Take a look at the best boutique hotels in Soufriere.
Jade Mountain is one of the most romantic resorts not only in the Caribbean, but the world, thanks to its incredible Piton views and extraordinary design. The 29 enormous suites, called "sanctuaries," are hands-down the highlight; through the innovative, open fourth wall, each has a view of a sea from the entire room -- from the canopied bed, raised whirlpool tub, and (in all but the entry-level category) private infinity pool. Organic cuisine is served from a chic open-air restaurant, and guests can expect unwavering peace and quiet throughout (there are no TVs or children). Though there is no beach, guests can take a short shuttle ride or hike down to use the two beaches, free water sports, and dive center at sister property Anse Chastanet. All in all, Jade Mountain is well worth the price and bumpy ride to get there. Families -- our couples looking for easier beach access -- should consider Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort.
Ladera Resort is an adults-only, luxury hotel set on a forested ridge overlooking the Pitons. With private plunge pools and lots of local furniture, the resort’s 32 rooms, which are completely open to the elements on one side, make a bold impression. The rustic, chic decor found throughout the rooms and common areas connects guests to nature without skimping on style -- although the open-air spaces and lack of TVs won’t be to everyone’s taste. Features include a wonderful restaurant and a clifftop pool, both with great views, plus a spa with outdoor mineral pools. There’s no beach on the property, but the resort provides free shuttle service to nearby Sugar Beach. Travelers may also want to consider the more expensive Jade Mountain Resort, right on the beach.
Anse Chastanet Resort is a four-pearl hotel located a short drive from the town of Soufriere. Its 49 rooms have oodles of character plus incredible views, and some are partially open air, with only three walls. Set on a hilly property amid hundreds of acres of tropical vegetation, this resort is designed to be in harmony with the natural environment. Several open-air restaurants make the most of the surrounding tropical scenery and there are two picturesque beaches, but not all guests will love the resort’s conscious choice to not have TVs, and there's no pool. Guests might want to compare rates and amenities with nearby Ladera Resort (although it doesn’t have beach access).
Fond Doux Plantation & Resort is a tranquil, three-pearl property located on an active cocoa plantation dating back to the 18th century, but it isn't located on the beach, and the setting is a bit remote. Its 15 guest rooms are housed in quaint Creole cottages, set amid dense tropical greenery, and some have private plunge pools and open-air rainfall showers. All have mini-fridges, coffeemakers, kettles, and free Wi-Fi, but there's no AC or TVs. Highlight features include two restaurants with open-air dining, a picturesque (but small) pool, and a spa. As you might expect for a property so integrated with its natural surroundings, some of the rooms and facilities are a bit rough around the edges. It’s perfect for adventurous travelers, but not a good fit for those after sleek, modern accommodations. Travelers seeking a more typical resort experience might prefer Coconut Bay Beach & Spa Resort.
This luxurious Viceroy is truly a stunner. It has arguably the best location on St. Lucia, right in between the Pitons, St. Lucia's famous volcanic spires, and on a beautiful white-sand beach. Its 79 rooms are minimalistic, chic, and mostly white, and all come with private plunge pools, butlers, and 24-hour room service; the larger villas and cottages offer living rooms and huge bathrooms (some with outdoor showers and hot tubs). Features include a family-friendly pool, fitness center, tennis courts, and free water sports. The romantic tree-house spa is one of the island's best. The resort's restaurants and bars are pricey, but all-inclusive rates are available to help guests keep costs in check. On St. Lucia, only the adult-only Jade Mountain can compare -- but it lacks the on-site beach found here, and its spa isn't as nice.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is a luxury hotel located on a historic cocoa estate outside Soufriere. The hotel’s 14 Lodges and Luxe Lodges are full of understated glamor, with plantation-style slatted shutters evoking a sense of place -- plus all have eye-popping views of Petit Piton. True to its name, chocolate plays a role in almost every element of the hotel, most notably its popular restaurant that attracts locals and non-guests with its “cacao cuisine.” There’s a sleek infinity pool, a splendid spa, and an overall atmosphere of exclusivity. The lack of in-room air-conditioning and TVs won’t appeal to everyone, and there’s no beach (although the hotel provides free daily shuttles to one nearby). Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort offers an excellent alternative for travelers looking to stay right on the beach.
Stonefield Estate Villa Resort & Spa is a four-pearl, adults-only resort located just outside the town of Soufriere. Most of the 17 rustic-chic villas have large separate living areas and private pools, all with kitchenettes or full kitchens. The open-air restaurant and pool make the most of the resort’s striking views of Petit Piton and the Caribbean Sea below. Other amenities include a spa and a fitness center, and free freshly prepared breakfast is included in the room rate. The main downside here is the lack of beach access, although the resort provides free shuttle service to nearby beaches. Travelers might want to compare rates and amenities with nearby Anse Chastanet Resort, which has direct access to two gorgeous beaches.
The Hummingbird Beach Resort is a two-and-a-half-pearl hotel located in Soufriere, on the island’s west coast. The hotel’s 10 rooms are tidy and many have superb views of the Pitons, but their dated decor could use an update. Hummingbird’s modest array of amenities includes a breezy restaurant that attracts non-guests, a cool batik gallery, and an outdoor pool facing the Pitons. The location is tough to beat -- it’s right on the beach and within walking distance of the town’s restaurants and shops. Marigot Beach Club in Marigot Bay offers a solid alternative for budget-conscious guests, but it doesn’t have Hummingbird’s Piton views.
This budget-friendly five-room inn along Soufriere Bay has no gym, no spa, and no pool -- in fact, the only extras are direct access to a subpar public beach and a breezy restaurant and bar. Rooms are average in virtually every way, except for the incredible views of Petit Piton, which appears at arm’s length from every room's private balcony. Travelers looking to be pampered should head elsewhere, but adventurous couples and families on a budget will find the Still Beach House’s location exceptional and its accommodations satisfactory. Vegetarian meals are cooked upon request, and a good variety of options exist for all meals. Plus, the inn is within walking distance to Soufriere, so there's lots of local flavor to be found.