bringing fresh breezes through the entire villa. The open floor concept seemed endless through the jungle and the sea all from the kitchen sink as we prepared breakfast or dinner. Making it a standard to eat every meal possible on the gorgeous large outdoor furniture. Every room came with it's own breathe taking views. Waking up each day in this immaculate, beautifully designed and decorated home with all it's amenities offered so many pinch me moments.
When we return we will always stay at the incomparable Villa Makambu, a private paradise on earth.

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Liked best: Privacy, and non commercial feel. The total attention to every single detail
Liked least: Having to leave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Maplebird
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“Magical Villa Makambu”
Reviewed April 16, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

3 months of pure paradise in the fabulous pool level rental, with our adopted family of Pascale & Franz (owners), Carlos (guide & caretaker), Myranda (housekeeper) and Josee (manager), overlooking Marigot Bay & the Caribbean. Right from the beginning of our 3 month holiday, we were made to feel at home by Smallie, who met us at the airport, took us for a Saint Lucian rum at a viewpoint & shopping at a grocery store... Carlos & Josee who greeted us at the Villa and had put food in the fridge for our first breakfast...the immacutely and colourfully dressed smiling Myranda who kept our "home" so very clean...and then Pascale and Franz who took us under their wing when they came for the month of February...we had such fun with them, including celebrating Independence Day on Pigeon Island which was one of our highlights of the holiday. Another magical highlight was when Carlos was our guide to Canaries Falls, walking through the rainforest to the waterfall and experiencing standing right underneath the falls. We became very fit by swimming every day in the soothing salt water swimming pool and then on the days we hadn't rented a car, walking up and down the mountain to visit the village of Marigot Bay with its mega yachts and restaurants. In our 3 months, we visited most of the island of Saint Lucia and came to the conclusion very early on that we were staying in the best location and vacation rental. All Saint Lucians are extremely friendly and polite, but you could never experience friendlier people than our adopted family...thank you so very much for the wonderful and unforgettable 3 months.

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Liked best: The Villa Makambu family
Liked least: Leaving Villa Makambu after 3 months
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Janie H
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Best Winter Get-Away Ever!”
Reviewed February 18, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Villa Makambu exceeded our expectations in a way that is difficult to share in a review like this, but let me try. The Villa itself is beautiful, clean, spacious, tastefully appointed and has everything we needed during our stay. The wrap around veranda has breathtaking views of Marigot Bay and the Caribbean, and catches refreshing breezes. The kitchen is a pleasure to cook in, and cook we did, exploring local cuisine, using local ingredients, and shopping at the local market for fish, fruits and vegetables. Our major domo, and property manager, Carlos, took us to the local open-air market and helped us shop, then showed us how to prepare a local specialty, 'Bullion.' Warm and welcoming, Pascal and Franz, owners and hosts extraordinaire, took the time to tells us everything we should see and do during our St Lucian vacation. Our party of four loved our time in St. Lucia. There is nothing about the place or the people of VIlla Makambu that we could have improved upon and nothing we didn't like.

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Liked best: We loved everything about it!
Liked least: Can;t think of a thing!
Traveling group: Friends
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Redvet75
Niagara Falls, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous Vacation Villa”
Reviewed February 16, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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We arrived in St. Lucia and were greeted by Smallie a local taxi driver o take us to the villa . Marigot Bay is about an hour drive from the villa. Smallie stopped along the way to get a cold drink and also at a grocery store to stock up on items for the week . Smallie was very pleasant and full of local knowledge on things to see . i'm glad he picked us up because navigating there would have been difficult as the island has very few signs. Not even sure if GPS would help. The villa is somewhat secluded and very private nestled on a hillside overlooking Marigot Bay.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Carlos , he helped with the bags and tend to every detail in making us feel at home during our entire stay . Jose , was there and also Miranda our housekeeper to greet us as well. Jose explained all about the villa , the alarm system , the safe , and made us feel very welcome. Jose returned the next day and helped us decide how we would navigate the island and what we would really need to see for a full experience of this beautiful paradise . Lorrie John arranged for our car rental which was delivered to the villa, I highly recommend renting a vehicle for at least part of your stay as the island is so beautiful and day trips away from the villa are very easy to do . Just a note , you'll have to get used to driving on the opposite side of the road. Our friend David did all the driving and he managed well with three navigators ! The villa was so comfortable and had all the things available for a great stay . Comfy beds , large shower , fully equipped kitchen , wireless wifi , satellite tv, gorgeous pool , great views and some really nice things for breakfast start and a six pack of beer ! The attention to detail was magnificent !
We ate at some local places for dinner one being the Rainforest Hideaway another was Chateau Mygo . Rainforest was a more upscale place and Mygo was more relaxed and casual . We also had drinks and dancing one evening at Mygo with the owners Pascale and Franz . They were such fun and made our stay extra enjoyable !
A trip to the Pitons is highly recommended , be sure to stop at Duschene restaurant for nice food and breathtaking views .
A water taxi ride is also a great way to see hidden beaches and parts of the island you normally wouldn't see by car . You'll be able to go snorkelling in several different spots , snorkelling gear is also available from the villa. Smooth Operators , water taxi took us on our journey . Cornelius the captain and his nephew were very good . We were somewhat disappointed that Carlos boat was out of commission and he would have been an awesome water tour guide. We'll have to return once again to experience snorkelling with Carlos as his boat had just been ready as we were leaving .
Pay a visit into Castries and Rodney bay for shopping and beach visits . If you like jet ski's a trip to Pigeon island is a must . Really nice beach there also !
Another nice beach day could be experienced at Ti Kaye , nice restaurant beachside there as well.
Now a day to relax and enjoy that fabulous pool. If you play your cards right Carlos will cook you some of the best fish fritters you'll have in St. Lucia .
The staff will assist you with any of your needs . If you are as lucky as us Pascale and Franz might be there during your stay to make your trip very special. She will guide you to everything you need to see and do .
Very relaxing Special vacation !!

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Liked best: beautiful views , privacy
Liked least: No beach to walk nearby
Traveling group: Friends
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