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Guided Tours

We offer guided and self guided tours for our resident guests, locals, individual day visitors as well as groups. Generally, organized tour groups are not very frequent and only minimally impact the privacy and tranquility of the property.

Languages Spoken

The official language on the island is English, and a local French Creole or patois is also spoken. We speak English and German (fluent), French (conversational), as well as a little Italian and Spanish.

Nearby Attractions

There are a wide range of activities available on the island which we can recommend and arrange. Near our st lucia bed and breakfast, some of the points of attraction include the charming fishing villages of Laborie and Choiseul, the Morne le Blanc viewing point, The Choiseul Arts and Craft Center, the Laborie Beach, the River Doree, and the Saltibus Trail and Waterfall. and For more information on things to see and do, visit our St Lucia Blog.

Camping

On occasion, it is possible to camp on the property for a small fee, and we offer a private and beautiful natural environment in which to do so. Please contact us for further details.

Babies & children

In general, Balenbouche is a good place for children of all ages. However, keep in mind that the historic property and beaches are not particularly safe for children – supervision is required at all times. Please also respect the tranquility and privacy of other guests. If your child is allergic or very sensitive to insect bites, we do not recommend that you stay at Balenbouche. We do have occasional outbreaks of Dengue fever on the island, which can be dangerous to young children.

Rooms & Laundry

Our cottages are generally cleaned every weekday. Towels are changed every few days or by request, bed sheets every 5 – 7 days. You can request fresh linens or towels anytime. Personal laundry service is also available – there is no fixed charge but we kindly ask that you leave a tip for our staff.

Accessibility

Most indoor and outdoor areas of the plantation are not designed to be handicapped accessible. However, the Almond Cottage is located at ground level and can be navigated with a wheelchair. The beaches are not wheel chair accessible. We are very happy to assist in any way we can.

Health & Safety

No vaccinations are necessary for St Lucia, and there few poisonous or harmful animals on the island. Outbreaks of the mosquito borne viruses Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika do occur but are rare. The nearest hospital is a 20 minute drive away.

Water

We are on a public water system which is generally safe and reliable. We also provide filtered drinking water and discourage buying bottled water. As an environmentally conscious business, we kindly ask you to conserve water.

The showers in our st lucia cottages all have solar hot water. After several rainy days or heavy use, the solar hot water may not work as well, but the outdoor temperature never drops below 75F.

Phone & Internet

Our free WIFI (belkin guests) can be accessed at the plantation house. Local calls are free (within reason). You can use your unlocked GSM cell phone with the following frequencies: GSM 900/1800/1900. However, you will be charged at international roaming rates, unless you have a special plan or an unlocked phone ( SIM cards local providers Digicell or FLOW are around US$ 7).

Energy & Electricity

The electricity in St Lucia is 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. Most sockets take 3 pin square plugs, UK Standard. Every cottage is equipped with multi-adapters. A step-down transformer (converting from 240 V to 110 V) is available by request. The electricity on St. Lucia is diesel generated and therefore quite expensive. We kindly ask you to switch off lights and electrical devices when not in use. Thank you!


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