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Congratulations to Mr. Darren Sammy!

Congratulations to Mr. Darren Sammy on his appointment as the BMW Brand Ambassador!!

Darren Sammy – BMW Brand Ambassador. The only one in the West Indies region!

Darren Sammy has made history. He is the first sports personality from the West Indies to be given this prestigious honor. Sammy has been presented with a BMW Sports Convertible by local BMW representatives Ultimate Automobiles.

BMW through its local agency Ultimate Automobiles has chosen St. Lucian cricketer Darren Sammy to be its first brand ambassador in the Caribbean, a moment that has made Managing Director Mario Reyes an extremely proud St. Lucian.

“Darren Sammy is the first West Indian to ever be appointed on behalf of the BMW Group as a Brand Ambassador outside Germany. Typically sportsmen like golfers Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymar and Rugby’s Alex Cordisio, have been endorsed as brand ambassadors for BMW” said Mr. Reyes.


Darren Julius Garvey Sammy (born 20 December 1983) is a Saint Lucian cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies. He is a right-handed batsman and a fast-medium bowler. On making his One Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2004, Sammy became the first person from the island of St. Lucia to play international cricket. Three years later he made his Test debut against England, taking 7/66 which were the best bowling figures for a West Indian in his first Test since Alf Valentine in 1950. Sammy was appointed West Indies captain in October 2010. He scored his maiden Test century in May 2012 during a match against England.

Sammy also captained West Indies to the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 victory against Sri Lanka, their first major trophy for 8 years. They won the ICC Champions trophy against England in 2004.[1]

At the launch of the Caribbean Premier League Sammy was announced as a franchise player for the 2013 tournament.


Fond Doux receives love!

From the St Lucia Star:


Fresh on the launch of a brand new website, the historic Fond Doux Holiday Plantation in Soufriere, St Lucia has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor for the second consecutive year.

This prestigious accolade from one of the world’s largest travel sites places the resort in the top-performing 10 percent of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, and is only given to those who consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

Situated on a 250 year old working plantation overlooking St Lucia’s world-famous twin Pitons, the resort is surrounded by tropical rainforest with over 30 varieties of delicious fruit trees.

The romantic and secluded hotel features elegant, restored colonial holiday villas, accented with white gingerbread and jalousie shutters. It also offers two onsite restaurants, an organic spa, catered weddings and romance packages, a collage of outdoor swimming pools, and the opportunity to watch cocoa dancers entice the taste of chocolate from Cacao beans.

Thankful for being blessed with “Le Plantation Fonddoux,” translated from French to mean “The Sweet Valley,” a delighted Eroline Lamontagne, general manager of the award-winning resort, was especially pleased with the TripAdvisor honor. “We thank the staff who have made it possible by their hard work, dedication, loyalty, and sacrifice. We especially thank all of the extended Fond Doux family and friends from around the globe who continue to keep us grounded with transformational advice and feedback.”

St Lucia itself was also recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the Top 10 Islands in the Caribbean, a distinction Lamontagne would like to preserve for current and future generations. “We will continue to be advocates for sustainable tourism as we petition public officials for policies to keep our islands clean, garbage free, and healthy.”

Fond Doux Plantation’s highly coveted TripAdvisor award appears to endorse the resort’s unwavering support to combine agriculture, conservation, heritage, and tourism, though Lamontagne was quick to point out that the resort “embraces being green not because it is fashionable, but because sustainable tourism is good for business, the environment, and the destination.”

Discovering St. Lucian Cocoa Tea

A look into the story behind a favorite Caribbean fall beverage

Forget the Hurricane or Rum Runner. A cup of hot cocoa may not be the first drink you hanker for on a Caribbean vacation, but you might change your mind in St. Lucia.

St. Lucians began drinking cocoa tea, a traditional spiced breakfast treat, shortly after the British abolished slavery on Saint Lucia in 1833. The island’s west coast town of Soufriere, near the iconic pair of Piton mountains, was home of a number of small, productive sugar, coffee, and cocoa estates. Tea leaves were hard to come by, but cocoa tea, technically more like a porridge than a tea, was a cheap and accessible snack. It’s been a local delicacy ever since. Continue reading

Fond Doux St. Lucia Wedding by Nyra Lang Photography

Oh my goodness, SMPers… Do we have a treat for you today.  An absolutely stunning, beyond amazing, fabulous in every way possible kind of treat, courtesy of these gorgeous St. Lucia nuptials and Nyra Lang Photography.  And if each and every brilliant image from this stunning affair doesn’t compel you to pack your bags, call your travel agent and catch the next flight out to this Caribbean paradise, then I don’t know what will.  Because this soiree is boasting breathtaking moments, a gorgeous gown and the perfect laid-back tropical island vibe… And you won’t be able to help but fall in love.  Don’t miss a moment of magic….

For the full article and pictures click here.


Mamma La Terre Spa – news

First opened in July 2008, Mamma La Terre Spa, was very much like Boutique Wellness Centres world wide, using products from large international companies. All that has changed. The re-furbished Spa now has a Mission Statement: Products used are natural, organic and sourced within 5 miles of the plantation. A tall order you may think but owner Mrs Lamontagne believes she can do just that. “I personally love to use different beauty and pampering products. We use local oil already for massages but I wanted to take this further. Could we use fruits, local minerals and bamboo in treatments thus making it a truly St Lucian experience? After a lot of research we found we could do just that.”

Many of the treatments are based on local knowledge of plants and berries that have been handed down through the generations. Cocoa Scrubs and the Vitamin enriching Guava Wrap sit seamlessly alongside traditional favourites, Swedish and Deep Tissue massage.

“We wanted our Spa menu to be like other traditional food menus, in the sense that we choose what is on offer depending on the season. Why use something bottled when it can be grown, picked and used within the hour.”

So from now on in it may not be from Ground to Plate but Ground to Back.

St Lucia and Fond Doux in the press

The Chronicle segments ran last night, reaching an audience of 179,952. It is currently on the front page of the Chronicle site, or visit Additionally the segment was noted in the Boston Globe’s (VPM: 4,305,725) “Daily Guide” of what to watch on TV, a photo slide show was posted, and a video teaser were posted. Please see the links below for the full segment.

Links to all segments

Video Teaser

Segment 1 (Allen Chastanet, Marigot Bay, Ladera)
Segment 2 (Sulphur Springs, Anse Chastanet, biking)
Segment 3 (Fond Doux, Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall, mineral baths, Castries, Coal Pot)
Segment 4 (Ladera, Cap Maison, Rodney Bay, Castries Market)

Daily Guide – (VPM: 4,305,725)
Photo slide show –

Fond Doux joins Green Globe Family

Fond Doux Holiday Plantation in Soufriere has taken the practice of sustainable tourism on its property a step further by becoming a certified member of Green Globe International.

This prestigious position gives the plantation, and by extension St. Lucia, greater visibility on the international market place, and makes it a recognized leader in environmental conservation in the island that businesses in tourism and other sectors can follow. Continue reading

The striking mix of cultures of St Lucia

Motor boats and houses line the coast at Soufrière, St Lucia

Soufrière, St Lucia

Derek Walcott, the St Lucian poet, vividly described the landscape of his home as “furious with vegetation”. Its mountainous heart is wrapped in the kind of luscious rainforest depicted by painter Henri “Le Douanier” Rousseau; its west-coast beaches are fringed with coconut palms while the cliffs of its wild Atlantic east coast are host to spiky cacti. There is no lovelier island in the Caribbean and no better time to see it than early summer when the vivid orange flamboyant trees are in bloom. Continue reading

Hiking in St Lucia

St Lucia offers up some wonderful hiking opportunities for those want more from their Caribbean vacation than simply sun and sand. The island’s diverse topography and tropical vegetation beg for exploration, and there is no better way to understand the lay of the land than to take advantage of the many sightseeing options by foot. There is something for everyone, from to those seeking a gentle amble through beautiful landscapes, to the seasoned hiker in search of a challenge. Continue reading