La Haut Plantation

West Coast Rd., just north of Soufrière, Soufrière, Soufrière, St. Lucia

It's all about the view—the Pitons, of course—and the appeal of staying in an intimate and affordable family-run inn. Nestled in what was a mountaintop cocoa and coconut estate, the main six-room guesthouse was once the cocoa house, where cocoa beans were fermented and dried; an adjacent cottage had been the copra house, where the coconuts were processed. Each room has a private balcony with a to-die-for view, king beds draped with rather romantic mosquito netting, a small kitchenette, and shutters or French doors that open to the breeze. A two-bedroom unit is ideal for families or two couples, while the two-story cottage—gaze at the Pitons, the rain forest, or the sunset from the huge upstairs balcony—is honeymoon heaven. Halfway down the mountainside, the owner's mansion has six additional guest rooms, an infinity pool, and that picture-postcard view. When they're not taking a dip in one of the pools or the free shuttle to Anse Chastanet Beach, guests are encouraged to roam the 52 acres of gardens and grounds, where they're likely to come across goats, cows, birds, and a couple of donkeys. La Haut's restaurant, Delice, features local seafood, fruits and vegetables, and herbs and spices in its excellent creole cuisine and international dishes. Anyone who plays the piano is invited to tickle the ivories on the old upright.

PROS

  • lovely for weddings and honeymoons but also for families
  • stunning Piton views
  • complimentary fresh fruit daily

CONS

  • no air-conditioning in some rooms
  • spotty Wi-Fi access
  • vehicle recommended

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 758-459–7008 | 866-773–4321-in the U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

17 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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