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Fond Doux Plantation & Resort
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

We recently hired the whole of Fond Doux for our wedding for 3 nights. We had a wonderful time. Our guests occupied ALL of the villas and most guests appreciated the individuality of the chalets, the friendliness of the staff, the beautiful grounds and the excellent dinner food. The owners went out of their way to give us the day we dreamed of. They succeeded. Our guests ranged from a 1 year old to a 78 year old and whilst the rouged paths make it very difficult to push a pram our 5 and 12 year old children had great fun playing in the dip pools. My advice is to choose your villa carefully as some are up steep hills so not suitable for all.

The majority of our guests thought the plantation an authentic Caribbean experience which provided an interesting contrast to the standard chain hotel. Inevitably some UK guests found the heat (there are gentle ceiling fans but no air conditioning) difficult to cope with and some of the characterful, wooden chalets were not to everyone’s standards of maintenance but in my opinion these short comings are out weighed by the many positives. I am sure the manager will be reviewing all the feedback given and taking the necessary steps to rectify matters.

Fond Doux is a family owned, tropical plantation offering accommodation to the independent traveller who wants something different. Like all forested areas there are insects, spiders, lizards and frogs all around but provided your mosquito net fits then you can sleep peacefully listening to the sounds of the forest.

The food at the buffet we arranged each night was great - varied and tasty - and the staff tried very hard to meet all of our needs. As throughout St Lucia, the service is sometimes more relaxed and haphazard than in other parts of the world. Welcome to the Caribbean!

Our villa was lovely with welcome flowers on the crisp white bed, clean bathrooms and a lovely veranda with comfy rocking chairs. The gardens are beautiful to walk around although care needs to be taken when it rains as the rough paths become slippy in places.

In summary, my husband and I love Fond Doux as nothing is fake, so you know you are in St Lucia rather than a hotel anywhere in the world. We are grateful to everyone at Fond Doux for making our wedding very special.

Room Tip: Angelina villa
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2011

Good Day:
Thank you for the priviledge to host and share your wedding day. We understood the factors involved in making this important choice of location as both your husband and you have travelled extensively around the world.

We are elated when you tell our tripadvisor readers that we succeeded in executing your dream.We are dedicated and committed to enhancing and to provide best quality service and accommodations in our own authentic caribbean paradise.

We are reviewing feedback and are rectifying and upgrading all issues in order to ensure a wonderful holiday experience for all our guests without exception. As you pointed out Fonddoux Plantation is located in a tropical rainforest and therefore we continue to work with "Mother Nature".

Fonddoux Plantation is becoming synonymous with individualized and personal wedding celebrations where our staff partcipate and provide this caribbean flavor and atmosphere to a once in a lifetime dream.

Our resolve is to continue to aim even higher to excel at Fonddoux Plantation not withstanding our relaxed caribbean.Therefore we thank you once again for choosing Fonddoux and also finding the time to share this positive review.

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Reviewed 21 July 2011

I'm genuinely drawn to this place! The well placed cottages that are carefully inserted into the hillside and discreetly blend into the canopy of the trees....a most awesome way to watch the sunshine rise from the hammock on the verandah. Being an early-riser, a couple of mornings after a good sleep, I just lay in that hammock and wondered why life seems so complicated when the simple thiings that can bring joy are right there.....serenity is what I found there! .....if it was gritty in my bed the first night, it is because I walked into a room with a scattering of petals and on the bedcover some artfully arranged to say "WELCOME" and without shaking the covers slipped right in after hand-picking the petals.....guess it's my love of nature. I must say: to this place with my family I will return!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2011

We appreciate the time taken to write your review. We are so happy you seem to have really embraced Fond Doux Holiday Plantation for what we aim to be. When you take your family we will put a reserved sign on the hammock for you! The hammock is a great place to relax but be careful as the odd lizard has been known to want to join you!

Thank you for your kind comments and hope to see you again soon.

Regards,
Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 8 July 2011

We stayed at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation at the end of April, and loved everything about the place. We decided to stay here after reading all the reviews on trip advisor, and the reasonable price. The great reviews were spot on. The cottage, Hillside Guava, was wonderful. It was spacious, clean, and the view was amazing from the balcony. The owners (Lyton & Eroline) were very sweet and helpful. They really do make you feel welcome and go above the call of duty. Lyton would often sit down and chat with us and arrange for anything we needed. We felt right at home and had a great time. Cannot say enough wonderful things about the owners and their staff. There is a great hike to view the Pitons right on the Plantation. Awesome snorkeling too (Jalousie & Anse Chasnet) only a five-ten minute drive away. And if you wish to go to Soufriere, talk to owners or the staff. Omo took time from his day off to show us Soufriere. We met and hung out with a lot of friendly people and even had some excellent local cuisine. The restaurant on site was excellent, food was very flavorful, made with local fresh ingredients. Thought the cost was reasonable as well, in comparison to restaurants nearby. Overall a great vacation. We got to experience St. Lucia, the people, and their culture thanks to Fond Doux. Definitely recommend this place to anyone. If you want to really experience St Lucia this is the place.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2011

Thank you for your very kind review and comments on Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. Hillside Guava being perched above the main body of the plantation does have a lovely view for you to enjoy, day or night. The Piton trail is also a firm favourite among our guests. Very pleased to read that you took time out to see Soufriere and enjoyed the tour, we will pass your appreciation on. We do try to make Fond Doux as authentic an experience as possible and this is one of the main reasons our regular guests return. Thank you again for your review.

Best Regards,
Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 8 July 2011

Wonderful People, laid back but good service. The old plantation is being transformed into a BEAUTIFUL Eco-type resort. The cottages jutting out of the treetops in the jungle are mostly on the sides of the mountain. There are a few cottages and a plantation house lower in the plantation as well as a wonderful restaraunt, Jardin Cocoa

Room Tip: Not on the beach but a quick trip around the corner and you are there
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  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2011

We appreciate your time in writing your review. We do have some great value all inclusive packages but we also have the traditional accommodation. Becoming a member of Green Globe International certainly helped put a “stamp” on what we are trying to do at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. Our natural environment is very important to us. We hope you made use of our free shuttle bus to the beach as you are correct in saying it is only a few minutes’ drive away. Thank you for your appreciation of our staff and thank you again for the review.

Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 6 July 2011

Came here on a last-minute trip and stayed for three nights in the Bamboo Cottage. Everyone was very helpful with setting up transportation and excursions - even with last minute changes because of the weather. The staff was courteous and very eager to make my stay as comfortable as possible. Loved all the food at the restaurant - especially the local vegetables. The cottage was lovely, rustic and comfortable. Just sitting out on the porch, reading was a pleasure. As a single, female traveler I felt safe and secure. I will recommend this resort to all of my friends and coworkers, especially to the ones that like to experience authenticity and culture.

Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2011

Thank you for your kind comments and time taken to write the review. Especially pleased to read that the excursions went smoothly for you, even with the rain we had the past week! Still the sun is out today and it’s another scorcher! You came at a great time of year as a lot of our fruit trees are really blooming. Chef loves this time of year for the fruit harvest. Thank you for the recommendation and thank you again for the review.

Best Regards,

Lyton & Eroline Lamontagne

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Reviewed 1 July 2011

We spent five nights in the Hillside Guava this June for our wedding, and it was an experience we will surely never forget. We began planning our wedding with Fond Doux last year, and were amazed with the personalized and timely responses we received from their staff. Indira was amazing in helping us plan out and organize all of the little details for our wedding and in assuring us that everything would go smoothly. We always received an email response from their staff immediately after we contacted them for any reason--usually within 24 hours, and many times within only a couple of hours.

Upon arrival, we were astounded with the beauty of the plantation--the tropical flowers and plants, the fruits, nuts, and spices, and of course the cocoa making process. The staff members were all extremely friendly and fun to get to know. Our food was always excellent. We had around 15 guests at our wedding, all of whom stayed at Fond Doux. Everyone was more than pleased with the beautiful plantation, the staff, the food, and the wedding.

Everything was planned out and followed through perfectly for our wedding, and in fact, it turned out a lot more beautiful then we could have ever imagined. Donny, the general manager, did a fantastic job in assuring everything was perfect. Our wedding was held on the Hummingbird Beach and the setup was breathtaking. A gorgeous arch of tropical flowers, beautifully decorated and arranged seating, amazing floral arrangements down the aisle, and breathtaking bouquets. The setup for our dinner back at the plantation was perfect as well. The bands that were hired were simply perfect, the dinner was delicious, and the atmosphere was so fun. The staff were dancing with us late into the night, as well as the owners--Eroline and Lyton! The owners made a point of meeting and greeting everyone in our group, and they were simply wonderful people. It was a pleasure getting to know everyone at the plantation and getting to experience such an amazing, peaceful hideaway in St. Lucia.

Our only complaint is that we had to leave St. Lucia, and that we will miss the staff and the plantation and the fun that was had during our time at Fond Doux. Thanks so much for such a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2011

Thank you for your review of your wedding and stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation.

We try very hard to give a personal service, weddings can take a lot of time and planning to organise on your side, and it was great to read that everything went just as you imagined it and more.

The grounds are looking very colourful at present and the fruit trees showing some beautiful produce. We are using a lot of the fruits in our cooking. Chef will be pleased to know your enjoyed the food and we will pass on your positive comments to the rest of the kitchen team.

We have around three bands we use on a regular basis and when we see them next we will let them know that you enjoyed their music.

Thank you again for your comprehensive review and thank you very much for your very kind comments towards all the team here at Fond Doux.

Best Regards,
Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 25 June 2011

The plantation tour was brilliant. My husband and I had our own guide who was very attentive. Following the tour we had an excellent value gourmet lunch. Highly recommended and have told all of our family and friends. We have family living on the island so we'll definitely be back

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2011

Thank you for the time taken to write your comments about your guided tour and lunch at Fond Doux.

We appreciate that you did not stay with us this time but hopefully on your return.....

Best Regards
Eroline & Lyton Lamontagne

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Address: Soufriere 250, St. Lucia
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Region: 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 Spa Hotel in Soufriere
#2 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range: £133 - £317 (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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