"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
Fly in at 4:00, one of Janus’ driver’s picks us up @ the airport in a very pimp ride.
Said driver is also a tour guide of sorts stopping to show us random and beautiful parts of the island on our way in to the city.
Petit Peak for Dinner, best pasta I’ve tasted to date.
"Feeling over the moon, climbing Gros Piton Tomorrow."
Gros Piton - Beautiful views but it kicked my ass quite literally. Worth it? Yes, but I just did it and I am a bit delirious because we ran out of water. DON’T DO THAT.
Anyways, feeling much better (rum helps). Another guide/driver of Janus took us by a BBQ join in the city. Blue walls about a clock or two away.
THIS BBQ CHANGED MY LIFE, can’t remember the name……Chilling by our pool all day tomorrow with desperado’s and Ladera for dinner at sunset.
Lazy and sunburnt by the pool till 5:30, booz run at the local market then dinner at Ladera. MG - best views and food. Get ready to drop some $Tho.
- Kyle says it was worth the $ since we conquered the piton yesterday (Still hurts).
Trek through town to the beach and a few errands tomorrow #vacationallieverwanted.
Up and at it around 10am just in time to hit Fedo’s for some delicious food and walk to the pharmacy for sunscreen then went to the bay/hummingbird beach. Rented chairs and put them in a shade by the loading dock. VERY NICE, ate again and had cocktails at Hummingbird’s Restaurant which was delicious. The chef came out and let us try some raw cut sugar cane. We went back to our chairs but they were being used so we just laid somewhere else for a bit then got a ride home after stopping at Big yard for some BBQ (we like to eat if you can’t tell)
Up early pack everything and get a ride to Anse Chastanet Beach! We walked to Anse Mamin where it was $11.00 per chair USD and the bar opened at 9am food at 12, very good burgers but I recommend BYOB to save $
No snorkeling today, red flag waves were crazy big but it was still relaxing and fun to watch.
We walked back to Anse Chastanet as the sun was setting and enjoyed their bar and restaurant very much. May sleep in a bit tomorrow, sunset cruise at 4pm
Friday TGIF walked down to Fedos for lunch then through the town for some Souvenirs and Boarded a sunset cruise with Mystic Man around 4pm. It was so beautiful. Double rainbows, great people. They had rum punch. We got beer and sweet potatoes fries at Pier 28 right after.
AMAZING NIGHT ready for all day at sugar beach tomorrow.
DAY 7 (OUR LAST DAY) :(
Sugar Beach by 10am got front row in the shade on the public/free side. Beautiful Day! Great snorkeling, pricey drinks and food. I recommend bringing snacks and beer/rum instead. We got picked up just before sunset went to Petit Peak again for dinner which was great. Overall best trip of our lives. I wish I could start over and relive it again and again.
We’re going to start saving and come back asap.
We love you, Janus!
We love you, St. Lucia
Kyle & Leslie
"We take a trip every year during this time and St. Lucia is by far my favorite place to date! Serrana Villa was our home away from home and Janus was a spectacular Host."
We chose Serrana Villa for our birthday celebration and couldn’t be happier! The place is a dream and has everything we could have imagined. We think the pool really, makes the villa spectacular and enjoyed swimming with a cold drink while watching the sun go down (and the bats J). We are very adventurous and appreciate the fact that there was always something fun to so and something beautiful to see! Take it all in and ENJOY!!!
Thank you for a WONDERFUL vacation. I couldn’t imagine it to be any better. We take a trip every year during this time and St. Lucia is by far my favorite place to date! Serrana Villa was our home away from home and Janus was a spectacular Host. He made sure we had everything we needed and even brought us some local homemade bread one night!
I will forever cherish the memories my husband and I made here! THANK YOU!!!
Pittsburgh, PA. USA
Stanley (Up Champs Penguins)
This place is 100000000x better than Sandals and I am so glad we got to experience the best part of our honeymoon here!Thank you! Thank you!
Picked up from Sandals Grande by Aiden from Janus’ transport. He was super nice & took us to a grocery store to pick-up some food and drinks. He was also very helpful in finding us an ATM. He drove us to Serrena and stopped at a few viewing spots so we could take pictures. Beautiful View and felt like we were on an awesome excursion. We arrived at the Villa around 3ish where Janus welcomed us with open arms. I did my research about Serrana and everything I read about how amazing the villa & Janus were true. The Villa is more beautiful than the pictures and I wish we stayed there more than Sandals. We spent the afternoon on the Terrace Listening to music and Admiring the views. That was the most relaxing part of our Honeymoon Yet. We drank Pitons and called Janus to ask where we could get a quick bite to eat and he said he would come pick us up to show us around. He gave us some tips for exploring and made us feel very safe. We had dinner at Pitit Peak which was the best meal we had all week. Sandals was Beautiful but the food made me nausea. Ii felt immediately better as so as we ate dinner. My husband had the Mahi and I had a pasta dish. Next, we wanted to do some bar hopping. Went to a little bar by the dock for a Piton and then we found SKIPPERS. We absolutely loved this place and had the best night so far. Have some Piton and shots with Tonya the bartender. We made some great local friends and took fun pictures. People will get you to buy stuff for them, just say no thanks and they will be nice and go away. Then we made the walk back – wear comfy shoes! We sweat the whole way up + immediately jumped in the pool for star gazing-amazing
Slept in and made breakfast. It was an on and off rainy day so we spend the first half of the day by the pool while it was pouring and the sun still shinning. Was some of the best things I’ve experienced! Nothing beats the view from the pool and you can’t help but smile the whole time. Rain showers are very quick and we got to see a rainbow over the mountain. We tried to walk to lunch before we went to Sugar Beach but got lost so we called Janus and he found us within 10 minutes. Note: Rubis & Fedos were closed so we think it was since it was Monday. Janus had a driver who was his very nice brother, take us to lunch before the beach. We went to Pier 28. I wasn’t a fan of the chicken Burger but my husband liked his burger. Next onto Sugar Beach. This was another amazing spot. The view is truly Breathtaking as the beach is situated between the Pitons. Driver drove as far as he could and then we took and adorable looking shuttle to the beach. We got there about 3pm and it was practically empty. We put our towels in the resort side and floated in the water for the next 2.5 hours. It rained on and off there but again it was amazing to float with that view of sun-shower. Get some Pitons and that worked for the receipt you have to show to get shuttle back up the hill. I bought a cute beach cover-up wrap from a little hut on the local side. There is a warm waterfall on the way to Sugar Beach but it closes at 5pm so we missed it. Janus brother, took us to the grocery store to get some stuff for dinner. Snapper fillet YUM! Word of advice (bank of St. Lucia didn’t work for us, the bank on the other side did) Just finished dinner and relaxing on the terrace. Use the rings in the drawer next to stove for bugs. Also spray bug spray on yourself. Spent the rest of the evening reading on terrace while hubby snoozed in the chair next to me. That’s a perfect way to end a gorgeous night!
Last full day here ☹ I keep saying to my husband-I wish we were here the whole times instead of Sandals! I don’t even mind waking up to the rooster every morning his name is Rufus. We also love the bird at the kitchen sink window who visits every morning his name is Pierre. There is also the tiniest frog on the patio-his name is francois. We spent the day going to fedos for lunch – don’t get chicken roti too much bones! Walked to hummingbird beach & spent the afternoon playing with the local kids & jumping off the pier. Next walked to Lifestyle for souvenirs. Such a nice lady. Finished the afternoon at Skippers. Spent the evening in the pool. Went to Ruby’s for dinner-No pizza ☹ Had caprese salad & fish fingers-very good! Walked across the street to the best Karaoke bar ever. Look for a little boy Isiah & Make sure he’s okay! His dad is the DJ. Walked home in the pouring rain and it was awesome!
Time to leave ☹
Janus – thank you for everything. We will be back hopefully at your new Villa. This place is 100000000x better than Sandals and I am so glad we got to experience the best part of our honeymoon here!
Thank you! Thank you!
LOVE JOSEPHA ND KATRINA
LONG ISLAND NEW-YORK
We got a quick tour and unpacked, this place has everything you could ever need! And one glance out the window… you know instantly that you came to the right place
Alex & Kristen
Travel from Virginia Beach VA
Arrived without any issues and got through customs in 15 MINS! Steven was waiting for us and gave us a comfy ride to the Villa to meet Janus. We got a quick tour and unpacked, this place has everything you could ever need! And one glance out the window… you know instantly that you came to the right place. Janus gave us a ride to the Soufriere Waterfront and we had a quick bite at Pitit Peak. Watched ‘’The Pearl’’, the local party pirate ship by the Pier. Beautiful Views, quiet and a cricket match on TV! Head back to the Villa after a long Day. WE’RE THERE!!!
Had some coffee, OJ’s bread with amazing hot sauce, all of which Janus had ready for us in the villa. Caught a ride to the Market and stocked up on Breakfast food, coffee, Pitons!!! Drinks and snacks. Headed out for a beach day at Anse Chastanet/Anse Mamin. Glad we came in the slow season. Had it mostly to ourselves. Spent most of our time at Mamin. Got a few drinks from the resort bar (expensive but good) Insanely beautiful Black sand beach, we will go to. Janus Made us a reservation at Mango Tree, A restaurant at Stonefield Resort. Epic Sunset View and setting, great food and super reasonable considering you are on a rainforest cliff facing Pitit Piton sipping on an amazing rum punch with nutmeg…Do it! Great dinner, great first day, sure a beautiful place. Back to the Villa.
Woke up early, coffee and light breakfast and we were off to Gros Piton. We were one of the fast groups there (fast to the top) and we met up with Mervin our guide. Mervin is the man ‘’The Mountain Goat’’ He even has a sign that proves it! Kristen and I are pretty athletic, and we were up for the challenge, but it was an intense Hike starting at 650ft and finishing at 2500ft, you cover serious vertical relevation in a short amount of time. The view at the top stretched 200degrees, exposing the southern and of the island to Coconut Bay all the way to the Mountains in the North. It is worthy, noting that my wife Kicked my ass on this Hike…in slip ons, flat boutique vans. It is an amazing experience and we recommend it. Bring water along. I wore a heavy backpack with camera gear, water and snacks. Don’t do what I did, bring water, your smartphone for pics, this is all you need. Stopped at Sulphur Springs on the way home from Gros Piton. A natural wonder but we went at Lunch time and it was crowded. Our guide/driver Jamal told us that was 50% of the normal crowd! The spring is Hot! But it did feel amazing on oursuper shaky legs after the climb. We rubbed the mud, rinsed it off and we were on our way. About 20 minutes total. Hit up Fedos for lunch and got a delicious and rewarding cheese burger! Cheap, fast, easy. Back to the Villa to chill out! Heavy rain-shower rolled in and the most intense Rainbow appeared in the valley on the left as if it was slashing the turquoise roof of Janus’ house. Amazing, took 300 photos. Fried Plantain, mango Slices and cocktails for dinner. ‘’Point Break’’ (the original) on Netflix and we out!
Arranged for a 9am pick-up for Sugar Beach! If you like to party and we do, you will like Sugar Beach. Situated between Gros Piton and Pitit Piton, Sugar beach is pretty close to perfect, because we got there early, we got our choice in beach chairs and made ourselves at home. Cornel had all of the intec and even call head to let Bonita know we were coming. We had a perfect spot watching cruise and snorkel tours come and go while we relaxed under a tree with Dr. Twist, Blaze and Lesta! Blaze is the smoothie Man on a yellow Kayak, best frozen drinks we ever had. Bonita was sweet, had cheap Pitons and was willing to watch our camera bag while we went snorkeling. Find these people and strike up a conversation. A highlight for sure Fedos to go on our way home. Chicken roti on Point. Villa Relaxation and Hotel Chocolat for Dinner! Boucan was amazing. Everywhere you go, you get a new glimpse of the Pitons! And this view is no different…Gorgeous. The food was tasty and interesting, and the rum ounch is strong! Crème Brulee with Mango ice-cream for dessert, so good. Another amazing day. Janus is the best, his drivers too! We are half way and having an amazing time.
Walked into town to catch our 9 am snorkel with Mystic Man. We had a 40ft sailboat to ourselves for 3 hours. Awesome to finally see Soufriere from the Sea. Went to three pretty nice snorkel spots (Pinacles, Coral Garden and Superman’s Flight) Superman’s Flight sits right under Pitit Piton with a beautiful reef that dramatically drops off into the deep. With a little time left we took a jog a couple of miles out to find Some dolphins. Tropical spotted Dolphins to be exact. Incredible experience to stand on the bow and watch the Dolphins Catch a ride! A great time! We headed back up the hill to the villa to relax and have some snacks. Janus brought us a couple mangoes and a pineapple…his hospitality continues! Relaxed until Cornel pick us up @ 6 to take up to Ladera. Amazing Views as it is perched In the rainforest between the Pitons, overlooking Sugar Beach. Drinks Were expensive but dinner was delicious. Only downside was it was a bit buggy. Cornel was ready and waiting and we headed home after a beautiful evening
Another rooster wake up call and Janus picked us up to show us the progress on his New Villa! Soon to be completed, it looks amazing and we will likely try to book it when we return. Views and amenities cannot be beat. Cant wait to see the finish product. Caught a ride to Tet Paul Nature Trail. Pretty cool and very quick, amazing views of the Pitons (very similar to the top of Gros Piton if not better at some view point) We would recommend but take your time! Off to Anse Manin for Lunch, snorkeling and seclusion. We love this beach. Cornel picked us up at the villa to take us to a local spot to show us the Friday night scene in Soufriere. A super nice guy was going all the cooking. First thing we started was ‘’fish guts’’ which is exactly what it sounds like, but delicious if you try it! That was followed by some amazing Mahi cooked in a very unique way with breadfruit and a avocado. Some of the best foods on this trip. Cornel introduced us to everyone who came through, such a great host. Back to the Villa!
Our stay is coming to an end! Bitter sweet but we are ready to get back to our two little boys. Dinner reservation at Jade Mountain, so no big plans other than that. Took a walk to Diamond Fall Botanical Gardens…easy walk, beautiful place and no guide…it was nice…lots of amazing plants and hummingbirds. The grey Sulphur Springs are also a sight. Got some gifts for the kids at the shop and headed home for some rest and relaxation. Found a dry coconut at Anse Mamin and Janus sent over a helping hand with a machete to open it up for us. Very low key until we got to Jade Mountain…this place is Breathtaking. Kind of wish we had done dinner here twice, although it is easily the most expensive. We got drinks and dinner for 2 for $275 US. The food, the service and the views made it worth it. Can’t wait to see some of the photos we captured here. Make sure you go there, make your reservation early and enjoy!
Packed up the Villa and headed back to VA. Thank you Janus for a most amazing trip. Your drivers and hospitality are top notch and we can’t to come back. Soufriere is a beautiful place and we will miss it!
Note to Janus: We’ve stayed in quite a few Airbnbs, but your hospitality has truly been the best! Keep the great work and good luck with your budding business! Christine and Joe.
Sunday July 30: Jo & I land at UVF Airport after a whirlwind 2 days of getting married and seeing off friends and family. Our flight was about an hour delayed, so we missed out on the grocery store (closes early on Sunday). However Janus was waiting at the Villa with eggs, milk and bread to get us stared for breakfast the next morning. what a gem. Took a little nap by the pool, and then walked down to Ruby’s for dinner.
Ruby’s - Service is amazing, prices are a little high for what you get but the convenience (proximity to the villa) is worth it. Pizza has a frozen pizza vibe, but not in a bad way. Also tried the burger, which was good and filling. If they have the orang & lime juice, get it! We came here 2X. same great waiter. “Vegetarian Approved😊
Monday July 31: waking up to this view is really special. Today we started a tradition of breakfast on the terrace: juice, coffee, toast, and eggs (you don’t need to eat to much because there’s a ton of great food to try on the island) oh and of course fresh mangoes!
Cool Breeze: we know it’s just a gas station. But try the big foot snacks, tropical gummies, and creamy ice cream bars! On + Coconut Shirley Biscuits!!
Tet Paul - Fun quick and easy hike with really gorgeous views. Guide was nice and informative. You basically are expected to tip guides everywhere so plan accordingly. Flora is gorgeous, too. We bought apricot rum for our toast at the restaurant there.
Fedo’s – A tru locals restaurant less than a 10 minute walk from villa. The roti (chicken) was on point and only cost $10.00 E.C. The local juice was also great here.
Boucan – had dinner at Hotel Chocolat. Everything was great and we found the prices to not be too terrible. Great cocktails and desserts. Also vegetarian approved! ( This was his fav btw.)
Tuesday Aug 1
Wednesday Aug 2 Rainy Day Activities!
Thursday Aug 3
We chose to use it
Friday Aug 4
Saturday Aug 5:
DAY 1 - Arrived around 5pm, walked down to town around 6pm. Had the beef burgers with fries & 2 pitons @ Pier28 - good dinner, reasonable prices - $15 EC for a burger, piton beer $6 EC, so dinner for 2 ran $52.00 EC (under $20.00 US!)
The walk into town isn’t bad but after a long day of travel it was a little tiresome walking back up that hill in the dark….and a flashlight is a good idea!
DAY 2 – First full day was amazing! Breakfast and coffee on the porch is the right way to start the day. We packed a lot into one day…Anse Chastanet/Anse Mamin: great snorkeling! We brought our own gear so we didn’t have to rent the equipment. We enjoyed snorkeling in Anse Chastanet but Anse Mamin was much better, and it is a short walk from Chastanet. Had lunch at the Jungle Grill in Anse Mamin, it was good, but you’re paying resort prices ($70.00 for two burgers and some beers, us Dollars). Better to save your money and go elsewhere for a burger. Service was excellent though.
Day 3 - I’m going to miss the mangoes…and breakfast on the porch! Went to Sugar Beach – The 14 cocktail is worth the shuttle back up the hill! Very pretty view of the Pitons but it is definitely a resort setting.
Day 4 – went down to Zaka’s for coffee and smoothies, very good fun atmosphere, nice people. Will go back. We also picked up some of their artwork to take home. We went back to Anse Mamin for more snorkeling. It was by far our favorite place to go. Took a little swim in the lagoon there soo.
Day 5 – Gros Piton – we tried it, but with last nights dinner disaster we coly made it to the halfway point before turning back. Guide was excellent, views were good, but from as far as we go, Tet Paul was better for views. The extra $1.00 for walking stick was worth it. Somethings to note
• It is not an easy hike
• You will be climbing up very rocky areas
• You will soak your clothes in sweat
• The path is pretty narrow
• The cardio is intense (that’s what got us, not the climbing up the rocks).
We came home and hung out in the pool here at the Villa. Then took a nap. Spent the evening in due to rain, but thoroughly enjoyed the villa!
Day 6 – going home! We loved our time at Serrana Villa and Saint Lucia.
My favorites: Anse Mamin, the mud baths and tet paul, the Gardens.
My Husbands Favorites: Anse Mamin and De Belle View Restaurant.
Enjoy your stay – we know you will!
Thank so much to Janus, you created a wonderful place!!!
May the good lord bless your time here as you enjoy the beauty of his creation.
Jonathan and Kelly
Janus – From the bottom of our hearts. Thank you!! We wish we could of stay forever! Much love to you, friend!
After 4 amazing days at Serrana Villa we’ve pieced together some highlights and suggestions for those who follow us…
Number One: You’re already here!! Lucky, lucky you!! Serrana Villa is simply incredible! You are so close to everything, the views are breathtaking. The plunge pool refreshing. And you have JANUS!! Know you will be well taken care of by this guy. He’s warm friendly and oh so helpful. By the time you leave you’ll feel you have a forever friend in him.
As for other recommendations:
Restaurant / Bars
Overall – Don’t be intimidated or hesitant to wander into any local establishment. Those little hole in the wall places had some of the most fun, friendly people we met. In some, we had locals buying us a round before we were even fully seated. Use basic common sense and you couldn’t be safer!
Janus – From the bottom of our hearts. Thank you!! We wish we could of stay forever! Come to California + we’ll gladly take you to google – your mecca!!
We’re going to be keeping an eye on your new project in hopes of one day darkening your door there! Much love to you, friend!
April & Derek
Day 1- We finally made it to the Beautiful St Lucia Villa around 6pm. We stopped on the way to pick-up some groceries and cooked dinner.
Day 2- Sugar Beach was our first stop. U.S $50.00 per chair. It was a very beautiful and relaxing beach. It is not a bad drive from the villa, we also made it into town to ZAKA’s coffee shop. It’s delicious, their smoothies are a must try! For dinner, we tried Ruby’s. Apparently, their stove was broken so they were not able to make pizza. We ended up having Mahi-mahi and a burger. The fish was great and not to badly priced.
Day 3- We stopped at Zaka’s coffee store once more. I love the atmosphere. After stopping for our morning coffee, we headed to Jade Mountain. Only US$33 to rent chairs. The road to Anse Chastanet is a bit frightening but well worth the drive. We ate at the restaurant by the beach and had a few drinks. And there was a beautiful rainbow after a light shower.
Day 4 – We went on a snorkeling adventure through Mystic Man. Bradley was a great tour guide. It was a private tour which made it even better. We ended up taking a lil nap and chilled for the rest of the day.
Day 5- We woke up early to go fishing. My wife and I made breakfast, ate and took a Dramamine about 1 hour before we pushed off for good measures. Despite our efforts, my wife got sea sick. She and both spent a lot of our lives on the water, but her more so on smooth lakes while I spend a lot on the ocean. She was a trooper though, encouraging us to keep trolling despite her sea sickness. We came back into port earlier. Even so, we fished for close to four hours and caught nothing. A mix of rain and fog reduced visibility to a few thousand meters, making it difficult to spot birds for fishing spots. Regardless of our poor fortune, Bradley and the rest of the crew from Mystic Man Tours was phenomenal. We came back to villa Serrana, had a snooze then went to Ruby’s again for dinner. Kenny our waiter that night and also fist night, we went to ruby’s was fantastic. The man has had the job for three weeks. He is 18, this is his first job and one day wants to earn his B.S in computer Science/ Engineering. We got home after 10 and watched some Netflix before bed.
Day 6- Our last full day! My Husband and I decided to take it easy. We woke up early went into town to Zaka’s We spend most of our day by the pool. Janus has been an amazing host. It was great getting to know some of the locals. We had an amazing Honeymoon
Bryan & Julia
Our stay was Fantastic. Unbelievable accommodations. We wouldn’t do it any other way!
Wil & Stephanie