Finding accommodation that not just fulfills your needs, but fits your style, can make or break your vacation. If you are looking for somewhere special to stay in Saint Lucia, then read on! Guests’ reviews are testaments of satisfaction beyond expectations, and my first-hand experience visiting Anne’s Retreat this April, matches guest reviews and more.
Anne’s Retreat is a quintessential island cottage, set on 13 acres of land in the Quarter of Anse la Raye, on the west coast of Saint Lucia. The modern wooden cottage perches on a gently sloping hilltop with spectacular views of the coastline cliffs and the sparkling Caribbean Sea. The location is just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist area to give you a true holiday retreat, and close enough to make a trip to the hotspots, shopping and other amenities, easily within reach.
Arriving at Anne’s Retreat
Gregarious host Fremont will meet you on arrival. You’ll find that his knowledge of the area is impressive and the source of great anecdotes that add to the ‘like a local’ experience of this top-rated holiday cottage.
Once there, you’ll first see the dappled shade and spacious lawns surrounding the cottage. On the crest of the land, there’s a stunning campfire space created from a simple circle of beautiful pale-grey boulders taken from the coast below the cottage:A perfect setting for evenings under the stars. Freemont says it’s a highlight for many guests…and If you like, he’ll happily serenade with classic songs and his acoustic guitar. It’s easy to imagine great holiday memories being created here.
Moving on to the cottage, you understand the use of ‘Retreat’ in the name. The classic island decor exudes a charisma that invites you to feel right at home. Easygoing, relaxed island luxury.
Fully equipped charming cottage
A variety of amenities mean this versatile three-bedrooms cottage can suit a romantic couple, friends who need their own space, a reunion party or families.
The roomy living-dining area – with spacious dining table and soft sofas – lends itself to a posh evening meal or relaxed family gatherings. Cool breezes flow through the space as it opens onto the spacious balcony and views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea.
Three air-conditioned bedrooms (which can sleep six) stem off the living-dining area, creating a lovely sense of individual space while still being connected. And for vacationing ‘chefs’, the kitchen is self contained with all the appliances and culinary tools you would expect with added pizazz of a window facing the stunning Caribbean sea view. Suddenly, washing the dishes seems more like a pleasure than a chore…
The balcony veranda, one of Anne’s Retreat’s ‘sweet spots’, includes relaxing lazy-chairs inviting you to forget anything but paradise. Another dining table means cool sunset drinks or dining are on the cards. For those with a competitive edge, the homemade table tennis table is easy to put up for fun games.
A stroll into the back garden reveals a few treats and surprises including an outdoor bathtub,that can double as a dipping pool, a rustic swing overlooking the yachts sailing by, and a bohemian-style outdoor shower. Your downtime leisure and pleasure awaits.
Though the cottage and garden are already a superb vacation home, the pièce de résistance of Anne’s Retreat, we think, is the beach at the bottom of the cliff. It’s a fair bit of a hike down and more of a hike up but if you have a 4WD vehicle, you can drive to the bottom (at your own risk). Otherwise, a slow steady walk for the fit, is very do-able and we think you’ll agree that the walk is well worth it. We’d advise shoes you can walk in the water with to make it easiest to access the secluded beach that beckons beyond the rounded coastal stones and rocks.
If you arrive at Hewanorra Airport, you turn right upon leaving and take the West Coast Road up past Soufriere and Canaries and then just past Anse la Raye, you’ll find Anne’s Retreat on a sweeping bend in the road. Alternatively, you can turn left and drive the relatively straight East Coast Road and when you get to the Cul-de-Sac junction, turn left and head south again past the turn to Marigot Village, past the Roseau Valley where you’ll see signs to the rum distillery, on up a hill and round a few more bends, you’ll be at the cottage. The host will be there to meet you, so you won’t miss the entrance.
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Sleeps up to 6
3 Bedrooms, one en-suite bathroom, one shared. Hot water throughout
Airconditioning & ceiling fans
Fully equipped kitchen
Dining areas, easy chairs, hammocks, swing
Fruit trees and herb garden
Security system and caretaker/security guard on property
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