The views along the way are breathtaking and once we got to the villa we realized that the view from our villa is STUNNING!! Overall, an incredible trip in the most beautiful place and with friendly people.
Ryle & Emmett
July 22- 28
Day 1- we flew in from Charlotte layover and arrived at UVF AT 2:30PM. After going through immigration we were greeted by out Islander Rental Car worker who set us up with our vehicle for the week. Emmett quickly acclimated to being on the opposite side of things and we headed to Massy Stores to get a few items (eggs, cheese, bread, Piton Beer etc.) for the villa, total us$120.00.
We opted to purchase a GPS map of St. Lucia and this immediately gave us added peace of mind as we weaved our way from Vieux Fort to Soufriere. Wow.
The views along the way are breathtaking and once we got to the villa we realized that the view from our villa is STUNNING!! Janus stopped by to show us the ropes and then we spent the remainder of the evening relaxing at the villa anticipating the adventures adhead.
Day 2- Alright…realizing that there is too much fun to be had so to save time we will just be making some notes from Here on out…
Boucan By Hotel Chocolat- Tree to bean and bean to bar experience… out tour guide Monique was great and we both enjoyed the knowledge and tasty treats aquired😊 Lunch at Boucan Bayside Restaurant was amazing and Unique.
Sunset Catamaran Cruise through Mystic Man Ocean Adventures- walk down to pier, stopping at Zaka’s for fresh smoothies- US$5.00 each and delicious. Tour was beautiful and must do for sight-seeing, fun and relaxed mingling with other tourists.
Dinner at Hummingbird Resort- relaxing environment, great pina coladas, food was flavorful and fantastic!...Better than Orlando’s
Day 3- Tet Paul Nature Trail- Stunning Panoramic views of the island, a must do, especially if you don’t hike Gros Piton. If you can go on your own (with guide) that would be best (we got stuck with another US couple who’s constant commentary/jokes deterred from our experience)
Diamond Botanical Gardens/Falls- if you’re plant nerds like us or simply enjoy being surrounded by pristine, lunch forest vegetation, then this is for you!
Drover to Anse Chastanet Beach- brought our own towel and cooler with Piton Beers & water, got a nice spot on the left side of the restaurant (guest-beach). Rented snorkel Gears (us$12 per person)- WOW so many colorful fish!!!
TIP-if you have beard the snorkel mask may not seal under your nose well ☹
Lunch at beachside trou ou diable restaurant- good food at a fair price, relaxed paced service
Relaxed at the villa
Day 4- Sugar Beach Resorts Rainforest spa- 9am appointment, got there early, parked in the guest lot and took a shuttle (free for spa guest)- incredible facilities and treatment, a true treat to feel pampered. Walked down to Sugar Beach and found a spot under a nutmeg tree for shade (aka free shade)
Lunch at Bayside Restaurant on the beach – good food with a beautiful view
Tip- beyond, the guest parking lot and tennis court, is a path up to an amazing overlook, a must do!
Orlando’s for Dinner- expected a full menu but when greeted by the host/ waitress/bartender/busy-boy we’re told it was a fixed, 3 course meal that night for U.S $45 each. Decided to still give it a try and while the food was good, it didn’t meet our expectations at the price point… also due to only having the one woman working the front of the house our service was very slow and we realized another patrons were frustrated around us, creating a tense, unpleasant atmosphere. Would not go back.
Day 5- AKA Road -Trip day
1 ½ hour drive to Rainforest Adventures
Ziplining Canopy Tour @ 10am- crazy fun roads on the way and great way to see more of the island communities; our first time ziplining and it was so much fun 😊
Drove to Castries to check out the city vibes and Castries Central Market- fun to walk around and explore, talking to vendors and buying fresh fruit
Lunch at a spot down a narrow alley filled with food vendors, tables and lots of locals filling up their lunch. Good food, BIG portions! Great value at US$6 per plate 😊
Headed back home, home made daiquiris with our fresh fruit from the market, snacked on our pastries from our local bakery and went to bed early to refuel for tomorrow’s adventure.
DAY 6 - Hike Gros Piton Nature Trail- started early, 7am and were the first people on the trail which made for a peaceful ascent. Our guide was patient and knowledgeable. We both brought our hiking packs with 3 liters of water each and both finished our water on the way down.
Prepare to get sweaty!
Great views to the south, but ask your guide to take you to the other side of the summit for breathtaking views of Pitit Piton and Soufriere – wowza!!! Legs were like jelly by the time we made it back down (just under 4 hours) but every ounce of effort was worth the reward!
Treated ourselves to homemade ice-cream to the bottom, delish!
Quick shower at the Villa
Lunch reservation at Jade Mountain Club- best service, wonderful cuisine and a spectacular panoramic view- super cool to sit back and see Gros Piton when we had just hiked it 😊
Lunch menu was reasonably priced so a great way to enjoy the facilities on a tighter budget
Nap back at the villa
Dinner reservation at Dasheene by Ladera resort for 6:15pm- cocktails in the bar lounge while waiting to be seated- beautiful view of the sunset and both pitons. Definitely worth booking a reservation- live music every night.
Day 7- We planned on going to the beach (Anse mamin) to relax our final moring before heading home but we were rained out so instead hang out @ the villa and took our time cleaning up and packing our bags before driving to the airport.
As many others mentioned, if things got off track relax and go with the flow 😊
Overall, an incredible trip in the most beautiful place and with friendly people. Hope to be back! Thanks Janus!
Rylee & Emmett
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