Catherine & Jordan /Jan 5-11,2018/ Columbus, OH
Pier 28: about a 15-20 min walk from Sapphire. They have some really delicious cocktails & blended drinks. The food was good but honestly the drinks were more worth it than the meal. Jordan enjoyed the ‘’Orgasm in A Glass’’ & I liked my Pina colada and the Pier Special. For $45USD we got 4 blended drinks and two entrees.
Fedos: Pretty cheap, it’s a good place to eat. The chicken roti was delicious but be warned that a lot of chicken and fish on the island hasn’t been deboned! We were a little disappointed because there was a couple of things on the menu we wanted but they didn’t have all the ingredients. But still, $14usd for a good lunch isn’t bad!!!
Zaka’s Art café: we cannot say enough about this place. The iced coffee is amazing, the amelette is fantastic and the pancakes are yummy. We were here every day of our trip, hanging out with Simon (the owner) his wife (Leah) and their kids. Jordan even joined in on one of Simon and his kidss guitar Jam session and we talked to them about music. Absolutely stop by here, enjoy some great coffee and great conversation in a colorful space!
Ruby’s: very yummy, but a little pricey. I got a completely wrong pizza (I asked for maegherita & got their veggie pizza) but I told them I’d eat it anyways. The owner was coming around the table and checking on everyone and that was nice to see!
Mango Tree: ended up eating here 2 nights in a row since most places were closed Monday. Pricier but very good! They do a tapas menu on Sundays. If you get the chance, go at sunset and ask for a seat by the railing/edge, its beautiful (reservation required for dinner)
Orlando’s: Another pricier spot, but absolutely wonderful. They have a cat named pretty who will come looking for a little attention (this thrilled me) but if you want to ignore her, she wont bother you. The menu changes here constantly so I can’t recommend anything, but Orlando will probably come out to introduce himself and chat!!
Sugar Beach Bayside Restaurant: absolutely fantastic. Definitely on the pricer side (at least for dinners, not sure bout lunch) but worth it in my opinion. We got 1 apps, 2 entrees $ 2 drinks on our tab was $222USD. Jordans flank steak was amazing and my favorite thing was a tomato crab stone – something (its an app) melt in your mouth quality.
Tet Paul Nature Trail: Cheap ($10usd/person) with a guide included. The hike up and down really isn’t hard and the view at the top is GORGEOUS!!!
Piton Falls: Leah (from Zaka’s) gave us great advice. If you can go after dark. You will look and feel a bit like you’re breaking the law but don’t worry!! The hike/walk down to the 3 pools is dark so make sure you have at least a phone with a flashlight but its stairs with a handrail so you’ll be okay! The water is super nice, except maybe a couple locals (if you go at night) and you can see the stars nicely! Highly recommend.
Parasailing: and this up in Rodney Bay; it was fun but had to go up individually since it was to windy
Atlantic Snores Horseback Riding: we did a private ride for a little extra but it was worth it. This is down by the airport and was worth the drive. Max was a great guide and the horses were beautiful. The scenery is lovely and you get to stop at the beach for a bit. No need for any experience either; ive ridden for years but it was Jordan’s first and it was easy-peesy for him (you might get sore though)
Rainforest Aerial Tram Zipline and Hike Tour: about 1 hour and a half from Soufriere but very fun. You take a nice calm aerial tram ride course up walk/hike the zipline and then go through and really fun zips. You then hike back up to the aerial tram and go back to the base where you receive a complimentary drink (NA) The guides were great, and I left very safe and secure doing all the activities
Sunset Catamarn Tour: We did this with Mystic Man Tours for about $60USD per person. It comes with unlimited beers and rum punch and some finger foods. The views of the sunset was beautiful and we got to see some small whales! A lot of whales actually! Super cool. I’d recommend this since it’s local, so you can just walk there rather than most of the activities I’ve recommend
Anse Chastanet and Sugar Beach are nice. Try going when people are getting ready for dinner b/c the beaches aren’t as populated at Sugar Beach was fun and you can rent equipment there. WARNING! The walk from the main gate at SB is long and steep!!! Took us bout 15 minutes downhill but thankfully shuttled up to the top. While there’s no crazy walk to AC, the drive from Soufriere is short but Super scary!!!
Thank you Janus for an amazing place to stay!! We’ll happily be back soon! We loved staying here! 😊 😊
Janus gracious and positive personality, two fabulous positive aura and charming personalities, we absolutely LOVED our stay here.
From discovering of Sapphire 3 on Airbnb to the scenic view of the Pitons from our bedroom patio, to the comfort of our stay, to Janus gracious and positive personality, two fabulous positive aura and charming personalities, we absolutely LOVED our stay here.
We definitely will be returning!!!
Happy 2018 and God Bless
Makeba & Ryan
Rety & Tatjama from Canada
First off – Janus is an absolute sweetheart. And so is his staff!!! We felt welcome from the first moment. Janus was not here when we arrived, but his staff was. He dropped by later in the day to greet us and give some insider tips!!!
Thing we enjoyed -
Anse Cochon-Get beach access passed for $10USD per person from Ti-Kaye
Sugar Beach – Did not feel welcome; great snorkeling though
Janus from the bottom – THANK YOU for your hospitality & flexibility. This will not be our fist trip to the Island!! Can’t wait to stay at your properties again!!!
Ttajana & Remi
We really enjoyed our stay in Soufriere – The Apartment is very clean and comfortable, and Janus and his team are very welcoming and helpful. We can’t really add to much and the great tips in here but here are the few additional bits of information:
1. Water Taxi to Anse Chastanet – we asked someone at the main jetty who called a local - his brother Rudy came with the boat. We paid E.C $100.00 for the return trip. It was worth it. The Beaches are beautiful. Especially Anse Mamin.
2. Malgretoute: it’s on the road to Sugar Beach. Lovely quiet beach, great snorkeling no facilities.
3. Enbas Saut Trail: This is a lovely rainforest walk leading down to a waterfall, where you can bathe.
You really need a 4wd for the trail stretch of the road. We paid E.C$25 per person to walk the trail. We didn’t have a guide. Keep an eye out for the crabs!
Ruth & Steve, London, UK
Our stay overall was very enjoyable. Nice clean apartment. Janus and Fabian were great! Very helpful, when we needed a jump (our car died) and requested to stay an hour longer to get packed up and out.
Our list of what we did and rated on a scale of 1-10:
1. Botanical Gardens -10 – free, beautiful
2. Diamond waterfall -8 - Cool but $7 to see a waterfall ☹
3. Tet Paul Nature Trail -8 -Nice walk, definitely not a hike $10
4. Anse Chastanet -9 – Great snorkeling, small beach, non-residents. Welcomed
5. Anse Mamin – 7 – nice quiet beach, clear, calm water
6. Pitit Piton -9.5 – My husband said it was strenuous 😊 $$$$
7. Pigeon National Park- 9 -fun hike, beautiful view from top, small beach
8. Sugar Beach – 9 – Awesome beach, but you have to hit up a restaurant to get a ride back up ☹
9. Marigot Bay – 6 – quick picture spot
10. Morne Plantation – 8 – fun informative $11
11. Castries Market – 5 -Meh. A lot of the same merchandise
St. Lucia Overall – 8 😊
Mr. & Mrs. Sidwell
We have most of our activities planned out from other accommodations, but if we wouldn't, we would totally stay here for longer.
First of all I would like to say how amazed I am by this book. When I picked it up, I thought it was gonna be just a normal guest book, but it was so much more than that, it’s like a little island treasure guide. I love it! 😊
We are staying at one of Janus’s place for only 2 nights before we head to other parts of the Island. My Fiance and I flew into St. Lucia with Separate flights and the driver who Janus had organized for us had waited particularly as my fiance’s flight was delayed 5 hours (so did I, but that’s a different story 😊)
He had refreshments in his car for us, he also offered us to stop by a supermarket if we needed it. It was pretty late by that time and the shop was closed but they reopened it up just for us, so we could buy some essentials.
He also took us to a restaurant and waited till our takeaway got ready.
We didn’t get to meet Janus, the driver was the one who handed us the key.
We had a really relaxing day at the apartment, walked down the village and pet some strayed doggies and kitties (in fact one of them is chilling at our front door right now too 😊)
Our power had gone out but came back fairly fast in 4-5 hours.
The Apartment is really nice and clean, AC is a lifesaver at midday. Balcony is absolutely stunning and lovely. The area feels safe and is very quiet.
We have most of our activities planned out from other accommodations, but if we wouldn't, we would totally stay here for longer.
I wish you all a lovely stay. 😊
Zsofi & Jou
Our experience here was very peaceful and fun. The apartment was super clean and well organized. The view of the Pitons are just amazing and relaxing when sitted at the balcony.
As local we are so delighted in having this treasure (the pitons) in our homeland. It was just what we needed, a treat away from our busy schedules.
We express our gratitude to Janus and Fabian and also Aaron for being such wonderful hosts. Aaron toured us to Morne Coubaril, the Piton Falls and the Sulphur Springs. He brought us to Marie’s Restaurant where we were served savoring meals which reminded me of my wife’s cooking.
Generally the experience was superb! Though our stay was short we enjoyed every moment and have no regrets choosing this villa. We look forward to visiting this amazing villa Again
Johnacia & Glen St. Cyr
Castries St. Lucia
Mom & Son
We had an awesome week in St. Lucia. Nice flat and nice people around. Big shouts to Janus for the nice falls and the flat! The best place we discovered was Enbas Saut Waterfall. We had a nice helpful guide and an awesome hike to the forest.
Don’t miss the Hot Suplphur Springs to cool down your Muscles after long Hikes.
I rented a car which in retrospect I don’t recommend although by day 3 Janus said I was driving like a local.
Many thanks to Janus for a wonderful, easy stay. I had the pleasure of touring the new villa he is furnishing- it is so luxurious that I’m scheming on how to convince my whole family to come back and stay in it!
I rented a car which in retrospect I don’t recommend although by day 3 Janus said I was driving like a local. But if you’re reading this, you’ve likely already made your choice- if you’re driving, go slow and know that locals will give you a hand if you need it.
I loved the botanical gardens and Marie’s Café had an excellent buffet lunch of homemade creole food-delicious! Zaka’s Art Café was very cool and damn fine cup of coffee.
Practical tip – if you miss the Massy’s on your way from Vieux fort, there are several en route to Pigeon Island if you’re going that way.
Kelly, Oakland Califonia
We came to St. Lucia for a long weekend to be part of our friend’s wedding. Our first night we cooked and relaxed in the apartment. On our first full day, we spend the morning at Hummingbird Beach about a 15-minute walk. Hummingbird beach is quiet and pleasant and very close by. That afternoon the wedding party took a catamaran cruise to a few of closest beaches for swimming and snorkeling. So, fun, if you have the chance to take a similar coral beach tour. We went all the way to Marigot Bay which was beautiful.
On Saturday, we were attending a wedding which was held at La Haut Resort/plantation. It was just up the mountain and a gorgeous working farm. We were told it was a great place to enjoy a meal.
On Sunday, there was lots of rain and during a break we went to Anse Chastanet beach and rented some cabanas with the wedding party. The sand at Anse Chastenet is dark and volcanic but the water was to murky for snorkeling. From there we walked to Anse Mamin and the snorkeling there was great. We also checked out the ruins of the 1800’s sugar plantation about 2-minute walk from Anse Mamin, there are also great burgers on the beach but they are $20-30 US.
On our last free day, we took a water taxi to Sugar Beach and spent the entire day. The water taxi was $20us each way and it was fun. There are free chairs on the right side of the beach for anyone to use. The snorkeling in the protected area is fantastic. We ate lunch at the Tapo’s Restaurant right on the beach which was pricey but definitely the best lunch we’ve had!
Overall a great trip made even better with a great place to stay. Thank you, Janus! 😊
Raleigh, NC, USA
Pitit Peak: lunch was very good, pretty simple but good food. With 2 drinks, it was $60US for 2 salt-fish fritters and bacon wrapped plantains were the best.
Ruby’s: Just down the road and a pretty good dinner. We shared a pizza, wings and a bottle of wine. Pizza was good and it was nice to have left overs. Dinner for 2 was $50US.
Sugar Beach: Tapas Bar (the biggest Tapas servings I’ve ever had) This was our favorite meal and best atmosphere overlooking the beach and excellent service. Also, most expensive, $100US without drinks