Stonefield Estate Resort

Near Soufriere, St Lucia Book from

A romantic, adults-only, hillside hotel with a cluster of 1-5 bedroom cottages: private pools, total peace and awe-inspiring sea and mountain views
A former cocoa plantation, Stonefield Estate Resort (formerly Stonefield Estate Villas) was one of the first hotels to open in the small fishing port of Soufriere, and the combination of tranquillity and traditional hospitality on offer here means it remains one of the most easy-going and welcoming places to stay in St Lucia. Set in the hills above the town, it's surrounded by verdant rainforest on one side and the towering peak of Petit Piton on the other; below is the glittering Caribbean Sea.

A collection of gingerbread houses in kindergarten colours, most of the 17 villas have a pool in their private gardens as well as romantic outdoor showers and (at the very least) little kitchenettes. The gardens have a wild, tropical feel: fecund mango trees drip with nearly-ripe fruit, while hummingbirds vie with bananaquits for the best of the nectar. Abundant greenery and garden gates offer complete privacy and the cottages will suit whether you’re travelling as a group of friends or a couple. If you want to feel the sand between your toes, the nearest (dark sand) beach is a 15-minute walk away, or there’s a free shuttle bus to the imported white sand at Jalousie Plantation Resort.

Highs

  • The views of the sea and Petit Piton are truly awe-inspiring
  • The lush tropical surroundings offer masses of space, total peace and quiet, and colourful wildlife - there’s even a nature trail with Arawak petroglyphs
  • Nothing beats lying back and watching the sun set over the Caribbean from the hammock on your veranda
  • Most of the pretty, comfortable villas have private pools and outdoor showers - perfect for honeymooners
  • The flexible catering options mean you can cook for yourself or eat at the poolside restaurant
  • This is a great location for a wedding
  • The estate is unpretentious, family-run and friendly

Lows

  • The accommodation is rather rustic - don’t expect chic boutique style
  • Guests tend to keep themselves to themselves - disappointing if you like to make new friends on holiday, but great if you want utter privacy
  • The surrounding greenery means you’ll encounter some insect life, so make sure you bring bug repellent
  • There are some very steep slopes - not suitable for anyone with mobility restrictions
  • You’ll need a hire car to make the most of your time here, though there's a daily shuttle service to a nearby beach

Best time to go

Stonefield Estate is open all year and temperatures in St Lucia rarely fall below 26C. The rainiest months are June to November, when there’s also a risk of hurricanes. High season runs from December to April, when the temperatures are most pleasant. Expect high humidity levels and the risk of short showers at any time of year - it’s what makes St Lucia such a verdant island.

Our top tips

This isn’t the kind of place where you’ll want to dress up, so fill your suitcase with clothes you can walk comfortably in, as well as books, hats and suncream for lazy days in a hammock.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Spa
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 17
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • Over 17s only
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
Room: La Rose

Rooms

Scattered throughout the 26-acre tropical grounds are various cottages, many with their own pools and names that reflect the lush surroundings (Frangipani, Hibiscus, Rain Tree, Bamboo and Ginger Lilly). They range from charming 1-bedroom villas with stunning Piton views to larger 2- or 3-bedroom houses overlooking the mountains and the sparkling sea. Largest of all is the 5-bedroom Chez Anista. Constructed from stone, with high-beamed ceilings and ceramic tiles or stone floors, the theme throughout is light, space and air. Louvre screens on the windows and doors filter out the hot Caribbean sun and keep rooms cool enough to make the air-conditioning or ceiling fans provided largely unnecessary.

Most bedrooms have kingsize or queensize beds (many are antique four-posters), all have mosquito nets, walk-in wardrobes, phones, CD players and either full kitchens or basic kitchenettes (with tea and coffee provided). All but the original Plantation House - which has 3 indoor showers - have wonderful semi open-air bathrooms with exotic garden showers. Each villa also has a shady wooden veranda kitted out with hammocks, chairs, sun loungers, day beds or sofas for private sunbathing and evening sundowners.

We are yet to personally view La Rose, which was added since our visit; though it doesn't have a swimming pool it does boast far-reaching views and 2 double bedrooms.

The Plantation House and Lime Mill Cottage are particularly good for groups of friends or older families (over 18s only); the latter has the ruins of an old stone mill within its garden. Both sleep 7 in 3 double bedrooms, and have a huge living space and a fully-equipped kitchen/dining room. Chez Anista is enormous and great if your planning a group holiday (sleeps 10).

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Kitchenette
  • Mosquito net
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Private garden
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi

Eating

Stonefield Estate is a little off the beaten track, so come prepared if you're embarking on a self-catering adventure. If you e-mail your shopping list before arrival, staff will kindly arrange for your first lot of groceries to be bought for you. The nearest shops are in Soufriere, a 10-minute drive away (you can walk, but it’s a steep climb in the heat and humidity). You can help yourself to fruit on the surrounding trees - mango, avocado, lime, papaya, coconut and breadfruit.

If all this sounds too much like hard work, head to the estate’s poolside restaurant, The Mango Tree. Here you’ll find simple continental and fried breakfasts, all day baguettes and a selection of home-cooked Caribbean dishes for dinner, eaten to the sound of live local bands. There are also different themed menus every night. The bar is open all day and the views from this bright pastel-coloured venue are simply stunning.

For a change of scenery, you can eat out at one of the great hotel or local restaurants which lie within a (rather pricey) 10-minute taxi ride.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping service
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activity:

Activities

  • Head out to explore the island - it’s easy to take trips from the hotel. Staff can point you in the direction of a week’s worth of organised hikes, horse riding, biking, rainforest adventures, walks to waterfalls and marine excursions. If you hire a car, however, there's plenty to see and do on your own

  • Visit the botanical gardens on the Soufriere Estate and take a restorative dip in their mineral baths, or head up to the natural sulphur springs at the island's "drive-in" volcano (you drive to within a few hundred yards of the crater then continue on foot)

  • Browse the colourful early morning market which takes place in Soufriere on Saturdays

  • If you want to socialise, there’s a communal pool by the restaurant where you can sunbathe, relax and read, with a cocktail in hand

  • Enjoy a massage, manicure or pedicure at the estate's spa, The Bamboo Door

  • Bird watch - there are over 50 species on the estate, including hummingbirds, parrots, finches and bananaquits. You might also meet the owners' family pet, a 50-year-old macaw named Abdul

  • Follow the estate’s nature trail through the rainforest. It will take you past petroglyphs dating from 350 A.D. which were created by the Amerindian Arawak people, the island’s earliest known inhabitants

  • Head to the beach - a complimentary shuttle service runs from Stonefield to the white sands at the Jalousie Hilton and the black sandy beach at Malgretoute

  • Learn to scuba dive at Anse Chastanet - staff can arrange dive packages and courses. It’s one of the safest places to learn and is also excellent for snorkelling

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being
  • Wildlife

Kids

This is an adults only resort.

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