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“Authentically Beautiful Adventure”
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Mango Splash apartment is on the ground floor of the house on the beach
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Mango Splash apartment is on the ground floor of the house on the beach
Your private hideaway
Your quiet, cool, comfortable room
The desk/dressing table
Looking towards the front door
A fully equipped kitchen with an African scene
The morning sun shining through the glass bottle wall
Clean, comfortable bathroom
The path to the beach
Looking out to the beach
Looking to the left from the front of the house
looking towards Laborie village
Spectacular sunsets.
The famous Pitons
Dritwood Cottage, Bay Treehouse and the outdoor relaxing area
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Laborie, Laborie Quarter, St. Lucia

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Sarah P
Westminster, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Authentically Beautiful Adventure”
Reviewed 16 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016
1
person found this review helpful

In a word, this location, this rental, this island and the people who live here are: Amazing. If you are looking for an authentic St. Lucian experience, this is the place for you. Tony and Jan are accommodating, knowledgeable and friendly. They made our trip memorable and many of the things we were able to experience were due solely to them. Laborie is absolutely beautiful and everyone who lives there are friendly and very welcoming to tourists who frequent Tony and Jan's rentals. Some of the highlights of our trip were:

- Hiking with Abbie (aka Charlie) up Gros Piton and again to a 5 level waterfall in the jungle in Choiseul/Saltibus. He took the "right" way up Gros Piton so we were able to fully hike the mountain from the bottom, took us to BOTH look-outs which other guides don't do, and even brought some fresh grapefruits to enjoy at the top. View is incredible and hike, while challenging, was enjoyable as long as you go EARLY (we started at 630). Waterfall hike was equally breathtaking though not for the faint of heart, experience was required as they way down to the waterfall would most likely frighten some tourists.
- Mama Tilly's is a staple in Laborie and everyone knows her. She is a wonderful cook and an incredible sweet woman. The food she prepared us (we went 2 different nights) were some of our favorites of the whole trip. Highly recommend the breadfruit balls, octopus, and her salad; everything was great but those blew us away. The rum punch will literally knock your socks off, I only had 1 and that was plenty.
- Dinner with William was a luxury experience in a rustic and beautiful place. William is a local and friend of Tony who currently works as a chef on large cruise ships. He is creative and passionate about his food and it shows. He prepared a 3 course meal for us and another couple which we were all blown away by. He was friendly and interacted with us while he cooked; he created the dishes on the spot and I know I'll never have anything like them again. The rum caramel sauce was heavenly.
- Exploring the beaches in Soufriere (Anse Chasnet, Anse Mamin and Sugar Beach) was a lovely time as long as you have a plan. Our plan, which worked, was to go and snorkel and enjoy the quiet in the morning hours before the hotel guests came down. Snorkeling at Anse Chasnet was lovely and quiet, beach is beautiful. Anse Mamin is a short walk but worth it; not a sole on the beach, very private with lovely swimming. The drive to both of these beaches is NOT for the faint of heart, I recommend a water taxi as the best way to travel there. Sugar Beach is popular for snorkeling and it shows, many large tour boats come and water is crowded. However, once they leave, the snorkeling is very nice and good for beginners; depending on the day there are jellyfish so they can be avoided by staying closer to the rocks. Both beaches have bars/restaurants which are nice but pricey; stay for a drink but then head home to have some Pitons on Laborie beach.
- The Reef Beach Cafe - we came for lunch and sat under the shade of some trees and enjoyed a great meal watching the kite surfers out in the water. The bakes with salted cod are a must try. Great place to spend a whole day since the beach is so close and prices are very reasonable.
- Antillia Brewing - amazing local craft beer in the heart of Rodney Bay. They have great food, good prices, cool location and of course....cold beer. While Pitons are great, this was unique and not something you can find just anywhere.

Overall, while we explored most of the island (Castrie, Rodney Bay, Soufriere, Dennery, Micoud) our favorite place was Laborie. It is beautiful, relatively devoid of tourist traps, prices are more than reasonable, people are friendly and genuine, and its quiet. The only thing I would have changed was staying longer. We hope to be back soon and miss it terribly.

Thank you Tony, Jan, Abbie, William, Tilly and all the other amazing people we met.

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Liked best: Location and Hosts
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Your age range 25-34
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Kasiy
Thessalon, Canada
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“Mr”
Reviewed 5 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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We recently had the pleasure of staying with Toni and Jan for seven days. As mentioned in almost every previous post they are very good host. All three units are very clean have modern conveniences and are well maintained and totally relaxing. Laborie is a small fishing village untouched by modern tourism , if you are looking to experience St. Lucia as it was years ago , this is the place.

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Landa S
1 review
“I still have vacation brain”
Reviewed 1 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

My husband and I decided to take this trip for our 35th wedding anniversary. It was wonderful. This was my first week back to work and I find myself thinking about the relaxing time we had, when I should be working. We were able to get Lincoln as our tour guide for 2 days for a boat and a driving tour. I was fascinated with watching the villagers weave the fish pots from bamboo...true craftsmanship. Too large to fit in my suitcase but a smaller one was made for me while there. Jan and Tony are fantastic as we're the other 2 couples in residence, such a great group.Thanks to Jan and Tony for venturing to this location and sharing it with the rest of us.

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Iain M
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“21st Century Tarzan”
Reviewed 11 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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Well, what can I say this was just amazing? A tree house like Tarzan’s only with running water, a shower, aircon and best of all ……a plunge pool or was it the humming birds floating about your head? With a sea view and surrounded by coconut tress? We were dreaming. We would wake up and we would be back in cold wet reality (or Blightly as we refer to it).

This place is most definitely THE very best place that we have stayed in our lives. It is superb. Truly superb. It will not be everybody’s ideal place but if you get the 'tree house in paradise thing’ which we did (all four of us from 4 to 51) then this is uber uber UBER cool. I have never seen anything so brilliant in all of my life and to be honest I feel like posting a bad review to keep you all away. But this is exceptional and such amazing fun. We kept saying the same thing all of the time ”beautiful”.

The village is almost free of tourists and you will not see many others. They tend to go to the big hotels and stay there. Best place for them and it keeps them off your much more beautiful beach right there in front of you. The locals are very very friendly, kind and generous. The is a very safe place. We even to our delight allowed our children to play outside unaccompanied other than by the locals. OK OK we admit that some may say that we inflicted them on others but that is a measure of how safe we felt it to be. We come from London so you can imagine. It is like a mini New Orleans 100 years ago with some very interesting buildings, people and culture.

It has a long beautiful beach with the odd fishing boat here and there and a small fish market with guys drinking rum and playing dominoes whilst weaving lobster pots from bamboo or some kind of local plant material. You will be able to take some absolutely brilliant photographs and if you like that sort of thing this spot is bang on the money being very much the real deal.

Our landlords were actually super amazing and we felt as though they knew (almost) everyone on the island and thus gave us a lot of very good advice. That advice enabled to go to some or the more esoteric and interesting places. We hired one of their cars on an ad hoc basis which is cheap and easy and means that you do not have the pressure of using a hire car that you have paid for every day. Laborie is after all a great day all by itself. It is that nice I am not kidding. I really like Laborie and its people and I am not easy to please I really am not being a fussy old so and so and proud of it too.

There I have killed my chances of booking this ever again. Howard in the interests of honesty there is my review. Add this to your bucket list and you will sell your soul and those of your children for a few more weeks here.

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Liked best: Clean, well built, air conditioned tree house with plunge pool and humming birds with a beach er .....hello
Liked least: Leaving - I cried
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
11 Mar 2016
Thanks Iain,
Sorry, I must have sent you the wrong link. Of course this review is for the Bay Treehouse.
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Adam D
Troutdale, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect mix of fun, good people, and relaxation.”
Reviewed 21 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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My wife and I had a wonderful stay in Laborie at Mango Splash. We just got home from a 13 day stay and found the room comfortable, the location perfect, and the hospitality provided by Tony and Jan spot on. A previous reviewer mentioned an issue with no hot water in the shower. The levers to turn it on are a little different than you would find in the U.S. but not complicated. Upon arrival Tony took the time to show us how to use it, but we were in a fog from a red eye flight and weren't paying that close attention. The next day we asked about it and once he explained it again the shower was hot everyday.

The town is very safe both day and night, with friendly genuine people. If someone talks to you on the beach or in town they are only interested in welcoming you or helping you with directions. We never once had anyone in Laborie try to sell us anything or expect compensation for giving us directions. At several points throughout the stay we found ourselves chatting with people who stopped while passing by because they were interested in knowing where we were from and what life is like where we live.

We were very pleased with all of the suggestions from Tony and Jan. They are truly great hosts that do everything they can to make every guest's stay as enjoyable as possible, all you need to do is ask.

Thank you Tony and Jan for all your help and hospitality in making our 2 week stay one of the best vacation we have ever had!
-Adam and Heather

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Liked best: The Hosts and Location
Liked least: The catamaran trip had to be re-scheduled twice just minutes before we were supposed to leave because the owner of the boat gets oversold by the resort he is contracted with. It was no fault of Tony & Jan's and all worked out in the end.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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