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Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 250, Soufriere 250, St. Lucia   |  
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“Best week of our lives”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

my husband and I came here for a mini vacation. Though we read the reviews it didn't prepare us for what we'd find. The staff at Fond Doux are polite and helpful. Always saying hello. Truly are an inviting people.
The owner himself is very involved. You'll see him daily talking to guests and overseeing. He is so involved that when I told him how much I loved plantain and I've never had before in my life he called the kitchen and told them next morning for breakfast to serve it.

Overall food is great. Their staff friendly and fun. Rooms are comfy and drinks are much better tasting then other resorts we've been to on the island.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
ONE OF THE BEST REVIEWS!!
Dear Pac8,
Stating that although you read the reviews it still did not prepare you for what you would find- is quite a testament to the time you spent with us, thank you for your enthusiastic endorsement.
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is a hallmark that represents all that is St Lucian. St. Lucians are generally known for their friendliness and the staff at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation embodies all their qualities. We are happy that you too picked up on the friendliness and politeness of our team. We take pride in what we do and will go above and beyond to ensure that we meet the needs of all our guests, whether it is to include a favorite dish on the breakfast buffet as it is the simple things that count. What really sets Fond Doux apart from the big resorts is the fact that the guests are able to meet with us face to face on a day to day basis which does add a special touch to their stay- this is something that most resorts can only dream about.
Your comments about the food, drinks, rooms and especially the staff are most appreciated.
Hopefully, all of these aspects will encourage you to revisit sometime soon and we too would love to have you back to relive all the pleasures of the plantation life.
Thank you for your overwhelming support.
Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
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Texarkana, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I came with my alone to Fond Doux Holiday Plantation and I loved it, I will without a doubt be returning next year and this time I will be bringing my family with me so they can enjoy this lovely plantation.

The pictures do the place no justice, its actually much better, it was like living in a dream land.

Special thanks to the owners and the staffs who made my stay so lovely and memorable.

I already miss you all!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
SPEECHLESS WITH THANKS!!
Dear Joyann202,
We greatly appreciate your concise but powerfully positive feedback on your recent stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay here with us and that without a doubt you will be returning next year with your family so they too can get to experience our beautiful plantation.
It is heartwarming to read that you share the same sentiments with previous reviewers on this board with regards to the fact that the pictures does not do enough justice and that the plantation is even more beautiful; as you rightfully stated “it was like living in a dream land”.
We are delighted to read that the staff made your stay a lovely and memorable one and we are happy that they were able to deliver once again.
From all your positive remarks, we are truly confident that you will join the legions of guests which have become part of the Fond Doux family.
We are so pleased to read that you will be coming back again soon,and this time around with your family.
Best Regards
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Ever wanted time to just slow down so you can treat yourself and immerse all your senses in the nature and silence around? In that case Fond Doux is just what you might be looking for! This was our first trip to St Lucia and fell completely in love with the place.
Airport transport (about $70 for 2 people one way) : Getting through customs was for the most part pretty painless and we got through in about 20 minutes (despite three flights coming in at almost the same time).Before arriving we had arranged airport transportation with Fond Doux which was very convenient. The trip from the UVF to Fond Doux took about 45 minutes as our driver Happiness made a few pit stops at some of the smaller fishing villages on the way.
Check In: As soon as we walked into the office to check in i was blown away by the fact that everyone already knew our names and everyone greeted us like we were long lost friends (you just do not see service like this anymore!! that alone is reason enough for me to return next year!). Also the punch they give you when you first arrive is simply divine!
Room: We stayed at the Hilltop Coconut and the room is just delightful, we certainly underestimated how high the climb to the room is! The view from the room is unbeatable but the climb is something to definitely keep in mind as it is a bit strenuous especially if you do it a few times a day. We left the doors open to keep the room cool which is quite pleasant and in hindsight i would bring a clothespin to hold the ends of the mosquito net together at night and also bring a lot more bug spray (being in the rain forest and all).
Food and Drinks: We did the all inclusive package which i would definitely recommend. There are two restaurants on site (one for breakfast and lunch and one for dinner) and one main bar at the dinner restaurant. We did not stay most days for lunch but i understand they have tour groups in from other hotels who typically eat at the lunch buffet from 12-3. There aren't very many options at dinner but the catch of the day and the Chefs Specials kept us very happy. I also loved the fact that the bartenders made the drinks very meticulously and hit a home run every time; the Piton Punch is delicious!
Spa: We got a couples Swedish massage which was wonderful and very relaxing. i would definitely recommend that since it is probably one of the most thorough massages i have ever had.
Excursions: There is a free shuttle to Jalousie Beach every morning at 10 and is probably one of the best ways to get around (i was too chicken to drive on the narrow windy roads). Fond Doux also arranges transportation for wherever you my want to go (I loved how the limited number of accommodations here allow a much more personalized experience). Jalousie has wonderful snorkeling and if you are able to bring your snorkel gear with you it will save you a lot of money. You can also ask Randoph (ask anyone at the beach everyone knows him) to provide you with a water taxi from Jalousie to Anse Chastanet- best view of the pitons from the water and also cheaper than ground transportation ($20 per person round-trip from Sugar beach) ! Anse Chastanet has great snorkeling too but if you want to relax and have the best burger of your life, veer off the resort beach and follow the road to Anse Mamin (just a 10 minute walk) but feels like a completely private beach!
Fond Doux is a true gem and completely out of the ordinary; my only regret is that we couldn't stay longer!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
SLICE OF PARADISE REVIEW –MOST APPRECIATED!!

Dear Nida S,

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to write such a wonderful detailed review. You are quite right, in this fast paced world persons need to just slow down so that they can treat themselves and immerse all their senses in the nature and silence around. It is gratifying to read that this was your first trip to St Lucia and that you fell completely in love with the place- what more can we ask for.

At Fond Doux we do believe in the saying “first impressions are lasting” and consider our drivers as ambassadors for both St. Lucia and Fond Doux Holiday Plantation therefore, they will go above and beyond to ensure that they exceed your overall expectations from the minute you are picked up from the airport. Professional service is a top priority here at Fond Doux; we are delighted to read that you were indeed blown away by the fact that everyone had already known your names and everyone greeted you like lost friends - as we do consider all guests as family. We understand that it is the simple and little things that make big statements and so it is rewarding to read that you found that the excellent service that you received here at Fond Doux no longer exists and that alone is reason enough for you to return next year!. This is indeed a resounding endorsement. It is evident that you have caught the Fond Doux Bug and there is no need to fight it as your Fond Doux family awaits you with open arms.

Your comments about the cottage, food, drinks, spa and excursions are all received with the highest gratitude. The true purpose of this website is to assist potential travelers to St. Lucia in making an informed and comfortable decision about where they might like to stay for their holiday. In that regard, we would encourage all would-be guests to read this review very carefully and take in all the detail which has been so carefully provided by these satisfied guests. From a hotel’s perspective, it doesn’t get much better than this. A review of this quality must be earned, as it is written from the heart.

Thank you for your ongoing support – you are among a rapidly growing group of discerning travelers who seem to have found paradise.

Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

What can I say about Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. This is a place for friends,couples and families. And also a place if u need your freedom from the outside world. I highly recommend visiting this beautiful garden.This is our second visit and it felt like our first.

My friend and I only spend one night. It was great been back at Fond Doux been there brought back memories of my first visit.

It was great to see some of the friendly faces that we knew and also to meet new ones. We would like to thank Mr and Mrs. Lamontagne, Indira, Eugenia, Lovelya, Cornelia and Katrina for making our stay enjoyable even though it was for one night.

We will be seen you soon in december.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
FOND DOUX HOLIDAY PLANTATION - AN ESCAPE FROM THE EVERYDAY LIFE

Dear Babykiki,

We greatly appreciate the review you have posted on your recent holiday experience at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. Thank you for clarifying what Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is - it is indeed a place where couples, families and friends can escape the everyday world.

We are delighted to read that you felt great to be back and that it brought back memories of your first visit. We try our best to ensure that our guests leave our shores with memories that will last a lifetime and we are happy that we were able to deliver once again. We will be sure to pass on your comments to our team and commend them for a job well done especially those mentioned in your post.

We are so pleased to hear that you have already booked your third visit - what more could we possibly ask for than that? Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment and we look forward to welcoming you again for another fabulous stay.

Best Regards

Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

I must say. Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is a little heaven here on earth. The sight of this plantation will take ur breath away.This is my second time here at Fond Doux and it is wonderful. We stayed in the Hilltop Mango and the view was OMG. My husband and I enjoyed our private pool and our out door shower.

At fond doux we were treated like family. The staff are welcoming and also the owners. We were greeted every morning with a friendly smile from the breakfast staff, also from the front desk and the young lady who would asked us how we enjoyed our stay at the plantation and not forgetting the night staff. They were all wonderful.

In all this a place that my husband and I would love to come back to every year. Fond Doux is our little piece of Heaven. Thank you to the staff and the owners.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
HEAVEN AND EARTH REVIEW - MOST APPRECIATED

Dear Babytori121,

Stating that this was your second visit to Fond Doux Holiday Plantation and that this place is heaven and earth, is a great compliment to all of the team and we thank you for that. We are pleased that you found everything just as you had remembered it and that all in all you had a wonderful experience.

Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is indeed a unique property unrivaled in its offerings. We have a dedicated team on board who go above and beyond to create memorable experiences for all guests and we try our best to ensure that all guests are treated like family.

Thank you for posting such a wonderful review and we look forward to welcoming you back with arms wide open.

Best Regards

Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The biggest plus for Fond Doux is their staff: genuinely friendly and helpful. Don't expect any views of the Pitons from the Plantation but the grounds are beautiful and a great place for the reasonably mobile (some steep inclines) to explore, with lots of unexpected nooks and crannies. There were three different problems with our cottage but all of them were dealt with efficiently (I'm assuming that being the off season explained some of them).

A few suggestions/recommendations. If you decide to walk to the sulfur springs park along the main road, it will take you about 45 minutes (and we weren't dawdling). You can take a shortcut at La Boucan that might shorten that to 30 minutes or so but don't believe estimates of less than that. Also keep in mind that whatever you wear into the springs will smell like sulfur for a while afterwards!

The food at Fond Doux was a bit hit and miss. The dinner menu is limited but the catch of the day seems to be a reliable winner. We weren't so impressed with the other main courses. The chicken roti that we ordered at lunch was a major disappointment - made from the chicken legs just served at the lunch buffet, it was full of cartilage and gristle. In short, if you don't have your own transport, the food is adequate (and sometime much better than that) but if you do, it's worth exploring other options.

Finally, bring a couple clothespins or winged clips to adjust mosquito netting around your bed so that it hangs down straight rather than getting pulled to the side (thus leaving a gap for the pesky critters to get in).

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
THANK YOU FOR YOUR REVIEW!!
Dear Tourdelmundo,
We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for posting your comments about your recent stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. It appears that on balance you thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings, location and the services we provided at the hotel. We are delighted to read that you found our property to be a great place for the reasonably mobile to explore and it is quite evident that you are one of the more adventurous guests since you opted to walk down to the Sulphur springs. Just to clarify the pitons can be seen from the property- the Lamontagne trail offers magnificent views of both the pitons and the Jalousie bay.
We are indeed happy to know that you share the same sentiments with previous reviewers on this board with regards to the friendliness of our staff. We believe that St. Lucians are very special people, and the management and staff of Fond Doux Holiday Plantation embodies all their positive characteristics.
Our culinary team is passionate and dedicated to producing high quality, creative and innovative dishes and is therefore disappointed to learn that our food offerings failed to meet your expectations. We are confident that had you made us aware of your concerns, our team would have been more than happy to have prepared dishes more to your liking. Areas in which you felt that we could improve upon are being investigated, and we appreciate you pointing them out to us.
We hope that you will consider a return visit to Fond Doux Holiday Plantation so you can experience firsthand the improvements made in light of your concerns. Once again thank you for your comments and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Where to start...the plantation is so quant and quite. We loved everything about it. My husband purchased a living social deal for a five night stay with all meals and drinks included. I felt like it was such a great deal that we were some how ripping them off. I would definitely recommend All Inclusive! The staff was beyond wonderful and friendly and helpful. The rum punch drinks at dinner were so delicious. The cocoa tea for breakfast is a must try. The buffet lunches are delicious! The lobster dinner fantastic! There are friendly cats and a dog that roam the property. One cat made it's self at home on our porch! We stayed in the Hill top Guava room. Such a wonderful private room and view. Be prepared for the hike. We are fairly in shape and the hike will take your breath away. But worth it in my mind. The property is not only a cocoa plantation, but they have lots of fruits, and even supply you with a fresh fruit basket and allow you to pick all the fruit you would like. Make sure to take a tour and learn how they make chocolate from the cocoa pods. The owners are always around and are very friendly. They do offer a van that can take you to near by beaches since the property is not on the beach. Or they will arrange a car rental for you. I cannot say enough great things about Fond Doux.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
AMAZING AND WONDERFUL REVIEW - MOST APPRECIATED!!!
Dear Britain11284,
Thank you very much for posting such an amazing review of your recent stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation.
It is clear that you liked your holiday very much, to the point where you say that “I cannot say enough great things about Fond Doux”. That is the best testament we could ask for, and this is exceptionally rewarding for the entire Fond Doux team including the estate pets.The kind remarks concerning the property, the staff, the accommodation and cuisine is all so welcomed – all positive features of Fond Doux Holiday Plantation.

Thank you for all your positive comments and we are truly hopeful that you will join the ever expanding Fond Doux family. Many thanks for your ongoing support, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Best Regards
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
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Address: PO Box 250, Soufriere 250, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Soufriere
#1 Spa Hotel in Soufriere
#4 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fond Doux Holiday Plantation 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fond Doux Plantation House and Cottages are designed to give guests the option to be as connected or sequestered in nature’s embrace as desired. The tropical setting at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation at once relaxes, enveloping you in completely natural surroundings with the unobtrusive convenience of modern amenities, attentive professional staff trained in tropical hospitality, and access to a host of convenient services. Step out of your plantation cottage or suite and into the healing arms of nature in this tropical paradise. ... more   less 
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