Waiting for a room or suite at one of St. Lucia’s most alluring properties is about to become easier.
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation resort is increasing its capacity by adding five new cottages, which general manager, Eroline Lamontagne pledged would “retain the same unique architecture as the other 11 cottages on the plantation.”
Mrs. Lamontagne, who owns the unique accommodations along with her husband Lyton, concurs the recent TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recognition received by Fond Doux is motivation for the expansion. “Our recognition as a favorite destination last month is sparking interest in the property as well as enthusiasm to add the new accommodations.”
On the cards are three deluxe one-bedroom cottages and two honeymoon cottages with private plunge pools.
To retain the old French colonial charm, Lyton Lamontagne painstakingly moves authentic cottages from throughout the island and lovingly restores them at Fond Doux in Soufrière, St. Lucia’s former capital.
However, Mrs. Lamontagne reports the additions will be a little different: “All new cottages are going to be more spacious with outdoor living day beds and hammocks in the patios.”
Additional enhancements will be evident in the bathrooms which she says will “feature outdoor rain forest showers with luxurious fittings.”
Scheduled to be unveiled by the start of the winter season in December, the room additions will be accompanied by added touches to the common areas. “We are creating a larger and more comfortable lobby and reception area in the Great Estate house to include a library and Wi-Fi area for our guests. We are also refurbishing and upgrading our restaurants and kitchen to accommodate these changes.”
For further information, visit www.fonddouxestate.com.
About Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is a 19th century eco-friendly colonial plantation nestled in the heart of Soufrière, Saint Lucia. The Green Globe-certified resort sits in a 250 year-old working plantation and features an assortment of 10 uniquely crafted cottages, two onsite restaurants and a collage of outdoor swimming pools. Fond Doux is conveniently located just minutes away from some of the island’s key attractions, including the Sulphur Springs – the Caribbean’s only drive in volcano. It is in the neighborhood of the world-renowned twin peaks, the Pitons, which offers the best diving sites on island – all within the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fond Doux provides guests with an evocative plantation experience, and they are encouraged to actively engage in the day-to-day running of the cocoa plantation, experiences enjoyed in 2008 by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The plantation adheres closely to the spirit of eco-building and cultural preservation. Rescued from demolition, Fond Doux maintains intricate French Colonial wooden buildings more than 100 years old. The buildings were painstakingly dismantled and transported to the estate, where they were lovingly restored as guest accommodations and today stand as monuments of the island’s rich colonial history. The Guardian Newspaper in the United Kingdom rated the organic estate and eco-resort as the number two Plantation Retreat in the world.