Fodor's Expert Review Villa Beach Cottages

John Compton (Castries-Gros Islet) Hwy., Choc, Gros-Islet, Saint Lucia

Tidy housekeeping cottages with gingerbread-laced facades are steps from the beach at this family-run establishment 3 miles (5 km) north of the airport in Castries. The self-catering one- or two-bedroom units are cozy and fairly close together, but each has a fully equipped kitchen, handcrafted wooden furniture, and a large balcony (with a hammock) facing the water, guaranteeing glorious sunset views. A pair of cottages date back to World War II (they were dismantled and moved here in 1958 from Beanfield Air Base in Vieux Fort). One of those cottages was occupied several times over the years by one of Saint Lucia's two Nobel laureates, the late poet Sir Derek Walcott. This place has lots of repeat guests—couples, families, and groups of friends. The Honeymoon Cottage is a duplex; the sitting–dining room and kitchen are on the ground floor, and a spiral staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom and bath. Coconuts, a small open-air restaurant, serves meals on 24-hour notice. There's also a small pool, mini-mart, and laundromat for the convenience of guests; a supermarket, bank, post office, and other shops are nearby.

PROS

  • Just feet from the water
  • Beautiful sunsets from your balcony
  • Peaceful and quiet environment

CONS

  • Close quarters
  • Rent a car, as you'll go out for meals (or groceries)
  • Beach is quite narrow and pools are small

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 758-450–2884 | 866-542–1991-in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

20 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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