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“A fantastic honeymoon”
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Nature's Paradise
Ranked #2 of 7 Marigot Bay B&B and Inns
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Berkeley, California
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“A fantastic honeymoon”
Reviewed 24 May 2012

We loved Nature's Paradise! It was an ideal "home base" for our nine day honeymoon in St. Lucia.

Dave and Wanda really went out of their way to make everything "just right" for us. Seamless pickup from the airport, transportation to a restaurant before our jeep arrived, a lift to the jeep rental place on our second day, an orientation session over a map of the island, a nice breakfast each morning, tips on the best snorkeling beaches and where to rent snorkel gear. We definitely had the sense that we were "taken care of," and if we needed anything we could just walk up to the main house and ask.

Also, the cottages really are quite private from the main house, so we really were able to drop in to our own private honeymoon paradise. The clock on the wall has days of the week around it's edge instead of hours of the day, which is a great metaphor for the kind of relaxation we were after.

We did the South/ Soufriere tour with Dave, and I would highly recommend it. That got us familiar enough with driving around, getting to the South of the Island, and finding a restaurant in Soufriere that we were then comfortable driving down again on our own later in the week to hike Gros Piton mountain. Dave's very knowledgeable about the history of St. Lucia, the current politics and vegetation and locals and is a great storyteller. That day definitely gave us a stronger connection to the island. Then we spent the rest of the week exploring on our own (via our jeep - absolutely necessary to get to dinner, let alone to the nice beaches and hikes).

Our very very very favorite spot was Pigeon Point, about a 40 minute drive from Nature's Paradise. Beautiful beach, not too many people, beach chairs and snorkel gear for inexpensive rental, fantastic snorkeling just 20 meters off the beach (the second beach, further from the welcome gate). And the restaurant there was our favorite too - great pina coladas and fresh fruit juices, nice sandwiches and rotis, fun outdoor seating built of driftwood and old ship parts, and some extremely adorable cats.

Another highlight was a daytrip to Gros Piton. Driving to Soufriere was easy (we had gone with Dave previously so the road was familiar), then in Soufriere we asked for directions and somebody hopped into the car (a nice guy; and Dave had mentioned this sometimes happens and is OK to let happen) - he helped us find the two remaining un-marked roads that led to the Gros Piton trail head. We tipped him a few bucks and seemed happy to have gotten a lift to the Pitons, and the directions were helpful.

The Gros piton hike was much more challenging than we'd expected (but really fun), and we're regular hikers! It seems that the technology of "switchbacks" hadn't made it to this remote part of the island, so the trail just... went... straight up. It's steep! Lots of clambering over rocks, and climbing up steps built of roots and branches. They require you to follow a guide for $60, and it's worth it. Took about 3.5 hours round trip (up and down), and though strenuous it was really fun, very pretty, some great views, gorgeous rainforest, and felt like we "really earned it" when we got to the tippy top for the grand view of the island and ocean.

Another highlight! Were the finches that are all around Marigot Bay, and especially the finches at Nature's Paradise. They are very cute, have a lot of personality for a small bird, and fly in pairs (a black & red male with a brown female). They also love eating crumbs left for them, and some will even come to your hand to eat for a moment.

Restaurants - there are a handful of restaurants in Marigot Bay, and all are good. A touch pricey, but I think that's mostly because a lot of food ingredients need to be imported (St. Lucia grows bananas, mangoes, and not much else). We tried almost all the restaurants, spending around $70 per dinner (for two people, i.e. $35 a head). On the last night we found the best though - Julietta's. It's the most modest decor, but the best cooking, a little hard to find but ask Dave and Wanda. Dave recommended the coconut shrimp which we had and was awesome, along with some curried chicken.

All in all a very fun and memorable trip!
~Daniel & Karen

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Port Hope, Canada
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

On March 26th, this year, my wife and I deplaned at Hewanorra Airport and we were greeted by plus 30C temperatures. Quite a contrast to the minus 4C we'd left behind at Pearson International. The customs and airport personnel were very amicable and in no time we exited to meet Joe-Joe, the taxi driver that the owners of Nature's Paradise, David and Wanda Wallace, had sent to meet us. The drive up the east coast showed us our first glimpse of this beautiful tropical paradise and the impact of volcanism in creating a challenging mountainous region of great beauty.
David Wallace was at Nature's Paradise to greet us in his usual cheerful manner. He showed us to Banana Cottage and we were immediately taken with the fantastic view and ocean panorama. The cottage has everything needed for a perfect stay. It is spacious, has a top quality bed that meant an excellent sleep, the shower was large and the shower rose sprayed out a perfect water spray. There is an adequate fridge, a stove and lots of cupboard and closet space. As well, there is a large fan which ameliorated the heat of the day and kept us comfortable at night. The bonus, though, is the verandah which, at the height at which the property sits overlooks the ocean below, provides an outlook to be dreamed of. As well, the area is in shade for most of the day - an ideal spot to have a lunch, read a kindle or book, snooze or just look out at the yachts and passing vessels. As well, if you were as lucky as we were, you might just see a couple of whales not far off shore. Look north, too, and you'll get a glimpse of Martinique.
Our first breakfast was on the patio of the main house where we met to other guests. Wanda and David provide a very filling repast of island fruits, like, papaya, pineapple and mango as well as fresh baked breads, muffins and preserves. All of this topped off by a refreshing glass of juice and some of the best coffee we've tasted. Following that we were always a tad early for breakfast as we were looking forward so much to the food.
I should add that on that first day we stood chatting by the pool that has an even more fantastic view and Wanda very kindly brought out to refreshing rum flavoured drinks.
We didn't rent a car; but that wasn't a problem for we had Joe-Joe's taxi available and we went on a few very interesting tours, one of which was admirably conducted by 'Eco-Dave'. He drove us to the Botanical Gardens and the drive in volcano at Soufriere. Amazing tropical plants, exotic growths, Diamond Waterfall, mud baths, boiling muddy water, steamy landscapes and sulfur dioxide smells. In between, this trip was topped off by a lunch at Dasheene's Restaurant at the Ladara resort that sits high between the two Pitons. It was a totally amazing, memorable experience all round and highly recommended. David was also kind enough to run us down to the harbour when we needed to go and he took us inland to the grocery store.
One morning we were picked up at the harbour in Marigot Bay for the ride to the the Rainforest Aerial Gondola Ride. This open air, eight seat gondola quietly rides one through various forest levels culminating in a height of 1300 feet. The guide was very informative and it is well worth the trip.
Our culminating trip was the Sunset Cruise out of Chateau Maygo - this was a wonderful way, under sail, to see St. Lucia from the Caribbean Sea. Captain Kevin and 1st. Mate, Anthony, were very diligent in looking after the two of us. It was relaxing, refreshing and certainly gave us a feel for those who had ventured forth in the early days to explore and encounter the islands. Well worth the cost.
The restaurants of Marigot Bay are also well worth a visit. Based on recommendations from David and Wanda we ate at the following places - Julietta's - try the coconut shrimp; Chateau Maygo - terrific cocktails, shrimp kebab and mahi-mahi; Rowley's - great for lunch and people and boat watching; JD's - excellent location on the water, great waitresses and an excellent cuisine. Finally and on our last night we took the short ferry ride to the best of the bunch - The Rainforest Hideaway - our table, at night, was right on the open edge of the restaurant looking out across the harbour - very romantic - and the waitress was so friendly and helpful. With wine accompaniment we dined on pan-seared scallops [mouth watering perfection], crusted mahi- mahi [delicious], coconut and mango cheese cake and special coffee. In all a magnificent meal on the last night of our stay.
In conclusion, Nature's Paradise is the perfect spot to stay and it is run and organized by two of the most able, competent and nicest people you will ever meet. It is a top notch spot and we highly recommend it. This was a memorable week's vacation

Room Tip: Both cottages and the room in the main house are equally top class.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Decorah, Iowa, USA
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

We had a wonderful week in St. Lucia and truly enjoyed staying at Nature's Paradise. David and Wanda are great hosts and help made the trip go well. We were met by a taxi driver at the airport and had our first views of the ocean and island. We rented a jeep the next day and found driving on the narrow, mountainous roads a challenge but were still glad we rented a vehicle. We did take David's Eco Tour enjoyed everything on the tour -- the mineral springs, the gardens, lunch with the view of the pitons and lots of info from David. Other activities we did: snorkeling, visiting different beaches, hiking up Pidgeon Island, a visit to the Sat. market, a scuba dive and a hike with Wanda to a waterfall. The breakfasts at Nature's Paradise were not only delicious but provided an opportunity to meet other guests.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

The location high above Marigot Bay surrounded by nature and Wanda and David's hospitality is truly breath taking. Our cottage was comfortable and well equipped. For a couple living in the heart of the city, the sounds and silence of the tropics are absolutely delightful as is the lush tropical growth. We enjoyed the suggested restaurants particularly brunch on the porch of a colonial plantation house. Our trip to Soufriere with David was wonderful as was the dip in the remote warm springs. We also rented a 4 wheel drive vehicle to explore the island. We learned much about the tropical growth and flowers on this trip as well as life and culture of the island. Wanda's island breakfast's are perfect and the bananas from their own trees a particular treat. David's recommendations are always on target and the people of St. Lucia welcoming and helpful. Yes, Nature's Paradise is a unique adventure and you would be fortunate to share it.

Room Tip: Both cottages and rooms in the main house seem lovely; any ambient sounds are of nature!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

We have just returned from a week in the Coconut Room (Main House) at Nature's Paradise. It ideally located above the idyllic Marigot Bay. The room is well equipped and comfortable. The only sound at night is nature. Wanda does a great tropical breakfast. Fresh seasonal fruit, home baking and great coffee. It is a nice opportunity to chat with other guests, recommend restaurants and exchange ideas. Dave is the font of all knowledge for island activities. We did the Soufiere tour with him and had an informative visit to the Botanical Gardens, wonderful lunch at Ladera overlooking the Pitons and fun at Sulphur Springs. We hired a 4x4 for our stay (totally essential). Highlights included the Aerial Tram in the Rainforest, sailing (hired via Bateau Mygo in Marigot Bay), snorkelling in crystal clear warm water with tropical fish / turtles etc, a trip round the Rum Distillery in Roseau Bay, walking around Pigeon Island, chilling on Cas-en-Bas beach and The Reef near Vieux Fort.

Restaurants we loved were The Rainforest Hideaway (totally stunning location, the best food) approx UK £40 / head plus wine, Chateau Mygo (simple local food right on the water) approx £12 / head, JD's approx £20 / head, and Julietta's approx £10 / head (local fabulous cooking, great value).

Take loads of photos, explore and relax. The St. Lucia people are friendly and accommodating. We always felt safe. We definitely wish to return.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Germantown, Tennessee
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

Dave & Wanda are very interesting people, excellent hosts-they take care of everything-and an amazing source of everything about St. Lucia. If you seek beautiful views, a well run facility with lovely landscaping, and a romantic, relaxing adult getaway this is it. Go on the rainforest/eco tour. Go to the nearby private beach. Rent a jeep-again Dave will handle it. It is up a hill and while some reviews talked like that was a big deal, if you are even moderately fit you'll love the walking and exercise opportunities. Drive to the nearby towns-EXPLORE!. Ride the ziplines. If you want something dull don't go here-An adventure you'll never forget.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

From the moment of our arrival in St. Lucia, timed perfectly for the lst of a week's worth of
divine sunsets, we were smitten by Nature's Paradise and warmed by David and Wanda's
hospitality. The week's highlights included an excursion to Soufriere with David as our guide.
This included a tour of beautiful botanical gardens, a Hot Springs dip, and a delicious lunch
on a veranda overlooking the Pitons and Caribbean sea! Another high point of our trip was
Sunday brunch at the Pink House Plantation , a 140 year old French Colonial home in Castries. It was a pleasure to meet fellow artist, Michelle Elliott ( Pink House owner and resident artist)
Even though our week was action-packed, we found ample time to relax and rejuevenate
by the pool and in our charming "Coconut Room" at Nature's Paradise. We loved starting
our day with a tropical breakfast at Wanda and David's....with Wanda's scrumptious
home-made muffins an added treat.
Wanda and David's warm hospitality and knowledge of the island made us feel safe and
right at home from the start.
St. Lucia and Nature's Paradise turned out to be the perfect vacation choice. Thank you,
Wanda and David!

We want to come back!

Joyce and Warren Thornburg
Asheville, N.C.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nature's Paradise
Address: 1 Marigot Heights, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Marigot Bay
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Marigot Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Nature's Paradise 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NATURE'S PARADISE at Marigot Bay A St. Lucia Eco-Lux vacation with a breathtaking Caribbean Sea view. Avocado Cottage and Banana Cottage are located on a quiet ridge high above the sea at Marigot Bay. The spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea creates the mood. Marigot Bay is what you have in mind when you think "Tropical Paradise". Our lush Tropical Gardens surround your private one-bedroom Cottage. Palms and Bougainvillea offer shade and color. You awake in the morning stunned by the breathtaking brilliance of the Caribbean - a turquoise like you have never imagined. PARADISE on a BUDGET Your Cottage is designed with romance and privacy as the keys to a great vacation. The French Provincial Four-Poster Queen-Size bed is draped with netting from Thailand. Constant trade winds make air conditioning unnecessary. Our large ceiling fans guarantee your comfort. The roofing is high and angled to allow plenty of light and airflow. The bathroom features a glass block shower and a built-in hairdryer. The sliding glass door opens onto a large balcony with those fabulous ocean views. Our Tropical Breakfast (Mon - Fri) begins at eight and lasts until you have finished dining on our fresh breads & muffins. Fresh fruit is always available. The seasons dictate which fruits are on the table. Dining is in the Villa. NATURE'S PARADISE Eco-Lux, Adventure, Relaxation, Romance. ... more   less 
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