We stayed here Feb 20-27 and liked it, but with some reservations.
We stayed in building 9 in a grand luxury ocean view room on the 2nd floor. The room was great, nice patio to sit on, obscured view of the ocean through some trees. The room wasn't clean until late afternoon a few times, but it doesn't really matter as we didn't need access to the room then. It was annoying to have to call every evening to have our fridge restocked.
The beach was nice, the water wavy but fun for swimming. We used the hobiecats, paddleboards, and kayaks every day. My husband did the resort PADI course and went diving twice and enjoyed himself. It was great to have diving included (paid for the course). The men selling trips and trinkets on the beach started to get annoying as the week went on, but we learned where to sit on the beach to minimize this (at the far end toward the beach bistro).
The resort was fairly relaxed and this is what we wanted. It is smaller than the other Sandals, but I don't mind this as I can go back to my room easily. The food was average at best. There was much repetition and was generally bland. I don't expect great food at an all inclusive, but I tired of this food very quickly. We ate at the Bayside, Beach bistro, Mario's, and the Pier and they were all only OK. I did appreciate not needing reservations, just get to the Pier when it opens or there will be a long wait. The wait staff was slow and didn't seem to care at all about guests. They weren't able to look us in the eye or smile, it was weird. We took the shuttle to La Toc and ate at Neptunes, overlooking the beach and it was great. Two other nights we went to the Grande and ate at Barefoot and Bayside and they were good too.
We booked the Israel King water taxi for the day and went from Rodney Bay to the Pitons and back. We wanted a private day on the water instead of being in a gaggle of people on a catamaran or speedboat. This was an awesome day and our favourite! Jerome and SInclair were great tour guides. We snorkelled by ourselves in a protected cove between the PItons and ate lunch at a local restaurant in Soufriere. We flew in the helicopter back to the airport on the day we left and I would also highly recommend this. It saves time and is a cool way to see the landscape.
We visited during St. Lucia Independence day and the week long celebrations, not intentionally. There were several very loud concerts up the beach and at a bandstand up the road. These were very loud and actually kept us up at night. Not sure if this happens other times of the year.
Overall, I liked our trip to St. Lucia and the Halcyon. Next time, I might pay the extra money and stay at the Grande for the better food.
- Also Known As:
- Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia Hotel
- Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia Hotel Castries
- Sandals Halcyon Beach Castries
- Sandals St Lucia
- Sandals Halcyon Beach Hotel
- Sandals Halcyon
- Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia Castries
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Friendly to the physically challenged with low rise architecture •Fully air-conditioned Caribbean cuisine restaurant on its own 150 ft pier over the •Caribbean Sea •Houses 169 Rooms with true personal service and intimate experience •English-style afternoon tea served at the Paradise pool •Tableside service at the Beach Bistro •“Stay at one, play at three” free shuttles to Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa and Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort•Sandals Resorts “World’s Leading All Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row •Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand”, 18 years in a row ... more less
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