This was not our first visit to St Lucia. We did the hotels before, and this time we wanted a more private space to stay, but still be close to beaches and restaurants. We came across this place and took a chance. On first arrival, I was surprised to see a huge house, but the main house is where Mary, the owner, lives and the apartment was tucked away underneath.
We were shown to our apartment, which was spacious and very clean. There was a good sized lounge and a bedroom with plenty of wardrobe space. The kitchen was well kitted out with everything you'd need. Mary pointed out the appliances and gave us a brief chat for health, safety and fire purposes. She has washing facilities and you get one wash free. Any more after that you pay on a per-use basis. This was great for us as we came home with clean clothes! Also, the free WiFi was a bonus!
The apartment doesn't have a private balcony, but Mary has a beautiful landscaped garden where, on several occasions, we sat and drank our Chairman's rum with Coke, which was bliss.
Being centrally located, this apartment is very close (5 minute drive) to the supermarket, the marina (you have to try Bottle & Spoon restaurant here - they do the best rotis) and Rodney Bay beach, which is where all the restaurants, bars and shopping mall are. The capital, Castries, and duty free shopping are all a bus ride away.
We were also very close to the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground. The Caribbean CPL was going on at the time we stayed there and much to my husband's delight, Mary was able to bag us some tickets - so we watched the St Lucian Zouks play the Trinbago Knight Riders!! An experience we will both remember!
As Mary lived in the main house, she was around for us to ask questions. She is also a personal trainer, so we trained with her a few times in the morning before it got too hot! She put us through our paces, but it was great. She really knows her stuff!
Mary was friendly, funny and very down to earth. She has a beautiful space on a beautiful island. All in all we had a fantastic time in St Lucia and we would definitely come back and stay. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mary to people who want to be close to everything except noise!
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