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Stonefield Estate Resort
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
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Palm Beach, Florida
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“Unbelievable experience from start to finish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2009

Prior to going to Stonefield we spent a few days in Rodney Bay at a less fancy hotel that was within walking distance to all the things we wanted to do in the Rodney Bay area. Our goal was to find a secluded, romantic place that we could unwind and really unplug. Stonefield was perfect! Mrs. Brown was present virtually every day, as a wonderful hostess and our room was amazing. We stayed in the Hibiscus Villa which had Air conditioning, an outdoor shower, a 4-poster bed with mosquito netting (not needed when all the doors are closed), and a private plunge pool. The view overlooking the caribbean sea and Petit Piton was beyond description. It was secluded and private. If we didn't have to eat, we would not have left the room. Fortunately, the Mango tree restaurant was nice, but not mindblowing. (for mindblowing see The Edge Restaurant in Rodney Bay - by far our best dining experience and far better than Ladera's restaurant) The best advice is to bring lots of bugspray with DEET as the mosquitos are ravenous. Two thumbs up on the hotel, though!

  • Liked — secluded and beautiful
  • Disliked — bugs
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2009

We just returned from a fabulous St. Lucia vacation, stayed at Stonefield for the entire week. I was wondering if it was going to be as good as the pictures showed and I was very pleasantly surprised to find it even better.

We stayed at Bamboo Villa, very private, clean, good-size pool, stunning view of the ocean and Petit Piton. We went to Ladera for drinks a couple of times to see the sunset, but the view from our deck was equally as pretty. Went into town our first day to load up on snacks and drinks and we were set.

The Mango Tree is a beautiful location, great food, service was hit and miss. Never bad, but not always over the top.

We're a bit more seasoned travellers so we rented a car for the week. Would definitely do this again as it provided us with flexibility to go on tours, etc. when we wanted plus was a lot more inexpensive this way not having to hire a taxi when we wanted to go out elsewhere for dinner. Tried Debbie's in Laborie, Hummingbird, Fond Doux and Gee's Bon Manje. All great choices which I'd recommend.

We were glad we stayed in the southern part of the island after spending a day driving in the north to Pidgeon Island. Too populated and busy for my vacation tastes. Activities we enjoyed: hiking Gros Piton, snorkeling at Anse Chastenet and Jalousie, hiking En Bas Saut trail.

A couple of recommendations we got from this site: bring along a floating device for the pool - we picked up some cheap ones that fit easily into our luggage. Soo worth it! If you're snorkeling, pick up your own equipment at Costco or Walmart. We'll definitely be using ours again on future trips.

Overall this holiday and the resort surpassed our expectations!

  • Liked — Stunning view, pool, outdoor shower, very unique and private
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2009

I just have to say that we had a marvelous time staying at Stonefield. The property is not only beautiful, it's quiet and well kept. The staff are absolutely wonderful; friendly and extremely helpful. But the best part is hands down the privacy and utterly gorgeous views! We had the best time doing nothing! (Which is pretty easy to do there!) Our villa was the Jacaronda and we loved everything about it. Not only the view, but the villa itself was great AND we had our own private walk way up to the restaurant. That was really cool!
Recommendations: Dinner up at Ladera is a must for sure. The views there are incredible. We went to both Anse Chastenet Beach and Jalousie beaches. Both are nice. Jalousie is great because you can catch a quick shuttle there and you can snorkel for free since you're staying at stonefield! It's also nestled in between the two Pitons, so the view is pretty spectacular! There's also a great little beach at the foot of the road off the back entrance of Stonefield that is really cool, too. Worth the walk down and you can hit the funky little art shop called Zaku which is on the way. We hiked the Gros Piton (which was very hard - but very worth it) and then topped that day off with a sunset sail. Excellent! We never made it into town, which was really fine by us. It was hard to leave our villa half the time.
Anyway, it was such a great vacation and such a well needed break - I would recommend it in a heartbeat. Beware though, you are secluded, so if you're looking for nightlife excitement - you may be disappointed!

  • Liked — The privacy
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2008

Turning off the main road to Stonefield's driveway, we weren't sure if we had entered the correct part of the resort or not. It was a steep drive down with only room for one vehicle. If someone was coming up, I'm not sure who would have to reverse and let the other through. But luckily during our entire stay at there it never happened. You will come up to a 24 hrs guarded entrance. After having been greeted and let through, we drove up to the reception area and were very welcomed by staff. Before we even had a chance to park and exit the vehicle! Everyone was very nice and eager and extremely polite. We had never seen such hospitality back here in Canada. They really do make you feel welcomed and not just for show. It felt genuine.

After a quick confirmation, we were directed to the guests’ parking lot and our Rain Tree villa. We had seen photos of and already had an idea of what to expect. But after we had entered our villa it was still breathtaking. Probably one of the most spectacular views of the Petit Piton was from our deck at this resort. There was a nice large hammock, a table with chairs, and 2 padded lounge chairs by our own private lighted plunge pool. Fantastic! Everything was very clean and tidy. Inside was a large 4 poster king size bed with netting to keep the bugs out. We had a small kitchenette with dining room table, fresh flowers and plants throughout. The bathroom was bight and clean and very nice, and there is a door that leads out to our private outdoor shower. Spectacular! But you have to note, that because the Rain Tree villa is at the bottom of the reception building, there's a small section of when you go through the door to your outdoor shower to the actual shower itself, if you look up you can see the windows of the back of reception. So there's a possibility of being seen naked for that brief moment. This for me wasn’t really a concern. Same goes for a section of your pool. It can be viewed at the back of reception (which only staff can access that part of their building). The walls around our villas were quite high and secluded otherwise. Before I used the outdoor shower, I would turn the hot water on and let it run for a few minutes for it get up to temperature. My first shower there that day, it started to rain. A very light drizzle for a few minutes. It was actually pretty surreal!

The resort in general felt very private and secluded. The property was very well maintained. Very lush with vegetation and perhaps we were lucky but there was next to no flying insects around. At all really. Maybe 1 or 2 buzzing sounds and that's it. At Rain Tree, if you walk to the edge of your deck, looking down is the guests’ parking lot. So at times you can hear other visitors and vehicles, which for us is not an issue. And unless you're standing nude at the edge, nobody can really see you. Other than that small section in the outdoor shower and a part of the pool, villa privacy is fairly good.

One of the islands magnificent places to dine is the Mango Tree Restaurant. Luckily it's located in Stonefield! Dining there was a wonderful experience! Dinner at the Mango Tree Restaurant is from 6-11pm. As at this time of the year it gets dark at about 6pm and it was our first night there, we did have some trouble finding the restaurant. Which is kind of funny considering it was just up the hill from the guest’s parking lot. We had gone down the hill instead. We could hear people chatting away in their own private villas and I just raise my voice a little and asked if anyone knew where the restaurant was and an older gentleman came out and directed us! Nice resort, nice staff AND fellow guests!

Very impressive as you enter the restaurant property. The pool was lit up, the weather was just right, nicely lit and although it was nighttime, you can still see the silhouette of the Pitons. Stars are as clear as ever - no city light pollution. It was surreal, for a lack of a better word to describe it. Again, the hospitality is amazing. We were quickly ushered to a table like royalty. Now I got to tell you, I've wined and dined all over in the cities where I'm from and I've read reviews about how people complain about the long wait to expect for food in St. Lucia. Bring your chill they would say. Well, with our experience here, we had gotten better and faster service than most places at home, except for of course McDonalds. We came with an open mind for wanting to try anything new. I had ordered the Shrimp Fish Kabob and my wife had the steak. The portions were a good size. Satisfactory even for me as I'm a big eater. At home, my weekend breakfasts includes 8 eggs sunny side up, 4 slices of toast, 1/2 a pack of bacon and sometimes some breakfast sausages. So as you can see, portion size was a small concern for me when dining out. Our meals came with local fresh vegetables and rice shaped to represent the Pitons. Creative and delicious. That, with a few Piton beers and Cocktails, our final bill was roughly $150 USD which they bill to your room for your convenience. As does most resorts do, we've learned.

The ambience at the Mango Tree Restaurant was comfortably casual. A deluxe resortish relaxed atmosphere that really does make you feel away from everyday business life. The air is fresh, the breeze is welcoming and sounds of night creatures are enchantingly abundant.

After our memorable meal, we headed back to our villa. Relaxed for a bit and then had a night swim in our lit up pool. It doesn't get any better than that. Again, no bugs to bother us either inside or outside. Just the sounds of rainforest wildlife. We happily welcomed such noises.

We also took a quick trip around the grounds and went on their trail to some ancient stone carvings. A nice hidden surprise we were unaware of. They also have a parrot that greeted us "Hello" on our walks. Quite amusing. After finalizing our bill we were given bottles of water for our departure.

We would definitely recommend Stonefield to our friends and family, and would certainly consider staying there again.

  • Liked — Peaceful. Very unique personal villa with an amazing view of the Petit Piton.
  • Disliked — Lack of privacy in certain parts of the property. ie. the outdoor shower looking up and parts of the pool.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Knoxville,Tn.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2008

When we began looking for a honeymoon spot privacy and relaxation were on the top of our list. We wanted to stay away from the crowded party style resorts. We found exactly what we were looking for when we arrived. The staff greeted us and were very helpful as we got settled in our villa. Our villa,Tamarind, was very private with a gorgeous view of the ocean and Petit Piton. We immediately took advantage of our own private plunge pool. On our first night we did not know what to expect from the resturant, the Mango Tree. We had anticipated visiting other resorts at some point during the week to eat, but once we tried the food at the Mango Tree we knew that we would not be searching any other dining accomodations!! It was amazing food with themes that change every night, so you never had to worry about having the same thing over again. However, if there was a special dessert that you liked that was on a previous menu they would make it especially for you! The service was remarkable. Our favorite servers were Carla and Nester, they were so personable it seemed like they were our friends not our servers. Dinner at Stonefield is not just a meal, it is an event. We had some of our best times at dinner enjoying the food, the company, and the breath taking sunsets over the Carribean Sea. We met lots of really nice couples at dinner who gave us advice about how to spend our time during the week. The sunset cruise is a must!! It was our favorite excursion. We took the shopping trip to Castries - if you do this only take the 1/2 day tour and be prepared to be approached by the locals. Jalousie Beach was close by and we went there a few times during our stay. They have great snorkeling over to the side of the beach and you can get the equipment at the front desk at Stonefield for no charge. But, be prepared to pay for a chair if you want one, because those are owned by the Jalousie resort. We found that you really didn't need one. We met a great couple while we were there who we became friends with and planned some of our excursions with. It was nice to be able to socialize if you wanted to, but then go back to your private villa for a nice quiet evening. We could not have even imagined a better honeymoon experience. We are hoping to go back one year for an anniversary! Thank you Stonefield and the amazing staff for giving us the perfect honeymoon!!

  • Liked — Privacy,views,private pool,food,service!
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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greenwich, CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2008

st. lucia itself is not for those who need to be pampered and not see bugs but stonefield is a pretty good choice overall. north end of the island is too far from the airport and beaches at that end don't warrant choosing over other easier to manage islands. area around the pitons is one of the most amazing places on earth. stonefield is a pretty good balance - the rooms actually have plexiglass that keep most bugs out now though you will see bats all over the place at night. location is good but recommend renting a car to provide freedom to dine at different places (treehouse at anse chastenet is prob one of top 5 restaurants in caribbean). our 'villa' offered good privacy and a nice view and was kept clean. staff tries to be helpful but they have typical caribbean there's-only-so-much-we-can-do attitude and restuarant is just fair but that's pretty good for st. L. jalouise plantation will be nice when they've completed renovations, and there is no better location on earth so will be $1000+/night i'm sure. anse chastenet runs a good resort but best if you want to go and not leave b/c access is tough. if you can afford jade mountain, might be nice but we didn't see it and didn't seem to offer much privacy w/ 'three wall' rooms stacked on each other and can't leave it w/o a golf cart due to steepness. ladera well located as well with prob nicest rooms but dasheen is overrated and night club is downright cheesy, also seems to get the sulphur smell from the 'volcano'. forget any downplaying, going through soufriere feels like 'black hawk down' (and i've been to almost every island in the caribbean) so don't be tempted to stay there or do anything except pass through. btw, mago is probably too close to soufriere for comfort.

  • Stayed November 2008
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2008

I stayed at Stonefield Estate for 3 nights. I must say don't let the website fools you.

The location of the hotel is good. Close to the attractions around the area and has a great view of the Petit Piton. Staff is friendly and reaonably helpful. The mango tree restaurant is decent but expensive. But the mosquitoes there is going to haunt our dreams forever.

There is a huge kitchen in the villa, bigger than my entire apartment. But what is the point of having a huge kitchen when you have bugs (dead or alive) lying around and you wouldn't even lay any food around for more than 5 seconds?

Now moving onto the bathroom. It is the same thing. Bugs either flying around or their corpse lying next the the sink. Since the bathroom is connected to the bedroom, we closed the bathroom door and the bedroom door before going to bed.

We were prepared and had repellent ready. I must've woken up no less 10 times during the night because of the bugs. The next night I put on long-sleeved shirt, long pants and socks before going to bed. It didn't really help. We changed to a different bedroom. Didn't help either. I think the mosquitoes just run straight into the screen when they smelt blood. We couldn't sleep for three nights.

We climbed the Gros Piton (which is in the middle of a rain forest) without repellant. I didn't get that many bites. There is definitely something wrong with the villa we stayed.

I am glad I am back to my own bed and no bug attacks to disturb my dreams.

Don't go if you don't want be attacked by mosquitoes and want to get some sleep.

  • Liked — Nice view
  • Disliked — Couldn't sleep
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
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Property: Stonefield Estate Resort
Address: Stonefield Estate | Saint Lucia, Soufriere, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Soufriere
#5 Spa Hotel in Soufriere
#6 Luxury Hotel in Soufriere
#6 Family Hotel in Soufriere
#8 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Stonefield Estate Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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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