|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Villa Makambu (a variety of banana) is a newly built villa. A Contemporary-Caribbean style with breathtaking views of beautiful Marigot Bay and Caribbean ocean. The villa is nestled on the south side of Marigot Bay. Villa Makambu is a two level villa. Both levels are private and rented out seperately or together for larger groups.
The unit (upper level) offers two large bedrooms with king size beds,a small bedroom with a single and a mezzanine with a queen size bed, ceiling fans, large wardrobe, mosquito netting, a mezzanine offering a queen size bed with also large wardrobe, mosquito netting and ceiling fans with a TV lounging area , two bathrooms, spacious kitchen and living room, all opening on large verandas by louver doors for dinning and leisure time offering spectacular views.
The property is surrounded by mature gardens with a wide selection of fruit trees, palms, Caribbean flowers, to welcome you in the spirit of beautiful St-Lucia.
A large wooden deck surrounds a 36 x 16 feet sea/salt swimming pool with outdoor shower.
Surroundings of Villa Makambu: The villa is a 15 minute walk down to the beach, to restaurants, banking, bakery,shopping and nightlife.
You will also find a secluded cove (Trou Rolland) , a 10 minute walk, where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, jumping of rocks or simply relaxing on the beach.
Information and guidance: The property also has a smaller house which is only occupied by the owner when on the island or by a 24 hour, day and night employee who is available for info or help. Carlos offers water taxiing (extra fees) for fishing, going to private beaches, going to Castries to the market or a day of snorkeling and visiting the Pitons in Soufrière. He will gladly help you in anything you need and he is a great tourist guide who can take you anywhere you wish to go. He is available 24 hours a day, either on site or on his cell.
Our family of 4 spent spring break week at Villa Makambu, and we had a truly remarkable experience. The villa itself (we stayed in the lower 3br unit) is island-elegant - well decorated, spacious, extremely clean, with spectacular views of Marigot Bay and the Caribbean Sea. The pool area is beautiful, adjacent to the outdoor seating area of the villa. The kitchen is completely adequate, and the bathrooms are nice with wonderful open-air showers.
But what makes Makambu and St. Lucia in general so unique are the people. We can't say enough about the level of service provided by the full-time and on-site property caretaker Carlos. He seemingly worked all day and night to ensure the grounds were in perfect condition. Any questions or needs we had, he took care of (such as driving us down to the village for dinner our first night, before the arrival of our rental car). Our VERY BEST two days of the vacation were spent with Carlos and his first mate and cousin Lance on Carlos's motor boat, visiting various beaches, resorts, and snorkeling spots along the Caribbean coast. They refer to this as a "water taxi" but it really was our own private water-based tour guide. So much fun and a tremendous way to see the island. The rest of the staff was amazing. Myranda kept the inside of villa spotless and always had a smile on her face. Josee manages the property for the owners and provided us with a thorough overview of the island and things to do upon checking in. Owner Pascale was very responsive and easy to work with. And the people of St. Lucia were all very welcoming and gracious.
We would definitely recommend a car rental. The village of Marigot Bay is walkable, but you'll appreciate the convenience of a car to explore, hit the grocery store, etc. The cool thing is the owners can arrange your car rental for you at an excellent price, with the car delivered right to the villa - no hassle when you arrive at the airport (included in our rental was transportation from the airport to Makambu). At the end of our week, we drove to the airport and met the car rental agent, and just handed him the keys - couldn't be any easier.
Our only complaint for the whole trip is that the food in St. Lucia leaves a lot to be desired. Expect to spend a lot for mediocre food. Masala Bay in Marigot is outstanding, we enjoyed lunch outside at the Bayside Cafe.
In closing, we loved our time at Villa Makambu and can't wait to return!
The photos you see here look great. But they don't do justice to the reality of the place, which is even more impressive. The views are spectacular, the Villa's design is thoughtfully laid out, the furnishings are attractive and comfortable, it's equipped to make you feel right at home (if home for you happens to be situated in paradise).
But the people of Villa Makambu are really its greatest asset. The owners, Pascale and Franz, are lovely folks -- fun, easygoing, comprehensively knowledgable after nearly twenty years on the island, entirely helpful and dedicated to providing the best possible experience for their guests. Should they happen not to be there during your visit, their friends and fellow local innkeepers Josee and Pierre step in to make sure that guests are similarly well taken care of. Always on hand are the amazing Carlos, the Villa's Man of All Seasons, and wonderful Miranda, who thoroughly cleans each of the units every three days.
If you want a predictable, low-impact, white-bread, for-god's-sake-don't-set-foot-off-the-grounds sort of Caribbean vacation, there are plenty of suitable options on St. Lucia and elsewhere to choose from.
But if your idea of a good time is sitting on your veranda enjoying a panoramic view of one of the sweetest protected harbors in the Caribbean, maybe taking an occasional cooling dip in the saltwater pool, maybe letting Captain Carlos take you out in his boat for a day on the water that includes snorkeling at his secret underwater forest of shimmering coral, maybe taking in a happy-hour sunset from the bayside dock at Chateau Mygo down the hill, maybe taking a half-hour drive to the capital, Castries, to hit the open air market or to buy the freshest mahi-mahi or yellowfin by the side of the road where Carlos told you the day-boat fishermen sell their catch, Villa Makambu may be right up your alley.
A couple of points in response to other comments left here -- after nearly six weeks over two years as guests at this villa, we've never experienced any issues whatsoever with the plumbing or water supply. Outside the Villa, we tend to stick with bottled liquids out of an abundance of caution but at Makambu we drink the tap water, we use it for cooking and to make coffee and tea and we've never had a reason to regret it.
For us, it's hard to imagine a better Caribbean vacation experience. That's why we keep coming back. There's just no reason to roll the dice on anyplace else.
Our stay(second time) at villa Makambu was sheer bliss and relaxation. The villa itself is tastefully furnished and has everything to make you feel right at home. The views are magnificent and we never got tired of drinking them in! Carlos and Miranda are the caretakers of the villa and their attentiveness to our needs were outstanding. Josie who manages the property was amazing at making sure our stay was everything we wanted. We had the opportunity to meet Pascale in person this time around and she is the most warm and welcoming host. We will definitely be making a third trip back to Villa Makambu!
Villa Makambu had it all when it comes to views. However, we experienced many plumbing issues that left us without water for 3-4 days. It was indicated that the plumbing issues are ongoing and were frequent. Water borne bacteria is a issues so do not take the advice of management and drink the water. The CDC states that you should drink bottled water. In addition to having issues with the plumbing, management had also double booked the unit that we had rented on VRBO. When we did move to the Villa, 5 days after our arrival that we rented on VRBO, it was not as clean as I perfer. They did provide a smaller unit for three first 5 nights. We found many fun activities in Soufrière; i.e., snorkeling, mud bath, volcano. I would recommend this Villa, but do not set your expectations too high.
Our family of six had a fun filled vacation at Villa Makambu! The property was beautiful and private but also close to nice restaurants and the beach. The owners, Pascale and Franz were great hosts, giving us tons of information as newcomers to the Island. Also big thank you to Carlos for the yummy fish cakes and taking us to the awesome snorkeling spots!
My husband and I stayed at the Villa Makambu for our honeymoon and it was just what we were looking for! Secluded enough to have space for ourselves, but close enough to the bay to walk down to the beach for some snorkelling or dinner. The owners, Franz and Paschal were very gracious and helpful in making us feel welcome and informed about the island and what there was to do. Carlos, the grounds keeper was also fantastic in pointing us in the right direction and driving us around until we rented car. The Villa was clean, newly built, and very charming. The people of Saint Lucia were very friendly every where we went. We highly reccomend staying at the Villa Makambu. If we ever return to Saint Lucia, you can be sure this is where we will be staying.
I give them 10 stars!
Marigot Bay , known as 'The Most Beautiful' bay in the Caribbean is situated on the North West shore of St-Lucia. This secluded bay is bordered on three sides by three emerald hills and is skirted by coconut palms. You will find a small beach, La Bas Beach which is only accessible by a small ferry. The bay offers a variety of services, such as water sports (Kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, hobie cat, water biking, fishing,deep sea fishing etc.), fine dinning, shopping, banking, bakery and nightlife.
Other Activities: Kayaking, hobie cat, water biking
- An 8% government hotel tax and a 10% resort tax will be added to the rental price.
- A 50% deposit is required upon reservation and the balance will be due upon arrival.The deposit is refundable minus $75.00 if cancelled 90 days prior to arrival and 75% of deposit will be refunded if cancelled 45 days prior to arrival.
- The deposit can be made by credit card (Visa and Master Card) via Paypal