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“Mostly nice” 4 of 5 stars
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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Labrelotte Bay | Saint Lucia, Castries, St. Lucia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
syracuse, ny
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Mostly nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I think it's fair to say that the Windjammer met our expectations based upon the reviews here at TA. The location is lovely and somewhat secluded - only people on the beach were hotel patrons and a few merchants (but none of the harassing types).

Quick breakdown:
Rooms - Ours (Hibiscus) was close to the water. Slept with balcony door open every night so we could hear the ocean. Bed, bathroom were very nice.

Beach - Pretty but very rocky in the water (except for the small roped off area for the kids). Plus, it's shallow so it's not easy to get in and swim without walking out over 100ft. Beach bars are adequate but expensive - better to bring your own in a small cooler.

Restaurants - Papa Don's excellent, Dragonfly and Upper Deck just average in our opinion. Drinks at all restaurants very expensive. The small grocery store on site is great and the prices are very reasonable.

Security - Windjammer takes this seriously and therefore we consider this to be a very safe place.

Negatives - We had 3 negative experiences here. 1) The "water sports" facility staff was a bit on the lazy side. On three occasions we were turned away from sailing and/or windsurfing for a variety of reasons ("wind too strong" when it was barely blowing, "no boats available" when one was sitting right there in plain site, "you'll damage the sail because you are a novice"...I wanted to tell the guy to get his lazy *** out of the booth and give some instruction!
2) My wife discovered some missing jewelry - it was not considered valuable and therefore she didn't leave it in the safe.
3) Some inconsistent price labeling at the gift shop led to a purchase that would not have been made otherwise. In this case the price tag was in US$ while almost all other prices were in EC$. Be careful to check and verify all prices of anything you buy on this island.

If you plan on leaving the resort for dinner or exploration then rent a car at the airport. The roads in St. Lucia are not very good (worst I've ever experienced anywhere) and the drivers are crazy. However, feel free to drive at your own pace and comfort level; for some reason St. Lucia has the most courteous drivers in the world. Not once did I hear a horn used to signal impatience or anger, nor did I see any rude hand gestures or shouting. So just relax and pay attention to the road - the people behind you will patiently wait for a good passing spot.

In no particular order, here are some of the highlights of our trip: Exploring Pigeon island and climbing to the top of both knolls, hiking the Gros Piton (1/2 way point), the drive from WJL to the Pitons (great scenery), snorkeling at the base of the Pitons, dinner at the Coal Pot, afternoon rum on the balcony waiting for sunset!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Dear sansha12: Thank you for taking time to write such a thorough review. I'm glad that the majority of your experience was positive. I do appreciate your other comments and will follow-up with you privately to get some additional details. Thank you also for the good recommendations and suggestions to others. I hope we'll get a chance to see you again soon. My wife and I also climbed to the half-way point on the Gros Piton; perhaps the four of us can go together and get to the top!

Warm regards,
Mark Ozawa
Managing Director
mark.ozawa@windjammer-landing.com
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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gaithersburg,maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I LOVE THE WINDJAMMER AND ST LUCIA!!! Fist of all St Lucia and the people are fantastic! They are friendly kind helpful and most importantly HAPPY!!! Seriously, I have been all over the caribbean and I can not find better people.

Thw island is absolutly beautiful. I went with my family sisiter, brother, and parents and all spouses and we rented took a private boat ride along the cost from the Windjammer to the pitons with some fun stops along the way. The coast line is breath taking. I find it as Beautifual as Maui and the amalfi coast ( been to both). We had the sweetest and funniest 2 man crew....We laughed the entire day. We stopped and swam in between the pitons.....GORGEOUS!!!

Now let me talk about the Windjammer. The rooms were recently refurnished and closed in so that all levels of the villas had air conditioning. That was a nice addition although I liked the open living room concept too. The views are exceptional with nightly sunsets that can be enjoyed on all 5 balconies...yes we had 5 balconies!!! All had views of the ocean!!

The staff was more then nice they were amazing!!! They took care of every need. We were there for superbowl sunday and they even had new widescreen tvs put up in the bar area at the beach and had a special superbowl party with a special menus of nachos, wings, pizzas, etc....alll the tailgate delights. We especially loved that because we are from Maryland and we wanted to see the Ravens plays. Got to love a Superbowl sitting by the warm caribbean ocean with all the typical superbowl treats!!! Thank you Windjammer for going that extra step.

Lindon, the conceirge, was again so kind and took care of my family! We cant wait to see him again next year.

BTW, I am not a timeshare owner at the Windjammer. I have a timeshare at another resort in Maui. Wish I had one here!!!

There is always so much to do and so much fun to be had at the windjammer. I would recommend it to everyone!!!!!!

Thanks again for another fantastic vacation!!!!! I hope to be there again next year!!!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Dear beachgroupie: I am so glad your return visit was even better than your first! I agree the Saint Lucian people are the best. We are so happy you were able to enjoy the Superbowl on the beach - it was a terrific party! We hope to see you back next year...

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Mark Ozawa
Managing Director
mark.ozawa@windjammer-landing.com
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

My husband, 17 year old daughter an I just got back from an 11 day stay. It is a beautiful resort. everyone there goes out of their way to make sure your happy. everyone is very warm and friendly. We had a 2 bed villa which was open air, which we liked. It had a full kitchen living room dining room and a large balcony with plunge pool. It was a little tired, we had 1 old 15" t.v none in the bedrooms, not that you watch t.v. much, but it should be upgraded. The beds were comfortable and the views "BREATHTAKING" everything is clean and they restocked the villa everyday with coffee and cream/sugar which was nice. The rooms/villas are all on steep hills, some are within walking distance to beach /lobby/restaurants. some are farther up so shuttle is required. We took shuttles alot, they are free, prompt and courteous. The food is good, fresh. Papa Dons was great, and The Upper Deck very good. I would absolutely come back to this resort, but would probably book the hibiscus suites, which are newer and closer to the beach and main area. We did rent a car for 7 days, which was nice. my husband is used to driving on the left. it takes some practice, but the locals are very kind, and forgiving when it comes to the tourists driving. We ate at the Coal pot which was wonderful and the Edge which was a little over the top with all the flavors they combined on one plate. Delierius looked great, but didn't try it. Next time...... We did take a catamaran over to Soufrire and took a mud bath, Another day we went on a hike in the rainforest. "thanks Rambo" you were so nice and incredibly knowledgeable of all the trees /plants and history of the island. Last day went horseback riding on the beach, with The Pony club. They were awesome. St. Lucia was an awesome place. Cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Dear moonlit5: Thank you for taking time to write such a detailed review. I'm glad you enjoyed the Villa, the food, and our staff. We are starting a 3-year renovation of all of our units later this year so the villas will be in great shape. We'll keep the terrific views! We look forward to having the three of you back again soon!

Warm regards,
Mark Ozawa
Managing Director
mark.ozawa@windjammer-landing.com
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Two of us stayed at Windjammer Landings for a week in early Feb 2013 and were delighted. The service offered to customers is second to none: you always feel a bit special. It is true that an occasional barman or waiter is a bit below par, but this is very much the exception. The place is laid out beautifully and as it is spread up a cliff, and goes a long way, there is a shuttle service that is usually very efficient, so you only wait a few minutes. If very busy or at night time it can take a bit longer, but this is not usual.
Rooms (we had a 'cottage') are really lovely, and BIG. We had sittingroom, large bathroom and bedroom (with queen size bed, really comfortable), kitchen and large veranda with fabulous view.
Everything kept very clean and wifi plus TV provided.
5 restaurants all are good - not haut cuisine but excellent for the island. The Upper Deck in particular was very impressive. Wine list is not very interesting, but reasonably priced.
All-in deals are REALLY worth having in this resort.
Snorkelling is included in the stay and, though very local, isn't bad - plenty of fish. Many water sports on offer.
The beach is lovely and only gets busy from after 11am, however people do reserve the best beach loungers so it can be difficult to get one under the shade. As they often remain unused for hours, the hotel might do something about this.
There are pools around the resort which are often nearly empty.
If you want a bit of luxury and beautiful surroundings, you can't beat it.

Room Tip: We were in room 114 - 'cottages' at this level have a great sea view with enough island betw...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Dear Doug-Kennedy: Thank you for the review and all of the positive comments! We are looking at the beach chair issue but glad every other aspect of your stay was good. We hope you'll come visit us again!

Warm regards,
Mark Ozawa
Managing Director
mark.ozawa@windjammer-landing.com
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Denison, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We just got back from this lovely resort and cannot say enough good things about it. Beautiful villa styled rooms with fantastic views of the Carribean Sea. Rooms were very well appointed. The whole place has the Mediterranean feel. Lush gardens and plants covered the entire grounds that are perfectly situated on the side of a mountain. The staff are very friendly and always have a smile on their face when greeting you.
Just a tip, if you get a room with a kitchen in it, go into town and buy groceries. It is quite costly to eat at the resort. However, there are several options for dining with a good selection to choose from at the resort.
There is a quite nice private sandy beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas. There are several beautiful pools to suit everyones needs. There are plenty of planned acivities for children as well as adults. Overall a very nice place to stay and enjoy the sights and sounds of St Lucia. You will not be sorry if you stay at the Windjammer.

Room Tip: Get a 1 bedroom villa with two air conditioners and TV's.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Dear supermimiof3: Thanks for the terrific review! Great details and suggestions for others. We hope you will be back again!

Warm regards,
Mark Ozawa
Managing Director
mark.ozawa@windjammer-landing.com
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cookpony
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We picked this out from the Internet and previous reviews on this site and we were so happy we did. From the moment we arrived and were met with a cool washcloth and a complimentary rum punch our world started to mellow.
Each guest has their own ambassador that takes special care of you and your needs. We didn't do the all inclusive and ended up savings a little. We booked a premium ocean view room and it was large, and had spectacular sunset views and a private patio.
The best I can say is that we plan to go back there next year.

Room Tip: It is built into a hillside so ask for one that isn't to high up.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We have stayed a couple of times & in a number of other St Lucia resorts...windjammer was the best and always at a sensible price. We particulary liked the family villas and the staff were excellent. Resort very peaceful and the staff great !

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Labrelotte Bay | Saint Lucia, Castries, 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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Castries
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#3 Luxury Hotel in Castries
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#4 Romantic Hotel in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 237
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort & Spa in Saint Lucia, offers an unforgettable Caribbean vacation for families, honeymooners and couples. This exotic 60-acre full service resort is a panorama of picturesque, spacious and secluded hillside villas. With breathtaking views of the cobalt waters of the Caribbean Sea, this Mediterranean village resort is alive with the sights and sounds of beautiful Saint Lucia. Absorb the stunning beauty of nature at the Windjammer Landing. From dining on tropical fruits at sunrise to enjoying a refreshing cruise at sunset and only your choice of what to do in between. Richly appointed with the warmth of wood and an exotic blend of tropical furnishings, your spacious villa sets the mood for complete relaxation and truly your greatest escape. ... more   less 
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