About This Listing
Self-catering apartment „Maison du Soleil“:
Particularly suitable for ecotourists and nature lovers, who prefer the serenity of this hillside retreat to the bustling beach resorts, yet wish to be within quick and ease reach of main attractions.
Well-appointed, light and airy studio apartment (300 sq ft) with kitchenette, Queen-size bed, bath, veranda and garden.
Particularly suitable for ecotourists and nature lovers, who prefer the serenity of this hillside retreat to the bustling beach resorts, yet wish to have all major tourist attractions within quick and easy reach.
Saint Lucian-German owned and managed.
Maison du Soleil is tucked high into the hillsides of La Borne, overlooking the northern tip of Saint Lucia. From your veranda, you look over Pigeon Island National Monument as well as Rodney Bay with its beaches and marina. On clear days, you can see as far as the neighbouring island of Martinique. You enjoy the tranquillity of the mountains; yet, within a 15-minute-drive, most major tourist attraction of northern Saint Lucia are at your fingertips – with the knowledge that you can withdraw to your retreat just as quickly at any time. The local bus stops directly in front of the property.
Attractions in immediate surroundings (within 15 min drive by car - please allow more time on public transport):
Multitude of water sports, including parasailing, Snuba, Sea-Trek and marine kayaking
Pigeon Island: Fort Rodney and other historic monuments, recreational park and beach.
Boat and land excursions:
• Sunset cruise, catamaran sailing
• Hiking, horseback riding & ATV tours
• Round-the-island tours, day trips
Caribbean culture: live music, Limbo dancing, Gros Islet street party, Salsa fiesta
Main venues of the world-famous Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, 30 April to 10 May, 2015
Restaurants with wide culinary offer
Nearby attractions (15 to 45 min drive):
Rainforest hikes in the Saint Lucia Forest Reserve, the home of the endemic Saint Lucian parrot, Amazonas versicolor
Ziplining und rainforest canopy tram; Segway Tours
Whale- & Dolphin-watching boat excursions, sport- & deep sea fishing
Nesting of marine turtles (seasonal)
Open-air museums Lushan Country Life & Fond Latisab Creole Park
Minizoo & nature trail
Arawak excavations, petroglyphs
Castries heritage walk
Galleries of local artists
Golf and tennis courts
Car-, motorbike and bicycle hire
George Charles Airport (SLU)
Ferry to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe
Attractions in region (45 to 90 min drive):
Maria Island Nature Reserve with four endemic reptiles, including the world’s rarest snake, the St. Lucia racer (Liophis ornatus)
• Pitons World Heritage Site, ascent to the summit, Tete Paul trail
• Sulphur springs, drive-in-volcano & geological museum
• Thermal springs & baths
Two Ramsar wetland sites with rare bird species
Choiseul Arts & Craft Centre, pottery
Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)
Renovated in 2012
Firm, high-quality mattress (Queen-size: 152cm x 203 cm)
Electricity: 220V, UK 3-pin outlets, with adapters for various European and American plugs
Gas stove with four burners and oven
Large (220 l) refrigerator/freezer
Tableware and seating for 4 persons
Outdoor BBQ grill
Wireless internet access (if you have your own computer)
Bird watching perch: the Antillean euphonia (Euphonia musica) and the endemic Saint Lucian pewee (Contopus oberi) may be seen
Access to small private library that specializes on natural resources and history of the Caribbean
Use of BBQ station
Utilities: water, gas, electricity, charcoal
Mini pantry: minor ingredients (salt, pepper, sugar, oil, vinegar, etc.) and items you need in small quantities and don't necessarily want to buy
Incipient book exchange - it's up to you to make it grow
Cleaner, change of sheets and towels once a week
Parking within compound walls
We speak English, Kwéyòl, German, Spanish and (some) French.
Additional services for our guests (additional fees apply; subject to availability):
Airport or ferry transfers
Air beds or mattress for up to two children
Breakfast items, food basket or home-made wholemeal bread
Laundry service (including additional changes of towels and/or sheets)
Other Things to Note
The studio is designed to accommodate 2 adults in a real bed. Upon request, we can provide additional bedding for up to two children.
No smoking inside apartment
No engaging in illegal activities anywhere on Maison du Soleil property
Casual acquaints should not be brought to Maison du Soleil, as attention from strangers is sometimes motivated by opportunism and may lead to crime. If you have friends on Saint Lucia, whom you would like to invite over for a meal, drink or chat, please let us know in advance and we are happy to facilitate.
Clothes and wet towels should be dried on the lines under the house only.
Use only 220V appliances (except shaver); no transformers, please.
Mailson du Soleil’s tap water is entirely rain-fed and solar-heated. Enjoy it, but do not waste it. We do not recommend visitors drink our tap water. For this purpose, we provide carbon-filtered municipal (treated & potable) tap water free of charge.
We separate non-biodegradable from organic waste for composting. Please collaborate by using the two bins provided accordingly. This not only helps our organic garden, but also prevents vermin and stray dogs being attracted by the garbage placed outside for collection and disposal.
Your security deposit will be returned in full unless there is breakage, loss and/or damage. If you fail to return the apartment key upon check-out, we will retain US$75 of the deposit to facilitate a change of locks.
Guests visit Maison du Soleil entirely at their own risk, i.e. management is not responsible for any injury or loss sustained. Children need to be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
The apt was in great shape, comfortable bed and all the utilities that you need. The area around the apt is beautiful, the hosts have a well kept and beautiful garden. The apt has a nice patio where you can enjoy the view of Monchi village and Pigeon island. The neighbourhood is safe and very friendly. Accessibility is good, there is the bus into Castries and to Rodney Bay right outside the property. If you rent a car there is safe places to park. The bus into Rodney Bay is about 15min and to Castries about 20-30min, with the car it is a little faster. It is a great area to stay in, the only thing to add is that we found that, if you are not budgeting for a car and are solely relying on public transportation, Sundays and evenings can be a bit tricky as the buses are minimum. We found staying this far away from the main roads or main bus route, you can be a bit stranded without a car. However, we would recommend staying at this apt, as the view and quietness is lovely waking up to. The hosts were very inviting and friendly, but balance that out great with allowing for some privacy. Ulrike, Andre and Kaela were all very accommodating and friendly, we really felt at home during our stay at this lovely apt.
Sincerely an incredible experience in St. Lucia! Ulrike, Andre, and Kaela are really kind and intelligent company, and it was a pleasure to stay here. Their stories are captivating, as they've accomplished and been exposed to a lot. They were also generous enough to set up a rental car for us. As locals, they know a lot of the island, so ask for pointers. I hope we can visit again!
Ulrike, André & Kaela made me feel very welcome at their lovely home.
I experienced all sorts of new and interesting things, some just in front of the (website hidden) Lucia is just lovely and André went out of his way to help me get to two appointments on time. He showed me where to shop in Rodney Bay as he took me to the apartment from the airport. We stopped to stock up on my weekend essentials en route, which was a great idea.
I was travelling alone and felt very safe at the apartment. And, having heard some stories about the island not being too safe, I can honestly say that I didn't find it so. It was friendly and welcoming throughout.
The apartment is lovely. The lovely high bed was welcoming and very comfortable. The mosquito net was an interesting experience... and by the third night, it felt as if it was second nature to crawl underneath and sleep within. Ulrike gave me a mozzie zapper and I enjoyed frying anything that dared to buzz too close! Although, to be fair, there weren't many opportunities to use it, which I was grateful for.
There's a lovely, welcome breeze that fills the apartment, especially if you leave the front door open as well as the windows.
Neighbours walk by and call a friendly 'hello' if they see you. There are hummingbirds and lizards to entertain you, among many more of nature's characters. The vegetation in the garden and the surrounding area is alive with colour.
The flat has everything you need for an enjoyable stay. There is no TV or phone, so have your own entertainment system with you. It's a bit of a hike to the village of Monchy but a minibus stops just near the apartment that takes you all the way to Castries.
I went from the apartment to Soufriere via the local bus for the princely sum of EC $12.50 (just over £3 GBP), changing buses once only, which was amazing! On a future trip to the island, though, I would have little hesitation in hiring a car and exploring more of the island, much more easily than using public transport.
With a car, Maison du Soleil is a perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
All in all, it was a fabulous first impression of St Lucia.
Would I recommend Maison du Soleil to my friends - I already have; some of which think it will be perfect for when they pop over from Barbados for Jazz Festival.
As stated in other guests' reviews, Ulrike and Andre were very kind hosts and all communication before, during, and after our visit was excellent. Ulrike took the time to fully answer any of our questions.
The area where the home is located is beautiful and tranquil and it is true that accessing the beach and city does not take too long. We did not rent a car and traveled solely by bus, so there were longer periods of waiting, but we did feel that we had an authentic experience. We only stayed a few days, so if we stayed longer, we probably would want a car so that we could explore more areas and stay out later.
We enjoyed eating at Gennet's Place (not sure of spelling) which is located in the vicinity. We are sad that we didn't have time for more delicious meals there. Thank you Andre for organizing the lambi (conch) and for finding the guavas!
Thank you Ulrike and Andre, we really enjoyed our stay with you and look forward to future visits. We loved the location of the apartment high in the hills above Rodney Bay. Being able to escape the tourist trail and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surroundings was perfect for us and we were able to explore the area extensively in our hire car. The highlight for us as nature lovers were the humming birds which constantly buzzed about. Our hosts kindly put out feeders near our patio and we were rewarded with very close views which were truly magical. Madison du Soleil is indeed a very special place.
We had an wonderful time in Saint Lucia. The apartment has a spectacular view. The flowers, lush forest and birds around the house are a photographers dream. We loved taking in the local atmosphere and the enjoyed magical evenings with beautiful sunsets away from the bustle.
What a great place to kick back and relax.
Ulrike and Andre are just lovely, so helpful and incredibly knowledgable of the island and its sights. Ulrike always had great suggestions and is very in tune as to what her guests might enjoy doing. We did a lot of 'off the beaten track trips' and loved it. It's been a pleasure meeting them and staying at the apartment. Highly recommend their place.
Logement agréable, conforme aux descriptions: dans la fraicheur et le calme des hauteurs. Même sans voiture on peut faire des visites grâce aux bus qui s'arrêtent devant l'appartement. Les hôtes vous reçoivent avec la même gentillesse que si vous étiez amis et leur chat fait de même!
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About the Host, Ulrike, André & Kaela
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:7-10)
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We're all seasoned travelers and naturalists. Ulrike is a biologist, André an agroecologist and inspector for organic agriculture. He's also an outstanding cook.
We enjoy the out-doors (although Kaela prefers TV and electronics): hiking, , scuba diving, horseback riding, windsurfing, dancing, capoeira, good food and especially: good company.
La Borne, as it is spelled by St Lucians, is the birthplace of the Secret Band: Caribbean drums and compas, sung in KwéyòlLa Bourne Dauphin
Some of the most spectacular views on the island are seen at Plateau: Caribbean and Atlantic coasts at a single glance.Plateau Dauphin
Correct spelling is actually Lapin (rabbit) Island: off-shore home to many sea birds. These and may other coastal, water and land birds can be seen from Esperance Mangroves on the mainland.
Off-the beaten track hikes, bird-watching hotspot, and archaeological sites in Esperance Protected Landscape and Dauphin Bay, which lies within the proposed Iyanola National Park.Dauphin
Duty-free shopping, wide range of shops, including some locally made ceramics and other unique souvenirs, food court with local and economic cuisine. Fresh juices and smoothies at Felly BellysRodney Bay Gros Islet
GL supermarket has extended opening hours, ATM, free covered parking. Duty-free shopping.Gros Islet Gros Islet
A farmers market on Saturdays offers fresh tropical and (some) organic produce for your kitchen. You can also enjoy cafés, bars, restaurants and shops in the unique atmosphere of a marina setting.Rodney Bay Marina Gros Islet
The most popular beach on St Lucia: varied watersports offers, beach chairs parasols, bars, restaurants - the works - but obviously it is quite touristy. Ask us if you prefer a quieter beach.Gros Islet
Great place for kite- and wind-surfing. A wilder beach than found on the Caribbean side. Best with own transport.
This is where you obtain your local drivers permit if you rent a car. Station has moved to the corner of Castries - Gros Islet Hwy with Cas en Bas Rd, i.e. not as shown on Google map.Gros Islet
Turtle-watching can be arrange during nesting season. A remote, large and entirely untamed Atlantic beach (not safe for bathing).
A surprisingly picturesque and quiet Caribbean beach, frequented mostly by local families. Ample shade trees, economic local kiosk food, and easily reached by public transport.
Historic monuments in beautiful park with great views; 2 small beaches (with facilities) do not to get too crowded. Picnic spots, Geocache, Snuba, SeaTrek. Main venue of St Lucia Jazz Festival.Gros Islet
Visit Rain Forest Sky Rides: canopy tram, zip-lining and trail. Pick up can be arranged.
Two rainforest hiking trail start at the Forestierre Range Office: a short didactic trail and the ca 3 hour hike to Barre de lIsle ridge. We happily make arrangement with the Forestry Dept.Castries
A fascinating mountain village with the John Compton Dam and a rainforest hiking trail. We happily assist with arrangement with the Forestry Department.Millet Anse-La-Raye
Spot our national bird, the endemic Saint Lucia parrot (Amazona versicolor), on the Quillesse Reserves trail. You can even traverse the interior of the island and reach Edmond Forest Reserve.
The best view you can possibly get of Petit Piton without being a rock climber! Easy, guided walk for all levels of fitness and ambitions.Soufriere
Climb the iconic Piton - a moderately strenuous (ca 4 hours round trip) hike. Afterwards relax in the hot springs and enjoy a waterfall massage.Soufrière
Maria Major harbours unique wildlife, especially endemic reptiles and sea birds. Because of its vulnerability, visits must be arranged through the St Lucia National Trust; we will happily assist.