We stayed at Crystals in Papaya for four nights over the new year in 2011. We chose Crystals, mainly because we were looking for self catering accommodation at a reasonable price with good views of the Pitons. In this regard, it didn't disappoint. For the price, I don't think we could have gotten much better accommodation in St. Lucia, particularly when we compared prices with the ridiculously expensive 'resorts' such as Ladera and Jade Mountain.
Papaya was certainly the right choice as it had a huge, sunny private deck with hammock and deck chairs and amazing uninterrupted views of the Pitons. There were also several other areas on the deck where we could sit in shade and still enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains. A small private pool was refreshing to cool off in after a while in the sun but was too shallow and small to swim in. We had some doubts as to the cleanliness of the pool but the pool cleaner did visit daily (almost) to remove leaves and sprinkle in some chlorine. We just avoided putting our heads under to be on the safe side but didn't have any problems.
The breakfast was nice with a selection of local fruits, pancakes, bread, omelettes and cake. Ground coffee, milk and tea was provided. The evening cocktail hour in Crystal's amazing bar was a nice relaxed occasion where we got to meet the other guests and enjoy some complimentary drinks and snacks. The rum punch is great. You can order meals from the restaurant but need to give Monica a day's notice.
The interior of the accommodation was spacious and well furnished with flat screen TV, DVD player and cable. Wi-fi was available but we could only get it working in the bar on the last day of our stay. The kitchen is relatively well stocked with pots and pans but, unfortunately, the coffee maker and electric kettle hadn't been cleaned properly for some time and we had to clean them before using them. A cleaner visited daily to tidy up, mop the floors and make the beds. Enough fresh towels were supplied to last four days.
Crystals is quite a way from the airport so we organised to be picked up as we were arriving late at night. I wouldn't have fancied our chances of finding it on our own with a hire car, especially at night. The town of Soufriere is nearby and has a reasonably well stocked supermarket but you will need a car or taxi, at least for the trip back to avoid a long, hard climb. We didn't eat out at all but chose to cook all our own meals to avoid travelling up and down the mountain.
Just be clear that Crystals is not a resort or hotel in the traditional sense. If you're expecting to be pampered and have everything provided for you then it's probably not the place for you. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a relaxed stay in unique accommodation with beautiful surroundings and amazing views of the Pitons, then Crystals is good option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crystals is a one of a kind Tree House property with a cluster of unique cottages and villas built into the trees. It is nestled away in the hillside of Soufriere with most spectacular views of the piton mountains, ocean and the picturesque town of Soufriere. Crystals is not an all inclusive resort. Here, you can take advantage of your own BBQ and full kitchen, or enjoy a wonderful feast at our Treetop Restaurant. Private chefs are also available. Our one of a kind cottages and villas are equipped with air conditioning and stylishly furnished with 4 poster king size beds, art from around the world, private pools and offer amazing, panoramic views of the ocean, the majestic Gros and Petit Piton and the drive-in volcano. Visit Crystals soon and allow yourself a moment to relax in a hammock and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your lush surroundings, or get pampered with a full body massage in the privacy of your own cottage. Then join us every night for complimentary cocktails at our tree-top bar and dance the night away to the rhythms of a local band. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crystals Hotel Soufrière
- Crystals St Lucia St. Lucia/Soufriere