Ratings based on 48 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.6 out of 5
98% of guests recommend
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.6 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.3 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Florida

St Lucia holiday at Fond Doux

Posted Jul 27, 2014
Pros: Very comfortable and individual cottages set in tropical plantation grounds. Very friendly and helpful staff. Close to lots of great things to do.
Cons: Nothing, it is perfect.
We spent six nights at the beautiful Fond Doux resort in the lush forest surrounding Soufrier and the Pitons. The hotel is fantastic with beautiful individual cottages. We stayed initially in Bamboo Cottage in the plantation grounds surrounded by flowers and humming birds. We then moved into Guava Cottage which had a view across the plantation and surrounding hills. Each cottage was in excellent condition and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The hotel restuarant is very good quality and we also visited a number of excellent resturants in near by hotels. Would recommend Orlando's Restuarant in Soufrier as outstanding. The area around the Fond Doux has plenty to do. We took a guided hike up the Gros Piton, which is well worthwhile, and a great walk in the rainforest with our guide Lloyd. There is als a coast to coast hike which we will save for next time. We also did some snorkling off the local beaches with good coral and fish life very close to the beach.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 5, 2014 by Eroline, Hotel Management
Dear William, Thank you for your review and for choosing Fond Doux Holiday Plantation as the resort to celebrate your special occasion. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you have so many great things to say about the resort, its cottages, staff, and cuisine. Our cottages are indeed beautiful and all uniquely crafted and we are delighted that you got to experience two of them. Not every guest gets the opportunity to wake up surrounded by our beautiful flowers, lush surroundings and to the amazing view that can be seen from our hillside cottages during one visit :) Our employees always strive to provide our guests with excellent service, so we are happy to learn that you found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. We will be sure to pass on your wonderful comments to the entire team about their service and the cuisine as well. Thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you back to our plantation paradise very soon. Best Regards, Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from queens New York

Very beautiful place to be.

Posted Jul 8, 2014
Pros: the bed was made beautifully, the staff was so nice and the beautiful tress and flowers.
Cons: they should have toothpaste because we forgot ours and had to go out and buy, buy boyfriend said they should have t.v. but i could understand why.
Location: Well there is so much to do and so much to see just wonderful. to much to even put down. its just that it not near any beach or town.
My boyfriend and I love this hotel and the staff was great. we are a young couple but the staff made us feel comfortable and the food was great. Very beautiful place to me just amazing. I love the the room we stayed in it was so beautiful and when i love the way they make the bed before you get in. The flowers and trees and sites are to dye for just beautiful place to me. I would go back again.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 27, 2014 by Eroline, Hotel Management
Dear Mahalia, Thank you for your short but very sweet review. We would like to thank you for choosing Fond Doux Holiday Plantation to celebrate your special occasion. It was a pleasure accommodating you. Your wonderful comments about our staff, food and resort are all greatly appreciated. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to the staff. We are thrilled that you loved your room and that you were comfortable. We always aim to satisfy our guests and based on your review, it appears that we have achieved that once again. Fond Doux is indeed a very beautiful place to stay and we are glad that you and your other half got the opportunity to revel in that beauty. Once again, thank you for choosing Fond Doux Holiday Plantation and we look forward to welcoming you to our Plantation Paradise again. Best Regards, Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Families
by Randi from Boston, MA, USA

Beautiful natural surroundings, wonderful staff

Posted Jun 9, 2014
Pros: Staff were amazing Free breakfast was luscious and varied with lots of fresh fruits Natural surroundings were amazing
Cons: The restaurant was expensive and the menu was small The beds weren't super comfortable
Location: Beautiful area, amazing beaches. A bit far from some more touristy attractions near Castries.
The Fond Doux plantation is just beautiful, the natural surroundings are peaceful, the greenery is lush. The staff were fantastic, they befriended my teenage son and made him feel right at home. They were helpful at every opportunity, always going above and beyond. It was a lovely experience staying there, and it made our trip to St Lucia fantastic.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 27, 2014 by Eroline, Hotel Management
Dear Randi, Many thanks for your wonderful review and for choosing Fond Doux Holiday Plantation as your vacation destination. Thank you for all your wonderful comments about the resort. We at Fond Doux pride ourselves in providing each and every guest with amazing hospitality, and there is nothing more gratifying than knowing our guests had a fun-filled and memorable vacation at our plantation paradise. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and Fond Doux made your trip to St. Lucia fantastic. Once again, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you for choosing our plantation paradise and we look forward to welcoming you back. Best Regards, Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by sherriewynes from Charlotte, NC

Excellent Staff

Posted May 20, 2014
Pros: I like it's character. You can't find this kind of cottage at a resort.
Cons: The cottage bathroom windows could use a new coat of paint.
Location: It's nestled in a beautiful part of St Lucia. Must dos/see: Sugar Beach, mud bath, swim in the waterfall, Tete Garden, sailing, scuba diving
This is a plantation turned hotel so you will not get your modern, up-to-date rooms but this place is very charming! The cottages are secluded and very spacious. We got the "jungle view" since our cottage was lower on the hillside instead if the island/mountain view but it was still beautiful. The staff are excellent. We were greeted with a cocktail while our baggage were taken to our cottage. In casual conversation we asked the chief if she makes fried plantains. The following morning at breakfast she brought us friend plantains (off the menu) herself! All of the staff really pay attention to details. Highly recommended!
Comment from Hotel Management
May 21, 2014 by Eroline, Hotel Management
“Excellent Review most appreciated” Thank you for your positive feedback regarding your recent stay at our Plantation Paradise. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed our amenities, authentic accommodations and our tropical rainforest environment. Comments like yours are very encouraging and constantly remind us of the importance of delivering exceptional service to our guests and the special touches that create positive memories. Our team members will be delighted with your feedback. We will commend them on a job well done especially our Chef for fulfilling your request. Please know that your comments and your business have been greatly appreciated. On behalf of the entire team, we all look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best Regards, Eroline/Lyton Lamontagne
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by StheG from New Zealand

Remote and relaxing

Posted May 15, 2014 on Hotels.com
This hotel is in the hills about 15 minutes drive from Soufriere. Without a car, there is not a lot to do - a plantation tour and a walk up to the Tet Paul nature reserve were all we managed.The setting is lovely, with well laid out gardens, including an extensive vege garden. The veges are used in the on-site restaurant. The individual cottages are quaint and private. But being in the jungle, there were lots of mosquitoes and I am now covered in bites.it takes almost an hour and a quarter to drive to the resort from the Castries airport, over very windy, narrow roads. Definitely not suitable for those who get car sick! The staff are pleasant. But overall the price is reasonably expensive for the standard of accommodation provided.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Ian from Wales

Natural and friendly

Posted Apr 22, 2014
Pros: We especially liked the quiet natural location and the extremely helpful friendly staff.
Location: The location was perfect for seeing all St Lucia has to offer. It is close to the Piton's, volcano springs, the rainforest and the beautiful beaches.
This was a fantastic location for a peaceful natural Holiday. From the moment we arrived we knew it was a special environment. The staff where all extremely friendly and accommodating and our cottage situated overlooking the plantation was exquisite. The naturally man made cottage was perfect including a lovely four poster bed, outside shower, a plunge pool, veranda with a view to kill. The area is perfect for experiencing St Lucia at its best from the Piton Mountains, volcanic springs, beautiful beaches, snorkelling and the magic of the rainforest. The favourite tour we experienced was the rainforest walk, our tour guide was Mango who gave a great guided tour of the forest explaining the natural medical remedies and the wildlife including the Amazonian Parrot (we saw three). We also visited a cascading waterfall which was extremely refreshing made even better by a grapefruit from Mango. The tour was made even more magical when Mango took us to his farm where we picked vegetables which was then cooked by the hotel for our evening meal. We then visited his home where we had fish cakes cooked by his Auntie. There are not many hotels if not any that the owners buy drinks, chat and introduce the rest of their family to you but that is what Lyton did during the Easter Sunday party. The whole staff made it special from Catrina the organiser and tour specialist, Kendall at the bar and Philip who gave us a plantation tour. Our whole experience was magical and we will return.
Comment from Hotel Management
May 21, 2014 by Eroline, Hotel Management
BEAUTIFUL REVIEW - MOST APPRECIATED!!! Dear Ian, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us and others. It is always a pleasure to hear that we have succeeded in delivering another memorable vacation as we genuinely strive to deliver a special and natural vacation experience in a truly authentic location. We are delighted to read that you found the team here at Fond Doux to be extremely accommodating and friendly. We try our best to get to know every guest as we enjoy meeting people from all over the globe. The Hilltop Mango is indeed one of the most beautiful cottages on the plantation and we are happy that you found it to be perfect; the views from there are to die for. Fond Doux is the ideal base for visiting Soufriere as it is in proximity to most of the major attractions. We are happy to read that you enjoyed the rainforest hike and that it was indeed one of your favorite tours. Saint Lucians are generally known for their friendliness and warmth and it is heartwarming to read that Mango welcomed you into his home where you experience St. Lucian hospitality first hand. You are indeed quite correct, there are not many hotels where guests get the opportunity to meet face to face with the owners where they can chat, have drinks and to be introduce to our family members. We try our best to ensure that all guests feel special and part of our Fond Doux family. We will be sure to pass on your encouraging feedback to the entire team especially Katrina, Kendal and Philip for creating such a magical and special experience for you. We are happy that Fond Doux Holiday Plantation was able to do its magic once again. Thank you for your commitment to return and for your unwavering support of our plantation paradise. Best Regards, Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Not your typical hotel on the beach

Posted Feb 11, 2014
Pros: Wonderful and capable staff! Loved getting to know them during our stay. The fresh seafood was excellent!
We chose this hotel because it wasn't your typical hotel on the beach. Be prepared for more limited amenities and for the more "rugged" rainforest experience of being inland on a plantation.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Amazing Staff! Beautiful Grounds! Great Food.

Posted Jan 17, 2014
The Staff was extremely nice! The grounds are a tropical paradise! The food was much better than some of the other resorts we tried. The rooms are clean and very private. I recommend staying in one of the cottages on the hill, you will enjoy waking up to that view.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 9, 2014 by Eroline, Hotel Management
Hello, Thank you for providing your feedback following your stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. We are happy that we were able to accommodate you and that our team members when above and beyond to ensure that you had an enjoyable stay. Your comments about the rooms, grounds and food are greatly appreciated. Hopefully, you will feel compelled to return to paradise in the near future. We would be so pleased to welcome you back to experience more of the St. Lucian hospitality. Best Regards, Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by GSKTT from Trinidad, WI

Rustic perfection!

Posted Nov 19, 2013 on Hotels.com
We really enjoyed Fond Doux. It has a family atmosphere with staff who obviously enjoy working there and owners who make a point of introducing themselves to all the guests. Each cottage is nestled in isolation in the midst of the forest, some with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. It is very quiet and absolutely peaceful. If you enjoy nature and don't mind a short walk to your hotel room (through the forest!) then this is the place for you. The cottages are very tastefully and comfortably decorated, which means that this hotel is very rustic but also very comfortable. The meals including breakfast were good. The location is somewhat isolated from surrounding towns (Soufreis being the nearest, about 10 minutes drive away). If you are confident driving on the narrow mountainous roads, a rental car is recommended but if not, then the hotel will call taxis for you to take you around the place.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 12, 2014 by Eroline, Hotel Management
Hello GSKTT, We truly appreciate your posting relating to your recent stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. 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. Once again, thank you for your encouraging comments and we look forward to welcoming you back to in the not too distant future. Best Regards, Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by kelly from winnipeg MB canada

Pros and cons - great cottages, pool and staff

Posted Nov 18, 2013
Just finished a 4 night stay at Fond Doux. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The cottages were awesome. We were in hilltop papaya with a plunge pool and the outdoor shower. Very romantic and quaint. The hotel pool was also very nice. However the communication at the hotel was a bit lacking. We were invited to a Caribbean meet and greet followed by a buffet and and dancing. No prices were mentioned in the letter delivered to our door. And upon discussions with other guests we came to the conclusion that it was included. Most guests did all inclusive but we didn't. Even if we had to pay it was fine. But when we checked out we were shocked to see a charge for over 150$ US! For what we were served that was ridiculous. All they had to do was put a note in the letter indicating the price, and we would've eaten somewhere else. Also the excursions were very overpriced and included very little. We had stayed in Rodney bay previous to here and found the prices reasonable but because its more remote at fond Doux they seemed to really go for all you had. Our advice would be to try and get a good driver from the airport and use them while touring around the island. Our driver said he would charge 20$ an hour and even with entrance fees we could've saved quite a bit. Overall the hotel is very nice but watch your wallet!
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 9, 2014 by Eroline, Hotel Management
Hello Kelly, Thank you for providing your feedback following your recent stay at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. We truly appreciate your comments about our super friendly and helpful staff, awesome cottages- quaint and romantic and the pool area. We would like to apologize for the disappointments that you have highlighted. We are very concerned about your comments regarding the level of communication at the hotel as the team members at Fond Doux are usually highly praised by our guest for the high quality of service that they offer. We wish to clarify that the only thing complimentary was the cocktail hour which included drinks and finger foods. We do understand that there was no pricing for the buffet in the invitation letter however; we find it quite surprising that one would think that dinner along with live entertainment would be included as part of a cocktail hour unless the guest is on an all-inclusive plan. There were guests who joined us for the buffet dinner who were not on the all- inclusive plan, and were aware that the dinner was not part of the complimentary cocktail. It is quite disappointing that you made no mention in your review that upon querying the dinner price, that the buffet dinner amount including your beverages was deducted from your total bill. We have met with our Front Desk team and have addressed your comments with regards to the price inclusion on the invitation letters. In comparison to the other resorts both in Soufriere and St. Lucia in general, our prices are extremely affordable. Transportation in the small Caribbean islands is quite costly due to the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) and the high fuel prices. The distances may appear close in terms of miles however; due to the mountainous terrain it makes it a very long and expensive drive. We trust that apart from the disappointments that you highlighted, you enjoyed the time that you spent with us. Once again, thank you for your comments and we would welcome the opportunity to serve you again and to share firsthand the improvements made in light of your concerns. Best Regards, Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne