“Hidden in the hills, this affordable plantation house hotel and cottages offer an insight into the real St Lucia”
Six of the hotel's bedrooms are situated in the main plantation house. Constructed of wood and painted brilliant white, its corrugated tin roof (typical of Caribbean houses) is vibrant blue. The first-floor Superior Deluxe Rooms are large and comfortable with dark wooden floors, high ceilings, white-washed walls and ceiling fans. The ground-floor Superior Garden Rooms have red clay-tiled floors and air-conditioning. All have lace-draped French doors opening onto a veranda with views to the ocean and the volcanic peaks of the Pitons.
Kingsize beds (most of which can be converted into twins) with good mattresses and mosquito nets ensure a sound night's sleep. Antique white rattan furniture, tea-making facilities and a bulging fruit basket make things homely and each room has a small kitchenette (with fridge, kettle and toaster) and a spacious ensuite bathroom with a mosaic-tiled shower and soft white towels.
Two separate buildings house the newer Premium Vista Rooms (200 yards away) and the Fond Cannes Apartments (400 yards off the property, suitable for guests with their own vehicle). The former have clay-tiled floors, calm cream-white colourings and French windows, as well as linked balconies with hammocks and picture-perfect views of the Pitons. The latter also have excellent views, and can interconnect making them a great option for families or groups.
If you’re coming en famille you have several choices. There’s a 1-Bedroom cottage, which has a small bedroom, bathroom and a veranda upstairs, and a kitchen/living room and space for extra beds downstairs. Or the 2-Bedroom Cottage in the owners’ garden. This has 2 connecting bedrooms (1 kingsize bed, 1 twin beds), 2 ensuite bathrooms and a big balcony. Both have hammocks for lazing away the day.
Pastel pink fencing blends with a profusion of orange and pink bougainvillea to set the scene for the resort’s charming hilltop Delice Restaurant. La Haut actually began life as a ‘restaurant with rooms’, so you’d expect it to live up to its reputation as one of the best eateries in the area.
Seafood chowder, conch in Creole sauce, fishcakes with garlic mayonnaise and spinach lasagne are some of the specialities, with freshly caught fish (usually mahi-mahi or tuna) whenever possible. All dishes are accompanied by locally grown fruits and vegetables, ensuring that it not only tastes divine but is good for you too. Special dietary requests can be catered for, with notice.
The full cooked breakfasts are accompanied by a rich assortment of fresh fruit, juices and home-baked bread and muffins.
You're unlikely to tire of the cuisine (the menu changes daily) but, if you fancy exploring, there are plenty of places to eat out in and around Soufriere, a short taxi ride away. Lunch is no longer served unless you pre-book for a group meal, but the restaurant re-opens for dinner at 5pm and doesn't stop serving until 10pm.
Children are very welcome and will enjoy meeting the resident calves and baby goats, but the hotel surrounds could be dangerous for toddlers. Babysitting can be arranged and cots are available on request.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Under 12s stay for free when sharing a room with an adult and all rooms are spacious enough for an extra single bed or baby cot. The 2-Bedroom Cottage would be ideal for families.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking