People laughed at as for staying at an Airbnb for our honeymoon instead of an all- inclusive resort, joke is on them!!! We wouldn’t have had it any other way. This villa is perfection.
First Off Janus Thank you for everything! We couldn’t have asked for a better honeymoon. People laughed at as for staying at an Airbnb for our honeymoon instead of an all- inclusive resort, joke is on them! We wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Instead of repeating what everyone else said we will still just summarize some of our experiences.
The good, the kind of bad, the weird….
Gros Piton Hike- It is NOT a Hike!! Definitely be prepared for a Climb! We are two 23-year old’s in semi good shape but the climb is tough! But it is so rewarding. Our guide let us take our time and break when needed, it took us two hours up and two hours down. Wear comfy workout clothes and shoes. We’d recommend bringing a small towel and change of clothes (at least a new shirt to change into) because you will definitely get sweaty. We went at 7am. Be prepared for an equally difficult climb down, rocks are mossy and slippery and your legs will be jello. Do this hike if you’re considering it the slightest bit!!! So worth it! Highlight of our honeymoon.
Snorkeling- Started off at Anse Chastanet. We were not a fan. We were stung by tiny jelly fishes the whole time we were in the water. We couldn’t tolerate it. They left small red bumps all over our body . They went away in a few days. The drive to this beach is intense, but do able. All up hill on a two track if you’re driving , just honk your horn around turns and take your time. Anse Mamin is worth walking to from Anse Chastanet. It was rainy when we went so the beach was pretty rough. We were unable to snorkel here, but this beach was more of our taste, quiet and relaxing and took some awesome pictures.
Sugar Beach- Do it!!! We were also given the option of $50 voucher pp or $10 to park in the dirt lot and walk down. We couldn’t bare to paying $100 to get shuttled down regardless of lunch being a part of the deal, so we chose to pay $10 and walk down Its all downhill on a paved road, so the walk wasn’t that much an issue, but walking up was a challenge, we gave up about 5mins in lol ! (still sore from our piton climb). We flagged down a shuttle and payed $20 for a ride up. Some may think that’s crazy but cheaper than $100 for a ride both ways. Snorkeling at Sugar Beach was pretty cool definitely worth a day trip! Snorkel equipment can be rented. Rocky beach so bring water shoes if you have them. Buy a smoothie from the locals selling them out of a kayak. Just do it 😊
Tourist Traps- We did the drive-in volcano which was ok. Smelled horrible because of the Sulphur so mentally prep for that. Mud bath isn’t that cool. Made our skin soft, but nothing special. Wear a not so nice swim suit. The chemicals stained ours.
The piton warm mineral falls – We went on a St. Lucian Holiday and it was busy with locals. Our guide was bloated out his mind and was pointing out obvious things such as “this is a mango tree” and was super pushy for a tip.
Zaka’s Atr Café – Is a must!! If you like fresh smoothies and the tastiest iced coffee go there!! Reasonably priced and we were never disappointed. We also purchased quite a few of the art pieces that are for sale Super cool place, 10-minute drive from the villa. We parked near the water, near Rubis Gas Station and Zaka is about 2 min walk from there.
Overall- Skim this book for tips, but go out and make your own adventures. This villa is perfection and is placed in a town nearly untouched by tourists. Enjoy the culture and don not be afraid to sway off the beaten path.
Thanks again Janus!! We will see you again. 😊
Jessica & Issac Schever
May 28-June 3,2018
Detroit, MI, USA