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
The Johnsons- Honeymoon
Oct. 4th – Oct. 10th
1st day- Janus arranged for one of his drivers to pick us up at the airport and take us to the local supermarket. We spent more money than expected but overall it was needed.
Later that night another one of his drivers came to pick us up late at night to take us to a local pizza place on the beach. (I totally forgot the name) but the beach was absolutely beautiful, the pizza was great and the beer (Piton ) was great too!! His driver was so nice and helpful.
2nd Day- We woke up to Janus letting us know that one of his drivers will be dropping off some fresh local bread. The bread was delicious. We went for another swim in the gorgeous infinity pool. Later we went on an ATV tour with Island ATV.
One of the tour guides (Maxwell) picked and dropped us off/up. The tour was absolutely amazing. The tour lasted a little over three hours. Maxwell was beyond amazing and knowledgeable . I could go on and on about how great the tour was and having Maxwell show us around. A must do!!! US$200 for myself & my husband.
3rd day- we recovered from air jet lag and stayed in until the late afternoon. We walked down to the local beach in town (hummingbird beach) we enjoyed a veg pizza and enjoyed the local beer (piton). We talked with locals, swam in the ocean. @ Hummingbird beach we grabbed one gift for Family @ the local shop.
4th day- Janus had his son drop off some local Mangoes in the morning. The gesture and Mangoes were amazing. My husband and I went back into town and spent a lot more time hanging out at hummingbird beach. It was thanks giving day for them.
5th day- we went into the town of Castries and hang around Rodney Bay, we enjoyed lunch at their café on the beach. The locals were very welcoming.
6th day- in the morning and afternoon we enjoyed hours at the Botanical Gardens. We paid us$4 per person which includes entrance fee and private bath.
After the gardens we went to Marie’s (right next to the Botanical Gardens) and loved all their creole food from their buffet us$15pp, Later that night we had chef Ramsey come over and all I can say is he is worth every penny and moore. You must give him a try one or a few days that you’re here!!
7th day- check-out day, we relaxed by the pool and then headed to the airport.
The Hunt/Bowman Family Vacation - . I will go ahead and say right now, he has been the best AirBnb host we have ever had, very attentive and responsive and super sweet!
Day 1: Arrived at Serrana Villa & Janus greeted us, giving us a tour of the beautiful villa. I will go ahead and say right now, he has been the best AirBnb host we have ever had, very attentive and responsive and super sweet! We knew instantly that he would have taken care of us. Chilled out and enjoyed the views, watched some Netflix and prepared for our week in St. Lucia!
Day 2: went to Anse Chastanet $10 per chair rental. $10 to rent snorkel gear and had a great bar tender Dave, served us drinks all day long. We snorkeled, beautiful snorkeling in that area, layed out, swam and had the best time. Truly a beautiful beach and surrounded by gorgeous scenery. The restaurant had great food (order the burger with pineapple, avocado, cheese) it was delicious. The drive up was a bit rough, but the views are amazing. We met simon says on the beach who we booked 2 hours with. He was great but make sure you know what you’re paying for!
Day 3 went exploring and driving through marigot bay. Had lunch at Doolittle & chilled at the beach. On the way we stopped at a bar for some rum punch & sherly’s ‘’Genesis’’ drink (infused with local ganja) pretty good! Marigot Bay was absolutely beautiful! (where Pirate of the Caribbean and the original Doolittles was filmed) we were pretty beat when we got home and called Janus asking if anyone delivers Pizza. He had someone deliver Pizza and some drinks. He will take care of you!!
Day 4: Simon Says tour of the Sulphur Springs (amazing ) The Botanica Gardens (where romance in the stone was filmed- absolutely beautiful) & to rinse off the mud bath (from your face) in the waterfall. We had a blast! The waterfall was amazing! (Torille). Dinner at Hummingbird resort restaurant. Delicious. It is a must!
Day 5- Simon Says tour for snorkeling. He took us on a fisherman’s boat! LOL but hey we had a blast. Went to Anse Mamin, relaxed on the beach. Then took the boat to Sugar Beach where we snorkeled. It was beautiful! Simon then took us to eat local food at his Niece’s restaurant. Was delicious.
Day 6: Reef fishing with Mystic Man tours. Had a blast with David and Ansel. They made sure to help us catch something. Lol . 3 hours is $80.00 per person. They took us between the Pitons and to Anse Chastanet waters. We went to eat lunch at Boucan at Hotel Chocolat. Words cannot describe the views from tis restaurant which is absolutely stunning. This place is a must! Chocolate infused dips, food, drinks everything. I must come back to this slice of heaven! Pounty’s pizza for dinner- YUM!
Day 7: Drove p to Castries to go the market. Definitely wait to buy your Souvenir here. You can haggle it all. Definitely happy we stayed on our side of the island. Couldn’t wait to go back as the city of Castries was kind of rough. Had Chef Ramsey cook at the villa. He I incredible. And we only wish we could have him cook for us more.
We are headed home on Friday and were just in heaven in our week @ Paradise. St. Lucia is just incredible. The most beautiful island I have ever visited. You can pick the local fruit rum punch. Everywhere you turn, luscious beautiful scenery. Anse delicious local cuisine. We hope to be back soon.
Thank you Janus for your beautiful villa, hospitality. We will never forget our time here!
Love- Trey& Christina Bowman & Ronie & Beth Hunt
Erin & Collin
Oct. 19- 28, 2019
We were greeted at the airport by one of Janus’s drivers. He was so nice and knowledgeable about thw island. He Stopped at the local supermarket and we packed up some food and beers. After we made our way to the villa.
Along the way our driver stopped at his favorite bar for our honeymoon drink!! When we arrived at the villa Janus greeted us and gave us a tour of the villa. We stayed in for the night and watched Netflix
Day 2: We planned to have a lazy day and relaxed at the villa all day. In the morning we walked into town for some things we forgot to get at the supermarket. While we were walking our driver from yesterday saw us and drove us the rest of the way. We are planning on walking to town to get some fresh fruit from the locals. The rest of the day we laid by the pool and had drinks.
Nov. 3: We arranged for a driver to take us to the botanical Gardens this morning. I did not realize how close to the villa it was. It would have been fine to walk. The driver went above and beyond. He walked the gardens with us. Taking our pictures for us and telling us about the local plants. We went right when they opened and we were the only ones there for a bit. After our driver took us to town to get some beer and snacks. We laid around the pool till 4pm and a driver came and picked us up to take us to Jade Mountain for dinner. Jade mountain is incredible.
The view o f the Pitons and Sunset was stunning. The hospitality at the Jade Mountain was by far the best ive ever experienced . Paired with the amazing views and delicious food it was a 10/10. After dinner my husband enjoyed a cigar on the terrace. I messaged our driver we were ready to be picked up and we made our way to the front entrance gate. Dinner at Jade Mountain was a once in a lifetime experience and I am so glad we got to do it.
Day 4: Went to Sugar Beach today. We had a driver pick us up at 11:00am, spent around 4 hours there. We ended up renting 2 lounge chairs for us$50 each. We are both beach bums when it comes to being on the beach, we lay out more then we are in the water so it was worth it. We had lunch at restaurant on the beach. 7.5/10. When we got back to the villa our wedding photos were waiting for us in our email. We spent the rest of the night looking at our amazing pictures and relaxed.
Day 5:This morning it was raining so we made breakfast and once the rain was done we walked into town. After exploring town for a bit and stopped to get groceries, we hiked back to the villa. We hand by the pool till dinner. We were planning on walking to town for dinner but it started raining. Janus was kind enough to send a driver to give us a ride. We ate at pier 28, it was really good and they have an awesome drink menu. We recommend “ankles in the air” we paid $70ec for 2 meals and 4 drinks
Day 6: Beach day at Anse Chastanet. We walked to Anse Mamin and rented 2 chairs at $60 us. This came with an umbrella & 2 bottles of water and lemonade. We ordered lunch and the burgers were delicious. If you go to Anse Mamin, get the burger. It was cloudy and rain on and off, we left at 3:30pm. I was surpised at how empty the beach was, it was nice but we prefer Sugar Beach
Day 7: Rainforest spa! I cannot put into words how amazing this was. The spa at Sugar beach is a must do! We had a couples massage and then had lunch in our bungalow . After we went to the beach.
Day 8 & 9 – we relaxed at the villa and ventured into town enjoying the views and pool.
Day 10 : check out day ☹
We enjoyed every minutes of our stay here and we cannot thank Janus and his team enough for making our stay even more amazing. Thank you Janus for your Beautiful home and hospitality.
Erin & Collin Butchart
Darin & Julie Harden Nov.2- 8 2019
25th wedding anniversary
Day 1. - Arrived in St. Lucia late afternoon. Driver greeted us by Kendell who provided our rental car, took us to the grocery store and then to Serrana Villa! Janus met us at the house and took us down to Pitit Peak for a wonderful fish dinner.
Day 2. -Took a water taxi by Johnny- boy to Sugar Beach for a day of Maximum chill. Johnny dropped us off at the dock and provided snorkel gear for the day. We got free chairs on the public side, enjoyed fresh fruit cocktails (2 for us$15) and had fish tenders delivered to us from a restaurant in Soufriere. Chef Ramsey came to the villa that night and made us amazing fish dinners – wonderful!!!
Day 3- This day we made the trek to Anse Mamin. What a drive!!! We rented 2 chairs with lovely shade and enjoy fresh banana daiquiris along with amazing jungle burger. After a quick shower we went off to Jade Mountain for dinner. After drinks the manager took us on a brief tour pf the property. Amazing. Later we had complementary champagne and appetizers at the roof top bar while watching the sun set. Dinner was 3 courses right in front the most gorgeous view of the Pitons. Dinner was Spectacular. This is a must do!! Such beautiful resort and amazing views. Expensive but worth it!!
Day 4.- We had a reservation for the couples escape at the rainforest spa at sugar beach- we arrived early and has some drinks at the bar. Then a shuttle to the amazing jungle hut spa! Highly recommend this experience we felt incredibly spoiled by our treatments followed by Champagne and chocolate in our private hut with natural hot shower. Later we headed back to the beach for lunch of conch fritters and beach time. Dinner was left overs from our amazing chef Ramsey!
Day 5- woke up to rain storm so we decided to stay In and rest.
Day 6-We thoroughly enjoyed touring Janus’s other villas. After our tour we headed back to Sugar beach. W went to the public side to buy some accessories for the kids- hats, t-shirts, necklaces and bracelets . The lady who has the shop some amazing bbq chicken. We some amazing burgers. The sunset over the water was so dramatic! What a great end to our anniversary trip!
Day 7: Lunch at Ladera to enjoy the view one last time before we fly out. Thank you Janus for a wonderful Vacation.
We truly enjoyed everything in St. Lucia, couldn’t be happier with the villa.
We had everything we needed to get us by for the week. Janus as so amazing to us, treated us with a tour the first night to get an idea of the island layout, which made us so much more comfortable on where we were going!
We suggest booking fishing trips with Mystic Man Tours, they put us on the fish and went above and beyond for us.
Also suggest Snorkeling! We absolutely loved sugar beach! Not far from Anse Chastanet Beach! Snorkeling were to die for! We really didn’t do much other than that! We are so sad to be leaving, hope everyone enjoys their trip as much as we did
I cannot put into words how wonderful our stay here at Serrana villa was. Thank you for making my birthday a magical experience.
We moved from Sargas to Serrana and Janus was so kind to pick us up and give us a tour of his other properties. We are amazed at the architectural design of Janus’s Villas.
They are truly magnificent. Today was a rainy day so we relaxed and enjoyed the sounds of nature and this incredible view. For dinner our wonderful driver Mali picked us up and drove us to the Mango Tree.
The steel drum players were a real treat and the chicken pasta was real good. After Dinner Mali was so kind to drive us to take pictures at the look out point. What a beautiful view of the Soufriere Village.
The Next day we went on a chocolate tour at the Rabot Estate and made our own chocolate. It was very interesting to learn the history and the whole process! Afterwards we had a wonderful dinner at Pitit Peak’s
My husband went on a fishing trip with Captain Mike in Castries and Caught 4 Mahi- Mahi .
That night the Fabulous Chef Ramsey cooked us the most amazing dinner we had on island. He is the nicest person and a real treat. A must see is Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet!!!! Got to the beach at Anse Chastanet(Drone Footage) and meet the locals.
They are so nice and then walk over to the other beach which is only about 5 minute walk. Go to top of Jade Mountain and have a cocktail and an amazing appetizer.
The architectural structure of the hotel is truly Magnificent. Mystic Man Sunset cruise was my favorite!!!
I cannot put into words how wonderful our stay here at Serrana villa was. Janus and his entire team of workers were nothing short of spectacular .
Thank you for making my birthday a magical experience. Thank you for sharing this little slice of heaven with us.
Christy & Aaron
St. Lucia, the villa, Janus, Malie & Ian here all been fantastic. We’ve had such an amazing holiday & we’re so glad we picked Serrana Villa & Janus to make our holiday so special.
7 Days in St. Lucia - The Perfect 1 Week Soufriere Itinerary
Aaron & Vanessa
Sept. 15th – 22nd , 2019
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
We were picked up from the airport by one of Janus drivers called Malie. Who was really nice & friendly and really knowledgeable about where to go during our stay. Janus met us at the villa and is so welcoming and helpful and the villa is amazing.
As it was Sunday, most shops here was closed so we’d researched and booked the Mango Tree Restaurant at the Stonefield resort. (about 5 minute drive) and Malie came and picked us up and dropped us back afterwards on a Sunday the Mango Tree has a pan steal band, who were great and he view of the ocean as we ate was amazing. Food was lovely and great cocktails.
Mango Tree had different “things” on during the week so worth checking & booking. Food prices were pretty reasonable. Euro $ 85 for 2 people with drinks 2x courses each
Planned on having a lazy day today as the weather was a bit hit & miss with rain. Wandered into the town for smoothies at Zaka’s Art Café and went to the Supermarket. Spent the afternoon chilling and then Chef Ramsey came in the evening to cook us an amazing creole meal. So tasty & chef Ramsey is so nice & knowledgeable, highly recommend.
Weather was pretty poor today with on & off rain but we didn’t let that stop us. We walked to the Botanical Gardens & Diamond falls in the morning. Took us about 20 minutes. Really lovely place & gorgeous plants. In the afternoon we were picked up and taken to Sulphur Springs which was a lot of fun and left our skin very smooth.
Before our visit we’d booked dinner at Jade Montain and this didn’t disappoint. Its quite a steep drive to get there but is worth it. The views were amazing and the food was service was also spectacular. Pricey but as a one-off, so worth it!
We were picked up early for the rainforest tour which was brilliant- pretty intese with a lot of steps, but our guide was great and so knowledgeable and we got to swim in the waterfall too! Because we finished the tour early, Ian our driver took us to the Nature trail which was Fantastic. The view of the Island & Pitons were amazing, we were then taken to lunch in a local restaurant in town which served proper creole meals- so tasty! We then spent the rest of the afternoon at the villa enjoying the pool, the view & Piton Beer!
We wanted to go to Sugar Beach (Drone Footage) and Janus hooked us up with a water taxi ride from the front through one of his guides Jamal. $60 return for both of us which seems the standard price. However we had the whole boat to ourselves. It was an awesome trip, took us 15 minutes and the scenery was spectacular. Boat company called feel good boat tours.
Sugar Beach is just stunning. We paid $ 50 each for a shaded lounger & umbrella & towels. It also includes a few complimentary drinks & snacks and the staff were lovely & attentive. We had lunch here which was standard St. Lucia Pricing. We spent the day at the beach & loved it!
We decided to enjoy another day at the villa. Today enjoying the sunshine & the pool. We’d picked up some food from the supermarket on our way back yesterday, so had everything we needed for a lazy villa day.
Weather was a little bit iffy in the morning. So we decided to stay By the villa but fambled into Soufriere for lunch at Pitit Peak, which was really nice. We then spent the afternoon in the sun by the pool.
St. Lucia, the villa, Janus, Malie & Ian here all been fantastic. We’ve had such an amazing holiday & we’re so glad we picked Serrana Villa Airbnb & Janus to make our holiday so special.
Chef Ramsey- wonderful!!! Best meal we’ve had here by far!! Absolutely must hire him at least once while here. Worth every penny. We had the garlic butter seafood. OMG!!
Arrival! Rented a car through Islander Car Rentals. Smooth process. Janus set up a guide to meet us and help us navigate back to the villa which was so helpful. A stop on the way at Massey for some basics for the we was helpful.
After a long day traveling we wanted to eat somewhere close- Janus recommended the Sports Bar at the end of the road to the villa- Used to be Ruby’s. We really enjoyed this! Loved the fig Salad! 😊
Soufriere tour with Ian. Great way to start the trip. Ian was a wonderful guide. Tet Paul Nature Trail. Easy hike & gorgeous view. Don’t miss this while here! Botanical Gardens & Waterfall- peaceful, serene, very pretty. Glad we did this. Maybe would opt to go fine some less touristy waterfall next time.
Volcano & Mud baths. Worth it!!! Felt amazing. This evening we wondered through town by foot, met some local people- all very nice- talk to Martin if you see him & buy something from him. We found skippers today. Go there & try their peanut pinch. OMG!! Yum!!!
Road trip day. Drove the coast up to Pigeon Island. An adventure for sure. Roads are very hilly, narrow at times. Don’t forget to down shift when on those hills. Castries was too busy for us- stopped at the beach bar for apps & Piton at Pigeon Island- great little spot. We like Soufriere Best though.
Possibly would skip the road trip next time. Dinner at Pitit Peak this evening. Wonderful food, reasonable price, nice views & Piton on top. We enjoyed!
Anse Chastanet + Mamin- gorgeous. Snorkel here was nice. Us$12 pp for an hour. Friendly staff. Good amount of colorful fish & coral. Water was calm. The walk to mamin along the waterfront to the right of Anse Chastanet took maybe 5 minutes, worth it! Quiet & beautiful beach with bar. Next time I’d spent more time here.
Hiked Pitit Piton. Wow! This is a climb. Not one for the faint of hearty. Left at 8am returned about 10:45am. If you do this you must take a guide. We met a local guide the evening before, cost about us$100 for both of us. Bring lots of water, good shoes with grip and if you can gloves.
There are many ropes along the trail you’ll use to pull yourself up. It can get rough on the hands. The views though- like nothing else ive seen before. Worth it. Do it if you’re in shape!
Jungle biking at Anse Chastanet/ Jade Mountain. The guide gave us a nice tour, then when oriented to the trails you can bike on your own as long as you want. Bikes aren’t in the best shape but we enjoyed ourselves.
Several short trails that are easy to intermediate . Got a nice biking jersey (purchased) as a souvenir to take home 😊
Lazy morning at the villa. Nice. Sugar Beach afternoon. Took the shuttle, prepared to pay US$50.00 Per person fee but didn’t have to . Maybe being the slow season but we were told to simply present a receipt from the restaurant & bar to the shuttle on the return trip.
Unfortunately no one asked to see a receipt. We enjoyed bbq pork ribs & an appetizer trio at the beach restaurant . Snorkel here was very nice too. Comparable to Anse Chastanet.
Pick-up for home. We’ve had a wonderful stay. Janus has been a wonderful host. We used whatsapp to communicate and he was always available within minutes. One day our car battery died and within minutes he had help sent to the villa to jump start the car. Janus sent bread to us the day we arrived and took time to show us around to his to his other villas. Beautiful!!!
Also Chef Ramsey- wonderful!!! Best meal we’ve had here by far!! Absolutely must hire him at least once while here. Worth every penny. We had the garlic butter seafood. OMG!!
Nothing really I’d change about this trip and no doubt that we picked the right location. Perfect Villa & Best host To help us celebrate. Thanks for the memories Janus, and we hope to make the trip back one day!!
Christian & JD.
The road to Jade Mountain is very bad and its on a side of a mountain, leave in plenty of time to get there and drive slow
Chris & Zoe
Food: whilst on Island we went to the following for Dinner.
Hotel Chocolat: Overall nice food & Great Service. If you want a view when dining book around 6pm, however will be quieter. Price wasn’t too mad but expect to pay over $100usd for 2 just for main & drinks. Dress nice – shorts okay- 8.5/10
Anse Chastanet: probably our least favorite to eat while here- menu wasn’t great, the food was actually nice and the price was fair but not par with other receptions- smart/casual shorty okay- 6.5/10
Sugar Beach: one of the nicest places to eat on Island, had both dinner In the great room & lunch at the Bay side. The great room is very fancy. Dress nice and men wear trousers & collar- food was fantastic. Comes with several pre course nibble. Don’t get water unless you really want it (us$15.00)- expect to pay a lot for 2 people easily over $200 usd (great experience) The Bayside is also very nice for food (more casual) I had the best Veal osso boco. Not as expensive but still pricey (shorts okay)- 9.5/10. *Please go*
Jade Mountain- going tonight- looks spectacular – it will cost a lot- is smart dress code going around 6pm to get views of the Pitons at sunet.
Gros Piton- a very good experience- Don’t do it unless you are an average fitness as you will struggle. If you are fairly active as a person it is easy. We managed to reach the summit and back down in 2 hours 40 minutes. When you turn up you will be forced on a guide. You don’t actually need one. It’s a path, rocky all the way to the top and it’s the same path up & down. Cost is $50usd per person for a guide & she was too slow for us. The views are good but make sure you go on a clear day.- 8/10
Drive-in Volcano- Sound’s better than it is. Took us about 20 minutes to see the volcano and its cool but not all that exciting.- 6/10
Mud Baths- the better of the two activities. As you will spend more time here and can stay as long as you like. The pools are amazing (very hot) and its fun to spread the mud on yourself. Cost is US$15 per person for both activities and takes about 2.5 hours.- 8/10
Sugar Beach- go & experience this during the day, it’s a fantastic setting between the two Piton. Make sure you set aside enough time to enjoy it- especially if you buy the $100USD per couple. It is a public beach so its free to go & you can lie towels on sand. If you want bed its U.S$50.00 per bed- 8.5/10
Diamond Botanical Gardens & Waterfall- nice Gardens & some cool plants, if you like all things plants you’ll love it, if not the only thing you’ll like is the waterfall us$7 per person
Enjoy your stay
Chris & Zoe
Doug & Hilary
Aug. 22nd- 29 2019
Honeymoon & Babymoon (we bought a pregnancy test on your trip and it came out positive)
Eat as much fresh fruit as possible while in St. Lucia, including from the property Janus welcomes his guests to pull fruit from the trees. Favorites- passion fruit, mangoes, guavas also try sour-sop juice!
Check out Martha’s Tables for lunch (open until 3pm) very good creole food and rum punch. 10 minute drive
Jade mountain club : unbelievably beautiful property but extremely difficult to get to it driving. Meal was very very good but also very expensive (US$300 for 2 people) if you go get there before sunset to see the views.
Boucan: magical setting but food, service and value only OK.
Private chef Ramsey: awesome! Best dinner yet (and least expensive) Ramsey made us authentic creole food and cleaned up after us. He was very pleasant and left us completely full and relaxed!
Hummingbird- great authentic creole dishes for a very reasonable price (us$90 for 2 people including drinks) great service- the owner & chef take a lot of pride in making sure their guest are happy (went for dinner)
Fedos: only open until 5pm and only accept cash. Stopped in for lunch- great creole food and awesome value (lunch for 2 was only us$17 and we left stuffed
Mango tree” very tasty meals in a beautiful setting overlooking the sea & Pitons candle lit dinner and the stars are fully visible. Try the passion fruit ice cream! 8 min drive from here
Summery: you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get food here. We did our research on restaurants on trip advisor before our trip and most of the highest making spots are also the most expensive. Almost every restaurants has a beautiful outdoor setting. So you wont go wrong there given the rough road conditions, its also worth cooking at the villa a couple nights! Tried making local dishes, the kitchen is full stocked with cooking supplies.
Make sure to allow for enough time to lounge at Serrana villa- pool time (to sun set, stargazing etc.
Rainforest Spa (Sugar Beach resort) this was the most incredible spa experience we’ve ever had! Highly recommend, especially for couples on their honeymoon, we did the ‘’romantic escape rituals’’ package will upgrade . truly magical
Sugar Beach: we visited sugar beach following our spa appointment and were blown away by the resort property and the beach itself…stunning! Will be coming back later this week.
Kieran Yacht Services. We went deep sea fishing in Marigot Bay with Kieran & Histwo crew mates, Pardo & earl. We had a blast caught a ton of Mahi Mahi and a few Jack Fish 4 hours of fishing for $550 and went cliff jumping! Got to take home a Mahi Mahi of our choosing and it was delicious. M=Note: Made it with just butter, salt and pepper.
Anse Chastanet: Great snorkeling right off the beach. You don’t need reservation, can just show uo and rent for us$11 per person. Also need a us$50 cash deposit per person or can leave your keys in place of a deposit.
Anse Mamin Beach: Beautiful, largely, private beach a 7 minute walk from Anse Chastanet beach. Go to this beach. Great bar & Grill right on the beach with amazing burgers overall we liked Sugar Beach, the best but based on the reviews of others we think our experience was so good in part, because we went straight from our spa apt to the beach. Other reviews have complained about being given hard time by sugar beach resort staff when trying to access.
Local groceries store – Eroline’s (15 minutes walk)
Fresh produce and fish sold early in the morning right next to Soufriere Beach Park
Buy paper towels for house
USD/ECD and credit cards accepted most places, suggest always carrying some cash
Don’t leave anything sweet laying out- the ants here will find it in minutes
Wear sun screen!
Drink rum punch!
Try frying some beautiful ( in placed of Potatoes for breakfast- delicious! I just used Olive oil, salt & Peppers
Try Barons Ketchup + Hot sauce- so good!
Going to mis Soufriere, St. Lucia and this place! We wouldn’t change anything about our vacation and loved everything we got the chance to do!
Jacob & Kelsey -Honeymoon, august 2019
Colleen & Jon- honeymoon
Day 1: we landed at UVF and arranged a pick-up through Janus. Our driver was Super Easy to find and he was friendly. The ride to Our Airbnb was a little scary but worth it once we got there! Janus greeted us immediately and provided us with some eggs, juice and crackers since it was Sunday and all the grocery stores are closed on Sundays.
We were hungry so decided to walk to Pitit Peak for food. We loved our bacon wrapped plantains! We also ordered a BLT and chicken wrap that were okay. We were just happy to be eating with views of the Caribbean.
The locals were very friendly and helpful WITH DIRECTIONS. On the walk back to Our Airbnb it started pouring. We stopped at cool Breeze to buy some Piton for the night and headed back to relax for the rest of the night!
Day 2: woke up to rain! One of Janus drivers took us to get groceries and then we walked to The Botanical Gardens- the waterfall was beautiful and well worth the $7 to get in. We were hoping to go to Jade Mountain for Lunch or sit at the bar but they were booked so we went to’ trou ou diable’ and split the tropical island burger and it was delicious!
We walked to Tree House Restaurant next door and enjoyed a drink with a great view! We then had our driver take us to Hummingbird beach resort where we split the St. Jacques Shrimp and a pasta dish- both good! We walked back to the Villa after and enjoyed a bottle of wine under the stars!
Day 3:Janus gave us tours of his other properties in the morning- they’re all amazing. We hiked Tet Paul Trail- highly recommend. Easy trail and great views/photo opps. We then went back to Serrana and get ready and another driver took us to Dasheene at Ladera for lunch.
We had our best drink of the night called (screaming orgasm) My husband loved his burger and my seafood pasta was pretty good. The views was unbeatable! We then walked across for a drink at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat.
It was good (especially if you love chocolate) we then got a ride back to Serrana by Janus and enjoyed the pool until chef Ramsey arrived. He cooked us pork with Pineapple and bananas and it was the best meal we’ve had thus far in St. Lucia.
Tip – when sitting outside at night do not have ‘’pool light’’ on, on the porch, gets so buggy, we had to get in early because they were covering our clothes.
Day 4: time to leave ☹ We enjoyed breakfast here while taking in the view and did some laundry. One of Janus’ drivers will be taking us to our next destination in Castries.
Overall: Thank you Janus. You’ve been a responsive helpful host and we hope to be back some day
Colleen & Jon
WEATHER IN SAINT LUCIA
While most places in the world have four well-defined seasons, its proximity to the equator means that this is not really the case for the island of St. Lucia.
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