About This Listing
Escape to St Lucia for some tropical sunshine!
Luxury poolside apartment, friendly holiday village, 10 mins from Rodney Bay.
Peaceful beach with kite surfing, horse-riding and beach bar.
Golf course next door. Gorgeously refurbished condo for 4
Villa Valerie is on the first floor, overlooking the huge pool in an exclusive holiday village in St Lucia. One double bedroom (king size bed), and one twin bedroom (which can be made into one bed), two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen. Recently renovated, (January 2015, thanks for your suggestions, Suze) it is now completely refurbished and looking fabulous!
The condo is beautifully furnished with marble bathrooms, tasteful furniture, air- conditioning and ceiling fans. It's right by the quiet, sandy beach, with safe swimming and a colourful local beach bar.
Hire car is recommended and I can provide a useful guide to having fun in St Lucia!
The secure, gated holiday village is right next to the only 18 hole championship golf course on St Lucia.
May brings the International Jazz festival, and every Friday night an unmissable street party - known as the jump-up - in the local town of Rodney Bay (10 mins by car).
You can walk the rainforest trails, go horse-riding on the beach, take a sunset cruise to view the magnificent Piton peaks, visit the Soufriere Volcano and wallow in the natural hot springs and mud baths there. Or you can island hop to nearby Martinique. Swim, dive and snorkel in the crystal clear waters around St Lucia, or just kick back and enjoy the peace and quiet while you sip cocktails at sunset on your own private balcony.
Please note, there is a $100 US cleaning fee, plus a small weekly fee for electricity, which is metered so you only pay for what you use.
As it's the only holiday village on the bay, guests have the beach almost to themselves. Guests can also swim in the large (35 metre) adult pool, while there is a smaller shaded pool for toddlers.
Activities include kite surfing, kayaking, horse-riding on the beach, snorkelling. Boat trips can be arranged for sight-seeing and diving. You can also visit Martinique for the day.
Interaction with Guests
I live in Australia, so my guests won't meet me at all. However Cotton Bay is a small, family-friendly holiday village and my housekeeper and the staff are very welcoming. It is gated and very secure.
I recommend having a car to explore this beautiful island. One good local (and very reasonable) company is phv tours (private hire vehicle tours). They can arrange pick-up and drop-off at the airport, and also offer an excellent taxi service.
The cleaning fee is $100 USD ($270 ECD), plus electricity, which is metered, so you only pay for what you use; average use is $10 per day.
Please respect other guests and don't smoke indoors.
We had a good time, the flat and pool are nice. Although, it's probably important to mention that the beach is not usable at the moment due to the seaweed. The fact that Valerie was far away did not make sorting out a few issue very practical.
I'm glad to hear that Nathalie had a good time. They were well looked after by my housekeeper, who was there to greet them on arrival and again to see them off. The entire Caribbean is currently having unprecedented problems with seaweed. Many resorts have closed their beaches, Cotton Bay clears it up every day with a tractor. At least the magnificent pool remains completely unaffected!
This is a beautiful, beautiful condo. The side of the island it is located on is a close drive to the main restaurants and services of Rodney Bay, but the beach and surrounding countryside (rolling landscapes, waves crashing against cliffs, horses swimming in the ocean) is in your backyard, literally. The week we stayed there, an Atlantic storm had washed up a ton of seaweed, so the beach was not pristine, but still awe inspiring. It truly felt wild and undiscovered... A hard thing to achieve in a densely populated and tourist heavy island. Make time for a hike to the left side of the beach...
The week we stayed, the complex as such was closed down, with no common services or (and I understand this will be rectified soon as new management comes in) but until then, plan accordingly with a car and grocery shopping. And enjoy the quiet...
The condo itself is gorgeous and perfect for a small family. Friendly birds will hang out on your terrace (especially if you have a little one eating Cheerios every morning) and it is very quiet most of the day. The pool area is immaculate and her grounds are well kept. The full time residents are very friendly and treat guests like they are locals.
The owner, Valerie is sweet and accommodating and stays in touch on email and is quite accommodating with questions. It is never easy to step into someone's private property and "start living there" but she made it easy. But just make sure you stock up on necessities like toilet paper and laundry detergent as you will have to drive 10 minutes in an emergency, or have the housekeeper come by, which may cost extra. (Not much, but easy to avoid inconveniencing them as they generally live far away from that side of the island)
Overall, we loved our stay and wish only that we could live there full time.
Valerie is a great host - with lots of great advice about where to go in the area and she has a beautiful spot in Cotton Bay. She has someone to welcome her guests and give them a key, is sure the place is well maintained and even throws a bottle of wine into the bargain. The apartment is well equipped, spacious, has wifi and is very close to the glorious lap pool on the premises.
Our stay at Cotton Bay Village was enjoyable. As listed, the proximity to the beach, large pool area and other facilities at the property are great.
Valerie's property itself is nice, yet there are aspects that require significant improvement. There are items which are missing such as a full set of crockery and other kitchen/cleaning items. Once we raised these concerns with Valerie, she was very attentive to our concerns. This was greatly appreciated.
We were somewhat surprised by this lack of attention to detail, especially given the price of the property, but these less than optimal aspects did not greatly affect the quality of our stay in Cotton Bay. Furthermore, Valerie's commitment to remedy these issues was important to us.
Valeries appartment is in a nice hotel with very helpful and friendly staff. The appartment is as described, the only thing is that it is not directly at the beach like shown on the first picture but very close to it. In our case, it was good that it was not directly at the beach, as the whole atlantic side of st. Lucia is currently dealing with an enourmous seewead problem (brown sea weed all over the beach, not a very nice smell, a lot of mosquitos). When we stayed at Valeries appartment, the beach was unfortunetely not usable. The offer of the Hotel was to bring us with shuttle busses to beaches in the area, which was a good alternative. We sent this information to Valerie and asked due to the situation at the beach to loosen up the cancellation conditions, so that we can check out earlier - but this was unfortunately not possible. Valerie offered us to pay the shuttle Services, so that we can take them whenever we want to and do not have to stick to the Hotel shuttle times, but as no other guests than us were using the shuttle, this was not necessary. To sum up, the Appartement is very nice although it is not directly at the beach but I would definitely check if there is a sea weed problem at the beach before I book it.
It is now the end of September and since Martin's visit to the beachfront resort of Cotton Bay, the sea grass deposited by the unprecedented storm in the sargasso sea has all washed away.
The staff at Cotton Bay were amazingly helpful and are to be congratulated for providing free transport to other beaches, above and beyond the requirements of airbnb hosts! (Martin was the only resort guest who used the shuttle service.)
The facilities of the resort itself - including the 35 metre swimming pool and the spa and wellness suite, the gym and restaurants remained unaffected.
* We had a lovely 2-night stay at this villa at the end of May 2014. We were greeted at reception very cordially, and shown through the villa by the first of many top-notch staff members. In fact, the high level of hospitality was such a stand-out throughout our stay (reception, pool bar, restaurant, departure). While on the island, we also stayed at three other resorts in other areas and found that Cotton Bay compared very favorably. We planned it for our first two days, so its relative isolation from the crowds was a big benefit.
* This villa was a great location, just steps away from the pool, beach and the office while feeling very private and nestled in the mangroves. There are nice patios out each of the sliding glass doors, nice bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and comfortable bed. We only used one of the two bedrooms while we were there. Pretty much any time we were in the villa we opened all the sliding glass doors and let the lovely consistent ocean breezes blow through, keeping it very comfortable. The resort must spray for mosquitoes because we never saw any, even though the villa overlooks the mangroves on one side. The villa has two air conditioning units, but we opted only to run the bedroom unit at night to make sleeping more comfortable and secure the doors while we slept. You pay for any electricity used at departure, but our bill was only seven USD for the two days.
* We ate at the beach restaurant both nights for dinner and found the food very tasty with a nice variety on the menu, so we felt no need to drive into town for another restaurant. We also enjoyed two-for-one happy hours from 5-7pm at the beach bar each evening. The beach was terrific with horses and kite-surfers to look at, and we didn't see either of those things on the caribbean side of the island. We certainly recommend this nice resort and villa.
Excellent séjour au Cotton Village! L'appartement est très propre, et très agréable à vivre. Le village est très sécurisant avec de nombreux services à disposition. Week end très reposant, nous reviendrons!!
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About the Host, Valerie
I'm English and moved to Alice Springs the middle of the Australian outback two years ago. It's quite a contrast, I can tell you!
Not much in the way of cultural activities here, but you can drive a few km out of town and camp under a million stars, the sun shines every day, even though in winter the temperature drops to below zero at night. We have kangaroos in our back garden (the pesky things eat our beans and peas) and the occasional snake. We also have lemon and orange trees, and I'm considering planting an avocado or two.
In summertime (Dec-Feb) it's hot - over 40 C but not humid, which makes it bearable - just. The best time to visit is between April and October, when the Jacaranda trees are in bloom.
I miss the ocean, which is two days' drive away either north to Darwin or south to Adelaide.