Stonefield Estate Resort
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Paradise away from the madding crowd
Stonefield estates was a dream come true for a romantic vacation. My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in St. Lucia. We were looking for an intimate setting without a hotel feeling. This property provided that setting extremely well. The villa was perfect, just lovely and private. The villa was not air conditioned, thank God. The weather and fresh air were entirely delightful and invigorating. A large percentage of the walls have moveable slats, the atmosphere could be regulated so we were not at the mercy of the elements, insects were unnoticable as well. The night noise of birds and insects was a symphony that we will always treasure in our memory. Service at Stonefield was fine, friendly and unobtrusive. This area is more pricey than the commercialized north end of the island but well worth the price in terms of the innocence and friendliness of the local population. We were looking for natural amusements rather than nightlife type of entertainment and it is there with both amazing snorkeling and mountain rainforest attractions. Transportation is a negative because of narrow winding roads through hilly terrain. Getting around the island proved to be both moderately expensive and time consuming, however we were mostly content to stay in the Soufrere area.
All in all we dream of going back, this was a deeply satifying experience.
Was there for 10 beautiful days. Excellent staff; great customer service. Would go back again.
Wedding Dream come True
I just got back yesterday from my wedding and honeymoon at Stonefield. It was a dream come true. In fact, the whole experience was so relaxing and stress free that 2 hours before my wedding I was still swimming in the pool with our families! The villas are spacious and clean. And the view from your porch is breathtaking! We stayed in Jacaranda and loved it. On our wedding night they decorated the villa with lots of candles and placed flower petals on our bed and surrounding floor. Very romantic. We had booked the vacation from luxurylink and I would recommed doing that, as you save even more money on this reasonably priced resort. We are scuba divers and we went with the neighboring resort's (Hilton) scuba shop, which worked out great. The resort is near all the best dive sites. Stonefield provides shuttles to the beach and we found the scheduled times suited us fine. Things that you need to be aware of is that yes, there is no air conditioning in the villas, but their windows have screens, so only a very limited amount bugs find their way in. Also, the service at the restaurant is slow, but the food is good and the view is amazing, so you don't mind too much. The roads on the island are in a terrible shape because of constuction, so the ride to the resort is about an hour and fifteen minutes long. But, the resort is close to many of the tours and attractions, so once at the resort you are only 15-20 minute car rides away from most of the things you want to do. Taxi ride prices are outrageous. Try to share the ride with another couple to split costs, or hire a local for the day to drive you around. We did and just tipped him. It was a wonderful way to do the things we wanted to do (got to do more in one day), and also know that you are not getting ripped off by the tour prices. The resort is run by a young family and they are very nice and wonderful people. You feel like you are a personal guest of theirs while there. Our immediate families met us at the resort for our wedding, and they handled all the coordinating for us. It is a beautiful place for a wedding. While at Stonefield, my husband and I had the chance to visit Ladera, the Hilton, and the Hummingbird resort/hotels. We found that we liked Stonefield the best. It is more quaint than the Hilton, and has bigger rooms than Ladera. You really are getting more for your money. As long as you can live without air conditioning and don't mind sleeping to the sounds of some animals/insects, than you will have a wonderful time at Stonefield. The views from your porch will make you want to stay forever.
Nice, with some disappointments
My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon at Stonefield Villas in St. Lucia. The property was in a beautiful location, the pictures true to life. We had a beautiful view from our villa, although it was not the villa we originally were told we would have (this requires you to specifically request a villa or they can change it after your booking). The pool was nice with an incredible view of the Petit Piton. Both the pool and the restaurant were never crowded. We spent a lot of time on our large porch in the hammock and at the pool.We purchased a vacation package, which we now realize was a mistake. Many of the excursions involved getting a ride to the location and being dropped off (they are expensive excursions...). You would be better off if you rented a car and did the sight-seeing yourself. Furthermore, the hotel takes a percentage for anything they refer you to, so if you arrange it yourself, it costs less.If you want a beach vacation, do not stay at Stonefield. The beaches were difficult and expensive to get to: The close local beach was misrepresented as a short walk away, it is a grueling walk back to the hotel up a steep incline. Also, the local beach, although secluded, is rocky and you will be subject to harassment by the locals, which happened to us. The daily shuttles to the beach are inconvenient as you have to go by the shuttle schedule and not necessarily by when you want to leave. The shuttle takes you to the Jalousie Hilton, which charges you $10 U.S. per beach chair. The taxi ride to the beach costs $10 each way... and it is expensive to eat at the Hilton, so the costs add up if you go to the beach everyday (Hint: The food is less expensive if you order on the beach than in the restaurant).The massage was excellent, I highly recommend it. The management staff was highly responsive and friendly. The food is good at the Mango Tree, but expensive--although it is comparable to other local resort restaurants. Also, the hotel quotes you in U.S. dollars and then converts it at a rate favorable to them, which ended up costing us an extra $65.00.Although there were some disappointments, overall, we had a pleasant visit to Stonefield Villas.
Another word for Paradise
Our stay at Stonefield was sublime. This is a very peaceful, beautiful and enchanting spot in the Caribbean, yet its location offered plenty for our active family of four. You are literally tucked away against the flank of the Piton, whose shadow at night stands like a sentinel against the starry sky.We loved the spaciousness and unique feel of our family villa. All of the decor is made by local artisans, in keeping with the island's cultural heritage. Locally woven baskets and creative pottery dishes hold soaps and fresh flowers. The stonework and woodwork carvings offer you a feel of what cocoa plantation living was like.One unique feature is the garden shower. Live plants and open air ceilings lend great atmosphere to the showers while keeping you in complete privacy. A hummingbird kept me company while I brushed my teeth one morning and adorable tiny little frogs sang us to sleep each night. Don't mind the little lizards that keep you at a safe distance, they eat the bugs! We weren't really bothered by mosquitoes, maybe because the ocean view villa we stayed in had screens in the bedroom windows, but we were happy that we had brought incense to keep the smell from the volcanic sulphur springs under cover on still nights.Open up huge french doors in the living room, dining room and bedroom, and incredible views greet you. We were spellbound whenever we spent some time just hanging around, (literally, in the gigantic hammock overlooking the Caribbean sea). Our two bedroom villa offered us two separate patios, complete with our own deck chairs and outside dining arrangement. In one of our photos, the kids are holding five different types of fruit, all found within walking distance. And they loved swimming in the pool, when we weren't hiking and exploring.We tried a few of the restaurants in the area, and found Stonefield's Mango Tree restaurant to be equally delicious. We also made fresh mango-banana smoothies in our own kitchen, accompanied by locally made bread bought in the open air market in has a great beach for sailing and snorkeling and Stonefield provides a free shuttle there every day. The Bang, on Wednesday nights offers great entertainment with an inexpensive creole meal, right on the Hilton's beach.I would be remiss if I did not mention the staff, all of whom are very friendly and accomodating. They provide a very private and relaxed atmosphere, while keeping the place quite clean and your every wish for food and drink fulfilled. In every possible nook and cranny, colorful flowers and plants abound.If you are looking for a true glimpse at island life, without sacrificing the comforts and luxuries of resort living, this is the place.
A unique experience
My partner and I have just returned from 5 nights at Stonefield Estate. It is a beautiful spot and truly relaxing. The scenery is spectacular, you feel you can reach out and touch Petit Piton. Our villa was stunning, beautifully furnished, very comfortable and with an outstanding view. The staff were all helpful and courteous and tried hard to please. The food at Mango Tree restaurant was fine - there is definitely room for some improvment there (that's about the only thing that could be improved upon).No phones, TVs, or anything "unnatural" to distract you from your surroundings. Perfect! Very good value for money. Don't stay at Ladera, just go there for drinks/dinner one night as it's not worth the extra money.
What a great Place!
Just returned from a wonderful wedding and honeymoon in Stonefield estates 6/3/03. Everybody was so helpful and nice there, we were wonderfuly suprised! If you want some of the most beautiful views and privacy to enjoy them at a Great price, mind you not pretending to be Sandal's I would recommend this place. There are some friendly frog's that come in at night, only louvers on windows but you definetely feel you are one with nature We stayed at a 5 star earlier, but if we come back will probably come back to Stonefield feel free to e-mail thank's Gary
My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon in Saint Lucia. We stayed at Stonefield Estate and had the most wonderful experience. Stonefield is the perfect honeymoon destination for anyone who wants an atomosphere set in paradise. Privacy, outstanding service, beauty, and upscale accomidations are adjectives that describe this property. This property is a great value for the level of service and the villa accomidations that they offer. My only recomendation is to bring mosquito repellent because they will get you!
The best of the best
What a wonderful surprise we got when we arrived only to find out that we had been upgraded to the fabulous Bouganvilla Villa! Everything at Stonefield was as wonderful as the VIEW. After a rather disappointing lunch at Ladera we were even more sure that we had made the right choice in resorts. For the price, you just can't do better than Stonefield ...... in fact, for any price, you can't do better!!!
We live in Miami, and since our 'Eden' (Hawaii) is so far away, we searched hard for a Caribbean Island that offered similar geographical and floral splendors and waters and hospitatlity.
St. Lucia filled the bill nicely, all around.
We got off to an auspicious start, with our vehicle overheating and stalling halfway from Castries, where we flew into, to Soufriere. Within 15-minutes, about 5 different vehicles of concerned locals stopped to aid us -- finally a gentleman drove off with two empty jugs a woman loaned him. He shortly returned with the water we needed, and we soon on our way.
We stayed at a villa at Stonefield Estates, just outside Soufriere. We liked to prepare our own breakfasts and lunches, but the fine Mango Tree Restaurant was on the property when we didn't feel like driving elsewhere for dinner.
Forget about nightlife, but the privacy of the villa and its location made for a very relaxing base from which to explore the island.
We had our own pool, but no beach; the Jalousie Hilton's beach and the Anse Chastenet were both a short drive away, however. Snorkeling was excellent off both beaches; good variety of fish and coral life. We don't dive but we've snorkeled all over the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands.
There is plenty of hiking in the Soufriere area, including a guided rainforest tour, plus biking trails at A.Chastenet (we didn't experience)--forget about riding on the hairpin-turn roads. But the adventure peak of our trip was a challenging hike/crawl/climb up the Petite Piton, which we completed in about 6-hours up-and-down with the aid of a local guide (Jah-I). With his incredibly patient and knowledgable instruction, we fit-but-inexperienced climbers made it to the top. That was an exhilarating experience to say the least.
Oh, I don't want to forget to mention that my wife and I were there for our 25th anniversary. The lush vegetation on the Stonefield grounds and the awesome view of Petite Piton just off our pool deck provided a wonderfully romantic environement. The resort also arranged for a renewal of vows ceremony, which for a small price included a handsome certificate.
We'd go back to St. Lucia in a heartbeat!
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