We recently stayed at Stonefield Estate over the Xmas holiday. It really is a beautiful, rustic place. It's set on a hillside in a rain forest with a view of one of the Pitons and the ocean. It's very private and the view is stunning. Our villa had a deck and a hammock with a plunge pool next to it. It was very tranquil and we had a momma cat and three little kittens who greeted us daily. I guess I should say they "adopted" us and we fed them daily. They were adorable. I'd give the view a 5, the outdoor area a 4 (it was a bit worn, but fine), the inside is quite spacious, but about what I'd expect from a 3.5 star hotel as the sheets and towels are a bit thin, but again just fine. Don't expert super luxury, it's more rustic, tranquil, and beautiful. It's a great romantic get away. A few things you should know before you go to St. Lucia...this hotel is somewhat isolated. We were VERY happy to have a car. You will be driving on the left side of the road, Brit style, but we adapted quickly. It takes about 50 minutes to get from the Vieux Fort airport to the hotel. The roads are quite winding and sometimes steep, but don't let it put you off. We got around easily, though a few times I had to drop the car into low gear to make it up some of the hills. No, you don't need a four wheel drive. It would have been nice to have, but not a necessity. As for food, the restaurant at the hotel is mediocre and overpriced, but not more so than anywhere else we visited. The breakfast is included and good. We visited Ladera for dinner one night and it was pretty good, but not truly great (you may need reservations). If you take a right out of Stonefield and then take the first left, you'll enter the parking lot of a plantation. They have a buffet (lunch only, I think) for $25 for two people. It's basic, but fine and a good value for the island. They also have a zip line course which is fun. Honestly, I'd probably pack some snacks/favorite coffee if I went to St. Lucia again. I'm an adventurous eater, but some good cheese and good coffee would have been a treat. The market in town was a bit sparse. Surprisingly, we had trouble finding simple, fresh food. If you take a right out of Stonefield and take the first right, you'll be on the road which takes you to Jalousie (about 3 miles in). At Jalousie you can enjoy their beach; the water was wonderful for swimming, warm and clear. Lunch at Jalousie was again overpriced, but decent. The drinks were very good. If we had kids it might have been better to stay at Jalousie because there are a lot of beach activities for them. This is not to say Jalousie is overrun with kids, it is not. There was maybe 1 child for every 1 adult and all was fairly subdued. The thing that put me off Jalousie was the drivers. When you go you have to park in a lot at the top of the hill and then they ferry you down in a four wheel vehicle. Almost every driver had an attitude like they were doing us and enormous favor as we weren't guests of the hotel but the "rabble" they had to cart around! I was somewhat irritated by this as we were spending about $100/day at Jalousie on drinks and food. That should be worth an attitude free trip up the hill. As for tours....if you drive down to the Soufriere waterfront (about a 10 minute trip), you'll find Mystic Man Tours at the far end by the police station. We did a beautiful half day sailing trip with them. We also did a "Manager's Special" tour through Stonefield and our driver, David, was great. He gave us a tour of the northern part of the island/Rodney Bay area. Rest assured Soufriere is a much more beautiful place to stay. Service...service everywhere is slow, it's island time 'mon! We had very kind service at Stonefield. St. Lucia is beautiful and all in all it was a lovely trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is located on 27 lush acres near the rain forest and what is now a world heritage site. It is therefore secluded yet in the heart of all of St.Lucia's natural attractions like the open volcano, botanical gardens, rain forest, waterfalls, and other fine dining to enhance your experience of the island's local flavour. It captures the famous Petit Piton and Caribbean sea. Its villas have an open air design with 4 poster beds, hammocks, private garden showers and private pools. This resort was rated the number 1 resort in Soufriere by discriminating travelers - TripAdvisor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stonefield Estate Villa Resort And Spa
- Stonefield Estate Villa Hotel
- Stonefield Estate Hotel
- Stonefield Estate Resort St. Lucia/Soufriere