Sandals Halcyon Beach
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The Sandals Halcyon Beach is smaller and more quaint that the other two Sandals resorts in St. Lucia. This resort provides laid-back elegance with rooms set amongst beautiful lush green gardens. The Halcyon Beach is the perfect place for couples to just kick back and relax. when you want a little more activities, guest can always use the facilities of the Sandal Regency La Toc and Sandals Grande St. Lucian, both of which are only a few minutes away and include transfers.
Staff always goes out of their way to make your stay memorable. We love the small quaint resort where you can really get to know the other vacationers and staff. We visit the other 2 larger resorts and are so happy to come back to our own little trails surrounded by gardens.
My husband and I along with 4 other couples have recently come home from the Halcyon. We have been there 4 times now and this definitely compared to the first two times we were there. We were there two years ago and things were different and some areas needed some help but we found things wonderful this year again. I felt like I was coming home. They have put mega-bucks into the hotel, putting soaking tubs on all patios or balconies, making plunge pools at some of the rooms, completely renovating the 200, 300, and 400 buildings, and redoing the pavements. The property is beautiful and every day you see landscapers working to keep it that way. We ate in all the restaurants and found them to be good. Kimonos, which was my least favorite the other years we were there, was outstanding this year. The service was slow at the Bayside in the evenings but you are on island time so it didn’t bother us too much. We had two maintenance issues in our room and they were both resolved within 4 hours (probably quicker but that’s how long I was gone from the room). As in other years, Ado and Mikey were wonderful bartenders joined this year by Shara, who is a blast! What fun at the bar at night. It was good to see Dwight, the wine steward, at Mario’s again too. The entertainment was good every night but I missed the steel drum band that used to be there one night a week. Sherwin AKA Chewie was a tremendous help in booking our next Sandals vacation. It was also great to see Yohanne again down at the water sports office. He went above and beyond with his help. At the Sandals Select dinner they announced that they are going to continue to make improvements and additions to the Halcyon. If you want a quiet, peaceful place to stay (and still be able to visit the louder, bigger, and wild places) the Halcyon is for you. In reading some of the other reviews on here I really think the Halcyon is getting a bad rap. Try it and I think you will love it.
While we love St. Lucia and prefer the quiet beauty of Halcyon over the other two larger, noisier high-rise Sandals resorts, we had definitely noticed some declines in the Sandals format, food, and amenities on our second and third visits, which I'd noted in my last review. This year we spent 6 days at Halcyon in February so I wanted to provide an update. The rooms at Halcyon are being renovated gradually and some room categories have changed this year. This changeover in computer category caused problems for us, as well as other guests we talked to who had booked before the changes. We always book an ocean-front walk-out club-level room, but we were originally assigned an upstairs balcony ocean view room - a lower price category. After some persistence by our travel agent, the Halcyon manager was able to assure us the proper room, but others at the resort who had similar problems weren't so lucky, we heard. You really need to watch this and make sure you get what you pay for. Also, with a lot of hype, the resort has been putting in "soaking tubs" that take up half the balcony or patio. Never once in 6 days did I ever see anyone actually using any of these tubs, which strike me as a waste of prime patio space. I'd much rather have them provide more comfortable patio chairs!One improvement seems to be the food at some of the restaurants - Piton, La Toc, and Kimonos were much better this year, although Kelly's Dockside still isn't up to snuff. Why can't they make this a Caribbean-flavored restaurant as advertised! This year we noticed more organized activities going on at Halcyon, with more enthusiastic, very friendly staff and more evening entertainment. And, our wonderful bartender Agnes is still at the back pool. She's a gem. But, there is also much too much hawking of "extras" everywhere you go at Sandals resorts ("book this, buy this extra, yes, we have free wifi, but if you pay extra you get faster speeds, etc.) I choose an all-inclusive because I don't want to deal with extras and I don't like to be pitched at once I'm there. Unlike the competing Couples Resorts (which we visit on alternating years) at Sandals there is a lot of hype and a definite two-tiered system: Club-level patrons are treated to much better service and restaurant access than are those in non-club-level rooms. I find this "lords vs commoners" approach to service rather unpleasant, and much prefer the Couples business model that treats everyone with respect and actually provides some additional amenities that Sandals doesn't. Unfortunately, there is no Couples resort on St. Lucia. The three St. Lucia resorts are advertised as interchangeable - stay at one and play at three. However, be forewarned that the shuttle service between the three is very sparse, with no shuttles at all in the morning between 7 and 12:15, making it hard to go play morning golf unless you get up very early or take your own cab for $25 which I finally did. The shuttles run every two hours in the afternoon and evening which works fine for dinners at the other resorts. Keep in mind that unless you have a club-level room and are staying for at least 4-5 days, you probably won't be able to get a reservation at the best restaurants at the other resorts, since the spots get booked up fast. The beach at Halcyon is excellent, much better than at the La Toc where the currents quite often result in red flags, closing all water sports. The scuba operation at Sandals is well run, with adequate equipment. There really should be more beach chairs at Halcyon, though, as people go out early in the morning and "claim" theirs for the day so by 9 am everything is taken. The resort has added some shade shelters over pairs of chairs, which is a nice touch if you can find a free set. Halcyon is a very "gardeny" resort - all low-rise, lower-density buildings with flowers everywhere. We noticed that the property is being much better maintained this year, with beautiful flowers and fresh paint. It's really quite lovely.
We were a group of 4 couples and stayed in the Club level walkout rooms. I loved the room and the fact that this resort has only two story buildings. The trees/flowers were beautiful and everything was within a short walk. The beach is narrow but plenty of room and never felt crowded and can get a good walk in if you head to the north end of the beach. It was a little aggravating to be approached by Sandals contracted tour providers on the beach and resort grounds. The first couple days they were relentless but then eased up as they realized we were not going to book with them. Both pools were adequate with swim up bars, never a wait if you needed a drink. Our main issue was with dining and dining reservations. We attempted to make reservations for our group upon arrival and were told we could not get reservations at Gordons (Grande), Bombay (Grande) or La Toc (La Toc). This was extremely disappointing as we looked forward to travelling to the other 2 resorts for some dinners. Ended up after being told multiple times were would not be able to eat at these restaurants and also being told they would not be able to get us into The Pitons (La Toc) we just showed up to these restaurants and found they had plenty of space. We were able to walk up as a group of 8 to The Pitons and get seated immediately and after being given a late reservation at 9:30pm at Bombay (after speaking with multiple people) we showed up at 8:30 to find the restaurant more than half empty and were seated immediately. There has to be some problem with the Sandals reservation system and if we listened to our club concierge or the culinary relations expert at Grande we would have missed out on the two best meals of our trip (PItons and Bombay). At Halcyon we did eat at Mario's, Kelly's dockside and Kimono's and were not impressed. Mario's was the best but décor is only OK. Kelly's Dockside took 2.5 hours to get through dinner and food was only OK and service was terrible. Kimono's does not let you select you meal, each person gets chicken, beef, shrimp and mahi mahi. If you do not like seafood you are left with only a small portion of beef/chicken. Please don't let our frustrations with dining/dining reservations take away from the fact that if you are looking for a relaxing vacation in paradise this is the place for you. Beautiful grounds with plenty of places to relax. No problem finding space at beach/pool or in sitting areas on grounds. If you want a lot of action with all the bells/whistles you should head to the Grande instead. We enjoyed one day at the beach/pool there but there was a lot of people and noise.
After reading all the reviews about taking the shuttle....I agree the roads are very winding with many hairpin turns. I did not mind the ride to Halcyon. I actually enjoyed the views from the shuttle and driving through the mountains, but if you are prone to motion sickness...I would recommend medication before boarding the shuttle or maybe investing in taking the helicopter. We stayed at the Halcyon for a week. We visited the Grande and La Toc but I personally like the smaller and more intimate resort and choose Halcyon all the way. There are two pools and depending if you want to sit in the sun and just read and soak in the sounds of nature or go to the main pool and listen to music and get involved with the Playmakers and other guests in volleyball or whatever games they have for the day....there is something for everyone. The food was delicious, we ate at Mario's....Shout out to Dora...wonderful and very hard working Manager of Marios. She made sure you were comfortable and enjoyed your meal. Kelly's Dockside and Bayside was also very good and enjoyed immensely. The bartenders at all bars were very attentive and got to know your drink if you did not change up. A shout out to Dilan, Mikey, Rita, Shara, Agnes, Jean and everyone that works at the Halcyon. Love Sandals, and Loved St. Lucia...We will return
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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
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily (Buffet, 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)
- Table tennis
- Volleyball (beach)
- Board games
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Theme nights
- Shuttle service to Sandals Regency, Sandals Grande, daily
- 170 rooms
- 3 restaurants (Gourmet Caribbean, Italian, International)
- 7 bars, including: two swim up bars
- 2 pools
- 3 Whirlpools
- Fitness Centre
- Tennis courts
- Complimentary property-wide WiFi
- Games room
- Gift shop
- Water sports centre operated by hotel
- Tour desk
- Medical services on site
- Car rental desk
- Laundry services
- Dry cleaning
- Golf course nearby
Paradise Pool Deluxe, garden view with balcony or terrace includes:
- 1 king-size bed
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Satellite television
- WiFi internet
- Hair dryer
- Clock radio
- In-room safe
- Iron and ironing board
- Amenity Kit
- Maximum occupancy of 2
Honeymoon Beachfront Concierge Room with terrace includes same as above, with:
- Bathrobe for use during your stay
- Sitting area
- Suite Concierge Service including VIP check in, Special luggage handling, Tour arrangements, A concierge dedicated to see that all requests are promptly answered
- Maximum occupancy of 2
More rooms 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.
Resort Location Map
Sandals Halcyon BeachSaint Lucia,Saint Lucia
- Hotel Contacts
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Choc Bay, Castries GM910 St. Lucia
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