We have just returned from two weeks at the Bel Jou (June) and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
The rooms are spacious with two double beds, flat-screen TV/DVD and remote control air-conditioning. They were cleaned thoroughly every day. The gardens are well maintained with plenty of exotic flowers and shady areas. The pool is small but we never had a problem getting sun loungers.
The meals are buffet style but with plenty of choice and there was always a fish dish and a vegetarian style dish so all tastes were catered for. The food was always hot and well cooked.
Located on top of a VERY steep hill was not a problem - the courtesy bus runs regularly to Castries and Vigie Beach, Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island.The beaches are good (we thought Pigeon Island was the best) and although a few people tried to sell us necklaces and bracelets, a polite no was all that was needed.
The staff at the hotel were pleasant and friendly, as were the locals in Castries.
The Saga rep, Andy, was excellent - not obtrusive but always around if you needed help or advice, as was Camille, the Hotel Manager.
The choice of excursions was good - we did the Whale and Dolphin Watching one and saw 12 Sperm Whales and many Dolphins. The Rainforest Aerial Tram was also excellent.
We loved the whole experience and would not hesitate to return here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St. Lucia's wonderful, adults only hotel. Boasting stunning views over Castries and out across the gorgeous ocean from its setting atop a lush, tropical hillside, the 4-star Bel Jou provides a tranquil, tropical retreat for today's adult and senior travelers, free from the distractions of the more overrun resorts. With many opportunities for sightseeing and sampling island life, the hotel's relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a leisurely holiday or a lively Caribbean experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bel Jou Castries
- Bel Jou Hotel St. Lucia/Castries