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Nature's Paradise
Ranked #2 of 7 Marigot Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 25, 2007

Nature's Paradise is indeed just that. We have travelled fairly extensively and I have to say that their website is one of the most accurate that I have ever seen when it comes to describing the facilities, "it does exactly what it says on the tin". What is also nice is that Dave and Wanda actively seek feedback from their guests on ways that they could improve the experience. To be honest we couldn't think of a thing that they need to change.

It's been said before but I'll say it again, the views are stunning, the breakfasts superb and Dave and Wanda are so warm and welcoming they make it feel like you are staying with good friends.

If you are the kind of Tourist who has so far only experienced the "All inclusive" Carribean holiday; get out of the compound, be brave become a "Traveller" and take a chance on Paradise. With Dave and Wandas help you will meet so many interesting people and experience the real island not just the Tourist Traps. Dave knows everything worth knowing about the island and is always ready to offer advice or suggestions for activities and restaurants etc.

We stayed in Avocado Cottage it was wonderful to open the curtains in the morning see the view and realise that we weren't dreaming. The cottage was very well equipped, it even had a blender so we could make rum flavoured fresh fruit smoothies.
If you don't fancy cooking for yourselves then the bars and restaurants of Marigot Bay are just a short trip down the hill. We can recommend Chateau Mygo for lunch and dinner and for a special occasion book a table at the Rainforest Hideaway. The menu and service there are excellent .

The seclusion is a definite bonus, how many other places can you go for a late night swim and then lay by the pool with a drink in your hand just watching the stars and listening to the sounds of the night without being disturbed? During the day you aren't fighting for a sun lounger either, as there are probably only two or three other people around at most. An added bonus are the beautiful gardens surrounding the pool and property. Wandas' enthusiasm for her garden is infectious, it's obvious that she has planted it with great care to enhance the feeling of a Tropical Paradise.

Other musts are Daves' Eco tour where you can experience everything from what a boa constrictor feels like, to the taste of really fresh coconut milk, visit a "drive in" volcano and have lunch with a great view of the Pitons. Take a trip to Anse La Raye, (about a 20 minute drive away) for Fish Friday. Fresh seafood is barbecued along the seafront and you can join the throng of locals and discerning holidaymakers enjoying a truely great party atmosphere 'til the small hours.

We could go on for ages but I think by now you wil have the gist of it, we would recommend Natures Paradise to anyone and will hopefully be going back ourselves one day.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 24, 2007

We had an amazing stay at Nature's Paradise Nov 10th-16th. The innkeepers, Dave and Wanda, are more than just the owners of the property. The love they have for the island, for the small touches in the gardens on the property and for making everyone's stay a magical one comes through in a way we have never experienced before.

We stayed in the Avocado Cottage. The cottage have the most amazing views of Marigot Bay. The interior of the cottage is so lovely. There is a four poster bed that sits above beautiful terra cotta tile along with ample closet space. There is a kitchen area with a full fridge, oven, and all the tools needed if you chose to cook. The bathroom is very spacious and the water runs on solar power. There was always enough hot water for a leisurely shower.

We were initially concerned about not having A/C, but let us assure you, we were quite comfortable without it. The combination of the fans and the evening breeze was more than enough to provide a good night's sleep.

More importantly, Dave provides customized tours of the island. He takes you on a tour that you will never see with a tour company or on your own. His combination of experience and personal charm gives you an experience that we doubt we will ever find anywhere else. Quite simply, he knows every tree and every flower on the island- not to mention the best places to visit and dine.

Speaking of dining, Wanda provides a wonderful and fresh breakfast. All the fruit is hand picked and we would echo the praises that her breads have gotten on this site.

We recommend renting a vehicle to get around on the island. A 4 wheel drive vehicle is the way to go, as the road up to the resort is a hilly one.

We highly recommend staying at Nature's Paradise. We hope to come back and stay and see Dave and Wanda again. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank camuspooh
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Reviewed October 21, 2007

Just back from St. Lucia and Nature's Paradise; can't wait to go back again, so that I immediately booked another week for December and bpught the tickets...it's so nice, so perfect balance of nature, good food, great diving, beautiful landscapes araoun any corner...hard to describe properly. It's simply great. Nature's Paradise is the perfect place to be too, so good integrated in the lanscape, with such nice hosts as Dave and Wanda, always encouraging, best mood, super breakfast. We just enjoyed sitting in the terrace, or at the pool. Can only recommend it!! Don't miss this terrenal Paradise!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2007

Unfortunately for us Natures Paradise was not quite right.
Understandably we came just after a hurricane, but were prepared for that, living in the Caribbean ourselves we are prepared for most things and wanted to show our support.

Sadly, though we felt that Natures Paradise was not ready for us.

When we arrived and were shown to our cottage we thought wow! Fantastic views, nice size balcony. Then we stepped into the cottage and we felt very differently, the place looked worn!
Curtains were faded, old bed linen was supplied and although they had stocked some requested items in the fridge, for a couple arriving on their honeymoon, some effort with some flowers maybe would have been nice or even clean cottage would have helped.

We have both worked in the hotel industry ourselves (husband owns cottage rentals) so we know standards, from 2 star to 5 star so, when you find encrusted screens that have not been cleaned since installation, filthy hampers to place your towels in the bathroom and generally your area lacking that sparkle, you think to yourself “oh what have I done”

Even the basic chore of unpacking was bad, limited hangers (5 old ropey wire hangers) and a wardrobe that smelt like their cat had left a message, is not helping a bad situation get any better.

We arranged for our car hire the day after arriving and we both wished to have had it there upon arrival instead.

Our first night we made do with sitting on the balcony and discussing our next move. This experience lasted all of 10 mins the mosquitoes were out in a frenzy, and it was not until we inspected the gardens the following morning that we found the reason, a barrel had been left directly under our balcony filled with water breeding the buggers.

The gardens at natures paradise are lovely and well looked after, but generally the location is tired looking, even the swimming pool area, is truly worn out, and requires a facelift.

The following morning over breakfast we relayed to David that we would not be staying for the rest of the holiday (we were booked for a further 6 days) he was very polite, but informed us that we would not be getting back our 50% deposit. At this point we did not wish to argue the point and wanted so much to leave we cut our losses, jumped in our hire car and went looking for a hotel. For me sleeping in my vehicle would have been better.

Maybe our standards are too high since we live and work in the Caribbean but even for basic accommodation you expect somewhere to be clean and free from breeding Mosies!
Needless to say Bay Gardens in Rodney Bay was less money and far, far cleaner!!

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank SpicyGrenada
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naturedave, Owner/manager at Nature's Paradise, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2007

After four years of 4 & 5 star (mostly 5, see reviews below) ratings we were truly taken aback upon reading this review. It needs a little context. The couple did arrive a few days after we were hit with Hurricane Dean (category 2) and while we did not suffer any major structural damage, it took us 2 weeks to fully repair & clean up the property. We did contact them after the storm to let them know our situation. The cleanness of the cottages is our first priority & we have always received the highest points for it (see below). Our towels (100% Egyptian cotton) and linens are of the highest quality. We love to put fresh flowers in the cottages, but it was not possible after the storm. Part of the problem is that Nature’s Paradise at Marigot Bay was not what this guest was looking for. They were much happier in Rodney Bay, which is quite different then the Marigot Bay area. We are tropical, lush and private. Rodney Bay is big, has many more hotels and appeals to a different market. We take all criticisms and comments seriously, but we feel that this letter was unfair, and judging from the overwhelmingly great reviews that we have received on Trip Advisor, so do most of our guests.

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Reviewed August 6, 2007

So you’ve decided on St Lucia. Are you actually interested in St Lucia, or do you just want to stay in some soulless resort for a week? Here’s the thing: you can do the resort, but you could be anywhere. You won’t know anything about the place, the people or even the real atmosphere of the island. You sure won’t be travelling, and you are missing out big time.

It doesn’t have to be that way! It is actually so easy to find alternatives, and they don’t come better than Nature’s Paradise, located in picturesque Marigot Bay. Dave and Wanda have prepared two self contained cottages high on a ridge for you, nestling among tropical gardens, with your own balcony to sit on while you gaze at the boats sailing by far below. You do need a four wheel drive to get up the hill, but it’s definitely worthwhile as soon you’re sipping a cool drink by a pool with incredible ocean views and hummingbirds zipping by.

Dave and Wanda make it easy: they can arrange your car for you as well as any trips or tours you are interested in, serve you a lovely breakfast of fruit, fresh bread and if you’re very lucky, Wanda’s banana bread, and generally give you any information you need to enjoy your stay.

The location is excellent, as it is only a 5 minute rattle down the hill to Marigot Bay, equipped with small supermarket, restaurants, a local dive shop and of course the marina. It’s lovely to take the small boat which acts as a ferry across the bay to eat, and the whole place has a low key vibe which is refreshing when compared to the dense hotel cluster at Rodney Bay.

Do get on the road and explore: the island is beautiful and if the people initially look a little forbidding in expression once you’re out of the tourist zone, all it takes is a wave and a smile to overcome their reservations. We got lost plenty of times, and always enjoyed asking for directions and sharing a joke. It was always nice to come home to our little cottage though and share our experiences with Dave and Wanda over breakfast the next morning.

If you don’t usually do independent travel, this is a great introduction. You will be comfortable, safe and relaxed, but will have left the screaming hordes far behind. If you are used to doing your own thing, you'll relish the friendly welcome, lovely location and privacy that Natures Paradise ensures.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2007

The Portevs, July 21, 2007, Massachusetts

My husband and I returned from St.Lucia last week, after two weeks there. What a wonderful trip!! The island is simply beautiful, its people, views and food - unforgettable.The best experience, however, was Nature's Paradise. The place, a small b&b, is beautifully located above Marigot Bay. The views from the cottages, decks and the pool are amazing. Our hosts, Wanda and David woke us up every day with good breakfast and music. They were able to suggest a place to see or a thing to do every day. Both of them know the island very well and did the activities or trips themselves. Also, they have all the resources and know a lot of local people to make the vacation very exciting.Therefore, at the end of our vacation we had an impression that we know the island not only as tourists, but as its residents as well.

Stayed: July 2007
3  Thank travelers050
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Reviewed July 4, 2007

What a fantastic way to celebrate a 40th birthday! Nature's Paradise is a perfect little gem in hiding. Our host David (sorry we missed Wanda!) was SOOOOOO accomodating and so graciously answered all of our questions. We found the drive up to the cottage part of the adventure of the island!

We wanted to explore the island and see as much as we could see. David totally steered us in the right direction and we were able to do tons! Definitely recommend climbing the Gros Piton but, beware!

The breakfast hit the spot every morning! We have never had such perfect mangos - YUM! And most of the fruit David and Wanda grow themselves, so even more special.

The adventure to Soufriere with David was well worth it and ended at the greatest (and very private!) little warm mineral springs pool - beautiful.

Be prepared for the humidity at night time. We got tired by the end of the week of some locals approaching us to buy items - very gracious at taking no for an answer, but they are not shy about approaching you.

Here are the highlights we hit:
Marigot Beach
Reduit Beach
Pigeon Point (fantastic views from Fort Rodney)
Castries Market
Eudovic Art Studio (very unique St Lucian art)
Soufriere Adventure with David (be sure and ask about the snakes)
Hiking the Gros Piton
Jalousie Beach
Hiking in the Millet Reserve

Restaurants we visited:
DooLittle's (good for lunch)
Cafe Claudes (pumpkin ravioli - YUM)
Dasheene (fantastic view)
Chateau Mygo (best place for cold, cheap Piton Beer)
Jambe de Bois (try the Callalou soup)
Rainforest Hideaway (very romantic)

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1 Marigot Heights, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Marigot Bay
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Marigot Bay
Price Range: $134 - $201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Nature's Paradise 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NATURE'S PARADISE at Marigot Bay A St. Lucia Eco-Lux vacation with a breathtaking Caribbean Sea view. Avocado Cottage and Banana Cottage are located on a quiet ridge high above the sea at Marigot Bay. The spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea creates the mood. Marigot Bay is what you have in mind when you think "Tropical Paradise". Our lush Tropical Gardens surround your private one-bedroom Cottage. Palms and Bougainvillea offer shade and color. You awake in the morning stunned by the breathtaking brilliance of the Caribbean - a turquoise like you have never imagined. PARADISE on a BUDGET Your Cottage is designed with romance and privacy as the keys to a great vacation. The French Provincial Four-Poster Queen-Size bed is draped with netting from Thailand. Constant trade winds make air conditioning unnecessary. Our large ceiling fans guarantee your comfort. The roofing is high and angled to allow plenty of light and airflow. The bathroom features a glass block shower and a built-in hairdryer. The sliding glass door opens onto a large balcony with those fabulous ocean views. Our Tropical Breakfast (Mon - Fri) begins at eight and lasts until you have finished dining on our fresh breads & muffins. Fresh fruit is always available. The seasons dictate which fruits are on the table. Dining is in the Villa. NATURE'S PARADISE Eco-Lux, Adventure, Relaxation, Romance. ... more   less 
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