Our second visit to La Dauphine was as enchanting and welcoming as the first some time ago. We received the same genuine higs and greetings as if we were long lost family.
La Dauphine Estates is nestled on a slope within the rainforest with its breathtaking view of the Pitons and surrounding countryside. The Estate itself is comprised of a refurbished residence accommodating about ten visitors, with immaculate gounds, a swimming pool and a working plantation where the world's best cocoa is harvested to be made into the finest chocolate.
The residence is an amazing combination of refurbished 1810 decor, but with all the current day amenities visitors expect. Host Antonia does a superb job of welcoming you and making you feel at home in this glorious setting. The rooms are clean, elegant and spacious. You can do your own meal preparation, or have Antonia cook her special Caribbean meals for you. The genuine personal service bestowed by Antonia, Charles and other staff is what makes La Dauphine stand out among other facilities of its kind.
Manager Charles will provide you with a tour of the plantation and the grounds about the Estate. He will talk with great enthusiasm about the past and present activities of the Estate with a genuine interest in making your stay most enjoyable and educational.
Another winning feature of La Dauphine is its location relative to major tourist sites in the area. It provides a base for the touring visitor who wishes to experience major attractions such as the volcano, botanical gardens, the Pitons and hot baths. After a day of sightseeing, the Estates is a great place to relax by the pool and absorb the quiet and serene atmosphere at day's end.
Check out the old stone bread oven which is been refurbished, and an outdoor stone barbeque is being installed in the guest area to add to the rustic, historical atmosphere of the Estate.
Car rentals are available, and taxi service can be arranged for the less venturesome travellers. Charles and Antonia are a big help in arranging tours and making suggestions about areas to visit and driving directions to the mant attractions and beaches.
La Dauphine is one of two facilities owned by Colin Hunte and Family. Colin is a winner of Island Hospitality awards. Be sure to call and ask about the "Adventure Package" which consists of four days at the sister property (Villa Beach cottages) in the north adjacent to the ocean, and three days at La Dauphine Estates.
The tranquil atmosphere of the Estates captures the visitor and creates visions of the Estates and plantation as it existed over a century ago.
Genuine personal caring hospitality, superb homey accommodations, and a great location! What more can you ask for?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Dauphine Estate is a cocoa plantation dating back to the 18th century located in the mountains, four miles from the picturesque, town of Soufriere, in the shadow the Pitons, a World Heritage Site. La Dauphine Great House and Chateau Laffitte are two estate houses located in the heart of this 75-acre tropical plantation nestled in a lush green hillside surrounded by luxuriant gardens, fragrant with exotic flowers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Dauphine Estate Hotel
- La Dauphine Estate St. Lucia/Soufriere