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Reviewed February 9, 2014

My wife and I spent two nights at Fond Doux while on our honeymoon. Of the two weeks we were in St. Lucia and the four different resorts/locations we stayed, this was definitely our favorite place!

Our cottage was Hillside Papaya, and was wonderful! Such a beautiful retreat in the middle of the rainforest!

The food was excellent! We didn't do the all-inclusive because we knew we'd be out during the days, but we had breakfast both mornings, and we did a "last night in St. Lucia" date at the restaurant. My wife had many questions about the food because she wanted to be able to make it herself when we returned home, and the restaurant staff was so helpful and accommodating!

I made a video from our time here, so if you want a glimpse at what Fond Doux has to offer, please watch it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G98sXg07fJg

If you have a chance to come here, I absolutely recommend it!

Date of stay: August 2013
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Thank Matt C
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2014

THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL REVIEW!!
Dear Matt C,
Thank you for sharing your amazing experience at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation with the travelling public. We are thrilled that you had a wonderful time and that your expectations were surpassed.
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is a special place to us, and we are glad you took the time to explore our beautiful retreat in the middle of the rainforest. As a green globe certified property, we do understand that the rainforest forms an integral part of our daily livelihood, and so we believe in the maintenance and continuous improvement of our natural resources , environment, archeological and historical sites on which we depend on. As a corporate leader in the community our mission is to raise awareness on the conservation and preservation of our natural resources and by extension the importance of protecting the environment while seeking to empower the people and community to the same.
We welcome feedback from our guests as it helps us tailor our services so that we can continue to meet the expectations of our valued guests.
Thank you for taking the time to create such a beautiful video of our property and we look forward to welcoming you back to create more wonderful memories.

Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

My husband and I visited Fond Doux for our 10th Anniversary, and the friendly and attentive staff at Fond Doux gave us five days we'll never forget! We loved the whole set up of the plantation. Our cottage was so quaint and private that we felt like we had our own piece of the rainforest all to ourselves. We loved sharing a drink on our porch or just lazing around in the extra comfy bed. But when we felt the need for company, it was only a short walk to the outdoor lobby and restaurants where you were always met by smiling staff, other happy guests, and/or the resident plantation pets. The food and drinks were delicious - the beef satay, local baked bread, chocolate cake, and rum punch were some of our favorites. One night when we were feeling tired, the staff brought our food up to our cottage; and believe me, navigating the hillside path with a big tray of food could not have been an easy feat!

As for activities, we did so much, yet somehow the staff helped us space our adventures out so that we never felt like we weren't relaxing at the same time. We spent time on the beach, visited the volcano, Tet Paul trail, and the Piton Waterfall. We spent a morning snorkeling. We enjoyed sunsets and dinners at a few local restaurants. And the best part, Fond Doux's staff organized everything - drivers, tickets, reservations - we didn't have to lift a finger. One night we were surprised to see that our driver was the resort's owner!! These little touches really made us feel special and cared about, and certainly, are the benefit of visiting a smaller resort where you don't get lost in the crowd.

Lastly, I have to give some love to my favorite staff member, Katrina. She was amazing. She knew from the start it was a special trip for us, and she went to great lengths to help us surprise one another with personal anniversary gifts. A private lunch in the plantation gazebo is a memory we will always cherish.

If you're looking for an authentic experience with people who truly care about making your trip perfect and memorable, there's no better place to go then Fond Doux. We will definitely be returning!

Date of stay: January 2014
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Thank Jen M
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

WELCOME TO PARADISE!!

Dear Jen M,

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to post a review of your recent stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation in celebration of your 10th wedding anniversary. We understand the fact that there are many choices on where to spend a wedding anniversary in the Caribbean and so we are indeed happy that you chose our “plantation paradise” to celebrate such a special occasion. The fact you found everything to your satisfaction, and that you felt the staff gave you five days you will never forget, is indeed a great endorsement for the entire team to live up to. Thank you for sharing the essence of your blissful time at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation; after all, that is how the positive words gets spread, with more people eventually taking the opportunity of enjoying the things which you experienced during your stay.
We greatly appreciate all the positive light that you have shed on our plantation paradise from the “quaint and private cottages” to the “friendly and attentive staff” especially Katrina. We are happy that you enjoyed our food and beverage offerings especially the beef satay, local baked bread, chocolate cake and rum punch. The team here at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation goes above and beyond to ensure that they fulfill the needs of our guests, whether it is to walk up 65 steps to bring food to their cottage, picking up our guests when our driver is busy on another trip, assisting guests with surprising each other with personal anniversary gifts or arranging a private lunch. You clearly experienced the personal touches associated with a small resort like ours- as you quite rightly stated; “you don't get lost in the crowd”.
Thank you for recommending our plantation paradise to persons seeking an authentic experience with people who truly care about making their trip perfect and memorable. We do look forward to welcoming you back and the entire team will be waiting for you with authentic St. Lucian smiles.

Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Wow is an understatement about Fond Doux. We stayed 5 wonderful nights in early February. We did the Romance Package & were extremely pleased with it. We didn't do all-inclusive mainly because we did a few excursions & wouldn't be there during lunch. We stayed in the Cinnamon cottage for the first 4 nights. It is so very beautiful! Very private at the end of the path. You are at home with nature. It's like staying in the jungle. Flowers, bananas, plantains, cocoa, birds & geckos! You just sit on your porch & enjoy the sounds of nature around you. I did relax here & that's saying something for me. Each cottage is unique. We chose our cottage ahead of time but others told me they didn't know which one they would be staying in until they got there. We were very pleased. Beautiful dark woods, canopy bed with mosquito netting (only used it the first night). No air conditioning but there is a ceiling fan that worked just fine. The grounds are beautiful. The service is exceptional. The people are like family. They go out of their way to get to know you & what you like. We renewed our vows while here which was so amazing! I had no idea they would put so much effort into making it such a special experience for us. The gazebo was decorated inside & out. Flowers everywhere....special cake, champagne & especially the people. They are so sincere & giving. We were renewing our vows without any family there but Eroline, Lyton, Katrina & everyone else who worked so hard on our day felt like family to us. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful! Afterward the owners (Eroline & Lyton) sat with us enjoying champagne & conversation. How incredible is that? The rest of our time there everyone on staff knew we renewed & would congratulate us & ask how each day was. We felt like celebrities. They strive to learn your name & even know the name of the cottage you're staying in. We had a romantic candlelit dinner which was also very special with flowers, candle & ribbon tied on the chairs. We did a fun catamaran sunset sail. Also we had an hour couples massage which was also incredible. Would also like to mention all the drivers taking us to our excursions. They were all very friendly, great drivers. Always on time. Everyone on staff is incredible. Eroline & Lyton have done a wonderful job with this absolutely amazing resort. So just when you think it doesn't get any better we are told they would like to upgrade us to the Honeymoon Suite with a plunge pool for our last night! We were elated!! An example of how hard working these people are....we had two very heavy suitcases (mine weighing 45 lbs) & a carryon that needed to be moved to our new room. We were now in the Mango Hillside, which by my count, was 65 steps up the hill. This man carried all three bags at one time! This suite had a wonderful view of the plantation. Gorgeous! Everyone is so hard-working. Many have more than one job on the plantation. They work long hours but never show it. I wish I could remember their names as they did ours but a mention to Philip, Kendal, Rosalind & especially Katrina!!! She was key in making our stay memorable. She is a wonderful organizer & friendly spirit. Eroline came down with a flu bug the day before we left so we didn't see her. We are about to get into the van to head to the airport & Katrina calls me into the office to say I have a phone call from Eroline!! Oh my goodness...she called to wish us well & apologize for not being there to say goodbye. Now how many resorts will give you that kind of service? She gave us a special gift of artwork on a banana leaf with our anniversary on it. Thank you all!! So to sum it up....if you are considering going to St. Lucia please stay at this wonderful resort. I guarantee it you will be happy you did!

Room tip: Loved the Cinnamon & Mango
Date of stay: February 2014
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Thank Judywag
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

EVERYONE IS SPECIAL HERE AT OUR PLANTATION PARADISE!!
Dear Judywag,
We greatly appreciate the wonderful, detailed review you have posted on your recent holiday and vow renewal experience at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. From the opening line of your review it is evident that we were able to exceed your overall expectations and this is extremely encouraging for the team here at Fond Doux as we strive to offer our guests nothing but an Authentic St.Lucian Holiday experience.
We particularly like your comment “We felt like celebrities”. Our mission at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is to ensure that everyone who steps foot into our plantation paradise feels special and that they leave our beautiful shores with memories that will indeed last a lifetime. We are delighted that on your special day you felt that you were surrounded by family. One of the key attributes of Fond Doux Holiday team is that we try our best to pay attention to our guests, and so you will notice that most of the staff would call you by name and that if you are celebrating something special whether it be an anniversary, vow renewal, birthday, or a wedding they would make it their duty to congratulate and follow-up with you, as they do understand that in life it is the simple things that count. It is only small resorts like ours that can deliver that type of personal touch which is so real.
We will be sure to pass on your feedback to our team especially Philip, Katrina, Kendal and Rosalind as they go above and beyond to ensure that they create a magical experience for our guests. Your positive remarks towards the unique cottages, rainforest ambience, beautiful grounds and exceptional service are all received with the highest gratitude.
The two of you struck a resonating chord because we too are celebrating the same wedding anniversary and we too were in tears and thank you for the timeless moments that we were able to celebrate together .
As much as you have thanked us for creating such a memorable experience for you, we too thank you for assisting us to receive awards of service including the recent “Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement” from the Small Elegant Hotels.
It is through reviews like yours, where the genuine enthusiasm of staying at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is so obvious, that would-be guests who follow this website receive the necessary encouragement to come to the resort for their special vacation. We appreciate the time you have taken to share your experiences with the travelling public. We know the Caribbean and what it has to offer – there is something for everyone. We also know that Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is different, as do so many of our ever-expanding Fond Doux family.
Thank you once gain for your support and encouraging feedback.
Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

We stated at Fond Doux for 6 nights over New Years. There were 5 of us (3 adults and 2 children) and we stayed in Avocado a Cottage. We had an all inclusive package and enjoyed every bit of it!

Fond Doux has beautiful grounds and you find yourself surrounded by beautiful tropical flowers, fruit frees and tranquility. The place has a very secluded and authentic feel to it. If you love nature and want to experience something very unique, Fond Doux is for you!

The service was outstanding! We very always greeted with a smile and hospitality. We had all of our dinners at the Jardin Cacao Restaurant. The food and service was fantastic! While the menu was mostly the same, there were specials each day. The atmosphere was equally pleasant. There was a great band playing Reggae music on New Year's Eve and many guests stayed up until midnight to celebrate with a complimentary glass of champaign!

During our 6 day stay at Fond Doux, we went to Sugar Beach every day using the Fond Doux complimentary shuttle. We have also done the following activities that were all arranged by Fond Doux: the tour of the volcano and mud Baths experience; Piton Waterfall experience (my kids' favorite; half day sail and snorkel tour; Sunset sail; zip lining (also kid's favorite); the tour of the Botanical Gardens, the tour of the plantation and the Tete Paul hike. We would recommend all of the above.

Once again, I want to say thank you to Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne and all the staff for the wonderful experience we had at Fond Doux. We hope to be back to St. Lucia again and will be sure to stay at Fond Doux again!

Date of stay: January 2014
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Thank TraveWorld
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2014

HIDDEN TROPICAL PARADISE REVIEW- MOST APPRECIATED!!
Dear Sirotics,
We are delighted that your six night stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation was to your expectation and that you had a wonderful experience here at our Plantation Paradise. From a careful reading of your posting, it is clear you have caught the essence of Fond Doux Holiday Plantation and thank you for sharing all your enthusiastic discoveries and experiences.
It is always gratifying to read such positive comments especially from a first time visitor. One of our main goals here at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is to ensure that all our guests feel welcome and that they leave our shores with memories that will last a lifetime. We strive to offer our guests St.Lucia’s Authentic Heritage at its best and from your posting it is evident that you’ve experienced just that.
The many positive remarks you make about the resort fall on deserving eyes and ears of all who helped in the creation of your enjoyment. Your comments about the grounds, rainforest ambience, service, food, entertainment, accommodation and staff are all received with the highest gratitude – What more can we ask for?
In the same way you have thanked us for making your stay so wonderful, we too thank you for sharing your experiences so enthusiastically with the travelling public, providing an accurate depiction of what to expect as a guest of Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. Given the genuine, warmth and friendliness of our people, we are sure that this will not be your last visit and we are truly confident that you will join the legions of guests which have become part of the Fond Doux family. We look forward to welcoming you back with arms wide open.
Thank you for your encouraging feedback and support.
Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We spent one night at the amazing Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. This property is very special as not only is it beautiful, but a wonderful learning experience about plantation history, St. Lucian cuisine and customs and hospitality. The little open-air cottages are stunning - we stayed in the Coconut Hilltop Cottage. There are a number of stairs leading to the hilltop cottages - I'd reserve a lower cottage if you have difficulty navigating stairs. We had an amazing dinner at their restaurant and would have certainly gone back if we had stayed another night.

Definitely take them up on their tour of the plantation. Our guide Phillip was wonderful and took us on a tour of the plantation and then onto the Tet Paul Trail which was a definite trip highlight! The views of the Pitons on Tet Paul are spectacular!

This hotel does't offer views onto the ocean or mountains but is all the same unique and wonderful and we'd go back in an instant if we could!

Date of stay: January 2014
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Thank stormandmolly
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Fonddoux, Manager at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2014

“VERY SPECIAL GUEST AT ST.LUCIA’S AUTHENTIC PLANTATION PARADISE”

Dear Stormandmolly,

Thank you for providing us with such positive feedback following your recent stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. We are indeed delighted that you found our hotel to be very special and beautiful and that it was indeed a wonderful learning experience for you. In our goal to provide a truly authentic St.Lucian experience to all our guests, it would seem from your comments that we have succeeded in doing just that. The fact you found everything to your satisfaction, is rewarding for all who helped make it happen.

We greatly appreciate all the positive comments you’ve made about the cottages, cuisine and the plantation tour.

Based on your closing comments, “we'd go back in an instant if we could!” - we are positive that we will be seeing you again for another memorable experience, perhaps for a longer stay.

Thank you for your overwhelming support.

Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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