Balenbouche Estate

St Lucia Guest House and Retreat Center

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Our secluded property is a holiday destination for nature lovers, as well as a retreat venue, organic farm, heritage site and family home.

Our St Lucia Guest House and surrounding property encompasses over 60 acres of natural vegetation, pastures, rivers and beaches, fruit orchards, tropical gardens and trails.  Since the 1960’s, our family has sought to document, preserve, and enhance a stunning natural landscape and rich history, beginning with the indigenous Amerindians. Our mission is centered around sustainability, authenticity and community. We are open every day for self-guided tours. Guided tours can be booked in advance, as well as accommodations, meals, retreats and workshops, weddings, private events and photography.

Guest Cottages

Our charming one and two bedroom eco bungalows are designed to fit into the natural landscape and be cooled by the tropical breeze.

Start or end your day with a gentle yoga class or massage and a delicious freshly prepared meal at our St Lucia Guest House. Stroll through the historic grounds and swim at one of our secluded black sand beaches. Prepare your own meals or eat at one of the nearby st lucia restaurants. Many of our guests are independent travelers; individuals, couples and families who enjoy history and nature and want to get to know the island. Balenbouche is popular with artists, writers and photographers, as well as honeymoon and wedding couples. Some weekends and several weeks a year, we also host small group retreats. More about our cottages and amenities…

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Calabash Cottage

1 – 2 persons
430 sq ft
1 bedroom, 1 bath
(Queen bed)
veranda, kitchenette

Low season US $80

Monthly 40% off

Frangipani Cottage

1 – 2 persons
450 sq ft
1 bedroom, 1 bath
(King bed)
veranda, kitchen

Low season US $100

Monthly 40% off

Almond Cottage

1 – 4 persons
1120 sq ft
2 bedrooms, 2 baths
(King, Twin bed)
veranda, kitchen

Low season US $110

Monthly 40% off

Banyan Cottage

1 – 6 persons
1150 sq ft
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
(King, Queen, Twin)
veranda, kitchen

Low season US $120

Monthly 40% off

Waterlily Cottage

1 – 2 persons
700 sq ft
1 bedroom, 1 bath
(King bed)
veranda, kitchen

Low season US $140

Monthly 40% off

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Amenities and Services

* self catering
* Meal and grocery delivery
* 24 hour staff on call
* Wifi in every cottage
* Educational tours on site
* Airport transfers and Covid-19 certified island tours
* volunteer stays, workshops and retreats


Health and Safety

All international travelers need to present a negative test, practice social distancing and other precautions, and remain largely on property for the first two weeks.

After the “quarantine period” there are no special restrictions. You can take buses or rent a car, and enjoy the rest of the island, following our local best practices on health and safety.

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Special Offers

Stay for 2 weeks and get the third week FREE! (minimum stay 5 nights for all bookings)

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About Us

Balenbouche attracts a diverse number of people seeking authenticity, nature, and connection. Many of our guests feel at home here, and keep returning.

Our family has lived and worked at Balenbouche for over 35 years and is deeply committed to preserving the heritage, beauty and tranquility of the estate. We are happy and fortunate to be able to share our home with a small number of visitors from St Lucia and around the world. This community helps support our efforts to preserve the 180 year old plantation house and 18th century mill, and surrounding natural eco system. More about our mission and vision…


  • Visited Balenbouche with my wife, 6mths after a heart operation,. This is a magical, spiritual and healing place, exactly what we needed to recuperate. The cottages, sacred grounds, private beach and, oh my god, the organic food. Exquisite!
    Uta, I will never forgot you guiding us to the Arawak gathering place, through the overgrown jungle, leading the way with a machete. We are coming back for my 50th. Cannot wait to explore the Island and more of Balenbouche.

    March 2020


  • The retreats here are amongst my favourites and I have been many times. Balenbouche provides simply furnished cottages, great food and excellent yoga instruction – all set in a stunning location full of waterlily ponds, majestic trees and organic planting. There is a rustic chic quality to the accommodations and an obvious eco-sustainability ethos and vibe. Balenbouche is a very special place, hidden down a quiet side road, somewhere you want to remain a secret.


    June 2019
  • I spent 7 days at Balenbouche Estates, every one of them glorious! Delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, healthy-tasty. Mornings spent in the barn for yoga. Dinner amidst charming lights emitting warm-glow upon the glorious fare. Rum punches swept the palate with a tingle of fresh fruit and St. Lucian rum. My cottage comfortable with swings for me to sit, read or reflect the day. Never have I been to a place with such amazing ecological energy.

    Krystina faroe

    February 2019
  • “Balenbouche Estate is otherworldly beautiful. A lush plantation with amazing ruins from it’s past lives. Two private black sand beaches with protective high cliffs will make you feel like you’re the only people on earth. With the Pitons and Sulfur springs only a short 20 minute drive away, we had no shortage of things to do.”


  • We spent 5 nights at Balenbouche Estate. When we arrived we felt cosy and welcome, like home. The Hospitality from Verena and Ute were so kind and warm, just fantastic. The Environment like the Beaches, the Lily Pond and the Sugar Mill just gorgeous.
    We rested at the beautiful Almond Cottage, there was an outdoor shower a kitchen and a big living room like a Veranda. The interior decoration is unique and with a lot of Passion established. If someone loves the nature and some calming days out of the stressful daily life Balenbouche Estate is perfect!


    December 2018
  • From the moment we turned onto the long driveway leading toward the main house there was a different feal than all of the other places we had been. It is certainly a little like going back to a different place in time. Things have been wonderfully preserved and Uta has used her wonderfully creative touches to enhance the grounds and create several independent unique cottages which are each positioned in perfectly private settings. The walking paths, lilly ponds, friendly dogs and cats, historical features, and beach access leave nothing to be desired!! Also, great breakfasts of the freshest ingredients! I could go on and on but will close by saying Uta and her daughter raise the bar with their hosting standard!


    March 2019

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Getting around st lucia is easy by rental car, taxi or bus. There are many things to do near Balenbouche and around Soufriere. Hiking, waterfalls and hot springs, plantations and gardens, horseback riding, zip lining, and ATV tours. Activities in and around beaches include snorkeling, diving, kite & windsurfing, kayaking, boating and whale watching. View all our blog posts...

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“Balenbouche is indeed a world within itself exuding a tranquil presence of warmth, hospitality and harmony.”
(Tropical Traveler)
+ 1 (758) 455-1244
P.O. Box VF 707, LC12101, St Lucia

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