Amazing House ... Best View on the Island
I spent five days here with two friends in January 2012. I believe that the villa was built by the same person who built Ladera / Dashene in the 1970s. It's really an architectural marvel, and the view is simply stunning. The staff (Mary and Pius) were great and were super-sensitive to our preferences. They would come in just as we were leaving each day, and would leave just as we were returning that night. (They live nearby.) They kept the place impeccable.
A bridge was out (since Hurricane Thomas), and so the drive from the villa to Soufriere took about 25 minutes. You'll want detailed driving directions, since there are few road signs. (The house is above the trailhead for the Gros Piton trail.) Later in our trip, we arranged for a water taxi (Solomon) to pick us up at the bottom of our hill (by Jalousie), which is a (very steep) 3-minute drive downhill from the villa. The water taxi took the three of us to Anse Chastanet round trip for $60. You pay on return passage, and he picked us up at the time we requested. We found the water taxi more enjoyable than the driving. You can get a weekly pass at Anse Chastanet for $105, which includes snorkeling, kayaking, chairs, umbrella and beach food service. We liked Anse better than Jalousie beach, which was a little too quiet for our liking. (And we like quiet.) Jalousie is 5 minutes from the villa, though, and has cool powdery white sand.
The villa is about 1,000 feet (40%) up Gros Piton and looks across to Petit Piton. Because it is open-air, you should expect tree lizards, moths and a friendly bat who hangs out by the chandelier at night and eats all the moths. The bat was very respectful, though, and never touched us. He'd leave once we'd dim the lights. With mosquito nets over the beds (and a little Deet at night as a precaution), I didn't get a single bug bite the entire week. They just were not a problem, even being outside in the tropics.
There are lots of steps in this multi-level villa, so it wouldn't be best for those with disabilities or for small children. The view from the tower is incredible, though. Overall, I know I'll be back. It's just too unique to stay anywhere else. I can't wait to return!
Families with Teenagers,
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed the Villa. We and our staff try our hardest to be sensitive to our guest wishes. We hope to see you again.
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