St Lucia Guest house and Retreat Center
Covi-19: Please help support Balenbouche Estate by donating to our Staff support fund, or pre-paying a stay anytime in the future. Book before September 30, 2020 to secure a cottage for $500/week, or stay longer with a monthly rate!
A private historic property with secluded cottages on the island's South-West Coast, adjoining two small beaches. Our beautiful estate is off the beaten track yet near many St Lucia attractions.
Our St Lucia Guest House and surrounding property encompasses over 60 acres of natural vegetation, pastures, fruit orchards, tropical gardens, lily ponds and trails. Balenbouche is a holiday destination for nature lovers, as well as a retreat venue, organic farm, family home, and heritage site. Our focus is on 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, weddings, private events and photography. More about visiting the estate…
Our charming one and two bedroom 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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Take advantage of our low nightly rates and amazing monthly rates this summer and fall!
Stay in a private cottage with kitchenette starting at US$900 per month. Utilities, wifi, laundry and maid service included.
Inquire about our local rates!
August 1, 2020 update:
Balenbouche Estate is open to local and regional business only. Our tentative date for being allowed to host international visitors is September 9, with additional health and safety measures in place. For more information, please visit https://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19/
Our St Lucia guest house and property includes an 18th century sugar mill and 180 year old plantation house which serves as a museum, restaurant and family home.
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, who help inspire us to continue our work. In the future, we hope to be able to further improve the property, as well as our st lucia guest house services and our sustainable practices. More about our mission and vision…
Balenbouche attracts a diverse number of people seeking authenticity, nature, and connection. Many of our guests feel at home here, and keep returning.
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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.
We’ve stayed in places all over the world and this is now top on our list. Staying here provided quiet time, nice places to go for walks, and wonderful food options. My husband and I totally loved our 4 days stay. We had the Frangipani Cottage which is open to the air, no glass in the windows allowing the breeze and circulation and also all of the natural noises to lull us to sleep. It is truly a paradise and we feel very lucky to have found it! We will return.
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.
“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.”
- Balenbouche was so wonderful! Uta was a wonderful host, helping us arrange to rent a car and set up different activities, as well as offering tips about where to eat and which beaches to visit. Waterlily cottage was romantic, funky, comfortable, and tucked away so we really felt like we were completely on our own! And of course Uta and the plantation house were just a quick walk away, so best of both worlds. The location is a little off the beaten path, but it was exactly where we needed it to be – away from all the touristy busyness and also situated right next to our favorite town, Laborie.
If your looking for a magical, unique, extraordinary, idyllic, historical, two gorgeous private beaches and so much more, look no further. Uta and Verena are welcoming, thoughtful, knowledgeable hosts. Verena reserved our jeep and made wonderful recommendations for excursions etc. We would plan our day and be so excited that at the end we would be returning to our home away from home Balenbouche. Balenbouche was a perfect location for our trip to the Southern part of St Lucia. All the attractions are within a short drive. Tet Paul Trail is a must, very easy hike with spectacular views of the Pitons. Overall a great experience and we would definitely return.
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!
Ute and Verena run the estate with passion and have created a beautiful, peaceful, friendly environment. We especially enjoyed wandering through the ruins of the old sugar mill. I can thoroughly recommend booking the breakfasts and evening meals on the veranda of the old house. Every moment at Balenbouche was a photo opportunity!
- 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!
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