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Interview with Cheryl Skeete, the owner of Habitat Terrace – St. Lucia

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How did you come up with the concept for Habitat Terrace?

I wanted to provide accommodation and a setting for various needs: For guests wanting to be pampered and have their meals catered. For those wanting to cater to their to themselves. For families and groups. For Weddings and Honeymoons. For private functions and meetings.

How do you differentiate yourself from other guesthouses and hotels?

Our location –    Away from hustle and bustle of Rodney Bay, but close enough for the convenience of shopping, dining and relaxing on the beach. The tranquillity, stunning views, our tropical garden where guests can enjoy the symphony of birds and music of the night. Our personal service – by courteous and friendly staff.

What other activities do you offer in addition to accommodation?

Yes! We are in the process of re-organising the shop and introducing a treatment room for massage to start of with. Soon to be introduced “cook your dinner” cooking class. We also assist guests in choosing various tours and activities offered in St. Lucia.

Heritage House, St Lucia’s contemporary B&B

The focus on St Lucian heritage has long been lacking in the island’s hospitality industry that was often overly concerned with the foreign guests’ ‘typical’ tastes. On the bright side, this is now changing, and with the latest accommodation facilities such as the Heritage House, St Lucia is becoming more proud of its heritage – yet increasingly contemporary.

Heritage House is a beautiful guesthouse conveniently located next to the capital Castries, the beautiful Vigie beach and George F. Charles airport, which conveniently links you to other Caribbean islands, most notably the neighbouring Barbados and Martinique.

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Heritage House’s passionate owners and its focus on St Lucian heritage has been acknowledged by many Trip Advisor guests who mostly gave the guesthouse the ‘excellent’ mark.

Heritage House can be found on Clarke Avenue after you pass the Vigie beach and the airport and continue up the hill.  They can be contacted via email  reservations@heritagehouseslu.com or phone 1 785 453-6761. You can also check them out on Facebook.

Ti Kaye Resort at Anse Cochon

Ti Kaye at Anse Cochon
Ti Kaye at Anse Cochon

Sprawled on the cliff overlooking Anse Cochon, Ti Kaye is an upmarket, small-scale resort geared to couples seeking chic seclusion. The setting is delightfully intimate, especially if you don’t mind the bone-jarring track between the main road and the hotel. The smartly finished rooms feature outdoor showers and giant hammocks, even private pools. Continental breakfast offerings are both tasteful and diverse, taken on a patio with cracking views of the bay. The ash-grey beach, dotted with coconut palms, is wonderful for a splash and the snorkelling offshore is among the best on the island. But Paradise comes with a catch; there are 166 steps to the beach, and the dive centre on site was closed the last time we checked, possibly due to the low turnover of divers. For those too lazy to make the trek down to the beach, the hotel’s spa menu is extensive and should keep most spa bunnies happy.

Waking up in the rainforest – at Ladera

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Whereas Ladera is a lovely place to visit for lunch to get a magnificent view of Pitons, nothing beats spending the night there – and waking up (literally) in the middle of the rainforest. Outside, of course: Ladera’s three-wall concept means sleeping under the stars (yet still under the roof!).

But is that not a bit scary? Not really. High elevation renders mosquito threat virtually non-existent, whereas thick insect nets around your bed prevent too close encounters with a variety of rainforest moths  – some of them rather beautiful!

If you spend the night at Ladera, do not miss breakfast. Their French toast with banana mash was lovely but, if you have not done so yet at a St Lucian home, go for bakes & saltfish with cocoa tea, a proper Creole breakfast.

Properly tropical Sugar Beach, an amazing place to swim right between the Pitons, is accessible by a short shuttle ride.

A view from Habitat Terace

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Although branded as a hotel, Habitat Terace feels more like a luxurious cosy home overlooking Rodney Bay and Pigeon Point. With a beautifully maintained garden featuring a small pool, and friendly owner Cheryl and her dedicated team, it always feels pleasant, and some apartments in the facility have just amazing view – well worth the drive uphill from the Rodney Bay village.