There is a statue of Sir John Compton that stands in center of Castries town in St. Lucia. Tourist often just passed it by without knowing much about it. So we want to put that right:
Sir John Compton was the farther of St. Lucia Independence (achieved on 22 February 1979). He was a fiery orator and by all accounts the British had their hands full when he landed on their shores to talk about independence. He had studied law and economics at University College of Wales from 1948 to 1949 and the London School of Economics from 1949 to 1951 and was an able communicator with a powerful vocabulary and a sharp independent mind.
Sir John repatriated the constitution and led St. Lucia to independence from the British in 1979. The negotiations where full of fire as Sir John was an outspoken antagonist.
Apparently he was kept waiting far too long for his liking and when finally called into the ministers offices, he open with a bast that he was no lackey to be waiting on their matters of priority when he had come several thousand miles to meet them, with respect, and he expected nothing less than the same from them. This sort of disdain, he declared, was exactly why St. Lucia needed to break the British ties.
On signing the declaration he pronounced “the colour of our skin is against us and a government, even a one that professes democracy, is pleased to legislate and pronounce the doctorine of second class citizenship for people of another colour.”
That sort of spirited encounter from a man of the people is a story worth sharing.
He is indeed one of the remarkable men of this tiny island. Sir John fits well into the mold of exceptional St. Lucian’s – along with the two St. Lucia Nobel Laureates poet Derick Walkcott andeconomist Sir William Arthur Lewis.
The Castries Statue of Sir John Compton is a bronze sculpture by Ricky George of St. Lucia. It shows him holding the new constitution he received from Briton. It is 9 feet tall and stands on a 6-foot base. The inscription reads: “The Right Honourable Sir John George Melvin Compton / Saint Lucia’s First Prime Minister & Champion of Caribbean Integration / 1925 – 2007. The Statue was commissioned by the Government of St. Lucia and completed in 2011.
Castries the capital city of Saint Lucia was established by the French in 1650, Castries now has a population of just over 11,000. Attractions: Castries duty free shopping, Castries Market for fruits, vegetables and handicrafts. Restaurants and ports. Castries look like a city in disarray, but if you take time you will find hidden gems, one is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – see Murals local artist inside. See also: Derek Walcott Square. Morne Fortune panoramic vistas of the bay where the French and English battled for the island. More coming soon.
If you’re coming to the Caribbean for a holiday, you’ve chosen one of the most beautiful, friendly and vibrant regions of the tropical world to come to. You’ve also picked a destination full of islands, each one with its own culture, history and charm. But if you’re looking for a accommodation and a place that caters as much to the lovers of the world as the families, then you want to come to one island; St. Lucia, and there are a lot of good reasons for that.
An Island Of History & Love
St. Lucia is the only island in the world to be named after a woman, in this case, St. Lucy of Syracuse. Since the first Western visitors came to the island in the 1600s, it has been a point of contention in Colonial wars, changing hands between the French and the British fourteen times, earning it another nickname, “the Helen of the West Indies.”
Today, St. Lucia is a sovereign nation, part of the British Commonwealth, and has a reputation for being one of the great honeymoon destinations of the world. The gorgeous landscape of the Caribbean combined with tropical weather and the friendly hospitality of the islanders has made St. Lucia an ideal stop for both the newly married and established families alike. But if you’re going to come to such a beautiful, welcoming island, why settle for the typical tourist experience? Why not stay on the island on your terms?
Holiday Home Accommodation n St. Lucia
There are many ways to enjoy your stay in this lovely island, including the more conventional St. Lucia accommodation experience from hotels to inns and guest houses. But there’s another alternative for people that want more privacy, space and control. Poinsettia Villa Apartments St. Lucia is one of those ways. It’s a unique St. Lucia self catering accommodationalternative that is in a beautiful resort setting. It doesn’t just give you a hotel room, or even an apartment to stay in, it is an entire home.
Poinsettia Villa Apartments St. Lucia is a complete townhouse villa complex that provides every guest with their own spacious home, complete with all the facilities you’d expect, like a kitchen if you want to try your hand at some home cooked meals using the local fish and market provisions. But there are other facilities included that you’d only expect from a luxury hotel experience, like the vast rooftop sunset deck, and the resort swimming pool to enjoy and relax in under the tropical sun.
This is the perfect stay for the couple or family that wants the comforts of home, the luxuries of a hotel, and the privacy and control of your own space, all while enjoying the pleasures of the Caribbean. And once you’re out of the villa and on the island itself, there’s plenty to do.
Of course we know that not everyone wants self catering or a home, an apartment or a villa resort. St. Lucia apartments and villas are great for families and groups. There are one Saint Lucia apartments and villas ranging from one bedroom apartments for couples and singles, two bedroom villas for couples and small families and of course larger units for families and groups. With seven units in all, families can mix and match different combination to accommodate large and small groups. The entire Poinsettia resort may also be booked for special occasions like weddings or conferences.
Maybe you want a hotel or perhaps an ultra luxury private villa. We want you to experience St. Lucia Accommodations & Holidays Your Way . Mind you, having a kitchen is a useful option that makes it convenient to have a home style breakfast, a snack or a full meal. It does not mean you have to eat-in always. It just means that you dont have to dine-out all the time. Our guest love the gourmet dining at the best restaurants in the island and our island adventure pages and quick island activities guide is designed to help you with ideas for your vacation. We stand by to help you with personal recommendations too.
In those holiday accommodation pages we also give you a directory of many other places to stay. We are a unique villa apartment resort that is central to everything in a natural ocean view garden setting, without crowds. With only 7 units it is quiet and private. Our guest like that, they come on vacation not to be seen but to experience and enjoy the island away from crowds. We offer just that, but if it’s not for you there are many other options. The island has great diversity of places to stay and we are happy to help you find the right lodging for your personal vacation.
Choose Your Island Holiday Activities and Adventures
For people that are wondering about what’s just under that beautiful blue ocean water, snorkelling and scuba sessions are available to take in the wonders of the sea. Or hop aboard a sailboat for a tour along the coast. If you’re more inclined to take in the sights and sounds of nature on foot, spectacular hiking trips and nature trails take people to some of the most breathtaking views on the island. Or maybe you’re more of a social type and want the company of people looking to have a good time. If it’s Friday night, you can take part in the Gros Islet Street Party where the food, music, drinks and people all come together to have a good time. Our page on St. Lucia Accommodation Island Holidays & Activities gives you a guide of things to do and ways to do it.
This is just a hint of the many attractions and memories you can experience for yourself when you come to St. Lucia. And if you decide to stay at Poinsettia Villa Apartments Resort, you can enjoy everything at your own pace and schedule, secure in the knowledge that even though you’re in a tropical paradise, you still have your own home to return to at the end of the day.
Bruno K, is a serial guest with Poinsettia. He has stayed at the resort 5 times in 5 years and plans to return again next year.
That speaks for itself: “Thank you for your lovely review Bruno. We appreciate your support during these five years and look forward to seeing you many times again!”.. …Margaux, Owner Manager
Villa Mango Residence 3. Two bedroom ocean view villa above the pool
In this Villa Mango Outstanding Review by Bruno K, he, a five time repeat guest, particularly mentions:
Friendly and very helpful staff
Secure, gated property
Bruno also mentions the lovely pool, walks into Castries, the lovely grounds, huge patio and well appointed villas with rooms that are well decorated and bright. It is a Fully Self-Catering Residence for carefree holiday living. See Villa Mango # 3 >>>>
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In this Lovely 5 Star Review By Asha we learn that she loved the spectacular ocean view, the great location on the edge of the city and the Nature Gardens & Birds!. But perhaps even more rewarding is what she said about our dedicated staff and their attention. In her words:
“Thank you so much Margaux, Diane, Phillip, Monique and Joseph. You really take pride in this place and it shows. You are all wonderful. Please continue with this fantastic venture.”
Thank you Asha, it is very rewarding to hear that we are appreciated. We always go out of our way to over deliver, with all sort of things you will not find in many holiday resorts anywhere. From sharing cell phones, that we know come in handy and are a bother to organize, to sharing fruit and vegetables from our organic gardens. The truth is we love to make our guests happy and everyone at Poinsettia cares deeply about guests experience in this wonderful island.
Thanks you for sharing – It was lovely having you to stay and we all look forward to your return.
Here is the full review by Asha:
“We spent a week here and now have serious withdrawal symptoms. Overlooking Vigie Cove and Auberge Seraphine, this family run, self-catering apartment complex is truly a gem. Thank you so much [Everyone].
The apartments are perfect for independent travellers like us, who want to experience the real Caribbean. The apartments are spacious, well decorated, fully equipped and comfortable.
Everything one could hope for in a home, away from home! Even the fruits from the garden are a treat! Thanks! Good wifi and thrilled that we were provided with a cell phone to use! Poinsettia apartments are located within walking distance to downtown Castries where we did our shopping in the Central Market. Good prices and friendly people.
Also Vigie Beach is about 20 min walk away. This beach is perfect, where the locals bathe and away from the hustle of the more touristy places. At times it felt like we were the only ones there. We rented a car and thanks to Margaux who kindly arranged quotes for us. This allowed us to experience more of the island on our own. But it was so great to come back to the apartment in the afternoon, have a swim in the pool, watch the sunset and see the Carnival catamaran cruises return to their base.
I loved floating in the pool and watching the White Egret birds which nest outside Auberge Seraphine, fly overhead. We wish the pool hours could be extended for a couple hours more in the evening though. In closing we have had a perfect stay and hope to be back again soon to Saint Lucia and Poinsettia Apartments.”
A Word on our Latest St. Lucia Accommodation Pages
At poinsettia our best reward is to see that you have a truly special holiday. Our guest are very special people who love what we do in making this an affordable and delightful villa apartment resort with all the comforts of home.
These pages are being developed as we speak. They are fairly complete but more useful tips and suggestion will be added. We are not in partnership and have no vested interest in any of the properties listed in the new accommodation pages. The properties are all hand picked for your to compare and enjoy. We go beyond looking at places to stay and in the St. Lucia Accommodation & Island Holidays – Check out our tips for places to eat, how to bus, taxi, drive and get around the island.
Of course we would love you to stay with us here at Poinsettia Ocean View villa resort in one of our spacious, safe and private villa apartment by the sea. There are many benefits as you will see.
– only 7 units means no crowds and a real sense of privacy and ownership
– gardens full of fruit and vegetables which we share with guests when in season
– professional and friendly staff to help you
– family owned and managed
– on site office with someone to help you plan and enjoy St. Lucia your holiday
– great value in self catering villa accommodation in a resort setting
– all resort amenities- pool, sunset terrace, gardens, gated, parking, wi-fi
– holiday with like minded independent travelelers
Best Rates Guaranteed: We Know St. Lucia and Love to Help You Plan an Amazing Holiday
We know you will agree that for value in comfort space and location nothing compares. But our lifestyle holiday experience may not be for everyone and we fully understand that (see what we are Not) – That is why we have gone to great lengths to provide you with other options and alternatives for your stay in the beautiful Caribbean island, Saint Lucia.
We added this lovely video of Ladera with the suggestion that it’s a great place to visit while staying at Poinsettia. We will be adding more great places to visit from PoinsettiaApartments.com.
From your comfortable and conveniently located villa apartment at Poinsettia, we help you rent cars at our special discounted price, with which to explore St. Lucia’s exotic landscapes, the luxury resorts, the beaches, the mountains, Pitons, drive-in volcanoes, waterfalls and so much more. Our aim is to help you get the most out of your St. Lucia holiday and enjoy the best that it has to offer without spending a fortune.
On our adventure activities page we have listed suggestions of places to visit and things to do. We help you by negotiating special rates on these with local tour operators and activity venues. You will need to let them know that you are staying at Poinsettia and confirm the rates when booking with them. We also have discounts for our guests on car rentals.
Several of the island’s luxury resorts cost over $1,000US a night and that’s a bit steep for many \who seek out more affordable quality accommodation. This is especially true for the vacationers who want to explore and not stay in one place, and who prefer to spend their holiday budget on things to do in St. Lucia rather than for lodging. But, waking up to the Pitons is magical and can be worth a night at Ladera.
We have also noticed a growing number of wealthy visitors who want to dine out, explore and be a guest at some of the finest hotels and resorts, stopping in for lunch and moving on to another; perhaps staying over night in the infinity room under the Pitons. These are people who can afford to stay wherever they want to, but prefer to stay in a comfortable self catering villa or apartment that is good value. That way they are free to roam around. Many say that Poinsettia Villa Apartments are a “Great Place to come to”. We say it’s a great place to “Stay in Comfort and Holiday in Style”.