We stayed at the Halcyon from the 19th Sept to the 3rd Oct. The flight with Virgin from Gatwick was half full - we were informed by the flight crew that it was because it is low season at this time of year. It was fantastic, loads of room to spread out! We managed to get the fire exit seats! We booked the helicopter to get to the hotel. When we arrived at the airport we were met by the helicopter people, who gave our luggage to the Sandals reps and took us straight to the helipad, which was a 1 minute drive away. It was very smooth and quick. The helicopter journey was fantastic - very short - only about 10 minutes, but definately worth doing. When it landed, we were taken to a small office and paid, and then a small bus took us to the resort, which was about 5 minutes away. When we got to the resort we were sat down, given some champagne and a cold towel, and were checked in. We were then taken to our room. As our luggage was on the bus, we had to wait about 2 hours for it to arrive, so we wandered around the resort and had a drink and something to eat. The room was big enough for what we needed, and was spotlessly clean, however, it was old, and the bathroom was very tired, and a bit mouldy. We were a little disappointed with it, considering how much we had paid. It doesn't seem worth paying the extra for a beach front room, because it is much noiser at that end because of all the activities. Also, the rooms are the same! We did visit the Regency, and the rooms there look nicer. The main pool at the Halcyon is right by the beach, but it is where they do all the activities, so therefore is very noisy - they have a loud stereo on all the time. Because of this, we preferred the paradise pool, which was much prettier as well. (This was nicknamed the 'Brit' pool by some of the guests, and the other was nicknamed the 'American' pool...no need for an explanation!) The pool bars opened at 10.30am, which was great! The beach at the Halcyon is nothing like how it looks in the pictures on the website..they filter the photos. The sand is very brown, and the sea very murky..you can't see the bottom. And yes, I know it is the ocean, but being in the Caribbean you would expect much clearer water. You will be dissappointed if this is what you expect. It was pretty though, and there was never anyone on it...just crabs! We visited the Regency's beach, and the water is beautifully clear there. Ok, the restaurants. Mario's is really lovely, it is a beautiful restaurant, with a really nice atmosphere, and the food is fantastic. The Pier is very very hot, the food wasn't great and it took us 1 1/2 hours to get our food. We were told this was because there were 2 wedding partys that came in just after us....we weren't very impressed, and nearly walked out. The Bayside was great - they did themed evenings, so there was always something different, and although it was a buffet, the quality was very good. What makes this resort is the staff...every single one of them are friendly and polite, and interested in talking to you. They are fantastic. Ok so rats....yes there are rats, we saw lots of them, but it is hardly surprising when you consider how much food there is on the premises!! Some people who were staying at the Halcyon at the same time as us made a really stink about them, and insisted on being transferred to the Regency, which we thought was hilarious, because the 3 times we went to the Regency we saw rats there too! Some people need to get a grip! And it's obvious they just decieded that they preferred the Regency and used the rats as an excuse to complain...we spoke to a member of management who told us people try things like that all the time..and it generally doesn't work! They just made fools of themselves! The daytime entertaiment was good, if you want to play games and stuff, but if you don't want to get involved then you don't get hassled. The evening entertainment is very poor! But they try pretty hard! There was never anyone in the Mirage either, most people were in bed by about 9pm (us included!). The Piano bar is nice, very chilled out, and the Pianists in there are brilliant. The main bar by the main pool only has a couple of table and chairs, so there is rarely anywhere to sit down with your drinks. The shuttle buses back and forth to the other 2 resorts are very efficient, and definately worth going to the other restaurants. Armandos and Kimonos at the Regency are both amazing, great atmosphere and food. We went to Toscaninis at the Grande but it was just Ok. The Grande is huge..it seemed more like a airport to us. We didn't like it there, but we did like the Regency, even though it is big as well, it just seemed much friendlier. However, if we went back we would still choose the Halcyon, as the grounds are absolutely stunning. It is a beautiful place, the gardens are amazing, and it is much more intimate. A lot less 'hotel' like than the other 2. Also, all 3 resorts were only 2/3 full, and it felt like there was barely anyone at the Halcyon. We never had to wait to be seated at any of the restaurants, never had to wait to be served at any of the bars, and there was barely any more than 4 or 5 other couples around the paradise pool, so there were lots of free lilos, lol! Again, this is because it is low season. The downside was that it rained a lot..our last 3 days were very cloudy and rainy, with very little sun. We went on the Soufriere trip which was great, and we went to Martinique, which is not worth the money. It was so hot walking around the town, we just couldn't bear it. And we also did the hiking tour, which was amazing, but you need to be very fit! Overall, we had a wonderful time, St Lucia is a beautiful place.
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