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.
Just returned from a 10 night stay and what a fabulous relaxing holiday my wife and I had. On arrival we were greeted by a cool towel and warm welcome. We then transferred to the concierge lounge to book-in. The concierge staff quickly offered us a cool cocktail and snacks. After a quick booking-in process we were escorted by the concierge staff to our room and shown the facilities the room had. The last Sandals Hotel we stayed at, due to the time of arrival we decided to have a meal within the Pub, so we did the same here and had a cool drink and gourmet burger, which was excellent. The following morning the concierge team showed us around the complex and explained the process of booking restaurants and tours available. The concierge team were excellent throughout our stay. In respect of the room, our maid ‘Cindy’ ensured our room was maintained to an excellent standard. On many occasions ‘Cindy’ dressed the bed with characters made from towels and flower petals scattered on the bed etc. She also left a bottle of wine in an ice bucket, so on our return we had an ice cool brink available (‘Cindy’ was superb and represented Sandals at the highest level throughout). In respect of the other facilities such as bars and restaurants we again had excellent service and warm welcomes, which I will break down further in order to name the staff who gave this service etc. Bar Staff: I have to give huge credit and a big thank you to the following staff, Amber, Randi, Saskia and Dilan. Mariners Restaurant: Elisha, Nicole and Kyle. Service on the beach: Rochelle, Bombay Restaurant: Kema. Bayside Restaurant and the best omelettes and a huge smile and welcome ever from ‘Maria’, Josephines (Crepes): Sharon. I would like Management at Sandals Grande St.Lucia to advise all the named staff above of our appreciation and huge thank you for making our holiday special. I sincerely hope that Management recognise their efforts in representing Sandals at the highest level. My wife and I would like to give a further huge thank you to ‘Amber’ for her service, huge smile and warm welcomes whenever we saw her and wish her all the best in her chosen future career. A huge thank you to all staff and Management at Sandals Grande St.Lucia for a truly memorable and relaxing holiday.
We had a deluxe room with a balcony overlooking the lagoon looking north. We loved sitting out in the morning listening to the mourning doves. There was as much or little activity as we chose and we were able to find quiet areas when we wanted to relax. The staff at the Dive center were outstanding. Always attentive and ready to assist. There is a free shuttle to the other facilities on St Lucia but we did not feel the need to leave the Grande. Would love to return.
I'd fancied a trip to a Sandals resort for years due to their adverts showing idyllic white beaches, luxurious accommodation and the best of food and drinks so what better time to go than right after our wedding! Now, I can only speak for this resort as we didn't visit the other two on the island but please do yourself a favour and do your homework before you dig deep into your pockets (for dig deep you most definitely will..).There were a few positives of course, including the immaculately manicured grounds and the views over the sea. The sunsets were breathtaking and there were plenty of lovely spots to enjoy the view. The smaller pool to the left of the main area is very nice with the three shaded gazebos that you can relax in for the day (if you're up early enough to grab one). The pool is clean, the views over the beach are spectacular and there is a (very sporadic!) drinks service here. There is constant gardening work going on which didn't bother us in the least but it isn't exactly a quiet spot for the majority of the day.I guess the resounding impression that I got was that the whole experience just wasn't very romantic. It felt like a big conveyer belt of weddings and honeymoons that had extra price tags at every stage. Of course we expected that extras such as excursions and spa treatments and premium wines would incur a supplement but were amazed at the feeling that everything was aimed at getting more money from you. To book a private hut on the beach for a day is $120, at dinner every evening, you'll be presented with a list of the 'Manager's Wines', a selection of underwhelming and massively overpriced wine and you can't walk through the lobby without someone trying to sell you something. I remember remarking to my husband that I'd have spent way more if I wasn't constantly on my guard against being ripped off. The resort seemed keen to promote their 'Romantic candlelight private dinner' which for an exorbitant fee, you could enjoy your dinner sitting at a table on the beach about 5 feet from another couple...We'd just gone for the standard room which looked stunning in the brochure but on arrival it was pretty dated and shabby. Everything was perfectly clean though and an issue we had with the drains was sorted promptly after we reported it to reception. The bed was exceptionally comfortable but there was clear evidence of mildew in the room which was a little off-putting. There are plenty of soft drinks in the mini bar but no alcohol unless you upgrade. This wasn't a problem for us but it wasn't exactly clear when we booked.If you're dead set on the Sandals idea, I'd maybe recommend looking at one of the others but the St Lucian Grande felt like some kind of American 'Spring Break' party. It's loud. Really really loud. If that's up your street then fair enough but it was so contrary from what we expected that we were pretty shocked when we arrived to find blaring hip hop/ pop music and silly party games going on at the pool. As we were still determined to enjoy ourselves as much as possible, we used the smaller pool to the left of the main one and also found the one between two of the accommodation blocks a little more quiet and infinitely preferable to the drunks and the party games and the music.The staff were generally friendly and hospitable with the exception of a few surly bartenders. You did get the feeling sometimes that they were working from a script and it wasn't always very genuine. Can't say I blame them after hearing how rude and entitled some of our fellow guests were though!The evenings were much more tranquil as we would just have dinner then sit at the quietest spot we could find to enjoy some of the delicious rum punch. The big exception to this is Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights when there is a beach party for the locals right next to the resort. (Not disputing their right to have the party, just think you should be aware before booking...). On the Friday and Saturday, we were kept awake until after 5am. Our room overlooked the road into the resort and the locals had to drive by our block to get to their party. There are car races and revving engines and shouting all night and the constant sound of the base thumping all night long from the beach. Really wasn't exactly the highlight of the trip and would have much preferred to know about this in advance. On Sunday night, we had to take some sleeping pills to help get through the night. Not even the wonderful nightly orchestra of crickets could drown it out!The food was pretty hit or miss. Choices for breakfast are a large buffet in the Bayside restaurant which was ok, nothing inspiring but nothing specific to criticise. There's an a la carte choice in the Toscanini restaurant, which again was ok. We ordered omelettes and the 'bakery basket'. The omelette was tasty but a little overdone and dry. Not sure whether this is an American thing or not but all of the bakery products were extremely heavy and doughy and the pastries were pretty soggy and bland. Choices for lunch were another buffet selection which again was ok, crepes at Josephine's, which were delicious, or pizza from Dino's which was teeny-tiny but pretty good. It was really the selection for dinner that wasn't great. We enjoyed the experience at Kimono, and found the food and the chef made for a really good night. We went to Gordon's twice. The first time was great (we were pretty tipsy after a day of indulging in rum punch) but the second time unfortunately didn't live up to expectations. We both had the crab cake which was tasty enough but a bit flaccid and soggy and the Mushroom Alfredo which quite frankly tasted like it had come from a packet. Barefoot by the sea was a pleasant experience so we ate here twice. I actually can't even remember what I had so it can't have been anything too exciting. We did love Lucia, the friendly little cat who helped out my husband with some overcooked scallops. We ate in the Indian once. I thought it was ok, the saag paneer was flavoursome and spicy and the naan bread was crispy and light but my husband wasn't overly impressed with his rubbery prawns. The place which we both didn't rate was Toscanini's. A shame because our starters were extremely good but the powdery gnocchi and crunchy pasta left a pretty poor impression. I guess you could sum the food up as edible but nothing special. Excepting Kimono, there was really nothing authentic and it did feel as if most things had been mass produced. Apart from the wine (or lack thereof...) the drinks were good. We enjoyed Piton (the local pilsner) very much, it's light and refreshing and not too fizzy and the cocktails were pedestrian but enjoyable. I'd say the rum punch was top notch and I'm gutted I forgot to ask them for the recipe before I left (probably would have charged me for it....) We also really liked the daiquiris and frozen mudslides. Definitely worth a taste to cool you down by the pool.There are a lot of excursions on offer, we took the Soufries adventure trip. There's a 45 minute bus trip to the marina from the resort and you board a catamaran staffed by some really friendly guys (JJs is the company I think). The catamaran trip was great and views of the west coast just stunning. The rest of the day was ok. You'll be rushed between the volcano (not as dramatic as it sounds but very interesting if you've a penchant for geology), a coco plantation (fascinating but our guide seemed to be having a really bad day!) and a waterfall to swim in, which quite frankly was pretty but nothing special. At every point, you'll be ushered past souvenir people trying to sell you a myriad of tat. To be fair, they're not aggressive and a firm 'No thank you' is enough to get some peace. There was a scuba diving stop on the catamaran on the way home which we sat out for (husband was mega sunburned!) and then the crew cracked out the drinks and the tunes for the return voyage. This was one of my favourite memories of the trip but beware of the rum!! I was absolutely plastered after 2 cocktails! No idea what they put in there (did rather enjoy it though!).All in all, the holiday was ok. It wasn't what we expected but we did have some fun times. I hadn't been on an all inclusive trip before and probably wouldn't do it again. How much of that is due to our Sandals experience and how much is down to personal preference is of course up for debate. I've tried to be as objective as possible because of course everyone's tastes are different.One last point and no reflection on Sandals at all but I was astonished by the disparity of wealth on the island. Some of the sights on the way from the airport were a real eye opener. Less than a mile from a $120 a day hut on the beach, there are people living in corrugated metal shacks. I wonder if the corporation could source more local produce across their resorts to help revitalise the island's economy?
We travelled 1st week in October to celebrate my wife's birthday and so that she could get some diving done. We'd been to the island in 2014 and stayed at Le Toc so we were aware of the transfer time from airport to hotel. We didn't find it too arduous and we saw some of the damage caused by hurricane 'Matthew' which had passed over the island the previous day. We were welcomed on arrival at the resort with cold towels and a glass of bubbly. Check in was smooth and we were allocated a top floor room overlooking the entrance and the sea. Good size room with a really comfortable king size bed. As we had been travelling all day and hadn't booked a restaurant in advance we ate at Barefoot in the Sand. Great choice! Good food and friendly staff. There's a wide choice of restaurants and we found them all to be very good. 'Gordon's' on the jetty is excellent so is 'Toscannini's'. The breakfast at Toscannini's is also first class. You have to book 'Gordon's' in advance and have to be smartly dressed for the Italian which we find makes the experience more pleasurable. There's plenty to do all day. My wife dived for 4 days and I found a quiet pool to relax by. If I wanted a drink or something to eat I went and got it - no problem! A lot of reviews mention the friendliness of the staff and we can understand why. They are fantastic!. All of them. They are polite, helpful and eager to make your holiday an unforgettable experience. We have nothing but praise for them. A special mention for Teresa, our housekeeper in Block 6 (Top floor) and to thank her for the wonderful towel sculptures that greeted us on our return to the room. Also to Kyle the waiter at Barefoot in the sand. Always helpful, happy and great fun to talk to. Hey Monica on reception! I found Trip Advisor like you told me to! Is this OK? Diving and snorkelling was a little restricted due to the passing storm reducing visibility. It was the rainy season but apart from a few downpours the weather was hot and humid. All in all a great resort. Thanks Sandals.
My husband and I went for our honeymoon march of 2014. Very very late in doing a review. Sandals at st Lucia was awesome. Our room was gorgeous. We had the butler service. Sabie and Jackie took awesome care of us. I think someone forgot us on the first day but after that they were so awesome. I realized I could have called them that first day and they would have been happy to help. The beach was nice and sabie got us great seats. We hardly sat at the pool as I wanted to relax and be peaceful by the sea. Not watch water aerobics and hear drunk people at the bar. Only issue with beach is people solicit. There is a fence that solicitors or not allowed to pass but they are still in front of u asking to go on a tour or buy sea shells. Just say no thank you.... we never had an issue. One guy was a bit relentless but I got a beautiful conch shell from him. I loved main area for breakfast if I was not getting room service. I did not care for the fancy Italian place that u needed reservation for. It was ok. All the places to eat were nice. Funny thing was I loved getting room service food. My fav dish the whole resort was snapper dish on room service menu. We took guided tour of island and did mud baths. Got to connect with other couple fromresort and met some locals. So cute we had to stop at an elementary school to drop of tour guides son to school in the am. I swear they knew it makes us tourists melt to see all the cute kids. Was a lot of fun to save good morning to kids. Learned about island and then mud bath experience was very cool. Alcohol was a bit disappointing. I under stand now how it's included. They make cheesy drinks. Sugary with very little alcohol. I ordered a dirty martini one night and it was half olive juice half vodka. No bueno. So I stuck with wine champagne beer for the most part. Other than that it was bliss and a true honeymoon. I would go again.
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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)
- 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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Sandals Grande St. LucianSaint Lucia,Saint Lucia
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