The airlines haven't raised the January prices yet, so you can still get to St Lucia without paying a fortune for our only week left in January. Live near New Jersey/New York? Round trip direct flights as low as $436 US (EWR). Boston and Miami are around $520 US. Be sure to use the airport code "UVF" for St Lucia to arrive in the main airport.
Please watch our video to get a sense of what a vacation in Soufriere at Villa Grand Piton is like (it's the third picture).
First time to St Lucia? We suggest you start by deciding the best part (North or South) of the island for your vision of an ideal vacation. This is important, as the distances between the different parts of the island are a lot longer than they look on the map. It's about a 90-minute drive (each way) from the North to the South on very twisty roads (with driving on the left - "British" - side of the road). You'll end up spending most of your vacation near your accommodation, so be sure to stay in the south if you want to "play" in the south - and vice versa.
The South is where you find the iconic Pitons and views that will literally stop you in your tracks. Here is where the best outdoor activities are located - hiking through the rain forest, climbing a Piton mountain, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, dolphin and whale watching, waterfalls, ATV rides, zip lining, plantation tours, horseback riding, mountain biking, mud baths and the drive-in volcano, wind and kite-surfing, and of course, relaxing on the beach, including the white-sanded Sugar Beach. A few resorts/hotels and private villas are sprinkled across the hillsides, many (like ours) positioned to get the most amazing views. The restaurants range from food trucks for lunch to white-tablecloth fine dining. There is a much more local and laid-back vibe to this part of the island than the North. If you are looking for an outdoor and active vacation, or to simply stay at an accommodation with incredible views of the Pitons and feel your stress melt away, this is the part of the island you want. And ten years after a stay in Soufriere, you'll immediately recognize your trip pictures as being from St Lucia!
The North (Rodney Bay/Castries/Gros Islet) is where you find all the large resorts, lots of restaurants, a casino, duty-free shopping, etc. There is a little hiking and snorkeling on Pigeon Island (in Gros Islet). The views are nice, but overall the area is not too dissimilar from many other Caribbean Islands. This is the area to choose if you are looking to just soak up the sun on the beach with all the other tourists,, and want a typical Caribbean beach town to walk around in the evening for bars and restaurants for tourist-oriented nightlife.
Does the south sound perfect for you? Then the only thing missing for your dream vacation is the perfect villa. How about one that is almost like a private hotel, with staff to take care of you while you enjoy stunning sunsets and jaw-dropping views of the Pitons? Our home, Villa Grand Piton, may just be the answer! You and your family/friends will be the only guests in our spacious home, and have our sparking pool to yourselves to enjoy the magnificent view of the Pitons, the Caribbean and the sunsets. Our friendly staff will keep the villa clean, help you plan your activities, and anything else you need to make your vacation truly unforgettable. Hotels offer meal plans and driver services, and we do, too - just inquire for details and pricing.
What would a stay at Villa Grand Piton be like?
Picture a romantic, tranquil, spacious villa, high on the ridge of a hill overlooking the Caribbean.
Start your day watching the sailboats glide along the sea under a rainbow, while sipping a cup of smooth local coffee or cappuccino.
Float in the sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by cashew trees and brilliant bougainvillea. Or grab your gear and go snorkeling or diving at the best areas in St Lucia, only a short drive away.
Dine on delicious freshly-caught fish outside in the shaded gazebo as the sun sets over the Caribbean.
After dinner, marvel at the Milky Way and the billions of stars in the inky-black night sky.
Sip a glass of wine while being cooled by the mountain breeze.
Watch for shooting stars while being serenaded by the music of the night.
Everywhere you look, you are surrounded by a postcard-perfect panorama of the Piton mountains and the Caribbean Sea and the most amazing sunsets. Inside, you have all the comforts of home with comfortable queen beds, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioners blowing cool air on the beds, a wonderfully-equipped full kitchen and an entertainment room.
Our friendly staff can give you assistance around-the-clock, whether you need information on the best time to climb the Piton or just need some toothpaste. Our housekeeper and property manager, Doxie, is an excellent cook - she can either just do the cooking for a modest fee (usually about $20 US for a multi-course dinner) or provide your entire meal (please ask for pricing).
Nearly 4000 square feet of interior space
"Handicapped-friendly" with all but the pool on the same level (pool only three steps down)
Soaring ceilings and spacious rooms
Open design capture breezes and allows free air flow: numerous large windows covered with wooden louvers and insect screens, interior walls that do not go to the ceiling
Multiple double doors that can be thrown open to "let the outside in"
Three spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
Ceiling and high-speed standing fans in every bedroom
Air conditioning in each bedroom, positioned to deliver cool air to the bed area (although the open-air design of the villa keeps the air conditioning from cooling the entire room)
Jacuzzi tub and shower in master bathroom
Dedicated entertainment room
Large parking area
Free WiFi, extending outdoors to the gazebo
Queen-sized beds with pillowtop mattresses
One bedroom with two queen beds
Large stainless-steel grill on the back deck
Water cooler for icy-cold or hot water at the touch of a button
Dining tables, both inside and in the gazebo
TV and Blu-Ray player in each bedroom
Floating loungers for the pool
Washer and dryer
Cable TV in the entertainment room and an extensive library of movies and music
Computer and printer
Snorkeling and beach gear (chairs, towels, umbrellas)
Coolers and thermoses
Board games, cards, books
Exercise bike and other exercise equipment
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc., all supplied
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, combs available upon request
Other services provided
A welcome basket overflowing with food and beverages for your first night and next morning's breakfast
Guides to local restaurants and activities (both on-line and at the villa)
Cooking services (modest additional fee)
Bed and bath linens provided and changed mid-week
Climbing or walking around a Piton
Sunset cruise on a catamaran
Day sail on a catamaran
Saturday morning open-air market in Soufriere
Whale and dolphin watching tours
Visiting botanical gardens
Enjoying a cool waterfall
Driving through a volcano
Relaxing in therapeutic mud baths
Getting a massage at a spa
Eating at local or fine-dining restaurants
Or just relaxing at the villa!
Additional important information about Villa Grand Piton:
Our home is a non-smoking villa. No smoking anywhere in the villa or on the grounds, except in a designated smoking area at the base of the driveway.
The villa and grounds pose inherent dangers for children under 13. If your party includes any children under 13, please contact us so we can describe the issues. We want to ensure Villa Grand Piton is a good fit for your party.
The villa is not available for rent without the staff.
The villa is built in the open-architecture style of most Caribbean residences. This style emphasizes harmony with the outdoors, and does not try to create an impenetrable barrier between the interior and exterior. Doors are not weather-stripped, windows are not covered by glass, and the buildings often have other openings to allow free airflow, allowing insects and geckos into these houses. Our windows are covered by screens, beds and the Jacuzzi all have mosquito nets, and we have an outdoor mosquito-control machine to help keep the mosquito population down.
Given the open nature of the house (interior walls that do not go to the ceiling, no glass covering the windows), the air conditioning in the bedrooms will not be able to cool the rooms, but does blow cool air on the beds to make sleeping a little more comfortable.
Noises also carry somewhat in an open-air house, and you may be able to hear what is happening in a nearby room in the house when the rest of the house is very quiet. We've put some small radios in the bathrooms and there are TV's in the bedrooms. Feel free to turn either of these on to create some background noise.
We do require a signed (electronic signature) rental agreement, which will be provided upon your request to book the villa.