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Reviewed March 20, 2011

The staff, and indeed all St. Lucians could not do enough to help us. I have stayed in very large chain hotels in major cities and they could learn much about concierge service from this team. We elected to NOT rent a car so the hotel arranged taxis for us to and from the airport and to several fine eating spots - Coal Pot, Pink Plantation, and Chart house restaurants as well as to get groceries and pretty much everything else. It was a net cost-savings and no messing around driving.
The property itself is secure, safe, and on a wonderful beach you could almost jump to from your room. With just over 20 rooms it is QUIET and restful. My only small criticism is that there is no restaurant on-site.
The owner Colin is a bright, engaging chap and if I was going to make one suggestion to you Colin it would be to provide a for fee Sundowner bar service for guests (only) and also a for-fee dining/transport package to include discounts the hotel could pre-arrange with selected local fine restaurants AND also a for fee delivery service for groceries. Although we did see the sites Soufriere, Castries, Pigeon Island, the Pitons, Rodney Bay and Zip-lining my favorite activity was being at the hotel.

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1  Thank bobwoodcco
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Reviewed March 17, 2011

This was my first trip down South in over 20 years, and it exceeded my expectations. We were very well received by the staff at VBC, and the briefing provided by Colin (our host) helped us to choose what to do, see, and where to eat on this gorgeous island. We can't say enough about the people of St. Lucia - in our two weeks there we did not have a single negative experience!!
We felt very safe at VBC (thanks to my man Saaby, Austin and Steve), and had no problems taking the bus to Castries and Rodney Bay to tour the various sights and shops. Swimming in the ocean outside our front door was a real treat.
Thanks again to my front desk gals Olivia, Nadia, Neva, and thanks to all the cleaning and maintenance staff at VBC.
Moses, you are the first cab driver I ever hugged, and that's saying a LOT! We are already looking forward to our next visit, and plan on staying longer because 2 weeks was definitely not enough!
Michèle and Erich, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MIMITHEBOSS
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Reviewed March 15, 2011

My wife and I just returned from a wonderful vacation at VBC. We can not say enough good things about the people working here and through out the island. We traveled with two other couples on Westjet. Very smooth flight and quick through the airport.
We arrived on a Sunday and our taxi driver Moses was waiting for us. He gave us a very informative 75 minute ride to the resort.
This vacation was so different from our usual all inclusive type and we were not sure how we would like it but it was fantastic. The property is as discussed elsewhere. We felt so relaxed and comfortable from the first moment.
The grocery store was a ten minute walk towards Castries. It is small but had a good selection. Prices were inline with home. Beer, wine and liquor were available.
A bus to Rodney Bay cost $2:00ecd where you could find anything you like.
We took two day trips. One organized by the hotel was the Aerial Tram/ Zip line through the rain forest. A half day of fun. The staff are incredible. The other was from a young man on the Beach with Julian Boat tours. An all day boat tour to the south with a short snorkel stop, visit to Diamond waterfall, mudbath and lunch at a private home. All along the boat ride Julian pointed out areas of interest.
We enjoyed the sunset each evening and watched the cruise ships coming and going.
We will be recommending this resort to our friends and are planning our return.
A very big Thank You to all the staff for making our vacation so fantastic.
Ward and Jeannine

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank HappycoupleOttawa
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Reviewed March 14, 2011

we stayed for three nights .it is exactly what you see in the photo's,right on the beach,the most pleasant,friendly and helpful staff i have met anywhere in the world.taxi's available,bus stop right outside the grounds,everyone very informative about the island's history and good restaurants to visit.yes it was in a quiet area but that suited us just fine.but to the people who were not happy here ,what were you looking for??????????

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank MarilynMcCarthy
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

If you appreciate true beachfront location and local guides, Villa Beach is perfect for you. For the independent traveler who enjoys the flexibility of having an apartment style room and rental car connection to do all the exploring on your own as well as on-site concierges to arrange for your every need for tours, taxis, dining, etc. St. Lucia offers island adventure, history, and natural wonders, as well as Caribbean hospitality and friendly, welcoming people. Colin, the owner, can suggest many ways to experience everything St. Lucia offers, and the wonderful office staff of ladies arrange all. A high point was our island tour by Claudius, who took us to a lovely botanical garden, the drive-in volcano and sulphur springs, a tour of La Dauphine's cocoa plantation, lunch at Dasheene (not to be missed---open air view of the Pitons) and snorkeling at Jalousie Bay. We also enjoyed ziplining in the rain forest another day and a snorkel trip to Petit Piton and Ti Kaye. Dining in nearby Rodney Bay is excellent---we went to Buzz twice---excellent cuisine, and also enjoyed the Coal Pot in Castries. The personal touch offered at Villa Beach is hard to beat---you can arrange a car rental from Austin, and Claudius can taxi you anywhere as well as provide an all-day tour. Theresa can provide an excellent massage in the gazebo on the beach for 30 minutes or an hour---highly recommended and very reasonable. The flexibility and custom service is what makes this resort so special---they are a family operation, and that makes all the difference.

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1  Thank swilliams330
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