This was my first visit to the Caribbean and I was not disappointed. Due to flight delays it was already dark when I arrived at the Bel Jou in the beautiful warm evening to be greeted by a welcome drink and the sound of the little frogs 'beeping' as they did every night. I loved the view across the garden down to Castries and the Caribbean from my third floor balcony. Also, contrary to what the previous 'reviewer' said, the air conditioning in my room was extremely efficient and easy to use - set whatever temperature you wanted or turn it off completely.
You have to expect mosquitoes if you visit the tropics and it is sensible to use insect repellant at all times and not just after dark. I only got 6 bites during the week I was there and only in places where I had not sprayed - face etc. Also, the hotel certainly did fog the grounds.
It was very entertaining watching the antics of the resident bullfinches - they are certainly well fed! Also the humming birds - there was a nest in the garden while I was there and I, together with other guests, kept a daily watch on the progress of the fledglings.
All the trips I did were worthwhile - the best of them being the trip to Soufriere, returning by catamaran. The rainforest tram trip gave us a 1 hour long experience of tropical rain!! Thank goodness for the rain ponchos which our guide supplied - we certainly needed them.
The food in the hotel was good but it would have been nice to have a few more 'local' dishes on the menu. Only one criticism - please tell the chef to cook the carrots a bit more!
I loved this holiday and certainly would recommend it for an enjoyable relaxing break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St. Lucia's wonderful, adults only hotel. Boasting stunning views over Castries and out across the gorgeous ocean from its setting atop a lush, tropical hillside, the 4-star Bel Jou provides a tranquil, tropical retreat for today's adult and senior travelers, free from the distractions of the more overrun resorts. With many opportunities for sightseeing and sampling island life, the hotel's relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a leisurely holiday or a lively Caribbean experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bel Jou Castries
- Bel Jou Hotel St. Lucia/Castries