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“Great stay... would love to go back...” 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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Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Castries
Kansas City
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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“Great stay... would love to go back...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We just returned from honeymooning at the Windjammer. Overall, we had a great experience. The staff was very friendly, and the grounds were amazingly beautiful. We originally reserved a premium ocean view room, and it was beautiful upon arrival. But, we noticed a small drip from one of the beams in the room (and I mean small, but big enough it was going to create a puddle eventually), so we informed the front desk, thinking they would want to know to fix it for us. Instead, they immediately changed our room (with our permission), and we got to stay in a one-bedroom villa. It was amazing! The view from our balcony (which is probably the same view for about every room) was so beautiful. I spent more time there than any other place.

It is true that some rooms are quite a hike from the reception area/main pool/beach, but we just chalked it up to our daily exercise. When we did use the shuttles to/from our room, they came very quickly, so I don't think it would have been too inconvenient to use every time.

The beach wasn't huge (and I have no idea what kind of capacity the Windjammer was at while we were there), but we had no trouble finding shaded loungers each day we went to the beach. There always seemed to be plenty. We actually spent one afternoon at the upper pool closer to our room, and we had it to ourselves.

The main reason I have four instead of five dots/stars, is the food. Although all of our meals were pretty good, none of them were great. I know that's how it goes with resorts that have the AI option, so we expected it. The main courses always were good portions, but the appetizers we noticed were clearly not meant for sharing. Every app we got, we were disappointed at the portion size (again, I think this is a product of AI). We only got dessert one night, and it was good and a good portion, even for sharing.

As for the restaurants... we ate at Jammers twice, Upper Deck and Papa Don's once. I think Papa Don's was probably our favorite. Jammers was good both times. I got the daily catch both times (mahi and kingfish), and my husband got the steak once. We're from the midwest, so our steak standards are probably pretty high compared to most. He thought it was fine, but nothing special. I thought the best part of my meal was the salsa. Delicious. Seriously delicious. The fish was very good as well. I think we were a little disappointed with the Upper Deck, but only because we expected it to be more upscale and a higher quality than Jammers. They share a kitchen, so we should have realized the food was going to be pretty much the same. We only ate at the Dragonfly for breakfast on our last day. I had no complaints, but my husband did note the pancakes/syrup/something was off.

I feel like I've railed on the food a little bit here, so please don't misinterpret, we had a wonderful stay. The ONLY hesitation I would have about going back to Windjammer if we returned to St. Lucia would be whether or not we wanted to stay on that part of the island again. Otherwise, I really would recommend it!

Room Tip: As I stated in my review - the one bedroom villa was perfect for us (one couple). We were not AI, s...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

My daughter was married at the end of September, and this was the location she and her now-husband chose for their wedding.

From the moment we arrived, I realized this was going to be a very special trip -- the property was absolutely gorgeous, there were no bad views to be found, and the staff was so attentive and kind. (And don't get me started on the rum punch that was handed to me upon arrival...oh my that was good!)

Our room was compact, but not overly small, very efficiently laid out, and very clean. We had a lovely sea view from the front balcony, and the grounds were expertly maintained. But you don't come to the Caribbean to spend time in your room!

The restaurants are fantastic -- we spent a lot of time at Jammers, the more casual seaside bar, but also had a lovely dinner at Papa Don's, a less casual (but not formal or stuffy) restaurant further up the hill.

The wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were efficiently facilitated by the attentive staff, and the wedding itself, and the reception, came off without a single glitch -- I would absolutely recommend this resort to anyone who's thinking of a destination wedding.

Unfortunately, I didn't have time for activities or the spa -- but that gives me even more reason to go again!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
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nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

It was a short stay, but the room with the view was beautiful. The lighting, the bed with the mosquito net, the bathroom, the separate dressing room and the private deck upstairs were all very tastefully decorated. The food and service at the Upper Deck was very good and the live music from the bar very pleasant. Drinks were well made at the bar and The Dragonfly Restaurant where we had breakfast was nice, the apple juice was fresh and delicious. The beach was nice and the water very clear. Definitely worth a second visit. The staff and ambassador were very nice and the hotel's permanent residents - the cats - were friendly! The wi-fi was a little challenging.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Attractive villas in a lovely setting with lots of entertainment and things to do.good regular crowd. Timeshare vailable. Getting a little tired in some places and expanding. Have seen better beaches as this one is manufactured, but is pleasant

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This was my first out of country experience. From the time I reached the resort I was met with top notch customer service. The cool, scented towel, rum punch and smiles were a sure sign I would return. I was traveling with two friends and after receiving the towel she said this will be an annual event. Spa services are addicting. The women who provide services are friendly, fun, and professional. Their skills are beyond perfect. Our shuttle drivers were awesome and we even watched some play football(soccer). Our taxi driver, Martinus treated us like family and ALWAYS ensured our safety. Water sports was awesome! Our first pool person, Dwight, was also a great snorkeling companion. Not only did he provide pristine pool service but he was patient with the fearful first timers in the water. The street party was entertaining and the Windjammer staff in attendance continued to both ensure safety and a great time. The villa was MAGNIFICANT! It was perfect even in the rain. The view was breath taking. I recommend this resort to anyone mature enough to experience real paradise. The only drawback is leaving. You won't want to. MUCH APPRECIATION TO EVERYONE!!!!

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  • Stayed October 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is our first trip to Windjammer Landings and we are currently here. We spent a great deal of time researching St. Lucia and chose the Windjammer Landings because of the many positive reviews. The people here are lovely and very courteous and our room is very nice. It appears to be recently updated, nicely furnished, sparkling tile bath and the sea view is magnificent. So far we have eaten in two of the restaurants....The Upper Deck....great food and service, charming atmosphere. The second restaurant was in The Dragonfly Restaurant during a Caribbean buffet night... Not so great. The food was fine but there's no a/c on the outer deck and the heat was just oppressive which made us so uncomfortable. Again the servers tried their best to be accommodating. With all that said, I must mention the construction that is currently taking place right now. The hotel is expanding and the noise from the heavy equipment running constantly is less than pleasant. Additionally, one of the pools is closed for maintenance and an underground pipe has broken and is also under repair. But sadly we were disappointed that the sea water is so murky "due to the rain" that you can't even see your feet. Very unusual for the Caribbean Sea. Some issues also currently going on with the internet service in the rooms.....so I hope this gets published. All in all though we have enjoyed our stay and would consider coming back when the new construction is complete. By the way, the cats don't bother us at all and are never intrusive.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My husband and I got home last weekend from our dream wedding and honeymoon at Windjammer Landing. From the moment we arrived at the resort until the time we left, we were surrounded by friendly staff, pristine beaches, delicious food and perfect weather. We want to go back just as soon as we have the chance.

We spent just about two years planning our wedding with Melanie, Simone (who works in another department now) and Lynn. They were kind, helpful and on the ball with planning every detail. I was a little nervous planning a wedding from thousands of miles away at a location I'd never been to in a country I'd never been to. I did a ton of research and everything I read said that they are awesome. All those reviews were right! They totally put my mind at ease because they are true professionals who know exactly how to get every detail just right. We had a very modern, fun, small-detail-oriented wedding (I am a graphic designer, so the "look" was really important to me) and everything was flawless. They decorated everything exactly how we wanted them to...the ceremony and reception spaces were flawless.

We had a small, intimate, 13-guest wedding on September 28, 2013 on the beach just before sunset followed by a beach-side dinner and dancing reception at Embers. The DJ was phenomenal, better than any DJ I've heard at any US wedding. He was actually mixing on the fly. We sent a HUGE playlist to give him a lot of choices and he picked the absolute best songs; our guests (and us!) danced for the entire 4 hours, nonstop. Everyone had SO MUCH fun. Our guests all said this was the best wedding they'd ever been to and we had multiple other Windjammer guests come up to us afterwards to tell us they wish they'd been invited because it looked and sounded like such an awesome party. Our photographer, Peter, was also exceptional. We've seen a lot of wedding photos from other resort photographers and were definitely nervous about capturing the day in a way that matched our style. Peter is a pro; we originally purchased a 75-photo package and when we got home to review the photos, we couldn't narrow it down to less than 191 photos.

As for the accommodations, we were fortunate enough to be put in Estate Villa Orvante, 403. To say this place was spectacular is an understatement. It was a 4-bedroom villa which was perfect for getting ready with all of the girls on the big day. It had a huge kitchen and dining room area, a sunk-in livingroom with an upper deck along with a huge sun deck off of the giant master suite (which, of course, looks out over the Caribbean Sea). Outside the downstairs bedrooms (with stair access from the sun deck) was a full sized pool with incredible views of the Sea. We had nightly views of the sunset, which was super romantic.

The restaurants were great. I wasn't a huge fan of having to make reservations every night for dinner, but it wasn't the worst thing ever either. Papa Don's was our favorite restaurant overall, but they were all really good. The coconut cheesecake was amazing...I miss it already, along with the Papa Don's lasagna! Sunday Brunch at Ember's was awesome and the daily breakfast buffet at Dragonfly was delicious...their banana pancakes are awesome, the omelet bar was great. Yum.

I would highly suggest bringing bug spray...I got eaten alive by no-see-ums.

We can't wait to get back to Windjammer. It was the best vacation ever and a dream come true as far as our wedding and honeymoon goes.

Room Tip: All of the rooms have amazing views...you can't go wrong. We loved our Estate Villa.
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Castries
#3 Luxury Hotel in Castries
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#4 Business Hotel in Castries
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#6 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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