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“Quiet and Nice, Overall Okay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort

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Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Choc Bay, Castries GM910, St. Lucia   |  
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Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
“Quiet and Nice, Overall Okay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

This was a nice little getaway for my honeymoon. Was a little displeased with the room service, but overall not to bad. Bars were great, food was good, staff was excellent. was very happy with the pools and excursions. alot to choose from. the beach was nice. it was just a very quiet envrionment.

I used Emily Fisher from VIP Vacations. She is awesome, book through her.

Room Tip: room on the right side of resort were quieter and had closer access to the big pool.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gilbert, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We just returned from our 7 night honeymoon at Sandals Halcyon. We loved every moment of our experience! This resort is definitely the smallest and quaintest of the three Sandals St. Lucia properties. We visited both Grande and La Toc during our time in St. Lucia, and for those looking for more of a younger/party atmosphere, Grande would be the way to go (However, we met some other like-minded couples at Halcyon and still managed a few late nights at the piano bar). Overall, we were looking for a more laid back experience and we enjoyed the relatively smaller feel of this resort. It was plenty big for our purposes, we met many wonderful people (both staff and guests) and we enjoyed being able to walk from our room to anywhere on the resort within minutes.

The beach area is quite small (not a lot of sand between water line and property line). Sandals Grande has a better beach if that is super important to the enjoyment of your vacation. The staff was very friendly and we got to know several of the staff and bartenders during our time at the resort, which was a nice personal and unique touch that I have not experienced on past vacations.

We splurged for the butler room, which was an unnecessary but amazingly awesome indulgence. They catered to our every need, including stocking our in-room bar with whatever we desired, setting up dinner reservations at the best restaurants/table locations, breakfast in bed, reserving our spots on the beach or at the pool, etc.

The rooms themselves are nothing special, but they are clean and comfortable (and my understanding is that we had one of the nicer rooms…Romeo and Juliet Beachfront Walkout Room). Just don’t expect room extravagances like a large whirlpool tub (basic bathroom /shower only).

The food was very good. There are limited restaurant options at this property if you plan on staying for more than 4-5 nights, but that was easily rectified by visiting the other 2 Sandals properties for dinner on a few nights (which all have great restaurants). The breakfast and lunch buffets offered a large variety, so we could try something new each day if we wanted.

We took the helicopter from the airport to the resort (thus avoiding the 1 hour plus shuttle bus to the resort), which was another amazing indulgence that I highly recommend if you can swing the additional expense.

Overall, Sandals Halcyon provided us with an amazing vacation.

Room Tip: Treat yourself and upgrade to a butler room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We haven't been to a Sandals since our honeymoon 18 years ago. We usually travel with a bunch of couples and this year we could not get anyone to come along with us. The shuttle to the hotel is around and hour pending on traffic around the harbor area. Check in was fine and then it was off to see our room which was a second floor garden view which was fine for us.

We met a lot of different people all week and hung out with them all wether it was at the main bar, or the pool bar or closing the piano bar just about every night we had a great time. I have to thank, Adoniger, Micky & Kurby for giving us a great week and keeping our drinks filled and the shots coming and keeping the piano bar going with Curtis playing the ivory keys.

We spent most of the day at the activity pool playing volleyball and participating in other activities. The entertainment staff which was great all week (Neillan, Chevy, Viana, Everton, Eslyn, Greg, & Alyssa...forgive me for pushing you in the pool) They did a great job!!!

The food was excellent at the resort and you had plenty of choices to choose from, Mario's, Bayside, or Kelly's. We did eat at the French restaurant at La Toc and also Tosciano's at the Grand. I would suggest the if you want to eat at any of the other resort restaurants that you make your reservations early in your trip as spots fill up quickly as the Halcyon only has so many slots.

We had such a good trip that we already booked Sandals again for next year..... Antigua!!!
Hopefully we see some of the other couples we met this year in Antigua next Feb.

We will definitely be back at Sandals Halcyon in the future

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

My husband I just spent a week at sandals halcyon and I have no idea why ANYONE would have anything bad to say about this place! We had just a regular entry level room ( block 8 ) and there was NO problem with the room. It was closer to the road but you could only hear traffic while outside , and it wasn't all that loud! I think I would have preferred the 400 block but the room was sound proof cause once in we heard nothing! I enjoyed sitting on my deck at night listening to the tree frogs and very much enjoyed the stocked fridge! Sandals employees want you to enjoy your stay and they were more then happy to help with any request I had! And I had a few! The pools were clean and the grounds were spectacular! We did check out the other 2 sandals in st lucia , And while they were stunning I didnt care for the crowed feel those resorts had! The halcyon felt like home And never felt like people were crowding you! I also found the majority of the staff at the other resorts not nearly as pleasant as they are at halcyon! We will defiantly be going back!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We have done a few Caribbean holidays over the years and I must say this hotel stands out by far!
From the moment you arrive at the airport you are looked after till the time you leave.
The staff are all so friendly and make your stay a pleasure. There is so much choice of where to eat as you can visit the other 2 Sandal hotels on the Island by a free shuttle and its all included.
Drinks are freely available all day up to 3am in the Piano Bar! Our room had a lovely ocean view and was very spacious and clean. It even had tea and coffee making facilities great for that early morning cuppa! There is entertainment everyday around and in the main pool and also every evening on the patio. There is something for everyone! We would certainly go back! Even though trip advisor have only rated it a 4 we give it a 5 out of 5!!

Room Tip: We upgraded to an ocean view room when booking and I'm glad we did as some of the standard rooms...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mundelein, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

This was our second visit to the Sandals Halcyon resort and we were not disappointed. The resort is beautiful with lush gardens and very well kept. The food at the restaurants ranged from very good to excellent. Our room was on the second floor in the 600 building near the Paradise pool and was comfortable, clean and quiet. Note: the balconies are roomy, but not private (fortunately, we had nice neighbors).

The resort is small, intimate, casual and very friendly. We really enjoyed meeting other couples while relaxing around the fire pits after dinner in the evening. We were pleased to get acquainted with Agnus at the paradise pool (a warm and lovely lady) and Yahn at water sports (thanks, Yahn, for a fun and helpful Hobie Cat sailing lesson). Also, thanks to Andrea for being our server at a delicious candlelight dinner by the ocean.

As always, our vacation ended far too soon. St. Lucia is a beautiful island, we look forward to returning for another great vacation!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hartsdale, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We stayed at the Halcyon and visited the Grande and La Toc as well. The Grande really takes your breath away, La Toc has a beautiful all water view, but overall we were glad we choose the Halcyon. The staff at the Halcyon are really great and the smaller resort was more relaxing for us. The weather was perfect every day and the grounds are beautiful. If you have been to a Sandals before you'll know the format and what to expect. We truly enjoy them and find its the best way to ensure a stress free, relaxing vacation. Thanks for another great experience Sandals!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Choc Bay, Castries GM910, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Castries
#4 Business Hotel in Castries
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#4 Romantic Hotel in Castries
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 169
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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Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia Hotel Castries
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