Villa Beach Cottages
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... our rotation last year. The obstetric ward was much bigger and well kept compared to the A&E. Ward rounds were much like they were in Australia with a trolley for the patient notes and a team if three doctors - junior RMO, senior RMO, and the consultant. The cases we saw were pretty standard - short cervices compromising pregnancy, post term mother waiting for labour to begin. Though, when I asked if they used prostaglandins to induce pregnancies ...
... on me but he kept following us, kind of shuffling behind us. It was a bit unnerving walking through the streets with a shuffler behind you. Took a detour via the Policeman who was on traffic duty and that seemed to put him off. So we made an early exit from what looked like a nice town.
We headed for Anse Chastanet, a very nice hotel on the South West coast and wandered down to the beach. Thought we would try our normal technique of sitting on their sunbeds.
... your passport and she takes the payment!
My passport is under the name Andrew Ryder but my credit card has Andy Ryder on it so there was some umming and arring over that!
Next we went to both the Fish Market, to stock up on some Marlin, Mahi-Mahi and King-fish, and the outdoor market for some fruit and veg
Next we met the neighbours, Josie and Pierre, a couple of expat French Canadians who have a ...
... dish they served. We also tried the West Indies hot sauce which packed quite a wallop. We sat with others folks on our tour including a young couple we'd spoken to on the first half of the trip. They seemed shy or reluctant to chat until lunch when they became very talkative. The young guy was Trinidadian and his wife was Dominican and they lived in Queens, NY. We got to know them a little better and by the end of the day they were ...
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We stayed at the Villa Beach in the first two weeks in Feb. 04. We
rented the cheapest unit. It was somewhat uncomfortable and neglected
(dripping faucets, and ill functioning overhead light, etc). However,
it was very clean, and the staff was reasonably friendly. On the minus
There is almost no beach in front of the Villa. Forget about sitting on a towel on the sand. There is only an area on a seawall, with some chaises and very spotty shade.
When you love a place as we do- you go back! We just returned from our second visit- and we've signed up for 2005! All the pictures and comments describe Villa Beach perfectly! When you leave you are hugged by your new family- and kissed when you return. The staff is friendly and will help you with anything you would like. There is a genuine sincerity there- we couldn't believe it at first. We were told to treat everything as our home. It was fun to walk to the grocery store and eat on our patio- steps from the beach! Rainbows and sunsets- take a lot of film! The bus into Castries is fun- about a 15 minute ride for around .33. Great deals can be found in the market. Moses is a super tour guide and knows everyone on the island. You will see things you do not read about in tour books! We drove through one town where the women were all washing their clothes in the river. We met his granddaughter walking home from school. Clara is the excellent staff caterer- sign up when you don't want to go out for dinner or cook it yourself. Her curry and creole under the stars with new friends is memorable-bring your camera. Paradise is here. There are wonderful new beach lounges- so it is easy to just relax all day with a book. The water is perfect, and the sandy bottom is great. You can also take a nice stroll on the beach and watch the weddings at Sandals- and then returrn to your quiet heaven!
We had a very good experiance at the Villa. The manager was more than informative and accomodating. The staff at the villa treated us as a member of their familly. The Villas were next to the sea, and close to Castries. We were able to walk to the store to get groceries and other amenities. I would rate the holiday as a 9 out of 10. We are starting to plan our next trip to St. Lucia.
We returned to Villa Beach Cottages for our second visit for this Christmas and New Year and had another wonderful time. I have now visited almost every hotel and location in St Lucia and I can truly say that there is nothing to beat sitting on your own balcony of the villa suites here with a cool Piton looking out at the ever changing views and the waves crashing on the beach right in front of you. The villa suites are very well equipped for self catering or you are within easy reach of many excellent restaurants - our favourites are The Coal Pot and Froggie Jacks in Castries and the Charthouse, Spinnakers and Razmataz in Rodney Bay. The rooms are well furnished with comfortable beds, nice tiled bathrooms, and a few luxuries of good air con, cable TV, phone, and electronic safe. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and you can relax in hammocks under the palm trees or on excellent new sun loungers on the deck by the refreshing plunge pool. Our two boys aged 15 and 9 spent many an hour on the beautiful white sandy beach of Choc Bay swimming and body surfing in the waves. Colin Hunte manages his very efficient and friendly staff who all go out of their way to look after your every need with advice on places to visit, where to eat, making bookings for you etc etc. We can thoroughly recommend this hotel to everyone and can't wait to return again !
We visited Villa Beach Cottages on recommendation from a Trip Advisor reviewer. It was all we expected it to be. The room/apartment - full kitchen, was wonderful, large comfortable king bed, french doors to patio overlooking the beach, could hear beach at night. We were only there for a few nights in route to a sailing vacation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We had the staff line up a driver for a tour of the island and Cuthbert Charles was wonderful. Moses is their other driver who was recommended but unavailable on the day we needed to tour, but he came to us personally to apologize for not being able to take us on the tour. We toured the southern part of the island with Charles, very knowledgeable.... even though it did rain.
Corey and I wanted our honeymoon to be perfect so we took a long time selecting the right island and THEN the right hotel. I could tell upon arrival that we had made the right choice. St. Lucia is gorgeous in many ways. The country side is breathtaking and the beaches are beautiful. Snorkelling is fantastic and we are well travelled snorkellers. We did a trip on a boat with John Popo and it was just the best! Villa Beach Cottages however made it perfect. It was beautiful, clean and the staff was excellent. It was a great place to relax when we didn't feel like doing anything, and when we did, Colin the owner was a wealth of information. We saw just about the whole island. Villa Beach Cottages is the perfect place for the independent minded traveller. I want to highly recommend Villa Beach cottages and St.
First, let me say that TripAdvisor saved my husband and me from the All-Inclusive resort down the road from Villa Beach Cottages. We had no idea that we might have to battle the birds for the food! What a delightful discovery Villa Beach Cottages turned out to be! We booked our trip, and had to change reservations at the last minute (literally). How very responsive the staff was to our dilemma! The change was made with no problem. Travel arrangements were made, and the offer was made for rental car arrangements as well! How pleased I am that we passed on the rental car. The greatest part of the trip was the charm and atmosphere of the staff and "family" of Villa Beach. From the Manager, Colin, to the Ladies in reception, Nadia and Electra, to the drivers (Mr. Charles and Moses ("Every day is Christmas"!) everyone, without exception, worked extremely hard to ensure that we experienced the beauty and charm of St. Lucia. The hospitality extended to us in every way--from reservations at restaurants to suggestions of tours, etc. They made it a point -- an obligation -- to ensure that we saw the island at its best. We were treated to a wonderful variety of surprises and activities. Their dedication to seeing every guest satisfied was evident from the moment we arrived. As for the actual accomodations...words cannot describe. NEVER have I stayed anywhere else where the rooms were exactly as they were depicted on the website!! The serenity of the waves hitting the shore, with the cool ocean breeze blowing into the room through the french doors of the terrace lulled us to sleep every night! The view at sunrise was surpassed only by the view at sunset! The kitchen was well-equipped with everything one could need, and all accomodations were immaculate!!! From fresh linen (not even a bleach stain) to sparkling glasses and flatware in the kitchen, everything was like new! !! I could go on and on, but, I am afraid that others will discover our new hideaway and our future reservations may be in jeopardy! It was a wonderful celebration of our first wedding anniversary, and I can't wait until we return (although it will most likely be before we end year two of marriage!!!!)
Incredible! My husband and I spent 15 days at The Villa Beach Cottages from July 5 - 20th. We stayed one night in a one bedroom unit - wonderful!, the rest of our stay was in the Honeymoon Villa. Our trip couldn't have been any better. The staff was incredible, and the accommodations wonderful. We did not rent a car, but choose to have a "driver" for our entire stay - it's the way to go. Moses was our driver - we booked trips to The Pitons, and was provided a private tour without crowds and were able to stop wherever we wanted. As for anyone eating out, there are some very good restaurants in Castries, and Rodney Bay. The Coal Pot is a must in Castries, The Green Parrot was also very good in Castries. In Rodney Bay, The Lime has great jerk chicken, Capones - all of their pastas and their homemade pizza and calzones are a must. We will NEVER go back to The Charthouse - way overrated, bad service, food wasn't very good yuck. The Buzz is worth going to, and Spinnakers was also very good. Remember, you are in St. Lucia - and everything moves at a slower pace - so expect that in your restaurant service. We can't wait to book our next trip.
Ideally spot for visitors to St. Lucia
Two friends and I stayed at a charming cottage in Choc bay. It is called Villa Beach Cottages and it is located about the middle of Castries and Rodney Bay. If you want the flexibility of travelling without the expense of a hired taxi, this spot allows you easy access to a mini bus which takes about 8 to 10 mins to either Castries or Rodney Bay for about 2EC dollars. The cottage is ideal for families or a group of friends. The service is excellent and the staff very helpful. The beach is very private and not easily accessable to the locals. It is very safe and the view is calming. This is a place you must stay at. Note it is very quiet and private.
Don't miss this place
Excellently situated directly on the beach, these charming cottages embrace you like the Caribbean sun. Clean, well supplied (all you need is the food if you choose to dine in), and well situated. Palm trees with hammocks line the break wall. The service is first rate and the owner/manager Colin Hunte and his most gracious staff are also first rate. Whatever you want and whatever you want to do is "No Problem, Mon." Henry and Glenda Rector