Matt & Rose: Montreal, Quebec
We only spent two days in Soufriere but loved every minute. Sapphire one is the perfect nest for relaxing after a long day of exploring. Thanks to Janus and his team for an incredible stay.
Day 1: Make sure you explore the beautiful town on feet earlier on, act acclimated with your surroundings. Amazing sunset at waterfront, bite to eat at Martha’s Kitchen (church or bridge street) for budget local cuisine. Amazing smoothies and coffee at ZAKA’s Art and Café. We picked up groceries on church street and had a romantic home-cooked dinner on Sapphire Terrace. Tourists restaurants are expensive so this is a great way to save some bucks.
Day 2: Anse Mamin Beach … WOW!!! (best beach we’ve been to (I’ve spent 3 days up north) secluded + quiet + picture que (right by the jungle) Relax with the sound of birds chirping, total paradise. Bring lunch, snacks and water to save money. The Burger Bar looks great but pricey $20 USD. As you can tell we are travelers having a great time on a budget 😊 We Taxied up but hitchhiked back (easy peasy)
Amazing Stay, Thank you Janus
What spectacular views! Janus has been kinds the whole trip and quickly answered any question we had.
Mike & Casiha - Cincinnati, Ohio
What spectacular views! Janus has been kinds the whole trip and quickly answered any question we had.
We were here for 10 days ans the last 4 days we rented a car. Worth every penny! If you are staying a while connect w/ Janus on having one delivered. A cup of coffee on the balcony is worth every morning view and the evening sunset is spectacular. Walking down into the City ''Skippers'' is a great affordable lunch with many options. If you are a coffee snob ''ZAKA's Art Cafe'' had great iced coffee, they also have delicious smoothies. One of our favorite dinners just down the road is 'Ruby's' Incredible Pizza's! It took us a few days of attempted Pizza runs to make sure we stopped in ahead to make sure pizza would be available (usually after spin- as it takes 4 hours to heat up the oven).
Beaches: Our personal favorite was Sugar Beach, if we had a car earlier we would have made a daily visit. Getting a taxi was $40 just to visit Sugar Beach and that adds up quickly. As long as you have a receipt for food or drinks you can take a shuttle down the hill to the beach. The food there was delicious but pricey and it's quoted in USD, keep that in mind. We also visited Anse Chastanet Beach, it was much cheaper to rent a chair + hat ($33 USD) on
the far left side. The views were not quite stunning and the ride over Soufriere was incredibly rocky and steep,
and give yourself extra fire when driving over there and i would recommend not venturing out after Dark or be cautious.
Hotel Chocolat: we made reservation for 6 pm dinner the following Monday. We were here and the Sunset View was amazing,
worth visiting even if its just for drinks and desert. The Chocolat Lava cake was incredible and the Salted Caramel drink
is pretty amazing. The Sulphur Mud Baths was a must, we were recommended to go in the evening, it wasn’t as crowded and
less hot, however if you want the mud to dry on you best to go when the sun is shining brightly. We were content to
enjoy the bath without the mud. A nice a comfortable lunch you can walk to is ''Fedos'' delicous ham, egg and cheese
Over all incredible trip! We loved the views and :) Very glad we brought our selfie stick! Capture every day and moment
by a quick snapshot!
The Rawks :)
We believe we picked the right area on the island to stay in.Janus and his crew were very helpful and enjoyable to work with.
Due to airline scheduling we arrived a day earlier. We stayed at Downtown Hotel. Janus arranged pick-up from there
to Sapphire 1. He has looked after our need ever since, has made the stay very easy. Tour arrangements at your finger
Have done the beaches in the area, Anse Mamin is our favorite, however do enjoy the smoothies (soursop) on Sugar Beach.
Sulphur Springs and mud baths. Enjoyed the mud bath, Pam found it drying. Water is pretty hot! volcano tour is misable
However, you are there so why not! (We only used the light-colored mud!)
Walked to the waterfalls in th area. Diamond Falls & Botanical Gardens was Very enjoyable. Nice way to spend a couple of
hours one day. Fond Doux Plantation Tour was also very nice, we did tour & snacks (snacks were good)- another very nice,
late morning activity - then hit the beach. (for a quick swim at the beach we used Hammingbird beach few times - it
worked well, but not a 'beach day' place though).
I dove six times while here, Action Adventures diving with Chester. Small stop at Hammingbird Beach (+1-758-485-1317).
I highly recommend him especially if you are experience. Of my dives here my Favorite was 'Super Man's Flight 'Fairyland'
All dives are no more than 20-25 meters. Get used to the islands pace, don't arrive to early or you will spend some time
Restaurants - Ruby's just down the hill, we ate there on several occasions.
FEB.14 - a wonderful 5 course 'Valentines Dinner'. Their pizza's is also good.
Pitit Peak - downtown waterfront, also serves us a very nice catch of the day dinner.
Mango Tree @ Stonefield -we recommend a visit there, good lunch , fantastic view and Surroundings.
ZAKA's - Coffee & Breakfast - Art shop unique and enjoyable (grow theur own coffee beans)
Do our grocery shops at the grocery store on Church Street. It did the trick, also used a butcher shop down the street
Had lion fish (fresh), caught while diving, the only fresh fish we had
Rented a car for our last week and traveled the island. Enjoyed Pigeon Island and its History. Had to get directions to
find it. We believe we picked the right area on the island to stay in.
Janus and his crew were very helpful and enjoyable to work with.
A great Stay Janus
Robin & Pamela
"Expectations immediately blown out of the water. Janus and his crew welcomed us with open arms and were extremely accommodating."
This was a last second weekend trip we decided to do with our Delta employee benefits. Expectations immediately blown out of the water. Janus and his crew welcomed us with open arms and were extremely accommodating.
We came with an idea of what we wanted to do (Pitons, Volcano, Waterfall, etc. ) and Janus said no more and within minutes had us set up with a full tour and private driver for a very reasonable price. We will spend our first night in the city for dinner and bars, and will leave the following evening after our tour.
Thanks to Janus for hooking us up. Definitely recommend to friends. Thanks a ton!
Matt & Chase
My stay In St. Lucia was pretty short but really lovely. Janus was a great host and Kirhil and Fabian were really great too! Highlight for me were the Fond Doux Plantation tour and also the Tet Paul Nature Trail.
Fabian recommended some great food spots (Fedo’s, Whispers BBQ, Hummingbird Resort) and Kirhil gave me some great insights into local life here in Soufriere.
My stay was too short but ill def be back and be booting with Janus when I come back.
Thank you, Janus for a very happy and relaxing week here. We didn’t hire a car so we walked everywhere and hired a taxi one day.
The highlight of each day was watching the Sun Set from our patio. We really enjoyed our walk, up Gros Piton. Janus arranged the tour for us. All the guys that work for Janus are great. We got dropped off at sugar beach en route home. The return to Soufriere via water taxi (USD 30) was a highlight though for sure.
We enjoyed buffet lunch at Hummingbird on the beach and the restaurant by the botanical gardens; we enjoyed our private mineral bath there. We found the walk to Anse chastanet Challenging, we probably should have treated ourselves with a water taxi. But it was much more welcoming than Sugar Beach. We splashed out a fabulous lunch.
We loved hanging around Soufriere.
We also enjoyed the local Pizzeria Ruby’s. Good food plus great music (not live). Very Friendly Staff.
But that’s the least about S.L
-The friendliness it’s people
Jill + Bill
Fort Augustus, Scotland
Great apartment, lovely stay. We could only stay for 2 nights as he was already booked out for the following days.
We could only stay for 2 nights as he was already booked out for the following days. Nonetheless , we had an amazing time. We simply watched the sun set over the balcony on the first night which gave us great view. Then on our first day, we headed out to Tet Paul Nature Trail and Soufriere Volcano/Sulphur bath.
We covered ourselves in mud and got one of the locals to do Paintings on us. Leave the mud to dry on your skin, we feel so soft!!! Only do the baths for the Volcano (not the tours, tours not worth it). We are leaving this morning on our way to hike the Gros Piton.
It’s meant to be hard but highly rewarding. Janus was a great Host. He brought us Mangoes and Grapefruits freshly taken from the tree. We are leaving to stay in Castries for the rest of our time on the Island, but we might call Janus for more tips as he was so helpful!!!
Great apartment, lovely stay.
Wish we could stay longer!!!
Anne-Marie & Jeremie, MTL, Canada.
P.S – Go to Zaka’s Café ! Nice spot, nice people, nice art and GREAT Coffee! (he harvest the beans himself in the Valley).
We could only stay at Janus for 2 nights as he was already booked out for the following days. Nonetheless, we had an amazing time. We simply watched the sunset over the Balcony on the first night which gave us a great view.
Then on our first day, we headed out to Tet Paul Nature Trail and Soufriere Volcano/Sulphur Bath. We covered ourselves in mud and got one of the locals to do paintings on us. Leave the mud to dry on your skin will feel so soft!!! Only do the baths as the volcano (not the tour) Tour is not worth it.
We are leaving this morning on our way to hike Gros Piton. It’s meant to be hard but highly rewarding. Janus was a great host. He brought us Mango’s and grapefruits, freshly taken from the tree. We are leaving to stay in Castries for the rest of our time on the island, but we might call Janus for more tips as he was so helpful!!
Great apartment. Lovely stay!
Wish we could stay longer!
Anne – Marie & Jeremie , Mtl, Canada
P.S – Do go to Zaka’s Café! Nice spot, nice people, nice art and GREAT coffee! (He harvest the beans himself in the Valley!)
"We soaked in the view, settled in and made ourselves at home. All we know is that we’re already talking about how we can live there one day."
Hey Ya’ll!! My boyfriend and I had an awesome start to our week in St. Lucia here @ Janus’s Sapphire Apartment. From the messages and tips, pre-arrival and along the way.
Janus couldn’t have been a better host. When we arrived in the airport we followed Janus’s advice and stopped at Massys (grovery store) which is super close to UVF and got steak & chicken, meat, rice and veggies and of course some Piton beer to have for our first night. Driving here in out rental (Chevy, tiny car) made the drive here such an adventure! After a few stops for pictures at the lookout spots as you come down to Soufriere, we met Janus and got up to the apt. right at Sunset.
We soaked in the view, settled in and made ourselves at home. The next morning we woke up early a head to hike Gros Piton – wow! We love hiking, and that experience right there is at the top of our chart (ask for Chad if you go!) When we finish we went to Sugar Beach for lunch & Sunbath & Swimming. Came back to the apt, showered and then walked down to the water and grabbed a drink @ Pitit Peak to watch the sun set.
We then walked to Orlando’s and had a lovely dinner there! We’re heading North tomorrow morning to do an ATV tour and stay at the St. Lucian by rex resort for New Year’s Eve! We will be checking out some of the other amazing suggestions listed in this book over the cost of our stay. All we know is that we’re already talking about how we can live there one day.
Enjoy all this magical Island has to offer.
Thanks again Janus!
All the best!
Elizabeth & Austin