St Lucia Guest houses on a beautiful historic plantation
Balenbouche Estate is a 60 acre nature heritage attraction, organic farm, retreat center and St Lucia guest house offering five private cottages adjoining several beaches on the beautiful South-West Coast of St Lucia. Our property includes an 18th century sugar mill, 180 year old plantation house, and expansive grounds with orchards, pastures, lily ponds, forests and walking trails.
Balenbouche is not only an acclaimed St lucia guest house, it is also a tranquil nature park, a family home, a community, and a unique part of Saint Lucia’s heritage. Many consider Balenbouche one of St Lucia’s best attractions, yet authentic and off the beaten path. Locals and tourists can visit the estate for self-guided tours every day of the week. For guided tours, please make an appointment.
Balenbouche Estate might just be the unique escape you’ve been dreaming about for your upcoming vacation, family holiday, island retreat, wedding or honeymoon. Many of our guests feel very much at home here, and keep returning! Imagine starting or ending your day with an inspiring yoga class, a delicious freshly prepared meal, a walk through the grounds, or a swim at our secluded beach. You can also participate in a number of workshops and retreats offered several times a year.
You can prepare your own meals in one of our self-catering cottages, or take advantage of our breakfast and dinner served on the veranda of the Plantation house. A local restaurant is a 5 minute walk away, several other St Lucia restaurants as well as a supermarket are a 5-15 minute drive away. Getting around St Lucia is pretty easy; a rental car is recommended, but taxis and buses are a good option as well. There are lots of St Lucia things to see and do near Balenbouche and between Vieux Fort, Laborie and Soufriere. Our family and staff will help you make the most of your stay on the island and in our St Lucia guest houses!
St. Lucia things to do near Balenbouche
- 5 – 15 min. walk: Private beaches, rivers, nature trails, local restaurant & bar, small convenience store
- 5 – 10 min. drive: Kayaking, fishing, hiking, rainforest, waterfall, art & craft, Laborie & Choiseul villages
- 20-30 min. drive: Hewanorra International airport (UVF), kite & windsurfing, lighthouse, shopping, bank/ATM, St Lucia Pitons, diving & snorkeling, fine dining, entertainment, swimming pool, botanical garden, volcano (sulphur springs), hot springs, horseback riding, zip lining, whale & dolphin watching, Vieux Fort town, Soufriere town
Accommodations & Amenities
Each of our one and two bedroom Saint Lucia cottages has a unique design and atmosphere, and comes equipped with refrigerator, hot water kettle, fans, mosquito nets, bed sheets, towels, hot showers, and a place to lock valuables. The Almond and Banyan are Saint Lucia self catering houses which can sleep up to 4 and 6 people, with 2 – 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen. The one bedroom Frangipani and Calabash Cottages can sleep 1 or two people. We can provide a hair dryer and iron by request. Please bring your own shampoo and other toiletries, as well as insect repellent and a small flashlight or headlamp.
There are a total of 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms between the 5 cottages. Depending on the number of singles and doubles, the maximum that our bed and breakfast can sleep is between 8 and 16 people.
Balenbouche Estate is a great place for weddings and other events. You can rent the venue at reasonable cost, and we sometimes help plan smaller events. For larger events, we can recommend professional services. In consideration of our other guests staying at the Balenbouche St Lucia bed and breakfast, all festivities must end by 10 pm.
Several times a year, we organize and host group retreats and workshops which on a variety of topics such as art, photography, sustainability, yoga and nutrition. We can arrange professional photography sessions, private yoga classes, meditation, massages and other body treatments.
There are two beaches adjoining our property within a 5 minute walk. One is easily accessible and has shallow water, rough seas and rocky bottom, but you can wade and take a dip. The other beach is just as close, very private, and swimming is possible close to shore, but beware of currents further out. Laborie Bay and Anse de Sable in Vieux Fort, two of the islands nicest beaches, are a 5 and 20 minute drive away.
Balenbouche Property and Trails
Our estate, adjoining several beaches and a river, covers 80 acres/30 hectares of dry and subtropical forest, bush and pastureland, past and present areas of cultivation, and landscaped gardens and trails.
Several different trails lead to our two beaches and to the 18th century sugar mill. Another trail takes you along the old aqueduct which powered the sugar mill. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also walk up the Balenbouche river and see one of the Amerindian petroglyphs (a face and bowl carved into a large stone) about waist high, on your left about 15 minutes up the river. Not all trails are maintained on a regular basis, and some may require a guide, so please check with us beforehand. We typically give everyone staying at our bed and breakfast a tour and orientation of the property on the first or second day.