Balenbouche Estate

Our st lucia guest house offers cottages and villas on a secluded nature heritage site, which is also a 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 enjoy nature and adventure and want to get to know the island and its history and people. Balenbouche is particularly 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, as well as small 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, continuously maintained and updated. Our spacious and elegant plantation villas were added more recently and are a mix of old and new, comfort and style. All units include a kitchen, living area and bathroom, often featuring a natural stone outdoor shower. There are some who consider Balenbouche a bit too rustic and reminiscent of “glamping,” but for those who are looking for an immersion into the islands’ nature and culture, Balenbouche offers a very authentic and unpretentious yet comfortable tropical living experience which makes you quickly feel like you belong. 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. Many visitors feel at home at our st lucia guest house, and keep returning.

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.

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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.

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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.”


March 2019

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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