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“A magnificent exotic paradise”

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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Soufriere, Soufriere Quarter, St. Lucia

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Welsh_wan...
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“A magnificent exotic paradise”
Reviewed 1 February 2017 for a stay in June 2016

Arc En Ciel is nestled between the Pitons, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most iconic images of St. Lucia. The villa is situated in a tropical paradise of exotic flora and fauna, overlooking the stunning white sand, vibrant corals and turquoise waters of Sugar Beach.

The villa is exceptionally well designed, modern and extremely spacious with beautiful furniture inside and out. It is well maintained, everything is in immaculate condition. Each individual room is complete with its own en-suite and private terrace. The villa has a large infinity pool, plunge pool and pool cave. The master bedroom even has its own infinity pool. There are a multitude of places to rest and relax around the villa and its large surrounding grounds. The property is the perfect spot for families, groups of friends or couples looking to get away from it all.

The hosts, Raymond and Diane, are incredibly welcoming and very helpful in advising on the places of interest. Nothing was ever too much trouble. They cooked us delicious food all week, using fresh local ingredients. From the flaming banana flambe to the barbeque on the final night; each meal was superb.

The villa is within walking distance of Sugar Beach, where a sophisticated beachside restaurant is located. From here boat trips to other parts of the island are on offer, along with a huge range of activities including snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, catamaran sailing and banana boating.

Arc En Ciel is a truly exceptional place; the magnificent memories I have from my stay will live long in my memory. Staying here is a once in a life time experience.

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Imogen S
1 review
“The most magical place I have ever stayed”
Reviewed 29 December 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Quite simply the most beautiful place in the world.

This supremely private property is couldn't have been a more perfect place for us to unwind, relax and soak in the beauty of St Lucia's finest nature reserve.

All of the rooms have spectacular views looking over the pitons, the beds are comfy, ensuite's are large and everything is spotlessly clean.

The hosts, Diane and Raymond, made us feel at home right from arrival, cooking us delicious meals, organising various excursions (the boat trip was wonderful) and always on hand to whip up a strong rum punch!

I count myself very lucky to have been able to stay at Arc en Ciel, it's a truly special place I will remember forever.

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Sarah D
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“Arc En Ciel - Picture Perfect!”
Reviewed 29 November 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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The first time I arrived at Arc En Ciel truly took my breath away. Even on the last day of my second trip to the property I still had to pinch myself that it was real.

It really is the picture perfect destination you expect to see on the front pages of Tatler or on Instagram under the hashtag #paradise. Well, I can assure you paradise is no false reality.. Look no further. A magnificent property, fantastic location, welcoming and friendly hospitality. It really does not get much better than this. I would never dream of looking elsewhere on the island now I have found this little bit of heaven.

Although you will find no need to leave Arc En Ciel with so much beauty and amenities on your doorstep, situated on the south side of the island right in between the world famous Pitons, the property is perfectly situated with easy access by boat and car to most of the activities on the island. It is a short distance to travel from the international airport, without any sign of planes or air traffic near by. Set back from the Prestigious Beau Estate, you truly do feel you are the only ones on the island, with access to the Sugar Beach Resort only minutes away should you want it.

On top of the beautiful and charming architecture that Arc En Ciel boasts, it is furnished perfectly with each individual room complete with its own ensuite and private terrace. Across the property, there are three infinity swimming pools for you to choose from. AND a pool cave. Whether part of a larger group, or a romantic trip for two, every part of this house has something to offer and something to explore.

Raymond and Diane were the perfect hosts and nothing was ever too much to ask. They cooked the most beautiful and fresh meals all week, and helped us with everything from organising cars/boats, special excursions and personalised trips across the island, to creating such a memorable BBQ on the last night of our trip.

Paradise Lost? Paradise Found...

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pfb459
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beyond 5 stars, feels like being in a bond movie”
Reviewed 20 November 2016 for a stay in June 2016

This is the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. Nestled between the UNESCO world conservation sites of the Pietons you couldn't get a more iconic view of St Lucia. The house is the best mix of a great space for larger groups and huge bedrooms , bathrooms and balconies suites for private space. The house and pool are amazing with many quiet spaces for reading and relaxing as well as large gardens for smaller ones to play in. You could quiet easily spend the week here without ever leaving but sugar beach is just below you which has incredible coral diving, beautiful white sand and a great restaurant if you want to eat out..

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Liked best: The incredible view and sense of luxurious peace
Liked least: Having to leave :(
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ericm0rde...
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Heavan on earth”
Reviewed 20 November 2016 for a stay in June 2016

My fiance and I stayed here for one week as part of a large group. From the first moment of Raymond picking us up just outside Soufriere we had a wonderful experience. Arc en Ciel is perched between the two Pitons near the south end of island and conveniently close to the international airport. You won't find a house in a better location; it has sweeping views of the beaches below and of both Pitons. The house is set back far from the road on a large estate and is incredibly private.

The house features incredible verandas and the wonderful staff will serve delicious food for all meals of the day. The central feature of the house is a beautiful infinity pool; there is even a plunge pool that you can jump into from the main pool. My favourite feature here was the pool side bar which we made great use of!

The house is situated within the wider Sugar Beach resort which has wonderful restaurants and provides many oceanfront activities (windsurfing, scubadiving etc.).

This house has 6 private bedroom ensuites so is perfect for a large group of couples that want a relaxing and luxury week in paradise.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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