Choiseul is a historical village near to Soufriere in the south west of Saint Lucia. It is well known for its local arts and crafts, such as woven baskets, chairs and place mats, as well as featuring sweeping views across the neighbouring countryside. Originally known as Anse Citron because of the many lime trees that were grown in the area, it is an area of tropical beauty, where the laidback pace and welcoming spirit of the Caribbean embraces visitors and locals alike. The village is a relatively small and quiet village, with several bars, local restaurants, arts and crafts shops, fresh local fish outlet and a local produce market on Saturdays. The population is diverse and the greater district is mostly rural, with crops including the traditional limes, coconut, tomatoes and breadfruit.
Choiseul is justly famous for its traditional arts and crafts. These traditional practices have been passed down for centuries, with historians tracing their origins to the Carib and Arawak Indians. The Choiseul Arts and Craft Centre is a superb place to learn more about these traditional crafts, support local artisans and to pick up a souvenir. At this centre, the community comes together to participate and sell their products, from grass place mats and woven baskets, to chairs, coconut carvings, wood carvings, pottery and children’s toys. The Centre is run by the Ministry of Education and also operates as a training centre for unemployed people to learn new skills including crafts, but also skills such as construction and those valued in the tourism industry.
Choiseul is located conveniently for the bustling town of Soufriere, the old colonial grounds of the Soufriere Estate, the beautiful Saint Lucia Botanical Gardens, the magnificent volcanic Pitons, and the Qualibou caldera with its sulphur springs.
The Ladera Saint Lucia is a luxury resort set within the beautiful grounds of one of the island’s oldest cocoa plantations, the Rabot Estate. Uniquely designed guest villas and suites each constructed of tropical hardwoods, have a wall open to the spectacular views over the countryside, Pitons and Caribbean Sea. They are furnished to exceptional standards with 19th century French styled furniture and locally crafted accessories, furnishings and artwork. Private plunge pools or villa pools are provided for relaxation, while the resort also features a beautiful infinity pool where cocktails and light refreshments are available poolside. Complimentary services at the Ladera include soaking in the sulphur mineral baths at the spa, exercising in the fully equipped gym, beach shuttle services and snorkelling equipment. The resort is near to Jalousie Beach and Anse Chastanet Beach. Many excursions and activities are available should you want to explore further afield, and these include glass bottomed boat trips, rainforest hiking, horseback riding through the plantation or to the volcano, botanical garden tours, local market tours, sport fishing, sailing, and whale and dolphin watching. There are also cookery classes and golf lessons, while those wanting to immerse themselves in the local culture may want to visit the Fond Doux Estate or travel to the nearby island of Martinique. The elegant dining restaurant, Dasheene, serve up award winning cuisine based on sustainable principles, fresh and locally sourced ingredients and innovative takes on traditional Saint Lucia dishes. From sweet potato and coconut soup, plantain gratin and pickled vegetables to sugar cane shrimp, the menu is eclectic and delightful, all served in spectacular surroundings.
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