SOUFRIERE, St. Lucia – The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation resort in the old colonial town of Soufrière, St. Lucia has been awarded a top honor from one of the world’s largest travel sites.
TripAdvisor, congratulating Fond Doux Holiday Plantation on earning the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence award, noted: “Our travelers consistently commend your property with the highest praise, and we recognize your 4.5 rating as an exceptional achievement.”
The Fond Doux owners were told by TripAdvisor: “Only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence – display yours proudly in a place where your guests can see it.” A delighted Eroline Lamontagne, general manager of the award-winning resort, was especially pleased with the TripAdvisor honor because “it is one of the most highly respected sites and those who write the reviews are savvy travelers of means who prefer to stay in more alluring properties with their own colorful stories.” Mrs. Lamontagne said Fond Doux was able to offer a unique plantation experience “thanks to the dedication and hard work of our staff, most of whom are local and personally feel the unique beauty and history of this very special part of the Caribbean.” Her husband and co-owner Lyton Lamontagne, a distinguished conservationist, said the highly coveted TripAdvisor recognition also vindicated his insistence on using existing local structures to maintain cultural authenticity at Fond Doux.
The Certificate of Excellence award honors hospitality excellence. The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
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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.