The scenic southwestern corner of St Lucia is well-served by upper-end resorts, charging handsomely for the chance to withdraw within the fences and be isolated in pretty high comfort.
For a fraction of the cost, our five-day stay at the Hummingbird, on the edge of the village of Soufriere, was much simpler, giving us exposure to the local atmosphere with its appeals and drawbacks.
Positives: the room are wood and stucco -- adequate for a couple -- with comfortable four-poster beds under the mosquito netting that is most likely vital later in the summer than our March visit. The terrace restaurant looks out over extensive greenery and flowers and the eponymous hummingbirds, across the small but adequate pool and over the bay. The included breakfast is very simple -- in particular, baked goods seem not to be high on the skills of the island chefs generally -- while dinners were straight-forward and tasty. Salads were furnished from the owner's organic garden across the road.
The adjacent dive shop is not formally a part of the hotel, but is well-furnished for boating, scuba and excellent snorkeling.
Service through the week was uniformly friendly and accessible, if timed to the casual pace that pervades the entire island -- service in our room was missed one entire day, for example, and water pressure and temperature were occasionally chancy. Car service is essential -- the quality of the roads is third-world dismal, complicated by left-side driving -- but seriously expensive.
In context of the need to calibrate expectations.
One explicit warning is that the hotel adjoins a parking lot and fronts on a public beach -- which meant traffic and work noise through the day, and one night a large beach party with ear-pounding noise until a frustratingly late hour. And "colorful" would be a generous way to describe the village; on our walks into town, the ratio of pan-handlers to friendly locals ran about four-to-one.
One small alert: the hotel uses British plugs for electrical appliances, not European. And bring plenty of sun protection.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hummingbird Beach Resort is a small, intimate resort, located in the scenic town of Soufriere on the south western part of St. Lucia, home to the famous pitons – a world heritage site. Hummingbird Beach Resort has eight (8) beautifully decorated rooms, most of which offer magnificent views of the ocean and the pitons. We also have a Country Cottage which accommodates a family of four (4) comfortably, it is fully furnished and offers breathtaking views of the pitons. We are world renowned for our French Creole Cuisine, award winning cocktails and beautiful batik studio. We are located on the beach and also have a fresh water swimming pool. We do arrange a wide range of tours and excursions. Spa treatments can be made available on request. Let us host your dream wedding or wedding reception dinner. Our tropical island setting and renowned hospitality combine to make your Caribbean wedding and honeymoon an unforgettable experience. Make the charming Hummingbird Beach Resort your choice of accommodation in Soufriere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hummingbird Beach Hotel
- Hummingbird Beach Soufrière
- Hummingbird Beach Resort St. Lucia/Soufriere