Although it pains me to say it, I am back from St.Lucia. It was so amazing, we honestly did not want to come back and had it not been for work and our daughter being back in CT, we probably wouldn't! Seriously, we started looking at other rentals online and even at what it costs to buy there. If you are thinking of visiting this island, don't think just DO. We stayed at Villa Piton (from VRBO) which we quickly found out everyone confuses with Villa de Piton and any other house with that name variation. An awesome hair stylist at Ladera, Yvonne, informed me all you have to say is Jon DiPol's old house. He is the architect who designed the famous Ladera resort on the Island. It was his home in St.Lucia when he was living, sadly I found out he passed away a few years back. The home has no address, but it is worth it to trek through the crazy winding nature trail road to find this gem.
We rented a car after I did some research and found out a single ride from the airport to here costs near $85 US. It was very useful since nothing is within walking distance. It was super fun, too as long as you are careful and don't drive like a maniac. We payed about $340 and split the van cost with eight people so it was very affordable. The house was phenomenal! Very clean, comfortable and we all felt safe. The house came with a housekeeper and cook, as well as a grounds keeper which came every morning to clean the pool and make sure everything was ok. The best part... views are a perfect 10 out of 10!
the view from our master bedroom
from the living room
|Sugar Beach at Viceroy|
Sugar Beach is a great location to spend a beach day. They have imported white soft sand, a restaurant, strong delicious drinks and a great atmosphere. You can rent snorkel equipment as well as other water sports necessities. Although, bring a towel, the chairs are $50 US to rent. For us, it wasn't worth it since we were only there for a couple of hours, but maybe if you plan to spend the entire day there it could be beneficial.
|the view from our sunset Catamaran cruise with Mystic Man Tours|
I would highly recommend the Mystic Man Tours sunset cruise as well, we had unbelievable views and a gorgeous sunset with a knowledgeable sailor. Aside from Sugar Beach and this sunset cruise I would suggest heading to Ladera for dinner and live music. They had excellent food and the best Mahi Mahi I've ever had. If we had more time, we would have loved to check out the local nightlife in Soufriere and head up to Rodney Bay.
Overall, we are already planning another trip here. I can not tell you enough of this Islands beauty and peoples friendliness, it was a true pleasure to experience even if only for three days. I had the time of my life!
Thanks for reading!