Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
From the moment you touch down on the grounds of the 135-acre working cocoa farm, a stay at the Fond Doux Plantation feels like a step back in time. It begins in your suite, one of 15 19th-century cottages that have been lovingly restored by owners Lyton and Eroline Lamontagne in the colonial style, with traditional gingerbread trim, four-poster beds, and pastel walls. Though some cottages have private plunge pools, you’ll want to make your way to the cascading main pool, which overlooks a verdant rain-forest glen. If all this sounds a little sleepy, don’t fret: A free shuttle is available to whisk guests to nearby Sugar Beach, and frequently rotating minibuses pass the hotel on their way to restaurants and shops 10 minutes away in Soufrière.
By Jennifer Fernandez, AFAR Contributor
Plantation Beach, St Lucia
Unbelievable. You see photos like this advertising the Caribbean, but I was amazed to see when we get there that it actually looks this good! With the Pitons in the background and the white sand and palms by the beach, it really is an amazing place. The weather was like this almost the whole time we were there as well. What is even better is that there is a Hilton at the end of the beach, so you can not only stay here, but I had work to do for my client, so I was sat on the terrace, drink in hand, looking at this incredible view, whilst getting things done! Ok, the pace of work might have been a little slower than usual, and I may have stopped for a quick sunbathe, but I was still working! Oh, for every desk to have a view like this!