|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This compact one bedroom apartment is on the lower floor of Cashew Villa. The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen.The living and dining area is on the small outdoor terrace, with spectacular sea views, a great spot to view a Caribbean sunset. The shower has shuttered window which opens out to the magnificent Piton view.
Cashew Villa is perched on a ridge, high above the Caribbean Sea. The pool deck and living areas offer spectacular views over the sea, and the Piton Mountains. The self-contained apartment on the lower level can be rented separately or along with the main villa. The accomodation suits outdoor types, there are a lot of great walks nearby. Rental car or jeep is recommended but not essential. The town of Soufriere is 1.5 miles away, Anse Chastanet Resort, Marine Reserve and beach 1 mile away.
In the Area: Cashew Villa is located high on a ridge between the town of Soufriere and Anse Chastanet beach, home of the Anse Chastanet Resort. The beach is public, and a favourite of our guests. Available facilities include snorkeling and scuba diving in a Marine Reserve, mountain biking, tennis, windsurfing, sunfish sailing, and a great beachside restaurant for lunch and dinner. There are many more dining options in and around Soufriere, from local chicken and rotis to top quality international cuisine. Just outside Soufriere you will find the Diamond Mineral Baths, Botanic Gardens, waterfalls, Rainforest, and 'Drive-in' volcano.
Around the island: Soufriere is located on the south-west coast of the island, on the Caribbeean Sea. Part of the Windward Island chain, St. Lucia measures only 20 miles long by 14 wide. The interior is rugged, with lush tropical rain forest covering the steep mountain slopes. The most impressive mountains are the twin Pitons, sheer-walled peaks which rise up from the sparkling Caribbean Sea. The coastline offers many wonderful beaches, ranging from the golden shell sand of Reduit Beach in the north, to the dark volcanic sand of Anse Chastanet Bay in the south.
Supplies: There are several grocery shops and a Saturday morning market in Soufriere. Basic supplies are readily obtainable, even on a Sunday morning. The sound of a conch shell tells you when fresh fish has been landed.
A 'starter-pack' for first breakfast is included, and additional supplies can be ordered ahead of time, just e-mail a list and pay when you get here.
Our housekeeper, Berthia, is available to cook local-style meals, if required.
Brent & Lorene, Idaho,USA 'Outstanding value. Wow. This is a great spot. Where else can you shower like you feel you are outdoors and have a wonderful view of the Pitons? Spent 2 weeks here and loved every minute of it. Walked most of the time but this is only for the fit, young and tightly budgeted. Getting a vehicle is a must for most people. Thanks Chris and Joyce for your wonderful hospitality and making us feel like part of the family.'
Pamela Haag, Washington, dc: 'This is a delightful space for two, with a truly breathtaking view, in an ideal location for a relaxing winter vacation or for those interested in hiking and other activities. We would definitely recommend renting a four-wheel drive or SUV, however, if you rent a vehicle, as the ascent up the very steep hill to this location is nervewracking in a regular car!'
Bill and Evelyn, UK: Wonderful! We are already planning our next visit. Berthia really looked after us, we can't thank you enough for the great treatme
During the last few years, we've been holidaying around the Caribbean and stayed in similar type of accommodation. We can wholeheartedly say that Cashew Villa is one of the best places we stayed in. Having your coffee in the morning (or a beer if you like) by the pool overlooking the Pitons is something that will stay with you for the rest of your life. The villa is located in one of the most beautiful parts of St. Lucia, the view is amazing and you will have plenty of beaches and snorkeling places around. It has everything you need but even if you want something on top of that you can count on Berthia or Alvin to assist.
Part of its beauty is the fact that the villa is surrounded by the rain forest and the sound of nature (tree frogs, cicadas, etc.) during the night time is amazing. After a day of snorkeling they didn't bother us but if you're a light sleeper you should bring some earplugs. If you are spending the evening time outside on the terrace, don’t forget to turn off the lights inside or close the doors/windows as insects will be attracted by the lights. The only minor problem we had was finding the place, partly because the directions provided were quite basic, partly because after a long haul flight our orientation skills were not at their best. Some road signs on the last part of the road would have made it a lot easier for us.
All in all, this is a five star place in our books and we'll definitely be back in the future.
We had a wedding in early January at a nearby villa and rented the Cashew Villa for some of our wedding guests. Chris and Joyce, the owners, were very friendly and easy to work with during the reservation process. Our guests loved the grand view of the Pitons from the deck and how relaxed they were at the villa. The road up to the villa is quite steep; we highly recommend a 4WD or hiring a driver.
View! View! View! Wonderful Sunsets and sooo many Stars!
This review is not to discourage but to inform. Just spent two weeks in this apartment and would not recommend it for no longer than 3 - 4 days. I toughed it out the first week, the second week I was ready to leave; it almost ruined my vacation. When you prepay there are no refunds if you decide, this is not for you.The apartment is secluded, and has a romantic setting, but after several days it becomes too isolated and boring. However, the grounds are beautiful and well maintained, and the lovely artwork can be appreciated! It has no air condition and the ceiling fan is too small and barely working, at night there is no air circulating. The apartment is very small with old uncomfortable mattresses and has springs poking through. Sheets are worn thin and check the towels underneath...It is made of two twin beds scooted together, which cuts down the center. The bathroom has wood that holds a foul damp smell.The view from the terrance is spectacular, but that can be found throughout the island. This location has no fruit trees, so bring your own fruit, but the cashew tree has nuts crashing on the rooftop all day and night. The bugs will attack at dark!! huge bugs! bugs! bugs! A giant black moth I thought was a bat. Perfect if you like bugs...
A car is a must! The location is on a very steep, rocky, pothole and narrow cliff incline, very scary driving, impossible at night. No walking from the villa, unless you are in marathon shape. It cost about $25.00 taxi to ride uphill from town. The villa is GREAT for nature lovers..two small frogs hopped from under the bed one night, and two lizards were in the shower with me! It feels more like a nice camping resort. The pool is too deep for none swimmers. It is 7 ft + No TV, bring your own towels, deck card, tick tac toe, and a blow up mattress,forget about the BBQ...not happening. Alvin is very nice, he is the grounds keeper. The nearest beach is at Anse Chastanet resort, it is nice, but remember if you walk down you have to hike back up! The Still has a nice restaurant. Overall, quite the adventure...
If you want complete relaxation away from it all, just enjoying the peace and quiet, this is the place for you.
Just spent 5 days in this appartment and would recommend it to anybody who's not too fussy about their home comforts - no air con, ok facilities but fairly basic, birds and bugs galore - just for the view!
It isn't mentioned in the description but car hire is absolutely essential, access is on a very steep and bumpy track, you couldn't really walk anywhere from the villa. You can have a car delivered to the villa if you don't fancy driving there straight from the airport. That's what we did and it saved us trying to find the place on our own, we just got a taxi from the airport.
Otherwise the description and photos give a good idea of what to expect, the place is clean and well maintained.
The appartment is small and we were lucky the villa above was empty so we had the pool and garden to ourselves, otherwise it would have been a bit cramped. The main feature of the appartment is the terrace - did I mention the view! - but it is in full sun all afternoon, so again, we were lucky to have exclusive access to the shady area around the pool upstairs.
Who needs nightlife when you get those sunsets!
Great welcome from pool guy, housekeeper and owner, all very helpful and friendly.
Nearest beach is at Anse Chastanet resort, they'll let you use it even if you're not a resident. Avoid the beach restaurant at lunchtime - ok at best. Rest of the resort is a bit of a concrete carbuncle.
Soufriere town is a bit rough around the edges but great fun to go and buy fruit and veg from the street stalls and you can find all basic supplies and a few eateries.
Lots to do around Soufriere: great botanical gardens, sulfur springs, rainforest ...etc.
Best local restaurant we found was at Ladera resort - again great views! Restaurant is called Dasheene and serves modern caribbean food, lots of interesting use of local produce.
Also worth going to the restaurant at Fond Doux Estate, a cocoa plantation with nice grounds.
We're already thinking we might go back sometime....
Paradies für Menschen, die Sonnenuntergänge, Regenbogen, Kolibris, Aussicht und Geckos sowie eine abenteuerliche Anfahrt lieben. Die Unterkunft bietet keinen Luxus, allerdings alles was man braucht, dazu befinden sich in der Umgebung viele Wasserfälle, schöne Strände. Man kann aber auch einfach am eigenen Pool die Aussicht genießen. Jeden Morgen beim Frühstück hat man den Blick auf die 2 Vulkankegel, einen Regenbogen, eine Yacht, Kolibris, bunte Blumen und mehr gleichzeitig. Mehr Optik geht einfach nicht. Der Ventilator ist ausreichend für die Nacht, das Fliegennetz über dem Bett ist zu klein für 2 Personen, allerdings haben wir die Lüftungsschlitze nach draußen mit Socken geschlossen, so hatten wir keine tierischen Besucher. Absolut für Individualisten und Fotografen zu empfehlen. Wer den Luxus sucht, ist im Appartement nicht richtig. Für aktive Wanderfreunde, die fit sind: Von Soufriere führt eine Straße ins Landesinnere, sie wird immer schlimmer am Ende. Haben Sie den höchsten Punkt erreicht, sehen rechter Hand ein buntes Haus mit Windrad. Auf der linken Seite ist ein Feld. Für 60 Dollar zeigt Ihnen ein Mann vom Feld 2 Wasserfälle, wo keine Touris sind. Mit Glück sehen Sie Papageien. Sehr anstrengend aber lohnenswert. Wer hier nicht wohnen will, hat was falsch gemacht !!!
Cashew Villa is located close to the Pitons World Heritage Site, and offers unsurpassed views of these spectacular mountains. The Rainforest Reserve and Soufriere Marine Park are all close by. The nearest hotel is the world famous Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet. The traditional Caribbean community of Soufriere and the World's only 'Drive-in' Volcano are only a short drive away.