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Balenbouche Estate

11/06/2017 12/06/2017
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Even it was a short stay, the splendour of Balembouche Estate will always be one of my best memories of my St Lucian experience. Me and my husband stayed in Frangipani cottage, and we truly enjoyed the settings and the nature. The meals were delicious and the owners are the most gracious people we met in St Lucia. Balembouche Estate...

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Reviewed 12 February 2017

This was our first trip to St Lucia. Would I stay at Balenbouche again? Absolutely! If you want a resort holiday, experience and facilities then Balenbouche is not for you - but this is the point. It offers something very different. This is a little bit of St Lucia being protected from the sanitized resort by the energy and vision...

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Don't expect big resort luxury. Instead you will experience a stunning and lush environment, wonderful hospitality and exquisite rural and rustic charm. Our beautifully designed, state of the art eco-cottage couldn't have been more comfortable or better located. Nothing was too much trouble for Uta, the charming owner, her equally charming daughter Anitanja (we were sorry not to have met...

1Thank John W
Amherst, New Hampshire
Reviewed 7 March 2017

As a first time traveler to St. Lucia and the first yoga retreat I led, I could not have asked for a more magical place than Balenbouche. The first couple of days really felt surreal, as if we were in a movie. We sat on the veranda for meals with a beautiful island breeze, amazing fresh food and wonderful, warm...

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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Everything about the stay was lovely, the acomadation is divine and the food exemplary. You are welcomed and made to feel welcome for the duration of your stay. The friends I went with got married there in 2015 and the setting is incredible, the most beautiful flowers and ruins of the old sure mill made for the perfect backdrop for...

Thank samburkill
Nashua, New Hampshire
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I had the pleasure of staying in "Almond" house as part of a yoga retreat group of nine women. The main house, as well as each guest house, was unique and beautiful. The mix of old world Caribbean plantation mixed with European history is perfect. At every turn there is something to captivate the senses, gardens, banyon trees, art, and...

Thank donnapease3
Raleigh, North Carolina
Reviewed 15 February 2017

There are so many extraordinary things I can say about our stay at Balenbouche, and of course, St Lucia, itself. My husband and I were looking for a more authentic island experience outside of the "resort" style vacation. Driving down the driveway into Balenbouche, we knew we had picked a place that was just what we were looking for. The...

Thank joannewetzel
New York City
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We love this place, an old plantation away from the modern resorts It's simple--fans and cross-breezes instead of air conditioning, no wifi in the rooms, for example, but very beautiful in all the small details inside and out. We had a full kitchen so could have stayed for days. The family that owns it are welcoming and charming.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

The owners could not be more welcoming. They provide evening meals on request (minimum 4 people required) which were delicious buffet style, taking people's dietary needs into account. The chalets vary in design, age and facilities, but all are comfortable. Balenbouche has beautiful grounds with access to the sea, although on some days, swimming was not possible due to rough...

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Reviewed 25 January 2017

Our plan for our first visit to St. Lucia, was to spend time at two different parts of the island, so we stayed 3 nights here and 6 nights on the west side. Accommodations at Balenbouche leave much to be desired. Very dimly lit rooms. No lighting near any of the mirrors. Some rooms did not have working lights. Advertised...

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Balenbouche, Owner at Balenbouche Estate, responded to this review

Most of the things mentioned below could have been resolved if the guests had read the website more thoroughly and asked for help: Both showers (indoor and outdoor) work and are heated by solar, but sometimes you have to let the water run for a while, and on overcast days it doesn't get very hot. The outdoor shower has two...

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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Smoking rooms available
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Balenbouche Estate is a Historic Plantation Guesthouse offering several tropical vacation cottages. The 80 acre property includes an expansive park with colonial plantation house, 18th century sugar mill, yoga barn, fruit orchards, lily ponds, nature trails and two secluded beaches just a 5 minute walk away. Balenbouche is not a resort and remains a working organic farm, heritage site, and family residence with a focus on wellness, sustainability and conservation. Our eco-chic accommodations are created from historic structures and sleep between 2 and 6 people, some include kitchens. We prepare breakfast daily, and dinner 2 - 3 times a week by reservation. There is a restaurant within walking distance. Several other St Lucia restaurants as well as a supermarket are a short drive away. We are located 20 minutes from the International airport and 30 minutes from the town of Soufriere, near many of the islands best attractions. Balenbouche is a magical place, a world in itself, popular with artists, photographers, green travelers, wedding couples, honeymooners and families. Our family has owned and managed the estate for three generations. Gradually, the property was transformed into a well known St Lucia attraction, guesthouse and retreat venue. Many of our guests feel very much at home at Balenbouche Estate, and keep returning! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Balenbouche Estate

Address: Balembouche, Laborie, St. Lucia
Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Laborie Quarter > Laborie
Price Range: RM274 - RM642 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balenbouche Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Cottages vary greatly, so choose based on number of guests in your party and desired privacy”
infoH8938VA, 6 Mar 2017 | Read review
“there are individual cottages, a cottage with two separate bed/bathrooms. Definitely pick and individual cottage!”
donnapease3, 2 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Frangipani Cottage is one of the more secluded cottages, highly recommend for couples!”
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joannewetzel, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
“best place, nature view, silent, historic, beautiful”
gbeister, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“There are various cottages to choose from on the Estate.”
Annaoldroyd, 27 Jan 2016 | Read review
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