Day two- Villa Day! We spent the entire day soaking up the sun poolside. Stocked up on Pitons (US equivalent of a Corona). Dee-lish & refreshing! Wear sunscreen!
Paul & Krystal
Day one- Loooong travel day! Arrived at 8pm & kindly greeted by Janus. Quick tour & off to bed!
Day two- Villa Day! We spent the entire day soaking up the sun poolside. Stocked up on Pitons (US equivalent of a Corona). Dee-lish & refreshing! Wear sunscreen! Once the sun starts to set, open all the doors & windows to let the cool breeze in. Dinner was with Ramsey, the private chef- Mango grilled seafood did not disappoint!! Such a treat & a wonderfull gentleman (he even cleans up!). Worth every penny!
Day three- Took a walk to th ediamond botanical gardens. 15 minutes or so. Easy walk, go early 10 am & bring water. Tried to check out Ruby's but its closed :( A new restaurant should open by the end of the month. Booked a snorkeling tour for this week through Simon Says- very reasonable. Headed off to Dasheene at Ladera. The view is beautiful. Get there by 5 to catch a gorgeous sunset. The food was ok.3/5? The chef right here at the villa was much better! TIP: Don't fall asleep before doing the dishes or the ants will visit LOL.
Day four- Woke up early and caught a ride with Jannus and his son- Janus is truly a wonderful host. Grabbed a few groceries from Eroline. Headed over to Zaka's- get a smoothie for the walk home. Yum! Spent the rest of the day relaxing and napping! cooked dinner together and enjoyed a movie.
Day five- Another great day spent poolside. Had dinner at Boucan- Hotel Chocolat. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. DO IT!
Day six- Woke up early to meet up with Simon Says- drove us to Hummingbird Beach Resort and took a water taxi to Sugar Beach and Anse Chastenet to snorkel. Both beautiful but Anse Chastenet had better beach. After snorkeling we returned to the resort for a buffet style lunch. It was okay. After waiting a while we realized Simon was not returning to bring us back to Serrana as promised when we booked. We walked back and got pretty nasty sunburns.
Recommendation- confirm exactly what you're paying for with Simon Says or go through Janus to use Mystic Man.
On that cruise we took a tour that brought us to Soufriere and we fell in love.So almost immediately after arriving home we found Janus and this villa on airbnb and booked this trip.
Ashton & Chris
About a year ago we took a cruise that stopped in St Lucia. On that cruise we took a tour that brought us to Soufriere and we fell in love. Our home even has painted photos we took our first time here. So almost immediately after arriving home we found Janus and this villa on airbnb and booked this trip. Since we have been planning the trip for a year I have lots of ideas, reservations, and even a spreadsheet to keep track of it all but I'm only on day 3 as of writing this and I've learned one piece of advice & would like to share.
Go with the flow, enjoy relaxing on the island if plans need to change, don't worry. Especially in this villa, I can already tell that Janus really means it when he says he is there to help and make sure we have a great time.
Day 1(Arrival) - Our flight was delayed and the supermarket was very busy ( 1 hour to find food and pay) so we didn't arrive until late, but Janus was here waiting, and still very welcoming when he showed us around. I really appreciated that after a long day.
Food: Beer & Burgers at Ruby's. 4/5. The burger was great and just what we needed. Walking distance & good prices.
Day 2- We went to Anse Chastenet to book our scuba diving for the week. The staff at the shop were super friendly, and they have many different dives to choose from. Once booked we walked down to Anse Mamin beach.
We returned to the villa, relaxed at the pool until dinner. The pool is becoming a favorite.
Food: Burgers at Jungle Bar (Anse Mamin) Ashton 3/5... Chris 4.5/5
Dinner at Boucan 6/5- Best meal we have ever had!!
We ordered the pork tenderloin & Beef fillet*. It came with bread & other samples. The view was amazing i can't recommend this enough!
Day 3 ( Diving, Private Driver, Mango Tree) - Last night we decided to return the rental car and opt for Janus' private driver service. Driving around town and to Anse Chastenet was doable but the bumpy roads made trips a bit stressful for us and we wanted to relax. Janus helped make the transition smooth & I think it was the best decision for us. Janus' brother happened to be the person who picked us up most of the day and he was amazing. We love chatting with people when we travel and he was very warm, and knowledgeable.
We did the shore dive at Anse Chastenet which is required to be your first dive as a certified diver at their dive shop and it was beautiful! People come by boat to dive there. I would do it again.
We did dinner at Mango Tree. Tip: Sundays there is Tapas night with live steel drum music.
Day 4( walk into town)- Today we decided to walk into town. About a 20 min walk. Easy on the way down, harder uphill with groceries on your back. We checked out a couple places including:
- Coffee at Zaka's (4/5) great coffee)
- a drug store at the corner of Bridge and Frederick, we were able to find a couple medications we needed.
-Eroline's supermarket- although smaller than Massy's this had everything we needed! And it was less crowded.
After we made pasta for dinner and stayed in the villa.
Day 5-(Sunset Cruise)- We stayed in the villa most of today again. For the evening we planned a sunset cruise I booked back home through Mystic Man. I would highly recommend this. Food, open bar, stunning sunset views for US$66 per person. Lots of people were dancing with their s.o.s towards the end.
Day 6(Sugar Beach spa & lunch)- Today was all about Sugar Beach. We booked a couple's massage at Sugar Beach before we came to St Lucia. It was about $300 but 100% worth it. From the moment you walk into the spa's entrance you are in a whole new world. (Most amazing spa I have ever been to!!)
Tip: We arrived about 45 mins early and we were about to book the steam room while we waited at no extra charge.
Tip 2: If you have a spa appointment you don't have to pay the $50 for a shuttle.
After the spa we had a lunch reservation at Bayside at Sugar Beach. The meal was okay(3/5). From there we sat in their sanded bar. I preferred the bar over the beach chairs as it was shaded & there was no $50 charge to sit there.
Day 7(Gardens & Jade Mountain)- We started the day at the Diamond Botanical Gardens & Waterfall. $7 each, and worth it because it was all so beautiful. We got there at 9:550 just before the 10 am open. They let us in and no crowds were there, keeping the activity peaceful.
We had dinner at Jade Mountain. Tip: Get there early and enjoy the sunset on the roof top bar with drinks before your dinner (3.75/5). For us it was a good night out but the food did not compare to the Boucan dinner.
Day 8- Today we went to the Tet Paul Nature Trail. The views were beautiful. The tour guide was very nice & knowledgeable. It was only $10 and 100% worth it. I would highly recommend going there for the views & going early to beat the cruise ship crowds. The walk isn't very difficult.
Tomorrow will be our last day. I hope those who read this find it helpful and have a fabulous time in St. Lucia
Thank you to Janus & his team! A big thanks to Jermal. for making our trip so effortless & relaxing.
-Ashton & Chris
This is our first time to St. Lucia and we couldnt love it more! We booked our trip after watching an episode of "Million Dollar Listing"
Matt & Jackie
Feb 27th - Mar 1st 2019
This is our first time to St. Lucia and we couldn't love it more! We booked our trip after watching an episode of "Million Dollar Listing" where Frederick is selling properties on Sugar Beach! I instantly knew I needed to go there and booked this AirBNB that night!! We planned our trip around the availability of this villa (these were the only two nights available for months!) We used this guide book to plan much of our trip so we hope this is helpful!
Day 1: Landed at the airport and picked up our rental car. (Great decision-but not totally necessary!) We stopped for lunch at Mama Tilly's in Laborie. We had fried fish and bread and it was incredible! Before that we also stopped at Massy's Supermarket to grab some essentials (beer & water). Next, we continued to the villa where Janus met us at "Cool Breeze" to bring us the rest of the way. For the rest of the day we hung at the villa drinking beers and listening to music. Janus arranged car service to dinner to & from Orlando's Restaurant. Food was a pre-fixed menu and was AMAZING! We even met Orlando himself! Oh- and we also met Mama Tilly! We were going to go to a bar called "Whispers" but we were exhausted so came back and passed out.
Day 2: Woke up early and drove to Tet Paul Nature Trail. Good idea to go early because we beat the crowds! Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable! He picked flower and herbs for us to try. Spectacular views!!! $10 each for the trail. Next we drove back to the villa and then got a car service to go to Anse Chastenet beach. The drive is gnarly and we wanted to relax & drink! We got lounge chairs for $12 each and super expensive drinks ($16 each!!). We rented snorkel gear for $11 each and it was great! We saw trumpet fish and sooo many others along with beautiful coral! Then we walked down to Anse Mamin for this Jungle burger we've been hearing about, sooo worth it!! The beach was super quiet. We hung out here for a couple of hours. Didn't even have to pay for chairs! We swam and drank Pitons and loved our time here. After that Janus' dad picked us up to go back to the villa! We found out HE is the Private Chef! There is a menu in the living room- if we had more time definitely would have done this!!! We had reservations at Dasheene @ Ladera! Best choice ever!!! Book a reservation for 6:00 so you can see the sunset! Five star views!!! They also had an amazing violinist so we hung out at the bar after dinner for more cocktails. Get the coquito! Then Janus and his son Marz picked us up!!
Day 3: Woke up slow. Enjoyed breakfast and coffee at the villa. We ate fresh mangoes that Janus brought us! We plan to go to Sugar Beach today and then drive north to continue our vacation at another AirBNB on Rodney Bay.
We cant say enough great things about Janus!! He truly is a super host!! He goes above and beyond to ensure you have the best stay! He treats you like family! We will definitely be back to stay at Janus' new property!!
Matt & Jackie
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