Full disclosure... I didn't know where we were going until we got to the Atlanta airport. My wife planned the trip and made all the arrangements.
The views are extraordinary. From our villa (Raintree), we could see Petit Piton like it was across the street, and we could see the ocean.
The restaurant is exceptional. The food is good, the staff is attentive, the setting is wonderful as long as the weather cooperates. (It's an open veranda, so no AC.)
The staff is quite friendly.
There's a short but nice nature trail, complete with a petroglyph.
We had breadfruit, cocoa, and mangos growing right next to the villa, and indeed all over the grounds.
We had a small private pool, just right for cooling off after a long hike, and the view from the pool was spectacular. Also, it was truly private, as long as you stayed in the water.
The only shower was outside, but it was private, and actually worked quite well, except that it wouldn't have been comfortable during a heavy rainstorm.
1) There is a light next to the path leading to our villa which fully illuminates the interior! It doesn't turn off, and there are no blinds or curtains. The light made it difficult to sleep, and made it impossible to sense when the sun was coming up or how bright the moon was.
2) Many of the activities listed in the guide are no longer offered. The horseback riding, for example, is now nearly two hours away. Two of the hikes are simply not offered, due to hurricane damage.
3) We wanted to explore on our own, but everything is set up for guided trips. You pay a fee, and the hotel arranges a taxi to take you someplace. It's as if the staff doesn't know you can walk to the Piton Falls, even though they are all local.
4) The walk into town is not pleasant. The hill is steep, and there is little shoulder. My wife and I walk many places, but after the second time, we wouldn't walk there or back by choice.
5) The maintenance staff was friendly and prompt, but didn't actually fix an AC unit that had tripped the breaker twice until it finally quit cooling altogether.
6) Cars! There was a parking lot immediately below our villa, so we routinely heard car doors, people talking as they walked to the car, etc. Also, the hill was steep, so people had to gun the engine to get up it.
7) Even after four days, I have no idea what some of the switches did. They are bunched in odd places, not near the appropriate doors.
- 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