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St Lucia Plantations

July 14, 2016 -

St Lucia Plantations & Gardens

Soufriere Estate, Soufriere

Soufrière Estate, adjacent to the Diamond Falls and owned by the same family, is one of the oldest st lucia plantations on the island. It was part of a 2,000 acre estate granted to the Deveaux family by King Louis XIV in 1713. The same family still owns the estate, and has put much effort into preserving, restoring and enhancing it. The mill was built in 1765 for sugar production and later was used to crush limes. The old waterwheel was restored to working order with the help of a diesel engine. The factory is now a restaurant, where you can have lunch by prior reservation. On certain days, large tour groups visit this site. To avoid them, call ahead or go before 9:30 am or after 3:30 pm. Tel: 1 (758) 459-7565 www.diamondstlucia.com

Diamond Falls Botanical Garden, Soufriere

This well-known st lucia tourist attraction offers an extensive botanical garden whose signature attraction is a sulphurous waterfall. The restored Mineral Baths were originally built in 1784 just before the French revolution with funds from King Louis XVI. Adjacent to the historic baths are more modern chlorinated plunge pools where you can bathe for an additional fee (bathing under the waterfall is prohibited). On certain days, large tour groups visit this site. To avoid them, call ahead or go before 9:30 am or after 3:30 pm. Contact: Tel: 1 (758) 459-7155 or 452-4759, www.diamondstlucia.com

Fond Doux Estate, Soufriere

The Fond Doux Holiday resort is also a 250-year old working estate with a st lucia plantations house built in 1864. For visitors, it offers spectacular views, beautiful natural landscapes, many birds, flowering trees and crops. You can see how cocoa is processed, still using the historic cocoa drying sheds and the traditional method of “cocoa dancing.” You can walk the estate trails and explore military ruins, and climb the Maroon estate route. The estate, at an elevation between 1400 and 1660 feet above the sea is always cool. There are two restaurants, one built around a massive historic stone wall, for larger groups, and another more intimate structure which is open every day and offers local cuisine (US$ 15 – 25). On certain days, large tour groups visit this site. To avoid them, call ahead or go before 9:30 am or after 3:30 pm. Tel: 1 (758) 459-7545/ 7125, Fax: 1 (758) 459-7882 www.fonddouxestate.com

Morne Coubaril Estate, Soufriere

One of the st lucia plantations best known for its ziplining, Coubaril also allows visitors to experience first hand some of the island’s traditional agricultural activities such as copra (dried coconuts), cocoa, and cassava making. The authentically restored plantation village adds another time and dimension. A rainforest hike is also available, which must be booked in advance. The trek takes visitors on a two hour hike, starting at the Botanical gardens in Soufriere, and ending at the Coubaril Falls, which are a mixture of fresh water and warm sulphur water. Horseback-riding and lunches by prior reservation is also available. On certain days, large tour groups visit this site. To avoid them, call ahead or go before 9:30 am or after 3:30 pm. www.stluciaziplining.com, Tel: 1 (758) 459-7340

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Coubaril Estate, botanical garden, horse back riding and zip lining

La Sikwi Estate

One of the few sugar mills on the island constructed by the British. Built in 1876, it is more modern than the older French buildings found on most st lucia plantations. The 40 ft waterwheel, milling machinery, and building is very well-preserved. The sugar mill produced molasses as its final product, not sugar, and during the early 1900’s the factory was converted into lime oil production. There is a beautiful garden and small semi-outdoor theatre for cultural performances. La Sikwi is part of the organized Jungle Tours and Jeep Safari tours. Lunches for a minimum of 10 people can be booked in advance. Walk-in visitors are also welcome. Tel: 1 (758) 452-6323 or e-mail adjohagi@candw.lc

 

St Lucia Plantations, East & South

Mamiku Gardens, Micoud

Mamiku Gardens is located on the East Coast of St Lucia in the community of Praslin, near the Latille waterfall and the Descartiers Rainforest Trail. Set in 12 acres of natural woodlands, mamiku offer a colorful variety of gardens. Some are on hilltops, some tucked away in the forest, including an orchid garden and medicinal herb garden. An abundance of birds, butterflies and Tropical Flowers continually surprise the visitor. Once the scene of fierce battles, as many other st lucia plantations, the gardens are now filled with tranquility and beauty. You can hike up to a viewing point which overlooks Praslin Bay. A collection of artifacts can be viewed at the small interpretation center and refreshment bar.

Tel.: (758) 452-8236/455-3729, Fax: 1 (758) 452-9023, www.mamikugardens.com

Fond D’ Or Estate, Dennery

At Fond D’ Or, you can see three different sugar processing technologies once used on st lucia plantations existing side by side: the cattle mill, the waterwheel, and the steam engine. The area is also the archeological site of several Amerindian settlements, which are documented at the interpretation centre, where a delicious lunch is also served. Horseback riding, turtle watching, and bird watching are all part of the experience. The natural landscapes at Fond D’ Or are just as diverse as the man-made ones, ranging from estuarine forests on gently sloping hills to protected mangroves and a wide white sand beach (swimming with caution). Extensive hiking trails allow you to explore the undisturbed plant and wildlife at Fond D’ Or for several hours, in the company of a knowledgeable guide from the community. Fond D’Or is part of the st Lucia Mabouya Valley Development Project, a successful example of community-based resource management. Tel.: 1 (758) 453-3242, Fax: 1 (758) 453-3048, Facebook

Balenbouche Estate, Choiseul

A visit to Balenbouche estate, a heritage site and guesthouse in the south of st Lucia, offers a very personal and authentic experience. The 19th century Estate house, residence of the Lawaetz family who purchased several st lucia plantations in the 1960’s, is surrounded by an enchanting garden with many huge old trees and areas to relax. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the grounds, swim at one of the secluded beaches, and explore the remains of an impressive 18th century sugar factory. A collection of Amerindian artefacts, rock basins and petroglyphs tell of an ancient indigenous culture. One of the owners will personally take you around the Estate. Lunches and dinners can be arranged by prior appointment. Tel: 1 (758) 455- 1244, www.balenbouche.com