St. Lucia… Aaahhhhh…..
We had an amazing time in St. Lucia! I would sit on the beach and gaze at the distant mountains and I kept thinking ’I know why St. Lucia is called the Hawaii of the Caribbean’. Pictured is Rodney Bay which is a bay filled with graceful sailboats swaying slowly on the gentle waves. Laying on the beach, watching the bay was so relaxing. Sandals knows how to take all the stress out of a honeymoon… the resort is cashless, land and water sports included, no tipping, large rooms, 20 fabulous restaurants between the three Sandals St. Lucia resorts, attentive and friendly staff, complimentary shuttle service between the three resorts, beautiful beaches in picture-perfect surroundings. Below are a few of pictures of reasons why I prefer Sandals over the surrounding resorts:
Watersports!!! We went for a sail on the hobie cats at least once a day. Paddle boarding was easy in the calm bay. The tandem sea kayaks were also so easy to maneuver around the bay. It is a perfect place to learn a new skill like wind surfing, water skiing or scuba diving. Snorkeling is also included and they don’t just give you a snorkel and mask, but you are taken out to a reef bustling with tropical fish.
The overwater restaurant at Sandals Halcyon, The Pier, serves mostly seafood … which is so fresh, but their Surf ’n Turf was heavenly! Josephine’s at Sandals Grande St. Lucian is the little cafe we would steal away to for afternoon tea … actually ice tea and the most scrumptious blueberry crepes. Our other favorite restaurant was Barefoot By The Sea. There is just something about dining with your toes in the sand…
Wooden lounge chairs make the whole resort feel so much more upscale. Plastic is ok by the water, but not around the pool.
Three pleasant surprises regarding concierge service.
Our Sandals travel docs had a random date for my birthdate, which I corrected, but we still received the above surprise in our room from our concierge. Every time we’ve stayed at a Sandals resort in a concierge level room, the concierge staff have gone above and beyond to make us feel at home.
We did not wait in a line at the front desk, but instead were taken directly to the beautiful concierge lounge (pictured above) and checked in immediately.
If you have a concierge level room you will receive breakfast in bed daily… if so desired … It was a nice, quiet way to start the morning.
I’ve visited St. Lucia several times before, but never climbed up to Fort Rodney on Pigeon Island (the hill in the background of the Sandals tower). The entrance to Pigeon Island National Park is about a 10 min. walk from Sandals Grand St. Lucian. The climb to the fort is a little steep, but seeing the views of the bay and exploring the ruins in the park are worth the effort. The original fortress was built in the 1700′s and then revitalized and used again in WWII. Definitely worth the $5.00 entrance fee…
A tranquil ending to a fun-filled day….