I’m coming to St. Lucia for a short stay to hunt down a wedding venue! Any suggestions on must see? What towns? I’m looking for a small local vibe not the touristy sandals type of wedding.
There are some large private villas in Soufriere that are excellent places for weddings. Check out Caille Blanc, BananaQuit House, and Tamarind House for three options. You can find them on VRBO/Homeaway or probably AirBnB. Some of them have their own websites, too.
Good luck in your hunt and congratulations!
Bon jou Cailyne C,
Check out the unspoiled Nature Sites (with local facilities) in & around The Pitons World Heritage Site...
Au Poyé Parc
Yukahu Bay (aka Anse L’Ivrogne)
Bless up! PaulEdited: 11 December 2017, 11:33
Tplife - curiosity is killing me. Why would you advise against the most scenic area of the island for a wedding? Especially for someone who says they're looking for non-touristy, not-Sandals (all-inclusive) type location/experience??Edited: 28 December 2017, 03:08
I agree with reedprincess. Lots of the "wedding digs" in Soufriere are villas in the area, and they usually have staff, including cooks (either at no charge or a nominal charge). And all of them make killer rum punch! So you get the convenience of an all-inclusive by having a cook make meals for you, without having all the drunk tourists bumping into you.
Why is that a bad thing?
(Full disclosure - we own a retirement/vacation villa in Soufriere, although we do not allow weddings at our home.)
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After our trip last summer, we think that only an all-inclusive resort would provide the kind of security, freedom to move about without agressive locals approaching/chasing you, and have sufficient supplies (without a trip up to Cul-de-Sac) to keep a group happy. Soufriere has limited facilities, and is a small town that can provide "5-star" resorts within a few miles, is not the kind of Caribbean locale where you comfortably go out after the sun goes down - and in many cases even when it's up - and we have a lot of island experience behind us over the last 10 years. We met a few of the nicest people you'd find anywhere in Soufriere, but St. Lucia is an independent island struggling to expand it's natural beauty to a wider audience who often stop farther north in their travels. We spent more than a week there and made several trips up and back to Rodney bay, shopping, snorkeling, side trips, everywhere. It's a great place for those experienced on small islands, offering a great "rain-forest" island tropic, but there are many caveats once the group expands from four to twelve, i.e.; as in a wedding party. The northern parts of the island are much more oriented for large groups and can deliver a better, more comfortable and safe experience overall due to their not being so remote. Again, for couples or small parties the south offers the best of snorkeling and hiking - at a price. Soufriere is THE BOMB, but you have to remember it is small, remote, and very poor.