Fond Doux Holiday Plantation - St. Lucia

3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-Night Stay for Two at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation in St. Lucia

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250-Year-Old Cocoa Plantation with Tropical Gardens near Sulphur Springs

In 1713, King Louis XIV granted the Fond Doux estate on St. Lucia to chocolate and cocoa producers, who eventually expanded the operation to include sugar. Today, the estate still cultivates cocoa, ginger, and nutmeg, but now it also houses the Fond Doux Holiday Plantation resort—135 acres dotted with exotic gardens and cinnamon trees. Set on the site of a historic battle between the British and French, the resort showcases the area's rainforest landscape as well as the island’s rich history.

Fond Doux is dedicated to preserving its French-colonial roots—the owners rescued many of the centuries-old buildings from demolition and reconstructed several others. Shake shingles and natural-wood four-poster beds decorate many of the one-bedroom cottages. In the Cinnamon cottage, rocking chairs are perched atop a sunlit veranda. Outside, guests can dive into one of three pools or visit the nearby Sulphur Springs, which are warmed by the island's volcanoes.

At the onsite restaurants, Cocoa Pod and Jardin Cacao Restaurant & Bar, diners sample fresh mahi-mahi with plantain chips or banana-rum flambé served on traditional creole earthenware dishes. In keeping with the owners' goals of sustainability and eco-friendliness, many of the ingredients used at the restaurant are grown onsite. To get an up-close feel for the day-to-day workings of the plantation, tour the cocoa farm and participate in hands-on demonstrations of drying and cocoa-stick creation.

St. Lucia: French-Inspired Cuisine and Spectacular Volcanoes

Located between Martinique and St. Vincent in the eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia was coveted by the British and French, who quarreled over the island for more than a century. Although English is now St. Lucia's official language, the French seem to have left a more noticeable influence on its arts and cuisine. Along the coast, a string of marinas exhibits a cultural blend through restaurants ranging from fried-fish shacks to upscale French eateries. Grab a table to sample meaty pepperpot stew, spinach-like callaloo soup, or the country’s national dish of green fig—a Caribbean term for small, unripe bananas—and salt fish.

With several beaches, St. Lucia attracts those looking for snorkeling excursions, dolphin-watching tours, or deep-sea fishing trips in search of blue marlin, barracuda, and mako shark. Crowds descend on the popular Reduit Beach at Rodney Bay, not too far from the 18th-century British forts at Pigeon Island National Park. For a less hectic scene, head south down the coast to Anse Chastanet, a more secluded beach with giant palm trees and undulating green hills.

A vacation in St. Lucia is not complete without a visit to one of its volcanoes. Considered the country’s unofficial symbol, the Pitons are two vegetation-covered volcanic plugs rising more than 2,000 feet above the western coast. Nearby St. Lucia Volcano is considered "the world's only drive-in volcano," as you can drive your car close to the volcanic crater to see its steaming sulfur springs.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two adults in a one-bedroom cottage

  • $739 for three nights (up to a $1,245 value)
  • $959 for four nights (up to a $1,660 value)
  • $1,169 for five nights (up to a $2,075 value)
  • $1,599 for seven nights (up to a $2,905 value)

Book by: 12/7/12
Travel by: 4/30/13

Included in all options:

  • All meals and drinks, as well as all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Three pools (including one for kids)
  • Two restaurants
  • Poolside bar
  • Onsite spa
  • Complimentary shuttle service to beach
  • Library
  • Complimentary WiFi
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The Fine Print

  • Book by 12/7/12 or promo value expires
  • Must complete travel by 4/30/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 15-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable three-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in or to drink alcohol
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Passport required at check-in
  • 18% tax and gratuities not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

One-Bedroom Cottage

  • One king bed or one queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and one kid 14 or younger
  • Adding occupants above standard: one guest 14 or younger may stay at no additional cost; however, meals are extra. No adults may be added.

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 19 miles from Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)
  • By shuttle: $60 one-way for two people. One child 14 or younger can be included at no additional cost. No more than four people per vehicle.

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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