Balenbouche Estate

Secluded St Lucia vacation cottages set within a nature heritage site, retreat venue, organic farm and family home.

The Balenbouche St Lucia Guest House and surrounding property encompasses over 60 acres of natural vegetation, pastures, rivers and beaches, fruit orchards, tropical gardens and trails.  It is a world of its own, with a stunning natural landscape and rich history, and a mission centered around sustainability, authenticity and community.

Many of our visitors are repeat guests and independent travelers who want to get to know the island, history and people. Balenbouche is popular with artists, writers and photographers, as well as families and honeymoon and wedding couples. We offer tours, yoga and massage, meals, weddings  and other events, such as group retreats, volunteer opportunities and educational field schools. 

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Our charming heritage cottages and plantation villas are designed to fit into the natural landscape and be cooled by the tropical breeze.

The original accommodations are renovated historic structures, maintained and updated. All units include a kitchen, living area and bathroom, some with outdoor shower. Our cottages are fairly rustic and reminiscent of “glamping.” However, those looking for an immersion into the islands’ nature and culture will find that Balenbouche offers an authentic, unpretentious and very welcoming experience. More about our accommodations and amenities…

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What we Offer

Balenbouche attracts a diverse number of people seeking authenticity, nature, and connection.

Our family has lived and worked at Balenbouche for over 35 years and is deeply committed to preserving the history, 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…

Stay in our self contained, eco friendly cottages and villas.
Basic amenities, maid and laundry service included.

Enjoy delicious meals,
walk to snack bar, shop and vegetable stand.
5 minute drive to supermarket, ATM and St Lucia restaurants.

Explore our expansive gardens, trails and beaches.
Learn about the flora and fauna, history and culture of St Lucia.

Plan your wedding or special event in one of our many unique, private and cinematic settings.

Be part of our mission
and eco-friendly practices.
Learn, create, and give back to the local community.

Heal, and reconnect with nature on one of our retreats
Participate in yoga, meditation, and other wellness therapies.

Recent Reviews

Fantastic stay! I’ll be back again and again.

This is such an amazing and relaxing place to stay on St. Lucia. The cottages are charming, safe and private. I have stayed there twice now; once as a solo female traveler and once as a couple. Both stays I felt comfortable, slept like a baby, and enjoyed the meals. I had breakfast and dinner. The meals were lovely. As are the informal chats with the owners and fellow travellers over meals. Walking around the grounds is a must. And saying hello to the different pets & animals who also call Balenbouche home is a treat!
Highly recommend!!

Return to Paradise!

Thirty years ago, we spent our honeymoon on St. Lucia. This year to celebrate our anniversary we took a Windstar cruise. The port we visited on Valentine’s Day was Soufriere on St. Lucia. What a great opportunity to go back and spend the day at Balenbouche! Uta is an incredible host and made sure we had a wonderful visit. The estate looked great! We brought pictures from 30 years ago and one thing that really stood out was how much the trees and flowering plants have grown. The visit brought back many fine memories and was a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day (…) Our only regret is that we didn’t have more time to spend there.

Balenbouche was an amazing experience!

It is such a hidden gem 🥰 Uta is the sweetest and caring host I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Staying here was fantastic! There is always a breeze, there is a fan in the room so it’s comfortable to sleep without AC, it’s peaceful and quaint, the property has so many neat buildings and it’s full of history! You can even take a short walk to a few black sand beaches. The food was fresh and local – which is fantastic! This is truly an eco-friendly paradise where you can connect with nature and feel like you’re staying with friends and family.


Meaghan, February 2024


Retreats, Events & Specials

Release and Receive Retreat

January 26 – Feb 3, 2025

An 8 day yoga & meditation retreat designed to encourage individuals to step outside of their comfort zone, releasing fear and limiting beliefs while receiving loving guidance every step of the way.
Explore the power of yoga, breath work and group sound healing.
Deepen your practice, and cultivate more adventure and connection to nature with others seeking the same.
Dana Zayak is a certified yoga teacher and registered Nurse from Portland, Oregon. She visited us in 2024 and decided to host her next retreat at Balenbouche.
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Peace and Calm
Yoga Retreat

May – June 2025

Based in the UK, experienced yogi and St Lucian born Mary Monrose has been hosting retreats at Balernbouche for over 20 years. She knows Balenbouche and the island like no other!
An important aspect of this retreat is the chance to participate in karma yoga, or the creation of a co-operative, clean and helpful environment for the group.
Mary’s mission for Peace and Calm, founded in 2001 in the UK, is to make yoga accessible to all by running affordable yoga retreats, yoga days and classes for various different groups and levels of experience.
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Local Rates & Group Rates

June 1 – Nov 1

From US$ 40
per person

Other discounts:

10% off weekly rate

30% off monthly rates

St Lucia Blog

Guide to St Lucia, including island info and attractions, St Lucia Guest house recommendations

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, ATV tours. snorkeling, diving, kite & windsurfing, kayaking, boating and whale watching are some of the most popular st lucia things to do
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St Lucia Guide

“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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