So sad to leave paradise! And sad to leave our home-away-from-home here at Serrana Villa. Janus is indeed a SUPERHOST!! Thanks for your advice, the fresh warm bread, and delicious fruit!
Highlights and Great Memories:
Food – Martha’s Table (on road to Sugar Beach). Easily the best food at reasonable price.
Breakfast at Sugar Beach Resort – Pricey but great atmosphere.
Fedos – Near the villa – very good, at lunch there couple of days.
Dinner at Anse Chastanet Tree House Restaurant, pricey but good food. Make reservations if possible . get there early for sunset views. The road was a big adventure but some of the most beautiful views we had seen.
Bought Groceries at Eroline in Soufriere and in Castries – cooked breakfast and dinner in the villa.
Beach – enjoyed spending day at Sugar Beach and walking around the grounds.
Day Trip to Castries – walked around market; fun winding through inland roads along the way.
Spent afternoon at Marigot Bay – Gorgeous! Took ferry to beach o opposite shore Marina area.
Volcano – Interesting trip.
Walked around Soufriere serveral times - interesting and fun talking to locals.
Spent lots of time talking to people! Great fun during the trip.
Bill & Linda
Day 1- we arrived in the evening so it was to ark to see anything outside
We were very tired after a 10 hour flight. so we only fell asleep after sleeping on the (awesome)terrace.
Day 2 - woke up very early 'cause of the jetleg :) Saw the breathtaking Pitons, so happy to be here. Short
breakfast at the terrace! Trip (with rental car) to Castries and back to Soufriere (long driver and curvy but also very
interesting) Beautiful views over Bays and nic little towns. At ‘home’ we jumped in the pool and enjoyed the sun and the beautiful view
Went into town to Eroline's Supermarket to buy some food and drinks.
Day 3 - Weather was w much better than yesterday, so we spend almost the whole day at Sugar Beach, snorkeling was spectacular,
saw many colorful fishes (getting a beach chair in the public section right from the pier) was easy. Snorkeling gears can be rented
for $20 USD whole day. Don't use the shuttle from Parking lot, the walk down to the beach is not long and full of beautiful views
!!! Dinner at Hammingbird - restaurant without reservation problem at all. Nice table with breathtaking view and delicious Pasta
and shrimp provonce!
Day 4 - Sulphur Springs - drive in volcano (without bath) $8.50 USD per person. 30 minutes tour was interesting but not a must do (in our opinion) Bath on Day 5 :)
Diamond Botanical Gardens with diamond waterfall, didn't get a guide - that's ok because there are much information signs! And we could make it by our own pace.
Mystic Sunset- Tour in the afternoon/evening was great! The service was gentle, we had alot of delicious drinks and finger foods, party music, fantastic view and in the
end Champagne and two proposals. We also saw many Dolphins right next to our boat which was definitely a highlight!
Day 5 - Mud Bath - very nice and funny experience!!! $5.50 USD per person. Wanted to have lunch at Martha's Tables but it was closed (always closed on weekends)
Went to Ruby's, had delicious Pasta, Calamari's and chicken wings, very nice service! In the afternoon , snorkeling and sun bath at Anse Chastanet. Road was an adventure
That we survived:) Not as bad as you might think, it's ok, comparable to the road up to the apartment.
Day 6 - Tet Paul Nature trail - easy short trail with awesome views! Our guide were friendly and gave lots of information about the island and made some Photos of us.
$10 USD per person and at the end some tip for the guide. Then Anse Chastanet again :) for the next four hours, Snorkeling was great, so many fishes and water was so crystal
clear!!! Better for snorkeling than Sugar Beach in our opinion...Short shower at Serrana Villa the back to Jade Mountain Restaurant for dinner. We were almost one hour earlier and enjoyed the sun set and the incredible views with a demon drop and Piton Beers. There was a fixed price for dinner $95 USD plus drinks but so delicious!!! The service was very very courteous, so we felt like VIP's. Dinner took three hours with Four courses and even lots of 'surprises' between them. All in all a once in a lifetime experience which you won't regret!
Day 7 - Spend the whole day at the beach (Anse Chastanet) Dinner at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat- Very good Mosleow Mule!!! We loved the view over Pitit Piton and the food was delicious!
Day 8 - Departure :(
It was a wonderful stay here at Serrana Villa. Thanks a lot to Janus who was so helpful and friendly!!! We had a great time and memorable days in this Paradise
And to the future guests: We hope you enjoy it here and have a wonderful stay :)
Joice & Hendrick from Germany
We spent 2 days at the Villa, and still have 3 more days to go in St. Lucia – So we didn’t have a full ‘’profile’’ of experiences to more, a few nightlights so far though.
As others have said Sugar Beach is absolutely Beautiful. We will likely spend more and more time at that beach over the few days. One bit of advice if you plan on staying there for an extended period of time, bring food. Their restaurants are delicious but expensive (like dinner expensive) Get there early to take advantage of Lounge Chairs (free ones)
Dasheen Restaurant at Ladera – breathtaking views from your dinner, except pay for it and get there with ample time before Sunset, but if you want to have a nice, luxurious expensive dinner this is the place (mahi was tough and dry, everything else was awesome – including fillet mignon)
Snorkeling and turtle rock at Anse Chastanet, Sugar Beach were all great, try to find a deal
Walk around, walk to Pier 28 (on the water down by Hummingbird) is about 25 minutes. Good is good but expensive, good people everywhere.
The villa is relaxing and secluded but don’t get yourself stuck up here, get out and explore.
Obviously, we have to plug Janus and his Team. We got to know a few of the drivers and everyone is responsive, welcoming, warm and giving. Janus has done something really impressive by selling together a business (of series of Businesses) that not only caters to tourists but gives younger folks on Island opportunities.
We spent some time with Fabian and his family members 2 Whispers bar/lunge and learned a ton about St. Lucia and the pros & cons of the island life.
We are so grateful to have settled up on this Villa as it opened up a whole world to us that otherwise would not have been available.
Not to Mention, Janus was accommodating from the beginning, who knows, what kind of adventures we’ll stumble onto, the next three days, but we plan on doing many of the excursions mentioned by other travelers. Again and not to sound like a broken record, do not be intimidated by anything, St. Lucia has a rich cultural fabric and Soufriere in particular is safe and very laid back. Be polite and respectful and you will get equal treatment in return… you know Golden Rule, remember it does exist!
Thank you Janus
Evi & Lane
Best places we went on St. Lucia and tips to share with other guests
Hopefully you have a 4-wheel drive car, some of the best views are on rough roads or require driving rough roads to get there.
The roads to Anse Chastanet is Crazy! When you think, it isn’t the road past the Hammingbird Resort – it is!!!, and then when you think it can’t be this steep, rough road up the hill – it is!!! I hope you have 4-wheel driver, worth the drive through to the beach and to Jade Mountain.
Sulphur Springs are cool. Don’t pay for the Volcano tour – not worth t in my opinion, and they give you a guide for the 2 min walk (just means more $$ in tip)
Mud baths are more like mud painting of your body. Definitely do it but you won’t be sitting down in a mud bath.
Leave your shoes on the mat otherwise, little ants follow your footsteps.
This was a great trip and we loved the villa. Janus is a great host!
P.S – Diamond Fall was good but not great. We found the other waterfalls at the intersection where Ruby’s is, go straight we didn’t go but heart if you walk past the fast falls – go a bit further and there is a waterfall you can actually go into. Can’t go into Diamond Falls.
LIZ, MIKE & ALEX
Montpelier , Vermont
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