$529 Avg/night
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Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort - Luxury All Inclusive

P.O. Box G.I. 2247, Gros Inlet, 00000
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
21 reviews
Great Couples Getaway

The staff was extremely friendly and could not do enough for everyone. The resterants were... See full review

  • Sqeaky
  • Jun 21, 2013
Great place for a honeymoon in October

I went to the resort with my wife for our honeymoon and it was amazing! St Lucia was amazing. We... See full review

  • John NYC
  • Oct 29, 2011
St. Lucia resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Rodney Bay

The Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa Beach & Resort - Luxury All Inclusive is set on a beach peninsula between the Caribbean Sea and Rodney Bay. The 18-and-older, couples-only resort has five pools and four whirlpools. Guests savor the Island & International culinary temptations at eight dining options, relax in the ocean & beach view accommodations and a meandering lagoon swim-up pool where visitors can swim right up to their patio. Water sports include unlimited scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing and wake boarding. The Red Lane Spa offers a variety of treatments (fees apply).

The award-winning Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa Beach also offers a "Stay at one, Play at three." Exchange privileges with Sandals La Toc Golf Resort and Spa in St. Lucia and Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia. Guests enjoy access to even more luxurious amenities and a total of Twenty [20] dining options to choose from. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available for guests occupying Club Sandals or higher categories of accommodation.
Highlights
  • Voted as "World's Leading All Inclusive Company", "Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand" and "Saint Lucia's Leading Resort" for consecutive years.
  • 18-and-older, couples-only resort
  • Set on a peninsula between the Caribbean Sea and Rodney Bay
  • Five freshwater swimming pools
  • Various entertainment activities
  • Lagoon swim-up rooms with direct pool access from the patio
  • Complimentary transfers to and from hotel included in room rate
Location

The Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa Beach & Resort - Luxury All Inclusive is set on a peninsula between the Caribbean Sea and Rodney Bay.

Rooms

Guests choose from the 301 elegantly furnished rooms and suites offering ocean views on both sides of the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa Beach & Resort. Expect a four-posted bed, stocked refrigerator, 37-inch flat-screen TV, safe deposit box, tile floors and a balcony or patio. The Rondoval Suites offers tropical sophistication and seclusion with private pool, whirlpool and hammock. Butler-serviced suites are also available.

Features
Water sports abound, at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa Beach & Resort - Luxury All Inclusive from kayaking to windsurfing. Unlimited Scuba diving is included, and there is a dive reef just minutes away. For land activities, look to the fitness center, beach volleyball and tennis, table tennis, billiards/pool, snooker table and Croquet. Entertainment switches up nightly, from Casino night to Caribbean Beach Night.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa Beach features five fresh water swimming pools, including the sprawling 7800 sq ft Sunset pool. The resort also offers four whirlpools, two saunas and two steam rooms.
Dining

The Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa Beach & Resort - Luxury All Inclusive has eight restaurants that offer an array of delectable international cuisines. Diners can feast at Barefoot By the Sea, Bayside Restaurant, Gordon's, Josephine's Creperie, Mariners, Olde London Pub & Restaurant, Toscanini's Restaurant and Dino's. Tourists can also enjoy refreshing drinks at the six resort bars.

Transportation
  • George F. L. Charles Airport (7.9 mi/12.7 km)
  • Hewanorra International Airport (38.7 mi/62.3 km)
Attractions
  • Rodney Bay (1.8 mi/2.9 km)
  • Reduit Beach (3.1 mi/5 km)
  • Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall (11.1 mi/17.9 km)
  • Castries (11.9 mi/19.1 km)
  • Marigot Bay (15.6 mi/25 km)
  • Sulphur Springs (35.7 mi/57.4 km)
  • The Pitons (39.2 mi/63.1 km)
Business
  • Internet access available (fees apply)
  • Extensive meeting facilities
Policies and fees
  • Internet access at the resort is no longer complimentary. Charges are $13.99 USD daily or $38.99 USD for the week; wireless Internet access in some areas.
  • New arrivals lounge at the Hewanorra Airport in St. Lucia welcomes Sandals guests are into the comfortable air conditioned lounge after clearing Immigrations and Customs.
  • See Sandals Resorts Representative upon airport arrival
  • Check with property directly for more accessible facilities

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

14.0918 -60.9591
Area served
St. Lucia
Nearby airports
George F.L. Charles airport (SLU) approximately 20 minutes and Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Area description
Approximately 6 miles north of the town of Castries, on a causeway between Pidgeon Island (national landmark) and Rodney Bay.

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Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort - Luxury All Inclusive Rooms

Caribbean Deluxe DL
Settle into the tranquil calm of gracious island style in a grand deluxe room that is fresh and welcoming. Contemporary luxury defines these ground floor rooms located amid the enchanting gardens adorned with birdhouses and swinging benches. With stately linens draped over exquisite Farmhouse beds, elegant island dcor abounds with framed fine art and mahogany crown molding and furnishings. Sliding glass doors opening to a private patio set you directly amidst the gardens, the perfect backdrop for enjoying a nightcap, midnight snack, or candlelight dinner for two. Formerly: Grande Deluxe Room View: View of resort grounds
Caribbean Beachview Club Level Room CO
This room comes with a spectacular view from your private balcony and room features a four poster king size mahogany bed, 37" flat screen television, a well-stocked mini bar and beautifully tiled floors. All of this luxury is topped off with an amazing beach view. Room View: Beach
Rodney Bay Honeymoon Deluxe HD
Relax in casual elegance where everything you need is just within reach. Enjoy the comforts of a splendid room featuring garden views, mahogany furnishings, tiled floors, flat screen TV and more, or venture out to the nearby Red Lane Spa for the ultimate pampering. Take in the beautiful scenery from any one of these stylish rooms and uncover sheer luxury. Formerly: Honeymoon Grande Luxe Room View: View of Gardens
Lover's Lagoon Honeymoon Premium PR
Enjoy the refreshing elegance of a well-appointed suite. Ideally situated with easy access to a refreshing midnight swim or a quiet stroll along the winding pathways of a charming garden, these premium rooms offer direct views of the sparkling lagoon pool and encompass a blend of stylish and inviting dcor. Delight in the beauty of the mahogany accents and modern amenities or laze on a spacious balcony, an ideal spot for taking in the stillness of the night or tranquility of the bird-serenaded mornings. Formerly: Grande Premium Lagoon Room View: Lagoon Pool, Manicured Grounds or Oceanview
Caribbean Honeymoon Walkout Room CW
This room category provides you with direct access to the beautiful grounds and gardens, and Upper Cascade pools from your private patio. Room furnishings include a four poster "Planters" king size mahogany bed, a 37" flat screen Television, tiled floors, love seat and armchair. Take in the amazing vista on your patio furnished with a two-piece patio set. Room View: Gardens & Upper Cascade Pools
Caribbean Oceanview Penthouse Club Level Room PO
For those seeking utter relaxation and unrivaled northern views, look no further than the splendor of a penthouse oceanfront suite. Unwind with serene vistas looking beyond a vast waterscape to the island of Martinique. Just a stones throw away from your room, experience complete bliss and serenity with the pampering touch of Red Lane Spa or a quiet stroll through the picture-perfect gardens below. Enjoy the majestic hill views and the incredible glow of the sunrise each morning. The radiance and beauty of these oceanfront suites assure that your stay will be restful and rejuvenatingthe perfect escape. Formerly: Penthouse Oceanfront Concierge Room Room View: View of ocean and gardens
Swim Up Lover's Lagoon Honeymoon Club Level Room HR
A truly sublime retreat, these stunning rooms dazzle with refreshing and expedient allure. With comfort, beauty, and convenience at the forefront, including suitable access to the refreshing lagoon pool just steps away from the mahogany-accented bedroom, opulence is within reach at every turn. A hotspot for lovers and sharing special moments amid the quiet calm of the lagoon pool, beautiful living awaits, if only just for a little while, just beyond the front door. Relax by the sparkling pool, explore the nearby gardens, or simply slip into plush `his and her robes for an evening enjoying the beauty and comfort of these impeccably designed suites together. Formerly: Honeymoon Lagoon Swim up Room Room View: View of Lagoon Pool

Amenities

  • All inclusive
  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free parking
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Dining
All inclusive
Restaurant
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Dining

GORDON'S ON THE PIER (INCLUDED FOR BUTLER CATEGORY GUESTS)
Included for those staying in Butler Suites and available, at an additional rate, for all of our cherished guests, Gordon's regales your palate with refined repasts, pampers you with superb service and gives you a star-kissed evening brimming with exquisite moments. A once-in-a-lifetime, truly gourmet dining experience, Gordon's sits at the very end of a pier jutting straight out into the Caribbean and offering an unprecedented view of the sparkling lights of Rodney Bay and of the resort, itself. Dress code: Resort Evening Attire Reservation: Required Non-Smoking Dinner: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Closed on Mondays
BAYSIDE RESTAURANT
With flavorsome, international cuisine, guests from near and far enjoy the decadence of Bayside by day for buffet-style breakfast and lunch; and bask in its outdoor essence with dining by night for an exquisite a la carte French Brasserie experience. Enjoy the character of Baysides open-air eatery with its pale yellow walls, its monumental stone columns soaring three stories high and its plush Caribbean dcor-all looking out onto the pool, the impressively looming sunset tower and, of course, the pearlescent aquamarine sea beyond. Dress code: Resort Casual Reservation: Not Required Non-Smoking Breakfast: 7:00 am - 11:00 am (Buffet Style with made to order items) 10:00am - 11:00am Continental Breakfast served with Sparkling Wine Lunch: 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm (Buffet Style with daily entrees cooked to order) Dinner: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Closed on Mondays and Thursdays. A la carte dining. Resort Evening Attire.
OLDE LONDON PUB
Down a pint of draft as you tuck into steak and kidney pie or sample crispy fish and chips sprinkled with malt vinegar. Enjoy celebrated pub grub as you marvel at all the authentic details and genuine touches-the antique mirrors, clipper-ship wall paper and carved bar with brass railings-that have been brought over, brick-by-brick from an actual, old London pub. In no time at all, you'll feel as if you've ventured across the Atlantic and entered into another reality completely. Dress code: Resort Casual Reservation: Not Required Non-Smoking Dinner: 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Lighter fare served from 10:15pm - 2:00am
JOSEPHINE'S
Quaint blue-and-white tiles and an enchanting country French decor welcome you to this divine creperie, specializing in all things sweet, which takes its name from St. Lucia's most famous scion, Napoleon's wife, the Empress Josephine. Delicate desserts tantalize your taste buds and carry you straight to nirvana, all within steps of the pool and in the grand culinary tradition of Paris. Dress code: Resort Casual Reservation: Not Required Non-Smoking Open at 6:00 AM, featuring desserts, afternoon tea & specialty coffees are also served.
TOSCANINI'S
Sumptuous Brazilian cherry-wood floors and rich forest-green walls impart an air of stately sophistication, as you dine on succulent Italian fare. Dine indoors and gaze through white-paned French windows at manicured gardens or dine outdoors on lawn pods next to hedges of exotic red ixoras and the ocean beyond, shimmering in the moonlight. Dress code: Resort Evening Attire Reservation: Required Breakfast: 7:30am - 10:30am A la carte breakfast menu. Resort Casual attire. Dinner: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BAREFOOT BY THE SEA
A beach bistro by day, serving up all of the grilled comfort foods you know and love, this spot transforms at night into an enchanting fine-dining venue. Sink your toes in the powdery sand as you savor delectable Caribbean dishes in this colorful, nautically-inspired, open-air restaurant, with the lights of nearby Rodney Bay glinting in the distance, the waves serenading you and the scent of night-blooming blossoms wafting in on the delicious sea breezes. Dress code: Resort Casual Reservation: Not Required Non-Smoking Lunch: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm (Lunch offers various snacks, burgers & sandwiches) Dinner: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Closed on Mondays)
DINO'S PIZZERIA
Bite into crisp gourmet pizzas, expertly prepared in our wood-fired oven and laden with your choice of delectable fresh toppings from the Pizzeria. Dress code: No Dress Code Reservation: Not Required Non-Smoking Lunch: 11:00am - 7:00pm
THE MARINER
Casual beachfront grill serving a great variety of fresh salads, panini, entrees and sweets. Dress code: Resort Casual Reservation: Not Required Lunch: 10:30am - 4:30pm

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1300
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (21)

Ratings and reviews for Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort - Luxury All Inclusive

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
21 out of 21
Amenities:
4.2
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.5
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.6

76% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Sqeaky
Laurel, MD
Jun 21, 2013

Great Couples Getaway

The staff was extremely friendly and could not do enough for everyone. The resterants were outstanding and excellent service. There was constant activity so if you wanted to get involved you could, if not you could just relax and enjoy. I have stayed at Beaches prior to this and for couples Sandals is the best.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: In Hotel

you might want to consider a helicopter to the resort from the airport...it is a long ride to get there.

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4
5.01.0
beckej3
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan 29, 2013

Sandals Grand

One downfall is that it is very far away from the major airport. My husband and I really enjoyed the staff. We did have some nice days. The food choices are great. To get to and from one resort to another on the island takes at least 30 minutes.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jen and Rob parents of 5
Alpharetta, Ga
Dec 26, 2012

Pleasantly surprised!

This was our first all-inclusive vacation so we were a bit apprehensive when we arrived. Our first impression wasn't great but after our first dinner at the beach restaurant, our worries about the food were gone! The food was fabulous in all restaurants EXCEPT the main one that was more like cafeteria food. My advice would be to make reservations at the special restaurants and the dinner on the beach was amazingly romantic and the service was exceptional. Overall, we loved our stay! There were opportunities to be social but it was easy to get away and be alone. I highly recommend it!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: In Hotel

Make reservations at the Italian place and Gordon's. don't waste time at the regular restaurant. It's like a cafeteria.

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4
5.01.0
Caribbeanz
California
Aug 11, 2012

Honeymoon

Amazing getaway for couples. Perfect atmosphere, good amenities, good staff, good people. Paid items are a little bit of a rip off (like private tours, spa etc..) but the stay is good value for money. Enjoyed the overall experience.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
frequentflyer12
Lower Merion, PA, USA
Jan 29, 2012

Save your money

My husband and I have stayed in many resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean and by far this was the worst. We splurged a bit bc this was our honeymoon and most of the reviews were positive. The only thing this resort has going for it is the location- beautiful beach and views. We paid xtra for an "oceanfront penthouse concierge" room. Although overlooking the ocean, the room was right smack in front of the hotel (no privacy) complete with full view of the hotel's airconditioning unit/generator, ruining the ambiance with the constant noise. They also decided to put up a wedding tent in front of our room for several days, also ruining our view and was super noisy throughout the night. Very uncomfortable beds and pillows. Housekeeping did not come some days for some reason. The "concierge" was of no use to us except to book a reservation at a restaurant once, which we coul do at the front desk. Useless waste of money. VERY NOISY, VERY RUN DOWN, almost everything was broken and nonfuntional. Visited by cockroaches of varying sizes in our bathroom. CONSTANT noisy lawn maintenance throughout the day, every day...annoying and awkward for guests. Lack of towells for guest use and very limited space. I can't begin to comment on the exceptionally poor service. Friendly people who get absolutely nothing done after telling you they will. This was CONSTANT. We were dying to get home by the 5th day of our week long honeymoon. On the ride home, most people had similar complaints. Please, if you have any expectations, DON't STAY HERE. I'm sure you can find an equally appealing each with decent food and service on this beautiful island with a little searching.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
1
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The Island Jeep tour was great

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
John NYC
New York, NY, USA
Oct 29, 2011

Great place for a honeymoon in October

I went to the resort with my wife for our honeymoon and it was amazing! St Lucia was amazing. We wished we were there longer (stayed about 7 days) so we could've enjoyed all the amenities at the resort as well as enjoy the island more. The food was good, the staff was very friendly. The all-inclusive feature helps so much because you don't have to worry about how much you're spending on food and drinks. The service was excellent. The pools are clean and there's a good number of them. The seating space in the main pool was limited (very popular area), but the other (quieter) pool had plenty. The beach is small - probably 10 to 15 feet of sand, but not a problem. The location in relation to the Hewanorra airport is about 1.5 hrs, but the Castries airport is about 20 minutes, so try to fly in from SLU (Castries) - we went home from here. We fly in from Hewanorra and the ride was a bit bumpy with a lot of stop and go. The room itself was slightly above average. We were on the first floor closer to the quieter pool. The bathroom was okay, but felt a little crammed. There was a couch, dressers, a TV and a small table, so there weren't a lot of floor space in the room. Had HBO and Cinemax. We also caught a lot of mosquitoes in the room - ask the front desk to spray the room. It helps a little. Amenities were plentiful and great. The gym was pretty big (didn't use it though) and very well AC'ed - almost too cold. There were a few hammocks and a couple of jacuzzi. There is a tour guide desk where you can book your excursions through. They were very helpful. Ziplining and Snuba were very fun to do - the first time we did it. All of the staff and amenities were great. Will visit again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

There are a couple of people outside of the resort (a ten minute walk away towards Pigeon Island) who sells good souvenirs for cheap. You can bargain with them. They have some souvenirs not sold in the resort (which are high priced). There are a souvenir shop in Rodney Bay (outside of the mall) - they were overpriced as well, but slightly more variety than the resort and the people there were not friendly. There were shops in the mall that sold similar stuff.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
ABD2
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 29, 2011

Perfect honeymoon!

We went to Sandals St. Lucia Grande for our honeymoon and couldn't have been happier with everything! Like most people, we spent hours researching our options and reading reviews. We tortured our travel agent with questions and doubts until finally, we decided on this resort. We are so thankful that we did! Reading all of the negative reviews can be very confusing but it's all about the expectations you have, what kind of person you are and what you're looking for in a vacation or honeymoon. We live in Los Angeles (but are both from New York) so we are admittedly spoiled when it comes to food, drinks, travel and entertainment. Our idea of a great honeymoon was something where we could relax, eat and drink. We didn't want to deal with more planning, more budgeting, and more itineraries! This was our first all-inclusive experience, although we have been on one cruise (and hated it). Our expectations were semi-low..... we sort of expected a "cruise on land" vibe, low quality food and cheesy "Sandals" logos everywhere. We were also terrified that we would be the oldest couple there (we are in our mid-30's) or that we'd be amidst a sea of "honeymooners-gone-wild." None of these things were the case! There are all kinds of couples, of all ages there. Most people are there on their honeymoon, so if you're looking to be treated like you're something special just because you're wearing a "sexy little bride" t-shirt then yes, you will be disappointed. Your experience here is really what you make of it. If you want to meet other couples and make new friends, there are plenty of opportunities and friendly people at the bars and the beach who you will meet and talk to. If you want to be alone and focus only on your husband/wife then you can do that, too and that's what we mostly chose to do. There's always an empty hammock, a quiet spot by the pool or a walk on the beach. Getting a cabana one day was our favorite thing we did. "No Pressure, No Problem" was my favorite drink (we made it a point to try all of them and they are all delicious!) The food was all wonderful. We did not go to the other resorts and other than one dinner at Toscanini's, we were happy eating dinner every night at Bayside (breakfast buffet at Bayside and breakfast at Toscanini's are both great!) Our room was lovely. We had a wonderful couples massage at the spa - worth every penny. And thanks to some great advice, we took the Jeep Safari excursion. We truly enjoyed the "Soufriere Jeep Discovery & Waterfall Revelation" tour with our guide Nilan. The volcano, waterfall, banana plantation and fishing village were all beautiful, but it was really the star personality of Nilan that made the experience extra special. He was fun, genuine and funny - giving us a fantastic insight into the island and its true culture. We recommend taking advantage of the natural mud bath near the volcano, but be warned that the sulfur smell and stains from the mud are hard to get out of your bathing suit (so don't wear your best suit or your jewelry). If you're looking for a no-brainer, relaxing honeymoon/vacation and you enjoy eating and drinking then this is the PERFECT place for you! If you don't drink or like to eat (let's face it, that's what you're paying for) or if you are a hard-to-please complainer who thinks the world owes you something because you are on your honeymoon, then..... good luck to your new spouse! We will definitely be looking into other Sandals for future romantic, relaxing vacations!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Chattanooga
Feb 25, 2011

10 year anniversary

Great Resort and great staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
TwoDrsVaCa
Wisconsin, USA
Feb 2, 2011

Carib travel for 8 years, this hotel is.

I am pretty easy going, but I have to blow the whistle on this place. My wife and I have been married for 6 years, both in our early 30's and easy to please. We go to the Caribbean two times per year, for the last 8 years, and have Secrets, Barcelo, Hilton, many more- to compare to. This place was extremely disappointing and so were the other Sandals locations on the island; there is a free shuttle to the other two resorts. We spent $6,000 (most of our great vacations have been around $4,000) for the worst food and only a pool to sit by....you cannot enter the ocean, it is so rough that one woman had to be rescued from almost drowning. My wife had a "garage sale" from a wave while trying to get off a jetskii and lost her glasses and headband and spent the next few hours getting out water and sand, which is a little funny, but none the less-dangerous. It was a scary moment because we are talking about an instant 8 foot break on top of you. Sandals is a powerful brand with a good marketing campaign in the USA, and I have to say that I was saddened to see all the newlyweds spending the money from wedding gifts at a resort that only has a few kinds of fruit, and labels itself "all inclusive." I eat more fresh fruit in -20F in Northern Wisconsin than this place had to offer. Apparently all inclusive means guests pay for your snacks, most activities, your wine, your Internet, your hygiene products, your beer (in most rooms), and there is no "top shelf as advertised. No Capt'n, no Grey Goose, no Grand M, nothing. I did complain and one front desk woman laughed in my face, I guess that is because I did not yell and scream like the other guest I saw who were having similar experiences. I got home today and I have a Sandals vacation booked in Jamaica for May, after this review next on my agenda is to change it to a different resort chain. Most of the resort patrons were newlyweds, many out of the USA for the first time and spending up to two weeks in this dump, please vote with your wallet, the resorts are nothing like the Ads they place on TV. St Lucia is a beautiful island and if you go a few pages into google there are so many beautiful resorts and sandy beaches (we took a private, local sailboat, nothing to do with Sandals, so I saw what I missed) that if you look around a bit you will get a great deal in paradise. Just not at Sandals.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
1
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Charter a sailboat with a local island company. The people here are great and they know about how bad the large chain resorts treat you so you will get so more, for much less by going with a local company.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Dallas, TX
Sep 22, 2010

Honeymoon

We spent a week in the resort and had a great time. It has plenty of restaurants to choose from and we only ate at the same place twice. The activities the resort offers are great as well. We recommend the zip lining and island excursion. Book the island excursion with "Simon Says" rather than through the hotel. He's the tour director of the hotel and does private tours on his days off. Only downside is that the resort is exactly on the opposite of the island from the Pitons, so you'll only see them on your excursion.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
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