My boyfriend and I recently stayed at Crystals. We originally planned our vacation for Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, but with all of the recent natural disasters we had to cancel our trip last minute and decided on St. Lucia as an alternative. We originally chose Crystals because it looked similar to the hotel we were supposed to stay at in Guatemala – more rustic and less resort.
I’d first like to say that both Monica and Martin are amazing hosts and do everything they can to make you feel right at home. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the tree house bar is absolutely enchanting. We enjoyed spending time with them for a few nights over wine (all drinks were complimentary) and also took a hike with their little dog ‘Storm’.
Throughout our stay we did have some concerns with our room (we stayed in Mango). There was no A.C., which meant we had to keep the windows open to have somewhat of a breeze throughout the day and night. My main concern with this was that there were no screens on the windows or doors, so every huge insect and creature imaginable came into the rooms, not counting the mosquitoes that were constantly biting (from the first day we counted over 130 bites just on my legs alone!) Bugs got into our bed, even with the mosquito netting that was provided. Crystals is located deep in the jungle, so it was difficult to sleep at night with the windows open and the sounds of the tree frogs and insects (imagine hundreds of alarms going off at once). I think if A.C. were available in at least the bedroom, the windows could be shut and that would have solved this problem. Because of the lack of sleep, and my fear of sleeping with the huge moths and other creatures, we made a decision to leave Crystals half way through our trip and try a resort up North. We didn’t want to hurt Monica’s feelings, but we had looked forward to this vacation for a long time and felt more stressed than relaxed. We ended up staying at the Windjammer for the remainder of our trip and found it to be a lot more enjoyable.
If you do decide to stay at Crystals, it’s necessary to rent a jeep (Monica will arrange this for you – our driver Andrew was awesome). The best beach is at Anse Chastanet which is about a 10-15 minute drive. The beach is nice, but you’re secluded to one small area since only those staying at Anse Chastanet Resort are allowed on a majority of the beach there. I would suggest eating at Gee’s which is right down the road from Crystals – great food and good prices. Also, we ate at the hummingbird and the restaurant at Anse Chastanet a few times and both were good. We had an excellent massage at Stonefield which is on the other side of Soufriere and also visited the volcano and sulfur springs which was a great time (luckily we went on a day that it rained, so the water wasn’t TOO hot). We didn’t find the people of Soufriere to be very pleasant – most were offering us drugs or trying to get some cash. We enjoyed the environment up North near Castries a lot better and found it to be more friendly and inviting.
Overall, I would say to only stay at Crystals if you really enjoy camping and the outdoors.
- 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