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Fond Doux Plantation & Resort
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

My young daughter and I recently spent a week at Fond Doux, first in the Cocoa Tree cottage, then the Avocado House. Both cottages were charming, clean, private, and well cared for. We met a nice family who were in the Angelina cottage, which I toured, and it is absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend all 3 cottages, but the Angelina is just beautiful and much larger than it looks on the website. The owners and staff were extremely friendly, accommodating and helpful. Jerome the driver was knowledgeable and very flexible- without a rental car we were able to get around easily. St. Lucia is just gorgeous, and Fond Doux was probably my favorite part. I loved being nestled in the lush tropical surroundings instead of at a beach hotel. The garden paths are gorgeous, filled with tropical flowers and fruit trees and my daughter and I loved watching the hummingbirds and lizards that frequent them. The restaurant was very nice and the servers were all very sweet. I thought the "catch of the day" was just delicious- fresh fish served with flavorful rice and a variety of fresh local vegetables- I ate it pretty much every day! There are also many nice restaurants near by, Boucan is just down the road and was beautiful and delicious. I would highly recommend staying at Fond Doux and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2011

Thank you very much for your kind comments regarding our Tropical Plantation. It was very nice to hear that you enjoyed each others company as well as the company of other guests.

Angelina was actually our first cottage to be built on the Estate, taken down to the plantation and refurbished after it was about to be demolished in another town. We could not sit back and see St Lucian heritage ending up as a pile of rubble !

We hope that you can return soon and maybe get to see inside a few more of the cottages as they are all unique. Thank you again for the review.

Best regards
Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed March 22, 2011

Like home away from home, especially when returning from one of the larger beach resorts after a day of snorkeling. We loved our Avocado House, Trouble the cat who generously adopted us, the flowers, trees, birds, lizards, tiny tree frogs that materialized at night. Everybody, especially the restaurant staff, was so warm and helpful. The complimentary plantation tour, given by Cornelia & ably assisted by Philip, was one of the best experiences of many we enjoyed on the island. Loved discussing the intricacies of organic island gardening with Mr Lamontagne. Our teenagers liked the wi-fi, privately available at the pools, which were lovely. Food was great--healthy, authentic, fresh. Indira contacted us with Marcus, who became our knowledgeable driver and tour guide for the week. Fond Doux is a special place in a spectacular corner of a beautiful island. Already planning to return next year!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2011

Thank you for your review and kind comments on Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. “Trouble” is aptly named but loving at the same time. We are very happy that you enjoyed your plantation tour. Over the last few days we have been clearing another trail up to the 17th Century ruins on the estate. Maybe next time you visit you will have a chance to try it out! Marcus is, as you say, a very knowledgeable guide and we use him when our own driver is looking after other guests. Please get in touch when you hope to return, as we always like to surprise our returning guests!
Best Regards,

Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed March 13, 2011

We recently spent a week at Fond Doux Plantation with our two year old son. This is an absolutely amazing place. The plantation itself is beautiful and our cootage was outstanding in every way. But what really makes this place are the people. Everyone we met from the front desk to the waiters at meals to the shuttle driver go out of their way to make you comfortable. I know it sounds ridiculous but we actually felt like we were leaving friends at the end of the week. We were on the meal plan and the food was incredible. From the breakfast buffet with cocoa tea and fresh fruit to the dinners with the best vegetables I have ever eaten. Normally you mioght Cringe waiting for the bill with hidden charges..Not so here. They were more than fair with everything and the value is tremendous. I fear that every othetr place we visit will paLe in comparison to Fond Doux Plantation and I cannot recomend it highly enough for those of you who are lokking for a vacation spot that is beautiful, relaxing but most importantly a million miles away from the average tourist experience.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2011

Thank you for taking the time out to write your review of Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your short break with us. We would like to thank you on behalf of the entire team for your very kind comments. The team really does appreciate your gratitude.

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Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Excellant place to unwind. The gardens and trails are magnificent and well maintained. Take a 15 minute stroll along the Rain Forest trail to see sunset reflected off the Petit Piton. The owners live on site and it is common to see them active in the day to day operations.
The Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, the Sulfur Springs and Baths, and the Tet Peton Trail are are easy half day trips close to the Resort. Jalousie Beach is gorgeous, but the day we were there the Jalousie Beach Hotel staff were sending visitors to one small end of the beach, reserving the best of the sand for their Hotel guests.
The cottages are clean and well maintained. There were small glitches with water pressure, and power outages, minor annoyances when one considers the beauty iof the location.
There are several other resort restaurant nearby if one chooses not to purchase a meal plan.

The Plantation is an easy 60 minute ride from the airport, much closer than other resorts farther up the coast. Islanders drive on the left side of the winding, narrow roads, which is disconcerting. If you rent a car you may wish to purchasing the Collision Damage Waiver. The numerous creases and dents in our vehicle attested to its long history.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2011

Thank you for your kind words and we are happy you found Fond Doux Holiday Plantation a relaxing location. We were sorry to read about the minor annoyances you experienced and thank you for bringing this to our attention. Both of these problems unfortunately are in the hands of our suppliers, but we now looking into this. Thank you again.

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Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed February 25, 2011

The room was exactly as we expected, perched up on the hill, providing much needed exercise several times daily. The staff at Fond Doux all strive to make the stay special. Everyone is always smiling, and seem to actually enjoy their work. The food at the restaurant was fantastic; healthy, fresh, and creatively prepared. We enjoyed 3 meals per day, for 5 days, and were not bored with the selection. This place is perfect for the adventurous, looking for a rural location, away from the fancy resorts and hustle and bustle of Soufriere. The Tet Paul Nature Trail is an incredible way to experience the beauty of the Pitons, within walking distance from Fond-Doux.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2011

Thank you for your time and review of Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. We have recently employed a new chef to compliment our team, so we are looking for even more great things from our kitchen.

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Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed February 23, 2011

We have just returned from 9 wonderful nights at Fond Doux and were really delighted that we made it the base for our holiday in St. Lucia. We were upgraded on arrival at no extra cost to a superior bungalow - Hillside Guava Cottage from which we had a wonderful view over the banana and cocoa trees. Tropical flowers bloomed everywhere in the grounds andwe had a lovely vase in our room - we just loved it and sitting out on the balcony was a real delight. Staff were most helpful and the food excellent. We were able to take a bus into town virtually from the door - this is fun to do! We were also within walking distance of the Ladera resort to go for dinner and the newly opened Boucan restaurant belonging to Hotel Chocolate - both of which we would recommend. We also took advantage of the hotel's free shuttle to Jalousie beach and their offer to arrange airport transfers for us with their driver Jerome.
Thank you for helping us find this wonderful place - we would recommend it without hesitation to anyone thinking of booking.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2011

We appreciate your review but don’t tell everyone you got a free upgrade!!! No, of course we do try and upgrade guests when possible and we are happy to do so. The free shuttle is very popular and still runs twice a day. Thank you for your review and thank you for the recommendation.

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Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed February 20, 2011

A little late in writing this review but better late than never. First and for most
Lyton was the best host we have ever experienced in our many years of travel not only was he a fellow cigar smoker but he tapped into is private humidor on more than one occasion for me. On one of the days where we had an open agenda he suggested a hike up into the plantation to view the Tetons, with that he had the staff prepare a picnic basket for our journey....it was the best. We stayed in the Hill Top Coconut which was spectacular, the balcony was what vacations are all about. Great views and a breeze that could make Hawaii envious. Now about the food; we were fortunate enough to be there for Valentines...everything was chocolate based and to die for....smackalicious!!! Each dinner was better than the last, the service was amazing. All in all one of the best vacations we have ever taken. If you are looking to romance your spouse and to be pampered with extraordinary service this is the place to go. Thank you for a most memorable experience.

Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2011

Thank you for your review and comments on Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and especially the chocolate!!! The hike to enjoy the views is something that we encourage all guests to do as we, like you think the views are amazing. Thank you again.

Best Regards,

Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Address: 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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Soufriere
#2 Green Hotel in Soufriere
#2 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
#2 Spa Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range: $236 - $557 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fond Doux Plantation & Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fond Doux Plantation & Resort is a 19th century eco-friendly colonial resort nestled in the heart of St. Lucia, best known for romantic, intimate, and private luxury cottages. The resort is situated amidst a 250 year old working plantation and features an assortment of 15 uniquely crafted cottages, two on-site restaurants, and a collage of outdoor swimming pools, as well as an organic spa. The resort is a scenic 45 minute drive from the island's international airport. As a guest of Fond Doux, you will be conveniently located just minutes away from St. Lucia's main attractions, including The Pitons, The Sulphur Springs - 'The Caribbean's only drive in volcano' - and the best diving sites on the island, all within a prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you're traveling for business, a romantic honeymoon or wedding escape, or for a fun-filled family vacation, Fond Doux Plantation & Resort offers the perfect ambiance in St. Lucia for all travel types. A mere glance out your cottage door will evoke both tranquillity and a journey into the land of adventure! ... more   less 
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