"Overall, such an amazing trip! If you need anything at all – don’t hesitate to call Janus. We loved our time In St. Lucia and can’t wait to come back Ben and Charlie"
First and foremost, thank you Janus for being such a gracious host! We couldn’t have asked for a better stay on the island!
If you’re like me and the very first you did was pickup this book…..Take a deep breath. The journey to get to the villa is an adventure itself. Like someone else has said, take a trip into town ASAP and get acclimated.
(Hint: the best grocery store is on church street!). Also, google maps app is super handy to get around with (you didn’t need data to use it).
BE WARNED! – it’s better to follow signs for attractions on the island than to GPS them! We typed in Tet Paul on Google maps and it sure did not take us there! Lesson learned.
:) Martha’s Kitchen was closed while we were here, otherwise I’ve heard really great things about it!
A few other tips and insights.....
Overall, such an amazing trip! If you need anything at all – don’t hesitate to call Janus. We loved our time In St. Lucia and can’t wait to come back
Ben and Charlie
We highly recommend the hike! It was harder than what we expected, be prepared to climb a lot, not with ropes or anything but its lets of a trail than we thought.
My friend and I stayed at this villa as we embarked on our south side of the island journey. We were only here for two days but we loved our stay!
The view is to die for and the house comes with everything you need. While we were here we went and did the drive through volcano and mud baths which were great, botanical gardens which were amazing and hiked the piton (smaller one I think) We highly recommend the hike! It was harder than what we expected, be prepared to climb a lot, not with ropes or anything but its lets of a trail than we thought.
Lastly you all have to go to Boucan at Hotel Chocolat for dinner. It was a little pricey (especially for straight out of college students) but so worth it . Everything on their menu includes some sort of chocolate. The view was the best view out of all of the island. Its right at the base of one of the pitons, and its patio opens right into the piton.
We didn’t stay long, only two nights and we loved it and hope you gained some insight! Enjoy your stay!
- Emily and Alex
We had a fantastic time here. Hard to even leave the patio with the perfect view here. We mostly ate our meals in as we are vegan. We tried Doolittle’s in Marigot Bay as they have tofu, greens on the menu (dreadful service though).
We were delighted to find a little food truck in Soufriere called Sa Nou Iration on the road that’s in front the beach. Great food very reasonable prices! We bought four large dahls, paid $9 (she asked for 48 or $9).
We enjoyed all the things others mentioned, the Botanical Gardens, Tet Paul Nature Trail (very short, easy but fantastic views) the volcano etc.
If you drive down to Anse Chastenet (go early there is free parking just outside the resort) go left when you get to the beach- there is a protected marine area great for snorkeling. Stay away from the seaweed if you can – my husband was stung in the face 2x (snorkeling) by sea ants that hang out in the seaweed.
We picked up people along the roads who needed rides- really enjoyed being able to do so (would not do this at home in the USA). If you come across a pop up bar while driving, stop, enjoy! Also enjoyed the bar on the sand, next to the dock (across from the police station)-lots of locals.
A great visit to St. Lucia, in the perfect Air BnB!
Allison & Michael
We arrived in St. Lucia on a Sunday as part 3 of our ultimate honeymoon. (Part 1 Skiing in Canada, Part 2 sightseeing Seattle + Vancouver) so we were tired after 2 long nighttime flights. Therefore we were so pleased to find milk + Eggs in the fridge. Especially since the supermarket was closed. Such a welcoming arrival.
We’ve had the best visit we could have wished for. Here are our highlights;
Fedos – 5/5
Jade Mountain 5/5
Anse Chastanet Beach Bar 4/5
Anse Mamin Beach Bar 4/5
Anse Mamin – secret paradise worth the walk!
Anse Chastanet – Good easy location. Toilets clean, but busy.
Sugar Beach – Park outside the gates. Pay the $10. Than walk the 20 mins to the beach. Treat yourself to a $50.00 Sunbed and lunch then you quality for the free shuttle back. Overated as a beach though luxurious.
Thank you again Janus for a Fab stay.
Gavin & Lauren
"Roads in the area suck but the people are very nice"!!. The pool was great and the scenery was spectacular! We both enjoyed our stay so much!!
Thank you Janus for a wonderful time. your place is beautiful. The pool was great and the scenery was spectacular!
Hotel chocolate lava Cake was to die for. Tet Paul MT view was breathtaking. Roads in the area suck but the people are very nice.
Ruby’s at the bottom is a nice place to eat pizza, wings and other things.
We both enjoyed our stay so much.
Jim and Tammy
Thank you, Janus, for a wonderful time. We can’t wait to be back and next time we will bring our son. Your island has treated us well and is truly a slice of paradise.
Day 1: Arrived late afternoon. Had dinner at Orlando’s such a great culinary experience. We found they had best service (very attractive). Best dessert we had!
Day 2: Started the day at Sulphur Springs around 9:30 am. It was nice and quiet. Also, the vendors there actually have very reasonable souvenirs (some of the items were the lowest cost I have ever seen). We then tried to use our car to go down the grassy road to (Sapphire Falls + Superman Falls). BAD IDEA! Park at the top (road entrance to Sulphur springs) and walk down. Wear shoes/ runners. When we got to the Superman Falls entrance there was no one around so we just kept on walking down that trail 10-12 mins and enjoyed the waterfall all to ourselves. For lunch we had (Martha’s Table). Cheap rum + coke, good food and friendly server. Her son was around for spring break and he was adorable. We really enjoyed chatting with the young ones in the area and getting to know the people. After lunch we went to (100 step beach). Take the left at the green fence right after Martha’s Table and drive until you see the steps. It is a rocky beach but there is a little spot to lie down towels. We found lots of beach treasures (shells) and had the whole beach to ourselves. For supper we went to Boucan. Their bread service and appetizers were a hit. We weren’t blown away by the main meal. The lava cake was pretty good. We learned quickly that they do not like when you “complain” even a tiny bit. We ordered a papaya Prosecco Bellini and it was slightly warm/ no flavor/ not fizzy. The server was not pleasant when we respectfully told her it wasn’t enjoyable.
Day 3: We went zip lining in Dennery with Tree Top Adventures. It was fantastic!! Aim to get there about 10:30/11:00 as the cruise ships will be done by then. We then had lunch at Nikki’s. At Nikki’s there are three stands offering the same food. The views are outstanding!! The food was very yummy, we had fish and chicken from the 1st vendor/ plantain and chicken from the 2nd vendor and fried bread at the 3rd vendor. All were fantastic, and drinks were super cheap. We had lunch for approximately $6 US a person and that’s with a drink each!
Note: If you ass a stand near the banana plantation on the road to Dennery do not stop their Souvenirs/Sauces were the most expensive and would not bargain.
That night we had supper at Humming Bird. We found it to be pretty good for a “resort” restaurant. Main fish dish was similar (in taste, presentation etc.) to Boucan. Shrimp was tasty too. Their rum chocolate cake was to die for but had it a couple of nights later and it was dry (sitting for a few days?) Ask if its fresh before you order.
Day 4: Tet Paul Nature Trail, a must do! Stunning views. Souvenirs were very pricey. Had lunch at Fedo’s very yummy, roti was huge (we got it as an appetizer but could only eat 1/4) Went to Toraille Falls about 4pm and we were the only ones there. For supper we went to Jade Mountain. Best dining experience of our lives! Aim to be there between 5:30 so you can enjoy the spectacular views. Our server Lester was awesome (we found out he owns Ponty’s Pizza which we ate at later that week)
Day 5: Went to Sugar Beach for the day. We had a couple’s massage booked for later in the day, so they let us use the shuttle for free. Aim to arrive at 10/10:30am and we highly recommend purchasing the loungers at $50 US a person (never thought I would say that) it was so worth it. It was quieter and more comfortable, and they will serve you food + drinks right to you. You are also able to use their beautiful restrooms and floating tubes in the ocean (loved those things) Aim to book a massage around 3:30pm and you feel rested/relaxed before dinner. Couples massage and spa experience were such a treat! Oh, and food down at the beach was delicious (we had the spring rolls (the best), seafood pizza, conch fritters and plantain chips (best dipping sauce). It was the perfect relaxing day and we felt like royalty 😊. Later that night we ate a Bamboo unfortunately portions were to small for the price, but it was tasty and service was nice, (drinks were weak though)
Day 6: Botanical Garden+ Diamond Falls. Enjoyable peaceful stroll. Very informative sighs (we did the tour ourselves) and great souvenir selection. Went to Anse Mamin for burgers so delicious! jerk chicken was good. That night we had Ponty’s Pizza very good.
TIPS & THINGS WE LEARNED…
• Honking is a way of saying “hey, what’s up”
• The smoothie kayak guy that pulls up to the publics ide of sugar beach serves the most amazing smoothies ever. We had pineapple /guava/passion fruit smoothies it was to die for!!
• Guinness beer is stronger than in Canada and Heineken is the same.
• Shandy’s are amazing and addictive
• Chairman’s reserve spice is the best (you can’t go wrong)
• Ask for Ben (the boat is called chocolate) if you want to up Petit Piton he offers to d it $100 EC per person and Lester told us he is a good guy.
Thank you, Janus, for a wonderful time. We can’t wait to be back and next time we will bring our son. Your island has treated us well and is truly a slice of paradise.
Till we meet again,
Ryan and Morgan
North West, Canada
You will or have discovered that you have found yourself at the edge of a lush forest filled with fruits, birds, and let’s not forget the crazy tree frogs. Congratulations!! You have chosen WISELEY!
You will or have discovered that you have found yourself at the edge of a lush forest filled with fruits, birds, and let’s not forget the crazy tree frogs. Congratulations!! You have chosen WISELY! Everything in this book is pretty true and helpful.
Enjoy waking up and watching the steamy volcano and looking over one of the most scenic highlights in the West Indies, the Pitons.
We come from a pretty big “Farm to table” and craft beer culture so one of the restaurants highlights was Boucan at Hotel Chocolat. Personally, I am a Bellini Connoisseur meaning I have never had one I didn’t like. Here though I had the fresh Cacao Bellini. I will probably dream of this fusion of fruit and prosecco the rest of my life. My husband had some Antilla Brewing Company (It was in the BIG BOTTLES), which he liked.
We did a lot of relaxing and unthawing from the cold Vermont “winters”. I say winters, because it would warm up and then we would have a Nor’easter. This happened about 3 times before we left. So St. Lucia was what we needed!
Enjo the local hospitailiy and food. They are all very proud of their home and want you to enjoy it. If you want to kick up the spice of local traditional food try the Baron’s Hot Sauce. DO IT SLOWLY THOUGH! I love hot sauce and bought 3 bottles to take home.
Also if you like a stronger coffee the Green Fold was pretty good. You will see these two things sold at the resorts, but you can get them right at Eroline’s Supermarket.
Please also check out Helpaws! They are a Canadian based organization trying to turn the animal welfare around in St. Lucia. I would take them all home with me if I could.
Have the best time,
Corey & Alina
Serrana is a beautiful place and I really hope we will be back again one day. It has been Such an amazing week and we are so sad to go!
We have had an absolutely amazing vacation! So many things to see and do without even leaving Soufriere. Venturing into town can be a little intimidating at first but well worth it! Everyone has been friendly + we have never felt unsafe at all. There’s nothing better than buying fresh and bread from the street vendors, it is delicious! We went to Zaka’s a few times amazing coffee and they also have fruit smoothies. They sell hand painted wooden masks, it’s a neat place. Purity bakery is also good, just up the street from Erolines market. We were very glad to have rented a car, the driving can be scary at first but not bad at all and you get the hang of it quickly. Its well worth it to be able to get around on your own schedule.
Sugar beach is beautiful and had the best snorkeling but is a little busier. We had a couple’s massage at the rain forest spa (which I highly recommend!) so we were able to use their shuttle to get down to the beach. I recommend using the website: crew-center.com to check the cruise ship schedules and avoid days when the big chips are in port, because they drop off large groups of people at a time.
We preferred Anse Chastenet Beach because it was less crowded. We recommended taking the short walk over to Anse Mamin beach from there even less crowded. You can rent chairs, but we just used our towels. The second day there we ate lunch at the Jungle Beach grill at Anse Mamin a little pricey ($100USD for 2 burgers and 2 cocktails) but so delicious!
Definitely recommend the Tet Paul Nature Trail, beautiful views and some amazing photos! Morne Coubaril Estate was neat we did the tour of grounds where they process cocoa beans, coconuts + sugar canes. We also went Zip Lining which was very fun! But the best part was the amazing homemade coconut candy they sell, it is to die for! We bought 9 bags!!! Highly recommend going to buy that, even if you don’t do anything else! The Botanical Garden and waterfall was also nice. The rum punch was delicious.
Now, on to restaurants 😊
Boucan at Hotel Chocolat was amazing!! Highly recommend. We went for dinner and ended up going back for lunch because another day because we liked it so much. Since the sun sets so early here you have to eat dinner at 6pm (when most of the restaurants open) if you want to enjoy the view at all, and even the it doesn’t last long. We also ate dinner at Mango Tree, which was very good. One night we stayed nearby and ate at Ruby’s at the bottom of the hill, it was also good better than I expected actually. If you highly recommend having the private chef come cook for you at the villa! Chef Ramsey was awesome! We had the grilled pork pineapple + it was delicious! On our last night we went to Jade Mountain. The food was a little pricey but very good. It was cloudy when we were there, and the views were still spectacular, so I can only imagine how beautiful it must be on a clear day. Overall Boucan was definitely our favorite!!
We also went to the mud baths + Sulphur spring on our last day, interesting experience! I recommend going late in the afternoon when it’s not as busy. It wasn’t my favorite thing we did, but worth it for only $11 US for 2 people.
It has been such an amazing week and we are so sad to go! Janus, thank you for everything, we really enjoyed the fresh fruit and bread! Serrana is a beautiful place and I really hope we will be back again one day.
Heather + Tim
My husband and I were BEYOND ecstatic to find Serrana available for a few days during our honeymoon! This place is too good to be true BUT IT IS TRUE!
My husband and I were BEYOND ecstatic to find Serrana available for a few days during our honeymoon! This place is too good to be true BUT IT IS TRUE! The stunning views, secluded tree house feel and the sweet/ amazing view, I don’t want to sound repetitive so I’ll just list what we did ( staring the ones we loved) with some tips.
• Horseback ride (try to book a tour along with beach ride, 3-4 hrs.-$70 person)
• Helicopter ride (splurge and do the trip, it’s worth it 30mins-$225/person)
• Some sort of boat tour (we did one that went from Northern part of Soufriere, doing Sulphur springs, mud baths, waterfall, lunch and snorkeling, 6 hrs.- $100 per person)
• See Sugar Beach, Anse Chastenet, Anse Mamin (beautiful beaches with amazing snorkeling and beach bar at Anse Mamin, $11/chair, $11/ snorkeling gear.
• Hike Gros Piton (first half is moderate, second half a lot difficult. We froze a huge water bottle so we could have cold H20 on the way down! The view breeze + Piton Beers you can buy at the top make the climb worth it! Start early and bring a sweat rag! 4-5 hrs.- $45/ person.
• Mud Baths & Sulphur Springs/ Waterfall (hey are all so close to each other so you could knock them out quick. Go later in the day to avoid crowd)
1) Try to pull as much money you think you’ll need once. We kept having to go back and most times they were out of service, had no money to give (ATM) two in Soufriere one by water and one by Pharmacy or wouldn’t take our cards, , Long lines etc.
2) RENT A CAR! It’s not that expensive and it’s not that hard to drive! trust me you get the hang of it quickly and doing everything on your own time is so CONFIDENT!
3) If you need help with directions, ask a local! They are so friendly and happy to help!
Janus thank you so much again for your hospitality. This Villa was the perfect way to end our honey moon. Whenever we come back to St. Lucia you will be seeing us again! And if you ever want to come to Virginia, we open our doors to you.
THANK YOU AGAIN!!
With love from Richmond Virginia…... Lindsey & Neil
We enjoyed exploring and loved how close we were to all the sites. A wonderful vacation!
Leslie Ann& Andrew
(Charlotte, NC USA)