Fond Doux Wins In­ter­na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Award

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Fond Doux Plantation & Re­sort’s com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and en­vi­ron­men­tal ste­ward­ship has been rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally as The Amer­ica’s Best Sus­tain­able Bou­tique Ho­tel. The an­nounce­ment was made on Oc­to­ber 30th, 2015 at the World Bou­tique Ho­tel Awards (WBHA) cer­e­mony held at the Mont­calm Ho­tel in Lon­don.

“We are deeply hum­bled to re­ceive an award of such mag­ni­tude,” said Fond Doux co-owner Ero­line La­mon­tagne. “We are com­mit­ted to en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly prac­tices at our re­sort and are proud to make a pos­i­tive im­pact. We have al­ways known that Fond Doux is a world class prop­erty, and this award val­i­dates that feel­ing to a global com­mu­nity.”

Nom­i­na­tions for the WHBAs are made by an Awards Vot­ing Jury com­prised of 30 ex­cep­tion­ally well-trav­elled industry ex­perts and lux­ury travel jour­nal­ists. The WHBA panel re­viewed more than 300 ho­tels be­fore an­nounc­ing Fond Doux Plantation & Re­sort as this year’s win­ner.

Set against the spec­tac­u­lar back­drop of a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, Fond Doux Plantation & Re­sort has 15 idyl­lic cot­tages set in a trop­i­cal rain­for­est on one of the old­est work­ing plan­ta­tions in the Caribbean. The prop­erty boasts 30 kinds of fruit trees, as well as an abun­dance of lo­cal birds and wildlife. This his­toric 134 acre co­coa plantation has been called one of the top five plantation re­sorts in the world.

When Ero­line and Lyn­ton La­mon­tagne moved in over 20 years ago and be­gan re­mod­el­ing Fond Doux, they at­tempted to purge the soil of pow­er­ful chem­i­cals used in the cul­ti­va­tion of ba­nanas in the 80s. This was ac­com­plished by us­ing or­ganic farm­ing meth­ods and the sys­tem­atic plant­ing of co­coa, which is now the main crop, as well as a vast va­ri­ety of fruits and flow­ers. Sus­tain­able tourism ac­tiv­i­ties at Fond Doux are guided by an en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy con­sis­tent with Green Globe Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments.

“We’re proud that our com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence is be­ing rec­og­nized by both guests and industry pro­fes­sion­als,” said Fond Doux’s other owner Lyn­ton La­mon­tagne. “We will con­tinue to pro­vide guests with a lux­ury bou­tique ex­pe­ri­ence while cel­e­brat­ing our mag­nif­i­cent nat­u­ral sur­round­ings and ad­her­ing to strict sus­tain­able prac­tices that will keep them that way.”

The award comes just weeks af­ter Fond Doux re­ceived a third straight Travel Weekly Mag­el­lan Award hon­our­ing the best in travel, and salutes the out­stand­ing travel pro­fes­sion­als be­hind the scenes.

This year Fond Doux also re­ceived a fourth con­sec­u­tive Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence award from TripAd­vi­sor.

Fond Doux Hol­i­day Plantation is a 19th cen­tury ecofriendly re­sort sit­u­ated amidst a 250-year-old work­ing plantation and fea­tures an as­sort­ment of ten uniquely crafted cot­tages and two on­site res­tau­rants. They are con­ve­niently lo­cated just min­utes away from some of the is­land’s main at­trac­tions in­clud­ing the Pi­tons.

Lyn­ton and Ero­line La­mon­tagne proudly dis­play the award given to Fond Doux at the World Bou­tique

Ho­tel Awards.

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