La Haut Plantation
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Haut Plantation Soufrière
My family of 4, including 2 boys ages 16 and 6, spent the week of March 20-27, 2005, at this establishment. We rented the 3 bdr house just up the hill from the main guest house (actually, quite a hike..but we needed it after those big breakfasts they fed us). We had our own plunge pool and some of the best views of Soufriere Bay and the twin Pitons that could be found anywhere. And I'm not exaggerating! Stephanie was a most kind and accomodating hostess. She and her husband Joe invited us to come swim in their own private pool (they're putting the finishing touches on their private residence which is just a short walk from the guesthouse and restaurant), took care of some Internet issues for us, and kept us well fed and well cared for. They will arrange taxi service as needed, provide help when requested, or leave you to your privacy as you wish. La Haut has it's own nice pool for guests with more of those beautiful views. The bougainvilleas were in bloom at the time and the hummingbirds were everywhere. There are cows, goats, donkeys, and even a puppy for the kids to investigate. Soufriere itself is quintessentially Carribbean...it doesn't seem commercialized at all. My husband loved it there so much we pretty much left him at the house and the kids and I took the shuttle service provided by La Haut (2-3 times a day) to go snorkeling, boating, grocery shopping, or whatever. There are several large resorts hidden in the area which have great beaches to snorkel from. Some of the resorts, including La Haut, provide decent food. You will certainly NOT go hungry. We would love to return here. A great place if you value your privacy, breathtaking views, creature comforts, and a good value. Not a mega-resort, by any means. Just a delightful bed & breakfast inn.
We have just returned from this idyllic location of La Haut Plantation. It was all we could have hoped it would be - be it a little rustic - but that was the charm of the place. We were there for 10 days and everyone we met there thought the place was a fantastic retreat away from it all. The owners Stephanie who is Canadian and Jo her husband who is St. Lucian were lovely together with all the staff there. We could not have chose a better place to spend our New Year vacation. The room was lovely and spacious and the balacony was very large indeed with lovely comfortable cane furniture, which we re-arranged to view the Pitons and the ocean cruisers going by. The view of these mountains and the ocean were the highlight of our holiday and if you are going to book a room for the little extra I would recommend the upstairs Premium Rooms with their V.I.P. Package which includes half board and transfers to and from the airport with their resident driver Christopher Leon who will do all he can to help with tours. The breakfast with it's crispy bacon and soft poached eggs were wonderful and the lobster, jumbo prawns and local fish was lovely - in fact all the food was very good indeed.
If you wish to sample the location of La Ladara Hotel and its wonderful view, take up the Manager's Cocktail Party each Monday which is well worth the £25.00 each for the cocktails, crapes and all you can eat from their wonderful buffet.
I would say that we hired a car for 6 days. The roads are not good and very full of bends and very steep. Alot is done by the water taxis who will drop you off at various locations and pick you up again. If you go to the Rain Forest I would recommend you book through Christopher as we have travelled many roads in the world but the one to the forest was not good at all and even my husband said it was the worst he had ever been on.
The owners have also built a fabulous villa on the edge of the cliffs down from La Haut which will be their home plus a wedding venue this year I believe. It has an infinity swimming pool which puts you in the ocean thousands of feet up, which is out of this world. This can be used by guests Monday to Friday.
If you do choose this location I hope you enjoy it as much as we did plus all the other guests we met there.
A wonderful location
Just returned from a stay at La Haut and have to say that the location of this hotel is quite stunning. The view from our room of the pitons, sea and the sulphur springs was simply amazing.
The hotel itself is also highly recommended, its very small and private. The pool and gardens are lovely and its very very peaceful. The deluxe room we stayed in was very big and spacious with a great balcony. The only slight disappointment was the bathroom which was functional, but in my opinion in need of refurbishment (cracked tiles and a little too grubby).
The restaurant is very good, however I also highly recommend 'The Mango' restaurant which is the other side of the valley (about 10 mins away by car).
The staff are friendly and very efficient. All in all a lovely place and I would definitely consider returning there in the future.
Outstanding hospitality, food and views.
La Haut offered us outstanding hospitality and food. The vista from our room and restaurant is the best on the island, with view of both Pitons and Caribbean sea beyond. Our room was clean, spacious, and well designed and decorated. Next time we stay for two weeks, not one! The value was excellent and we enjoyed our stay more than at Sandles. It was more private, quite and the food was better.
Good to see this place given the plaudits it deserves!!
I only ate here - but twice! - and was shown around the rooms by the staff as I liked it so much. I would definitely go back there to stay. The food is really great, someone cares a great deal about what they prepare, they even made a non-alcoholic pina colada for my daughter.
The views are to die for, and the gardens a delight.
I'm an ex restaurant and holiday accomodation owner, so my demands are great - I endorse everyone else's recommendations.
A wonderful honeymoon
For our honeymmon, we spent 8 days and 7 nights at La Haut Plantation in Soufriere. We loved it. The hotel was exactly what we were looking for - quiet, secluded, warm, clean, friendly and romamtic. We stayed in one of the upstairs "premium" rooms. The room was huge! The staff had arranged fresh flowers all over the room, including the bathroom. The mosquito net worked as advertised, although truth be told, there weren't that many bugs around. Nightime temperatures were pleasant enogh for us to turn the fan off. The staff kept the room spotless. We walked around the wood floors barefoot and not once felt a pebble or splinter.
The view from La Haut was fabulous. Standing on our room's balcony, we were able to see the 2 Pitons, the smoke rising from the sulphur pits, and of course, the beatiful blue ocean. Breakfast was always served fresh, most days with the staff taking our order when we were ready. We did enjoy a breakfast buffet on one day.
The best assets of La Haut are the staff, and the seclusion. If you're looking for an action filled place to stay, La Haut is not for you. If you want some privacy, personal attention, and knowlegable and friendly staff, La Haut will be perfect. Stephanie, the owner, knows the island's in and outs and was glad to fill us in on anything we wanted to know - from the best beaches, to the best driver (definitely recommend her preferred driver, Christopher Leon). And the staff at La Haut were brilliant at doing all the little things that make for a memorable stay.
I also recommend getting the La Haut package that includes the meal plan. You'll be hard pressed to find a better meal on the island. And take advantage of the La Haut "library". It's small, but guests have left a nice collection of books and magazines that make for good reading on a relaxing afternoon.
So again, if you're looking for a crowd, or expect to be entertained by dancing bands every night of the week, La Haut is probably not for you. If you want to be treated like a well known family guest, enjoy a fresh meal every day, and have a private pool all to yourself, then La Haut will not dissapoint you. We took Leon's taxi into town for a couple of excursions, and Stephanie makes daily runs to town and the beaches, so you'll have plenty to keep you busy. Enjoy.
La Haut reaches new heights
La Haut is a true getaway for someone who wants to get away from it all. There is still ample opportunity to take in the sights of St. Lucia with the retreat waiting at the end of a busy day.The beaches, the Botanical Gardens, The rainforest, the sulfur springs and the Pitons all are within easy reach of La Haut and we did it all. Best of all it is possible to retreat, to read, to swim, or walk or just enjoy the hospitality of the place. The food was authentically local, prepared by skilled hands. The hosts at La Haut were accommodating to all our needs. It is truly a destination worth checking out. I will return, of this I am sure.
The Magic of La Haut
This has to be one of the most incredible places we have ever visited and their new disappearing edge pool in the valley is undescribable, swimming in it, iis like you are in heaven. Our best activity, a rum punch with fresh nutmeg, a platter of fish cakes on the restaurant balcony in full view of the Pitons and Caribbean sea. These ladies can really cook and they prepare the most fantastic dishes. Basil pesto, creole sauce, cocoa tea, and good ole apple pie - Wonderful! We were lucky to have full moon and often sat by the pool or on our balcony way into the wee hours of the night watching the stars and fireflies. Being a working plantation the place gets rolling early in the morning which some may find a little disturbing. We are early risers so we did not mind. Anyway, the birds, goats, occassional bray of the donkey, crickets and frogs singing at night is a natural chorus that you soom get attuned to. Their staff make this place special. They are sincere, without being overpowering and we shared many pleasant jokes and laughs! Kudous to Cindy, Shervon and Marcelin. If you love birds, just watching the humming birds is worth the trip in itself. This place maybe small, unsophiticated, but we think it is "magical" and we cannot imagine a visit to St. Lucia would be complete without stopping at La Haut .
Spent Xmas in Paradise!
Every Canadian dreams of escaping the winter chill. Our dream holiday came true this past Xmas with a 1-week stay at La Haut!!! Small but cozy, this family-run inn had friendly staff & probably the best view on the island. The owner, Stephanie, (ironically, also a Canadian who had wisely escaped to this tropical island!) was gracious & attentive - helping us arrnage a 1-day boat trip & giving us rides to/from the nearby beach. She's a great chef also, as our expanded waistlines prove! ;-)
Undoubtedly, the best features of La Huat are its coastal location (on a hill overlooking the sea, mountains & the town of Soufriere), its charm & its great value for money. Especially liked the pool & the intimacy of the guesthouse; we met some wonderful people from Europe & US, but also had our own 'space' at this quiet B&B. Would definitely go back!!!
Magic of La Haut
La Haut Is truly magic! I was a little apprehensive about going to a small hotel, but the pictures were wonderful, although they don't do the place justice! What views! Clouds barrelling over the mountains, lie on yur back in the pool with the Pitons and palm trees in the background, amazing! As for the country life, idyllic. Birds, donkeys, goats ... Wonderful friendly Staff, tasty food also good for you. Fishcakes, basil pesto, pumpkin chips - an absolute MUST. This place is a hidden gem and I hope it stays that way. Pure Magic!
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