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!
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 have had such an amazing time here in Soufriere!! We stayed at a couple of different places before checking in here at Serrana Villa but this is by far our favorite. The views, privacy, and proximity to town is unbeatable!
(arrived in St. Lucia Oct 19. Wedding was on the 22nd at Sugar Beach Resort)
We have had such an amazing time here in Soufriere!! We stayed at a couple of different places before checking in here at Serrana Villa but this is by far our favorite. The views, privacy, and proximity to town is unbeatable! Janus was such a great host and we will recommend this place and write great reviews. I loved having my morning coffee out here on the pool deck and catching some morning sun. here are some of the highlight from our trip.
Day 1 – arrived late in the evening and we were starving. Went to Orlando’s on recommendation. Was not impressed! No one took our drink order, they did not go over the menu, took our menu's before even taking our order, brought out our desert before our entrée’s came out, and was very over priced!
Day 2-5 - we spent the majority of this time at Sugar Beach Resort B/C our wedding was there. We love sugar beach! They were so accommodating. Never heard the word no. a bit pricey but well worth it! Great snorkeling! Great food!
Day 6-7 - Anse Chastanet Beach. Black sand beach. Great snorkeling. Great hamburger, it’s fantastic! Also went to the Botanical Gardens and Sulfer Springs/drive their Volcano. Tip; go to sulfer springs and volcano around 4:30pm to miss all the cruise crowds.
Day 8 – Road trip to Rodney Bay. Did pirate ship sunset cruise (it was great but not so romantic as it was a get drunk kind of scene). It was fun and would recommend it. Stayed the night at Bay Gardens Beach resort for one night. Awesome prices on drinks and food. At a later dinner at Matthew’s.
Day 9 – Took a boat taxi across to Pigeon Island; hiked up the old fort. The views are amazing!!! Go if you can. There is also beaches over there and a restaurant called Jambe D Bois with fantastic food and drinks. Great snorkeling there as well. on our way back to Soufriere we stopped at the local Massy’s to stock up on thing we knew we could not find at Eroline’s.
Day 10 – check in to Serrana Villa! We had to checkout of our other villa by 11am and would not check in here till 3pm so we paid a day pass @ sugar beach to pass the time.
Day 11 – discovered local beach (Malgretoute) very quiet and pretty private. Bring your own towels, food and drinks. You have to park and then walk a trail down to the beach. Parking is off the same road you take to sugar beach. Afterwards we went to Mango Tree for fried calamari and the coconut crusted chicken. Great sunset views!
Day 12 – lunch at Martha’s Table. Fantastic lunch place! Highly recommend going. Then back to Malgretoute Beach. Dinner at Mango Tree.
Day 13 – Lunch at Martha’s again. Tet Paul Hike and Piton Falls. Malgretoute beach and a steak dinner cooked here at the villa.
Day 14 – spent the entire day relaxing here at Serrana Villa. It was exactly what we needed. Love this place!
Day 15 – last full day here in St. Lucia. Went back to Mango Tree for lunch. (The Hotel lets us use their gym) back to Malgretoute for one more beach day.
Day 16 – Good Bye St. Lucia we will be back!!
Thank you Janus for your hospitality!
Josh and Nikki
By far one of our best holidays! Enjoy waking up to the piton mountains + going to bed in the hustle + bustle of the jungle surrounding you.
By far one of our best holidays!
Janus is a visionary who will no doubt be very successful. He as taken the time to consider + provide everything people could want from their stay in St. Lucia.
We cannot improve on what has already been written in this book regarding places to visit + things to do.
The only bit of advice we would give is GET OUT + meet the locals and don’t just stick to the tourist hubs.
Enjoy waking up to the piton mountains + going to bed in the hustle + bustle of the jungle surrounding you.
Hope to be back again one day!
Seema + Marcus
My husband and I ended our week-long honeymoon in St. Lucia at Serrana Villa and love it! Our stay here was very short (only 1 night) but we soaked in the views and enjoyed a delicious creole dinner made by Chef Ramsey.
It rained pretty heavily for most of our stay at this villa, but whenever it wasn’t pouring we lounged out on the deck playing cards, drinking Piton Beers and taking in the views.
The view here is absolutely incredible and we loved how you can see the stunning views from all the rooms because of the big windows.
A huge thank you to Janus for his hospitality and friendly welcome. It felt like a home and we felt very taken care of! You and your place are fantastic.
Sarah and Stephen
First off, thanks to Janus and his crew for making our St. Lucia honeymoon an incredible and unforgettable experience!
First off, thanks to Janus and his crew for making our St. Lucia honeymoon an incredible and unforgettable experience! While we stayed at the villa longer than most others, we did many of the things as our predecessors, so we can’t elaborate on those beyond our personal experiences and opinions.
*Note: ALL OF THE ABOVE CAN BE DONE IN ONE DAY!
All in all, a wonderful vacation full of unforgettable experiences. a special shout out to Janus, Fabian and Marvin for being wonderful hosts and guides. St. Lucia hasn’t seen the last of US!
Amanda & Simon
******Last minute Addition***
Morne Coubaril Historical Adventure Park: after a few rainy days spent at the villa, we decided to end our vacation with a bang. We booked a zipline adventure last minute, and wow! It was amazing. The estate is beautiful and we were the only ones there. The zipline team was awesome. Omiah and Murphy were so much fun, and informative. He caught every moment of our adventure, it was worth it!!!
Then took a dip in the pool to cool down and took some amazing photos of my beautiful sexy wife out-looking the village with the M.T Pitons in the background.
Day 1 – Janus had someone pickup us up from the other side of the island. Our driver let us stop at the supermarket to get food for the couple days we stayed. Then we were welcomed at the villa by Janus, who gave us a tour of the BEAUTIFUL villa we were staying at, and answered all of our questions about places to eat and attractions around Soufriere.
We chose to stay in our first night, hung out at the pool and had a few drinks, before our personal chef came Ramsey. He cooked us an amazing dinner. Started us off with mango rum drinks that my wife and I loved followed by a trio Seafood in a creamy white wine mushroom sauce (Highly recommend this dish to anyone it was to die for. Then wrapped up our evening outside admiring the stars and fireflies.)
Day 2 – Was Greeted in the morning by Fresh bread that is amazing. We told Janus that we wanted to check out the Botanical Gardens, which is beautiful if you love nature. We did have a guide which was very insightful about all the plants and flowers. We did see the diamond waterfall which is breathtaking. Then we walked 20 mins from the botanical gardens down to the pier to get a water taxi from Soufriere to Sugar Beach. Was told prices would be around $100.00 USD. We found one for $60 US round trip.
Had an amazing lunch. I got the $24 burger which everyone in this book recommends and my wife got the lobster sandwich, both were extremely good. Would recommend to everyone, also had two beers and one mixed drink, total came out to $92.00 U.S. Then spent the rest of the afternoon out on the beach. Got our ride back to Soufriere around 4pm and walked back to the villa.
Everyone was very helpful with directions and helping us navigate through the village. Some locals tried selling/asking for money just smiled and said not interested. Took us about 30 min to walk back from the pier , the last 200 yards is the worst with a steady incline but no problem for my wife (24 years old) or myself (26 years old).
Then took a dip ion the pool to cool down and took some amazing photos of my beautiful sexy wife out-looking the village with the M.T Pitons in the background. You have to try the local beer Piton its very good.
Later that night we had Chef Ramsey make us dinner tonight and he didn’t disappoint again. We had chicken pasta ster fry and it was perfect. We ended our evening again looking at the stars and fireflies sadly our last night here before going back to our resort. We wish we cold have stayed longer, but we will be back soon.
Billy & Kassandra
Anse Chastanet Beach – this is really close to Jade Mountain. The road to get to either locations is crazy – but well worth the trip!
Day 1 – Arrived around 5pm to Serrana Villa and was happily greeted by Janus! He stocked us up with fresh eggs, bread, orange juice and milk! It was delightful!
We decided to stay in that night and to have the Serrana Villa’s Private Chef cook for us - MUST DO!
We went with the grilled seafood in Garlic-lime butter sauce and it was AMAZING! The Chef even made an amazing St. Lucian Rum Cocktail for us while he was cooking. This was a perfect beginning for our honeymoon.
Day 2 – First full day in Soufriere! Enjoyed some fresh coffee and eggs (Thanks Janus!) on the porch. Janus gave us a tour of the local supermarket downtown so we could stock up on more local fruits and veggies! We then went to Sulphur Springs for the Mud Bath and tour – it was a lot of fun! After that we went to Sugar Beach for some snorkeling. While you’re there head to the far right side of the beach. It’s the public side of the beach and there’s a guy there named Blaze who will provide you with super cheap (but amazing Pina Coladas!
There’s also great snorkeling near where he sets up shop too. He also gave us a pretty cool tour of all the fruits on the island – it was a lot of fun!
Day 3 - St. Lucia Rum Distillery Tour. The tour wasn’t anything too special – but we definitely recommend going there for all the free rum samples! After that we did more beach bummin!
Day 4 – Jade Mountain – words can’t describe how amazing the views are here. It is a must see while in St. Lucia ! definitely make reservations at their restaurant too.
Day 5 – Anse Chastanet Beach – this is really close to Jade Mountain. The road to get to either locations is crazy – but well worth the trip! Just make sure you have a good rental car or hire a taxi for the trip. There is a lot of good snorkeling there too!
Day 6 – Sandals La Toc – We though we would try out another beach while we were here but that area honestly isn’t worth the drive. It was too touristy and gimmicky. Definitely stay with the local beaches.
Day 7 – more beach bummin at the Anse Chastanet Beach – and Sugar Beach. This was basically our last day so we were trying to fit in everything. We did the Tet Paul Hike – it was super fun and had great views. It’s not a very long hike either. We hired the personal chef to come back to the villa to cook for us again – and it was amazing yet again! Definitely recommend.
Day 8 – last Day! We had an early flight so unfortunately we just had to pack up and head to the airport.
Janus – Thank you for the wonderful experience of staying at your villa.
We will definitely b back!
Shannon & Derek
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!
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