|Minimum Stay||1 - 2 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.
Cap Pavilion is a lovely island plantation home that has a timeless ambiance. You can easily imagine yourself during the British Colonial period (albeit with modern conveniences) in any of the British colonies. Though a world away, Isak Dineson would have been very comfortable here, and would have found inspiration.
The home is sited at the top of a hill and positioned to capture the Tradewinds blowing off the Atlantic, which cool the property making air conditioning unnecessary. The views are beautiful...the Atlantic to the East, the Caribbean Sea to the West, hills covered with dense tropical foliage, and the lights of Rodney Bay at night. As for the grounds, Jurassic Park has nothing on this place. We half-jokingly kept a watch out for raptors, especially at the pool. I am happy to report that we found none...or more importantly...that none found us.
Within days, we settled in to the lifestyle....the cats ( Rusty the oldest, Rocket the passive , and Moss the mischievous one) roaming the grounds; the gong announcing breakfast and dinner; cocktails on the terrace or in the sitting room, daily passing rain storms, and daily visits to the pool, which has the feel of a secluded pond in a rain forest.
We could not have been more comfortable largely due to the graciousness and humor of Sandrine and Cecil, who anticipated our every need. We were greeted with a rum punch upon our arrival that is the best we have ever had. Sandrine will happily make pitcher after pitcher during your stay.
Though the setting and ambiance are lovely, what truly sets Cap Pavilion apart is Sandrine's cooking. She prepares a delicious hardy breakfast, a light lunch (at our request), and a 5 star dinner every night, using spices grown in her kitchen garden. You may select the menu, but keep in mind that her pork ribs, shrimp with rice, and roast boned chicken are standouts. Upon request, she will show you how she bones (or de-bones, if you prefer) a whole chicken using a technique that she has developed. We joined the ranks of former guests who recommended that she write a cookbook, bottle her hot sauce, and bottle her Caribbean marinade. Before making any restaurant reservations, we suggest that you sample Sandrine's cooking, as it is far superior to anything you will find on the island, and some of the best in the Caribbean.
We feel fortunate to have discovered Cap Pavilion, and enjoyed the company of Sandrine and Cecil.
We stayed four blessed days at Cap Pavilion and considered ourselves super fortunate since the day we stepped in this astonishing property. We went back and forth between going to a hotel or renting a villa and are so happy that we chose the villa. The location- with 360 degree views of the ocean- is outstanding. 5-10 min drive to beaches, in an isolated, quiet, residential neighborhood. Sandrine, who oversees the property made our stay so special. We had al the meals at home, except for one, which we regretted. There is nothing like seating in the outdoor, open living room, with an impeccably set dinner table (think linen), tasting some of the most incredible authentic Caribbean food. The house is spacious, impeccably kept, super clean and with a true island style, white against green and blue. Wonderful in every way, we are already talking about coming back! Thank you!!!
We stayed at Cap Pavilion with friends and had a fantastic time. The house is stunning, beautifully designed and decorated, with excellent facilities; photos alone cannot do it justice.
The grounds are a wonderful mix of kept gardens and wilder woods, home to an exquisite range of fauna from hummingbirds and kingbirds, to lizards and hermit crabs. The nature trail was an excellent place to start or end the day, we always bumped into something new there.
Sandrine's cooking was simply amazing, every day anticipation built as the food arrived, and it just got better and better. Fish, lentils, eggs, sweet potatoes - seemingly simply ingredients cooked to absolute perfection, and bursting with flavour.
There is easy access to a few beaches, and the towns of Gros Islet, and Rodney Bay, where there is much to explore - more beaches, restaurants, boat trips. I also recommend a visit to nearby Pigeon Island.
As St Lucia is quite small, the drive up to Cap Pavilion from the airport offers a great way to begin to see the country, safe in the knowledge that anywhere and everywhere that looks exciting is within easy reach to get back to during your stay.
That said, we also wanted plenty of time to enjoy Cap Pavilion itself, relaxing on the verandas and in the pool, and of course wildlife watching. A great location to spend a week, or three!
My fiancé and I stayed here with a group of friends and it was without a doubt the most beautiful holiday home we have stayed in. It was spacious, light and airy and in an incredible position on top of a hill, giving it panoramic views of the sea below. It was immaculately kept and the decor was fabulous. It was in a great location for accessing a huge choice of beautiful beaches and the nearby shops at Rodney Bay.
I cannot praise Sandrine's cooking highly enough. As soon as we arrived she greeted us with delicious homemade nibbles and rum punch (which were very welcome after the flight!) and then cooked amazing breakfasts and dinners for us throughout our stay. We had absolutely no desire to go to a restaurant when her cooking was so brilliant. Writing this review is making me miss it all over again!
The house has some fantastic features such as huge grounds (which gave us some fab opportunities for nature photography), a private pool and a large balcony which sweeps round one side of the house. The balcony has deck chairs on it and we spent some lovely warm evenings lying on them chatting and watching the stars - it really was paradise.
I had a wonderful week staying in Cap Pavilion and could not recommend this more highly. This is perfect for a holiday for total relaxation - there are multiple verandas and seating areas in which to read, drink rum cocktails or just take in the spectacular panoramic views of the island. Set on a hill and surrounded by acres of lush trees the house stays cool and shady during the hottest parts of the day but there are also plenty of sun loungers and a flat roof top for sun worshippers too! The place is very spacious even for our group of 12. Each room and the multiple bathrooms were completely spotless and equipped with sockets and wifi. The location is perfect being minutes away from secluded beaches - in a week we never visited the same one twice. A definite highlight is the exquisite Caribbean food cooked by Sandrine. As well as an evening meal, we were treated to a fresh Caribbean-style breakfast with freshly made rolls, eggs and fruit salad. Prepare to be very spoilt!
I stayed at Cap Pavilion with a group of friends and had a fantastic time!
It's a beautifully built and laid-out house, designed to be airy and open but still giving lots of shelter and privacy when you need it. The views of the sea are gorgeous (even from the shower!) and there's lots of greenery to explore and a perfect-sized pool to cool off in.
The cook Sandrine makes incredible St Lucian food every night, I've never eaten so much delicious plantain, lentils, sweet potatoes, fish.... you name it!
With a car you're just 10 minutes from sandy bays, the marina, and shops.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 16 2016 - Apr 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest|
Apr 15 2017 - Dec 15 2017
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $100 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.