The Bon Nouvel eco and agri-tourism heritage site consists of four hiking trails on the historic Esperance estate. The tour gives the visitor a myriad of experiences such as copra production using a Malay oven; a herb and medicinal garden, a carib hut with cassava garden and cassava processing hut, flora especially anthurium and ginger lilies, fauna especially goats, ducks, the whip-tail lizard, endemic birds such as the St. Lucian Warbler, The Oriole and the St. Lucian Black Finch. Each trail has a magnificent view of Gros Piton at different angles, towering over the surrounding hills and mountains. The estate has a rich history. It has seen the cultivation of sugar, cocoa, coconut, tobacco, coffee, flowers, vegetables and tree-crops. It was owned by the Glace Family for over 100 years. One of the original owners, Hubert Ravineau, who owned the estate from 1830, is the reason the area is currently called Ravineau. Records indicate that Hubert Ravineau had 74 slaves at Esperance at that time sugar cane was cultivated on the estate. The estate is 56.6 acres currently and it is one of the last working estates in Choiseul. We produce, in varying quantities, cocoa, honey, coconut oil, copra, mangoes, breadfruit, avocado, yams, and a myriad of fruits and vegetables. Our mainstay is our flowers: hybrid anthuriums, local Caribbean Pink anthuriums, ginger lilies, heliconia and birds of paradise.
Each tour comes with a complimentary bottle of water, a walking stick and fruit in season, which will be offered to the visitors along the trail.
The overall duration of the tour ranges between 90 to 120 minutes.
At different seasons visitors will also be able to witness and or participate in the making of cocoa sticks, harvesting of fruits and cocoa, planting of herbs and flowers, weaving of straw baskets and mats, preparation of local dishes such as farine and avocado, accras and other local activities.
Food & Dining
A taste of Paradise
Bring your appetite, these traditional and local dishes will make your taste buds come alive! be sure to sample a true taste of Bon Nouvel!