La Dauphine Estate3.5 out of 5.0
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We stayed at La Dauphine as part of the Adventure Package through the Villa Beach Cottages, near Castries. Its a package that's well worth considering. After 4 nights at Villa beach, we drove ourselves to La Dauphine and what a difference in environment. La Dauphine is a working cocoa plantation that was built in the 1890's, and the original house is simply charming. It was so quiet and peaceful, with only the sounds of the birds to wake us in the morning. The pool is very nice, and a great way to beat the heat. The rooms are quaint, but do make sure to bring bug spray as the sandflies chewed me alive the first night there. Antonia was super helpful, and made sure that all of our requests were taken care of.
I had thought that accommodation in St Lucia is limited to huge resorts run by mega-corporations. It was a pleasant surprise, therefore, to find La Dauphine Estate – a cocoa plantation with a couple of lovely bungalows available for rent. The setting is idyllic, with the quaint bungalows surrounded by cocoa plants and other tropical plants. In location terms, the only downside is the proximity to the road, which is traversed by some noisy vehicles late into the night. The inside of our bungalow (Chateau Lafitte) was spacious and clean. The front bedroom is a little small but this was made up for by the huge amounts of space elsewhere. Whilst at the bungalow, I spent a lot of time sat out on the veranda, enjoying the shaded heat and the sounds of nature. The husband of the housekeeper offers a great taxi service and there was never a time when he wasn’t available to ferry us around. That said, a hire car is certainly recommended for all visitors to La Dauphine for the complete flexibility it offers. La Dauphine is well located to give very easy access to the large resorts of Soufriere, including Stonefield, Hotel Chocolat and Sugar Beach. We got a lot of the benefits of these resorts (views, great dining, special tours) without being limited to just one place and without paying for an expensive room.
This property offers an experience that is different from that of a beach resort, yet it is equally spectacular. The staff, location, and unique property features make it distinctly memorable. To be situated on a working plantation and witness the procedures of harvesting cocoa pods and the process of fermenting and drying the beans was extremely interesting, as was a tour of the property. It was also wonderful to just sit by the pool and relax. The property was clean and well attended to. This was a return visit...
I have been a regular visitor for over 10 years and never tire of the natural beauty and calm of this serene and welcoming home away from home. Tucked in the heart of a well kept estate, this house is everything a visitor can want with a natural trail, pool, an endless reserve of flora and fruit bearing mature trees. The staff are friendly and welcoming and meet your every need with grace and charm. I will keep coming back with my family who love every minute we spend here.
Charles and Antonia are so friendly and helpful! This place is on a cocoa plantation but it offers so much more! The pool over looks orange trees which you can pick fruit for yourself! Sitting on the swing in the evening at the great house just watching the fireflies put on a light show is out of this world! You have to get Antonia to cook a local meal with her homemade local juice! What an experience! Many thanks to David the security guard as well who watched out for us while we were walking around! Very nice young man!
Our family of four stayed at La Dauphine for two nights and wish it could have been more! We started in Castries and found this home high above the city of Soufriere to be a lovely retreat. As mentioned in other reviews, the rich greenery and prolific fruit and spices growing on the estate make it even more special. There is WIFI but no TV, making it even more of a peaceful escape. Charles provided a great tour and Al, our taxi driver during our time there, were both terrific. A great day trip to Sugar Beach - lunch on the beach (very expensive for meals and drinks) with a terrific snorkel tour with "CocoPuffs," a lovely member of the hotel dive shop team. Notes: the chairs to the left of the dive shop are free; chairs on the hotel beach are $90 for rental. The hotel will lend/rent life jackets to non-guest kids interested in snorkeling and I highly recommend it as the snorkeling is terrific.
We stayed at La Dauphine Estate for 3 nights as part of the Adventure package booked through Villa Beach Cottages (separate review posted). We were there with another couple and the four of us were fortunate enough to have the whole estate to ourselves! Upon our arrival we were greeted by Antonia, the housekeeper. She had cooked a meal for us (ordered before our arrival) that was delicious and plentiful which we enjoyed on the back patio, listening to the sounds of the rainforest. We stayed in the estate house, relaxing on the wraparound porch or lounging in the infinity pool. There are tropical plants, flowers and fruit trees all around that make you realize you are in a very special place. Charles, the estate manager, gave us a very interesting tour with a history of the estate and how chocolate is made. The whole estate was available for us to explore and we took advantage of this. We hiked up the ridge and went across the road to see where they grow so many beautiful flowers they supply local hotels and restaurants. This was one of most memorable places I have ever stayed. Antonia and Charles were very helpful and made us feel at home in the rainforest!
I have stayed here more than once. this is a very special place. The peace and quiet you get here is unbelievable. There are no tvs. You hear the rustle of trees and rain. The rooms are great. you will need a car but you can easily get one as the owners have a car rental company. The place I would say is the best value for money. If you like to go out and eat and see the sights, most of which are near this property. Don't forget to visit Hotel Chocolat. Did I forget to say that the house is situated on a plantation.. many different fruits and trees all on your doorstep.
We had one night here to experience a working plantation and I just wish we had stayed longer here. Swimming in the infinity pool was beautiful just looking up and seeing the rainforest all around. Seeing all the fruits growing on the trees, you felt so close to nature. Was wonderful to meet Charles the estate manager who showed us around and our kids were fascinated by him and how chocolate is made. Antonia was very welcoming and helpful. We would definitely recommend this place and would love to come back.
After the hustle of Rodney Bay we enjoyed our peaceful stay here immensely. I have never drunk so much fresh fruit juice; the novelty of picking and juicing ones own citrus fruits never wore off. Staff are delightful, we we lucky to be provided with some of Antonia's rum cake..."it's the black cake I love".
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Outdoor pool
- Laundry facilities
La Dauphine Estate places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like Sulphur Springs and Soufriere Volcano. This 3.5-star guesthouse has 2 guestrooms and offers an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's also near Fond Doux Estate and Tet Paul Nature Trail.
All 2 accommodations feature kitchens and space to spread out with living rooms and dining areas. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes are other standard amenities.
Guests of La Dauphine Estate enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a library. If you drive, put free parking to good use. Helpful staff is there to provide tour or ticket assistance, as well as offer insight about the area. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills.
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96.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 46 reviews