We just loved the apartment + the panoramic views from every window + the terrace. I can’t believe what the hotels charge for the same view! Janus was a great host + we will definitely be back.
We stopped in St.Lucia for 3 days on our way to St.Lucia to do a liveaboard sailing cruise. We were hoping for a few days of R+R and that’s exactly what we got! I will admit that we were not ambitious in our exploring, but we did manage to get to Anse Chastenet & Anse Mamin on our first full day to the Sulphur springs + mineral spa/ diamond waterfall on or 2nd day. Like many who have stayed here, we preferred Anse Mamin.
We got there late in the day (around 2pm) + were able to rent two of the hotels lounge chairs under a palapa for $33 US. We were told they don’t usually rent them to non-guests but luckily 2 guests had just vacated them when we arrived, so they were happy to rent it to us. We stayed just before sunset & then headed back it was peaceful + wonderful!
The next day we headed into town around mid-afternoon + went to the Sulphur springs at 3pm hoping to miss the cruise ship crowds. The crowd was light + we loved the mud bath experience! Afterward, we had just enough time to hit diamond falls + the mineral baths. It was a short 5-mins walk to the falls + the walk to the botanical gardens along the way was lovely.
The public mineral baths were closed but they had our private bath room, so we decided to do that it was well worth $7 per person! so relaxing we got a couple of rim punches from the café + took them into the private hut with us. It was a great day to unwind!
We visited Ruby’s pizza twice during our stay + a little disappointed they didn’t have pizza either time but the food we did have was excellent + the service was fabulous. We just loved the apartment + the panoramic views from every window + the terrace. Well worth the price! I can’t believe what the hotels charge for the same view! Janus was a great host + we will definitely be back.
Later that night on our way home, we wound up with the car in the ditch on the side of the road. We were pretty shocked and scared by the whole incident!!!....
Wow we visited Anse Chastanet & Anse Mamin on our first day. The beaches were gorgeous, and the water was crystal clear. We left the beaches to have dinner down by the waterfront at the Belle View restaurant which had local delicious dishes.
We left the restaurant to watch the Eagles win the Super Bowl. Later that night on our way home, we wound up with the car in the ditch on the side of the road. We were pretty shocked and scared by the whole incident, but neighbors came out to help us, as did Janus and Fabien.
Through all of the visits, the one consistent thing has been the amazing people of St.Lucia, especially Janus. Enjoy your trip and drive safe!
Welcome to Soufriere! You’re staying in a wonderful little village with lots to do. Here are some of our tips:
1. Get out and meet the locals. They are some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met. We were even invited to dinner cooked by one of the locals in his own home – best meal we’ve had yet! With that being said, be careful when wandering about and people stop you. While everyone is friendly and means well, even if you ask them for directions they’ll likely want money for helping you. This is how many people make a living here, so just beware.
2. Sugar Beach – This place is beautiful! However, do not bother with the restaurant there. It is way over pricey for the quality of the food served. There is a local smoothie/fruit stand here – eat there instead.
3. Latille waterfall and Gardens – this place is owned by a nice older gentleman who will give you a tour of his property which includes a small waterfall and garden. There is even a pond with fish that will eat the dead skin off your feet. After the tour you have to get a cup of tea that the owner will make from plants that grow right in his garden. It is so good!
4. Anse Cochon Beach at Ti-Kaye Resort has been our favorite by far. It’s a pretty private/small beach and has great snorkeling due to the shallow water there. As mentioned in previous entries, DO NOT bother with going up north to Castries. It is terribly busy and isn’t half as beautiful as it is here in Soufriere. Do, however take a time and drive up around Anse La Raye and back- It’s a beautiful drive.
5. If you want a fancy dinner to watch sunset, we recommend Dasheene at Ladera. Beautiful view of Pitons @ Sunset and great food (but a little expensive) We went at about 5:30pm. On Thursday night and they were having some sort of cocktail party for the resort guests, but they were nice and let us enjoy free drinks and appetizers as well
Kyle & Camille Arbegast – Des Mones, IA
We had excellent vacation in St. Lucia with beautiful beaches and breat- taking mountains. We enjoyed sunset on the sea from Sapphire Apt. balcony. Excellent apt. with everything you need in the kitchen. Very comfortable A.C and T.V and internet work perfect.
Janus is a perfect host, he and his team made us feel at home.
Vali & Marfa
Enjoyed our stay in St. Lucia. Very Beautiful view from this condo. Janus arranged for drivers on several occasions and they were the best. We visited the Volcano and Mineral springs and Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. We also took a tour to Tet Paul Scenic Trail.
The Views were magnificent, and our guide was great. Today we check out, but have plans to visit Sugar Beach before we fly home.
Elaine & Rich- Florida Michigan
We spent our entire week long trip here and enjoyed every minute of it…but I mean it would be pretty hard not to!!
P.S – you can make it anywhere in a 2wd car
Anyways our first and main point was to get to the beach and watch the sun set! So we drove to Sugar Beach and the view was stunning!!! We ended up having dinner there but it was super-over priced and the food was OK!
We werem’t able to go to JADE ☹ were not accepting reservations
Don't waste your time up north
Thanks again Janus and staff for this Beautiful place and all your help
Kelly & Peter Long Island NY
The views from the apartment speak for themselves and this island really appears to be little out of heaven on earth
It’s been a short but eventful trip to St. Lucia. Janus and his team have been amazing, especially Fabian. The views from the apartment speak for themselves and this island really appears to be little out of heaven on earth
1. Gros Piton! As written on other pages, it is grueling. We imagined it would be tough and it exceeded our expectations. We’re both in good shape but this was a new type of workout. Stair Master extreme meets the Metterhorn! But we’re good, we made it. Take lots of water, prepare to get dirty. Once back at the bottom, there is excellent home made ice-cream
2. Sugar Beach- Great snorkeling to the right. Pack at top near tennis court and get a free shuttle from the bar (save your receipt) Between the Pitons!
1. Mango tree-5/5 – small focused menu, great
2. Pitit Peak-3/5 – ok, same prices as 1.
3. Zaka’s- Great coffee.
Aloha!! (L+S) 😊
Jag Edwards, Scottsdale, AZ
Thank you Janus for your AMAZING hospitality!!! Sapphire Apartments are very well appointed and was a nice ‘’HOME AWAY FROM HOME’’
Airport Transfer and grocery shopping with Kirhil was greatly appreciated!!! He was Professional, friendly, Knowledgeable and most humble and gracious.
Ramiah also took good care of bringing my sister from the Airport and Elma was so efficient in her response to our emails. WHAT A PHENOMENAL TEAM YOU HAVE!!!!
It was a relaxing few days! Balcony & Views were most enjoyable.
We look forward to visiting again soon!
In the meantime, we wish for you, your family, your team, much success!!! God’s richest Blessings to you all!!
We all went on up the mountain for lunch at Mourne Coubaril. Great view of Soufriere Bay and we can see Sapphire from there.
Rob bell & Katherine from Canada
Arrived exhausted thanks to much help from Islander car rentals and advice from Janus (stop at grocery store coming out fast) with the pedestrian we navigated our little rental 4x4 down the rutted path past the house with the basement under construction and goats ( now known as goat corner over the narrowest culvert imaginable and onto the road past the school turning at the first department over the bridge into downtown.
We had an excellent fish dinner (red snapper ron) and creole food (chicken. K) at Pitit Peak before collapsing in the A/C at Sapphire!
Next day we tested our snorkels at the beach and enjoyed lunch & a shower at Hummingbird and Dinner at Ruby’s No Pizza Thou!
Our day at Sugar Beach was Terrific- so lovely between the Gros Piton & Pitit Piton. Spectacular drive and waves. Good snorkeling in the small area and a side right hand of the beach. A wonderful but pricey lunch at the restaurant. Lovely service, great help with my lactose intolerance including a custom made dessert. On the way back, a highlight of the day was our walk through the forest with an excellent guide – pointing out trees and fruits and the warm waterfall on the road down from Sugar Beach. A great experience. Another highlight was dinner at Mango tree restaurant. Stunning views of the Pitons and Ocean. Excellent food. Head to Zakas coffee shop for the coffee and breakfast (quite good) and buying fruit from street vendors on the way back, which contributed to a late afternoon tropical fruit salad.
We went to the Beautiful botanical gardens with their splendid flowers and hummingbirds. We passed the pools though as if was crowded and watched for our mountain waterfall plunge of a few days before. As we left my sister tapped Katherine on the Shoulder. She and her Husband are staying up for a month and just ran into us!!!
We all went on up the mountain for lunch at Mourne Coubaril. Great view of Soufriere Bay and we can see Sapphire from there. We found some things we wanted at the Shop. Off on the road to the north and went for another swim at Hummingbird beach!
On our return to Town, we stopped for a quick swim near hummingbird and as we left great shouts of ‘’Allez, Allez’’ we looked over and saw splashes in the water which we learned before meant tuna. The tuna had come in close to shore, meaning the local fishermen, who had been watching for several days as the school approached ever ready for the catch. All the small boats (including time to talk, our water taxi) gathered their men dove in, not ever spreading around and crowds gathered to pull, pull, pull on the Nots from where we were across to the little Pier. Nor stuck, divers (scuba) freed them- it was very exciting , a large community effort- and were the fishes there still??? It was hard to tell but yes they were- hundreds of small tuna, splashing, struggling in the nets flashing silver.Amazing to see! S watch out for splashing in the bay!!
Tuesday (Halloween) we took a water taxi to Anse Chastanet. Snorkeling was better – coral really interesting and alive as the fav end of the beach for them from local frattic . Chairs & umbrella rented for the day 33usd. But it was good to have a base and shade. Amazing view of Pitit Piton on the way back in the boat. Tried again for Pizza at Ruby’s – no flour till Thursday so it will not happen. Landed at Hammingbird again. This time we were the only people at the restaurant. Most night we were the only ones there or maybe were one or two other people and had a wonderful meal. Their creole sauce is much lighter than others and the rice-corn -potato side dish was really good. If you are there check out the Gallery of Datiks made by the owner his son (the whole place is a family business) Fish Parrots, Pitons – lovely designs, all sizes, colorful, beautiful.
Wednesday- our last full day was full of surprises and amazing finds. When we came back from Anse Chastanet we discovered we had lost the key to Sapphire 1, but Janus came right over and gave us his spare when we called him. Janus thought the nearest key cutting service was vieux Fort but today we found someone who cut keys only 3 doors down from the hardware store. It sells dresses at the front and motor oil and keys at the back.
From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sapphire Apt. is the perfect place to feel at home in St. Lucia. It is a well, appointed with everything you need to relax and enjoy your vacation. We loved the balcony and lovely Piton, town and ocean views
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and hot springs were delightful, we had the private bath for 2. The spring water is really hot, so they also have a cold water tap so you can adjust the temperature to your comfort. The provided gourds you fill with water to cool your head and face while soaking.
The private baths are in the restored French source built in 1700’s. Napoleon’s Wife Josephine once lived there when her father owned it. Such rich and fascinating history here!
We enjoyed Sugar Beach, soft sand and warm waters. The beach bar has many comfy chairs and a few hammocks to enjoy while listening to Caribbean music and the waves lapping the shore.
We travelled to Vieux Fort and Micoud and saltibus. The road to Micoud is very nice.
Thanx Janus and Marcus