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Balenbouche Estate

Our Guest House in St. Lucia offers one of the most unique accommodations and island experiences, set within a 70 acre nature heritage site adjoining two secluded beaches

Balenbouche Estate is a beautiful, former sugarcane plantation that is a celebrated guest house for nature lovers locally and internationally, as well as a retreat venue, organic farm, heritage site and family home.

The sprawling grounds feature ancient trees, lush tropical vegetation, fruit orchards, pastures, a yoga barn and 18th-century sugar mill with foot paths leading to wild beaches. Weddings, group retreats, artisan workshops, yoga and wellness activities, community festivals, photo shoots and dinner parties regularly take place here.

What makes Balenbouche Estate much loved is its simple, rustic charm where the focus is on sustainability, health and well-being. The Lawaetz family lives on site and opens their historic plantation house to visitors, making it a popular attraction for
everyone in St. Lucia.

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Our charming St. Lucia cottages are cooled by the tropical breeze and are designed to fit into the natural landscape with plenty of privacy, and are only a 5-minute walk to hidden beaches.

Balenbouche offers a unique, unforgettable experience in St. Lucia. Our renovated, charming accommodations each include 1-2 bedrooms, a kitchen, living area, covered veranda and bathroom as well as access to local beaches. We do not have air conditioning or screens as the accommodations are designed to capture the tropical breeze. We do have solar hot water, standing fans and mosquito nets. More about amenities at our Guest House in St Lucia

Huge Sunny Villa

$500 /night

Huge Sunny Villa

$500 /night

Huge Sunny Villa

$500 /night

Huge Sunny Villa

$500 /night

Huge Sunny Villa

$500 /night

Huge Sunny Villa

$500 /night

Please note that rates are in US$ and include all taxes, service charges and transaction costs.
There are no hidden fees at our affordable St. Lucia guest house!

Moringa Cottage

1 – 4 people
1 or 2 bedrooms

Almond Cottage

2 – 4 people
2 bedrooms

Banyan Cottage

2 – 6 people
3 bedrooms

Waterlily Cottage

1 – 2 adults
1 bedroom

Frangipani Cottage

1 – 2 adults + 1 child
1 bedroom

Calabash Cottage

1 – 2 adults + 1 child
1 bedroom

What we Offer

In addition to our accommodations in St. Lucia, Balenbouche offers guided and self-guided tours, group retreats, workshops, weddings, photo shoots and other events, as well as fine dining by reservation


Stay in our self contained, eco friendly st lucia cottages.
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.

Retreats, Events and Offers

Jan/Feb 2025

Jan 26 – Feb 3, 2025

Release and Receive

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.

June 2025

Dates to be announced

Peace and Calm
Yoga Retreat

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.

Local Rates
& Group Rates

From US$ 40
per person
June 1 – Nov 1

Other discounts:

10% off weekly rate

30% off monthly rates

“Balenbouche is indeed a world within itself exuding a tranquil presence of warmth, hospitality and harmony.”
(Tropical Traveler)

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.

Meagan, February 2024

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.

Marc P, February 2024

Fantastic, 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!!

Felix and Marcel, Tripadvisor, March 2024

St Lucia Blog

Guide to St. Lucia, including attractions, restaurants, beaches and activities

Getting around St. Lucia is easy by rental car, taxi or bus, which we can arrange. There are many things to do near Balenbouche and around Laborie and Soufriere, including nearby beaches, hiking, waterfalls and hot springs, plantations and gardens, horseback riding, zip lining, ATV tours, snorkeling, diving, kite & windsurfing, boating and whale watching or just relaxing in your cottage…
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St Lucia Restaurants

At Balenbouche, we serve breakfast every day and dinner 2-3 times a week. Near Balenbouche there are several small local restaurants and food stalls, between the villages of Piaye (5 minute walk) and Laborie,(10 minute drive). In Piaye, there is also a convenience store and a fruit and vegetable stand. The Massy supermarket in the community of Choiseul is a 10 minute drive in the other direction. All our cottages are equipped with kitchens and many of our guests prepare their own meals.

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Getting Around St Lucia

We can arrange airport transfers from US$ 40, car rentals ($60 – $70 a day) or private taxi tours ($120-150 a day). Generally, we suggest taking a taxi from the airport. On your first day or two, you can explore Balenbouche, walk to nearby attractions, or take a bus to Laborie,. You can take a taxi shuttle to the supermarket nearby, or stop at one on the way from the airport. The most affordable way to see the island is by bus, though they don’t have a schedule and only run certain routes. Taxis are expensive, but having a knowledgeable driver is a benefit. Renting a car for a few days is definitely worth it if you want to really explore.

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St Lucia Attractions

Balenbouche is located on the south east coast between Vieux Fort and Soufriere, which is where most of the islands attractions are. Beaches, hiking, fishing, ATV and sailing are within walking distance or a short drive away. Snorkeling, hot springs, historic sites, fine dining and the Pitons are a 30 minute drive away. Our favorite things to do in the area are the Tet Paul Trail, the Saltibus or En bas Saut Rainforest and waterfall, catamaran sail and snorkel from Laborie to Soufriere, and bathing in the sulphur springs at night.

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