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Villa Makambu and surroundings
Villa Makambu and surroundings
Mezzanine in the upper level unit
The mezzanine
Bedrrom with ensuite bathroom with extra large double shower
Bedroom with ensuite bathroom with double shower
Ensuite bathroom with double shower
Outside living on large verandas
Marigot Bay
Myranda and Carlos our exceptional staff!!!
Pascale and Franz the owners
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Marigot Bay, Castries Quarter, St. Lucia

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brendaken
Manitoba, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful property and views - fabulous stay”
Reviewed 10 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014
2
people found this review helpful

Villa Makambu is a large and beautifully built and decorated villa. The location up the hill has outstanding views of Marigot Bay from the villa and pool. The pool and area is huge with plenty of loungers and umbrellas. We stayed in the lower level unit and it was well-equipped with most every item you would expect to have at home, was very clean and well maintained. We were extremely impressed with the amount of food/drink items that we were provided upon our arrival – i.e.; a nice bottle of red wine, eggs, bread, milk, juice, fruit etc etc. A really nice touch! We found there was no need for air conditioning as a nice breeze blew throughout the villa daily. The landscaping and foliage in and around the property is very nice - well planned and well taken care of. The area is very private yet you are only a 5 minute drive into Marigot Bay for restaurants etc. We drove to beaches as they are much better than La Bas Beach in Marigot Bay – we went to Ti Kaye Resort twice (located on Anse Cochon cove) and loved it there for the beach, snorkelling and restaurant. Would definitely recommend the Villa Makambu for any couple as we will have wonderful memories of our time in St. Lucia because of this place!!

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PalmyraDa...
Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Five Star House with awesome porch & pool views & Great Hospitality!”
Reviewed 9 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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The place is even better than pictured, with top-notch construction, spacious lofted rooms, and wraparound covered porches with great views of Marigot Bay below. Owners Pascale and Franz have a slice of heaven here, and they are very sweet about sharing it with guests. Their caretakers Carlos and his son Lance are always present to help out too. We stayed there a week this January and our only regret is that we did not bring more friends with us to enjoy it with, as it could easily hold six guests. My wife and I had a car and it was a perfect place to explore not only the sights and restaurants and beaches of Marigot Bay, but we also made it our home base for our one hour drives to the northern tip of the island, the eastern side and the south too (Soufriere and the must-see Pitons).

We stayed in three places during our two week stay on St. Lucia, and we loved Villa Makambu so much! Very private and very relaxing...we almost did not want to leave the porch and pool...the rainbows and birds and ocean and Bay views were so gorgeous.

Our first stay in St Lucia was at a less expensive Soufriere Hotel (Still Beach) which was a less fancy place, but it was close to the Pitons and volcano, and gave you a feel for the local community. We also spent a couple glorious days at Ti Kaye Resort, which we also highly recommended (well worth the ~$400/night fees). Villa Makambu was priced in between these two, but with top end craftsmanship and service. We were greeted with rum punches and crab cakes thanks to Carlos, who helped build the estate with Franz and Pascale. We were lucky enough to be there while Pascale and Franz were there too, so we had a great time enjoying their hospitality. We hope to return there sometime!

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Liked best: nice furnishings, nicely landscaped grounds, clean pool, huge covered porch with views
Liked least: the beds were a little too firm for our likings, but this is likely a common experience
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GreenMtnT...
Essex, Vermont
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Home away from home!”
Reviewed 27 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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Villa Makambu owner Pascale, manager Josette, and caretaker Carlos could not have been nicer. When our flight to St. Lucia was cancelled three times, Pascale did not charge us for the missed days. Josette took good care of my daughter when she arrived before we did, due to the cancellations. Carlos and Lance left us at Sugar Beach one day, and went back to Soufrière in the boat to buy us lunch. The day Carlos bought mahi mahi for our dinner, he also marinated it! The villa is lovely, and very well kitted out.

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
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Connor F
Columbus, Ohio
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Everything we could want”
Reviewed 30 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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My wife and I recently stayed at Villa Makambu for our honeymoon and we couldn't have asked for anything more. It was an absolutely perfect stay. The Villa is so spacious and so perfectly designed, we wish we could live there permanently. It was great for the two of us but would also be really good for a group of friends since there are multiple bedrooms. We are already planning a return trip and are hoping to bring friends to share it with.

The Villa and view are one thing but the difference maker were the people that helped make our trip incredible. Pascale, Josee and Carlos were awesome. We knew we were in good hands when Josee met us at the Villa and helped us figure out what we should do during the week. She told us about the beaches and hikes and restaurants all over the island. You can tell Pascale put a personal touch on the Villa and loves being there. And then there is Carlos, between the fresh local juice he brought us and the fish cakes he was fantastic.

I could go on and on because everything was so great. If you are looking for an alternative to the big resort vacation, this is the spot. Marigot Bay was a great place to make home-base for the week, there are a few restaurants to get dinner and drinks but it was quiet and relaxing but it's also in the middle of the island so we made it up to the north point and south to all of the beaches.

We can't wait to go back and visit again!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
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NAZIEMANI...
St. John's, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“STOP LOOKING & BOOK Villa Makambu!!!”
Reviewed 28 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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If you are like me, you are looking and looking and looking at all the great options for St Lucia, (it's a beautiful Island with amazing people after all!) trying to find just the right spot to stay. I assure you - THIS IS IT! You know when you see something great and you pull out your camera to capture the moment… and it does, but it's just somehow not as spectacular as the real thing? Villa Makambu is a spot like that for us. The pictures do show you exactly what you get but they don't show you how it feels to be there.

Arriving with really not much planned other then some basic ideas of what we wanted to see and do but nothing booked or set up, Villa Makambu arranged everything - and it was perfect. Perfect? YES, PERFECT!

We are a fairly active couple, and the 10 min walk down and 12 min walk up was a great chance to walk hand and hand, chat and become familiar with Marigot. We even were able to walk up at night with the flashlight provided in the villa and it's completely 100% safe… although incredible dark and we were thankful for the light! We ate at all the spots in the Marina, great chocolate croissants and pizza at Rowley's, atmosphere galore at Doolittles across on the little ferry, cold Piton at JD's, sophisticated comfort at Capella with amazing staff and great sparkling wine/Champagne, and the BEST times, great staff/owner and great food and Pitons at Chateau Mygo!

Pascale the owner is one of a kind and we truly feel we have made a lifelong friend. She helped us get to historic Pigon Island with amazing ruins and a little fabulous restaurant and a perfect beach. She helped us get to know the upstairs vacationers and sent us all for a great afternoon at the Rum Distillery. She let us move midway thru our trip from the main floor to the upstairs unit so we could experience it too. She called when we needed a dinner reservation at Rainforest Hideaway and couldn't get thru by email, she arranged the snorkel trip with Lance, she and Carlos even Climbed the Piton with us in the pouring rain then laughed and celebrated with us later at Chateau Mygo!!

From the wonderful driver Smally at the airport (bring some small tip money for airport staff btw - super helpful with bags etc), to the amazing owner Pascale. This trip is tops. The staff of 4, Miranda and another woman cleaned the units spotless clean, Lance who took us for a remarkable snorkel day to Soufriere showed us the best spot to eat a local lunch and back (FYI we saw stunning scenery and beaches and marine life including an Octopus!), and then there is Carlos! He cooks, he tends to the gardens, he brought us freshly squeezed sour orange juice (that I think I may dream about!), and he will take you wherever you wish to go - whenever you'd like, and all while smiling :D Is it any wonder we are already looking at when we can make it back to this Villa!!

So, stop looking and reading. This is where you should stay. Central on the island for Rodney Bay and Castries, Canaries and Soufriere along with so many other wonders along the way, it's clean and comfortable and you will not regret booking here!!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: nothing (seriously, nothing)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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