"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 had a chef for the last night come to the house and cook for us. It was amazing and would do it again if we were staying longer- Best honeymoon vacation!!!
A huge thank you to Janus and his team for being there when needed and always available!
First we rented a car from Island Car rental, who Janus recommended. They were fantastic! We gave them a ride back from Vieux Fort to Soufriere. On the way they pointed out all the sights to see. They also helped us shop at Massy’s Grocery Store. Super Helpful guys!! We bought stuff to drink and small meals/snacks for when we hang out at the villa.
We chilled the first evening we arrived, so we would be fresh for the next day. We wanted to walk into town and see the town. Wonderful people and very helpful. We talked with ‘’Bushman’’ and he was going to hook us up with a boat ride to see the batcave, sugar beach and hike up to the warm waterfall on Pitit Piton for $200. My husband got to snorkel and loved it at sugar beach. $50 just to get into the resort, we were at and extra for gear. We felt it was worth it since we had the gears w/ ‘’bushman’’ and local tour with escort. – 3 hours but well worth it!
We walked from the Villa all down town to become familiar and then on the walk back we walked up the path to the Botanical Gardens and waterfall/baths. That was beautiful and a nice soak.
The best place to go for a relax and informational tour was the Sulphur Springs and mud baths. It’s a few minutes drive south of Soufriere and a must! Tour is short but good and the mud bath makes you feel 10 years younger.
We went up to Castries on a sunset tour, which was nice but probably wouldn’t redo. Fun and good view to check out the north part of the Island. We went to New Jerusalem waterfall and hot spring just up the road and are a must!!! Go during the week so you don’t get a crowd!!!
The best meal I had (well we both had) was at hummingbird beach resort. I had the lobster and my husband had the steak. Best lobster I have ever had! $60 per plate
Orlando’s was good but limited menu. Great owner, fun to talk to. Not always open so best to check first before making the trip.
One day we went to the (ti-kaye resort and spa) with the Island divers. Crazy road to get there once off the main road past the capital, the canaries but beautiful views. We loved the beach!!! Heard the snorkeling was good too but got massages instead. The view from the couples massage room was amazing! Food was alright, the merlin appetizer was a must though! Best beach in my opinion sand wise sugar beach was great for snorkeling! Went by boat to Viceroy resort.
We had a chef for the last night come to the house and cook for us. It was amazing and would do it again if we were staying longer. Janus hooked us up with an amazing time
Best honeymoon vacation!!!
From Heather and Jesse Bryant
Thank you Janus and St. Lucia on a whole for making a very young newly married couple feel very welcome and safe on our honeymoon.
First thank you so much Janus for being a truly amazing host. We felt so welcomed by you and you were always so available for us when we called randomly all the time 😊 The Villa is absolutely gorgeous, and we enjoyed it as our ‘’home’’ for the week we were here for our honeymoon! We could not have asked for a better place! Also-This book is awesome! My husband Connar and I loved reading about everyone’s experiences. So much fun and very helpful!
We are very big beach people so of course we had to go to the beaches. First beach we went to was Sugar Beach. We thought it was nice but way to resort (snobby…lol) for us young honeymooners. If you’re looking for a gorgeous white sandy beach with an amazing view definitely check it out. We rented snorkeling gears here for $11usd each for 1 hour and it was nice but there wasn’t much to see in our personal opinion. Apparently Anse Chastanet beach has great snorkeling. We went to Anse Chastanet but ended up choosing to walk and stay at Anse Mamin twice. It was only about 10-minute walk from Anse Chastanet. We loved it. It was so nice and secluded and felt a bit more private. You can rent chairs for $15USD a chair and just stay all day. The food was awesome as well. We enjoyed the Garmet Burger one day ($28USD) and the fish burger ($18USD) the next. Highly recommend this beach. Oh! and they got an amazing banana deiquin.
We also enjoyed the zip lining at Mourne Coubaril Estate. We made reservation online, but when we got there we realized it would have been cheaper if we had just walked in. It was super fun and we felt like it was a great way to see some awesome views. Worth the money in our opinion. We also had lunch there – was a buffet serving creole food- amazing. It was only $10USD each.
Speaking of food- here’s a summary of all the places we went:-
Martha’s Tables: YUM!! Amazing creole food. We loved it – ended up spending about $40USD for both my husband and I and that included 2 drinks and an appetizer-must go!
Ruby’s: Nice and convenient – we walked down the villa both times we went. Honestly we felt like the prices were way to much for what you get. Go for Pier 28 in town instead.
Pier 28: Similar food to Ruby’s- chicken Fingers, burgers etc… but for like half the price of Ruby’s. Definitely move of a bar feel but we enjoyed. Plus you get a great view of Soufriere ($7ish to $15ish a plate)
Mango tree: We had planned on going somewhere more expensive like Jade mountain or Orlando’s but after our first time at Mango Tree, we realized that we had to go back. Amazing view, up scale fell and of course great food. This is a great place for a fancier meal. Dinner plates range from $20-40USD.
We loved having a rental car – however if you warned about driving on some tough roads you may want to get a driver.
Locals are super nice. Ill encourage you to venture out in Soufriere a few times and walk around. I can honestly say that being in town and being amongst all of the amazing locals was one of my favorite parts of the trip. St. Lucian are truly amazing people.
Along with going into town, definitely check out Eroline’s Supermarket- it’s fun to see the different things they have and cooking in the villa was a lot of fun.
Don’t be afraid to call Janus for help- he was always so willing and able to help us – whether we were lost downtown in our rental car – looking for a particular attraction- he was always there to help!
Well now that my hand writing has changed about 3x. Id better stop writing (lol) Thank you Janus and St. Lucia on a whole for making a very young newly married couple feel very welcome and safe on our honeymoon. We appreciate everything so much!! Now Back to Texas…
Sarah & Connar Love Dallas, Texas, USA
We arrived at the beautiful Serrana Villa after a stay at another Villa in the area. We loved the views and the feeling of being part of the community. Venture down the hill and into town. The locals are so welcoming!
This book was incredibly helpful when thinking about places we wanted to visit
So sad to be leaving today but have so very happy memories of our stay in St. Lucia
Huge Thanks to Janus and the Team
The Hodgson Family
Thank you Janus- an ambassador for St. Lucia. Warm, welcoming and a champion of his country plus a clever entrepreneur.
Thank you Janus- an ambassador for St. Lucia. Warm, welcoming and a champion of his country plus a clever entrepreneur. We’re not going to outline to usual suspect as there is already enough.
Many Island Nature reserve – by Vieux Fort. Most a variety of rare birds +plant life. Access is restricted by organized tours through St. Lucia National Trust. Avoid $82EC PER PERSON. A boat ride takes about 5-10 minutes. 454-5014 or 7122966. The views enable you to see the south of St. Lucia together with the crashing waves of the Atlantic.
Laborie- small history community with a pretty quiet beach – good if you want to stay away from crowds and tourist resorts
Fond Doux - $10 usd pp tour of coffee, banana, mango, citrus, coconut plantation including snacks. The guide ‘’Clinton’’ was so enthusiastic, we thought he might erupt like a Piton. This enthusiasm was infectious and we land this to with the better tour the hotel du chocolat ‘’heskey’’ owned operation.
Anse Cochon beach (ti-kaye next)- $10 entrance + $6 to sulouges , $10 towards your lunch. Uncrowded and beautiful. Plenty of shade. There was less of the institutionalized resort segregation that exist in Sugar Beach
Place Kassav (Anse La Verdire)- Bakery producing mouth-watering cassava bread with smoked herring, salfish to sweet-delicacies such as anomies, chocolate, ginger. A hearty snack - $3 usd
Very lush and tersely island with a stray creole culture.
May _ Alex Fues
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)
We came here seeking adventure and beauty for our family of four, Leaving with our hearts full from the places we’ve seen and people we’ve met!
We came here seeking adventure and beauty for our family of four, Leaving with our hearts full from the places we’ve seen and people we’ve met! Most people have highlighted top things to do so we will just write our favs.
Places to eat
Boucan - For lunch is a must! One of the most amazing meals we’ve ever had and lunch prices so reasonable (try 3 skewers, lava cake, antilla chocolate stout beer😊 it was my birthday (Lisa”43”) so they even danced and sang for me.
Mango Tree – ate here twice. Sunday night is an inexpensive tepas menu – delicious. Regular weekday there nights don’t start until 6:50 so call ahead. They went out of their way to feed us early for my son’s birthday. Celebrated with song & cake (shane “14”) sunset views and added bonus - bring camera!
Ruby’s - Ate here twice for convenience. Loved our second non-pizza night (pizza just ok). Wings – some of the best ever tasted. Really enjoyed Shrimp Stir-fry.
Places to go
Get a car! It’s a little scary to do at first but must for the adventure seeker.
Road Trip to the east side of the island – included accidental drive to light house - wow most spectacular view of island (better than vie on pitons).
Tree top adventure zipline – some more gorgeous view of jungle mixed with thrill seeking times, shout out to our guides popcorn and Nelson.
Dennery Falls – Hidden gem. This is a must if you are out here. By far the most beautiful spot! Down the road from zipline.
Feel Good Taxi Tours – arranged this from states. Daniel picked us up in town and took us to about 5 incredible snorkeling spots on the west coast followed by lunch prepared by his wife on the beach.
Gros Piton Hike – Be wared this is a climb, not a hike! Toughest thing we’ve all done and we are a pretty fit family. Rocks are steep & slippery which makes both ways hard, worth the views and bragging rights.
Zion Lion Farm – another tour planned home. Paul – owner – messed up our date but we rescheduled and his nephew Vikki led the day. We spent the morning touring his town 17th heaven and seeing local crafters (pot clay maker, grass furniture and wood carver). Then Vikki showed us his farm and taught us a lot about history of his island, his local village and the desire to preserve their traditions organic farming. Lunch was traditionally made in clay pots down a long Yukana Bay. Joann made tuna and chicken with lots of local veggies and most amazing coconut veggie rice. Vikki also lead snorkeling around beach, nicest family here on St. Lucia!
Best Beach, sugar Beach.
Best Villa too Janus! We will miss this place of paradise.
Tom, Lisa, Shane & Julia
Virginia Beach USA
12/11/17 – Renting a car is definitely the way to go! We met Fabian, whom was nice enough to take us to the grocery store and pick-up some stuff. Demitri, my husband, is an amazing chef and made us Pasta and Lamb leg the first night.
We relaxed by the pool on day 1, had some drinks and made some good food. Met Janus. Awesome guy! Made us feel right at home.
12/12/17- went to Anse Mamin, if you can drive up the hill to make it to the villa, you can drive anywhere on the Island. Beautiful Beach, great food and drinks. Went to Ladera for dinner, was alright (Jade Mountain is way better!!)
12/13/17 – Went to Sugar Beach. Charged $50usd per chair but was able to negotiate some drinks with that!! Went to Campari. Little local place down town for drinks, so good! Ask for Andy, she’s the chef! Absolute sweetheart. Ate, drank and danced with the locals.
12/14/17- checked out Superman falls, hidden gem! Enjoyed a nice lunch at Martha’s Tables on the way to Sugar Beach (love the floats there) and enjoyed drinks and sunset at Jade Mountain (Best Restaurant on the Island!!) Beautiful View!!!
12/15/17 – DEPARTURE ☹
Ang & Demitri
Amazing stay at Serrana! Thank you to all previous guests who wrote recommendations. Our stay here was short between other locations in St. Lucia. What a great find indeed!
Walk to town and visit the botanical gardens, Fedo’s, Ruby’s. outside bar at Pier 28 is a good place to mix with locals.
The market is open until 8pm, it was a nice mix to chill at home and make a few meals and drinks.
Relax and enjoy!
Thank you Janus for your welcome hospitality and creating Serrana.
Andrea and Jeremy