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All inclusive or local food?

Tavares, Florida
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1 review
All inclusive or local food?

Still deciding on the right place to stay end of July/ August. Hung up on looking for All inclusive or relying on local dining. Looking to enjoy the southern region and maybe take a day trip up north.

We are looking forward to a not so touristy stay and exploring the views and getting to relax on the beaches.

My questions is what is more cost efficient? I read reviews where dinners were $130 per meal when opting out of the AI, YIKES!

A more affordable route is hiring a local cook? is that easy to schedule, do they come to your room and cook?

Please, any recommendations are welcome!

6 replies to this topic
Buffalo, New York
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1. Re: All inclusive or local food?

If you eat at tourist restaurants or resorts, the prices will be high. Eat at local restaurants and you can by on $20 a day for breakfast ($2), lunch ($10) and late evening snack ($8).

If by staying in the south you mean Soufriere, in the town itself not in the surrounding hills, there are many local options available.

Houston, Texas
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2. Re: All inclusive or local food?

mmapp0202 - Other than Coconut Bay right next to the airport in Vieux Fort, most of the resorts/hotels are not AI anyway in the south.

Yes, you can find a restaurant where it will cost $130US per person for dinner, or more, including alcohol. You can also go to Hippo's Pizza on a side street in Soufriere and get a pizza for $15US or so.

The cost of not eating at your accommodation will depend on your accommodation. If you stay outside of the town (Ladera, Fond Doux, etc), then you'll need transportation to get to somewhere other than the resort to dine. Round-trip taxi service from Ladera to Soufriere is probably about $40US.

If you are at a resort, you won't be able to get a local cook to come to your room and cook for you.

If you are staying at a private accommodation (look on AirBnB, VRBO/HomeAway), then ask the owner about cooking services before you book. Some of the villas have cooks on staff included in the price, some of the villas can arrange a for a cook to come and cook for you for a additional price, and some of them are entirely self-catering.

As an example of what you could expect dining costs to be if you use a cook from a private accommodation (full disclosure, we own a retirement home in Soufriere that we rent out when we are not there), our cook does the cooking and supplies the groceries for breakfast and dinner for $35 US per person per day for local-style food. (Alcohol is not included). Dinner is a large multi-course meal, and most people have enough leftovers for lunch the next day. I'm not suggesting that other owners have a pre-set cost for cooking and groceries, but it does show that the basic cost of food is not high.

Tavares, Florida
2 posts
1 review
3. Re: All inclusive or local food?

Sorry about that, I am referring to Soufriere! Thank you for your replies, I really appreciate you taking the time to give me advice. Do you recommend a particular AI and a non-AI if you were to stay in Soufriere?

St. Lucia
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for St. Lucia
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4. Re: All inclusive or local food?

There are no AI resorts in Soufriere, that was the point pusskats was making. The nearest AI to Soufriere is Coconut Bay, in VF.

There are some properties that offer add-on meal plans, sort if AI mostly, such as Sugar Beach, Anse Chastenet, Jade Mountain, Ladera... These are not AI properties with all day food, multiple dining venues including buffet, all day and night activites and entertainment, pool and beach games, etc - they're luxury resorts with an optional meal plan. Unless you're a major drinker and eater, they're usually not all that economical. It's much less expensive to eat out and about, especially if you eat locally rather than the main tourist spots, and if you're in a villa, do some self catering, or have a cook come in and do some meals..

Houston, Texas
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5. Re: All inclusive or local food?

Since you are looking in Soufriere, and none of the resorts are really AI, I suggest you share with us more about what you want in your accommodations. For instance, if you require that you are directly on a beach, you only have a few choices in Soufriere: Sugar Beach, Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain, Still Beach House, and the Hummingbird. The Hummingbird starts at the low end of about $100 per night per room and you can spend as much as $1000+ per night per room at Jade Mountain.

If you don't mind being a 5-10 minute drive or a 15-20 minute walk, the list gets a lot longer and includes both resorts/hotels, apartments and villas.

So - are you a family travelling that just wants to spend time together? Or a couple looking for a private and romantic getaway? Total nightly budget for food and accommodations?

Edited: 10:33 pm, June 20, 2018
Soufriere, St. Lucia
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6. Re: All inclusive or local food?

Bon jou Mmapp0202,

We recommend Stonefield Villa Estate at the Petit Piton above Malgretoute Beach.

Best Value : Price are the AirBnBs located in Soufriére, Choiseul, Laborie and Vieux Fort. Even with Full TLC Service the accomodation/meals are still half the cost of Hotels/Resorts... Local vibes and Real Life Experiences included!

Bless up! Paul

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