|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
The 3 -winged villa, with 5.000 square feet of covered area on 5 acres of fully fenced and gated land, is situated on the very top of a hill above “Anse Galet” enjoying 360 degrees panoramic views – and the trade-winds (which also gives the added advantage of few mosquitoes and no sand flies!). It is surrounded by partly landscaped garden, but mostly by native Cap Estate vegetation. We cut down as little as possible, bearing in mind that the cutting takes a few hours – growing takes years or even centuries. We hope you’ll explore the grounds – there is much to discover.
Our gardener, Lawrence, looks after the many different fruit trees on the property : papaya, mango, pineapple, coconut as well as the bees which produce sweet Cap Pavilion honey. The natural setting attracts a variety of wildlife including hummingbirds, geckos and neon caterpillars, who leave their cocoon as enormous butterflies...
We built the house in 1988 as a home-away-from home and not as a holiday home per se. We took inspiration from Oliver Messel’s old designs on Barbados and Mustique. The floors and columns are coral rendered and the woodwork is decorated in his signature “Mustique Green”. In the drive in front of the house stands an old sugar pot befitting the plantation house style. The house is built around a central courtyard and we placed the pool on a lower level, out of sight. (Families with small children should be aware of this, as it does call for vigilance, we know as we had 6 of them growing up with the house. But there are 40 slowly descending steps down to the pool, time enough to catch them...). The house is furnished with an eclectic mix of objects from around the world, from places we have lived; it is part of our lives – and we are happy to share it with you.
We really like our staff and we hope you do too. Let Sandrine cook a variety of local and international dishes, bake cakes and produce fresh juices. Ask Cecil, (Sandrine’s husband with own car) who takes care of the house and pool, to do your shopping if you do not enjoy the daily hustle and bustle of filling the fridge...Let Marcella (8:00am – 3:00p.m.) take care of the cleaning and laundering while you relax : go snorkelling (equipment in house), discover “Secret Beach” (no, we won’t tell you where it is !), play golf (golf club a few minutes drive), tennis (Racquet Club 5 minutes drive), squash (10 minutes drive), go swimming in the sea (closest beach 5 minutes drive), or explore the island by road or by sea... the choice is yours.
St Lucia is a perfect holiday destination - easy to get to, safe and friendly, beautiful and varied. Cap Estate offers the best of St Lucia - great beaches, a wide range of sports (golf, windsurfing and kite surfing are all nearby), dramatic scenery and easy access to the restaurants and shopping of Rodney Bay. It feels more secluded than the main tourist strip but you can easily get into the heart of things if you want to... though we found that we often just enjoyed the house and all it has to offer.
The house itself is built on top of a knoll on the north tip of the island which not only gives it 360 degree views, but also natural air conditioning in the form of the trade winds (although there is air conditioning in the rooms that might need it.)
The live in staff at the house ensure you can 'have it your way'. They are available 7 days a week and will make sure that you can sit back and relax if that is what you want to do, but you can also choose to take a more active role in the shopping and exploring the island.
The house is ideal for groups or families of 6-8 people but can accommodate 11 people if a number of these are children.
We could not have been happier with the decision to celebrate our 25th anniversary at Cap Pavilion. As other reviewers have noted the location is incredibly beautiful and private. Quite often the hardest decision was where to enjoy our time; the sitting room, the portico, the pool, or the sun deck. After several days it became clear that each had its optimum use; morning tea, sunset, sunrise, mid-day heat, and reading.
We arrived on Saint Lucia with an extensive list of restaurants we intended to enjoy. At the end of our stay we had not visited one restaurant. Upon our arrival we were treated first to a gourmet snack and then a dinner prepared by Sandrine. They were fabulous! On day two we decided to sample another day of Sandrine’s cooking. We thoroughly enjoyed the multi-course dinner served in the formal dining room complete with mahogany, linens, china, silver, and candles. The room itself is a very open design void of a fourth wall so you can enjoy the fresh air and the view across the courtyard to the lights of Rodney Bay below.
Our definition of the perfect restaurant is built around great food, attentive service, beautiful views, and minimal disruption from neighboring tables. There was no reason to look any further, we had found near perfection in Sandrine and Cap Pavilion. Sandrine agreed to shop, prepare, and surprise us with the menu for the balance of our stay. We could not have been happier for breakfast, lunch, dinner, rum punch, etc. In fact, the relationship eventually morphed into part restaurant, part cooking school. On numerous occasions I found my wife in the kitchen with Sandrine getting lessons on various preparation techniques.
The surrounding natural areas were another very pleasant surprise. The photography and hiking opportunities right from the villa were most enjoyable. There is a network of trails (some of which are passable in a jeep) at the bottom of the road that follow the Atlantic coast. With just a three to four mile hike one can enjoy all types of topography; deserted sandy beaches, cactus fields, surf pounded rock structures, and even wild horses. If you follow the trails south along the coast you will come to Case en Bas beach which has a quintessential bamboo beach bar, Marjorie’s….great place to stop for a cold drink. A little further south is Five Dollar Beach (to get a feel for the area, google: The Man Who Won’t Sell Paradise).
From the moment we arrived at Cap Pavilion, we knew we had reached somewhere truly special. We were greeted warmly at the airport by Cecil and driven in the 4x4 across the island to this amazing private sanctuary: perched on the top of a hill- we soon realised that the views from this villa would be some of the most beautiful of the island we would see during our whole trip.
The villa is really quite wonderful. It mixes old fashioned charm with 21st century luxury. The bathrooms and bedrooms were furnished to an exceptionally high standard, and were kept spotlessly clean each day. It is clear that we were in a property that was beautifully considered, nurtured and loved. There were so many parts of the villa to discover, and endless peaceful spots to watch the sunset. The main living room is a fantastic room: we spent hours whiling away time reading books, playing board games and listening to sounds of the tropical wildlife outside. The gorgeous swimming pool was perfectly sheltered for the toddler in our group, and was another incredibly quiet and comfortable area to relax in.
One of the most lovely aspects of our stay at Cap Pavilion was being treated to Sandrine's fantastic cooking. She did all of our food shopping for us, and we really felt like we were being spoilt! Breakfast was an amazing selection of local fresh tropical fruits, breads, and any hot food we requested. Each evening we had a delicious 3-course meal, Caribbean-style with a quirky twist- all made from local produce, and freshly cooked. There was something different every night and we were always left feeling heartily full after every meal! It really was such a luxury.
The house staff were completely unobtrusive, and yet always so forthcoming if we needed anything: from food requests, to some amazing tips on where to visit on the island- they catered to all our needs discreetly and without fuss. There was nothing better than returning from a day of exploring to be greeted by a cup of tea, a slice of Sandrine's home baking, and a well earned dip in the pool.
As seasoned explorers, we rarely visit the same place twice- but this is a place we we have already promised ourselves that we will return to. We would unreservedly recommend Cap Pavilion to couples, groups and families alike. This is truly an incredible and unique place.
We stayed in Cap Pavilion with another couple of young families and it became our base for a remarkable Easter holiday. Perched in a commanding position on a hill, and surrounded by lush vegetation, Cap Pavilion was our own little paradise tucked away from the big hotels and modern holiday homes but close enough to the beautiful beaches and local amenities. It was exactly what we had been looking for.
The property gives everyone plenty of room and we soon found our own favourite place to pass away the time. Whether that was down by the pool hidden amongst the luxurious trees and plants, on the roof terrace for a spot of evening sun, in the garden amongst the aloe vera, or through the archway where the Atlantic sea breeze blows through, cooling mid-day sun. My own favourite spot became the large living room area which opens up completely to the outside, providing a very unique place to relax with a book or a drink with great views all around.
We found the house staff incredible helpful and the cooking sublime. Having sourced our fresh fruits and breads from the the local markets our breakfasts, taken each day after a morning swim, were delicious. If we needed advice on where to go or how to get there the staff were equally keen to share their local knowledge. We felt privileged that we were able to discover the lesser known beaches, beauty-spots and villages as well as the well-trodden tourist highlights. You will need a car for your stay at Cap Pavilion and this proved very useful in allowing us to explore a large area and giving us the flexibility we needed.
I would highly recommend making Cap Pavilion your base for a stay on the beautiful island of St Lucia. It was certainly a holiday that our family will never forget.
My family and I had an unforgettable 10-day stay here and can't wait to go back. We were lucky enough to have seen it and I take great pleasure in reporting back on our experiences here, in the hope that someone else will get to experience this place.
First, the location. This beautiful home is on top of one of the largest hills in the Cap Estate area so up on the second floor you have unobstructed views of the entire Northern part of the island. I could spend hours up there just looking in one direction, or another, or another…picking out a beach to explore, getting a bird's-eye feel for the island, or just watching the sunset (or the sunrise, or the stars…). There is also a gorgeous swimming pool, surrounded by open rock faces and lush vegetation, which would beckon us for a dip at all hours of the day.
Second, the house. You really get the impression that every last corner of this home has been thought through in great deal - the architecture, the interior design and the landscaping/gardening. To be honest, we were a little nervous when we read that the place didn't have air conditioning - coming from the Northeast US, we couldn't imagine 85F/sunny weather without A/C, but it wasn't a problem at all. The thing I didn't realize was that the house, being entirely open-plan and on top of a hill, gets plenty of air circulation, so the temperature just feels comfortable all day long. It also helps that the island as a whole is warm and sunny, but never that humid.
Third, the staff. Sandrine and Cecil live at the house full-time (in a sort-of basement apartment so I never felt like we were intruding on their living space) and they of course, therefore, take great care of the place and of the guests who stay there. Sandrine did all of the food shopping and cooking for us, which was perfect. She seems able (and very willing) to make any dish one could wish for but of course her specialities are delicious local/Caribbean dishes. In addition to Sandrine and Cecil, a cleaner keeps everything to resort-style levels of cleanliness. They made us feel totally at home. For example, we'd come back from a late-afternoon swim and be greeted with fresh rum punch to drink on the sun deck, just in time to watch the sunset before dinner.
I could go on and on. But, in short, I'm willing to bet that this is one of the great hidden treasures on VRBO (how can I be the first one writing a review?!). Go there if you can - it really is a paradise.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan 4 2015 - Apr 15 2015
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest|
Apr 16 2015 - Dec 15 2015
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest|
There is no charge for children under 5. Children aged 5 - 12 are half the adult rate.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. 25% non-refundable deposit on booking with full amount due 45 days before arrival.
For Christmas / New Years bookings, a 50% Non refundable deposit is required and the balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.