Other Activities

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Other Activities

Even if you aren't the outdoorsy-type, there are things to do in St Lucia. Shopping, spas, arts, tours - you don't have to exert yourself and put on hiking shoes or a SCUBA tank to enjoy your stay.

Please note that prices quoted were gathered in January 2020 from websites and may not be accurate for your visit. Drive times are approximate. Italics designate descriptions from websites or other reviewers’ comments. Unless otherwise noted, all phone numbers require the St Lucia area code of 758 if you are calling from outside St Lucia.

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Shopping

For the best choice in necessities such as groceries, beverages, and pharmacy items (sunscreen, etc.), stop at the stores on your way to the villa from the airport. If you’ve hired our driver, he will stop at no additional cost. If you can't get supplies on the way to the villa or you need supplies later, the local village of Soufriere has supplies, too, although a smaller selection. For duty-free shopping, bring your passport and a way to confirm your departing flight. The airport has some duty-free shops after you go through security. Remember, if you buy liquids at the duty-free shops in the airport, you may carry them on the flight from St Lucia but you will have to pack them in your checked luggage between flights if you have a connecting flight.

Eroline’s Grocery   459-7125

Drive time from the villa: A little over 5 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. In Soufriere on Church Street (one way towards the south)
The closest grocery to the villa
Eroline’s is the main grocery in Soufriere. It’s small and crowded but has a surprisingly good selection considering its size. They have a limited selection of wines and spirits but carry the basics.
Check the expiration dates for expired goods, especially on imported brand-name products. Eroline’s caters mostly to the local population, and locals don’t usually purchase expensive American or British brands, so the products may sit on the shelf too long.
Be sure to take the reusable grocery bags – they should be in the pantry.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8AM to 8PM. Sunday 8 AM to 1 PM

Soufriere Open-Air Market

Drive time from the villa: A little over 5 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. In Soufriere, behind the bus stop along Bridge street.
Get fresh fruits and vegetables and fish
There is an open-air market in Soufriere every day, with several vendors carrying whatever is in season. We frequently meet Doxie there in the mornings and take her advice on purchasing fruits and vegetables and fish – she knows everyone and will help you make good selections.
We bought a mahi-mahi from the fish vendor here and had him clean it for us and cut it into steaks. The man cleaning the fish spent a good 15 minutes and did an excellent job, and we tipped him a few $US for his efforts.
Be sure to take the reusable grocery bags for your purchases – they should be in the pantry.
Hours: Opens around 8 AM and is open until about 4 pm, but the best selection is in the morning. Saturdays are busier with more vendors (including fresh meat) and shoppers.

Excelsior Plaza (Soufriere Mall)

Drive time from the villa: A little over 5 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. In Soufriere. The lower level of the Downtown Hotel
A few shops that might be helpful for non-grocery items
There are a few shops in the “mall” in downtown Soufriere. A pharmacy (MC Drugstore), a Digicell store (for a local SIM card), an ice-cream parlor, and a store with a few clothes, along with a few other small shops.
You’ll also find the streets around the plaza lined with street vendors.
Hours vary depending on the store.

Butcher Shop

Drive time from the villa: A little over 5 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. In Soufriere, on the same side of the street and just a few stores past Eroline's towards the church
Doxie’s recommended butcher shop
Most of the meat here is frozen, but the prices are very reasonable. Doxie purchases most of her meat here. The prices are posted on the blackboard. Note the prices are in EC$ and are usually per kilogram so you might be fooled into thinking the meat and poultry is very expensive! For instance – something that shows as $25 EC per kilogram is really just over $4 US per pound.
Be sure to take the reusable grocery bags for your purchases – they should be in the pantry. We paid in EC the last time we were there. We don’t know if they accept US currency (they probably do, but at a poorer exchange rate than the bank) or credit cards (they probably don’t take those).

Massy La Tourney 457-2316

Drive time from the villa: About 45 minutes – but less than 10 minutes from the airport and on the way to the villa
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Vieux Fort area
Stop here on the way to the villa from the airport for the best grocery selection
Massy La Tourney is a larger grocery than the one nearest the villa (Eroline’s). It’s less cramped and has a better selection of items than Erolines, too. There are farmers selling their produce outside the store. If you have cash, they usually have better produce and lower prices than inside the store.
If you use our driver service, the driver will stop here at no extra charge to let you shop. He’ll also help you shop, as he’s quite familiar with the store. If you aren’t particular about your wines and spirits, you can just pick them up here instead of stopping at Uptowns Liquor.
It is a 40+ minute drive to the villa after you stop here, so keep this in mind when considering frozen items. Our driver usually has a cooler in the vehicle, but please confirm that before making your purchases.
Hours: Mon - Thurs: 7 AM-8 PM Fri - Sat: 7 AM-9 PM Sun/Holidays: 7 AM-1 PM

Uptowns 454-3082 or 454-6081

Drive time from the villa: About 50 minutes – but around 5 minutes from the airport and on the way to the villa
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Vieux Fort, near the airport
Stop here on the way to the villa from the airport for the best selection of wines and spirits
Uptowns is the place to shop for wines and spirits on the south end of the island. They have a large selection, good prices (for St Lucia – imported alcohol carries a hefty duty on it and the prices reflect that). Note that the prices on their Facebook page and in the store are in $EC and include the taxes .
They also carry some groceries. If you are just looking for some snacks and sodas and juice, buying them here would save you a stop at the grocery store.
If you use our driver service, the driver will stop here at no extra charge to let you shop. He’ll also help you shop, as he’s quite familiar with the store.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8 AM to 6 PM. Fri-Sat: 8 AM to 8 PM. Sun 8 AM to noon

Rum distillery tour 456-3148 or 456-3192

Drive time from the villa: About 50 minutes
Driver zone and Location: Zone 3. Just south of Marigot Bay, a one-to-two minute drive off the main highway on the way to Castries
Tour a distillery: Rhythm of Rum Tour
In the Roseau valley in St Lucia, host to the agricultural community of Jacmel is St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies, producing world class rums and liqueurs in a process that has, like its environment, changed little in a hundred years. Here, guests to the historic, world class distillery can embark on a Rhythm of Rum tour that takes visitors on a journey that illuminates the connection between the production of rum and the historical and cultural heritage of the island. The tour ends at a veritable rum buffet where visitors can sample the impressive range and find the rum or rums which best fit the individual palate. The price for an individual is US$10.00 or EC$26.00 per person (you must be of legal drinking age- 18 in St Lucia – to be able to purchase).
Our recommendation – it’s not worth a trip to Marigot Bay just for this. The tour doesn’t last long (less than an hour), but if you are in the area, it’s about the same price as a drink at a bar and you get to taste a lot of different rums before buying, as well as get the tour.
Hours: Monday – Friday. First tour starts at 9 AM; last tour starts at 3 PM.

Pointe Seraphine 457-3425

Drive time from the villa: About 80 minutes, although traffic can really impact this
Driver zone and Location: Zone 3. In Castries, adjacent to the cruise-ship dock
An outdoor duty-free mall designed for cruise-ship passengers
We’ve always gone to Pointe Seraphine. We like that it is outdoors and there is parking right in front. However, we are not big duty-free shoppers. We buy some alcoholic beverages, some perfume/cologne and a few t-shirts. We’ve never shopped for expensive items because duty-free does not necessarily mean low cost. If you are interested in buying a big-ticket item (jewelry, etc.), we recommend you come prepared with the cost to buy it in your home country. Remember, you may have to pay duties to bring it into your home country, anyway, if it is over your allowance.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM - 4:30 PM; Saturdays 9 AM – 2 PM; Sundays 9 AM – 4:30 PM if there’s a ship in port.
Our experience is that some of the stores are only open on cruise ship days. You can access the cruise ship schedule from the SLASPA website, included above as the black webpage link. Click on the “Cruise Schedule” button.

La Place Carenage 453-2451 or 451-7355

Drive time from the villa: About 80 minutes, although traffic can really impact this
Driver zone and Location: Zone 3. In Castries, near the cruise-ship dock
An indoor duty-free mall, near the cruise ship port
Be sure to bring your passport and a way to confirm your departing flight out of St Lucia in order to purchase duty-free goods.
La Place Carenage is a few blocks from the harbor, and less spread-out than Pointe Seraphine. We’ve never gone there. The TripAdvisor reviews are less positive than those for Pointe Seraphine.

Castries Craft Market (“The Market”)

Drive time from the villa: About 80 minutes, although traffic can really impact this
Driver zone and Location: Zone 3. In Castries, near the cruise-ship dock
A large souvenir and food market in Castries
This is a large market in Castries, very near the cruise ship port, frequently referred to as just “The Market”. Lots of stalls with vendors selling T-shirts, trinkets, wood carvings, spice baskets, etc. Many of the stalls carry the same things. We have noticed the stalls in the back seem to have lower prices, so browse through the whole market before buying anything. Head to the back of the market to find spices for your own spiced rum or buy lunch. It’s grown over the past few years, so there is a lot on the other side of the main road, too.

Lifestyles

Drive time from the villa: Under 10 minutes
Driver zone and Location: Zone 1. In Soufriere on Bridge Street on the corner.
A decent-sized souvenir and gift shop in Soufriere. Doxie says the prices are better than at Ti Tak, but we have not verified that.
Probably the oldest gift shop in Soufriere, Lifestyles has been around a long time and inhabits a corner spot on Bridge Street. They have a lot of interesting items, from clothing to wood carvings to coffee.

Ti Tak 459-5245

Drive time from the villa: Under 10 minutes
Driver zone and Location: Zone 1. In Soufriere at 32 Bridge Street, near the town square
A small souvenir and gift shop in Soufriere
Ti Tak is "Soufriere's latest treasure" We offer a wide variety of the finest quality products in a high-end fully airconditioned ambience! In creole Ti Tak means "variety" and this shop indeed offers lots of interesting souvenirs items for all your loved ones back home: Mugs, dolls, fridge magnets, t-shirts, bags, keyrings, bottle openers etc. Once inside, you are also in a riot of colourful clothing, swimwear, hats, bags and shoes. Then you are at a glittering glass counter and floor to ceiling shelves displaying an unexpected wide range of jewelry to compliment your outfit for any occasion. Right ahead, you will find shelves laden with local spices, spice rum mixes, cocoa sticks for making delicious cocoa tea, cooking sauces, virgin coconut oil, local honey etc. A variety of local liquor: top brand liqueur, punches and rums are available as well as wholesale cigarettes and popular cigars. Our cozy Ti Tak Café adjoins the store for your comfort.
This is a cute little place with some souvenirs and a little coffee shop/bar/snack shop attached. Prices are reportedly quite reasonable compared to the duty-free at the airport, but we have not had a chance to confirm that. If you are just looking for some souvenirs, it’s certainly not worth driving all the way to the north just to get them – go to Ti Tak.
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sat 8 AM - 4 PM. Closed Sunday.

Baywalk Mall 452-6666

Drive time from the villa: About 80 minutes, although traffic can really impact this
Driver zone and Location: Zone 3. In Rodney Bay, just off the main highway
An updated mall with some duty-free shopping, a casino, a gourmet grocery store, and our favorite restaurant, Spice of India.
Baywalk Shopping Mall in Rodney Bay is the newest and most exciting development on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia! With over 50 stores and restaurants spread across two floors, a casino, bank, supermarket, multi-storey car park and a limited number of penthouse apartments, there really is no better place to kickstart your visit to the island.
Hours: Mon – Thurs 9 AM – 7 PM; Fri-Sat 9 AM – 8 PM; Sun 9 AM – 2 PM. Restaurants and some stores may have different hours

Spas

Whether you have our masseuse come to the villa, or go to a resort and use their facilities, we can't think of a better way to enhance the serenity of a vacation at Villa Grand Piton than getting a massage. If you prefer to enjoy the serenity of the villa while you get a massage, Mora is a local masseuse that will bring her portable table and other equipment to the villa and give you a massage. Her price is $70 per hour (current as of February 2020). If you wish, she can bring a second masseuse and they can perform a couple’s massage. You may pay her cash, or we can pay her for you if you have established a credit line with us.

Sapphire Falls and Jungle Spa 716-8396

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. On the road to the drive-in volcano.
Relieve stress by indulging yourself in the amazing spa treatments, a relaxing mineral bath, and an invigorating and warm waterfall shower.
Your stay will be hosted by the very friendly Jahrod Alcindor, which is the brainchild of the whole experience. He will also be your tour guide through a scenic, low-to-medium difficulty trek towards the beautiful waterfall. The hike usually takes somewhere between 15 and 45 minutes, and, in spite of a few areas with significant grades, it’s achievable even by the elderly.
Along the way, the knowledgeable Jahrod will teach you everything there is to know about this tropical paradise, from the various types of plants and their medical uses, to the geology and history behind the sulfur springs. At the end of the hike, you will arrive at the secluded and crystalline waterfall where you will be in for a very tranquil time.
Nature lovers are sure to appreciate this naturally beautiful spot which includes a mud bath, handmade mineral spring pool, the waterfall itself, a minimalist changing room, and a bathroom. You can also enjoy full body clay masks which makes any skin feel amazing, as well as other types of massage and jungle spa treatments.

They are open by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead of time. Apparently, they only allow one group in at a time, making this a private experience for you. Hence, the cost is higher than you would pay at other places. Prices seem to range between $25US per person and $45US per person, excluding spa services. It also seems they will cook a traditional coal-pot meal for you (price unknown).
Wear old/dark swimwear (same advice as for the volcano mud-baths). The black mud stains everything and is hard-to-impossible to get out.
Be sure to call John or Jahrod at the number listed (or ask Junior or Doxie to help you) and work out the timing and the pricing, and when and where to meet them. They don’t seem to have posted prices anywhere that I can find, so be sure you are very clear on the cost before you make a commitment.

Kai Belté Spa at Anse Chastanet   Toll-free 1-800-223-1198

Drive time from the villa: Under 10 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. At Anse Chastanet resort.
Kai Belté spa is located at beach level between our beach restaurant and the scuba centre. There are 5 air conditioned treatment rooms, an open air hair and nail salon as well as our open-air cabana Kai Mer overlooking the Anse Chastanet reef.
Respect for the uniqueness of each individual is the foundation of our spa experience. Our professionally trained and licensed therapists are committed to excellence, infused with enthusiasm and take pride in delivering a personalized and dedicated service. Our therapies combine both ancient and contemporary techniques in a natural manner. They are designed to bring balance and equilibrium to meet the needs of each individual.

They also offer yoga classes.
Hours: Daily from 8:30 AM – 8 PM.

The Escape Spa at Stonefield Resort 518-7044

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. A short distance off the main highway just south of Soufriere
Escape Spa at Stonefield Villa Resort is the ultimate destination for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Maximize comfort and relaxation on your St. Lucia vacation with our luxury spa treatments, hair salon, and first-class service.
Escape Spa services include a range of massage therapies, manicures, pedicures, body scrubs and facials from our staff of trained professionals who will guide your relaxation in our comfortable spa setting.
We also have a salon with a range of services for special events, weddings, tropical honeymoons, and romantic date nights. Visit our salon services page for our beauty salon offers.

Hours: 9:30 AM– 5 PM daily. Last appointment at 4 PM.

The Spa at Ladera Resort   459-6600

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Along the main highway just south of Soufriere
Welcome to The Spa at Ladera. Escape to a tranquil sanctuary nestled among majestic mountain views and lush rainforest landscape. Breathe in the fresh sea air, let go of stress and daily worries and experience the healing essence of St. Lucia through an extensive range of custom treatments delivered by a trained esthetics staff and massage therapists utilizing deluxe Sothy's spa products.
They offer a wide range of services, including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.

Rainforest Spa at Sugar Beach Resort 456-8000, ext. 5001/2

Drive time from the villa: About 20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. A five-minute drive off the main highway just south of Soufriere
Cradled in the embrace of St. Lucia’s World Heritage-listed Pitons, it is hard to imagine a location more conducive to relaxation and rejuvenation than the Rainforest Spa at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. Widely regarded as the island’s spiritual heart, the lush foliage and soaring mountain vistas of Val des Pitons provide the perfect backdrop for our St. Lucia spa. Guests wishing to unwind can experience a period of re-creation in its truest sense — a time for reflection, renewal and break from everyday stresses of life.
Enjoy the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of the Rainforest Spa nestled at the base of St. Lucia’s World Heritage-listed Petit Piton. Take time out to reflect, uplift your spirits and awaken your senses while restoring harmony and balance to your life.

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM - 7 PM

The Spa at Windjammer Landing 456-9585

Drive time from the villa: About 80 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. In Castries.
Complementing its idyllic setting overlooking Labrelotte Bay, The Spa at Windjammer Landing is a haven where you can harness your energy and reconnect with your health and well-being. This vibrant sanctuary on the beautiful island of Saint Lucia holds a strong connection to the region’s warm people and welcoming culture. Here at our St. Lucia spa, the healing power of nature is your guide to your best self. From traditional treatments to modern rituals, our palette of offerings is the perfect recipe for inner balance and outer peace.
New and upscale spa. Extremely serene and excellent masseuses. We have a timeshare here and Bill always spends at least one afternoon pampering himself at this spa. The picture above is the lobby of this spa.
Be sure to call ahead and check for availability.

Everything Else

If you haven't found what you're looking for yet, here are the activities that just didn't fit well anywhere else in our guide: Churches Art galleries Rum distillery tour The casino Day trips to other islands Horse racing Golf

Church of the Assumption

Drive time from the villa: About 10 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. In Soufriere – the church you passed on the way to the villa from the Vieux Fort airport.
The interior of the Catholic Church of the Assumption, in the heart of Soufrière town, will surprise with its decidedly Caribbean hues and French design: an ornate wood ceiling vaulted to resemble the ribs of a boat, baby blue pillars, and brightly colored stained-glass windows. Visitors are welcome to join in the Saturday evening mass at 6:30 or Sunday morning mass at 8:30, both with the sermon in English and Creole. A quick and respectful tour is also possible at other times to admire the architecture, including the partially blue-painted exterior

Immaculate Conception Church

Drive time from the villa: About 75 minutes, but traffic near Castries can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. In Castries on Bourbon Street, adjacent to Derek Walcott Square.
The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is one of the largest in the Caribbean, and is the religious and cultural beating heart of the island’s capital. Attend one of the masses for an authentic St. Lucian experience. Listen to the choir and congregation singing and admire the vibrantly colored interior ceiling.
Step inside the unassuming stone cathedral and be amazed by what you find inside. The brilliant colors of the interior shimmer in the sunlight, which pours in through the church’s high windows. Reds, oranges, greens, yellows and purples blend together to create a vibrant and uplifting décor, which incorporates both Caribbean and African architectural influences.
Built in 1897, the grand cathedral is one of the largest in all of the Caribbean and plays an integral role in the lives of Castries’ residents. The parish is the seat of the Archbishop of St. Lucia and was elevated to the status of a Minor Basilica in 1999 as part of the centenary celebrations. Join the locals for one of the Sunday masses to appreciate the joy, music and community-oriented atmosphere. Performances by the children’s choir in particular are a beautiful thing to experience. The children’s choir typically rehearse during the week so depending on when you visit, you may be lucky enough to see them in action.
Look closely at the interior of the cathedral to appreciate its beauty. Measuring 200 feet (61 meters) long by 100 feet (30 meters) wide, and with high ceilings, the cathedral is cavernous. Inside, look for a vast mural by St. Lucian artist Dunstan St. Omer depicting Biblical scenes, as well as the island’s patron saint, St. Lucia, portrayed above the altar.
The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception sits in the heart of downtown Castries, adjacent to the Derek Walcott Square. It is open at varying times from morning until late afternoon. Check listings at the church to find out specific Mass times. Attend Mass on a Sunday and choose from several different times.

Holy Trinity Anglican church

Drive time from the villa: About 75 minutes, but traffic near Castries can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Trinity Church Road, Castries. Adjacent to the King George V gardens and near the Craft market in Castries.
Anglicanism is a Christian religion that began as part of the Church of England. The faith was introduced to Saint Lucia when the British took control during the 18th century. Religious freedom was granted to the island in 1783. The cornerstone for this beautiful Holy Trinity Anglican Church was laid in 1894. Less than 2% of Saint Lucians practice the Anglican faith.

St Joseph the Worker Church

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes, but traffic in Castries and Rodney Bay can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. In the old town area in the heart of Gros Islet, north of Rodney Bay, almost all the way to the north of the island.
The St. Joseph the Worker Parish is a 20th-century church built on the foundations of a historic chapel from the 1700s. It has a colorful interior comprising vibrant stained-glass windows and ecclesiastical works of art. Get a glimpse into the local culture and traditions with a Catholic Mass on Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Relax in the small plaza outside the church and snap photos of the grey façade, noting its yellow rose window and markings. Wander along the enchanting adjacent streets and see the brightly colored building façades. Enter the church and chat to the friendly local congregation.
Listen to the soothing sounds of the singing voices during the 90-minute Mass. Inspect the range of colorful artworks adorning the walls of the nave, which stands out for its large size in this small town. The altar is ornate with religious artifacts and is illuminated by light permeating the large windows above.
Walk between the whitewashed columns that flank the nave and sit on the wooden pews. Enjoy the tranquil ambiance and meditate in this holy location.
The church can get crowded and hot on weekend afternoons. Bring sufficient water and wear fairly light clothing to stay cool, while remaining formal enough for the religious occasion.
Note that the initial chapel was constructed here in around 1771, a couple of decades after the arrival of the first missionaries. A church replaced the chapel in 1778, before undergoing further reconstructions and renovations over the years.

Zaka Art Café   457-1504

Drive time from the villa: About 10 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. In the heart of Soufriere.
The colorful storefront’s walls are embellished with Zaka’s signature wooden souvenirs painted in every color of the rainbow and ranging price from $20 to $900. Zaka (aka Simon) and his wife sell coffee they grow on their hillside property, roasting and processing the Arabica berries in small quantities for sale by the bag and by the cup in the gallery/café.
We’ve been there. The coffee is good and strong and they sell some food and smoothies (we only had coffee) as well as organic local chocolate. Don’t kick yourself if you miss it, but worth dropping in if you are walking through Soufriere one day. You may find Zaka strumming on his guitar or doing something musical in addition to his art.
They have free Wifi, so if you are spending a few hours in Soufriere, you can drop in and have a cup of coffee or a smoothie while you check out his art and catch up on your friends and family back home.

Choiseul Art Gallery   715-5740

Drive time from the villa: About 30 minutes.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 2. River Doree, Choiseul
The paintings, books and greetings cards in the Choiseul gallery aim to capture the beauty of Saint Lucia. The souveniers, palm crafts and wood carvings are made locally using only local materials found in this environment. Owned and operated and created by Hattie and Leo Barnard. Hattie has shown her work around the world, and her books are available on Amazon (Kindle versions).
Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and August and September.

Michelle Elliot at the Pink Plantation   452-5422

Drive time from the villa: About 75 minutes, but traffic in Castries can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. In Castries on Chef Harry Drive.
Saint Lucian born, Michelle Elliot, is a self-taught artist who has been portraying the colours and imagery of the Caribbean through a number of artistic mediums for over twenty years. Initially known for her vivid scenes done on canvas in acrylics or watercolours, about a decade ago Michelle began applying her vibrant images to ceramics as well producing a full range of functional and decorative pieces.
Michelle is the owner of The Pink Plantation, a recently rehabilitated 150-year-old Victorian mansion located high above Castries on Morne Fortune. Besides serving as a restaurant and small hotel and a gallery for Michelle’s art, The Pink House is home to her studio and pottery and silk screen production facilities as well being surrounded by lush botanical garden grounds to add to visitor’s enjoyment.

The ceramic turquoise platter in the kitchen is her work, as well as some purple placemats (they may be in a kitchen drawer).
The links are to the Pink Plantation and many of the reviews are about the restaurant, but some of them mention the art gallery.

Eudovic’s art studio   452-2747

Drive time from the villa: About 75 minutes, but traffic in Castries can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. In Castries on La Toc Road, very near to the Pink Plantation.
Vincent Joseph Eudovic has been carving wood longer than anyone else on the island of St. Lucia and has established himself as St. Lucia’s leading sculptor. He started sculpting at a very young age, competing in his first exhibition at the tender age of twelve. From then on, he was set in his vocation, and to date has made a significant contribution to the art form through the training of a number of highly talented young men.
Vincent Joseph Eudovic uses local woods for his abstract carvings, and since no two roots are the same, every single sculpture is unique and different. At his studio on Morne Fortune, you can see his magnificent pieces on display – pieces that beg to be touched!

Hours: reportedly 8 AM to 2 PM every day. We suggest you call to confirm being making the trip up to Castries.

Melting Pot West Indian Studio   488-8620

Drive time from the villa: About 40 minutes.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 2. In Anse La Raye.
This colorful art studio full of beautiful masks for every taste is situated in Anse La Raye. It is owned by a talented artist, who can carve you a piece of art to order, while you wait. A must visit place if you are searching for unique gifts and souvenirs.
Plan to stop here on the way to or way back from the north of the island.

Rum distillery tour   456-3148 or 456-3192

Drive time from the villa: About 50 minutes
Driver zone and Location: Zone 2. Just south of Marigot Bay, a one-to-two minute drive off the main highway on the way to Castries
Tour a distillery: Rhythm of Rum Tour
In the Roseau valley in St Lucia, host to the agricultural community of Jacmel is St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies, producing world class rums and liqueurs in a process that has, like its environment, changed little in a hundred years. Here, guests to the historic, world class distillery can embark on a Rhythm of Rum tour that takes visitors on a journey that illuminates the connection between the production of rum and the historical and cultural heritage of the island. The tour ends at a veritable rum buffet where visitors can sample the impressive range and find the rum or rums which best fit the individual palate. The price for an individual is US$10.00 or EC$26.00 per person (you must be of legal drinking age- 18 in St Lucia – to be able to purchase).
Our recommendation – it’s not worth a trip to Marigot Bay just for this. The tour doesn’t last long (less than an hour), but if you are in the area, it’s about the same price as a drink at a bar and you get to taste a lot of different rums before buying, as well as get the tour.
Hours: Monday – Friday. First tour starts at 9 AM; last tour starts at 3 PM.

Day trip to St Vincent and the Grenadines   Toll-free 1-866-766-0794 WhatsApp 1-758-719-1775

Drive time from the villa: About 80 minutes, although traffic can really impact this
Driver zone and Location: Zone 3. The tour departs from and returns to the airport in Castries.
An incredible day-trip to the nearby islands
Fly to the Grenadines for a day and island hop 3-4 of its spectacular islands. Swim with the turtles and sting raye, explore the tiny idyllic islands, search for wild iguanas and tortoises, snorkel at the amazing horse shoe reef. An unforgettable worthwhile day!
This is expensive, but it is unforgettable. Available only through Serenity Travel. They include transfer from your accommodation in the price, but we suspect they would apply a surcharge to pick you up at the villa. We suggest you ask them and see if they would offer a discount if you provide your own transportation to the airport (the one in Castries).

Day trip to Martinique   452-0808

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes, but traffic near Castries and Rodney Bay can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Tour leaves and returns to the Rodney Bay Marina, almost all the way to the north of the island.
For those who want to make the most of their Caribbean vacation, Martinique Splendor’s all-inclusive tour offers a fast, comfortable ride to the neighboring French island of Martinique for a day of sun, fun, and shopping.
The Flying Ray leaves for Martinique from Rodney Bay Marina in the morning. More often than not, during the channel crossing, dolphins can be seen frolicking in the ocean, and occasionally whales will surface too.
Once in Martinique, you have the option of a half hour guided tour of the main attractions in the capital Fort de France and two hours exploring on their own or you can venture for the full two and a half hours of shopping on your own. You then re-board for a short trip to a serene bay. A BBQ lunch is served on board and you can swim, snorkel, or just relax on this day trip to Martinique.
Following a close-up look at Diamond Rock, the tour heads back across the channel, aiming to be back in Rodney Bay Marina at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Martinique Splendor all-inclusive day tour is one of the highest rated tours in St. Lucia. It’s a ‘day-cation’ within your vacation.

Treasure Bay Casino   459-2901

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes, but traffic near Castries and Rodney Bay can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Tour leaves and returns to the Rodney Bay Marina, almost all the way to the north of the island.
Treasure Bay Casino in St. Lucia is located at Baywalk Mall in the heart of Rodney Bay. We offer a wide variety of over 200 state of the art Las Vegas style slot machines, live table games, including blackjack, craps roulette and poker. You can sign up for the Players’ Club and receive US$10 in Instant Credit to use on your favourite slot or table games. Stop by and let one of our friendly bartenders pour you a speciality cocktail or a cold beer straight from the tap. And if you’re looking for sports, we televise most sports games on our 29 big screen TV’s spread throughout the casino. Treasure Bay is the place to be if you’re 18 years and older with a valid picture ID! Come have some fun with us at Treasure Bay Casino, St. Lucia’s only casino
Hours: Daily 11 AM – 1 AM

Horse racing   722-3388

Drive time from the villa: About 60 minutes.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Just north of the airport in Vieux Fort.
Horse racing has come to St Lucia
Whether you are young or young at heart, horse racing in St Lucia is designed to be an engaging occasion with distinct Caribbean flavours. Appreciate the skillsets of athletes, both equine and human, at close quarters as they fight for supremacy. Try your hand at picking a winner or simply enjoy the company of friends and family at the nation’s newest sporting facility.
They have races about once per month (the calendar icon links to their schedule).

Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate   450-9324

Drive time from the villa: Over 90 minutes, but traffic near Castries and Rodney Bay can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. In Cap Estate, essentially all the way to the north of the island.
This 18-hole, par 71 course features 6,744 yards of sprawling green slopes, dotted with attractive ponds and lush foliage. Featuring a practice range with putting and chipping greens, this magnificent golf course is ideal for any level of experience.
Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate, St. Lucia’s only Championship 18-hole golf course, is doing everything to make this course even better. We are teaming up with golf legend Greg Norman to revamp the already beautiful 18-hole course and transform it into the most amazing, brand-new championship golf course. In the meantime, you can still enjoy an 18-hole game, however, during this time only 9 holes are available for play. The wonderful Clubhouse and all other facilities are open and available.

The status of only 9 holes being available was from Sandal’s website as of February 16, 2020. The course is open to everyone (you do not have to be staying at a Sandal’s property to play); call the phone number for a tee time and pricing.

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