We just got back from a week at Stonefield. All of the other reviews raving about the views, the accommodations, the service, the overall ambience have it right. There’s not much I can add. This place is wonderful. I will, however, add a few comments to help other travelers. First, we stayed in the Frangipani villa. It’s listed as a “Majestic Piton Ocean View” on their website. The adjective “majestic” does not come close to describing the view. It is beyond stunning. Additionally, it has air-conditioning. That may not be needed at all times, but after climbing back up from Malgretoute Beach or Martha’s Tables restaurant, it’s nice to have a modern amenity like AC. If you are thinking about booking at Stonefield, you should already know that there is no TV and no wi-fi in the rooms. Honestly, my wife missed the TV a little, and I missed the Internet a little, but by day 3, we pretty much forgot all about it. Tip: have your taxi driver stop at the supermarket, or at least the liquor store, near the airport before taking you to your villa.
Breakfast at the Mango Tree (the hotel restaurant) was very, very good, and included in the price of the room. We only had lunch at the hotel once, and it was good, but the walk down the hill to Martha’s Tables was well worth the effort for a fantastic meal. Tip: GO TO MARTHA’S TABLES. We had most of our dinners at the Mango Tree, and were generally happy with all of them. The food is good, but a little under-seasoned for our tastes. We were expecting something a little spicier, based on our island expectations. The service at the Mango Tree is super, with the right amount of attentiveness without being overbearing, and lots of smiles. The $19 house wine is fine for a daily dinner. Overall, we were more pleased with the Mango Tree than with the much more expensive Dasheene.
While my wife enjoyed her time in the hotel spa, I went into Soufriere (a 15 minute walk) to watch the Champions League Semifinal soccer match at the local pub, Skipper’s. That’s my version of a spa. Cheap beer, great food, very passionate soccer fans (evenly divided between Chelsea and Barca). I was the only white guy in the pub, but I was made to feel very welcome, although I’m guessing that buying a round of beers for my table-mates helped. The walk to Soufriere is not bad, but it would be better if the hotel offered a more frequent (or on-demand) shuttle. Tip: GO TO SKIPPER’S IN SOUFRIERE.
Concerning beaches, the hotel provides shuttles to Jalousie Resort beach, which is another stunning place. The downside is that since you are not staying at the Jalousie Resort, you can’t use their chairs. There are some free but less luxurious chairs available at one end of the beach, but since that’s the end with the good snorkeling, that’s where we would have been anyway. Tip: find someplace else to go on days that cruise ships are visiting the island, because snorkeling there is a popular cruise activity, and it gets crowded.
Note: there are a few great things within walking distance (Soufriere, Martha’s Tables, Malgretoute Beach), but these are very steep hills that you will be walking. It’s not an easy stroll to go anywhere. Taxis to anyplace are expensive ($46 round trip to Anse Chastenet, $24 round trip to dinner at Ladera, $190 round trip to Rodney Bay, which was most definitely not worth the trip).
There are a lot of other activities to do on Saint Lucia. Pick the activities that interest you, or do nothing at all. Either way, you will love your time at Stonefield Villas.
- 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. Please note that all guests at Stonefield must be 18 and over. ... 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