Covid-19 was announced to be a world wide pandemic. Luckily Janus saved our trip. If covid-19 makes us stay in St. Lucia for another week we won’t be so upset about it!!
JANUS IS THE MAN!!!!!!
We Came to St. Lucia to celebrate our recent engagement and my 30th birthday. We arrived in Rodney Bay on Monday night only to find out there was a mix up with our reservation and we had to downgrade our hotel. A few days later covid-19 was announced to be a world wide pandemic. Although the Rodney Bay beaches is nice , the whole experience was weh!
Luckily Janus saved our trip. We were able to leave Rodney Bay sooner and come to the lovely Soufriere.. From the time Ian picked us up the trip continued to get better and better. Things we saw and recommend in Soufriere:- Tet Paul Nature Trail, Botanical Gardens/Diamond waterfall, torille waterfall and Mud Baths.
Anse Mamin Beach was our favorite. We stayed there all day and watched the sun set, we highly recommend this – burgers on the beach were delicious, we had the fish burgers.
Pier 28 for late night food. We walked there on Friday night and enjoyed the fries and chicken wings, very cheap and delicious.
Today we plan on spending the day at the villa and enjoying the view
We can’t thank Janus enough for his generosity. He has played a major role on planning our trip memorable. We are looking forward to sharing our pictures and recommending janus’ place to our family & friends. We typically like to travel to different places but we might have to come back here.
Once again thank you Janus
Austyna & John from Canada
P.S -If covid-19 makes us stay in St. Lucia for another week we won’t be so upset about it
We love Soufriere
Thank you for having us at wonderful Sab, we could not have been happier with our stay.
The views and pool were much appreciated. We cooked a nice meal and then sat on the deck into the night. Janus was so kind and funny upon arrival, he made us very welcome, nothing has gone unnoticed, we plan on coming back. Thanks so much.
John, Shannon, Marsha
We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here in St. Lucia staying in Beautiful Saba Villa. Most of our stay has been here at the villa relaxing and decompressing from the hussle and bussle of our lives back home.
We had dinner at Sugar Beach between the 2 Pitons at Viceroy Resort, the views of the sunset there was spectacular!
We had Jamal take us to Rodney Bay for a day trip, shopping along the way. For some great photos, sampled some cassava bread and rum tasting at the side of the road.
Walked Anse Chastanet and Anse Mamin beaches and got some amazing pictures. Stopped at the Blue Anchor Café near the Gazevo at Soufriere Beach Park, the chicken Penini’s were amazing!!!
Went on a hike on Tet Paul Nature Trail, got ot see some incredible sightes and had some great Photos takes by our guide, drove into the volcano and ended the day at Torille Waterfall, it was beautiful, so powerful and refreshing!!
We have enjoyed our first trip to St. Lucia to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. Thank you to sherek and Jamal for being great guides and taking some awesome pictures for us to enjoy for years to come
Cathy & Dustin
JANUS & CO TOOK THE REINS AND TURNED OUR MISERY INTO HISTORY!! YOU SAVED OUR HONEYMOON, THANK YOU JANUS.
LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING YOU TRULY HAVE MADE THIS HONEYMOON A MEMORY THAT WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
IT ALL BEGAN WITH A CANCELLED FLIGHT, A FEW MORE HICUPS ALONG THE WAY, BUT IN THE END IT WAS ALL WORTH IT!!
DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE 3 DAYS @ SABA, AND ONLY AMOUNTED TO ONE, I COULDN’T HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER DESTINCTION! THE VILLA IS A SIGHT TO SEE! FROM THE IMPRESSIVE VIEWS TO THE TOP OF THE NOTCH ACCOMODATIONS!
WE LANDED IN ST LUCIA WITH THE EXPECTATION THAT “WHAT WILL GO WRONG”IT ALL STOPPED THERE! GERMAL PICKED US UP FROM THE AIRPORT AND TOOK US ON A GUIDED TOUR AT THE VILLA, SO KNOWLEDGABLE AND FRIENDLY. STOPPED @ LOCAL MARKET AND PICK UP FOOD FOR THE NIGHT.
THE NIGHT CONSISTED OF AMAZING VIEWS, GOOD FOOD, A QUICK DIP IN THE POOL, AND PLENTY OF MEMEORIES MADE, THE FOLLOWING DAY WAS PLANNED AND SET UP WITH JANUS, HELP TO VISIT SULPHUR SPRINGS , BOTANICAL GARDENS,CHOCOLAT PLANTATION AND A HIKE @ TET PAUL.
JANUS THEN ARRANGED FOR AN AMAZING RIDE TO OUR NEXT STOP @ THE ROYALTAN! WHILE THE HONEYMOON COULD HAVE CONTINUED TO SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL , JANUS & CO TOOK THE REINS AND TURNED OUR MISERY INTO HISTORY!!
IF YOURE READING THIS TAKE MY ADVICE & TRUST IN JANUS TO MAKE ALL YOUR VACATION DREAMS COME TRUE! NOT TO MENTION , JANUS IS THE MOST FRIENDLY & ACCESSIBLE HOST EVER !!
YOU SAVED OUR HONEYMOON, THANK YOU JANUS ,, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTING, KNOWELEDGE ABOUT THE ISLAND AND ALL THE PERSONAL TOUCHES MADE SO OUR STAY WAS AMAZING .
We were already in the pool dreading leaving. we are at the ladera for the next four days but would stay here if we could get our deposit back from ladera
Dear Janus ( + his team ) & Future guests
Where do we start? First off, this is the one of the best properties to rent on the island! The view of the pitons, Soufriere and the ocean is appareled! you feel as if this is one of your own private high end resort, with all the amenities (Infinity pools, huge balconies, lounge chairs , smart tvs in every room rainfall and shower ) with all the comfort and luxuries of home . we never wanted to leave! you would notice day by day intentions was to stay spot here.
Now Janus is a phenomenal host! our first day in just so happened to be independence on the island and most things were closed, he went and stocked our fridges with home essentials so we won’t be hungry our first night! He is incredibly reasonable and is very passionate about the cares of his guests in all his properties. When we got there, he met us in person to go over everything! Now for our day to day itinerary:
• Night – Got dinner at petit peaks because it was the only place open. Food was good but a bit overpriced. I’m sure during the day when you can enjoy the view, its more worth it! came back to the villa, opened all the sliding doors to let in the Caribbean breeze and did come late night swimming.
• Day 2 – Full relaxing day at the villa, there is really no reason to leave …dinner with chef Ramsey! Delicious! An absolute must! We really enjoyed this and had we been there earlier we would have booked him again!
• Day 3 – Went to Anse Chastnet beach for 2.5hrs which is 10-15 mins away. We realize we like staying out at the villa better so we came back and spent the rest of the day there! , having a full kitchen was amazing as we really enjoyed cooking most of our meals there !
• Day 4 – Another crazy/ relaxing day at the villa. we took the sunset cruise through mystic man cruise (janus recommendation). its $60 USD per person and so worth it!
• Last day – We were already in the pool dreading leaving. we are at the ladera for the next four days but would stay here if we could get our deposit back from ladera !
We absolutely loved SABA VILLA and JANUS and will recommend his properties to anyone!
Love Sarah and David from new York
As soon as we opened the doors to this gorgeous home our jaws dropped. The clean lines and simplicity of Saba is so refreshing, relaxing, and comforting.
Janus, Team, & Future Guests,
We only stayed at Saba for 3 nights after spending our first 5 nights at Sandals la Toc in Castries. It was great and all but very crowded and full of a lot of other newlyweds trying to do the same things as us. It was great meeting new people from other places in the U.S, but we quickly got tired of all the employees constantly coming up to us and asking us to spend more money on things we were not interested in. we rented a car and drove from Castries to Soufriere the drive was pretty and longer than expected due to the windy roads.
We finally arrived to this beautiful, bustling town and become more and more amazing at its beauty as we went up the hill to Saba. As soon as we opened the doors to this gorgeous home our jaws dropped.
The clean lines and simplicity of Saba is so refreshing, relaxing, and comforting. As we looked around, we opened the patio doors and sat in awe of the beautiful view and the quaint infinity pool. I love the sounds outside of the nature , the animals, and the relaxing town. Such a cool, unique mix of the heart of St. Lucia.
Shortly after arriving, Janus came by to meet us, show us around, and make sure we had what we needed. He arranged a driver to take us to the market, which was so helpful! Once we returned, we took a dip in the pool, so relaxing.
We were hungry so we drove down to the beach bar area, which a lot of things were closed, and a young man came up to us and showed us around. He ended up walking us to a place our driver told us about – Pier 28. The Bahama mama was so good!
The chicken wrap & potato wedges were very yummy, we even got some to go.
Spent the morning with Coffee by the pool, listened to music and took in the amazing view. At 1pm we were picked up to go to our lunch reservations at Jade Mountain. WOW it’s hands down, the best, most magical view on the island! The food was AMAZING! If you have the chance, do this! We took tons of pics, and walked around before coming back. We were so full we lounged at the pool the rest of the day.
Janus arranged a driver to take us to the Tet Paul Trail – so pretty, nice 30 minute walk and some amazing views from different angels of the hillside. There are beautiful flowers and the view of the pitons is so cool because the trail goes in between them. After the trail we went to the Sulphur springs to the volcano, smelly, but pretty cool to see. Pretty crazy to say you’ve stood at the edge of a crater in an active volcano!
Next we went to the Toraille Waterfall, $3USD to go, worth it. It’s a bit chilly but felt so refreshing after the hike and the volcano. Our driver, Dylan was so helpful at taking us to exactly where we wanted, he was fast and efficient. We wanted to have plenty of time in the afternoon to be in the pool, so he was awesome telling us the things that were worth out rime and money. He took great pics of us and was so nice. On the way back, he took us to a local place to get some lunch BBQ chicken, pork, mac n cheese and potato salad was so yummy! Thank Dylan.
To finish our last day, we chilled at the pool, drank Red Strip beer and listened to music. It was so nice to have some quiet time with just us two, one of the things we have loved about being at Saba!
For dinner last night we had Chef Ramsey come make the creole chicken, wow he was so awesome, and the best meal we’ve had here! He was so nice, friendly, prompt, he made our meal so quick, and cleaned everything up even quicker. The fresh, local ingredients in our meal were amazing! We have truly enjoyed trying the local, authentic food here. Chef Ramsey is a MUST while staying here! Thank you ! 😊
We are now packing as we get ready to leave, it’s a bittersweet feeling. This place has been incredible for our honeymoon, we are so thankful to have gotten the chance to stay at Saba! It has been such a unique experience we will never forget!
Janus, this home is beautiful, I love your team and the direction your business is going. First class! We love the professionalism, organization and class we have experienced while being here with your team. Saba gave us the flexibility to do what we wanted, while still being able to have quality time to relax as newlyweds and still get to be adventurous– a win in our book! We will definitely be back!
Thank you again for the hospitality!
-Jake & Abby Minyen
OKC, OK, USA!
Go Thunder & GO Pokes!
We were debating between St. Lucia and Aruba/Curacoa and ultimately Janus villa became the ultimate factor- we couldn’t pass it up!
Jess & James – Honeymoon
Janus current and future guests
Saba Villa is an absolutes dream come true. I discovered Janus Villa while searching for our honeymoon before our wedding in May. I was blown away that something so amazing could be so affordable. So I dug deeper to make sure it wasn’t too good to be true.
What I found were amazing reviews from real people, not only about the villa its self but about Janus as a host and his entire team. We were debating between St. Lucia and Aruba/Curacao and ultimately Janus villa became the ultimate factor- we couldn’t pass it up!
In fact In researching future trip locations In other countries I’m having trouble in finding anything that comes close to the level of service and quality that Janus and his team provided.
We actually had booked Serrana and Saba but had to change our travel dates and were able to snug 3 nights at Saba. Janus was great about the change!
Our trip started on Nov. 30th at Sandals La Toc. Janus set up a driver to come pick us up which made it so convenient!
You know when you see something online and it looks amazing and you see it in person and it doesn’t live up so we’re disappointed? Yeah Saba villa is the complete opposite of that. Pictures don’t do this place justice. You have to come experience it for yourself.
We wake up the next morning to see the incredible view in the daylight for the first time and it was absolutely unreal. Every detail in tis villa is incredible. Janus, this place is brilliant!!
From the architecture, the clean lines, industrial style, minimalist vibe, the pops of greenery and those doors that open wide and the infinity pool! Also loved how we could still keep the doors open and sit outside y=under the covered areas when it rained- that was genius. I could go on and on about this place.
Our St. Lucia Trip Overview
Nov. 30th, Day 1 – RDU – ATL- UVF- SANDALS LA TOC . Our Shuttle driver stopped on the roadside on the trip. James tried the spiced rum and we got the first taste of the incredible views St. Lucia has to offer. ate at the Pitons at La Toc- great food.
Dec. 1st, Day 2- spend the morning at Sandals La Toc, then took the shuttle to Sandals Grande (gorgeous) Basically spent the day swimming in the ocean, eating and watching the sunset from the beach at the Grande.
Dec. 2nd , Day 3- Spent the morning at Sandals La Toc. Met Sara from the son of Man Tours and booked a tour. She is awesome and so friendly! Stopped by Sandals Halcyon for lunch but the ocean was rough that day so we went back to the Grande for the beach party. Dancers and fire breathers were great.
Dec,. 3rd, Day 4 – Spent the day at Sandals La Toc. Went Kayaking Do this if you get the chance. Had a great dinner at kimanos at La Toc. Regular reservations. Packed up to prepare to leave Sandals The Next day.
Dec. 4th, Day 5- Our busiest Day! Check out at Sandals- they held onto our bags I the front lobby since we didn’t plan on leaving until the night. We met Sara on the beach at 8:45am for the 9am tour. We originally planned on doing some of the activities once we got to Soufriere but this end up working out for us to. Gabby our tour guide was great, kept up the energy and taught us about the island. The boat tour included swimming in the Torile waterfall, visiting the mud baths, lunch at Mama’s (sara’s aunty) house (authentic home cooked meals ), snorkel at Sugar Beach (a must!) and drinks on the boat ride back where they also showed us the tunnel of love and Marigot Bay.
Oh, we also stopped in Soufriere for shopping which was nice to get a taste before coming to the villa! Went back to the resort to relax and after dinner got picked up and brought to villa (see notes from first page)
Dec. 5th, Day 6- woke up to the incredible sunrise at Saba Villa. We opened the doors and spent the morning relaxing, swimming and enjoying the villa after a long day the prior day. Marie showed and Surprised us with bread.
Sent Janus a text through whatsapp and he arranged a driver to take us to the ATM and store to get some groceries. Our driver Kirhil was great and answered all of our questions.
After we got back we decided the villa was too nice to leave and Janus arranged to have chef Ramsey come to cook us dinner. Do not pass up this opportunity. Seriously! We had the curried chicken and it was out of this world. We immediately booked him for the next night even though we had originally planned on going to Jade Mountain for dinner. Where Chef Ramsey used to work!
Dec. 6tht, Day 7 – Spent the morning relaxing, cooked breakfast and swam in the pool. Janus arranged to have Jamal pick us up to take us to Tet Paul Nature Trail (must do!) and along the way explained the bilding around us. Tet Paul Nature trail was well worth the U.S$10.00pp entrance fee. As other have said the guide does a great job explaining the plants, trees and crops along the way. Views are absolutely incredible expecially for such a short hike. After Jamal took us to the ATM, the store then back to the villa. We relaxed the rest of the afternoon and watched the sun set while chef Ramsey cooked us grilled pork with Pineapple and banana in batter (Yum) We’re now spending the rest of the night relaxing and eating ice cream while writing this sitting next to the pool
Dec. 7th, Day 8 – Our plan is to check out or be picked up at 11:00am, then head to Hotel Chocolat for lunch on the way to the airport.
We’re so sad to have to say goodbye to this place but feel so luck to have the opportunity to stay here.
Janus- huge thanks to you and your team for the incredible stay and experience. We haven’t even left and we already want to come back.
Jess and James Majewski
Raleigh, North Carolina
P.S – Nothing against Sandals but having this time to ourselves in this incredible villa, the ease and convenience of the drivers and the amazing meal coming to us has been the most relaxing this ever and super romantic to just focus on one another during our honeymoon vs being surround by a ton of other couples trying to do the same thing, Thank you for that.
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Everyone in this journal talked about the good and no one mentions the bad…. because there is NO BAD!!
Dear Janus & Future Guests,
Everyone in this journal talked about the good and no one mentions the bad…. because there is no bad!
Janus & his team are amazing and the villa provides everything that comes to mind when you think of relaxation and luxury. We spent the majority of our time soaking in the breath taking views from the pool patio while enjoying some nice piton beer.
Chef Ramsey was a must do and the pork is out of this world. Jamal and Alton are the best! The Soufriere tour was so much fun and gives you a great variety experiences and local food. We went to The Hummingbird for dinner and drinks. It was amazing.
TheTreetop Ziplining tour was a must do. It is a long ride but you get to take in the beautiful views on the way.
Thank you so much!! We will definitely be back!!
Cody & Michelle
Atlantic Beach, Florida.
Thank you Janus, Jermal, Chef Ramsey & all of the helpful beautiful people of St. Lucia.
Sept. 24- Hey, This is Sean, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that I am such a home body, we have constantly been flooded & amazed at everything.
We called Janus and he basically guided us by car & food on a tour of Soufriere (not sure how to spell it) When we walked into the building, the view literally took our breath away.
We had planned to climb the Gros Piton the first day but after getting into the pool, we melted into Saba and couldn’t help but relax. Janus called for us (Jermal) who too us to Pitit Peak (a restaurant in Soufriere Bay) and to get Ice Cream.
We came back and Chef Ramsey arrived.He booked an amazing dish and served us right at the table. He bought all fresh ingredients and made everything from Scratch. A genuinely good cook and nice guy. After dinner we just watched the sun set over Pitit Piton and the Beautiful Caribbean Sea.
Sept. 25- We drove to Marigot Bay for an all-day Catamaran Cruise which took us Zipling in Morne Coubaril Estate, Sulphur Spring & Diamond Falls.
We also went snorkeling on the way. I drove and let me tell you ‘’ Listen to Janus’’. He will organize a driver to take you wherever you want to go. Coming back in town, Jermal organized a private sunset boat tour at the coast. We saw the bat caves, sugar beach & Anse Chastanet Beach.
We saw the sunset and the most stars that I have ever seen in my life. We got Ice-cream again, went to the grocery store and I cooked my girlfriend dinner. We drunk rum & listened to music all night.
Sept. 26- We finally slept in. We took time & ate breakfast. We then embarked on a hike to the Gro Piton. It was super fun & super freaking tiring. The views we saw from the mountains were absolutely amazing. We then drove down to Sugar Beach & Kayaked between the Pitons.
It felt like I was living in a postcard. Please snorkel at Sugar Beach, beautiful fish, beautiful Coral. We had dinner at Jade Mountain under the stars.
We got engaged there under the stars
9/26/2019 – I LOVE YOU ASHMEER
We then embarked on a hike to the Gro Piton. It was super fun & super freaking tiring.
Sept 27 – im sitting poolside writing to you. Good Luck Friend
Disclaimer – I am a doctor, forgive my hand writing.
Bea & Kira
We have too many good things to say about our stay at Saba Villa!
The professionalism and organization from the moment we were picked up from the airport, to the moment we left, was exceptional. And every person we have met during our stay has been friendly and welcoming.
Our first full day was jam packed with activities led by @realstluciatours. This included a visit to Tet paul Nature Trail, The Sulphur Springs and Toraille Waterfall!
We also had the pleasure of meeting the happiest chef in the world who cooked us the most amazing fish platter.
We also wanted to hike Petit Piton after hearing so many things about it, and so the amazing Janus organized an early morning hike (That nearly killed us) but the views were phenomenal!
It is hard to put into words how special this villa is and how amazing our stay was, but we would like to especially thank Janus for being THE most incredible host. We hopt to return very soon.
Thank you !
Bea & Kira
The walked to the botanical Gardens ( not really that far but it was very warm and sweaty affair) Saw our first Hummingbird in the wild and the largest caterpillar we’ve ever encountered.
Janus & Team,
Thank you for the wonderful accommodation with amazing views and always friendly service
Pick-up from the airport was very smooth and was great to be able to pop into the supermarket for the essentials on the way. Straight into the pool on arrival to help acclimatized to the leak. Started to arrange all the activities we wanted to do whilst here.
walked into Soufriere to see the town and the little beach. The walked to the botanical Gardens ( not really that far but it was very warm and sweaty affair) Saw our first Hummingbird in the wild and the largest caterpillar we’ve ever encountered.
ATV tour around and about Mount Gimme. Go real fun and saved on the cost by sharing a bike, doing lay of the driving all so we could have take pictures. Arranging the pick-up and collection was really easy and gave us enough time to jump under the nearby Torille waterfall before we came back.
Took a day off to just enjoy the villa and pool and relax. Walk up to the treetop Restaurant for dinner (another on time very friendly taxi trip) the treetop restaurant only currently offer a tasting menu but it is an amazingly beautiful place with great views.
Boat trip from Hummingbird to Castries to see the capital with feel good tours. The gave us info, stopped off for lunch at Marigot Bay and we did some snorkeling along the way.
a large amount of rain which caused a power outage, so decided to stay put and enjoy the sounds and sights of the rain passing over. Booked a dinner at Dasheene restaurant at the Ladera Resort. Another good taxi trip and meal and of course more great views too!
Zip Line at Mourne Coubaril estate. We really enjoyed flying through the trees even though it was still pouring with rain. They did a nice buffet lunch there too!
quick Whatsapp last night to get a car to go to the Sulphur Springs (v. smelly) to enjoy the mud and decided to walk over to the Hotel chocolat as we had booked the tree and bar experience (v. steep climb) had cocktails, grafted our own cocoa plants and made our own chocolate bars (v. hard work) pick-up was arranged when we were dropped off and was timed perfectly.
Time to go home. Flight is not until 9:00pm so Janus has kindly aggreed to hold onto our bags at the Sapphire Apt. until we go to the airport so we could spend the day at Sugar Beach via day passes.
Everyone has been so friendly and accommodating that we’ve always got where we wanted to go. Plus love the aircon in the bedroom!
WEATHER IN SAINT LUCIA
While most places in the world have four well-defined seasons, its proximity to the equator means that this is not really the case for the island of St. Lucia.