A week at Brigand Hill
"Outstanding" -- Mark Langston, Lafayette, Colorado
 
"The house was fantastic; the food was superb, and we never had a worry." -- Ellen Weiss and Holly Gray, Boulder, CO
 
"Perhaps the most relaxing vacation in decades. Pure joy and fun." --Dr. Orion Howard, Williamstown, MA
 
"Thanks for a truly memorable and special vacation."  --The Paleys, Boulder, CO

"One word--perfect. What an absolute treat this week has been for us--quiet, relaxing, just magical. Our own pool, private beach, and amazing people. We will never forget the food (thank you, Bertillia), warmth and, most of all, teaching me to cook!" --Carter and Courtney McConnell, 2014
   
A week at Brigand Hill can be anything you want; full of vigorous activities such as mountain biking, Piton climbing, scuba diving and hiking. Some guests prefer a week of reading good books, lounging by the pool, napping and sampling the superb Caribbean cooking of our staff, even discovering new fruits and vegetables—in addition to the familiar plantain, avocados, mango, yams, pineapple, etc. 
 
Saturday: Stop at supermarket on way to Brigand Hill from airport and pick up groceries, wine, etc. We recommend the Super J’s in nearby Cul de Sac, which is on route to the villa from either airport. If you prefer, our staff will shop for you (a fee of $60 is charged for this service). Arrive at villa in time for swim off our beach or pool, cocktails, dinner. Plan menus and activities with Brigand Hill staff.
 
Sunday: A great day to get to know our plantation. Hike to back of the estate and, if you're especially adventurous, have George guide you to the Brigand Cave. Note the many wild orchids, plus the Bird of Paradise, and giant ferns. Finish the hike off with a swim. Consider dinner at Marigot Bay or nearby Ti Kaye resort (we are respectively 15 and 10 minutes away).  Ask George to arrange a boat trip to Soufriere and points south for the next day 
 
Monday: Meet boat in Anse la Raye and motor south to Anse Chastenet for superb diving and snorkeling. Make Soufriere your first stop and visit the Diamond Baths and Gardens (an easy walk from the Dock). Back to boat and retrace steps to Anse Chastenet, visiting bat cave on the way. After beachside lunch, motor further south to Jalousie Plantation, located between the Pitons, and snorkel the preservation reefs right under the Petit Piton. After a cocktails, head back to villa, possible stopping at Tikaye’s Anse Cochon beach for another swim.
 
Tuesday: If summer, inquire into turtle watch by calling Jim Sparks at 452-9829. Ask George to order up some lobsters (a one-day lead time). Get early start on trip to Maria Islands, home of the St. Lucia Whiptailed lizard, the Maria Island snake, and hundreds of migratory birds. Take Atlantic side route south to National Trust office (phone 454-5014) directly across from Hewanorra Airport. Guide will take you to the Island. Bring swimsuits, as there is a superb beach on the island. If so inclined, continue on the "circle route", stopping at Ladera (just south of Soufriere; phone 459-7323) for cocktails. Enjoy the superb mountaintop view of the Pitons and Sugar Beach below.
 
Wednesday: A quiet day at the villa in preparation for the next day's climb of the Gros Piton. Perhaps a walk or drive to Anse Cochon Beach for great snorkeling (10 minutes away). 
 
Thursday: Get an early start to Soufriere and climb Gros Piton. It will take about two hours to ascend, slightly less to come down. Pack lots of water. Climb is not dangerous, but vigorous and requiring some fitness.
 
Friday: To Castries to visit the open-air market. Lunch at the Coal Pot, on the water just north of town, and serving superb cuisine. Golf at Cap Estate’s two courses or Sandals course. Spend afternoon at Le Sport, remembering to book spa treatments ahead of time. Book dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in Rodney Bay - we especially like The Steak House or Razmataz Tandoori Restaurant , or the new “in spot” just south of Castries-- the Pink Plantation House, which offers stunning views over Castries and where you can buy the outstanding ceramics and paintings of artist Michelle Elliott. Leave time to stop by the weekly jump up held every Friday night in Gros Islet or, better, Seafood Friday in nearby, walkable Anse La Raye.
 
Saturday: Relax at villa and prepare for departure.
 
Or .... your week might go like this: Get up, have breakfast, listen to music, have lunch; open a good wine, listen to music, finish book, have massage, nap, wake for cocktails, have supper, go to bed. Next day—get up and do it again.
 
    
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