PARADISE ON A BUDGET: Ocean Views, Rain-forest Adventures, Sandy Beaches
David and Wanda Wallace
- english, polish, We speak "Romance & Adventure".
About David and Wanda Wallace
WE FELL IN LOVE with St Lucia 15 years ago. Our dream was to create a beautiful accommodation in a lush tropical setting overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Nature's Paradise is our dream come true. WANDA: I was a professional dancer for many years and I traveled the world in that capacity. As the first woman White Belt in the US. I practiced Eagle Claw Kung Fu and taught Tai Chi. Exploring the Island and sampling its rich culinary culture are two of my passions.
Why David and Wanda Wallace chose Castries City
WE ARRANGE Rain-Forest tours & Volcano hot baths, recommend the best beaches for swimming & snorkeling; and we point you to trails where you can hike by yourself in the Rain-Forest. NATURE'S PARADISE IS set high on a hill with great views. Walking to the beach is about 15 mins. The famous La Bas Beach is on the north side of Marigot Bay where there are no cars or roads. You access La Bas Beach by Captain Bravo's ferry, which runs 24/7. WE ENCOURAGE tasting and enjoying new foods. There are four great restaurants on Marigot Bay.
What makes this Cottage unique
RENTING A JEEP style car is the best way to get around the island. We can arrange to have a car-rental company deliver the jeep at about 9 am the next morning. It’s not just a vacation; it’s an adventure. You will need a jeep, and the desire to explore. Let us know what Jeep you want & we will arrange for its delivery. For those who don't wish to drive, we can arrange affordable transportation. Talk to us.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 1:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Guests who wish to smoke may do so on the balcony.
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Relax, Have Fun, Swim and Discover. Taste great foods and enjoy each other!
For the comfort of all guests, smoking is not permitted inside the Cottage. Guests who wish to smoke are requested to do so on the balcony.
Breakfast at 8. Adventure at 9. Romance after Adventure.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Our best vacation ever. We arrived at the
airport and found our taxi waiting for us. As we drove up the East Coast of St Lucia, the scenery is ever-changing and often stunning. The owners (David & Wanda were there to greet us on arrival. That evening David took us down to a wonderful restaurant on
Marigot Bay for some island cuisine.
The next morning we had our first tropical
breakfast with the other guests. Lots of fruit, some that I had not seen before, French bread & good coffee. Meeting with the other guests was very helpful. We rented a jeep and were on our way to explore the island.
I had read some reviews but Nature’s Paradise
was beyond what I expected. A great pool with stunning views and Wanda’s garden is a gem. The cottage had a full kitchen to make lunches and dinners. We did not use it too much due to the restaurants in Marigot Bay. David's tour of Soufriere is a must, and
his advice was invaluable. This was my first time in St Lucia and we also felt safe and the people were very friendly. It was the best vacation we ever had. Will we return? You bet.
Paul Kwame Johnson.
Not quite as expected
My daughter and I stayed in the Avacado cottage for 9 days, in March 2017. The cottage was lovely and spacious with a wonderful view of the Carribian. It is a very quiet location, and there is no need for air conditioning since there is always a nice breeze. The pool was very nice where we could watch the sunset, and David and Wanda were very helpful in answering any questions.
The cottage is about mile up the cliff. The road is unbelievably bad--steep, winding and mostly unpaved. It is important to have a 4 wdr at $95 a day to get back and forth.
Breakfast is extremely light with breads, fruit, cheese slices and coffee. So as to not have to make the difficult trip down for a full breakfast, you may want to get groceries.
Would have appreciated a more complete folder with all of the restaurants in Marigot Bay--probably about 7 with phone numbers for reservations. Most VRBOs that we have stayed at had a fairly complete folder with a wide variety of tourist options where there were only 2 or 3 shown in our folder.
The small beaches right near the cottage are not very useable. One has run off from the agricultural area near by, and the other is too rough to swim and has no chairs, etc. the closest beach is at Rodney Bay, about 45min to an hour away. Be prepared for a lot of panhandlers, at that beach.
This is truly paradise!!!
Looking for a spot to call home-base while visiting St Lucia? A place that helps you to tailor your visit to your individual interests? Nature's Paradise in Marigot Bay is the perfect location. Owners David & Wanda Wallace have done an outstanding job of creating a private oasis and they are wonderful hosts. Are you adventurous - looking to engage in daring exploits (i.e. Rent a car, climb the Pitons, take a tram across the rain-forest, etc)- the Wallace's can set you up on those excursions with reputable guides. Or are you less of a thrill seeker but want to experience some St Lucian culture- David & Wanda can provide you with helpful tips and advice on how to navigate your way. For those of you who are homebodies and just need a beautiful space to find rejuvenation this is the PERFECT spot- the views of the ocean are spectacular, the pool area is picturesque, and the walk to town is invigorating. Nature's Paradise lives up to its name and caters to all kinds of interests. (They also have TV and WiFi. And if you need a phone but don't want to pay outrageous international roaming fees they will rent a cell phone to you at an amazingly inexpensive rate.) At Nature's Paradise (NP) there's something for everyone. My husband & I have only been home a week from our 10 day visit and we miss NP already. We highly recommend it!!!
We visited St Lucia for a "long weekend" and couldn't have found a more perfect place to stay. We stayed in "Banana Cottage" which was roomy and comfortable. Loved the wide balcony, eating dinner as the sun set over the sea or the rain rattled down (the rain was very well behaved and only came when we were driving or in the cottage!). Lovely gardens (Wanda's work), brilliant views (esp from the pool). The location is ideal - easy driving down to Soufrière or up to Castries for the market, Pigeon Island and the wild NW coast with the Atlantic breakers. Best of all - the hospitality of David and Wanda. They are genuinely kind hosts, full of knowledge that they are happy to share. We took a tour with David to the south on our first day, a great way of getting bearings and getting an introduction to the history and geology of the island. Breakfasts were lovely - fresh fruit, coffee, rolls and (if you're lucky) Wanda's very good pancakes. Sorry to be leaving after such a short visit, but we feel blessed that we found this wonderful place to stay. It really is a paradise!
Room Tip: We loved our cottage (Banana).
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Stayed May 2016, travelled as a couple
A holiday to remember.
We were looking for somewhere peaceful away from tourism and this is what we found - we stayed for 3 weeks and would have loved to stay longer!
The owners David and Wanda were away during our stay and when we initially heard this we were disappointed, as we had read the reviews saying how welcoming and helpful they were. However we were looked after really well by their staff Alces, Sharon and Fabian and did not want for anything, we were also able to email David for information. As a bonus we had the whole place to ourselves at the start and end of our stay which made it a real Paradise. Having said that we did enjoy the company of other guests during the middle part of our stay and it was great to share ideas and experiences over breakfast - just as delicious as everyone has reported previously. The plant and wildlife around the cottages was incredible and kept us busy as we tried to catch those illusive shots of the Hummingbirds as well as many other more accommodating subjects.
We took David's advice and hired a 4X4 for the whole of our stay. We were grateful for this and would definitely not have wanted to attempt the drive to Natures Paradise without the 4X4. We could perhaps have had a few more days at the end without a vehicle and spent more time relaxing on site but it was lovely to have the choice.
We enjoyed snorkelling at Anse Chasantet and also Zip Lining through the Rain Forest at Dennery. We built ourselves up to climbing Gros Piton in our final week and were pleased to have achieved it - the views were incredible but it was an effort! We also enjoyed the beach at Marigot Bay.
Their name is spot-on accurate: a natural paradise
The cottage is on a hilltop, overlooking the Bay and the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by a botanical garden's worth of tropical plants. A little bird that lives in a tree by the cottage literally ate crumbs out of my hand.
We had our own mini kitchen.
Internet was available upstairs, but didn't reach the cabin (which is a GOOD thing!!)
The pool was a few seconds away.
There were a couple other guests part of the time, but a lot of the time we basically had the place to ourselves.
The owners/hosts David and Wanda were super friendly, and found just the right balance of interaction - telling stories of St Lucia history and culture as well as of their own lives - and leaving us privacy.
Just getting to the place each day was part of the fun, driving the 4WD up the unpaved 1 lane road.
The place was clean and open and comfortable, with fancy furniture and nifty little touches like a shower enclosure made of glass block and giant fan blades reminiscent of fronds.
There isn't much way anything could have been improved upon without compromising something else.
I would def. go back if I ever end up in St Lucia again
MARIGOT BAY HAS A TERRIFIC BEACH. Palm-Villa and the Cottages are set high on a hill for great views. The famous La Bas Beach is on the north side of the Bay, where there are no cars or roads. You go by ferry which runs 24/7. The boat ride is about 2 minutes and is fun. There are 4 very good restaurants and 2 great restaurants on Marigot Bay.
We encourage activity! We have some of the best Scuba Diving in the Caribbean and great Snorkeling; Water sports on Marigot Bay & Hiking in the Rainforest; even Horseback Riding on the beach.