SunWest Villa was designed and built by myself, Greg Skinner, a Canadian, born and raised in Canada and living in St. Lucia since 2001 with a background in Architectural Design and Construction. My son, Matthew who has a background in Hotel Management, came and lived in St. Lucia and worked alongside me, and together we established SunWest Villas once the villa construction was complete. SunWest has grown out of our love for the island of St. Lucia. This love affair began over twenty years ago when we first discovered St. Lucia on a week-long holiday. Stepping off the plane felt like stepping through a picture frame into another world. The lushness, stunning beauty, rhythmic sounds and friendly St. Lucian's lured us to return each year.
Through a chance meeting of a 'Lions Club' Member at a Rum Punch party, we were introduced to the Executive Director of the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association. As a rehabilitation nurse with the blind in Canada, my wife and I instantly made a connection. We offered to volunteer on subsequent holidays and friendships developed with the staff and other St. Lucians. Our children, over the years had opportunities to volunteer on the island, as well, and this provided them with amazing life experiences. Extended holidays allowed them time to research and study all the fascinating aspects of the island: history, geography, economy, vegetation, the language of Patois, politics and the strong links between Canada and St. Lucia. We were honoured to receive an invitation from Governor-General Dame Pearlette Louisy to attend and be introduced to her at a cocktail party at the Government House.
In 2001, it seemed the natural progression to build in St. Lucia.
We think that our daughter Lindsey has best described our family’s love of St. Lucia, our island in the sun, by means of a poem she wrote when she was 13 years old. Please take the time to read it. It explains why we always came back.
Greg Skinner purchased this villa in 2001
Home Away from Home....
There is a place far from here
where chimes of steel
sing songs, hot rays of sun pour from the sky.
Happy people dance and chant, with no worries or cares,
a place where you can be free.
It is not a normal place to my friends,
To me it is a home away from home.
It is a magical dream to them that they hope will come true.
To me it is where I spend my best years letting my feelings flow.
It is the hot, exotic pictures in magazines and shows to them.
To me it is where my soul can sing and my mind can relax.
It is what they all ask me about….
What is the sea, sand, weather, life like there?'
To me the sea is like a warm cola that has been
shaken, shattering refreshing, salty water
running down my body.
To me the sand is hot and grindy, melting through my toes.
To me the weather is refreshing, steamy but healthy.
To me life is free, no worries, no cares.
It is amazing to them, a dream, a fantasy.
To me, it is my life, my home, where I belong.
If they wish, I will continue to explain this dream,
but no matter how hard I try,
they will not be able to feel my heart pounding
when I speak of my
home away from home.
We are now privileged to enjoy sharing our love of St. Lucia with our guests at SunWest Villas every day. We want to ensure that you, as our guests are in the best of hands and have the experience of a lifetime. Whether greeting you upon arrival at the airport with a warm smile, describing the island's many natural attractions and local amenities in order to immerse you into the indigenous culture, SunWest strives to be simply amazing, providing as much information and guidance as our guests desire, all with Canadian charm.
In order to ensure that our guests make the most of their vacation, we begin with a full north island orientation to provide an overview of everything that is available to see and do. We supply our guests with a cell phone in order to always be just a phone call away for a shuttle ride to all of the north end island amenities.
We are there to answer any questions or to help manicure a personalized tour/s of any part of the island from the main island attractions, as well as to those less well known amazing sites and attractions that are 'off the beaten track'. With twenty years of island experiences, we have our finger on the 'pulse' of the island. Our goal is to ensure that you, as our guests while having an 'Island Adventure' are in the best of hands and that you will see all the beauty of St. Lucia and come to love our island Home Away from Home as we do. You will come to SunWest as guests and leave as friends.