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Reviewed September 28, 2008

From the time we arrived at the airport in St Lucia, we were treated as valued guests. We were met at the airport by Anthony and he ensured our safe arrival at Nature's Paradise. David and Wanda were very welcoming and ensured that we had dinner booked on the first night and transport to the restaurant and back. Our hire vehicle arrived the following morning and we were up and away. David and Wanda are very helpful and full of information about the island. When David tells you you need a four wheel drive, take his advice! the property would be difficult to access without one. David and Wanda advised us on places to visit, places to eat - the Mango Tree was one of our favourites along with Spinnackers - it was so helpful to have so much local knowledge. We enjoyed our eco-tour with David and it helped us to get an idea of what was where on the island. The cottage had everything we needed to enable us to cater for ourselves if we needed to and it was fabulous to be able to swim in the pool at 7.30 am, feed the finches on the deck whilst watching the sun rise over Martinique and aslo watch the sun go down whilst taking an early evening dip. Does it all sound too good to be true? it is not, David and Wanda work very hard to ensure that their guests enjoy their stay on the island - you get your five pieces of fruit a day at breakfast! If your kind of holiday is a five star resort that doesn't differ from one part of the world to another then Nature's Paradise is not for you but if you are looking for a relaxing experience where you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend Nature's Paradise is definately for you. You owe it to yourself to try it.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank budgieCardiff
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Reviewed September 11, 2008

We arrived to rum punches at the pool for sunset our first night. The panoramic ocean views by the pool were spectacular and the views outside our cottages were equally as pleasing (feeding the birds in the morning was better than watching television).

The grounds feel like you're in the rain forest!

While you're there you must:
-see the botanical gardens
-have lunch at laderas
-have dinner at the Discover Hotel
-shop at the clothing boutique at the bottom of the hill
-eat mangos and bananas

Stayed: August 2008
1  Thank VlaV
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Reviewed August 31, 2008

We just got home from a week at Nature's Paradise and can't wait to go back! David and Wanda were amazing hosts and great people, we truly enjoyed our time with them. The property was absolutely beautiful, with lush tropical landscaping and amazing views of the Caribbean Sea wherever you look. The best views are from their pool, you can look down at the sea, a beach I can't remember the name of and can even see the neigboring island of Martinique. Great sunsets too!
We stayed in the Banana Cottage, which was great. We loved sitting on the porch and watching the boats going by. Breakfast in the main house was always great, we even had my boyfriend eating the fantastic St. Lucian fruit, and he NEVER eats fruit! David and Wanda always had great suggestions of places to go explore on the island. We highly recommend taking David's Soufriere tour, it's a great way to learn about the island and the people. His knowledge about St. Lucia is extensive, and can only come from someone who truly loves the island. The view of the Pitons from Dasheene, the restaurant he takes you to for lunch is not to be missed.
David also set up a 1/2 sailing trip for us, which we really enjoyed. The guides were so much fun, and they took us to 2 great snorkeling spots.
We enjoyed Marigot Bay, and loved the food! Chateau Mygo and Rainforest Hideway were both fantastic. Both had great food and views of the bay.
Overall, we had a fantastic time. I would highly recommend Nature's Paradise to anyone who is looking for a great place to stay in St. Lucia. And David, I know you're reading this so THANK YOU!! We had an amazing time!!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank C-and-J-Atlanta
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Reviewed August 7, 2008

We loved our stay at Nature's Paradise. The inn sits high up on a ridge, so we had an amazing view of the ocean to the north, west, and south. The sunsets are just too perfect to describe!

Our cottage was clean and spacious. There are beautiful flowers growing all around the porch. We enjoyed reading out there, listening to the birds and frogs. Since we had a small kitchen, we were able to make our lunches.

We enjoyed having our own rental car. It allowed us to get off the beaten path, to see some of the hidden parts of the island. David and Wanda gave us directions to waterfalls, rain-forest trails, snorkeling spots, and restaurants. Their insider knowledge was so helpful!

We highly recommend David's Soufriere tour. He gave us insights into the island's history, culture, horticulture, habitats, and economy.

We loved the warm hospitality, the delicious breakfasts, and our comfortable cottage at Nature's Paradise. We're already planning our next visit.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Josh R
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Reviewed August 4, 2008

Our recent trip to St. Lucia was the best vacation I've ever had! We purposely booked our trip for late July to take advantage of lower rates and thinner crowds since it is the low season.

We were picked up on arrival by Anthony (arranged through David at Nature's Paradise). We drove from the Hewanorra Airport (southern end) up the east coast of the island before cutting through the interior to get to Marigot Bay on the west coast. Anthony was kind enough to stop at a local roadside restaurant near Dennery for us to grab a bite, since airlines don't serve food any more!

As previous posters have noted, a Jeep-type vehicle is required to get up the road to NP. After this bumpy drive, we were greeted by David, who helped us get settled in and later drove us back down for dinner at Chateau Mygo in Marigot Bay.

During our time here, we went snorkeling in a local cove (I think it was called Trou Rolland, but could be mistaken on that) that is just off the road down to the Bay. We brought our own equipment, which was great because this really is just a cove with no facilities - just a small dock. We did the zip line excursion - for $10 more per person, they will pick you up in Marigot Bay - and it was totally worth it. Lots of fun and very personable and well-informed guides. We also did David's tour of the island. It was a bit abbreviated because of weather, but he is a walking encyclopedia! Our funniest excursion was a "sunset sail" arranged through one of the water sports providers in Marigot Bay - we sailed for about 45 minutes before turning back (no wind) and heading into a violent rainstorm that left us completely drenched! We also spent a good bit of time in the evenings in the pool to cool off - July is HOT down there, and we're from Atlanta! The view of the ocean from the pool is gorgeous by day, but the clarity of the stars at night is even better! Note that excursion prices listed on the NP web site are in the process of being updated - contact them directly for the latest information.

In addition to dinner at Chateau Mygo ($75 for two), which was good, we also had lunch at Doolittles (very good burgers; $50 for two) and dinner at Rainforest Hideaway. Although we lost power while at Rainforest (see below), it was one of the best meals either of us have ever enjoyed. It was pricey, but we planned for that and counted it as our one "splurge." There's also a baguette shop at Discovery Resort that has reasonably priced sandwiches, salads and pastries (lunch $15-20 for two). We also bought some staples at the small grocery store at Discovery - the kitchen in Avocado Cottage is sufficient for easy meals and has a full-sized fridge.

Words of advice: as mentioned, it is really very hot in July (we just resolved ourselves to sweating profusely all day, every day), and doesn't cool down significantly at night. Also, this is rainy season, and although that usually meant brief showers scattered throughout the day, it also meant true downpours and even lightning/thunderstorms (we lost power one night, although that seemed to be an unusual occurrence). Rain means mosquitos, and they loved my husband! Rain also tended to bring out swarms of flying ants, but they didn't bite. Finally, rent a Jeep! We didn't, and although it's feasible to get by without, we made the walk up the road twice and I don't think I could have done it again in that heat!

We loved our time at NP. Wanda has transformed the grounds into the lushest, most beautifully designed gardens that you can imagine. The view from the cottage is outstanding, and although that road is long and bumpy, it does keep traffic down! A stay at Nature's Paradise is like a visit with friends - you are instantly immersed in more of the local culture than you ever could be at one of the crowded resorts.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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