A person could go crazy trying to figure out the best location to stay in St. Lucia! I have sent inquiries on villas near Pierrot and also Marigot Bay so far. The distance to Soufriere looks similar (not taking into account the water taxi). Hubby and I (52) will be doing day trips, and flying Delta so either airport will work for us. Budget for 5 nights of lodging - would like to stay between $750 and $1200. We have not been to St. Lucia before, and not interested in AI. I like the idea of being able to prepare light meals, but I'm not totally against a hotel. Am I overlooking a better option for lodging? And, is Pierrot too far "from the action?" Lastly, is AC a must? My hubby likes to keep busy, thus the day trips.