Guestrooms at C'est la Vie are designed in traditional Caribbean style. // © 2014 C'est la Vie
For a secluded vacation in Saint Lucia, C'est la Vie offers a three-bedroom villa, a cottage and a private apartment, all of which are ideal options for a luxurious hideaway. The intimate property is owned by Spice Travel and Tours, and the company is looking to entice more clients from the U.S.
“We’re not mass market,” said Maria Thom, co-owner of Spice Travel and Tours and Villa C'est la Vie. “Instead, we cater to the high-end traveler who is looking for the more personal touch.”
That personal touch begins upon arrival to Saint Lucia. Round-trip transportation from the airport is arranged by the property’s premier concierge, who will meet guests when they arrive and drive them to C'est la Vie. All guests receive cellphones that provide direct access to the butler and the concierge, whether the guest is on the property or away. Cellphones with international access can also be provided.
Guests who want seclusion and quiet will find it at C’est la Vie, thanks to the property’s remote location at Trouya Pointe. The peninsula is in the northwest part of the island, between Saint Lucia’s main city of Castries and the popular Rodney Bay area. For a change of pace, it’s easy to visit the restaurants, shops, nightclubs and marina in Rodney Bay, but overall the island has a relaxed atmosphere.
“Saint Lucia is such a lush, eco-friendly island, and we have great sports options,” Thom said. “But, while there are nightlife options around the island, C'est la Vie is not the right choice for those looking to party into the wee hours of the morning.”
C'est la Vie’s villa, cottage and separate apartment are all designed in traditional Caribbean style with a hint of Balinese interior design.
The villa has a reception lounge, a gallery for reading or watching television, a dining table for 12, a sunroom overlooking the terrace and a private verandah. Each of the villa’s three bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and a ceiling fan (air-conditioning is available upon request).
The cottage has two spacious living areas and two bedrooms. It has its own private, vine-covered patio and it shares a large sundeck with the villa.
The one-bedroom apartment is set at pool level under the villa’s bedroom wing. The apartment’s master bedroom leads into a large bathroom containing a handmade soaking tub.
Meals are served in either the villa or garden, and dishes incorporate local ingredients and organic produce. The Banana Bar, an on-site snack bar, also serves refreshments throughout the day. Rates include breakfast, but guests also have the option of purchasing either a full board or all-inclusive package.
Guests at the property can access the beach and secluded cove via a short pathway. The cove is often the site of picnics or barbecues. Wi-Fi is also accessible onsite.
“We have a dedicated team that looks out for the travel agent’s clients, so they can have peace of mind,” explained Thom. “We’re their eyes and ears on Saint Lucia.”