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“Beautiful gardens”
Review of Mamiku Gardens

Mamiku Gardens
Ranked #56 of 179 things to do in St. Lucia
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Owner description: This 22-acre garden estate includes the ruins of an 18th-century house and three distinct gardens.
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

We were hesitant visiting Mamiku Gardens because of some of the very negative reviews.

We were pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome we received by the lady in the cafe.

At the gate at the car park it is very clearly indicated that visitors are expected to pay at the cafe. So after looking at the map to find the location of the cafe we walked straight to the cafe (following a winding main track / road). We had our entrance fee in our hand and presented that to the lady who reacted very positively as she had had different experiences with other guests.

For me it is all about respect. Well enough written about this.

We received a map and a numbered list of all the plants growing in the gardens. There are many orchids here growing in their natural habitat. I can only share a few of the photos I took (mobile review).

We also climbed up to the ruins of the former estate of the governor / general. Interesting history.

Back in the garden we had to laugh about a sign at Grandpa’s house saying that it had been ‘relatively’ uninhabited the last century or so. It is a ruin where clearly nobody has lived for quite some time.

Thank Johan17
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

We had a bit more time than expected on our way from Castries to the airport in Vieux Fort so we stopped to take a look at Mamiku Gardens, not really knowing what to expect. It was a pleasant surprise. Lovely gardens with lots of orchids and a very pleasant place to walk around. Unfortunately we didn't have time to go up to the top to see the remains of the old house and the view. At EC$20/person it's a bit expensive for St. Lucia, but we thought it was a worthwhile stop.

Thank Jerome B
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We enjoyed our visit to Mamiku Gardens as it was a nice place to walk without needing a guide which seemed to be necessary in many other places in St Lucia.

They give you a map as you go in and an extensive listing of the planting. It's worth walking to the top for both the view down the hillside and also to learn about the history of the ruined house and the fate of the members of Baron de Micoud's family who lived there.

There was a cafe in the centre which provided a nice respite during a tropical downpour and did a particularly good cheese toastie!

Thank camval
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We visited with a friend who is St Lucian. When we arrived, nobody was on the gate. We had the entrance fee in our hand ready to pay. We looked around and all we saw was a large notice about free wifi at the cafe. We started to look around and did not go down side tracks for fear of getting lost with no map. Eventually the concrete path uphill led to a cafe. Hardly anyone was around. A lady sat by a table and we greeted her. She said "Come here please" and as we approached she accused us of trying to walk past her without paying. We said we had no such intention and she got very argumentative and accused us of ignoring the notice on the gate. We had not seen it, becuase it was high up and not in large letters, asking people to pay at the cafe if nobody was on the gate. Our St Lucian friend was horrified at the bad impression this lady gave of St Lucia. Indeed, everyone else we met was friendly and helpful. There really was not much to see and the price of 20 EC dollars is exorbitant for what it is. Save your money and visit Latille falls (just further down the road) where they have pleasant staff and nicely laid out gardens, or the Diamond Botanic Gardens in Soufriere, vastly superior to Mamiku and cheaper. MAmiku needs to up its game and train its staff in customer relations.

3  Thank Jenny B
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

I was picked up by Rosalind (Impy) at my hotel in Rodney Bay. On our way to the garden, I learned its history. Her family came into possession of this estate in the early 1900's. Presently someone else does the banana farming on a section of the property. A portion of the estate has been fashioned into several lovely gardens. There are several options for viewing the gardens, but a guided tour is the best option. Your tour will take you over hilly and uneven terrain. The scenery is gorgeous and you will learn and view tropical plants native to St. Lucia, as well as a few that are not native. You will also learn about medicinal herbs and the ailments that respond to these herbs. Gilbert was my guide and he was excellent. There is a rest station with snacks and drinks along the way. Rest rooms are also located on the property. The view here is absolutely wonderful and so relaxing. I personally loved this place.

Thank wanderluster77143
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