This was our 1st trip to St lucia. It is truely an enchanted haven and a place that needs to be experienced .We spent 2 weeks in Oct / Nov 2012 .we chose the VBC . What a gem. A lovely boutique hotel. Yes, yes , yes it looks just like all the photo,s .The beach is right out your door with the hypnotic sounds of the waves and tree frogs to entertain your sences. Most of the time the waves were rolling and gentle. But a few days they were very big and exciting to watch. Our room was just beautiful. We had a huge surprise when we arrived , and were upgraded. Now that was such a treat. We were on the 2nd floorand relished the view from the balconey daily. It almost didn,t look real. Everynight the sunsets were slightly different and looked like a painting. The bed was so comfortable. The kitchen wa very clean and had everything you would need. The outside grounds were so pretty and well kept. The pools were too. If all this wasn,t enough to help you have a great vacation, the entire staff ( many) were super. We were picked up at the airport by Ali from vbc. We had a delay and couldn,t reach vbc ( due to our phone ). The driver was so patient and waited over an hour and a half for us. He greeted us with a warm smile and was happy we were ok. When we arrived at vbc the staff were excited that we finally made it there. For us, being strangers in a new country , this quickly felt like home. Being there for 2 weeks gave us time to get to know them . The nice thing was that they wanted to know us too. One night we decided to have a BBQ. Oliva reserved one for us . Earnest delivered it all cleaned and set up about one hour before we requested . The service with smiles , was wonderful. He placed it on the patio below our room . It was great and we had a delightful BBQ experience. The quest service staff Oliva, Neva ,Nadia and Austin were always ready to help us with our plans and questions . Margaret , our housekeeper also did a lovely job. Her thoughtfulness started before we arrived. She di such a beautiful job setting up our room with flowers and even added the rose petals on the bed. So sweet. Colin,s orientation to the vbc and St lucia was tremendous. We enjoyed his family stories and recommendations of places to visit. It was also nice of him to answer his childrens phone calls while we were sitting with him . This showed the family values of himself and his hotel and staff. We had decided not to drive. We took Colins advise and the others trip advisors reviews and asked for Claudius. Now, if all the above wasn,t enough , having a driver was like the cherry on top of the ice cream. It was such fun and we looked forward to each trip we took with him. He,s the best driver. Claudius kept us relaxed and gave us lots of insight about his island. he took us to severals beaches and pionted us in the right direction. We did the Souffere tour and he tailored it to what we wanted to do and see. He brought us to the Friday night jump up, which was a blast . Claudius walked us around and then set us free, but would be around for when we wanted to leave. We had great local foods and danced in the streets. What a unique time for the tourists to share with the locals. He also brought us to the little zoo. We had a terrific quide Chris who gave us the medicinal plant tour . She didn,t let the rain stop her from explaining everything to us. Claudius even taught us a little creole.
We are at the Wharf next door. Thje food was very good. The roti was delicious. Also enjoyed several catch of the day dinners. The crab back was awesome,,,, need to order several and they are worth it. The owner was very kind to let us listen to the news on hurricane Sandy , which was near our home. His daughter was delightful and helped us with the money exchanges , more than once . We had a magical time in St lucia and the VBC. We will return again as soon as possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate, boutique, beachfront hotel featuring deluxe fully self-contained one and two bedrooms villa suites nestled among the coconut trees and lush tropical gardens at Choc Bay with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and offering comfortable, casual luxury with friendly, impeccable service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Beach Cottages Hotel Castries
- Hotel Beach
- Villa Beach Cottages St. Lucia/Castries