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.

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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.

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

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

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

Retreats, Events & Specials

A magical peaceful stay! We loved all the rescue animals everywhere, the calm yoga studio, incredible ruins, rustic beach and good energy of the place. We stayed in Moringa which was perfectly equipped for us to make breakfast and dinner plus comfy bed and space to Relax. Loved the outdoor shower. I wish there had been a buffet supper when we were there as all the guests we met were lovely and would have been nice to dine with them. Great place to base yourself to go explore the Southern part of the island. We hope to Go back!!


May 22

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 2022

“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.”

Laura B

April 2022

I spent 8 wonderful days at Balenbouche. I can truly say that here I found my ‘happy place’. My beautiful cottage was clean and airy – no need for air con here. The meals I ate were nicely presented and very nutritious, using locally sourced produce. The bread with breakfast, baked locally in a wood fired kiln, was the best I have tasted!!! Within the grounds there are great walks, giving access to the diversity of flora and fauna and also to the fascinating ruins of the old sugar  mill. There are 2 beaches within a 10 minute walk, and I was the only person there. Uta, Verena and Josh made me feel like part of a family – a fairly rare feeling when you travel solo.
Balenbouche is a gem and Gods willing, I will return next year.


March 2022
The family at the Balenbouche Estate delivered incredible service from the date of booking through Covid testing recommendations to a one-of-a-kind Airbnb experience as a couple. The property has two private beaches, both offering different perspectives for relaxation, swimming / snorkeling, and scavenging for seashells that washed upon the shore. In addition, the breakfast offering was spot on in a simple, island way of life. Would recommend this to single explorers, couples looking for a romantic retreat, and families (as we can’t wait to bring our kids here). Hands down, but his is the best Airbnb experience that I have had.


January 2022
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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, 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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“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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