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 nature combined in harmony. Our hosts, Uta, Annitanya and Verena saw that we lacked for nothing, always a fresh selection of local foods, plenty of access to activities and culture, and personal time sharing their rich history and experiences. The rooms/cottages were all different, my private room and bath was beautiful. Since it was February, there was a glorious breeze flowing through all the open air areas. The bathroom was large, with a beautiful natural stone shower, which was half enclosed. Most housing was partially open to the outside, allowing a blur between myself and the beautiful surroundings. Mosquito netting was provided over every bed, which I used. However, I did not have any issues with unwanted creatures.... Rooms were clean, fresh and decorated to various cultures and colors. I would highly recommend this place to stay! I was with a group, so we had drivers and activities planned. I would ask at Balenbouche if they help with excursions and drivers to get out and see the area, but I spent days exploring the old sugar mill machinery, two beaches, countless gardens and the yoga barn at the Estate. A review would not be complete without mentioning the incredible animals. The Island would seem to be where all dogs and cats go once they have reached enlightenment. These watchful spirits stay with you on your wanderings, never pushy, always present, keeping you company even when you are alone. No kidding, it's a magical place. Go and you'll see, waking up and seeing the quietly strong Uta floating through the field to pick fresh flowers for you to enjoy during your morning coffee. Magical!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Balenbouche Estate Hotel Laborie