The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in Saint Lucia

Take in the sights of the Pitons on St Lucia
Take in the sights of the Pitons on St Lucia | Courtesy of Samfi Gardens / Expedia
Sara Darling

Resembling a tree-green tooth, the island of St Lucia rises grandly from the Caribbean Sea. The impressive Pitons – a fang-like pair of peaks – dominate the scenery, but there is plenty more to explore on this petite island, and charming towns have their own personality. Expect secluded beaches, ruined forts, hidden coves, nature walks and all manner of water sports. However you choose to spend your days, you’ll want to enjoy your nights – so we’ve handpicked the best boutique self-catering vacation rentals in St Lucia for a good night’s rest, ready for another day of action – or poolside inaction. Here’s our choice, bookable via Culture Trip

1. C'est la Vie Villa, a five-bedroom luxury villa, for secluded swims

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An oddly shaped swimming pool and grassy surroundings
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This St Lucia vacation rental is just the ticket for a luxury holiday with family or friends. It’s got three bedrooms in the main home, and there’s an apartment at ground level as well as a cottage on the other side of the large, freeform pool. As guests of C’est la Vie Villa, you’ll have a butler on hand to help with anything you need, such as snorkeling equipment for the villa’s secluded cove; or if you’d prefer to top up your tan on the beach, there’s a quiet, golden sand shore about five minutes walk away on the other side of the peninsula.

2. Villa Susanna, for powerboat thrills

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There are many reasons for guests to love this St Lucia vacation rental, which is the dream base for a memorable holiday. Villa Susanna has twin, king and four-poster rooms along with one guest apartment. Staying here you have the use of a 33-foot (10m) powerboat with skipper. There’s a private footpath that leads to the sand-and-pebble Trou Rolland cove – it’s well set up for beach barbecues – so you have the choice of splashing in the waves or hanging out by the peaceful infinity pool or hot tub.

3. Xhale Luxury Villa, for tip-top kitchen amenities

Villa, Luxury

An infinity pool overlooking a bay
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This chic adult-only St Lucia vacation rental in the secluded village of Gros Islet is primed for guests wanting luxury and relaxation in equal measures It’s a modern house holding pride of place on a clifftop with uninterrupted views of horseshoe-shaped Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island – take in the magnificence from the wrap-around deck and infinity pool. The contemporary kitchen has every appliance you need for cooking up a feast, or perhaps you’d prefer to barbecue on the outside grill – with daily housekeeping, you can make as much mess as you want, so get those chicken wings sizzling.

4. Samfi Gardens, for spectacular views


A swimming pool and patio overlooks a valley and small town in the distance
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Welcome to this new apartment complex in St Lucia, an exclusive resort of eight self-contained villas. Once you turn off the twisty mountain road, the view, overlooking the twin Piton peaks, will take your breath away. With mango trees dotting the grounds, there is plenty of shade from the hot Caribbean sun. If you want to top up your tan you’ll find plenty of comfortable loungers beside the infinity pool. Early risers will have peachy views of the sunrise before breakfast and the day ahead – speaking of which, you’re within easy reach of several fine sandy beaches.

5. Cotton Bay Townhouse, for gated-community exclusivity


A white and brown hotel room with an open balcony overlooking a pool
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This classic-colonial townhouse is tastefully furnished with an island vibe – expect lots of dark mahogany and four-poster beds, which compliment the A-grade amenities and outbreaks of tasteful modern art. From your private villa it’s just a three-minute walk to Cas en Bas Beach. For peace and quiet, lie back and relax amid the tropical surroundings of this elegant gated community.

6. Top of the World North, for family fun


A swimming pool and white villa
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Looking for a St Lucia vacation rental that’s big on privacy, with every up-to-the-minute amenity? Rent the whole house at Top of the World North and it’s all yours – a Caribbean home-from-home experience. You’ll get panoramic views of the glistening bay, while the clifftop location ensures a constant, cool, fresh uninterrupted breeze. Since you’re between Castries and Rodney Bay, you’re perfectly positioned for exploring the Gros Islet area, and it’s only an eight-minute walk to Choc Beach. You’ll get a seamless self-catering vacation – all of you, as it’s family friendly – and there’s even a communal pool.

7. Chateau Devaux Cliff Top Villa, for a party crowd


A swimming pool and palm trees with a sea view
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Chateau Devaux Cliff Top Villa is a pristine St Lucia vacation rental commanding a sprawling, private cliff property in the most northern part of St. Lucia. Views are exceptional. As part of the property’s tropical-plantation-house design you get extensive sun decks and a swimming pool as well as a hammock to rock you gently into full relaxation mode. With four bedroom and three bathrooms this place easily sleeps eight, so it’s the ideal base for a gathering or celebration.

8. Gracious Villa, for simple serenity


A minimalist room with chairs, tables and a TV
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If you value simple serenity and tranquility over gleaming modernity, you might fall head over heels for the Gracious Villa: a colonial-style paradise in private gardens. Reduit Beach, which draws a lean, active crowd with its kitesurfing, is less than two miles away. Sleeping six, it’s the last word in style for relaxation amid nature. You and your guests will laze away the days sipping local rum and cooking up a feast on the outdoor barbecue. Need to get out more? Jump in your rental car and head out – some of St Lucia’s finest highlights are a short ride away.

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