Breathtaking Vistas, Historical Ruins and Diverse Flora
Fond Doux Estate Tour
The tour is both Historic and Educational where our knowledgeable guides take you on a journey of French Kings, Chocolate and Organic fruits and vegetables.
The tour begins with a brief history of the plantation, how it evolved and where it is today. You are then led to the Cocoa Fermentation House to see the beginning of the chocolate making process. The drying trays, cocoa – rina dance and ultimately Cocoa sticks being made.
You guide then takes you around the estate trails, passing under the tropical canopy of Almond, Nutmeg, Cocoa and of course Palm trees. The many variety of flowers include; Pagoda, White Star Jasmine and Lobster Claws. This plant faces upwards. Whenever rain falls it collects water and enables the many Hummingbirds on the estate to have a cooling drink.
This tour is complimentary to our inhouse-guests.
FOND DOUX THE PERFECT LAUNCHING PAD…..
Many of the main attractions are just a few minutes drive away.
Jalousie Beach: 15 minutes by car (Free shuttle daily)
Anse Chastanet Beach: 25 minutes by car
The Sulphur Springs: 10 minutes by car / 45 minutes by walking
Ladera Resort: 5 minutes by car / 15 minutes by walking
At Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, finding the ultimate tropical excursion is as easy as opening your front door. Nestled into a lush, tropical hillside near St Lucia’s World Heritage Site, The Pitons, and minutes away from historical Soufriere Town, Fond Doux offers up some exciting tour and excursion options.
The world-renowned drive in volcano and sulphur springs, a geological wonder with naturopathic benefits, are just around the corner from Fond Doux. Explore a host of warm and cold water tropical waterfalls and take in the splendor of the majestic Pitons, as a backdrop or from the top. But you needn’t exert yourself that much in the tropical environs of Fond Doux Holiday Plantation.
Just step out into the lush, tropical 135 acres estate at Fond Doux and traverse one of our three diverse heritage tour nature trails that will lead you to breathtaking vistas, historical ruins, diverse local flora and fauna and local traditions and folklore.
Trails on the Estate
The Estate Trail is a gentle walk through parts of the cultivated area, this level trail takes you among the cocoa trees and other main crops, bananas and coconuts. There are about 30 other trees and fruit crops, including coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon and a variety of citrus. See the cocoa fermentation and drying and coconut processing buildings which are still in use. The Chateaubelair Trail traverses the old maroon escape route. It requires some climbing, but is worth the effort for it takes you to the highest point of the estate – the Chateaubelair Ridge. The East Ruins Trail is a gentle incline that takes you to the old ruins in just five minutes. A stronghold of the local French Republican Revolutionary Party, the area had been used as a canon fortification and was the scene of a major battle between Revolutionaries and the British on April 22, 1795. The ruins were most likely built by French Engineers. Musket balls have been found on the site.
BEACHES – St Lucia is blessed with many beautiful beaches and all unique. The sand varies from light white sand to the darker grains, that reminds us of our volcanic past. The more famous being: Anse-Chastanet – Excellent snorkelling and a popular scuba dive site . Anse des Pitons– A long stretch of white sand which is simply beautiful. Popular for sunbathing and relaxing. Malgretoute Beach – Close to Soufriere and very popular with the local community.
span style=”color: #556b2f;”>DEEP SEA FISHING, Around Island- There are a tour companies both in the north and south of the island which specialise in Deep Sea Fishing. Depending on the time of year, you can catch Dorado, Marlin and all your big game fish.
DIAMOND BOTANICAL GARDENS, Soufriere – Arguably the most beautiful gardens and with the most colourful and picturesque waterfall on the island. Only a few minutes’ walk (10) from the town of Soufriere. These gardens are landscaped but not to the point of killing the feeling that you are in tropical rainforest.
GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, Soufriere – Soufriere is blessed with some of the highest coral reefs in the Caribbean and you do not have to be a certified scuba diver or an excellent swimmer to experience these magnificent views. This is a one hour tour and is ideal for families with children. This tour also provides you with an opportunity to see the Majestic pitons rising from the sea.
MORNE COUBARIL ESTATE, Soufriere – The estate is located a mile from the town of Soufriere, just of the Vieux Fort road. The tour is fascinating showing how life has changed on the Island. There is also Horseback riding and a zip-line which gives majestic views of Soufriere and surrounding countryside.
THE PITONS, Soufriere – The two most iconic peaks and photographed area in St Lucia. Gros Piton is a moderate / difficult hike. It takes most people two hours up and one ½ down. The views from the top are well worth it. Petit Piton is not advisable to climb due to landslides and difficulty.
SCUBA DIVING, Soufriere – Saint Lucia and the Marine life especially of Soufriere is world famous. Be a certified diver or your first time you are sure to be amazed by our underwater world.
SNORKELLING, Soufriere – If not quite ready to go Scuba Diving how about splashing about on the surface, watching from above. A fascinating way to see the depths and ideal for children as well.
SULPHUR SPRINGS & DRIVE THROUGH VOLCANO, Soufriere – The world famous Sulphur Springs is one of the most visited attractions in Saint Lucia. You can bathe in the medicinal waters or gaze in wonder at the bubbling springs. A must do on the checklist.
TET PAUL, Soufriere – An unforgettable walk to view the majestic Pitons and the southern end of the island. Only five minutes drive from Fond Doux..
WHALE WATCHING, Soufriere – The most popular spots for Whale and Dolphin watching are only a few miles off Soufriere. Over 80% of our sightings are off the famous Piton Mountain (World Heritage Site) and the village of Canaries.
BIRD SANCTUARY, Millet # BOUNTY RUM DISTILLERY, Near Marigot # CARIBELLE BATIK, Castries # CASTRIES MARKET, Castries # FISH FRY, Various Villages # HELICOPTER TOUR, Castries/Vieux Fort # HIKING, Island Wide # -KITESURFING, North and Vieux Fort, The Reef # LA SIKWI SUGAR MILL, Anse La Raye # LATILLE FALLS, – LA TOC BATTERY, Castries # MAMIKU BOTANICAL GARDENS, – MAIGOT BAY, Marigot # PIGEON ISLAND NATIONAL PARK, # RODNEY BAY MARINA.