La Haut Resort

Near Soufriere, St Lucia Book from US$175

Hidden in the hills, this affordable plantation house hotel and cottages offer an insight into the real St Lucia
Sitting high on the hills above sleepy Soufriere, you feel as though you are quite simply on top of the world. Despite its name, this is not just a resort, but first and foremost a working cocoa and citrus plantation that’s much more than a stop-off for tourists. The fabulous location allows you to experience what it's like to live and work on the land in St. Lucia.

If you manage to drag yourself away from the refreshing pools (there are 2, including a stunning infinity pool at the owners' villa) and from the hypnotic views (of the iconic Pitons), you can ask for a guided tour of the estate and learn how tropical fruits are grown, or help feed the baby goats.

Family-owned and managed by St Lucian-Canadians, this is a relaxed, informal place, where you can pot a few snooker balls, play the old piano and then sample the restaurant's famous fishcakes. It's a must for nature-lovers, whether couples, families or a group of friends: you can book an individual room, a cottage, or the whole hotel.

Highs

  • The spectacular views take in the Pitons, the fishing town of Soufriere and the Caribbean Sea
  • The atmosphere is unpretentious, relaxed and homely
  • There’s a wide choice of rooms and cottages, all with kitchenettes
  • It’s excellent value for money (by Caribbean standards)
  • The cool breeze blowing through the windchimes makes a welcome change from the baking heat of the beaches
  • A free timetabled shuttle service takes you to Soufriere and Anse Chastenet
  • Ripe fruit on the trees is yours to pick

Lows

  • Rooms are old-fashioned plantation style rather than contemporary chic and the distribution of mod cons is sporadic: not all have air conditioning or cable TV, WiFi coverage is patchy and there are no phones
  • Solar heating and low pressure mean the hot water can be limited at times
  • Things don’t always run to time, so be prepared to shrug and relax about it
  • Those who love the sounds of nature might find the restaurant’s looped muzak intrusive
  • The Premium Vista Rooms and 2-Bedroom Cottage are set away from the pool, bar and restaurant (200-400 yards), though you can ask La Haut’s shuttle van to pick you up for breakfast
  • This is not a place for those seeking hectic nightlife or beachside rooms

Best time to go

La Haut Resort is open all year for breakfast and dinner. High season runs from December through to April and the island gets very busy, so you'll need to book well ahead. July is the hottest month. The hurricane season runs from August to November, though be prepared for sudden showers at any time (it's what makes St Lucia's vegetation so lush).

Our top tips

Go on one of the morning tours of the working 52-acre plantation, which includes oranges, grapefruits, limes, coffee, cocoa, nutmeg, cashew, soursop, guava, mango, avocado, papaya, banana and coconuts. It’s a great opportunity to find out about St Lucia’s past and present and discover the island beyond the beach resorts.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 12 rooms + 2 cottages
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • Under 2s/over 5s welcome
  • Closed: 1 Aug 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Snooker Table
Room: Premium Vista

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Visit Soufriere to explore its colourful street markets and the lovely botanical gardens on the Soufriere Estate, complete with mineral baths
  • Take in the sulphur fumaroles of St Lucia’s volcano, dubbed the Caribbean's only "drive-in" volcano. You don’t actually drive in, but take your car to within a few hundred feet before following a guide to the edge of the steaming crater
  • Walk to one of the many photogenic waterfalls, including the Diamond, Piton, Enbas Saut and Toraille falls
  • Hike in the rainforests; the adventurous can climb up the Pitons, though bear in mind you'll need a guide for the Petit Piton
  • Head to the beach. The nearest is at the Hummingbird Resort in Soufriere (1.5 miles away) but most guests opt to use the facilities of either the Jalouise Hilton or the Anse Chastanet (15-30 minutes away), which have a monopoly on decent beaches in the area. Both charge a day rate for using loungers and towels, although you can lie for free on the sand. There’s a free shuttle service to Soufriere and Anse Chastenet from La Haut
  • Try snorkelling and diving in clear, warm waters - Anse Chastanet is the top spot on the island and has been ranked by the Sunday Times as one of the 10 best places to dive in the world
  • Sailing, deep-sea fishing, horse riding, sea kayaking and island tours can also be arranged (ask staff for details)
  • Lounge around at the hotel while taking in the magnificent vistas: the gardens and pools are great for sunbathing, relaxing and reading

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Plantation tours
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Kids

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.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

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:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Distances:

  • Airport: 1hr 15mins
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
8/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
10/
Overall

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