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Reviewed February 14, 2005

Exactly what I was looking for...a few days of calm, away from the noisy and hysterical Carnival week. We had the option to either be energetic and explore this lovely island or just laze on a comfortable lounge and admire the sunset and ocean, literally just feet away. We did both. The accommodations are so private and relaxed that one does not have to dress up and a bathing suit and sarong work just fine! The cottage was nicely equipped with dishes and kitchen utensils and would be perfect for families with children or those who prefer to have the choice of eating in or out. What I appreciated the most was the library of books and games for the enjoyment of guests and the ever smiling and helpful staff. To them, "no problem" really was...no problem.

4  Thank Sightsee12581
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Reviewed February 14, 2005

We recently spent a week at the Villa Beach Cottages. We had considered staying at one of the resorts on the island, but were very glad we stayed here. We were pleased with the accommodations and the staff could not have been more helpful. Not only did they take care of all our requests, they anticipated our needs. Colin Hunte, the General Manager, provided us with very helpful information on restaurants and sights to see. His staff made all the arrangements for us, including guides, and the grounds staff even covered up the books we left on our beach chairs when it started to rain! The only thing that would have made the experience better is a restaurant close by. (There is a restaurant next door, but its hours are erratic.)

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2  Thank Meander9612
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Reviewed February 7, 2005

We really enjoyed our week-long stay at the Villa Beach Cottages. The setting was a tropical paradise and our 2nd floor villa was large with a very well-equipped full kitchen and a big bedroom/living room. The large balcony overlooked the ocean and the beautiful St. Lucian sunsets. The staff at Villa Beach is the best of any resort we've been to. We were there with our 8 month old daughter and everyone treated her like the princess she thinks she is!! Clara, the cook/houskeeper, cooked us the best meal we had on the island and then volunteered to hold our daughter while we ate!! What a wonderful place to take a family or just go as a couple. Colin, the manager, mapped out a child-friendly itinerary for us and Mr. Charles, our cab driver arranged by the resort, was prompt and informative. Definately visit the Dasheen Restaurant at the Laredo resort near Soufriere. The view is unbelievable!! We will be back....SOON!!

4  Thank Lynnlovesthebeach
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Reviewed February 6, 2005

We stayed at the Villa Beach Cottages over Christmas and New Year 2004/2005, and four weeks later still remember this wonderful experience every day. Sending much love to all of the team from Cambridge!

Many of the reviews here have already eloquently described why “our” cottage at the Villa Beach (my new Windows background :-)) has a special place in our hearts. A beautiful, almost empty beach less than 15 metres from your doorstep, complete with Coconut palm-suspended hammocks, sun lounges, soft sand, the warm Caribbean sea, and a postcard view of Rat Island (no rats, but named after a horizontal palm tree that looked a bit like a rat's tail) and Choc Bay. Inside, a well-stocked kitchen, cable TV (our 8-year-old son basically divided his time between rolling in the sand and watching Cartoon Network), huge, immaculate and comfortable beds (have not slept that well for ages – missing the soft calling of the frogs and the sound of the surf), air-conditioning and fans if needed, all windows fly-screened, a walk-in shower, a safe (not that you would have needed it) – what more could you want for a beach holiday?

Every interaction with the staff was a joy, from Colin Hunte’s knowledgeable and spot-on island advice, Nadia, Neva and Prissa’s first-class professionalism and friendliness in reception, Melanie’s well-kept on-site shop, Cuthbert’s thoughtfulness, the unobtrusive yet alert security guards (hi Marlon), Clara, the housekeeper, and St. George, the groundskeeper-cum purveyor of coconuts-cum-provider of kayak-based shell collecting adventures for our boy. Every one of them happy to do whatever was necessary and spend, as another reviewer rightly wrote, quality time with you if you open your door and heart to them. It’s an extraordinary team.

We spent four days down in La Dauphine, the hotel’s other site just south of Soufriere. It is an ideal base, located just a couple of miles from the Pitons and the Jalousie Hilton’s gorgeous beach, which apart from crystal-clear waters features a charming boutique and Lord Glenconner’s memorable “Bang between the Pitons” restaurant. Breakfast at the Ladera Hotel’s Dasheene Restaurant, arguably offering the best view in the world, was a 2-minute drive away, as were the sulfur springs and other attractions. There is also a beautiful botanical garden and spa in Soufrière. To get to La Dauphine, we rented a car from Colin Hunte’s own Coconut car rental service. The little Suzuki was a joy to drive, very good on the hills, and the road between Castries and La Dauphine is excellent.

But the best memory is the sheer humanity and heart of the place.

7  Thank Resort29943
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Reviewed January 24, 2005

I spent a week in mid-January 2005 in St. Lucia and stayed at the Villa Beach Cottages. I had an ocean view suite on the second floor. The accomodations were fantastic and the grounds kept very clean. The kitchen facilities were very adequate. It took some time getting used to the surf rolling just outside my veranda doors but hey this is why I'm here. The view was inspiring and even managed to catch a few sunsets. I ate at the Coal Pot, Spinnakers, Buzz and Charthouse restaurants which were recommended by Colin Hunte and had excellent food. I toured Pigeon Island and the Soufriere quarter with the help of Colin's tour guides. On the negative side, the swimming pool is rather small and showering proved to be a challange with low water pressure and an inconsistent water temperature. All in all, I was very pleased with my stay.

4  Thank DavidR1047
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