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Fond Doux Plantation & Resort
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

My wife and I spent fives days at this amazing plantation paradise. The grounds are beautiful, the cottages are amazing, and the staff are excellent! The owner was also present around the grounds and extremely nice and accommodating. We had friends staying at other nearby supposedly better places and they could not compare. If you want a great peaceful place to stay, in a beautiful setting, so you can experience the local offering of the island, stay here! It's a real working plantation and they offer everything service you need to experience the whole island

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Anthony D
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

THANK YOU FOR THE PARADISE REVIEW!!
Dear Anthony D,
Many thanks for your short and sweet review.
We are delighted to read that overall you had an amazing stay here with us and that you found the grounds to be beautiful and the staff to be excellent.
As proud owners of this unique St. Lucian gem we make it our priority to meet and connect with our guests and we are happy that you found us to be extremely nice and accommodating.
Thank you for stating that our property stood out from all the other nearby resorts in which your friends stayed at – this is indeed a powerful endorsement. Fond Doux Holiday is a unique St. Lucian gem and appeals to persons seeking an authentic St. Lucian experience.
We are indeed happy that we were able to deliver another amazing and relaxing experience. Once again we are extremely grateful for having chosen our plantation paradise and we look forward to welcoming you back with arms wide open, warm smiles and the excellent service you now expect.
Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

My time spent at Fond Doux, although short, was a tremendous experience. The true essence of simplicity and sustainability were realized when I stepped foot onto this cocoa plantation hideaway. The staff are attentive. Rooms and property settings are natural yet inviting. I enjoyed the interaction with ownership and management. True passion and pride was conveyed. A secluded place with history and heritage, it's ideal for a relaxing and tranquil experience to enjoy the beauty of St. Lucia and view of The Pitons.

Stayed: June 2014
1  Thank Denaye H
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

THANK YOU FOR THE AUTHENTIC REVIEW!!
Dear Denaye H,
Thank you so much for your thoughtful & kind review. It was a pleasure getting to know you & hosting you during your stay.
It is evident from your posting that you have captured the true essence of our tropical paradise. Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is one of the oldest working plantations in the Caribbean and we try our best to offer a unique and authentic plantation experience to our guests. We are indeed proud of our heritage and culture and will do all in our power to help in its preservation.
As a green globe certified property, we do understand that Tourism makes a contribution to climate change which is why we are focusing our efforts on sustainable tourism and to also raise awareness to change our production, consumption, lifestyle patterns and to engage in sustainable and more ecofriendly practices to help protect and save planet Earth.
We are delighted to read that you found the staff to be very attentive and that you enjoyed interacting with us. We are passionate about this St. Lucian product and take great pride in sharing it with our guests. Thank you for all your encouraging feedback and support.
We look forward to welcoming you back to experience more of Saint Lucia’s Authentic Heritage.
Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We spent 7 nights here at the Fond Doux Plantation and we are so glad that we chose this place, and this area to be located in. From the very start we were impressed with everyone we met who worked at Fond Doux, they met us each day with smiles and friendliness and made us feel so very welcome! For those who don't want a beach holiday, and who want to know more about the island, this is a wonderful place to be. Do the plantation tour; if you're lucky, Philip will be your guide. His knowledge and enthusiasm to show us everything that surrounded us was great!
We had a hire car, so made the most of exploring the west side of the island, but also spent some days, just lying by the pools (Trois Baisins) and reading. On those days we ate lunch in the restaurant; good simple food, with great tastes...I recommend the Plantation Salad with fish!
We also ate in at night time twice, and enjoyed those meals too, but sadly, missed the night when the plantation manager and his wife hosted a party....maybe next time.
We started off in African Tulip Cottage which was lovely, and then, lucky us, we were upgraded for the last 3 days to the Hill Top Cottage which is, as it says, on the hill top, overlooking the plantation tree canopy! This suite has a plunge pool which we really enjoyed using!
At night we lay in bed listening to nature's lullaby...the sounds of tree frogs and crickets is amazing! (When I got back home I missed it for the first few nights and found it difficult to get to sleep!)
The birds on the plantation are beautiful...I spent hours trying to get good shots of the Hummingbirds that are everywhere!
Fond Doux is not luxurious, however, Fond Doux has everything you will need on a holiday, but with smiles and service that you can't put a price on!
I will recommend Fond Doux to others and, we will return!

Room Tip: We loved African Tulip Cottage (which was 'on the ground') and our second rooms in Tree Hous...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jennifire
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

THANK YOU FOR YOUR REVIEW!!

Dear Jennifire,

We greatly appreciate your positive feedback about your experience and it is heartwarming to read that you were delighted with your decision to stay at our resort.

We are thrilled to read that you were impressed with everyone whom you met and that they greeted you with warm and friendly smiles. Saint Lucians have developed a worldwide reputation for their hospitality and we are happy that you too share the same sentiments. Thank you for acknowledging the efforts of the Fond Doux Team, as we go above and beyond to ensure that we fulfill the needs of our guests and ensure that everyone feels welcome.

We certainly agree with you, Fond Doux Holiday Plantation does not appeal to everyone; it is best suited for the soft-adventure traveler who seeks to experience St. Lucia’s true heritage.

Your comments about the tour, cuisine, accommodations and the rainforest ambiance are all received with the highest gratitude. We are delighted to hear that you greatly appreciated the upgrade to the honeymoon suite and that overall you enjoyed your stay in both cottages. We are glad to hear that you found Mother Nature’s nightly chorus to be amazing, that you did miss it and that it was difficult to sleep at night after you returned home.

We will be sure to pass on your feedback to the entire team including Philip for delivering yet another memorable vacation experience.

Thank you for your confidence in our property. We appreciate every posting on this board as we understand that these are individual expressions of personal experiences at the hotel which help us in spreading the word about what can be expected whilst staying at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. We are indeed grateful that you are spreading the word about the authentic experiences you enjoyed here.

Thank you for your support and we do look forward to welcoming you back.

Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We split our time between the north and south parts of the island - would recommend staying in the south. This gives you a good base to see a mix of things on the island, and a good choice of accommodation. Fond Doux is a great plantation resort - nice individual cottages in a rainforest setting. There are good facilities, in a lovely, discrete location so it all feels very private. There are more polished resorts on the island, but Fond Doux has a very real and natural feel. Great place to stay.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT REVIEW!!
Dear JacMul10,
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and sharing your positive experiences.
We are grateful that you are recommending visitors to stay in the south of the island based on the authentic experiences you enjoyed here and the fact that this area represents the heart and soul of the country. We are also delighted to read that you found Fond Doux to be a great resort with nice individual cottages in a rainforest setting and great facilities in a lovely discreet location.
We understand the fact that Fond Doux Holiday Plantation does not appeal to everyone and we cater for persons seeking to experience Saint Lucia’s rich heritage in an undisturbed rainforest ambiance.
We greatly appreciate the time you have taken to share your experiences with the travelling public and we are confident that you left our shores with wonderful memories of Saint Lucia and Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. It was a pleasure for us and our team to have had the opportunity to welcome you.
Thank you once again for your support.
Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Fond Doux is a great choice for travelers who do not need to be right on the beach. It is set on a working plantation which is part of its charm. The tour of the grounds was very interesting and we learned about many native fruits and spices. You will see a fantastic view of the Pitons and Sugar Beach from the peak of the walk.
Cottages offer a lot of privacy and are quite spacious. We had 2 spacious bedrooms and bathrooms as well as kitchen and common area. The deck from our cottage did not have a view but we were out all day anyway.
Breakfast is provided and includes fresh fruit, yogurt, baked goods and an omelette station, as well as coffee, tea, cocoa tea, and juices.
Restaurant on site offers lunch and dinner. We had dinner there twice and our 2nd dinner, in particular, was fabulous.
Fond Doux offers a free shuttle to Sugar Beach. We had a rental car so drove ourselves. It is a very nice beach with (unnecessarily) imported white sand and fair snorkeling. There are chairs available free of charge on the right side of beach for non-guests. Compared to the rates at Sugar Beach, we felt Fond Doux offered a great value.
Service was very good - friendly and helpful from all staff. The small problem we encountered with bugs in our room (you are in the rainforest, after all) was handled quickly.
Yes, it is true that the bugs at night provide a "symphony" so if you need total quiet, bring ear plugs.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank swimmer283
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Fonddoux, General Manager at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2014

GREAT RAINFOREST REVIEW-MOST APPRECIATED!!

Dear Joangk,

Thank you for sharing your vacation experience with us and the travelling public.

Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is indeed a great choice for the soft-adventure traveler who seeks off-the-beaten path natural adventure/attractions, authentic Caribbean cultural experiences and comfortable accommodations. Our facilities and activities attempt to immerse adventure seeking guests in pure nature and we are therefore happy to read that you found the plantation tour to be very interesting.

We greatly appreciate all your positive feedback regarding our comfortable accommodations, fabulous food and beverage offerings and great service from our friendly and helpful team.

We try our best to attend to any issues immediately and we are therefore happy to read that the issue with the bugs was dealt with efficiently. Most of our guests have expressed that they enjoy the nightly chorus from Mother Nature which usually serenades them to bed however; we do understand that this does not appeal to everyone hence the reason we provide earplugs in all the cottages.

Vacations are meant to be blissful and we're glad that overall you had a wonderful experience. Your opinion means a great deal to us and so we are extremely pleased that you so eloquently shared your experience with others who may be considering a trip to St. Lucia.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Best Regards
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

This hotel was so friendly and warm, the staff were extremely attentive and the service was excellent. I rarely return to the same place twice, but I would very much like to visit Fond Doux a second and third time. The surroundings were so special, at night the sound of the crickets and other critters were loud but restful. I recorded it so I can listen to it when I'm feeling stressed in Boston this winter.The breakfast was great, we loved the fruit, oh my, those mangoes! I can't say enough about the staff, they befriended my teenage son and we felt like part of their family. Thank you for making our vacation so special, I will remember it for a long time.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank TravelingMom62
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Fonddoux, Owner at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

THANK YOU FOR THE FANTASTIC REVIEW!!
Dear TravelingMom62,
Thank you for taking the time to write this fantastic review of your family’s vacation experience at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. We are truly humbled to hear that you rarely return to the same place twice however, you would very much like to visit Fond Doux a second and third time. It is clear from your comments that you have finally discovered your own little piece of paradise.
We are committed to making every holiday experience a fulfilling and memorable one and so we are delighted to know that your experience was exceptional and that the services, accommodation and amenities we delivered contributed to a wonderful stay. Saint Lucians are generally known for their friendliness and warmth and it is heartwarming to read that the staff befriended your son and that you all felt like part of our family. We will continue to do our best to maintain the experience which you enjoyed, and will do our utmost to ensure that your next experience is just as favorable as your last.We will be sure to pass on your encouraging feedback to the entire team for delivering yet another memorable experience.
Your opinion means a great deal to us and so we are extremely pleased that you so eloquently shared your experience with others who may be considering a trip to St. Lucia.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you back for another fantastic family vacation.

Best Regards,
Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We went to St Lucia for a weekend gateway. Both of us (myself and my wife) had mixed feelings about Fond Doux Plantation. Its in the south of the island and fairly close to the airport. Approx. 30 mins by car. We stayed at Bamboo Cottage which does not have any view at all, meanwhile, the cottage was clean and private. It may differ from person to person, for us, bed and pillows was not that comfortable. At night, there were annoying voices from the creatures that live in the forest, starts from sunset continues till sunrise, and it is really hard to go to sleep. There is no TV in the cottage and wi-fi internet connection was terrible, did not work at all. There is a little fridge u may store your food. The porch is nice, we enjoyed our breakfast there. Bathroom/Toilet need some upgrade. Pools area was nice and quiet and overlooking the scene. There is even a little library nearby, you may read book and relax. Breakfast area was beautiful but there is noting to eat other than omelette. People was nice and helpful. The plantation is not on the beach and when you are in Caribbean you want to enjoy the world famous beaches, however, there is a shuttle service to Sugar Beach Resort, which is fabulous. Briefly, Fond Doux is a good accommodation for the people who love nature and do not care much about the beaches.

Room Tip: I believe, hilltop area have better view. We stayed down the hill and there was no view.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Halil Ibrahim D
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Fonddoux, General Manager at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2014

Dear Halil,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm very pleased to hear you enjoyed the cleanliness and privacy of your cottage, as well as our friendly and helpful staff, the patio outside your suite, and the resort’s pool area.

You’re right - Bamboo Cottage doesn’t have an ocean view, but many guests love how the cottage is nestled into the surrounding trees.

At Fond Doux Plantation & Resort we strive to cultivate an atmosphere that is well suited to relaxation, privacy, and intimacy. In an effort to facilitate these values and to provide an authentic experience for guests, we do not offer televisions in any of our cottages. Please note that televisions are not included in the list of Cottage amenities and features on our website.

It can be exciting to visit a new place, but I appreciate that the sounds of our surrounding tropical jungle can be unexpected if you’re not used to it, and I’m sorry to hear you felt disrupted by this.

As you noted, we are in very close proximity to nearby Sugar Beach and I'm happy that you found the direct shuttle service to be helpful. Sugar Beach is just one of many gorgeous beaches in St. Lucia and we are very pleased to be located so close to it for the benefit of our guests.

Again Halil, I want to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and am happy that you were able to enjoy many aspects of your stay at Fond Doux Plantation & Resort.

Best Regards,
Eroline and 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 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
#2 Spa Hotel in Soufriere
#2 Green Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range: £135 - £320 (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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