La Bagatelle

Near Soufriere, St Lucia Book from

Reviewed by Viv Monahan
Simply stunning fully staffed villa with a pool that will make you feel like a film star (sleeps 4-5)
Vast open spaces and spectacular views of the Piton mountains, Soufriere Bay and the Caribbean Sea make this brilliantly renovated upside-down villa a true gem. La Bagatelle's style is understated chic: white walls, antique beds, designer cotton fabrics, dark wooden floors polished to a mirror finish and not an inch of Caribbean florals in sight.

With 2 large bedrooms and an extra day bed, La Bagatelle is ideal for 2 couples, a family or decadent honeymooners. For those feeling vaguely energetic there's a tennis court to entertain you; for the adventurous, excellent diving and hiking opportunities are close at hand. But most guests will just want to relax at this beautiful and airy villa, indulging in the panoramic views and sipping cocktails by the crystal-clear swimming pool. And, with a housekeeper who prepares meals in advance, you won't have to worry about who's cooking dinner.


  • The interiors are simple but stylish
  • You can lounge on the four-poster day bed gazing at one of the most stunning views in the Caribbean - total bliss
  • There’s an outdoors-indoors feel - you could be on the deck of a ship
  • This is a peaceful setting on a colourful bougainvillea-clad hillside
  • You’ll feel cocooned in the antique four-posters, with their beautiful linen and gauzy mosquito nets
  • There’s a choice of self catering, catering, or half and half


  • There’s no air conditioning, but there are fans if you need them
  • The swimming pool is quite small - it’s for cooling off rather than serious exercise
  • Even if you’re super-fit, it's still a 15-minute uphill walk back from the nearest beach
  • If you’re looking for nightlife, you’ll be disappointed in sleepy Soufriere
  • You’ll need transport to see more of this gorgeous island, but be warned: taxis and car hire are expensive

Best time to go

The villa is available all year round. High season, when the weather is slightly milder and drier, runs from December to mid April. Stay during the latter half of April or May and you'll still be ahead of the main rainy season but will also enjoy low season discounts. June to November brings downpours and the risk of hurricanes, though St Lucia can experience short, sharp showers at any time of year.

Our top tips

Bring a good book (or several) to make the most of the breezy daybed, from where you can see Soufriere Bay stretching out beneath you. And make sure you have plenty of mosquito repellent - there are no coils at La Bagatelle because of the fire risk.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Villa
  • 2
  • Self-catering; chef 6 days out of 7
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Tennis Court


This is an upside-down summer house, built to make the most of the incredible views across Soufriere Bay to the Pitons. Terracotta-tiled steps lead down from the hilly lane to a dazzling 1700 sq ft living/dining room that feels like the deck of a cruise liner. Polished greenheart wood floors (varnished twice a year to keep them mirror-like), peaked West Indian ceilings and large sofas are all open to the sea and the mountains, with just a hip-high wrought-iron balustrade separating you from the scenery. There's even a four-poster day bed to laze on if it all gets too much. The pool, hammock and terrace are at one end of the room so you won't have far to wander for a cooling dip, and the fully-equipped kitchen is at the back of the house.

Downstairs, there are 2 large double bedrooms where you'll find expanses of cool whiteness with the occasional flash of a gingerbread-coloured accent, reflecting the hues of the blossoms outside. There are open corridors with more glorious views and beautiful antique four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting and crisp linen. One room (with apricot and white walls) has a kingsize bed and an antique cheval mirror. The second bedroom (with blue and white walls) has 2 beds - a double and a queensize - making it ideal for another couple and/or children. Both rooms have large ensuite bathrooms, with lime green and white Italian tiling and hairdryers.

If you're a larger group, there is separate accommodation available next door at Tamarind House, which can be rented separately (for 4-9) or in conjunction with La Bagatelle (for a total of 12-13).

Features include:

  • Cd player
  • Cots Available
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi


Included in the rental price are the services of a housekeeper/cook, who will prepare meals for you 6 days out of 7. You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want it - Valinda arrives in time for breakfast at 9am and leaves again at 3pm after setting up your evening meal. For dinner, everything is made as easy for you as it can be - tuna is marinated, barbeques are primed, salads are in bowls, the rum punch is mixed and there’s a tub of home made ice-cream waiting in the freezer.

If you want to do it yourself the kitchen is fully-equipped with a coffee maker, a food processor, a blender and a toaster, with visits from the occasional Antillean finch to check on your preparations. For an additional charge you can ask for a starter pack of provisions, as well as a light meal, to be waiting for you on your arrival.

If you want to eat out there are many options in and around Soufriere. We recommend the restaurant at La Haut Resort - widely regarded to be of the best eateries in the area, it serves fresh seafood and Creole dishes such as Mahi Mahi and curried goat. Also worth trying are laid-back Gee’s for great cocktails, light lunches (particularly the curry-filled rostis) and fabulous views, Dasheene at Ladera Resort for modern Caribbean fare, and Debbie’s Place at Laborie for homely Sunday lunches on a shaded plant-filled patio.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • In house cook
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Oven


  • Go diving or snorkelling - the coral reefs around the coast offer some of the best diving in the Caribbean. The Anse Chastenet resort (a 5-minute drive away) has a 5-star PADI dive centre

  • Explore Soufriere - the old French capital of St Lucia, it’s now a photogenic and sleepy fishing town with ancient wooden houses and colourful fishing boats

  • Check out the vibrant market held in Soufriere on Saturday mornings and buy some fresh fish, fruit and spices to take back to the villa for dinner

  • Visit the botanical gardens, waterfall and mineral baths on the Soufriere Estate, granted to the Devaux family (whose descendent Mrs Joan Devaux still manages it today) by Louis XVI

  • Get an adrenaline rush by zip-lining through the rainforest

  • Climb the Pitons (you'll need a guide for Petit Piton, the steeper of the 2 volcanic peals)

  • Head to the beach - the natural beaches in the area have black volcanic sand, but you can enjoy stretches of imported white sand at the Jalousie Hilton (a 10-minute drive away) - non-guests can pay a daily fee to use the loungers and parasols

  • Sailing, sea kayaking and deep sea fishing can also be arranged through the larger resorts

  • Back at the villa, enjoy a game of tennis (the house shares a court with Tamarind House next door and racquets are available) or laze by the pool while surveying the mountains and sea below

  • Massages can be arranged if you’re in need of further R&R

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Waterskiing
  • Wildlife
  • Windsurfing


Children are welcome at La Bagatelle, though there are lots of steep steps to negotiate. The swimming pool/terrace extends from the main living area but is fenced off. The cook/maid and a babysitting service (available by arrangement) means parents can have some rest. A damage deposit is required if there are any children under the age of 10. Baby cots are available on request.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available


Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

Tennis court next door (bring children's racquets if required)

Kid Friendly:

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