|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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The house has a private master bedroom & bath en suite on upper level with balcony overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea & Pitons. The main floor has 2 bedrooms both en suite with one having queen sized bed and the study having a single day bed.
The villa has many communal areas including a large living room & dining room that open up to the outdoors and large deck all with amazing views of the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons. There is a kitchen with attached small sitting area that has cable TV. There are other sitting areas including a private covered deck in the garden and a nice bathing deck by the pool as well as a outdoor cooking area. WIFI is available at Hermitage Jewel.
Private, very romantic, quite, spectacular view, fabulous house, near two very good restaurants and bars, with entertainment. near beach, near town, cooler temps because of high elevation. We also offer a local complimentary breakfast, of fresh seasonal fruit, local coffee, tea, local fresh bread, jam/jelly, butter, and cheese, all prepared and served by , your housekeeper, 6 days a week.
My husband and I spent our honeymoon here for 9 days, but weathered out Tropical Storm Matthew for an extra two! Let us assure you that the house is fantastic, but those that staff it are truly where its heart is. This was our first experience with any sort of VRBO or rental.
I suppose we should begin with our first encounter, who was our driver Never Weary. I had heard so many great things about this man, and they were all true! Kind, considerate, funny, knowledgeable! He picked us up from the airport, but we also requested him through our stay to drive us to different destinations - and we wouldn't have done it any other way! Even IF we were brave enough to learn to drive a car in the left lane and navigate our way through St. Lucia, he puts most tour guides to shame! We thoroughly enjoyed listening to all of his botanical lessons, learned to identify native trees and their fruit, and learned much about the very misunderstood Rastafarian way. You don't meet many people like Never Weary!
He took us to a supermarket to pick up some food items for our stay, and this is where we had our biggest laugh! We didn't realize St. Lucian currency is totally different that the American Dollar (though it sounds so silly to be admitting it here in a public forum!), and were therefore astonished by the exasperatingly high prices! Bear in mind, it is $2.67 EC to $1 US! I would also tell you to not really bother meal planning for the week, because more likely than not, you'll be eating out at the fabulous restaraunts around the villa. Drinks, snacks, but you don't need much else!
Dian greeted us at the villa upon arrival, and she is insanely sweet and thoughtful! She surprised us with a honeymoon gift by a local wood carver, whose work is displayed throughout the villa. After a tour of the villa, we discussed some ideas we had in mind of what we'd like to do for the week, and she had some ideas if her own! Our advice: do it all! She stopped by through the week to check on us and brought goodies with her every time to enrich our Lucian experience!
Glenda and Eddy were great to see every morning. Her breakfasts are delicious creations, and I learned so much about Lucian food preparation from watching her. I can't wait to make my own tropical juice here! I suggest you request the Johnny Cakes of her one day - both savory and sweet.
I'd detail everything we had done in St. Lucia, but I'm running out of room! Book your vacation here - you won't regret it.
We had such a great trip to St. Lucia. The views were amazing and we found ourselves constantly spending more and more time at the villa because the peacefulness and views recharge your soul. Sleeping with the doors wide open was such an experience. You felt at one with nature. Waking up each morning and seeing the Petit Piton was truly waking up in paradise. Ask Dian all kinds of questions as she will make sure you are catered to on every level. Glenda does a wonderful with breakfast and making sure you have everything you need around the villa. Eddy keeps the grounds looking great. Do not even think about renting a car because Neverweary is the best driver and a local google search engine for everything St. Lucia. Make sure hear his band play at Dashene, a short walk from the villa. He will even drive you home between sets or afterwards so you don't have to walk in the dark. Embrace the culture, the heat, the stars, the people, the rain, and the beauty.
Things we did:
Diamond Waterfall/Botanical Gardens
Tour of Sourfiere by Neverweary
Sugar Beach (Beach and snorkeling)
Anse Chastanet (Beach and snorkeling)
Neverweary's Band (Dashene)
Hiked Gros Piton
A lot of relaxing at the villa
We stayed at the Villa for a week with another couple. Our stay at Hermitage Jewel exceeded our expectations! I would recommend contacting Dian before you get there so she can plan your stay. She knows all of the details and events prior to your arrival and is happy to plan your vacation for you. I wish we had utilized her more. Glenda, the housekeeper, made amazing breakfast and juices each day! Eddie who took care of the pool was just the sweetest! Things I wish we had known:
- Hiring a driver is pretty much the same cost as renting a car. Netherweary and Mario were very friendly and reliable. Dian gives you a cell phone for the week so you can always call your driver to pick you up!
- Plan to have more meals cooked at the villa by Dian's cook. It's very expensive to eat out for dinner. We loved lunch at Fedo's and Martha's Table. The restaurant at Ladera was way overpriced and disappointing.
- Ask Dian to plan a dinner at Jade Mountain- it's expensive but our favorite night out!
- We hiked the Gros Pitons and it cost $35 per person. This took 4 hours and was a challenge but beautiful!
- The botanical gardens cost $7 to enter and $7 for the mineral baths.
-you can walk to the Sulphur Springs but it's a hike back! It's best to go early in the morning and they open at 6 AM. The cost is $5 per person.
-use the snorkeling gear from the house. Snorkeling is great at Anse Chasenet beach and Sugar Beach. Sugar beach is closer and more populated but they have white sand. Anse Chasenet has volcanic sand. We were glad we went to both!
-Tuesday nights, La Chocolat has a buffet for 50 per person. Delicious and close to the villa!
- We used Captain Dan's Feel Good Boat Tour. I wouldn't recommend the snorkeling tour because you can just snorkel at Anse Chasenet and Sugar Beach but we loved the sunset cruise. Check out Captain Dan's website for all of his tours! He was great!
There is so much to do you near the Villa! Don't even think twice about staying at a resort because this place is one-of-a-kind! You were treated like royalty and you feel like you're on a private resort! The only negative thing I will say about St. Lucia is that I had no idea how expensive it was to eat out and the water is greener rather than turquoise. I'm so glad we planned on staying at this villa! Staying at a resort wouldn't have been the same at all! You should book Hermitage Jewel.
My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary here at Hermitage Jewel. We couldn't have picked a more perfect home away from home. The staff was amazing. Glenda, the housekeeper, prepared delicious breakfasts, with fresh fruit and juice, every morning. One morning she hacked away at a coconut so we could have coconut water! Our driver, Neverweary, was truly a blessing since there is no way we could have navigated the narrow, steep, rough roads. Every day Eddie cleaned the pool and Lucius attended the garden. This property is very well maintained. Dian, the manager, went above and beyond what we ever expected, including helping us plan our vow renewal ceremony. Because of the rain, the last minute change of location was right there at the house, on one of the decks, with the Pitons as our witnesses. Since ours was more a romantic get-a-away, we didn't do many excursions. Just chilling, relaxing, and reading by the pool or in the meditation garden was our idea of the perfect vacation. We couldn't get enough of the butterfly and hummingbird filled gardens, the majestic view of the Pitons, and the hilarity of feeding little bullfinch Henry and his bird- friends every morning. We did leave the house a few times: we walked to the volcano and soaked in the hot springs, and also walked to Boucan for dinner and drinks. Of course, like everyone else who stays here, we loved Neverweary's band on Saturday night at Ladera. Ziplining at Morne Coubaril was incredible. We recommend Sugar Beach for drinks and a sushi dinner at The Cane Bar. A highlight of the week was our anniversary dinner at the exclusive Jade Mountain; thank you to the influential, big-hearted, and tireless Dian for getting us reservations! We made a lifetime of memories at this paradise on St. Lucia.
Dian Chase gets a 10/10 for taking care of us right from the time we booked the property up to the time we returned to airport after vacation. She is meticulous about the details to ensure our stay was comfortable and we had a great time vacationing in St Lucia. We are so happy to have picked this property for our stay the views was beautiful, the 3 bedroom and baths were very comfortable for our family. Internet connection was helpful to catch up on chores back home, we used it sparingly as we were occupied throughout our stay with activities and enjoying the fantastic views and the beautiful property. Glenda the house keeper was excellent and made us delicious breakfast every day with a smile! :) Damiana cooked us Dinner twice during our staff we enjoyed the excellent food she prepared, ask for Pumpkin Soup it is the best! Neverweary our driver is a multi talented individual, self taught individual who is very knowledegable not only about St Lucia but also world affairs! He took us to place normally tour operators do not so we enjoyed learning from local farmer to coffee shops and had some great food at road side shops to local favorites such as Martha's, Fedo's, and Zaka to name a few. Overall a fantastic experience! Go ahead, call Dian and start planning for a fabulous trip to St Lucia!!
My husband and I, and another couple, stayed at Hermitage Jewel for 10 days in May/June 2016. What a wonderful experience and place!! The views are simply breathtaking and picture perfect! It was such a blessing to wake up every morning to the views, sights and sounds. We always looked forward to the wonderful & delicious breakfasts made by sweet Glenda, the fresh fruits & juices were to die for! She would also make us omelets when we had eggs, and what a treat they were! We also hired Damianna 4 different nights to make dinners for us, and SO glad we did, not only was she a wonderful woman, but what a cook! Her soups we amazing, as well as her salads, and use of local vegetables & seasonings! And then there's Dian, she was simply the BEST! From before our arrival through the end, she was always on top of every detail, offering suggestions, helping us with plans, reservations, you name it! And last, but not least, we cannot say enough about Neverweary, he helped make our trip the experience that is was! He is a wonderful, knowledgeable, compassionate & entertaining man. He took us everywhere and taught us so much about the island & the people. Truly a gem.
For activities we did a private tour of the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens & Mineral Baths, went to the Mud Baths & Sulphur Springs, went Ziplining, so much fun! Went to Sugar Beach, Anse Chastanet & Anse Mamin beaches (the latter is more private, just lovely!). A drive up to Pigeon Island, a boat ride & snorkeling trip, Tet Paul Nature trail. Used the pool at the Villa, relaxed, played cards, and just enjoyed being in such a beautiful place! We went to Ladera on Sat night to hear Neverweary's band play and enjoyed the views from there, as well as the drinks and appetizers. We also had dinner one night at Dasheene, and another at Chocolat, both very nice. We at lunch a the local Fedo's, delicious!
If you want to get away from the resorts and truly experience St. Lucia, this is the way to go, I would highly recommend staying at Hermitage Jewel!!
The Hermitage Jewel villa is located within the property of the UNESCO World Heritage Site recognizing the beauty of the world famous mountains, Gros & Petit Piton. We look over the roof tops of the Ladera Resort. The house has a stunning view from the front of miles of Caribbean Sea and Piton mountains and behind the villa is a view of the tropical rain forest. The property is lush with flowers and fruit trees and there are lots of hummingbirds feasting on the abundance of floral nectar. Sunrise can bring a luminous rainbow and sunsets are brilliant and worthy of an evening toast.
It is a perfect destination for newly weds.
There are some of the finest resorts, restaurants and spas on the island within close proximity.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Rates include airport pick up and driven to the Villa, that is about 45 minutes away If you request a rental car, it will be delivered to your Villa the next morning.