La Balenbouche stands apart from the other resorts we stayed at or visited on St Lucia. It is a genuinely family-run guest house which provides a characterful place to stay, friendly dogs, the occasional dinner, peace and seclusion. Our room had a faded charm albeit no hot water in the sink. The grounds are delightful but the two beaches are not really swimmable (and quite difficult to access). Having breakfast on the veranda of the plantation house is a treat, but if Uta does not cook there are limited local options on a Sunday or Monday evening.