We are a middle- aged American couple who generally opt for 4-star resorts, so La Haut was a different experience for us. If you require speedy and attentive service and everything working right, go elsewhere. Specifically during our stay, our room (1A of the main building) was burning hot, the safe key was not available upon check in, the lock required jiggling, two light bulbs were burned out, and phone service was erratic. The staff did remedy everying (except phone), but it took a while (by impatient New Yorker standards). Guests get one complimentary bottle of water, no replacements. Boiling water was recommended.
Second-story rooms have a visually-striking peaked ceiling, whereas ground floor rooms have airconditioning. Our top-floor room was large and had ample floor space, even though it contained a king-size bed, dresser, kitchen table and two chairs, and a separate sitting area with two chairs and a flat screen TV that had snowy reception. Bed was very comfortable and draped with mosquito netting; remainder of furniture was functional, but not aesthetic.
Others may rave about the views from the cashew rooms, but I thought the main building had better views of the Pitons, and with no city-view, had a more remote atmosphere. Main building is also closer to the front office (convenient when phone does not work) and the restaurant, and doesn't require walking up and down a steep hill on a hot day.
We had breakfast and two dinners at the restaurant. Breakfast was limited; food was good. Dinner had decent range of options and food was good.
The main builing was being painted when we arrived; don't know about the rest of premises. Grounds were well maintained (this is a plantation afterall), and the staff was friendly and helpful.
Overall, I was satisfied with our stay, but my high-maintenance husband was not.
- Also Known As:
- La Haut Plantation Hotel
- La Haut Plantation St. Lucia/Soufriere
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Haut or Le Haut literally means "the height" in Patois, a French dialect that is commonly spoken by St. Lucians. La Haut sits on a hill overlooking Soufriere, one of the oldest towns in St Lucia.Part of a 52-acre former coconut and cocoa estate, the main Guest House possesses a unique history. Nearly 100 years old, the main guesthouse was originally a cocoa house used for fermenting and drying cocoa beans hand-picked on the estate. In 1995, the building was converted and refurbished into a 6-room guesthouse. The nearby cottage was a former copra house where coconuts were once processed.Although the rich aroma of cocoa beans no longer wafts through the air, at La Haut you can enjoy the perfume-scented, tropical fauna or the salty breeze that blows off the Caribbean Sea. ... more less
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