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ZANDOLI: Romantic Caribbean Villa-Tropical Paradise-ST LUCIA JAZZ

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Gros Islet Villa Rental Photos and Description

Four Bedrooms, 2 King, 2 Queen, 3 Bathrooms en-suite, additional 4th Bathroom

Villa Zandoli and Ti Zan (Cottage). The closest villa to ST LUCIA JAZZ FESTIVAL!! Walk to JAZZ!

The name 'Zandoli' means 'lizard' in the local French based creole spoken by the bi-lingual islanders on the beautiful island of St Lucia. This exotic house with its sensuous style of easy luxury and separate cottage - Ti Zan - set on an acre of hillside two minutes walk from the beach, combines the best of Caribbean architecture with a hint of the East, to create a villa of exceptional tropical flair, character and ambiance. With its typical West Indian woodwork, hand made Demerra and louvered windows, vaulted Indonesian style wooden shingled roofs, organic mix of natural stone, marble, wood and glass, burnt orange exterior, outdoor showers, stone and boulder enclosed pool set in lush gardens, and beautiful art collection, this stylish home provides a great location for an exceptional Caribbean villa experience.

The main house is designed around three pavilions on different levels, linked by enclosed bridges framing dramatic views.

Zandoli has been featured on Better Homes & Gardens TV show (2003); Elegant Resorts of Europe (2004) and Island Life TV Show (2005)

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Len Ishmael
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 2, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Len,

We had a great weekend! The villa is great! Btw we think to come back.

Aug 2016
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

ZANDOLI: Romantic Caribbean Villa-Tropical Paradise-ST LUCIA JAZZ
average rating of 4.5 based on 43 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I recently booked Zandoli for 4 nights with a group of 8. We were not sure what to expect but we LOVED LOVED LOVED every bit of our stay here. The villa is absolutely gorgeous and spacious, the location is incredible, located at the top of a hill overlooking the marina- the views were breathtaking!!

The rooms were all spacious with a lovely breeze to cool you down. The pool and back yard were perfect for hanging out during the day and enjoying the sun. We could not stop taking pictures of the house it was incredible!

The housekeeper was lovely and very helpful. You will need a car or a driver to get to the house because the road is unpaved and you are going all the way up a hill, but otherwise you need nothing else!!

I will definitely stay here again if/when I return to St. Lucia!!


  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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madison, wi, USA

Beautiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from a week stay at villa Zandoli. Our group of six adults had a fantastic stay. Our experience and observations mirror those of the review submitted by Richard P. We loved the open concept, the two levels of decks, privacy, and beautiful furnishings. The photos don't do full justice to the villa and the views afforded from the hillside.

Housekeeping services by Velda were top shelf. She is a wonderful person and we enjoyed getting to know her throughout the week.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Zandoli = Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

The villa is beautiful, well taken care of and in a great location. It is perched on a hill side facing Pigeon Island where you have a view of beautiful blue water, beaches and the bay to the south. I cannot tell you how much time we spent sitting on the deck looking out towards Pigeon Island and listening to the waves. It was a great way to begin and end every day of the vacation. The pool is really nice when you get hot and there is a grill and bar downstairs to enjoy your time around the pool area. The two main bedrooms are large and the bathrooms have great open air showers. The other bedrooms are good size as well and have their own bath rooms. There are two living areas to use if you want to relax indoors but they both open wide to the outdoors. The housekeeper, Diane a.k.a. Velda, is really friendly and took great care of the house during our stay and was really helpful if we had any questions.

Below are a few items for future renters to consider. Some of these are duplicates from other reviews but very valid. These are not complaints but if you know these up front you’ll have a perfect vacation.

1. The road to the villa is a little rough so I recommend using a SUV although it is passable by car or van. If you do a lot of driving the path becomes tedious to drive multiple times every day but the view makes it all worthwhile.

2. The villa is not air conditioned and for travelers like myself that are used to AC it can be hot at times but my fix was to jump in the pool or sit on the deck and enjoy the breeze. While sleeping… keep the fans pointed on you and you’ll be comfortable.

3. Bugs…This is an open air villa so use bug spray and the mosquito nets. The book in the villa shares tips and was a great resource. Keep in mind much of the island is a rain forest so there are going to be bugs and if you use insect repellant you will be just fine.

4. The internet connection is a single ethernet cord but honestly I recommend that you don’t waste your time on a computer. I actually stayed disconnected from both the internet and cell phone and it was one of the best vacations I have had in years!

The villa is close to Rodney Bay which offers restaurants, shopping, a grocery store, fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers and a casino. If you are willing to drive you can experience the entire island from Zandoli. St. Lucia and Zandoli are close to heaven on earth. Happy travels!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely The Most Beautiful Villa!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Len,

We were so fortunate to be able to stay at your beautiful Villa Zandoli at the beginning of February. What a marvelous oasis you have created! The villa and grounds are absolutely magnificent, the view out to Pigeon Island is gorgeous and Velda took such care to make sure that our stay was all that we could wish for!

We spent a lot of time on the main balcony just taking in the view. We never turned on the TV and didn’t miss it a bit – the views over the bay and out to Pigeon Island are much more interesting! We watched several large sailing ships that were anchored for the weekend, the little lizards, and a variety of birds, including the cute and friendly black and yellow bananaquits just outside of our bedroom. We spent many relaxing hours by the pool as well. A bit of sun, a dip in the pool, then start all over again! We walked down the hill and out to Pigeon Island and the beach. Also took a sunset cruise from Rodney Bay and Villa Zandoli looks just as breathtaking from the water. We taxi’d into Gros Islet for dinner on Friday night and stayed for the jump-up. Lots of fun! We also went into Castries to shop at the market. By prior agreement, we purchased some fresh fish at the market and Velda cooked a marvelous dinner for us. We ate local cuisine every night and loved it! Flavors of the Grill and Golden Taste in Gros Islet were our favorites. We just found plantain and dasheen at our market at home in Ohio and want to try to re-create some of the dishes we tried (Velda gave us some tips) but it won’t be the same as being in St. Lucia.

Thank you for sharing Villa Zandoli with us. Our lives are all the richer for the experience. We are having record breaking amounts of snow and frigid temperatures here in Ohio and we are already pining for sunny St. Lucia!

We wish you all the best in your new venture.

Laura, Jim, Anne & Frank

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not at all what we expected. Would not return.

  • 2 of 5

Mixed feelings about Zandoli. This is an expensive rental. We were surprised that there was no a.c., but I guess that is our fault for not checking. It was so closed up and hot when we arrived we barely slept our 1st night. Even with ceiling fans and extra floor fans sleeping was hot all week. The mosquitos/sand fleas (or bed bugs) were insane all week. Our party of 7 was absolutely riddled with bites from head to toe despite using bug spray and mosquito netting. The kids had bites on their eyelids.

Internet is not wireless with 1 connection. Beautiful views of Pigeon Island but the "walk" to the beach is NOT 5 minutes and its down a rocky, treacherous path behind the house. Len, the owner is very nice but very busy. It is difficult to get her to respond to emails and the only info we received was directions. No information about the house. We had a small issue with the fridge and when we followed up with her 2 days later, she informed us that the "current renters" didn't have any issues. We WERE the current renters LOL. She arranged airport transport for us that ended up being double in price over what we found locally. $150 US each way vs. $80. The road to the villa is in terrible shape. If you rent a car make sure it is an SUV with lots of clearance. Note to older or less mobile people or those with very young children. No taxi would take us down the driveway due to how steep it is. This means you must carry all of your luggage, supplies and groceries up and down.

Master bedrooms are very nice but the 3rd and 4th bedrooms are just OK. The 4th bedroom is actually accessed from outside only. Very disjointed, especially if you have children.

The pool was nice and the lower deck as well. The outdoor dining area was very pleasant and we had dinner there every night. The listing says daily maid service but in fact it is every other day. Not a big deal for us but just pointing it out. The listing also says laundry is included but the housekeeper would lock the room up every time she left. Dishes etc, could use some updating but all in all a well equipped kitchen. Small charcoal BBQ.

With everything being open air, you get some nice inside visits from the birds, lizards and tiny tree frogs. All very cute. Also expect visits from the very large roaches and saucer sized hairy spiders (tarantula?) not so cute.

So mixed reviews. It's a beautiful house that I would not return to nor recommend.

Lisa Jeffery, Toronto

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was startled to read this review not only because all of our reviews have been wonderful but because the guest’s emails of 4th March 5 days into her 7 day stay painted a different picture “Len, we love the house, we didn’t know about the voltage but we are getting along just fine” followed by 5th March: “Thank you Len. Again you have a wonderful spot here, and we are enjoying our stay very much”. The housekeeper reported that the guests were having a great stay. I offered this guest a lower rate when she indicated that it was above her budget. What went wrong? Our guest (one of 7) emailed on 6th March to request a late departure the next day (our rental agreement sets departure at 11AM). Such requests are always okay except when departure and arrivals are on the same day. My son was flying in from the USA for a 2 day visit that day and I planned on being in the villa. The guest was politely informed. The guest also asked that I arrange to have the taxi driver Peter, transfer friends from a hotel to the airport at a later date. I suggested that the friends use taxis on premises. The tone of the guest’s emails changed abruptly. This guest and I corresponded a total of 58 times between December 11, 2012 and her departure on March 7th. 2013. As a Diplomat, I travel continuously, yet I responded from Qatar, Dubai, Chile, NYC, London and STL. It is odd that a guest would request an extension of stay in a villa infested with bugs and saucer sized tarantulas (!!) with children in tow. Complaints about been hot and unable to sleep from the first night are at odds with emails of March 3 and 4 in which the guest speaks about having a great time. Our rental agreement offers housekeeping services 3 times/week and notes a departure time of 11 AM. My 84 year old mother uses the path to the beach when she visits. I contacted HomeAway offering to forward the stream of correspondence between the guest and I for their review, however the team explained that they do not have a due diligence function, encouraging me to respond here. Vindication however was received from the young couple from Washington DC, Sharif and his wife who visited March 14 to 21st a week later, sending a lovely message about their stay. Most of our guests are lovely, honest people who treat our home, like theirs. They send back their friends and family, return for birthdays and anniversaries, and we feel incredibly lucky and special.
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It was my santuary

  • 4 of 5

Zandoli was everything and more. The photoswhich were sent to me was right on point. Zandoli was my four days santuary, I felt at peace because it was so tranquil, the ocean so beautiful and the mountains so amazing. I stayed in one of the Master bedroom's with the inside/outside shower which I just loved. I would recommend Zandoli to anyone that would like to retreat to nature and clear there mine; I also would recommend Zandoli to honeymooners. The property was well maintained and clean. The housekeeper was very professional and pleasant, very helpful with information regarding St. Lucia island and its history. There is only two complains that I have the drive from the airport to Zandoli was two hours long, but once I arrived at Zandoli the ride was well worth the two hours and the mosquiteso will eat you up if you do not have on any repellant,they bite you less if you do have repellant. I would love to return. I felt like I was on top of the world. I loved my stay at Zandoli.


  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
350 Metres
Car: necessary

Becune Point, Cap Estate offers dramatic, 180 degree, views of the Caribbean Sea. Nestled on a hilltop, Zandoli is a 2 minute walk to St Lucia's most famous beach, and 5 minute walk to Pigeon island, a Historic Park with exotic ruins, home to St Lucia's famous Jazz Festival. Zandoli is 5 minutes away from the village of Gros Islet, famous for its Friday night street fish and music 'jump ups', and the heart of the Tourism Industry, Rodney Bay Village and Marina with their many restaurants and music spots. Fitness, fishing, sailing, golfing are all within easy reach.


Rates & Availability

Gros Islet Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season
Apr 15 2016 - Dec 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
Apr 15 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 15 2017 - Apr 14 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350

Dear Guest,

We are delighted to host you, your friends and family for your stay in St Lucia. Once we have accepted your request to make a reservation, please follow the directions on the HomeAway Payment portal to effect payment for this rental. Your first payment will be a deposit of 25% to secure your reservation. We will then transmit to you our rental agreement with all pertinent details.

Rental deposit is none refundable, as is payment after it has been made in full.

Damage Deposit is refundable within 7 days of vacating the premises, subject to any losses or damage which has incurred.

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Gros Islet Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - outdoor shower , With Tub
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , With Tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • Master Bedroom Suites (1&2) feature large, specialty river stone, tumbled marble and slate tiled bath areas with outdoor showers featuring 12' wide shower 'rain heads', as well as bath tubs. Outdoor showers are ideal for enjoying the romance of showering under the tropical moonlight and stars! Bathrooms 3 & 4 are equipped with showers, and have their own special atmosphere.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • The second and third pavilions, flanking the main pavilion on either side, accommodate two equally appointed spacious (320 and 300 square feet respectively) Master Bedroom suites with unique, king sized, four poster Balinese bamboo beds. Bedroom number 3, located at garden level, has its own private patio onto the garden, with a queen size bed with oriental bed-head, unique Mexican antique furnishings and bathroom en-suite. Bedroom four features a queen size Balinese bamboo bed, and Indonesian furniture. This opens onto the pool deck and garden. Each bedroom opens onto exquisite sea views and private patio leading to pool and garden areas.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The handmade wooden door of the main pavilion opens onto a 700 square foot marble titled sitting and dining area capturing magnificent panoramas of the Caribbean Sea and Pigeon Island. This opens directly onto spacious covered decks overlooking the ocean, perfect for dining, listening to the surf, or simply absorbing the beauty of the surrounding landscape. A modern kitchen with rustic ambiance opens directly onto the main deck. A large sunny room capturing spectacular views with TV (and Cablevision) and overstuffed Indonesian bamboo sofas is located at garden level in the main pavilion, and opens onto a rustic stone titled pool patio featuring a wet bar and swimming pool surrounded by sun deck framed by large boulders, colorful gardens and dramatic ocean vistas; 'a wonderful place' - as one guest remarks - 'to sip Francesca's (the housekeeper's) wonderful run punch and watch the spectacular sunset!'

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