Our stay at Sargas was an UNREAL experience, so much so that when I first looked it, my husband thought it was a SCAM.
Our stay at Sargas was an unreal experience, so much so that when I first looked it, my husband thought it was a scam. 5 minutes after meeting Janus and seeing this extraordinary villa, he believed!
Janus and his team ensured that we had the best possible experience. The amenities, the views, the service, the accommodation, the friendly faces, the privacy, the location and the convenience and price- all unparalleled.
It would be impossible to find a better place to stay in St. Lucia, even when compared to the most expensive resorts. It’s take a novel to document everything we loved but here are few highlights
1. Gros Piton & Pitit Piton: don’t let people scare you away from doing Pitit. It’s a worthy climb that is challenging but totally doable as long as your fit and active- by far the best view in St. Lucia! 360 degrees panorama! AMAZING!
2. Sulphur Spring and Volcano: go extra early and do the Mud baths first to avoid the big tours and have the place to yourself. Light mud goes on first.
3. En Bas saut Trail – beautiful, secluded waterfall, that you’re likely to have all to yourself . It’s the biggest in St. Lucia and you go on a beautiful rainforest hike to get there. May even see the St. Lucia’s National Parrot!
4. Anse Chastanet reef- snorkeling in marine reserve to left of dive shop is amazing. We also dived it. Would highly recommend you consider discovering scuba if you’re not certified for an up close encounter with the marina line
5. Sugar Beach : We got lucky and made it to the public side of the beach without the resort staff trying to get us to pay, buy drinks from the local fruit by the reef. Snorkel is great, but if you have to choose, anse chastanet is better.
6. Piton Falls- great secluded mineral falls, perfect stop after a steep climb.
7. Sargas – make sure you enjoy at least one day at the villa. We loved making our own cocktails and reading by the pool looking out at the best view in the town, and cuddling up to watch Netflix after a long day was the perfect way to end the night
1. Chef Ramsey : once in a lifetime experience, incredible flavors and great portions. We enjoyed his company. Unforgettable experience (we had the creole fish (made with fresh tuna)
2. Ben’s Favorite. Home style creole cooking for the best prices in town. Also in walking distance.
3. Valelse: get the dried piton beer roti. You wont be sorry. Also funky money cocktail is awesome. Also walking distance.
4. Pitit Peak: down by beach on left. Try the Saltfish appetizers. Good prices
5. Boucan – great as a special night out. Romantic seating with great view. Complementary courses and use of cocoa in menu make this a real dinning experience.
6. Martha’s Tables: neat local spot near pitons.
7. Mango Tree: good but not worth the price for the Thursday Caribbean night (partyl because entertainment get interrupted during the rain )
Wishing you every blessing and success!
The atmosphere here has saved my holiday as my previous hotel villa was quite awful. Can’t thank Janus & his team for making my stay here effortless.
Krista B. – Portlan, OR
Can’t say enough about my stay here. Janus and staff (Alton) were incredible and made sure as a solo traveler I felt, safe, secure & thoroughly happy.
Here are some of my favorite things on island:
Absolutely beautiful beach with wonderful snorkeling, esp. in the early morning but beware of the jellyfish. See Blake on the far right by the snorkel area for incredible affordable drinks.
Lovely beach w/great snorkeling. I’d suggest heading to Anse Mamin beach down on the right along the path. The burgers are spot on!
Just go early, avoid the groups and you’ll enjoy!
Tet paul Nature Trail:
Easy hike w/ incredible views! Definitely worth it!!
Incredible views from this restaurant & the food was quite good.
Now for this incredible villa. The atmosphere here has saved my holiday as my previous hotel villa was quite awful. Can’t thank Janus & his team for making my stay here effortless.
I must say as an American from Portland, or I was terrified of the thought of driving on the left. After choosing to push myself, it was a wonderful experience & quite fan I might add. Islander cars was excellent to work with & the delivery & pickup of the vehicle was a serious Bonus!!!
So sad to be leaving…enjoy everyone!!!
Janus was extremely responsive and our stay was 20x more special because we chose to stay here! We spent the first portion of our time at Sandals Up in Castries which my husband dubbed ‘’THE BEAUTIFUL PRISON’’
We booked Sargas Villa for latter half of our honeymoon and couldn’t have loved it more! We spent the first portion of our time at Sandals Up in Castries which my husband dubbed ‘’THE BEAUTIFUL PRISON’’ Needless to say we were so excited to be at Sargas to feel a little more freedom and enjoy the beautiful town of Soufriere.
When we were met at the villa by Janus, we were speechless with the beauty of the view. The villa was perfect and exactly what we needed to end our time in St. Lucia with.
We are impressed with what Janus has built here and he catered to our every need. We used his car service and it was convenient and all of the drivers were fantastic.
We learned something new about the island and its people each time we got a ride. When we were picked up at Sandals By Janus driver (terrible with names ☹) I got a little car sick with the turns so he kindly took the turns super slowly and put me in the front. He showed great kindness and stopped for my husband to get pitons prior to starting the drive.
We cannot express just how relaxing and enjoyable our 4 days stay has been. We did the below which is similar to what has already been written but we found this little gem of a book to be so helpful!!
We ate:- we did lots of cooking done but…
Fedos- inexpensive and a piece of local flavor. Roti was delicious.
Hotel Chocolat Boucan- By far our favorite. We ate there twice. The concept is unique and the property is beautiful. TRY IT!!
Ladera- we went before Boucan one night for apps and drinks. The view was worth the cost of the drinks. It was gorgeous. Get there around 5 to take advantage of ‘’Happy Hour’’ and watch the sun set. Snacks were yummy!
Mango tree- Great recommendation by Janus! Although they lost our reservation, they got us a great table. Food was delicious!
We got chef Ramsey our first evening and it was so worth it. He is so kind and whipped us up a huge meal which we even had left overs from so we were able to enjoy twice. Totally do this.
Things we did:
Took one of Janus’s Tours of Soufriere and Tet Paul Nature Trail. Jamal was our guide and he was the perfect mix of Island laid back and knowledgeable . W e went to the waterfall to rinse off and the whole trip has documented by Jamal. We were the only 2. Highly recommend.
Walked down town twice, one to go get coffee at Zaka’s (yum) And go to the botanical gardens. The gardens are walkable. The second time we walked to town we got to see Soufriere’s Carnival and flinty of rum. Glad we got to see it. They did start their partying at 3:00am so that was a surprise HA!
Lastly we visited Anse Chastanet Beach one day. Unfortunately it was pouring that day and we got stuck under their umbrella we rented. It was still beautiful and lunch wasn’t bad but although pricey.
There was another event at the neighboring beach so we weren’t able to visit that but we hear they have great burgers. Please go have one for us!
Overall our stay was magical. We drank coffee on the deck every day and swam at least once enjoying the beautiful view.
Janus was extremely responsive and our stay was 20x more special because we chose to stay here
We will absolutely be back! Couldn’t recommend it more.
Chris & Amy
As Parents we barely get to have soo much still, uninterrupted time together and it was a magical way to reaffirm our bond and be so appreciated of the life we have/ continues to build together.
We booked Sargas Villa almost a year in advance and eagerly awaited our trip to St. Lucia.
This was our long-wait honeymoon (we got married almost 2 years ago) and with a 2 year baby girl at home this was our first time spent alone since she was born.
This week was everything we had hoped it would be and more. Sargas villa was every bit of Luxurious as a 5 star resort- with the freedom to explore the local life which we took advantage of. We were able to explore the town at our leisure, visit the locals and learn about St. Lucian Culture and history.
We experienced the mineral Baths waterfall as well at the Sulphur Springs and mud baths. We flew through the air above the tree tops at a Zipl Lining adventure (Tree top Canopy, highly recommended) and hike (more like climb) the Gros Piton. We snorkeled, toured around the Island by sea, visited beaches with spectacular views and go so so sooooo sunburned . Each excursions or experience brought a new perspective and brought us closer together as a couple.
The Pinnacle of our trip, however was sitting outside on the beautiful deck of Sargas, with Pitons In hands, talking and marveling at the incredible view. The sunsets are gorgeous and the moon is spectacular. One night we sat outside and watched the moon all night until is set over the water, huge and orange and the sun came up. This was the best thing we did all week and Sargas provided the perfect Vintage point to see Soufriere by moonlight and watch the village come to life.
As Parents we barely get to have soo much still, uninterrupted time together and it was a magical way to reaffirm our bond and be so appreciated of the life we have/ continues to build together.
Janus and his team go absolutely above and beyond to ensure every comfort and desire is met. It is wonderful to see someone’s passion come to life and Janus should be very proud of the experience he has created. We are so grateful to have seen this island from this perspective. We will be back to Sargas and will recommend to everyone we know!
Thank you so much to Janus and everyone who helped make this an unforgettable honeymoon!
P.s – Boucan was sour favorite Restaurant by far!
Chef Ramsey was amazing! We hired him one night and we wished we would have done more dinners with him
Brandon & Chelsea
Sargas you are quite the beauty with the most charming location and view in Soufriere. Thank you Sargas and Janus for the most wonderful start of our honeymoon and Married life.
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What an incredible way to kick your honeymoon! Sargas you are quite the beauty with the most charming location and view in Soufriere. From the moment we arrived Janus was at the villa to greet us. His smile makes you feel right at home.
Everything you could need is right here at your fingertips but keep it simple, you're on island time. Our favorite part of every day was sitting in the balcony with Chairmans Reserve Rum (can be bought at local supermarket) and Piton beers and a speaker with some local tunes really sets the mood. We also spent a lot of time near or in the pool just admiring the view in the sun with the surprisingly calming sounds of all the local roosters and pups.
Now despite all the relaxing we also took advantage of the amazing activities. Call Janus, ask for the 4-5 hour private tour and go enjoy the stunning Tet Paul Nature Trail, Sulphur Springs, mud baths and botanical gardens. Jamal our guide was the perfect combination of informative, laid back and personal paparazzi. Take full advantage of the Sulphur Springs and dive into the waterfall, incredible experiences. Now if youre ready to get your body moving, go hike that Gros Piton. We were able to complete it in just under 3 hours. It is incredibly challenging but so worth it.
Take careful steps one at a time and go. We thought it was symbolically an amazing challenge to overcome together as a newly married couple. We also highly recommend dinner at boucan for awesome food and even better views. Every dish or drink is made with cocoa but isn’t obvious at all. An amazing and relaxing day we had at Anse Chastanet Beach.
It is a beautiful cove beach and a short walk away (10 minutes tops) is Anse Mamin. A quiet, bigger and stunning beach. As per in town, we walked into town about once per day and really enjoyed Gen;s mwens on the water for delicious drinks (cheap!) We were often the only ones there.
In all of the activities that were mentioned we utilized Janus Chauffeur service. We opted against renting a car, and each driver through Janus was prompt, safe and passionate in sharing information about their beautiful country.
Thank you Sargas and Janus for the most wonderful start of our honeymoon and Married life.
Oh and thank you Janus for the delivery of the best Mangoes we’ve ever had. We cant wait to come back.
With love Alex & Dominique
Long Island NY
“Janus, Thank you so much for everything!! We got to our Sandals Resort....and we definitely miss you and Sargas! We wish we could cancel Sandals and stay at your properties.
I know if we come back we'll stay with you and will tell everyone we know about your amazing Villas.
Thank you again!!”
it was a stay of a lifetime!! Overall everything was 5 star- incredible place amazing host and better than any resort service.
Sargas villa is the most beautiful and amazing Airbnb we’ve ever stayed at! The views are gorgeous and we are so sad we are leaving so shortly! We’ve spent an amazing weekend here and are continuing on to a resort further up the island, but are already talking and planning our next trip here to definitely stay at one of Janus’s properties
Chef Ramsey was amazing and cooked us a 5 star meal- probably best meal I’ve ever had and I’ve been to lots of countries. My husband and I picked pork with battered banana and it was mouth watering- we really licked our plates clean. Thank you chef Ramsey. He is as wonderful as everyone says e is and we highly recommend him ! Tip- buy a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal!
We also ventured out to Ruby’s/Valelse now (had a name change) and the food there was really good but definitely not chef Ramsey!!! It is a 5 minute walk from the villa. Just follow the music and lights if you go there at night. Cant miss it.
Overall everything was 5 star- incredible place amazing host and better than any resort service. Thank you Sargas Villa, Janus & Ramsey and Jamal for making our stay here out of this world. We’ve already told all of our friends and will continue to tell anyone that will listen! 😊
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so hospitable and accommodating - it was a stay of a lifetime!!
Nataliya & chris, Houston, TX
Noyes:* Grocery store hours on Sunday closes at 1:00pm
Pounty Pizza- Excellent food
Anse Chastanet Beach – Excellent beach
Mystic Man tours – excellent cruise
Fri- Landed and drove to Sargas, went and has dinner by waterfront. Pitit Peak, it was just okay. Then settled in for the evening in Sargas! Lovely place.
Sat- Went over to Anse Chastanet Beach, very remote location and drive was a little scary but #1 spot. It is a must, take snorkel equipment, great spot. Had a massage- the best I have ever had! Lunch was good. Highly recommend a day here. Tonight- chef Ramsey came to the house. Lovely dinner- should have booked every night
Sun- Lay by the pool day! Relax & enjoy. Dinner- Pounty Pizza- must get extra so you can snack.
Monday –Mystic man cruise- full day- private tour – Awesome. 5 star *****. Lunch, drinks- all inclusive -$1000/tip. Dinner- cooked at home.
Tues- lay by the pool day- relax & enjoy
Wed- mud baths- volcano. Chef Ramsey again for dinner, 5 star ***** Great day – must do mud baths! (lunch was at Ladera- excellent! People are so friendly here).
Thur.- some went to botanical gardens, others went to Anse Chastanet Beach again Must have a burger at Anse Mamin – excellent!!! Then swam in pool. For dinner Bamboo Restaurant. This is a must!!! So good you will not be disappointed
Fri- we headed home but we toured the island first
Love St. Lucia! This place made it extra special!
Darin, Karen, Gwen & Jeff (GA, USA)
Apart from being in a gorgeous villa overlooking Soufriere and astounding view of the pitons this place feels like your home for the time you are there.
We arrived Sunday evening and the first thing we noticed was how fast we got through at the airport. Immigrations and customs officials greeted us ‘’Welcome to Paradise’’ and they weren’t kidding!
We were picked up promptly at the airport by Ramiah and driven up to Sargas villa. Throughout the drive, he was engaging and answering all our questions about the best places to visit. He showed us lil glimpses of villages along the way.
When we got to the Villa there was a blackout but even in the dark you couldn’t deny the magnificence of this place.
Janus then greeted us and gave us a quick tour of the villa. Seeing as it was close to the night, a Sunday and experiencing blackout, we were grateful that Janus had gone ahead and brought us some groceries and fruits. Our first night was peaceful and restful.
Day 2- we woke up early and had breakfast out on the porch overlooking Soufriere and the Pitons- Heaven!
We were picked up by our driver Shane around 10am and he took us to Tet Paul and the Drive-in Volcano, the Sulphur Springs, Torille waterfall and the botanical Gardens. Shane was an exceptional soul. He was very friendly and for a young guy he truly understands customer service and country pride. Shane also took us to Fedos for lunch, a childhood favorite of his and we truly understood why- amazing local cuisine.
Strongly recommend doing the all the sites mentioned above to get a better understanding of how amazing Soufriere is.
Later that evening we were treated to dinner by our private chef Ramsey. This man can cook!! Easy going and quiet temperament . He made us the best king fish dinner. Nothing can touch a St. Lucian Sunset!
Day 3 - We were picked up by Jamal, a cool dude who took us to Anse Chastanet. He dropped us at the entrance and told us where to go from there, promising to pick us up that evening. We spent the day exploring the beaches at Anse Chastanet & Anse Mamin, having lunch at restaurant at Anse Chastanet and drinks at Mamin. The beaches were a bit rough that day but still exquisite .
We fell asleep under an almond tree! Later that day we went on a Sunset cruise with Mystic Man- a must do! Not only were the staff very knowledgeable but very friendly and really took care of the guest in the boat. Unlimited drinks and finger food and a cruise around the Pitons and into an amazing and romantic Sunset. An unforgettable experience.
Day 4 - We rented a car from a dude from Islander Cars, he dropped it off at the villa for us and we decided to drive up to Castries to see that side of the island. We had lunch at Spinnakers and swam at reduit beach. Not private but calm green blue waters and endless Piton Beers! Perfect! We had dinner at Boucan, everything has chocolate in it, they didn’t disappoint.
Day 5- Drove down early to Marigot Bay and ordered a roti from a restaurant on the waters, then drove to Rodney bay and spent few hours In the crystal clear water, there weren’t many people which made it even more perfect.We had dinner at Ladera. This pace had the most spectacular view of the Pitons. Go at Sunset and just sit and watch.
Why stay at Sargas?
Janus you’ve done an amazing job with this place and you and your staff have made our stay here so memorable. Thank you for the bread, that was very thoughtful.
We will be back soon, maybe to celebrate our 11th anniversary
Thank you Again, from your Neighbors in Trinidad
Much love Sabrina & Richard
My husband and I came to St. Lucia for our honeymoon and Sargas villa was the perfect place for us to stay.
May 4- May 11, 2019
My husband and I came to St. Lucia for our honeymoon and Sargas villa was the perfect place for us to stay. We rented a car at the airport and have spent the week touring the island.
On Sunday we explored some places in the south. We took the car up to Moule a chique which provides a beautiful view of the southern tip of the island. In the afternoon we went to Rudy John Park. This is a small but very pretty beach that wasn’t too crowded (entry is completely free). That night we ate at Hummingbird and has one enjoyable (a lil pricey) experience, its easily walkable and they accept credit cards.
Monday we drove up to Castries. We took a snorkeling/sunset cruise with carnival sailing ltd. We had a wonderful time snorkeling at the base of the Pitons and the boat wasn’t too crowded. I highly recommend seeing the Pitons from the boat- it really gives you a different perspective on them.
Tuesday- we went to the botanical gardens in the morning. This place is absolutely gorgeous and I think it should be on everyone’s to do list. After the gardens we walked over to Marie’s lunch cuisine for lunch, her buffet is a nice selection of the local food and you must get the fresh mango juice. Afterwards we headed to Sulphur Springs. Lunch time /right after lunch seem to be the best time to go. Right before we left lots of tour groups arrived.
Wednesday we hiked the Gros Piton. We got to the trail head at 7:30am and we were the second group up the pitons. The earlier in the morning the better for this different hike. The main view point they take you to so its nice, but there is another view point facing the Pitit piton that is way much better. Ask your guide if he or she can take you there. You are required to have 1 liter of water for the hike. They will sell a bottle for you for $3USD or you can buy one at the grocery store/gas station.
We spent the afternoon at the Soufriere beach park. Highly recommend going there as it is nearby and very picturesque.
Chef Ramsey cooked for us that evening. His meal was absolutely delicious and he cooked us a lot of food which we devoured as we were famished from the morning hike.
Thursday morning we toured the estate at mourne Coubaril. It was a quick tour but very informative especially. About the process of making chocolate. From the gift shop we bought local coffee and local chocolate made from the estate.
The afternoon we spent on the beach at Anse Chastanet. The beach is a little small and is mostly quiet and relaxing. For dinner we went to Dasheen (pretty pricey but such a good experience) I recommend a 6:00pm and go there at 5:30pm. They will send you to the bar to wait where you can have a drink overlooking both Pitons while they come around with food samples. Over dinner you can watch the sunset behind the Pitit Piton.
Friday we drove north to Pigeon Island. To enjoy the beach after hiking. This wasn’t my favorite experience but my husband enjoyed the old fort and the beach was lovely.
Later in the afternoon we drove south to marigot bay to have a couple drinks at Doolittles. Marigot bay is stunningly beautiful and I highly recommend getting lunch, dinner or even a drink there. Finally we head down to Anse La Raye fish fry for dinner. Honestly I was expecting a tourist trap but there were only a couple of us tourist here. Your should get there after 7pm as most of the fish ismt ready before that time.. The fish was simple, fresh and delicious.
We loved our stay and hope your stay is just as wonderful.
The hills (atl. Ga)
P.S – The people after us, please enjoy the two beers and little rum we left if the fridge
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