Because you get many of the amenities of a hotel, and we can provide hotel-like services to you (e.g., cooking, meal, transportation, massages). See here for a comparison between us and a hotel.
Warm and mostly sunny. Highs in mid 80’s to low 90’s, and lows about 10 degrees lower. Rain, if any, is usually overnight or just brief passing showers. In the “rainy season” (June – November), there is a higher chance of a passing storm, but it’s uncommon to have a day that’s completely rained out.
Our staff cleans and sweeps the house, makes the beds, changes the linen mid-week, cleans the pool, does general maintenance and landscaping, and is available in case some item needs urgent maintenance. They are there most of the day, and our night caretaker is there from about dusk to dawn. They can also advise you on restaurants and activities, and source meats and fresh fish for you, and help you make reservations.
For a relaxing vacation, or if your group is more than four people, or you want more space than a small vehicle has, we recommend you hire our driver. His vehicles are comfortable and spacious, and he also acts as a tour guide and provides you a complimentary itinerary consultation the first morning of your stay. Most of our guests hire him and pay for it through our website with a credit card (Pay Online) since he does not have a credit card reader of his own.
Many roads in St Lucia, including the roads to the villa, are narrow and rough with steep hills. Most parking spots in Soufriere are small and on the streets. So if you prefer the adventure of driving during your stay, we recommend a small 4WD SUV, such as a Jimny Sport from Drive-A-Matic. It’s just barely large enough for four average-sized adults, but not much luggage or gear if you go to the beach.
You call call us for help deciding, or consult the guide we’ve put together.
We do not allow parties or weddings. We may allow a small, quiet gathering, depending on the number of people, the purpose, and the hours involved. Contact us for approval.
Since our home is open air (interior walls that don’t go to the ceiling, and windows that are not covered with glass) the air conditioners can’t cool the rooms much. But they blow cool air on the bed to cool you a bit and make sleeping more comfortable.
We recommend $5-$10 US per day per staff person tip for our staff if you wish to tip them. Adjust that as you feel is appropriate for the level of service and interaction you had with the person. Drivers are at or above the upper end of that, since you probably spent a lot of time with them.
It is possible to walk to the beach – it takes about 25 minutes. But it’s not something we recommend as the road is steep and may be slippery due to loose gravel or mud after a rain. And it’s a lot harder on the way back up – we are at an elevation of 550 feet. Driving is much easier and quicker – it’s a short 6-8 minute drive to either Anse Chastanet or Hummingbird beach.
The beaches are public up to a certain distance from the high-water mark. Some hotels may try to discourage you from using their beach. Tell them you know the beaches are public and then they should leave you alone. It’s not clearly marked where the public part is, so please ask a hotel employee if you are uncertain.
Our housekeeper, Doxie, can cook for you. If you provide the groceries, her charge is $10US to cook breakfast and $20US to cook dinner (per meal, not per person). Pricing details, including her option to do the cooking and provide the groceries, can be found here.