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!!
Chloe, May 2022
Balenbouche Estate is such a special, magical place! We stayed here for 7 nights this April 2022 and had the BEST time! Absolutely beautiful place, full of beautiful nature. The family that runs this place are truly wonderful, inspiring people who appreciate nature and know all about St Lucia 🙂 They offer great recommendations for things to do and places to eat.
Laura B, April 2022
Booked and arrived for a 2 week stay and nearly fell out of the van upon our arrival from rubber necking my way around the property. Stunning, magical, quiet, vivid colors, birds, flowers, Waterlily cottage and of course the family. All were well above expectation. We have been married for 21 years and were never able to take a honeymoon. We found Balenbouche Estates and kept going back to the website. Verena and Uta welcomed us as we arrived and we just felt like we were being greeted by old friends. The estate is a treasure trove of small and grand experiences. From two beaches to wade in, walks around the property, always with a tour guild of one of six dogs, exploring the massive sugar cane wheel, dining on the porch of the 180 year old house, visiting with new friends at one of the other very unique cottages, or just sitting under a blanket of stars at night. And that was day ONE and just the beginning! Dinner the first night was delivered to our door and was delicious as was breakfast the next morning on the porch of the main house. We didn’t have any set plans on this trip and just slowly developed our daily itinerary as we went. Verena and Uta were never far behind to lend us a hand on where to go and see but were never intrusive. We hired two drivers and both were great. Shem drove us for several day trips and never disappointed with knowledge of the island, local culture and fabulous little stops for grilled meats and seafood. Again it felt like we were visiting an old friend. Our trip never ventured further north than Soifriere and we never felt like we missed out on anything on the north end, maybe next trip. Some highlights were The Atlantic Horseback ride on the beach with our guild Max, the Des Cartier Forest Trail with Marvin, the Tet Paul Trail with Fabulous. It is not that we needed a guild but we deserved one. They all know the trees and trail secrets and history and locals and have such pride for their island. Always to return in the evening to Balenbouche. It was so much more than just a place to stay, it became a place to come home to.
Claus, April 2022
I spent 8 wonderful days at Balenbouche. I can truely say that here I found my ‘happy place’.
My beautiful cottage Moringa was clean and airey – no need for air con here – and I had all the utensils I needed to make meals if I wished. There was the option to request breakfast and dinner if desired and the meals I ate were nicely presented and very nutricious, 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 facinating ruins of the old sugar processing mill.
There are 2 beaches within a 10 minute walk through the estate. When I used them I was the only person there.
The little village of Laborie is fairly close by and there are a couple of nice local bar/resaurants and a beach.
Uta, Verena, her partner Josh, and Arabella who run the estate all welcomed me and made me feel part of a family – a fairly rare feeling when you travel solo as did the wonderful estate dogs.
Balenbouche is a gem and I Gods willing, I will return next year.
Allan D, March 2022
Epically amazing space. We want to build our next home just like this one. Uta has an amazing estate! Private beach, farm and amazing wildlife! There are even dogs and cats to greet you and make you feel at home! Uta is kind and extremely accommodating! She gave us great recommendations for the surrounding area and we definitely recommend visiting Mama Tillys in Laborie! Will definitely stay at Balenbouche again.
Allison, 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.
Kyle, January 22
“Balenbouche is indeed a world within itself exuding a tranquil presence of warmth, hospitality and harmony.” (Tropical Traveler)
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