About this listing
Built by John DiPol, designer of the world-famous Ladera resort, Villa Piton elaborates on the open-aired concept toward a stunning culmination in a refined experience of the Island's natural splendor; and all while cultivating intimate privacy.
It is certain, this is a place unrivaled. We owe tribute for the architecture to the American designer, John DiPol, who built the Villa Piton as his masterpiece and private residence.
Employing DiPol's trademark “open air"-concept, the home expresses its rich surroundings by fusing the lush natural landscape with native St. Lucian materials and furniture to engender a space without bounds.
The natural gray St. Lucian granite and Greenheart woodwork rise gently from its place, high upon the ridge between St. Lucia's most celebrated Pitons, as if nature had intended it.
Outside the home, DiPol's vision of rolling rooflines and louvered Greenheart Jalousie doors combine sweeping openness with absolute privacy. Subtleties in the architecture play upon the old French mill design, preserving the villa's Old World heritage within its Caribbean overtones. Throughout the inside of the villa the red cedar, greenheart and granite stone couple effortlessly with hand-laid terra cotta tile floors, colorful traditional Italian mosaics and local woodcarvings and sculpture art, adding color and texture to compliment the design.
As our guest you have access to all the public spaces within the villa itself and the one acre grounds and lawn. The only locked space is the garage and one small owners closet.
Interaction with guests
Our villa staff includes Mary our cook and housekeeper and her brother Gregory, the gardener and pool person. How you choose to allow them access during your stay is your wish. Mary can cook for you if you like or you can do this yourself. If you're honeymooning or celebrating an anniversary, you might wish to have privacy all week. Or Mary can stop in one day to do laundry. You choose.
Villa Piton comes stocked with all bed linens and bath and beach towels. So the only thing you need to bring is a bathing suit and sunscreen! We also suggest a good hat and of course sunglasses!
Laundry service can be provided at a charge of $10.00per load. Mary will do her best to insure great service but guests are responsible for their own items and not hold the host responsible for any damages resulting from same.
We can provide shopping service for food to be available at the villa for guests arriving especially on Sundays when stores are closed or for those guests not wishing to be burdened by shopping on their way from the airport. The service charge for this shopping and delivery is $40.00US. We do not provide the service but rather contract it out and thus do not benefit from providing this service to our guests.
Villa Piton is one of only a very small number of private homes within the Pitons Management Area, A World Heritage Site designated in 2004. Villa Piton actually is built atop the Piton Mitan Ridge linking the two pitons. The villa is actually between the two mountains and not simply looking at them from afar. This perfect perspective is unrivaled for grandeur and breathtaking views 24/7.
Villa Piton's architect John DiPol was also the original entrepreneur who started Dasheene restaurant which later became Ladera Resort. Villa Piton was John's private residence in St Lucia. We enjoy dining at Ladera as well as Hotel Chocolat across the street from Ladera, plus a long list of local food stands and sit down restaurants depending on our appetite! Many are included in the Villa's User Handbook.
The villa is absolutely located in the center of everything great about southern St. Lucia. One mile from Sugar Beach Resort, 7 miles from Ladera, Hotel Chocolat and the Sulphur Springs or drive through volcano as its sometimes called, and just 8.5 miles south of Soufriere, the ancient capital of St Lucia. There are protected snorkeling preserves in a mile, zip lines and historical plantation tours within 7-8 miles, and fresh fish markets and harbors merely 4 miles south or 8.5 miles north. Better yet, few if any traffic lights or traffic jams to slow you down. This is relaxing and unwinding as it should be. On your terms!
Getting around is best accomplished by rental car, or taxi if you prefer. We prefer having a car. the roads are good and its more fun to see the scenery!
We recommend using Ben's West Coast Jeeps for your rental car. You should book early and request an SUV if at all possible. Ben's been working with us for a decade and we prefer keeping the number of taxis coming and going to just one company for privacy and safety. We ask that all guests abide by this as a rule as it is our private home and we don't wish to have numerous outsiders coming and going.
Other things to note
Your arrival will be as simple as possible with an airport shuttle from Hewanorra Airport, St Lucia to Villa Piton provided by us! This complimentary shuttle applies to airport transfer only! In other words we shuttle you to and from Villa Piton if you fly in and out the days of your stay start and departure. If you are presently on island your transportation to Villa Piton is your cost although we suggest you use Bens West Coast Jeeps as your carrier! We highly recommend a rental car during your stay and will help you with the details and make that simple as well. For example, you can have a rental car delivered to Villa Piton the evening of your arrival or the next morning, which ever you prefer. We can help with either! We like to work with Ben's West Coast Jeeps as he'll be picking you at the airport and helping with shopping on the way to the villa. We offer cooked meals as a service by our cook and housekeeper Mary on the night of arrival or any night of your stay for a cooking fee of 30EC ($12.00US)per person. You provide the groceries, local fresh caught fish or vegetables, and Mary cooks and cleans for you at the equivalent of $12.00 per person per meal. This too makes the arrival process easy and relaxing! Ask about menu options when you speak with us and we'll be happy to arrange a local dinner prepared as you like it! If your arrival is scheduled for a Sunday please be aware mostly all stores are closed for food shopping and we recommend having us procure your groceries to stock the fridge and kitchen! The fee is $40US plus grocery invoice.
Villa Piton has Internet service which can be at times interrupted by the fact that our service provider actually wired it on coconut trees! Because of this fact sometimes service is interrupted. The equipment inside the villa is three state of the art WiFi hubs. This normally provides good service everywhere. The router is provided by our Internet provider and is also new.
There are no bath tubs in any of the three baths at Villa Piton but rather hand tiled showers. Three showers in total in three bath rooms.
Simply treat the Villa as if it were your home.Respect the wildlife, the geckos and frogs especially as they live there year round! Respect the neighbors in spite of not being able to see them. Music and loud noise should stop after 10:00PM. If we receive complaints we reserve the right to terminate the rental early.
If you book with a smaller number of guests than you show up with we reserve the right to terminate early without refund.