We started the day with instant coffee and reading on the porch.
Breakfast began at 7:30. The options were either a St. Lucian breakfast consisting of cod and vegetables in a tomato based sauce or the American breakfast of eggs pancakes and bacon…. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around fish for breakfast although Z ordered it just to see what it was.
Once fortified with a good sized breakfast we headed to a trail on the estate for some hiking. The first part was well marked but proceeded to lose clarity as it went on. It took only 10 minutes to reach the highest point in the path and get our first view of the Piton. Absolutely amazing. The pictures doesn’t do it justice (and yes I know it looks like we’re just Photo Shopped in….).
We were told the trail took about 25min overall so we attempted to continue on. We were faced with overgrown foliage and lots and lots of spiders so ended up turning around soon after.
After the hike in the humidity we both decided some pool side relaxation was in order. While at the pool, the bar sent up a cooler of beverages for us to enjoy. What service!
Lunch was a random assortment of foods: I had the grilled fish that came with a variety of sides while Z got the chicken roti. It wasn’t my favorite meal. The fish was only ok and the sides were all less than desirable in my opinion. I opted out of most of them.
We headed back to the room, showered and readied ourselves for drinks at the villa. I had found Le Gallerie online and it came with glowing reviews and amazing pictures. I contacted the owners and since they would be arriving on the island not long before us they invited to have a drink with them over sunset.
The route to the villa allowed us the opportunity to see the town of Soufriere before heading up the mountainside. The road was narrow and quite steep but the higher we went the better the views.
After getting lost (just briefly) we arrived at Ben and Barb’s shortly after 5. Ben took our drink orders the moment we stepped in the door: rum punches for both. We followed through an open living room to to the porch with this view:
It was then that we both knew this is what we want to see in the background of our pictures. This is where we want to get married.
We chatted a bit with Barb about the weddings that she’s done at the house and then proceeded to get the grand tour.
The house is stunning. Ben and Barb have owned it for 8 years and try and venture down to the island twice a year to enjoy it. If I owned this house I’d be here all the time!
The sunset was phenomenal. The colors-corals, pinks, baby blues reflecting over the water. Z and I were hooked.
We hung around for another drink and talked about the island…what to do (snorkeling) and what to skip (drive in volcano).
Although sad to leave we had to make it back to Fond Doux for dinner before the kitchen closed so we bid farewell to Le Gallerie.
Z and I had such a fun night and left full of excitement and relief that we finally found a place for our wedding.