We stayed at this property without other reviews and therefore were a bit nervous of what we were getting...little we knew that we were in for an incredible experience.
We were visiting St. Lucia to celebrate my birthday and a belated 25 years wedding anniversary; when we arrived at the villa, beautiful champagne crystal glasses and a bottle of champagne were waiting for us.
If you want a quiet, secluded holiday location, away from the All-inclusive hotels then this is the place for you. The location is sublime for peace and quiet. The villa is on a hillside, in a picturesque and quite part of the island, at the front, views of vast blue Caribbean Sea, and at the back, the peak of The Gross Piton surrounded by beautiful and lush jungle like vegetation.
The villa has an open concept kitchen living room, one bedroom apartment with a big loft. The kitchen has a stove top, fridge with freezer, coffee maker, dishes, silverware and cookware, lots of cupboard space. For someone who wants to stay here and use the kitchenette do your groceries shopping when you arrive at the airport before you settle in.
There is no TV but who needs a TV when you have such spectacular views? If you must use a laptop, tablet the WIFI connection is great.
There is no air conditioning but the design of the rooms allows for a constant cooling breeze, maintaining the right temperature, however there are several ceiling fans for additional air flow.
The bedroom has a separate his and her closet, with a good size safe inside. There is a queen size bed, with a very comfy mattress. The loft has another queen size bed and a wardrobe dresser.
Good size washroom with a double sink and a big and beautiful shower.
The deck provides access to a great splash infinity pool with great views to the ocean and to a young, beautiful but well maintained landscape around the villa.
We took many pictures with The Gross Piton, amazing sunsets, watched sail boats head off to St. Vincent on the beautiful blue sea, on a clear day you could see the island of St. Vincent...
When was the last time that you watched the sky at night? Millions of stars...the Milky Way so clear and almost touchable... Amazing...
The villa is part of the La Pointe Choiseul community, right in the middle of the "real" St Lucia, so if you like to explore and learn about the places you visit and the local people...you are in the right place.
The staff at the villa: Merlissa, Samantha, Garvin are nothing but friendly and a good source of information regarding places to visit, places to eat, shop, etc.
Lots of outdoor activities...There is a local beach, just a 20 minutes or so walk gets you down to a very private beach, accessible by locals or small boats, so there won’t be any crowds. You are a short (10 min) drive away from the amazing Jalousie beach (also known as Sugar beach), very close to the Volcano mud bath as well. You can visit the Botanical Garden and Diamond Waterfalls, Sulphur volcano springs, cocoa and banana plantations, several hiking locations such Gross Piton (a few recent injuries restricted me from tackle that trail)...my favorite was Tet Paul trail.
My husband went snorkeling around the Gross Piton, took pictures of several species of fish, while I enjoyed a fresh fruit salad, prepared and served while you waited by one of the locals...he brings the fresh fruits (mangoes, coconuts, oranges, bananas, star fruits, grapefruits, passion fruits, etc, all locally grown) by a small boat that he docks right on the beach.
We visited the city of Castries where we purchased most of our souvenirs, we frequented the town of Soufriere, there is a small grocery store to serve some of your needs, a bank, a few restaurants. You can also have the best coffee, also locally grown, or a fresh smoothie at Zaka’s Art Studio where you have the chance to meet the artist himself.
If you decide to drive, you will need a 4x4 as the villa it’s in a rural area and some of the local roads are a bit rough.
One night we had pizza from a local pizzeria that also delivered, on another night we had fish & chips at Rosie’s restaurant just a few minutes’ walk from the villa, on Friday night we went to a local BBQ. What a different experience...Don't expect fine dining but make sure you get there early because the chicken and the homemade fish cakes go very quickly. We encourage you to support the community, it’s a great way to meet local people and see the real St. Lucia.
If you crave for fine dining, there are several restaurants where you may have dinner: we dined at the Mango Tree Restaurant, good music & great food. We enjoyed a “sample night”, we were able to choose 6 sample courses and a bottle of wine for $95.00 US.
A few times we dined at Tet Rouge, a small restaurant within walking distance. On my birthday dinner night we had bruscheta, tuna chevice, mahi mahi fish served with vegetables, mash and mango salsa. On another night we had lion fish, served with vegetables and rice...and the desert, all to die for and worth liking your plate.
The surrounding area is completely undeveloped for tourism which gives a special charm. We were pleasantly surprised by the goats, cows, and chickens all around us. Hilarious! It brought back memories from our childhood vacations spent with grandparents out in the country side.
It was the PERFECT place to stay and just what we were looking for. We’ve never felt so free, safe and welcoming in any other vacation in a Caribbean island. There were plenty more of great experiences that would be just too much (!!!) to write about. For sure we will go back; we are even thinking of investing in a piece of land for a future residence...