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Jalousie Plantation Series- Mountain View
Elizabeth
05/21/2012, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

This is the view on the front yard of the main building (reception), looking up to the side rather than out to the ocean. There are no bad views here. Jalousie has about 3 weddings a week on their property, but never more than one per day. They are committed to making each bride and groom feel it's a day especially for them, not to be shared with anyone else. Great place to get married or to honeymoon.

Jalousie Plantation Series-View
Elizabeth
05/21/2012, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

View from the front yard outside of the reception building.

Jalousie Plantation Series-Artwork
Elizabeth
05/21/2012, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

I think this was my favorite room. It's a hallway leading up from the Main House and taking you up to Reception. There was a hummingbird nest on the chandelier, with mama fluttering around and then sitting on top of it.

Jalousie Plantation Series- Massage Area
Elizabeth (photo from Internet)
05/21/2012, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

If you'd like a massage as a couple, this is the room for it. I've never had one with my partner, nor really saw the point, but maybe someone can enlighten me. Any time I wanted or needed a good massage, I also wanted or needed the solitude and opportunity to shut the world out. A massage therapist I used to see, however was very chatty but I found her fascinating so we chatted up a storm every time I was supposed to be turning off the world. She was very good so I kept returning. Once I told her we were NOT going to chat, which she honored completely. But I missed all the things I might have learned from her that day. She was one of those people who has lived 10 different lives, all of them interesting.

Jalousie Plantation Series- Spa Entrance
Elizabeth
05/21/2012, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

The walkway to the spa (massage, sauna, facials, you name it, they offer it) is long and covered like a grass hut, the tunnel lit by candles the entire way. It has a bit of mystery to it, which is appealing to the senses.

Jalousie Plantation Series- Villas
Elizabeth
05/21/2012, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

All the guest villas are decorated in white and have their own swimming pools and patios. They all face the ocean and are clumped together in sets so that destination wedding guests, or family reunion bookings can be close to each other, while also having their separate rooms. It wasn't terribly expensive for the smaller villas, which weren't terribly small. We didn't see the larger villas for comparisons sake.

Jalousie Plantation Series
Elizabeth (photo from Internet)
05/21/2012, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

I am using a couple of internet photos which capture a more vivid example of what we see with our own eyes and not through the lens of our camera. It's cheating, but at least I'm fessing up.

When discovered on the grounds of Jalousie's wandering about like lost nomads, the ever watchful staff offered us a guided tour of their property. We jumped at the chance to see it all. Built on the grounds of an old sugar plantation, it is massive and tastefully decorated, situated smartly to maximize the effects of the Pitons and was bustling with guests. Unlike Rodney Bay, there's no loud beach music interrupting our solitude on the boat, nor tour boats motoring by with eager tourists. We hear the sound of the waves hitting the shore, birds on the mountains, a few cows wandering the hills. The snorkeling is good here, the water clear and the people kind. If only Nancy Jo was staying on, I would be starting my day without the pit in my stomach that comes from saying good bye.

Piton View from Mooring Ball
Elizabeth (photo by Ed)
05/20/2012, Between the Pitons, St. Lucia

We got word from Tyson on our comment section that Ralph Hooper at Ladera is actually the owner. Tyson said he thought he was married to the owner but after I did a little poking around on Google I saw he was a board member, later coming across an article identifying him as owner, so I assume he is chairman of the board. He talked to us about Maine but he actually is from Philadelphia. We feel honored he welcomed us with such warmth in his suite; we now know why Ladera is such a classy operation. We also learned that his lady friend works here at Jalousie Plantation Resort as a landscape architect. She's in her 80's and has only had the job for a couple of years. Her name is Veronica Shingleton-Smith and she's lived in St. Lucia since the early 1960's, an expat from the UK. Remarkable. The place is unbelievably gorgeous. We'll post photos as we can.

Nancy Jo leaves tomorrow and we're all very sad thinking about saying goodbye. It's been a great visit; a healing and restful time for her, a treat for us having her here.

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