Driftwood is a charming wooden cottage with an open plan bedroom with a shower room and bathroom area to the rear. A separate kitchen area is adjoined. To the front is a large porch/patio area which provides excellent space to relax. The cottage although not directly on the beach is very close indeed and the sound of the waves can be heard from the property. The cottage is set in gardens of lush greenery, banana trees, breadfruit trees and palms and there is a seperate kitchen/dining area that can be utilised for social gatherings of all the guests. We had one evening meal here which was just a wonderful setting. Behind the cottage is a tree house which is occupied by other guests of Tony and Jan, our hosts. To the front is the main house which is set on the beach front and from where all the guests can relax on sunbeds. Laborie itself is a fishing town and it would be fair to say that it is not geared up for tourists which is exactly why we loved it. You feel that you are experiencing the real St Lucia and not the tourist window dressing. The people are genuine polite and helpful but can be a little loud sometimes! There are enough shops and eating places dotted around the village to cater for most needs. Our favourite venue was the Salt Rush Cafe on the beach, run by Wilson Aimable who is a charming man. The sunsets from his bar were incredible.Tony and Jan are extremely knowledgeable about the area and provide excellent advice from organising trips to little day to day needs. Nothing was too much trouble for them. All in all if you want an interesting Carribean holiday you would be hard pushed to find a better one than this.
We both loved the set up of the "cottage" with its lovely gardens and dining table under cover and looking over the garden. We had the sea in view and it was only 30 yards walk to the beach. Deck chairs were available free. Tony and Jan were great company and very helpful and friendly. They has the set up great. They owns three properties and they introduce you to each other by getting someone in to cook a meal in a room adjoining the garden of Driftwood and Tree house. We made such good friends.
Tony is up to date with all the events and keeps you informed. He has a jeep we rented and enjoyed our trip around the Island. He has several dogs and being a dog lover it was great for me. "Coal" was very friendly and would walk with you along the football field or along the beach. Had a fantastic memorable holiday.
The friendliness and beauty of this unspoilt village of Labourie envelopes you. It is matched by the laid back but efficient owners who live nearby but do not intrude.
We stayed in Driftwood which has a relaxing balcony (regularly visited by humming birds) that faces the sea although you cannot see it. The waterfront is only about 60 m away. A lot of thought has gone into designing the accommodation which is both rural but totally functional and everything works.
We were so enchanted that we happily wandered around the village and beach watching life go on in a place that hopefully will stay that way for many years to come.
Ahhhhhh what can I say... Driftwood Cottage is a Caribbean Dream. Situated on a lovely beach. With a wonderful porch to relax and rejuvenate your soul. It has everything you need including a kitchen. The owners Jan and Tony are fabulous and go out of their way to make your vacation special. We had a private dinner prepared by Lincoln which was delicious and a wonderful massage from Barbara. We ate at amazing restaurants... Ladera, Boucan, Mango Tree, go for lunch, it’s cheaper and you can see the beautiful views of the Pitons. If you like Indian food, Indian Chef in Vieux Fort is very good. We have been going to St Lucia for 25 years and love the local heart of Laborie.
Driftwood By The Beach is a two-person beach-side standalone cottage built by the caring and competent couple Jan and Tony Collinson.
It deserves a rating of 7 out of 5, if only that were possible! Read the reviews. When was the last time you saw a modestly priced place with a universal rating of 5 out of 5?
Here's the thing about the Caribbean Sea, to which I have traveled regularly for 40 years: big cruise ships, big all-inclusive resorts, big crowds, big traffic, big prices -- all have contributed to undermining the attractiveness of many islands. Used to be that you could find unassuming local people, reasonably priced local food, magical uncrowded beaches, etc. That's much harder now.
St. Lucia is sadly afflicted with dense tourism (particularly around Castries) but if you go to Laborie Bay at the south end of the island you'll find old-style Caribbean. It's a fishing village. Few tourists. An empty, perfect beach. People, food and ambience almost entirely untouched by progress.
Driftwood is so exceptional that I imagine we'll go there (or to its adjacent sister property, the Bay Treehouse) every year. Occupancy hovers near 100% so we're already checking 2019 flights so we can book. Jan and Tony LOOK AFTER YOU. It's personal and friendly service taken to an extreme.
We had a fantastic time - we wanted to just chill and that's exactly what we did. Tony and Jan are wonderful hosts and are always there to help or give advice. Driftwood is lovely and a testament to their creativity - comfortable, clean and well equipped. They have lots of dogs who we fell in love with and it was great to have their company on the veranda and on trips into town and on the beach. We hired Tony and Jan's car for a couple of days and that is well worth doing. Loved the Reef restaurant and rum punch at sunset at Salt Rush with Wilson who makes you very welcome. If you want a taste if living in the real Caribbean & you love dogs this is definitely for you - it's like staying with friends! Highly recommend.
We came from cold/wet Bergen Norway looking for paradise. We found it in Laborie on the first part of our stay in Driftwood. The small cottage is lovely, and has everything you need for a relaxing stay(away from the all the big resorts with all the tourists) on St Lucia.
In Driftwood you feel part of the community. The locals would pass by saying good morning/good afternoon/good night(depending on what time of day it was), and always asking how we were enjoying our stay in Laborie.
Tony and Jan who own Driftwood, Mango Splash + Bay Treehouse(reviewed on better than we hoped part 2) are excellent hosts offering advice and tips on what to do/where to eat/organizing excursions.
Don't bother renting a car while you are staying here. Tony has a car which can be borrowed at a very reasonable rate.
Choosing too stay in Driftwood means you have to like dogs:- Tony and Jan are involved in the rescue and upkeep of some of the stray dogs in Laborie. All the dogs are really friendly, only looking for a bit of affection(and maybe a bit of ham from the fridge for breakfast)
The terrace outside the cottage is where we spent many a happy hour. Drinking the local(excellent) Piton beer whilst watching the hummingbirds on the bird feeder.
If you want the real St Lucia then stay in Laborie at one of Tony and Jan's properties
Thanks again Tony and Jan for two unforgettable weeks.