As a first time traveler to St. Lucia and the first yoga retreat I led, I could not have asked for a more magical place than Balenbouche. The first couple of days really felt surreal, as if we were in a movie. We sat on the veranda for meals with a beautiful island breeze, amazing fresh food and wonderful, warm hosts. Uta, Verena, Anitanja and of course Jai were all a delight to be around. The barn looks so old and weathered, but when you step inside it just takes your breath away. Such amazing energy that is indescribable. It's the perfect space for letting go and inviting transformation-exactly what our retreat guests needed. The cottages are unique, rustic and charming. The first night was difficult sleeping, but I got used to the sounds of the critters easily and slept amazing the rest of the trip. It felt so good to be so close to nature-sleeping in a warm, comfortable bed with mosquito netting, but knowing the creatures of the island and the property were just outside. Each cottage is different and some offer more privacy than others. The walk to the beaches was so serene and there is so much to explore on the property (always with a dog by your side)! Verena was incredibly helpful with planning our excursions and every detail of our retreat. Anitanja's cooking was incredible, especially given the dietary restrictions with our group. And Uta's presence was just glowing with radiance. I am looking forward to bringing another group to Balenbouche again!
- 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