Honestly what sold us on St. Lucia is this Villa!. I cannot believe our time at Serrana Villa is over already.
After planning this trip for almost 2 years, I cannot believe our time at Serrana Villa is over already. Honestly what sold us on St. Lucia is this Villa! We wanted to go somewhere with great beaches, tropical jungle + plenty adventure. St. Lucia perfectly has all of that + Serrana was the perfect place to call home while we explored this incredible island.
Janus is an incredible host! We feel like we’ve known him forever. He was so welcoming and friendly plus his Villa is a little slice of heaven!
- Rent a car from Janus. He gives you a cooler plus a cellphone with your rental. We rented from another company and wished we had a cooler.
- If hiking Gros Piton, make sure you have 1.5L of water per person. The guides will check to make sure you have enough before they bring you up + you will want it! Plus, we also recommend freezing a bottle of water the night before and leaving it in the car while you hike, that way you’ll have cool water waiting for you when done!
- Try Piton Beer, it’s worth it.
Thank you, Janus, for making our time in Soufriere so amazing. We cannot wait to come back someday!
Corbin + Alyssa Mattson
"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!
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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
And to Janus – thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this vacation and anniversary celebration one we will never forget. Wish we could stay forever in this beautiful villa! It was apparent that he is the “Superhost” as described
Thanks so much to our amazing host, janus, for making us feel so welcome to St. Lucia and Serrana Villa. After Janus welcomed us in person to the villa it was apparent that he is the “Superhost” as described in many glowing online reviews.
We were given a tour of the villa and all of the amenities and assured that we could contact our host at any time to assist us or answer questions. If you don’t already have the WhatsApp, go ahead and download it. We sued the app to contact Janus for everything we needed – transportation, recommendations, questions etc.
The blackberry phone is for Serrana Guests – it’s quite handy if you’re out and about and need to contact Janus or one of his drivers, or make local reservations without using your roaming services. The phone has the numbers you need or speed dial! The Wi-Fi is solid – never had any problems with connectivity. The Smart TV’s with Netflix are a wonderful added touch. This is one of the creature comforts, along with Wi-Fi that made us feel like this was home away from home.
We did not realize how hot St. Lucia would be. Hope you packed light cotton and linen as you will sweat through clothing if you spend anytime at all walking around town or on a tour. After arriving back “home” from an outing, having a dip in the cooling plunge pool was divine. From the wifi, Netflix, WhatsApp conveniences to the luxury of the plunge pool and rain showers – it’s apparent that Janus has anticipated your every need. Combine with the magnificent views – you’ve definitely mad the right choice in staying at Serrana.
walk around Soufriere and get to know where a few places are, there’s a bank, souvenir shop, many restaurants, a couple grocery stores. There’s a gas station, cool breeze, nearby convenient to pickup snacks, drink (Pitons!). there’s a market each morning down by the waterfront. Friday morning is the best though – more venodrs come and there’s also meat and fish available. GO EARLY.
Local people are all very friendly. Don’t be shy, say hello! Many will want to chat with you to get you to buy something, use their service (Water Taxi, Tour). Or even beg for money. The advice given us was to make eye contact say NO. Which has worked well for us, and know that everything is negotiable.
Don’t leave food or dirty dishes out, will attract the ants.
We picked up groceries on the way from the airport in Vieux For supermarket. Good idea to get supplies to make breakfast the next morning, and to pickup some beverages. We recommend the Piton Beers, and Bounty Rum.
September is off-season, unfortunately we could not try some of the local restaurants such as Ruby’s and Fedo’s - as they were closed the week that we were here. Marigot Bay was also fairly quiet - some shops were closed. It rained torrentially on night, and a couple of morning but overall the rail did not affect our vacation.
There was a little black bird repeatedly flying into the window. Trying to get in. we named him LIL TAP TAPP because you can hear his beak tap-tapping at the window 😊
Zaka’s Aart Café – excellent coffee and smoothies. Amazing local vibe. We loved this place. We purchased one of the beautiful hand crafted wooden masks.
Tet Paul Nature Trail – SERIOUSLY, GO HERE! Probably our top recommendation for thing to do. It’s inexpensive and not very time consuming but the views are magnificent. You will want to see this!
Sulphur Springs Tour – Tour is short but interesting and the actual bubbling pools are pretty incredible to see in person. The mud baths seem to be very highly rated but just not something we were interested in doing.
Martha’s Tables – Best Local Spot for Lunch, open weedays 11:30-3. Probably the best local food we had during our stay – wish we could have gone back to try more of the menu. The pumpkin soup and fishcakes were delicious.
Sugar Beach – this resort is super pricey. If you want to go to this beach on the cheap take a water taxi and get a beach chair on the public side (free). Resort side you need to pay $25 USD per person for a day pass in order for the shuttle to take you back up to the parking lot. I don’t recommend walking up the hill to the parking lot, unless you are fit. Apparently the resort charges US$50 per person to use one of their beach chairs. We though that was a little steep so we sat on the public sided. The beach chairs are definitely not comfortabl though. There’s a great snorkeling site on the public side – this was lot’s of fun; overall this beach was the most picturesque, situated between the Pitons. Great place for photos!
Anse Chastanet – Snorkeling area right beside Scuba St. Lucia. They rent gear there if you need. $5:50 to rent a life vest for an hour, plus $50 deposit. Snorkeling was so so. Don’t know if we got unlucky but the wasn’t much to see when we snorkeled there. $34 USD for renting 2 chairs. The road to get to Anse Chastanet/Jade Mountain is extremely bumpy.
Anse Mamin – secluded beach 10 mins walk from Anse Chastanet. Snorkeling area is nor marked but there are some coral fish by turtle rock, honestly enjoyed snorkeling there as I had the whole place to myself. Beach chair rentals offered at different price points; $11 USD for plastic chairs, $17 for regular chairs nu umbrella, or for $54 US 2 chairs, umbrella, towel service, water and juice. The old plantation ruins are located on resort property and only available to visit for resort guests. This beach was so laid back and unbusy – we came here twice (not just for the beach, but for the burgers!).
Jungle Reef Beach Restaurant – Beach restaurant at Anse Mamin – everyone said get the burger so we did and enjoyed every last bite! The Gourmet burger is $28.00 US – which is pretty pricey but definitely tasty!
Mango Tree – Stunning views. Be there for sunset. Good food, but for the price, we preferred Hoel Boucan.
Mystic Man Tours – Full Day Snorkel + Sail. Snorkel at Anse Cochon – it was only okay. Didn’t stay long enough to get a full appreciate of it, and saw the same things as snorkeling at all the other beaches. Lunch at marigot Bay at Chateau Mygo. Great local food. Not all the shops were open though. Marigot Bay is beautiful marina but wasn’t a whole lot to do there possibly due to it being slow season. We got unlucky with some heavy rains and winds during our sail – but it all turned out alright because we came across a huge pod of dolphins. What an incredible experience! My husband filmed one jumping into the air. Wonderful memory. This water tour was a great way to see the island from the water. Very scenic, very fun day. Book ahead, credit card needed to secure reservation.
Diamond Botanical Gardens – Stunning if you appreciate plants/flowers/nature. Lot’s of great information on the signage. We sort of regret not hiring a guide to answer our questions. Not sure how much that would of cost though. We didn’t’ do the baths – only the tour. The waterfall is beautiful. We walked from the villa – maybe 25 minute walk.
Jade Mountain – Best view of the Pitons on the island. We normally wouldn’t have such an extravagant dinner. Except it was our 10th anniversary, so why not? It’s a fixed price menu – US$95.00 per person. Menu changes daily. We did cocktails and drinks with dinner so we racked up $350.00 USD. There are lot’s of other gems delivered during the evening – it all lasted about 3 hours and it was an unforgettable experience. The photo ops along…fabulous. Book your reservation ahead of time! we booked one week in advance. Credit card needed to secure reservation. They can sometimes give a tour of the resort if you let them know in advance.
Hotel Boucan Chocolat – this was our fave for dining restaurant. Food view of Petit Piton, great atmosphere and amazing food with excellent presentation. Dessert was definitely my favorite part. If you love chocolate you might want to give this a try even if you’re not a chocolate lover, I’d still recommend it!
Petit peak – nice local place on the waterfront. Excellent views at sunset. Tasty local food (Rotis). We read mixed reviews of this place. Glad we decided to try it because we really enjoyed the food and service here.
We didn’t rent a car, so one of Janus drivers, Fabian, drove us everywhere all week. We are so grateful to Fabian! All we had to do was call him up on the blackberry and he’d be on his way to pick us up. Such excellent service. He also assisted with dinner reservation one night. Thanks so much Fabian!
And our endless gratitude to Janus! Thanks for bringing us fresh bread and fruit and for making this vacation and anniversary celebration one we will never forget. Wish we could stay forever in this beautiful villa!
To the next guest reading this – we know you’ll have a phenomenal stay. And to Janus – thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Jolene + Will
We couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend our honeymoon! To all future guests, this villa is everything it is advertised to be, you won’t regret booking! - Serrana Villa
Thank you Janus for your amazing accommodations, hospitality and first class service. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend our honeymoon! To all future guests, this villa is everything it is advertised to be, you won’t regret booking!
we cooked in for breakfast, we got food at the market in Soufriere and fruit from the street vendors which was awesome!
Hope your stay is as great as ours!
The New Mr. and Mrs. Snyder
Our time here at Serrana Villa blew our time at Sandals out of the water. Can’t wait to come back and possibly check out Sargas or Janus’ new property under construction right now. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time here!!!
Day 1 – After spending 5 nights at Sandals La Toc, we took the tour through Son of Man. We arranged for the guides to drop us off after we finished. Out tour was incredible. And our guide, Gabi, was amazing. The snorkeling trip at Sugar Beach was one of our best highlights from the excursion, and we finished at the waterfall and mud baths at the Volcano.
Definitely worth checking out, however, the Toraille waterfall was very busy. We didn’t know what to expect, but we were absolutely floored when we arrived at Villa Serrana!!! Janus made sure that we had an incredible experience the entire time. download the WhatsApp application. So you can message him whenever you need to arrange a ride if you don’t have a car. He will make sure you pay the best prices wherever you go.
Day 2 – our second day, we walked to the botanical gardens. Which only take a 10-15 minute walk. We took endless pictures and really enjoyed our time there. After returning, we hung out for most of the day before having dinner at Ruby’s. a little pricey for what it is, but very good nonetheless. Their pizza was all hand made and very delicious, with a very friendly staff. Returned to the villa to enjoy some pool time and Netflix. It goes without saying that having all the luxuries of home make Villa Serrana that much more amazing.
Day 3 – after a lazy morning around the pool. We had lunch at Fedo’s, which was really cheap and had great food for the price. Only takes a 2-3 minute walk to get there. After, we walked into town for some souvenir shopping. We found that you can pretty much walk anywhere in downtown Soufriere from the villa in 200-25 mins. Everyone is really friendly and very will ing to share their culture with you. Once in downtown, just be careful around the pier, as it’s a tourist trap and local will hound you to sell just about anything they can. Just kindly say no and move on your way. From downtown, we took a taxi to Anse Chastane, although we should have just had Janus arrange a ride, as our taxi ride left a lot to be desired. Once in Anse Chastanet, we had a great time snorkeling. You can buy a beach chair, or you can just set your own towels on the beach. Although it was gorgeous, we thought sugar beach was better and more beautiful. After arranging a ride home with Janus, we had dinner at the Hummingbird which was our best meal of the Trip!! Janus picked us up himself for free, and we also had the opportunity to see his other Rental properties, which are jaw dropping.
In the end, Janus was the most gracious host we’ve ever had, and our time here at Serrana Villa blew our time at Sandals out of the water. Can’t wait to come back and possibly check out Sargas or Janus’ new property under construction right now. From his properties, you can walk anywhere in town in just minutes. And just try to absorb everything you can. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time here!!!
Thank you Janus!!!
Sam + Renee 2018
BTW Sam reserarched everything UP and DOWN, LEFT + RIGH so we did it right !
Lovejoy from Colorado
After an incredible wedding, we flew to St. Lucia to unwind and enjoy 8 nights of fun, romance, and relaxation. Enjoy Serrana Villa! It’s the best place to come home to after a long day.
Shane & Maddy’s Honeymoon ♥
After an incredible wedding, we flew to St. Lucia to unwind and enjoy 8 nights of fun, romance, and relaxation. We could not have picked a better place for all of these aspects. Thank you Janus for your hospitality and kindness Serrana Villa exceeded our expectations.
1. Dinner and drinks at Jade Mountain.
We were hesitant to do this one because the price is pretty steep $95 USD PP, drinks not included and also because of some reviews/opinions in this book but honestly, the views here are the best in St. Lucia. We had to make reservations waaayyy in advance and were able to get in on Sunday at 6:15. We got there at 5:30 for cocktails and to catch the sunset. We were brought to the highest point and seriously, the views were amazing. Just do it!
2. Mystic Man Sunset Cruise
Another activity we were hesitant about doing because we weren’t sure if it would be worth it. It obviously was! For $60 USD PP you get a cruise from 4pm until sunset with complimentary rum punch (delicious) and beer, a champagne toast at sunset and a few appetizers (not much). It’s only offered Tuesdays and Fridays. The boat wasn’t crowded at all, maybe because it’s the off season? The rum punch is the best!
3. Tet Paul Nature Trail
Clearly we are all about the views. This trail is an easy short “hike” that offers some unbelievable views of the Pitons from higher up. We can’t remember the exact price (possibly like $14 USD PP) but we know it was totally worth it. They give you a guide too who’s willing to be your photographer along the way.
4. Spa at Ladera
Couples massage were on our list. We wanted them in a beautiful setting. After looking online a lot we decided on Ladera because we figured it would be convenient to eat dinner there afterwards. We were so lucky because it’s the off season. They offered to do our massage in one of the resort rooms with a balcony view looking out at the Pitons. The sounds of the pool/fountain running in the room was so relaxing. It was perfect. Worth the $300 USD total (the standard price for a couples massage around here.)
Other things we did:
• Sulphur Springs Mud bath – cool experience but crowded and smelly (of course).
• Botanical gardens and diamond falls – pretty nice views we decided to walk there (not bad) and we passed on a tour guide(we’re not tour people).
• Rodney Bay mall and casino – the first day there it rained all day so we took our rental car up to Castries/ Rodney Bay area. The malls are nothing special. Shane won $300 USD at the casino so if you want a rainy day activity that’s one we’d recommend.
• Sugar Beach was expensive so we opted for Anse Mamin. It was much more private. To save $ we brought extra towels to lay on and passed on the chair rentals. We also brought our own beers and food instead of paying $28 for a burger,
• Stock up on food and drinks from the grocery store in town. If you like coronas, try a Piton Beer!
• Bring umbrellas with you. You never know when it will rain. There are umbrellas here.
Enjoy Serrana Villa! It’s the best place to come home to after a long day. Thank you Janus for an amazing stay!
♥ Maddy and Shane
Huge thank you to JANUS! You were completely hospitable and present when we needed you. Thank you for setting us up with your island car rentals, the fruits, bread and coconuts! We hope to come back to Serrana Villa soon!
Day 1- We had a great arrival into Soufriere around 3pm after stopping by a market. We had come from staying up in Marigot Bay for dome nights at a beautiful Eco Lounge. Just a few quick suggestions for people wishing to travel up north for a day or 2.
• Eat at Masala Bay! Easily our best meal yet. Mix of Indian food and Chinese – supposedly St. Lucia’s #1 restaurant at this point. We had an appetizer, 2 entrees, shared a side, 2 drinks and wonderful dessert all for a little over $100 US- Also amazing service!
• Sava W/ Shashamane experiences! He took us fishing around 3pm, snorkeling to Ti-Kaye (BEAUTIFUL) We caught 2 fishes in the heck of time and then Sava proceeded to make us a wonderful dinner, while BBQing the fish on the beach! Although fair warning he is quite the Rasta Man 😉 if you catch air drift ($450 USD for all of it)
• Pigeon Island for a beautiful Hike! $10 US for 2 people to enter- great views of the northern part of the island although nothing like the view of the pitons!
The rest of the evening at the villa we planned the rest of our trips in Soufriere. We decided it would be best to rent a car + travel ourselves on our own leisure time.
Day 2- We couldn’t get a rental car until 4pm, so we decided to hit up all the places we could walk to. We stopped by a church to see Mass since it was Wednesday the feast of the assumption, after we headed down to Punty Bakery. We had some pudding cake and some coconut cake which was very nice, then continued walking to Hummingbird beach to cool off, it was getting hot walking. We grabbed some chairs and umbrellas for US $15 (a little pricy in my opinion but worth it) We were unimpressed with the beach however there seemed to be some construction going on for the resort. Lastly, we hit up Fedo's for some lunch on the way back, the cheeseburger and fries were great also the chicken roti. We took a break at the Villa before trekking at the botanical garden- beautiful !! we wish we had more time before heading back to the Villa. The Diamond Falls was beautiful as well although you can’t get close to it. We ended our day with a homemade meal and called it a day.
Day 3- Janus and his team brought us fresh bread this morning! Very good addition to our breakfast 😊. We then headed out to the Sulphur springs first thing and arrived around 10am. Not the best decision ever. We were told later to get there at 5pm because there would be tour groups at the springs and the spring gets so hot due to the sun (I guess) iIt was still enjoyable for us but very crowded. The tour was fun and informative. $20 US for 2 people (bath + tour) Then we headed to the piton falls + 2 bath areas. These were a better temperature + easy to sit back and relax in.
The afternoon was a bit rough cause it stared to rain, though that didn’t keep us from heading to Sugar Beach. We paid US $50 plus it redeemed for food and drinks not terrible. We stayed in the free chairs and enjoyed soursop smoothies. The rain caused the water to be murkier than normal. The snorkeling was good, but Ti-Kaye was better.
For dinner we headed to Ruby’s- no pizza, but they promised pizza the next night, we will be heading back! We really wanted pizza however we brought home some appetizers to enjoy with some food we already had.
Day 4- We headed out around 9am for Tet Paul Nature trail- beautiful short, easy hike. The views were gorgeous plus we got there before the crowds began. I believe $10 US per person? After we headed straight to Anse Chastanet for beach day. We brought our snorkel gear and our own food to save on $$. The chairs were $11 USD. Snorkeling was pretty good, but Ti-Kaye still tops! We walked to Anse Mamin + split a drink and burger it was great but nothing too special. That evening we headed t Pounty’s pizza for dinner, it was okay. We would have gone to Ruby’s, but it looked empty. 9 big rain showers came in around 6pm)
Day 5- Dan left to hike Gros Piton. I would have joined but the locals discouraged me from doing so since I had done 2 hip surgeries 12 weeks ago. This just means we will have to come back to the island, so I can do it later! Dan got back way earlier than expected. He took a total of 2 hours to climb + descend Gros Piton! Definitely not the normal. For the rest of the day we hanged by the pool and enjoyed the quiet afternoon + evening. Janus brought us eggs to make cookies (it rained on and off all day, so we figured to stay in the house and enjoy some peace and quiet)
Huge thank you to JANUS! You were completely hospitable and present when we needed you. Thank you for setting us up with your island car rentals, the fruits, bread and coconuts! We hope to come back to Serrana Villa soon! Or another property If its furnished. Best of luck with all your projects. Just a brief time meeting you we have no doubt for your success.
Erin and Dan
We spent most of our week in St. James on the Northern part of the island which was great, but if we could have spent a few more days here we would.
We only had two nights at the Villa, but we fully enjoyed our stay. The Soufriere zone is beautiful, and we had a great time visiting the amazing beaches like Sugar Beach and Anse Chastanet, Sugar Beach in particular is stunning up there with Trunk Bay (St. John) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.
Janus is a great host and made us feel very welcome the moment we arrived. We spent most of our week in St. James on the Northern part of the island which was great, but if we could have spent a few more days here we would.
We hope to come back some day and stay here again!
Iran and Nicole (Durham, NC,USA)
We arrived on Monday and have had an amazing stay at Serrana Villa. It was perfect for our little family (2 adults and 3 and 2-year-old
We enjoyed Sugar Beach 2 days, for us it was great to pay the $100 for 2 chairs and spend the day, we needed the shade to for the kid and spent 5hours, so it was worth it. The view is hard to beat. I don’t think I have seen anything prettier, its jaw dropping beautiful. We enjoyed it so much we went again.
We travelled to Marigot Bay rented chairs for $5 each and spent the morning it's worth the drive if you have car, it’s an hour drive
Jade mountain beach was good for the afternoon to enjoy a cocktail.
Volcano + mud baths was fun with the kiddos.
Diamond waterfall is pretty and the mineral baths we spent 30 mins there.
We went to Ruby’s and cooked a couple of times at home. We have had an amazing family vacation and our memories will stay with us forever.
Janus and his team have been fabulous making sure we are comfortable and being so welcoming. Janus was great even before we arrived, he responded to my emails in seconds. Great Guy!
Pinya, Mark, Charlie + Olivia
We were stressed out New Yorkers looking to get to nature and a quiet place. What a heavenly experience. Thank you so much.
We arrived Friday afternoon from NYC for a much needed vacation. Serrana villa is so beautiful and so healing. We were stressed out New Yorkers looking to get to nature and a quiet place. We were not disappointed here.
The villa is so calming and welcoming. The lush green view, the gentle breezes, the sounds of nature, the stars at night, the peacefulness, the pool to relax in the middle of such beauty, to use day or night. What a heavenly experience. Thank you so much.
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