Connect
To Top

Stepping Back in Time at The Balenbouche

The Balenbouche in St Lucia

 There are many beautiful hotels and resorts in St Lucia. Some offer you the chance to sip cocktails on the beach. Some give you the opportunity to eat lobster whilst overlooking the beautiful blue bays that can be found all over the island. Only one, though, gives you the feel of being truly one with the local environment, the Balenbouche Estate.

The-Ballenbouche-Estate-St-Lucia

The History

The Balenbouche Estate was founded as a sugar plantation in 1740 by European settlers. It’s roots date back to an age of slavery, with some of the very first people to work the plantation fields being slaves. In 1964 the Balenbouche Estate was purchased by Erik and Jennie Lawaetz, they reformed the estate into an organic farm and guest house that remains in the family name to the present day.

Where will you stay?

The accommodation in the estate is probably the most natural and environmentally friendly in the region, a long way from the tourism of the main resorts. It’s perfect for those who genuinely want to get away from all the modern amenities and enjoy the peace of the Caribbean. The estate projects a ‘simple’ and ‘clean’ living environment, with no iPads, laptops and TVs. Phones and internet are available at the main house, but there’s only one computer, so you may have to wait your turn in order to use it!

Amenities are accessible, but again they are of a natural persuasion rather than the kind you’d find in a five-star resort. Electricity and running water are supplied, but the estate requests that you make minimal use of the former simply because it is diesel generated and therefore very expensive. Bottled water is available from the main Balenbouche house, although the tap water on supply in the area is safe to drink. Most of the cottages use solar heating (In keeping with the estates focus on the environment), so it can take a bit of time for the hot water to reach the showers. However, once it does, it’s very hot indeed!

Staying at the estate is a simply charming experience: friendly, welcoming and truly serene.

Ballenbouche-St-Lucia-landscape

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

More in General Caribbean

  • The Ultimate Caribbean Bucket List

    Comprised of over 700 islands and spanning 2.754 million km², the Caribbean is a far-reaching collection of paradisiacal holiday hubs. And whilst we...

    Luxury Caribbean TeamSeptember 19, 2016
  • Getting Outdoors in the Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic is brimming with hundreds of great opportunities to get outside and enjoy the year-round warm and sunny climate....

    Luxury Caribbean TeamMarch 29, 2016
  • 5 Must Do’s on Your First Trip to Jamaica

    When it comes to keeping busy in Jamaica, there’s an endless sea of possibilities to keep your thirst quenched. With so...

    Luxury Caribbean TeamOctober 16, 2015
  • Real Estate Nevis, Luxury Caribbean Living

    With Four Seasons Resort Estates in the name, you are very rightly led to believe these homes will offer an abundance of...

    Luxury Caribbean TeamSeptember 14, 2015
  • The Undiscovered Gems of the Caribbean

    Though many of the stunning islands in the Caribbean have been known and loved by holidaymakers from around the world for...

    Luxury Caribbean TeamAugust 24, 2015
  • Resort Focus: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia

    The epitome of an island paradise, St Lucia’s breath-taking scenery and excellent weather make it a dream luxury vacation spot. Although...

    Luxury Caribbean TeamAugust 19, 2015
  • Camping in the Caribbean

    Camping is one of the more contentious holidays; you either love it or you hate it. If you hate it, it’s...

    Yeomans OutdoorsJuly 4, 2013
  • A History of Soca Music in the Caribbean

    Music in the Caribbean plays a massive role in the lives, history and cultures of each of these island nations and...

    Jessica KittJune 20, 2013
  • World ARC Rally Ends

    2012/2013 World ARC Rally Closes in St Lucia Many people wear a smile as they arrive in St Lucia, enjoying the...

    Luxury Caribbean TeamApril 15, 2013