We couldn’t decide what sites we wanted to see the most, so we took advantage of the Soufriere Orientation tour that Janus has put together. This was totally worth it.
Day 1 - Arrived after sunset. Took a while to get here from UVF, but were welcomed by Janus upon arrival. We stopped and picked up some groceries (too many), drank some pitons and fell asleep.
Day 2 – Almost stayed here to enjoy this amazing pool all day (and the view), but decided to go to the beach.
Asked Janus to set up a ride to sugar beach. Got day passes at reception and took the shuttle down. Other reviewers said they walked down to the beach…we were shocked by this as it’s kind of a hike and super hilly. We’ve been to beaches all over and this was top 3. They won’t let you rent the cabanas (sun shelter) and we wouldn’t recommend getting a lounge chair on the resort side $50.00 US/per chair) because you can put your towel down wherever or use a free chair on the public side.
We got a bunch of drinks at the beach bar area, then a few hours later wen to sit down on the restaurant side for lunch. Food was mediocre at best and at the end we were told we couldn’t use the voucher if you’re seated at the restaurant…So we had 2 separate (pretty expensive) tabs. Wish we knew this info sooner.
Also, the resort staff wasn’t very friendly to non resort guests (other than the bartender). But honestly, despite all that, we have no regrets (see day 4).
Day 3 – We couldn’t decide what sites we wanted to see the most, so we took advantage of the Soufriere Orientation tour that Janus has put together. This was totally worth it. Our tour guide (Jermal) was not only super informative, he was also super flexible in accommodating in what we wanted to do.
The tour started with a nature walk on the Tet Paul Nature Trail. We did this early in the morning and were happy we did. Although not very strenuous, we imagine it/cool drive been quite uncomfortable in the afternoon heat. The trail itself was beautiful, but honestly, the highlight was the views of the islands – absolutely breathtaking. The trail guide also was an amazing photographer and the photos even met my wife’s high standards.
After the trail we went to the volcano. We skipped the mudbath because small crowded spaces are not really our thing. we chose to do a walking tour of the volcano basin instead.
The last stop for us was the waterfall. Although it was busy on arrival, the crowed cleared out quickly. We got some great photos and cooled off under the refreshing falls.
At this point, we were pretty hungry and skipped the botanical gardens, instead, we got lunch local at Fedos. The food was good and also super inexpensive.
Hang out at the pool for a few hours before dinner.
Made a reservation on open table to eat at Dashene’s (ladera) at 5pm so we could catch the sunset. Checked in with the host and they told us it was cocktail hour on the viewing deck. This view. Unbeatable (like a lot of places on this island) After a few drinks we found out dinner isn’t until 6. At 6 we went back to the host stand and they told us they were booked for dinner (after they asked our room# and found out we were non resort guests). They told us we could eat on the viewing deck or get a table at 7:30. We were starving so opted to get dinner on the deck. The service was horrible. We had to ask 4 different people before someone finally took our order. during cocktail hour the deck was completely full, but by this time we were 1 of 2 couples at there.
There were a ton of empty tables at the restaurant, so we assuming they don’t open those for non resort guests until after sunset. The food was meh, and super prices. If we could do it again we would of only gone for cocktail hour.
Day 4 – See day 2. Loved it so much we went back to sugar beach! The first time we went these two local dudes asked if we wanted to do a boat tour. We declined as we were still getting a sense of the island.
They came right up to us this second time at sugar beach and we opted to go on the sunset cruise. They asked for a deposit (which seemed shady at first) but this was to buy the beer and secure our spot.
They found us right at 4:40 and took us to the bat cave, all around the island, the black sand beach at Jade Mountain + snorkeling.
After seeing the beach at Jade Mountain (Anse Chastanet) we were stoked we didn’t make the trip there and instead opted for sugar beach again. The sunset was epic. This was the highlight of our trip. It was a private tour – just us and the river and the captain’s little brother (our photographer and bartender) they stopped to get photos of us at the sunset with the pitons twinning. Happy as a clam.
The name of the company is Ocean Angels. It was $180.00 US for the tour. It costs a bit more to do the private sunset cruise. You can also opt for day trips (private and non) for much cheaper.
On our way back, we opted to be dropped off at Ruby’s for dinner. It was a mistake not going sooner (despite all the great reviews and recommendations). The food (especially the pizza) was phenomenal and the prices were totally reasonable. We got a pizza, two ***, and about 6 beers – all for less tan $50.00 USD! They also had a live band that was really good.
- Janus and his staff are amazing. Friendly, professional, and always punctual.
- We weren’t brave enough to navigate the roads ourselves, so used the chauffeur service. The cars were great, driver (Jermal) was awesome, and the service was super convenient.
- The fresh fruit and bread delivered by Janus was great. I used the fruit to make a great rum punch.
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