St Lucia - January 2018
Just got back from a 12 night holiday in St Lucia. 5 nights in Rodney Bay, 3 nights in Marigot Bay, and 4 nights in Soufriere. It was excellent to see the 3 parts of the island ! We would have liked 2 or 3 more days in Soufriere as there is a lot to do in the area, and some amazing beaches nearby.
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Reduit Beach / Rodney Bay Village
We stayed at The Ginger Lily Hotel (booked via Expedia for £108 per night), it was a great place to start our holiday. It took an hour and 30 minutes by taxi from the airport to get there (around USD$80). We spent most of our time at the far end (south) of Reduit Beach, less tourists and really nice calm water here. We had some great local food from one of the cafes in The Triangle and at Marie's, also a very nice meal at Buzz restaurant and a few average meals at Spinnakers. It was 10 mins walk to the local town / shopping mall. The hotel was great, we had a large bedroom and bathroom, small kitchen area with a sink, fridge and kettle, outdoor seating area and hammock, nice gardens and a lovely pool. Basic breakfast included, they didn't serve lunch or dinner... hotel photos click here
We took a taxi down the coast to Marigot Bay, the journey took about 35 minutes. We'd booked 3 nights in one of the Firefly studios at the Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort, also via Expedia, and also £108 per night (+USD$60 resort fee on arrival). The accomodation was good, a bit more compact than the previous hotel but we had amazing views from our balcony, and much better kitchen facilities: sink, fridge, cooker, kettle, toaster and lots of utensils. We tried one meal at Doolittle's restaurant (part of the resort), the service was slow and the food not great, so we didn't eat here again. There's a small swimming pool, and a small beach area with sun loungers, palm trees and a few small stalls & bars. To get to other parts of Marigot Bay you take a free water taxi, they go regularly! On the other side there is an excellent cafe / restaurant, a small supermarket, a few clothes shops, a tiny bank, a lot of massive yachts, and a really good restaurant for local Creole food called Chateau Mygo. We had a nice time in Marigot Bay and 3 nights was perfect, we were now ready to move on to our next destination...
Water Taxi from Marigot Bay to Soufriere
We met a local guy called John who agreed to take us and our luggage to Soufriere in his water taxi for XCD$300 (Carribean Dollars - around £80). He brought his girlfriend along and provided lots of interesting and sometimes amusing info about the island as we travelled down the coast, I think it took around 45 minutes but you could easily get there in 30...
For the last part of our holiday we stayed 4 nights at The Still Beach House in Soufriere, booked via airbnb for £134 per night. The accommodation was spacious, we had a large sitting room and kitchen area with pretty good facilities, and a nice balcony. The rooms could have been a tiny bit cleaner - there were a few bugs! and some things didn't work properly. Most of the staff were really friendly and helpful. The local town (10 minutes walk away) is very undeveloped, there are a few useful shops and a couple of OK places to eat local food, on the weekend there were a lot of locals out drinking and partying, it was pretty hectic in the town on these days, and you could hear the music till 3am on one of the weekend nights. It was much more pleasant exploring the town on Monday and Tuesday, we found a couple of nice cafes and shops on those days.
The views of the sea and the Petit Piton from our balcony were beautiful, and although the local beach at the front of our guest house was pretty disappointing, we were about 7 minutes away (by water taxi USD$40 return trip) to two really stunning beaches (Anse Chastanet and Anse Mamin). We did some swimming and snorkelling in the warm clear waters at Anse Chastanet and had great food and drinks at both beaches, amazing burgers at Anse Mamin. Soufriere is also very near to Jalousie / Sugar Beach but we didn't go there as we loved the two beaches above so much.
Another special treat for us was being picked up by David (the owner of Still Beach House) on our first and fourth morning and treated to a proper Creole breakfast at his house just outside town. Also on our first morning we met Thomas who helped us settle in and found us a keen water taxi driver called Jerome. On our final day, Thomas took us on a tour around David's plantation and to the Botanical Gardens & waterfall (10 minutes from the town), he was an excellent guide and spent most of the day with us. There are plenty of other local tours and activities, as well as scuba diving etc.
We had one buffet lunch at Still Beach House, which was actually pretty good, and affordable. The standard breakfast is tea/coffee and some fruit, they didn't seem to be doing dinner while we were there. We cooked a few meals ourselves in our kitchen and had some super delicious meals and cocktails next door at the Hummingbird Resort & Restaurant - the staff are also very good there and they let us use the pool which was great. Although we enjoyed our 4 nights at Still Beach House, I would suggest trying to book the Hummingbird ;-) The location was excellent, as we were very close to some of the best beaches in St Lucia, and to the Pitons and waterfalls etc. We had a great time in Soufriere !