Sandals Grande St. Lucian
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Set on is own little peninsula with a long sheltered white sand beach, the Sandals Grande St. Lucian offers excellent service and great cuisine in a setting that's a little more lively than the neighboring Sandals Regency La Toc. With the honeymoon suites you can swim right up to your room from the lagoon pool, or take is step further and go for the Rondoval suites which offer your own private plunge pool. Use the facilities of the nearby Sandals Regency La Toc, including complimentary green fees. Great for couples.
This was a special holiday for us and our first Sandals experience - slightly over our normal budget but we thought we were worth it! This 12-night holiday will be the holiday every other is compared to - it exceeded our expectations and then some!Our room, called a Luxury Room (it's their basic room) was spacious, clean and well equipped. No alcohol in the mini bar (the holiday is all inclusive so this was unnecessary) but was re-stocked daily with soft drinks. We had a little balcony facing the Atlantic Ocean (not the beach) but this was quiet and secluded. We were expecting a little more 'luxury' when we arrived however we soon realised this room fulfilled all our needs.The site has 12 restaurants - we didn't try them all however the ones we did go to were superb! Our favourite was the Barefoot By the Sea (daytime and evening), and I've got to say a special Thank You to Julita - she's so lovely and remembered our order - a real credit to the team!Gordons is worth a mention, the evening restaurant is located on the pier, so over the water and is quintessentially romantic dining - the food is elegant, superbly presented and extremely tasty. Thank you Ivanka, to you and your team.Toscanini's for breakfast - is a must in the morning for the BEST breakfast and the evening meal is delightful. Kimono's is just great fun - loud and full of energy, but the food will still exceed your expectations. We could gush about all the restaurants we visited - the service in every restaurant was attentive without being intrusive and the food was excellent.Special mention to Peter - the premier bartender with the most lethal cocktails - he's a character and we couldn't complete this review without mentioning him.We are certified divers and, therefore, could dive as part of the holiday package. We took every opportunity to make use of this facility. Special thank you to the diving crew - Carola, in the office (still to see in the water) thank you so much, St Rose, Martin - you are so professional, Captain Fletcher - we look forward to next year! Diving was excellent, all of the team were very competent and efficient and I'd recommend the experience to all.The water sports are definitely worth using and great fun. Be warned about booking any excursions from the beach - it's not part of Sandals and, although perfectly legitimate, they are not cheaper than the tours on offer in the reception. Have a walk up to Nelson's Fort ($8 entrance) the views are worth it.We had a superb time at Sandals - even with Hurricane Maria - and we would happily recommend this holiday to family and friends. We're going back in 2018!
The seafront location provides a setting from paradise with uninterrupted bay views and access for the beach. The overall experience is excellent and offers a high quality, balanced package of accommodation, dining and entertainment - irrespective of the weather, and October is the rainy season. Nadia's welcome, Giovanni's orientation & entertainments, Gemma's Music Man & Ivana's restaurant management 'special mentions' must not be taken to limit naming the many staff who were, without exception, superlative and always attentive.
My husband and I recently got back from our honeymoon stay at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian, and we had a wonderful time!We flew into the larger airport at the south end of the island, but we opted for the private transfer. Although we didn't experience the "free" shuttle to all the resorts from the airport, we do believe that opting for the private transfer was the best option. My husband, who has been a firefighter for almost 10 years and drives and rides in bumpy ambulances and fire engines all the time, found the hour and a half drive from the airport to the Grande a little rough. Although neither of us needed to have the car pull over, it was nice to have the option and to also relax, spread out, and talk with the driver and learn more about the country.With the private transfer, we got to the resort before the shuttle and were able to start our vacation a little earlier. We were promptly greeted by staff with a glass of champagne, were given iPads to do the check-in, and had a brief orientation in the gorgeous open-air lobby. After the orientation, a staff member walked us to our rooms and showed us everything we would need to know about what came in our rooms. She also informed us that our luggage would be delivered shortly. Within 5 minutes of going to the room, another staff member brought our luggage to us.We only purchased the Luxury Level Caribbean Honeymoon Oceanview room for the week since we weren't planning on spending much time in the room and didn't feel the need to have the butler service for the week. I was shocked at how nice and modern our room was! We were lucky enough to be placed on the second floor so we could see the beautiful garden outside of our balcony and the Atlantic side of the bay (we could even see Martinique off in the distance!). I love that we had an all-inclusive mini-fridge, too, that had coke, sprite, juice and water available for taking and restocked when needed. I will give word of caution: when we originally booked the "oceanview" room, I was under the impression that we would be viewing Rodney Bay from our balcony. After further research on this site, I realized that we would be viewing the Atlantic side which had beautiful gardens but also had the street dividing the resort from the coast. However, at least for our building, I was very happy with our view since I was hoping to not have a view of the pools anyway. We met a couple who was staying in our building but on the third floor, and they said that they were slightly disappointed because when they looked out from their balcony of the oceanview, they saw what we believe is the staff parking lot, however, the gardens blocked the parking lot from our second floor room. The main pool was wonderful. We got to the pool deck around 8:30am each morning and were able to get chairs with umbrellas without much problem. The pool bar opened at 10:00am, and it really never got busy until about 3:00pm. The bar staff was very nice and attentive! My husband recommends asking for the "Peter Special" if you happen to order anything from there.The buffet breakfast at Tuscanini's was good, as was the lunch from there and at the Mariner's. It didn't really offer too much variety though. If we didn't feel like eating the same thing, we would try Josephine's Crepes or Dino's Pizza (which was delicious). We loved the Mac and Cheese Balls from the Olde London Pub and also enjoyed dining at Tuscanini's, Gordon's, and Soy Sushi at night.The resort was always well maintained and clean. I was worried about it being very buggy in St. Lucia, but I didn't see a mosquito once at this resort. The beach was amazing! We relaxed in the floating rafts in the water, hung out by the swings in the ocean, and even took out a kayak for a little bit one day. The water wasn't choppy at all, and we were always able to go into the ocean. We met other couples from Halcyon and La Toc who said that their beach was closed the entire time due to the surf so they came to the Grande to go into the ocean.Our coworkers gifted us a candle lit dinner from our wedding, and we arranged to have it on the beach one of the nights. It was definitely a nice experience to have, but I wouldn't have spent my own money on it since the other restaurants had delicious food at dinner, too.Only had a few very minor things happen on the trip that warranted me from giving all 5 stars: 1. Our room didn't have a "Do Not Disturb" sign for the door when we arrived, and I had to call the front desk and room service a few times before they actually gave us one. Not a big deal, but it was a little annoying to have to call and check up on it.2. If you're a lighter sleeper, I suggest staying in Rondovals or Bungalows; if you're unable to, you might just hear a lot of foot traffic in the hallways at night. Most people are courteous about others, but then sometimes you'll have the people who don't realize how loud they're being in the hallways at midnight.3. The Grande was building or renovating a restaurant while we were there, and they were doing it right by the main pool. All we had to do was ignore the noise, but it would've been nice to have a heads up about the renovation and that restaurant options and times would be limited before going on the trip.4. The Photo Shop's system went down the day before we left to go home. While some things are out of the staff's control, it was a bit annoying to wait in line for an hour the morning we were leaving so we could quickly see and buy any professional pictures they took during our trip.In Summary:We loved the Grande! Our 2nd floor Luxury Level Caribbean Honeymoon Ocean View room was perfect for us. We considered going to visit La Toc for a day, but once we met other couples at the Grande who were visiting from La Toc for the day, we felt that it was worth our time staying at the Grande for all the pools and the beach. Dinner options for food was amazing. We highly recommend the private transfer, and we will definitely look into staying at a Sandals resort on another island in the future.
This was our 2nd trip to Sandals Grande St. Lucian, the week of October 7th. We stayed in a Caribbean Honeymoon Walkout (#1105) in the Cap Estate building, which was the same room we had the previous year. Once again, we had a wonderful stay. The weather was pretty much clear and hot for the entire week, and the ocean and pool temperatures were very warm. I'll break this review up into sections for easier reading.Room:This room, although not club or butler class, is just about perfect for us. It's very private, with grown-in greenery around the patio, and is hidden from the path. There has been some refreshing of the room since our last visit, with a new rug, chair, and artwork. It appeared that housekeeping is not being properly supplied...we had to ask several times for replenishment of water, juice, shampoo, and body wash. Our room was serviced once each day, and we never received turn-down service or towel animals.Grounds and facilities:As usual, the grounds and facilities were kept in fine condition by the hard working grounds crew. Mid-week, some of the floating rings on the beach were removed for cleaning. The Bayside restaurant was boarded up and closed for "urgently needed repairs" for the duration of our stay, with the sound of hammering and drilling frequent during the day, and most bothersome in the vicinity of the main pool. A stand-alone bar kiosk has been added at the south end of the beach, near the Over-water Bungalows. It does not have power, so cannot serve blended or frozen drinks, but LaToya made sure guests at that end of the beach were well taken care of. Quite a few palapas have been added since our last visit, with many at the south end near the bungalows, as well as some new cabanas near the shuffleboard court and winding pool.Restaurants:Due to the closure of Bayside, the breakfast and lunch buffet usually served by Bayside was moved to Toscanini's, and the Toscanini sit-down breakfast was moved to Barefoot by the Sea. The French cuisine dinner normally served at Bayside was discontinued during the closure. Most of the restaurants remained open 7 days per week to absorb the absence of Bayside.At the midpoint of our stay, we were informed that menus were being switched up, and the surf & turf with lobster normally served at Gordon's was being moved over to Barefoot by the Sea (and being replaced at Gordon's with a shrimp based surf and turf). The rationale was to allow all guests to experience lobster, even if they couldn't get a reservation at Gordon's.Gordon's itself has been expanded, and all tables are now under cover.We dined twice at Bombay, our first experience with Indian cuisine, and enjoyed it a lot. We also visited Toscanini's and Barefoot by the Sea for dinner, and both were excellent. The Olde London Pub is also a great dinner venue. Josephine's was our nightly stop for crepes and ice cream.While we very much enjoyed lunch at the Jerk Shack and Mariner's, they do need a better way of staying organized. Since it's a mix of table service and walk-up service, and the food may come from both the Jerk Shack or Mariner's, the servers delivering the food are often left wandering around trying to figure out which order belongs to which table. A simple numbered tent-card system might help alleviate the confusion and speed up the service.Spa:Spa services are simply excellent, and not unreasonably priced. The Spa staff are the nicest people, and do great work.Excursions:We did not participate in any excursions at all on this trip. I did leave the gates to take a hike up to Fort Rodney. It's $8USD for admission to the park, and an additional $5USD for a guide book, but the views are spectacular. There is a small beach club on Pigeon Island that offers snorkeling, snuba, and Sea-Trek, but I did not utilize them.Beach:Beach is white sand, with some crushed coral and stone at the waterline. Water is clear and warm, with some grassy patches in the deeper parts. We did see a number of East Indian Urchins (with white, soft spines) in the grassy areas. If you snorkel along the central jetty, there is an abundance of sea life, particularly along the north side.Entertainment:There was a variety of evening entertainment, some of it to our taste, some not so much. The highlight of the week was a practically private 90 minute concert by Ronald "Boo" Hinkson, a well-known and extremely talented jazz guitarist. It's amazing how many people wandered through while he was playing, and wrote it off as "background music", not realizing just how talented this performer is. An amazing performance!We found the afternoon thumping and shouty music and entertainment at the main pool to be an annonyance, but I suppose many people enjoy that sort of thing. We found that even retreating to our room and closing the doors couldn't dampen the volume. I think that Sandals could certainly lower the volume without affecting enjoyment at the pool.While not under Sandals control, I did want to mention that there is a loud public party at the north end of the resort on Saturday nights, and the weekly jump-up in Gros Islet can be loud at the south end on Friday nights. If you're a light sleeper, you will benefit by bringing some ear plugs.Guest mix:A real mix of younger and older guests. I wish that Sandals could be a little more couples/romance oriented, but with destination weddings and other groups of people traveling (and drinking) together, late nights could sometimes be a bit raucous.Shout-Outs:This portion of the review is simply shout-outs to some of the staff that gave us excellent service. It constantly amazes me how many of the staff are able to recall your name from previous visits.At the Red Lane Spa, Shirvonne is the best. She recognized my wife when running into her randomly on the beach, and my wife enjoyed two hot-stone massages. Shirvonne is warm, friendly, and attentive.At Bombay, we received amazing and friendly service from Lucida (the manager), Philippa (who guided us through our first Indian meal), and the intern Stefan, who is currently making a circuit of all the restaurants. Outside of Bombay, at the lovely bar surrounded by Jasmine, we were impressed with Rochelle and the irrepressible Orion (who normally works the bar inside at Kimono's.At the breakfast buffet at Toscanini's, Ivana the manager and Chad were both fabulous and friendly...and of course, no breakfast is complete without the artist of omelettes, Monica.A shout out to Uriele and the Jerk Shack crew, who handle the chaos of the busy lunch rush with grace. I don't know how they do it.And finally, a special mention of Laytoya at the Olde London Pub, who stopped by our table and graced us with a lovely serenade. What a voice!
Beautiful resort located in picturesque Rodney bay. Calm waters and large beach. Food really good in all restaurants and everything you expect from the sandals brand. Nothing to fault here as I write this review from the pool area over looking the bay and mountain peaks in the distance. Staff really friendly and service very good. Hope to be back soon.
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- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Daily (a la carte)
- Domestic and International alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Wine with lunch and dinner
- Hobie Cats
- Scuba for certified divers including open water dives, excursion dives ($70 administration fee for night dives. Proof of certification required)
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- Water skiing
- Table tennis
- Volleyball (beach)
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Theme nights
- Shuttle service to Sandals Halcyon, Sandals Regency, Daily
- 284 rooms
- 5 restaurants (International, Italian, French, Latin, Caribbean, English)
- 1 BBQ/Grill
- 6 bars, including: Swim-up bar
- 5 pools
- 4 whirlpools
- Fitness Centre
- Beauty salon
- Games room
- Scuba diving centre
- Gift shop
- Meeting facilities
- Over-water wedding chapel
- Water sports centre operated by hotel
- Tour desk
- Car rental desk
- Laundry services
- Dry cleaning
Grande Deluxe, Resort grounds with terrace includes:
- 1 king-size bed
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Hair dryer
- Clock radio
- CD player
- Coffee maker
- In-room safe
- Iron and ironing board
- Amenity Kit
- Maximum occupancy of 2
More room classes are available. Please inquire.
Honeymoon Bonus - Bottle of champagne and breakfast in bed once per stay. Couples will also receive turndown service on their first night. Marriage certificate dated within the last 3 months is required upon check-in. To be applicable, guests must register online with their Sandals' confirmation number at least 3 days prior to travel and show proof of marriage. Guests will be asked to fax a copy of their marriage certificate to the resort prior to travel. To register online, www.sandals.com, click on the "Online Check-In" and fill in appropriate information and submit.
Free Wedding - Free wedding ceremony is available for Concierge room category or higher with a minimum 7 nights required. Additional fee items: Deposit of $200.00USD for Administrative and government fees. Please inquire for full details.
Golf Bonus - Unlimited green fees at Sandals Regency Golf Club Par 23, 9-hole golf course. Transfers Included. Carts, Caddies, Rentals, and Lessons are at additional charge and caddies are mandatory. Tee times must be booked in advance.
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Sandals Grande St. LucianSaint Lucia,Saint Lucia
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Rodney Bay St. Lucia
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