The Bel Jou caters almost wholly for SAGA customers, who are usually in the "senior" age bracket. It does not offer some of the sporting and leisure facilities that might be found at a hotel serving a wider age range but provides most of the other services that would be expected.. We stayed for one week in March, and found it quite acceptable and good value. The hotel is located on a hill above the capital, and a courtesy bus runs a regular shuttle into town and to local beaches - this was very helpful and gave more options than if the hotel had been an enclosed beach resort. There are two restaurants, although the pool-side one was only open at lunchtimes. The food was good - a mixture of Caribbean and British dishes, with a good choice at all meals, although the selection of house wines was rather poor. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. There are good views from the upper floors of the main block - ground floor rooms have no view but direct access to the very attractive gardens. Several species of birds can be seen in the grounds. There are just sufficient loungers and garden chairs for the number of guests (the hotel was full during our stay) but the pool is small and space there is limited. As the hotel is built on a hillside, there are many steps to get from place to place. This might be a problem for some people. A good range of excursions is available and St Lucia has a number of attractions which are worth visiting.
- 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