Zandoli: Romantic St Lucia Villa - Panoramic Caribbean Views
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- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Villa Zandoli and Ti Zan (Cottage).
The name "Zandoli" means "lizard" in the local French based creole spoken by the bi-lingual islanders on the beautiful island of St Lucia. This exotic house with its sensuous type of easy luxury and separate cottage - Ti Zan - set on an acre of hillside two minutes walk from the beach, combines the best of Caribbean architecture with a hint of the East, to create a villa of exceptional tropical flair, character and ambiance. With its typical West Indian woodwork, hand made Demerra and louvered windows, vaulted Indonesian style wooden shingled roofs, organic mix of natural stone, marble, wood and glass, burnt orange exterior, outdoor showers, stone and boulder enclosed pool set in lush gardens, and beautiful art collection, this stylish home provides a great location for an exceptional Caribbean villa experience.
The main house is designed around three pavilions on different levels, linked by enclosed bridges framing dramatic views. The handsome solidly built handmade wooden door introduces a hint of "old Spain" into the decor, incorporating massive handmade iron hindges and a pedestrian "window" with views into the main pavilion. The doorway opens into a 700 square foot, marble tiled sitting and dining area, capturing breathtaking panoramas of the Caribbean Sea and Pigeon Island - a historic National Park, home to the famous Jazz Festival held every May. This main room opens directly onto spacious decks overlooking the ocean, furnished with locally made cane-covered dining and rocking chairs, and a 10 foot long table - perfect for dining, listening to the surf, enjoying spectacular sunsets, or simply absorbing the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
The living room furniture is a blend of rustic Mexican and Balinese teak, mahogany and other hardwood pieces, complimented by an antique wooden Indian table fashioned from the sides of a horse drawn carriage. Modern lighting provided by scones, hand made terra cotta fixtures, chandeliers with an eastern flair and specialty drop lights over the dining table, provide soft lighting to this romantic room. The entire room is tiled in 18 by 18 inch italian marble tiles, each with its own tapestry of colour, set off with hand cut marble inlays, giving the entire room an elegant, yet relaxed feel.
A modern kitchen with rustic ambiance is fully equipped with all appliances. It opens directly onto the main deck - a favorite spot for eating meals and enjoying the ever changing seascape. Lightly stained cupboards lie both above and below tumbled marble covered countertops.
The second and third pavilions, flanking the main pavilion on either side, accommodate two equally appointed spacious Master Bedroom suites with unique, king-size four poster Balinese bamboo beds, and large, specialty stone titled bath areas with outdoor showers featuring 12 inch wide "rainheads", as well as bath tubs. Natural vines and ferns are introduced into the bathrooms which are titled in tumbled marble, slate and local stone for a real organic feel. Closets are lightly stained to compliment the tones of the stone and woodwork of each bathroom.
The third bedroom, the "garden suite" located at garden level, is an oasis of tranquility and peaceful relaxation; it is furnished with a queen-size bed with oriental bed-head, unique Mexican and Balinese furnishings and bathroom en-suite. The fourth bedroom is also downstairs. Each bedroom opens onto stunning views, and is appointed with ceiling fans and private patio leading directly to the pool and tropical gardens.
A large sunny room capturing spectacular views with TV (cable) and overstuffed Indonesian bamboo sofas is located at garden level in the main pavilion. This room opens onto a rustic stone-tiled pool patio featuring a wet bar and swimming pool surrounded by a sun deck framed by large boulders, vibrant tropical gardens and dramatic ocean vistas - a wonderful place - as one guest put it: "to sip Francesca's (the housekeeper) wonderful rum punch, and watch the spectacular sunset"! It is also a great spot for a barbeque, and a swim under the stars. The full moon is a time of special magic.
Ti Zan (Little Lizard)
Ti Zan, the separate guest cottage on the property is a perfect hideaway for two. Perched on the hillside above the main house, the views from Ti Zan are even more dramatic. The large covered veranda with its rocking chairs and cane chairs around a round wooden table, is a perfect spot for any meal, or any time. The deck opens onto a spacious open plan studio with queen-size bed, TV with cable, and kitchen tiled in earth toned tumbled marble. The floor to ceiling wooden louvers and large doors are designed to ensure that the drama of the view is fully captured within the cottage at all times. The shower area is unique. Tiled with local river and imported stone, the area is suspended outdoors with large traditional wooden windows flung wide open to embrace the view.The cottage may be booked with the main house, or separately.
Both Zandoli and Ti Zan were designed with a blend of modern and traditional architectural detailing of their roofs, eaves and windows to capture the most of the prevailing Trade Winds to ensure tropical, yet cool comfort, year round. Unique pieces of art featuring the work of Caribbean as well as artistes from Africa, China and the Middle East grace the rooms of the villa.
The beauty of Zandoli and its surroundings has provided the backdrop for weddings and honeymoons of several happy couples from Europe, the USA and Canada. A garden path, a favourite of all guests, winds through the bottom gardens and through a gate, to the beach and Pigeon Island, a great place for hiking, running, walking and exploring the history of the region.
Zandoli has been featured by Elegant Resorts (Europe), by the TV show Better Homes and Gardens (USA), by Island Life TV series, and many International Luxury villa Operators.
Keywords: Villa Plus Cottage
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2)
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Broadband Access
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Fitness Center
ReviewsWrite a review
OUR BEAUTIFUL STAY IN ST LUCIAGuest comment entered by owner
OUR BEAUTIFUL STAY IN ST LUCIA
Dear Len, We enjoyed our vacation in your villa very well. Now we´re working in our practice and usual business keeps going on, but we were thinking very often about our beautiful stay at St. Lucia.
- Guest Dr Jan & Family, Germany
- Date of stay 03/21/13
- Review Submitted 04/28/13
ENJOYED YOUR FANTASTIC PROPERTYGuest comment entered by owner
ENJOYED YOUR FANTASTIC PROPERTY
Dear Len, We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed your fantastic property. It was perfect for us and I hope we can return some time in the future. We loved St Lucia and managed to see a lot of the island. The kids were not so fond of the "drive in volcano" mainly due to the smell but it was still an interesting experience. We all enjoyed the zip line-ing in the forest and exploring the many beaches. The climb up the Gros Piton was memorable ... all in all a great vacation. Velda was great and provided us with a lot of useful guidance and information about the island. The villa was ideal for us and we spent a lot of time around the pool and enjoying the view. It really is a beautiful location.Unfortunately we are back to work now and back to the cold here in Connecticut. Good luck with your travels in the UK, I hope you bring some St Lucian sunshine with you, they could do with it, as it has been a cold spring so far! Thank you once more for allowing us to stay in your fabulous property we had a wonderful time and have some great memories of St Lucia.
- Guest Andrew & Family, Connecticut, USA
- Date of stay 04/13/13
- Review Submitted 04/28/13
Pretty House But I Would Not Return
Pretty House But I Would Not Return
Mixed feelings about Zandoli. We were surprised that there was no a.c., but that is our fault for not checking. It was closed up and quite hot when we arrived so we barely slept our 1st night. Even with ceiling fans/floor fans sleeping was hot all week. The mosquitos/sand fleas (or bed bugs) were crazy! Our party was absolutely riddled with bites from head to toe despite using bug spray and mosquito netting. The kids had bites on their eyelids. I wish I could post the pictures. Internet is not wireless with 1 connection. Beautiful views of Pigeon Island but the walk to the beach is not 5 minutes, more like 20 and its down a dangerous path behind the house. Len, the owner is very nice but very busy. It can be difficult to get a response. I had to send many follow-up emails. and we only received directions to the house, We had a small issue with the fridge and when we politely followed up with her 2 days later, she informed us that the "current renters" didn't have any issues. We WERE the current renters LOL. She arranged airport transfers for us that were double in price over what we found locally. $150 US each way vs. $80, so just be aware. The road to the villa is in terrible shape. If you rent a car make sure it is an SUV with clearance. Note to less mobile people or those with young children...no taxi would take us down the driveway due to how steep it is. This means you must carry all of your luggage, supplies and groceries up and down. Master bedrooms are VERY nice but the 3rd and 4th bedrooms are just OK. The 4th bedroom is accessed from outside only. Very disjointed, especially if you have children. The pool was very nice and the lower deck as well. The outdoor dining area was great and we had dinner there every night. The internet listing said daily maid service but in fact it is every other day. Not a big deal for us but just pointing it out. The listing also says laundry is included but Velda would lock the room when she left. Dishes etc, could use some updating but all in all a well equipped kitchen. . With everything being open air, you get some cute visits inside from the birds, lizards and tiny tree frogs. The kids loved that but also expect visits from the big roaches and large tarantula spiders, not so cute. Again, I wish I could post the photos. I wished I had noticed that most online reviews are guest excerpts posted by the owner herself not actual guest postings. A beautiful house that I would not return to nor recommend
- Guest L J.
- Date of stay 02/28/13
- Review Submitted 04/03/13
Owner response: I was startled to read this review not only because all others have been wonderful but because one would expect unhappy guests to complain during their stay. On the contrary the guest’s emails of 4th March five days after arrival painted a very different picture “Len, we love the house, we didn’t know about the voltage but we are getting along just fine”; on March 5th “Thank you Len. Again you have a wonderful spot here, and we are enjoying our stay very much”. I had offered this guest a lower rate when she indicated that it was above her budget and the housekeeper reported that the guests had a great stay. I contacted HomeAway/VRBO requesting to forward the entire correspondence between the guest and I for their review, however the team explained that they do not have a due diligence function, encouraging me to respond here. On 6th March via email the guest requested a late departure the next day. Zandoli is so popular we often have departures and arrivals on the same day but want our guests to be happy and always oblige when we can. My son was flying in from the USA for a short visit that day; I was using the villa and could not accommodate this request. The guest also asked that I arrange taxi transfer for friends from a hotel to the airport at a later date. I suggested that the friends use the taxis at the hotel since this was not a service I could provide. The guest’s emails became abrupt and angry. This guest and I corresponded a total of 58 times between December 11, 2012 and her departure on March 7th. 2013. My work requires lots of travel, yet I responded from Qatar, Dubai, Chile, NYC, London and STL. The laundry room was used daily. Emails to me during the stay spoke of the entire group having a great time (why request a longer stay in a villa infested with bugs and “saucer sized tarantulas” with children around?). Our rental agreement offers maid service 3 times/week and departure as 11 AM. At 84 my mom uses the path to the beach when she visits. Most of our guests are lovely people. They send back their friends and family, return for birthdays and anniversaries, and we feel incredibly lucky and special. I am happy that the young couple from Washington DC who visited March 14 to 21st a week later have sent a lovely note about their stay. I find it quick and easy to post guest comments on line with their permission, rather than ask that they write a review which requires more of their time.
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE HOUSEGuest comment entered by owner
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE HOUSE
Dr. Len, Thank you so much for the accommodations. Everything worked out perfectly. We absolutely loved the house as well as the island and will definitely make plans to come back again. Velda was an angel and Peter was of so much help. Again, thank you for everything.
- Guest Sharief & Wife, Washington DC.
- Date of stay 03/14/13
- Review Submitted 03/30/13
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED ZANDOLIGuest comment entered by owner
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED ZANDOLI
Well - I can only say we ABSOLUTELY LOVED Zandoli. What a great place - great home (and it did feel like home), great views, great weather, great everything! Little bits of rain always seemed to fall at times that didn't bother us at all. The kitchen was so well equipped with dishes and everything we could possibly need. Much better than ever expected. We cooked every single meal at Zandoli - sat on that wonderful balcony - ate like kings - and loved every minute of it! We did a Catamaran ride one day for 9 hours down to the Pitons and we also climbed Pigeon Island peak. We walked to the nearby beach a couple of times -- but the Zandoli pool was so perfect! It was all very wonderful. One thing - I never read a single email from home or work for the whole holiday. Never turned on my Blackberry either. It was great! I had never dared to do such a thing before. We would recommend Zandoli to anyone. My wife and I had been to St. Lucia a couple of years ago - just for a day - off the Queen Mary 2. So coming for a whole week was really terrific. We would come back anytime, and come back to Zandoli. The problem is there are just too many places to visit in the world. We have been to 60 countries now, and hope to reach 100 - so we must keep going! And we've already been to St. Lucia twice! Thanks again for a very wonderful holiday at Zandoli and in St. Lucia. Rick and Family.
- Guest Rick & Family, Canada
- Date of stay 02/16/13
- Review Submitted 02/25/13
FANTASTIC TIME AT ZANDOLIGuest comment entered by owner
FANTASTIC TIME AT ZANDOLI
Len, We really had a fantastic time at Zandoli! Peter and Velda were so kind and helpful. Velda cooked us a wonderful meal one night and it was delicious! We called on Peter many times to either bring us groceries or take and pick us up. He took us to a local street dance Friday night and a Fish Fry on Saturday night. We are all in love with your island of St. Lucia. Hope all is well with you, Brinda.
- Guest Brinda, Friends and Family Michigan, USA
- Date of stay 02/13/13
- Review Submitted 02/19/13
Your Wonderful HomeGuest comment entered by owner
Your Wonderful Home
Hi Len Happy New Year! I trust your holiday season was enjoyable and you were able to take some time off before heading back to your busy schedule. My family and I would like to thank you for sharing your wonderful home over the Christmas holidays. Your home exceeded our expectations, as did the service provided by Velda. I will not hesitate to recommend your rental property to friends that are looking at visiting St. Lucia.
- Guest Eric & Family USA
- Date of stay 01/01/13
- Review Submitted 01/15/13
Amazing Villa!Guest comment entered by owner
Hi Len, The villa is nothing short of being amazing. It exceeded everything we could imagine....the architecture and great taste of decoration! I am not even talking about the view....... Thank you!
- Guest Alex friends & family CA, USA & Germany
- Date of stay 11/18/12
- Review Submitted 12/12/12
Perfect Honeymoon!Guest comment entered by owner
Len, Thank you for everything, our honeymoon was perfect and I never stopped receiving thank you's and compliments from my wife on having picked the perfect place for our honeymoon. The house was absolutely beautiful, Velda was such a help and a blessing with all that she did, and the grounds, view, everything was fantastic. We cannot wait to come back! Thank you for all your help, Nathan
- Guest Nathan USA
- Date of stay 12/02/12
- Review Submitted 12/12/12
Our Lovely Vacation in OctoberGuest comment entered by owner
Our Lovely Vacation in October
Dr. Len: We are finally settled back into our regular schedules in Milwaukee, Denver and Los Angeles after our recent vacation. Villa Zandoli is an absolutely magnificent estate, and we thank you for sharing it. Velda was amazing by meeting the needs of our large group; she is truly a treasure. Our family created so many memories of your beautiful island, joyful people, great food, beaches and snorkeling, etc. Even the crazy roads were an experience to remember.
- Guest Shirley/Victor/Family Milwaukee, Denver & LA
- Date of stay 10/14/12
- Review Submitted 11/12/12
LOW SEASON 2011/12: 15 APRIL - 14 DECEMBER CALL FOR SUMMER 2012 SPECIALS! 1-2 persons USD 295/night 3-4 USD 345: 5-6 USD 375: 7-8 425/night HIGH SEASON 2011/12: 15 DECEMBER - 14 APRIL 1-2 persons USD 375/night 3-4 USD 465: 5-6 USD 495: 7-8 USD 550/night Rates include housekeeping services 3 times per week Ti Zan (Cottage) High Season .. $165/ 110 Pounds per night; Low Season $135/93 P. SEE our website www.villazandoli.com: loads of photos, cancellation policy & MORE.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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2012 Pool with view of new 1200 square foot cobbled lower deck in background.
From pool looking at master bedroom
Our top patio - beautiful spot to watch the day go by!
View of Pigeon Island from the balcony
A closeup of the exotic four-poster bed in the second bedroom.
The master bathroom
Zandoli: nestled in its lush 1 acre site; catching the setting sun
Interior shot of Zandoli
Stunning new 1200 square ft lower deck added December 2011.
View from the front door of the living room area and balcony beyond.
All the elements of a beautiful vacation. A panoramic shot of one master-bedroom
Another view of the master bedroom
A large, sunny room capturing spectacular views with TV
Beautiful view from the top of our one acre property.
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