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.
My wife and I are Sandals Reward members. We are scuba divers and have stayed at several Sandals resorts through the years. Le Grande rates as one of the best if not The Best. We chose 2 weeks in late October at Honeymoon Penthouse Club Level Room (en suite). The key point is ''Club Level'' which gave us a superb 3rd floor room overlooking a quiet pool with palm trees, with the beach and the sea in the background. We had a wonderful panoramic view from our balcony. Anja, our young room lady was friendly, chatty and joined us away from work on Creole Day.The Club status gives 24/7 access to the club room and is staffed from about 8AM to 10PM with a self service bar. The main points of contact for us were three delightful personalities Lew, Jadine (always a picture) and Justine, a bright intern learning hotel management. We will select Club level next time for the added benefits - check in/out, and two extra parties a week ++.The dine around restaurants are very good and one is spoilt for choice with two other Sandal resorts close by. We visited Halcyon again and it is quieter than Le Grande and more compact. We have stayed there twice and met up with Sandals friends from our stays in 2009 & 2013. We had an excellent lunch together at the Bayside.The Bayside at Le Grande was being renovated and so was closed. This took the edge off the dining pleasure. However, the Barefoot by the Sea restaurant more than made up for it with the siting by the sea, the superb menu with steak and lobster and perfectly chilled Mondavi chardonnay. Special personalities here included Rikki and Richmond (both Masters of Chardonnay) and Quristal with fun humour. In contrast we found that wind blown 'Gordon's' out on the pier was a disappointment.The PADI scuba diving organisation is first class. The boat(s) are modern, well maintained, as is the Sandals supplied equipment. We brought our own gear and we were particularly helped on every dive by Natalia, who was brilliant. Carola heads up the dive centre admin with nice 'dry' humour. Marcus and Martin were our superb professional dive guides (both are instructors0 and although we had poor viz for a lot of the time they made for good diving including a Lionfish hunt and later yummy Lionfish BBQ. Captain Denette prove an engaging young boat captain and we had enjoyable conversations on the hour long trips down to The Pitons,.Back on shore it was time to go for pizza or crepes at Dino's. It was here that we met Benjamin who was the first to pour us the perfect glass of chardonnay and so for us the Senior Master of Chardonnay. Ben always delivered, as did his very smart, chatty colleague, Irene, also an intern studying the hotel trade like Justin in Club.Lounging in the sun on the lovely sandy beach made one very hot and thankfully there was a small Beach Bar run by an amazing girl, Latoya. Latoya makes the most fantastic margaritas and we state they are the signature margaritas of Le Grande!. Our daughter arranged for a Beach Cabana (like a top covered four poster bed) for us as an anniversary gift where one has lavish attention for several hours. It was brilliant. The chardonnay needed chilling...........!Special people included 'Lena' the Resort Nurse who we had occasion to visit. A senior lady, she has been with Sandals for many, many years and is much loved by the staff and Jackie and Phil. The Front Desk is always in the thick of it and need highly competent people. One such is 'Jarvis' a vivacious young lady who assisted us several times. The Loyalty department is invariably to the fore too lead by the irrepressible Tamara and supported by Simon and character Gilbert.Throughout our holiday we would meet senior management at dinners, parties or just in the spacious open Le Grande grounds. Nadia Augustin is a Deputy Director who we had the great pleasure of meeting and often spending relaxing time talking about 'Cabbages and Kings'. Nadia became our friend and we hear tell has adopted a mission to introduce slimline tonics into Sandals Resorts as there are none on St Lucia for the Brit G&Ts. The person who make the Grande the premier Sandals resort on St Lucia is the Boss, Winston Anderson. An unassuming man, he has assembled a superb team and has informal working breakfasts in Toscanini's with his lieutenants. We believe it is his leadership that has made The Grande the success that it is today and is the resort to choose for a fun time with lasting happy memories.
My wife and I traveled here for to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. St. Lucia has been on our bucket list for a long time and we were finally able to make our dream trip come true.We arrived at Sandals on 11/09/17 at approximately 2:30 am after being delayed for 10 hours in San Juan due to an issue with our plane. When we arrived we were immediately greeted by staff with a cold towel and a drink. We were staying in a Club Level room but unfortunately we had to check in at the front desk due to Club Level being closed. Check in was very quick and we did not have any issues. We were the only ones checking in at the time. We were immediately escorted to our room which was room 2106 swim up. We requested a room with an over sized stand up shower instead of the shower/tub combo which was granted. The room was clean and adequate. It was stocked with several bottles of alcohol along with a fridge full of beer, water, coke, sprite, ginger ale and juices. On the table waiting for us was a bottle of sparkling wine on ice with flowers for our anniversary and also 2 plates of food. Unfortunately the food had been sitting there for awhile and was not edible. We were originally suppose to arrive on 11/08/17 by 5:00 pm. We also had towel art on our bed which was a nice touch. Our luggage arrived quickly to our room.The next morning we got up early and took a tour of the resort with Captain Neil. We don't usually do these tours but decided we would since we were staying for 11 days. I would recommend going on the tour because Neil is a blast and we were able to see everything the resort had to offer. It was a quick tour and well worth our time.We went to Club Sandals and met with staff. We were able to go over our schedule for the duration of our stay and make all of our dinner reservations. I would suggest you make all of your reservations as soon as possible because dates and times are limited. We were able to get into every restaurant requiring reservations which was Kimonos, Gordon's on the Pier and Bombay. We also spoke to Club Sandals about some type of reimbursement for our first night since we didn't get to enjoy any of the amenities on 11/08/17 due to our delay. I was disappointed that Sandals was not willing to work with us at all on this. Well, that was $850.00 down the drain! We had also requested a room next to us for our friends who were joining us and they ended up putting them about the furthest away from us as possible. They were eventually able to move closer to us but this was an inconvenience. We ate at several different places during our stay to include Kimonos (2 times), Bombay, Toscaninis (2 times), Gordon's, Olde London Pub, Barefoot by the Sea, Dinos, The Jerk Shack, The Mariner Seaside Bar and Grill and Josephines. We also did the candlelight dinner on the beach and ordered room service. Here is a breakdown of our experiences.Candlelight Dinner - Amazing. It was very expensive but honestly it was worth it for our anniversary. This was the best meal of our stay. Kimonos - We loved everything about it. Fun atmosphere and the food is very good. Come hungry as you will eat a lot of food!Toscaninis - First off, the service is absolutely horrible! It took over 40 minutes and complaints to management to get our appetizers of soup and salad. We spent no less than 2 hours for dinner here. I know we were on island time but this was ridiculous! So much that we received a special invitation by management to come to breakfast the next morning at Barefoot by the Sea. We did and the food / service was good. The food at Toscaninis was average. We get just as good of food if not better at Olive Garden where we are from.Josephines - Great place for ice cream, shakes, pastries, coffee and a quick breakfast.Barefoot by the Sea - Food was ok. We all had lobster here and the first lobster we got was probably sitting around for awhile and over cooked. We all ordered a second lobster tail and it was much better!Olde London Pub - We had some drinks here and dessert and appetizers. The service was non-existent except for one of the managers who we found to be very attentive. We came several times throughout our stay and it didn't get any better. Also, beware this place turns into nothing but extremely loud music at night. So much we could not even communicate between each other and had to leave. This is about the only place to go at night so it was a bit disappointing. Gordon's - Great setting on the pier. We unfortunately went on a Sunday night when the locals were gathering on the property adjacent to Sandals. They were extremely loud creating an environment that was not romantic for dinner. The food and service was pretty good.Dinos - We had pizza here a couple times for lunch during our stay. It takes about 30 minutes for your food to be ready but it was good.The Jerk Shack - We ate lunch here several times. The food and service was good.Mariners - We also ate lunch here several times. The food was good but the service was spotty. We had to wait awhile for service at times.Bombay - Service was good but the food was ok. I don't really eat this type of food but others with us do and they didn't enjoy it either. All in all the food was good. Definitely not 5 star compared to US standards but I enjoyed most of my meals. I wanted to mention that Bayside is currently under construction. This was not a distraction in any way during our stay. With the construction going on, Toscaninis relaxed their dress code. This was a bit of a disappointment as others were wearing baseball hats, shorts, etc to dinner. We still dressed up and enjoyed doing so.We spent a lot of time at the Beach and Pools. We had a great time. There was never an issue getting beach chairs or pool chairs. Yes the towel game goes on but we did not wake up any earlier to find a place to sit. Always somewhere to go and hang out. The pool has a fun atmosphere and the bartenders did a good job. Service could be improved on but overall it was good. The beach is loaded with vendors. We did book a tour with one of them but they were overwhelming at times. They were asking people to bring them food and alcohol and they would down the drinks immediately so they didn't get caught by security. By the end of the day, several vendors were intoxicated to a point where it was getting ridiculous. It is a public beach so they are allowed to hang out. Either stay by the pools or go in the ocean to avoid them. Most of them would approach you and move on if you said no thank you but it gets old after being there for 11 days.We went to the spa for our couples massage. We both really enjoyed this and thought they did a good job. There is an automatic 12.5% fee added to any spa treatment you have. This is the TIP for the workers even though they ask if you want to supplement the 12.5% with an additional tip.We are an active couple and sailed every day and used the paddle boards. I have been sailing for approximately 42 years and have raced sailboats and sailed a 40' and 44' catamaran before though I could not get them to let me sail the bigger of the 2 catamarans they have. They have a 14' Hobie and a larger one with two sails. Staff acted like I was lying to them about my experience instead of letting me prove it to them. I was teaching others how to sail during my stay and staff even commented on how I was going to take their job but that didn't appear to be good enough. Disappointing for sure!We also hiked the mountains on Pigeon Island. This was a great hike with fantastic views from the top. Make sure to bring water and wear closed toed shoes. It will cost you $8.00 a person to get into the park. There is also a great little place to grab a beer after your hike. It is to the right after you enter the park and is called Barnacles. We booked the speed boat tour from Lyle on the beach on Knotty Girl. It was a trip to snorkel, go to the mud baths, waterfall, etc. We had a great time though we felt rushed throughout our trip. We also booked the jet skis from Big D on the beach several different times. We paid $60 for 40 minutes. I highly recommend Big D. He is a great family man and works hard. We also did a private tour of the Island through Randy at St. Lucia Travel and Tours. I would highly recommend Randy and I personally would not book with anyone else.We had a great stay at Sandals. Was our trip perfect...no, but what trip is. There is something for everyone to do. You can be active or choose not to be. You can hang out with others or find a quiet spot to yourselves. Having a swim up room was great. Nobody was ever in our pool. Overall the trip was expensive. I think a bit overpriced for what it is. You can certainly go cheaper as we have in the past but options were limited in St. Lucia. We were happy with our choice!
This resort was the most wonderful place I have ever stayed. It was plush, romantic, relaxing, and the best vacation I have EVER had. All inclusive is the way to go! The food was delicious and I loved not taking my purse anywhere with me. I locked it in the safe when we arrived and didn’t see it for a week. It is great to walk to each meal. The food was delicious and the variety was great!The water was clear and wonderfu.
There’s not much more to be said about this resort that has not already been said. Sandals provides the opportunity to go on vacation and put your money away. The freedom to not have to bring cash to the beach or to the bar is refreshing. This in turn does not diminish the service. The staff could not be any nicer. There were so many who made our stay memorable but often times they were so quick we didn’t get names. Peter at the swim-up bar was exceptional and always went the extra mile. OT in the loyalty desk always managed to see us walking by his office and poke his head out to say hi. The manager at Bombay and the London Pub were always busting their butt for the guests. Lance in the Club Loung always made us smile. I did want to bring up something about the vendors on the beach. These people are licensed and are people just trying to support their families. Their tours are reputable and often much lower than Sandals tours. Using them means supporting St. Lucia. They will notice you on your first or second day and will approach you in a courteous manner. You can listen to them or not but don’t be rude. On subsequent days they may follow up with you but it is never intrusive. There were three different companies represented and if one person approached you, the other one wouldn’t. I don’t know how they figure it out but they do. My husband and I spent quite some time talking to three separate vendors and at one point, at our request, all three of them were sitting on the sand at our beach chairs having a great time. We had unfortunately booked a tour prior to arriving and our biggest regret was not booking with them. We spoke with many people who took their tours and all reviews were glowing. Don’t hesitate to book with Lyle from Ocean Angels and Josiah from Real Deal.
My husband and I just got home from our week long Honeymoon at Sandals Grande and I honestly cannot say enough amazing things! To begin, the island is incredibly beautiful. The atmosphere at the hotel was amazing and the staff... I cannot thank the staff enough! These people work so hard and such crazy hours, but never miss a beat. They are always so kind, accomodating, and happy! To name a few of the AMAZING staff; Francillia, Neil, Giovanni, Stefan, Stan, Irene, Kyle... I could honestly go on... these people made our trip so fun and memorable! The food was incredible! Everything was phenomenal. We will certainly be returning!
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If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 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)
- Scuba for beginners including introductory lessons in pool and classroom ($70 administration fee for the resort course which includes a few hours in the pool plus an open water dive of 25 feet)
- 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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