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We stayed at Pinsettia House October 2015. It was absolutely wonderful. The views are spectacular. The amenities perfect. Staying there again October 2017. Can't waitMarlene JCanada
In January 2017, my husband and I rendez-voused with couple of old friends in St Lucia. I had found Flamboyant VIlla on the web and was a little nervous about what we would find. I was a hero. Everyone had their own private space at opposite ends of the house - everything about the area and the villa was marvellous. Elaine not only set us up with a driver and a chef (who cooked the most amazing meal of our trip in our villa), she invited us down for wine on her Poinsettia patio and shared some of the local news and events. Poinsettia's view was even more spectacular. When we weren't out and about exploring the island, we sat on the deck reading and watching the abundant birdlife.
Several years ago my husband and I stayed at Marigot Bay Villas (in a small cottage that is no longer available for rental). The views of the bay from our windows and patio were stunning - it was so relaxing to just sit and watch the boats come and go. We hire Smiley to take us on a day trip of the island and he was great. Elaine was wonderful to work with and she invited us to Poinsettia House one day to visit. The views from there are even better!
This March 2017 was our second stay at the house, two weeks each time. We have loved both holidays, the house, the situation, the bay and Elaine's great help. many other reviews mention the attractions of the Island and bay but suffice to say that it is really a lovely, calm and enjoyable place to visit and stay. The house has all we need to enjoy self catering and, of course, there are always the restaurants in the Bay itself. We had a slight problem with one or two mosquitos so a net over the bed might be useful to avoid sprays.
Well the first clue that we love Poinsetta house is that we have been there the past 5 years and will be going again in 2018.As the description says, it is the most perfect view in the bay and we think the most perfect house. Open to the air with just screens , no AC which we love. No bugs or rain/wind ever blowing in. When we come home it is an adjustment to have glass in our windows ! The house is perfect for two couples, space between the roomy bedrooms and baths. Luciana keeps it sparkling clean and she'll cook a beautiful meal. Its perfectly decorated for the tropics and very well supplied with most everything you need as far as cooking etc. A library of books, games, maps,information and the like. We have been to the other rentals on this site but not stayed. They are also very special and well maintained. All within a little walk on the same hillside.The grounds of the villas are emaculate, the little tram up the hill is welcome after a long day of snorkeling or hiking. But the steps and paths are well maintained too. I counted 120 steps :)Other than just hanging out around the cozy little bay watching the boats come and go we suggest having Smalley take you to the Tet Paul Nature Trail, an easy hike with spectacular views of the Pitons. He is an excellent driver and guide.We have also very much enjoyed, ( 3 times) ..a tour with Dive Fair Helen..the owner Andre as our guide. He is so proud of his island and a wealth of knowledge. You can sign up for that at the dive shop just at the bottom of the pathway steps near Doolittles. A walk around Castries and its market is also fun. There are four or five very good restaurants around the bay.We feel welcome each year we go back, and have gotten to know a few of the locals like Lenny who sells local jewelry, O'Neil carves the hummingbird feeders and Bravo runs the ferry. Its about a 1 minute trip to take from the Marina across to get to the villas. We love that there are no streets and cars on that side. We feel very safe.The owner of Poinsetta house and manager of the other 3 rentals is Elaine. She is most organized and helpful. When you've reserved she will want your travel arrangements so she can arrange to have Smalley at the airport to meet you.As you can tell, we highly recommend any of the villas on this site.
I have stay all over the Caribbean including other places on St Lucia but I have found my new favorite place! I spent 12 days in #3 at Hibiscus House. The apartment is perfection. The breezes from the Caribbean Sea blow in through the French doors and cool the entire place. The balcony is wide and has a great view of the bay and the sunset. The kitchen is well equipped. Everything was just as it should be and just what I needed. I can't wait to sleep under the mosquito net again in the hills of Marigot Bay. Thanks Elaine. (Luciana and Chris - See you again soon)
Pointsettia Cottage is the real deal. The views will probably be the main pleasure and memory of your stay, with exceptional sunsets and sunrises right before your eyes. The tropical gardens are lovely and the tranquility is there, if that’s what you want — we do (with the one exception of a local bar’s karaoke night whose sound carries and blasts throughout the bay!).The walk up the hillside to the cottage is challenging and exhilarating, however there is a mini-funicular that only requires the patience to wait for it to arrive at your position on the hill. There is a small beach situated more or less below the cottage, owned by Doolittle’s beside it, but accessible to all villa renters. We found larger and much more appealing beaches well away from the bay but as always, by car (or boat taxi).Local restaurants around the bay were certainly decent, if not better than that, and there’s always interesting restaurants farther afield by car. Not a restaurant but rather an experience, Anse La Raye’s Friday night fish fry is a MUST!This is evidently a property taken care of by the owner — something that’s evident in the many considerate touches. The stateside owner of Pointsettia villa is very accommodating and her local staff are sweet and helpful.Vacationers considering this villa should know that local taxi fares are mind blowingly expensive so you might consider car rentals (offices just across the bay). Roads are winding and narrow and driving is on the left (like England) but it’s all something you could get used to with an adventurous spirit.We love St. Lucia, have been there several times and even though we only stayed at Pointsettia one of those times a few summers ago, we would seriously consider returning another time if we could get our preferred booking time.
Do yourself a favor and spend some time at Poinsettia House. One week in October was enough for me to know I had found a hidden gem. Elaine has gone to great lengths to create a sublime vacation experience. The views from Poinsettia House are unparalleled, the service from Elaine and her team is masterful, and the location simply can't be beaten.
I wanted to leave a 5 star experience with Marigot Bay Villas! This spot is a jewel, dealing with Elaine has been amazing and we will be coming back!