Really, this house has the best location possible---when we were boating around the island we looked up between the Pitons and there, smack dab in the middle, we saw the tower of the house sticking up above the palms on the ridge. It is an eccentric house--no walls, minimalist and organic architecture. It was a perfect rainforest experience---the insects' night music, waking up to a rainbow arced between the Pitons, the birds flying through during the day---we felt like kids in a tree-house on a hidden adventure. We were traveling with another couple---the house was perfect for 2 couples, with separate sleeping wings, bathrooms and balconies. We had other friends staying at Jalousie and Anse Chastenet---they came over one night for Mary's home-cooked meal of fish and chicken---it was the best meal we had on the island, and the home's premier location and unique ambience made the night a treasured travel experience for all. The house really made St. Lucia a stand-out trip from our other Caribbean trips. Mary and Pious were great ambassadors of St. Lucia, making us feel welcome and safe---they were always there when needed but unobstrusive otherwise. We had plans to tour the island, but when we arrived at the house, we felt no need to do anything but stay there, relax and take in the view---it was the perfect getaway. Tips: rent a car, but have it delivered to the house so that you take a txi (Ben's) to and from--it's hard to find; have the driver stop at the grocery becuase once you arrive you are not going to want to leave; definitely have Mary cook for you; bring a little travel torch so that you don't have to break the rainforest spell of darkness during the night if you need to visit the WC etc. The only hesitation I would have about booking would be if there are people with mobility problems or tiny tots in your party: the home has lots of stairs and balconies. (Actually, I would not recommend St. Lucia in general to people with mobility issues--the island is very hilly, with steep, rough roads.) So, assuming you are fit and grown, I can't imagine a more perfect place to stay on St. Lucia.
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