This is going to be long . . .
I stayed at the Windjammer Landing between Sep 4 - 11, 2004. I used this site to choose where to stay on my honeymoon, so I figured I would post my opinion of the resort and try and give some info that I think could help you.
For starters, I stayed at Windjammer as part of a timeshare. My dad owns a timeshare and he basically said we could go anywhere that RCI had a resort. After doing much research, I chose Windjammer because it was rated in the top 10 resorts in the world. We stayed in Villa 130, which was a one-bedroom villa without a plunge pool.
Here are some specifics . . .
--- Villa ---
We were very happy with the villa. All we had to go on was a tiny picture of the villas in a magazine. It was an "open air" room, but there was a sliding door that you could close to keep out birds. It was more of a gate than a door, but it did its job. I saw a bird in the villa only twice in the week we were there, and then we just simply moved towards it and it left. I'm not sure if all villas have them or not, but we had a kitchen that had everything we needed to cook any meal. The bedroom was not open air, which was nice. There was an airconditioner in there that worked very well. The housekeeper would shut it off when she came in because they didn't want it running while nobody was there, but we just turned it back on when we got home.
-- Food --
The food was good, nothing too spectacular. I'll admit that I wasn't looking for fancy food. I'm not a fancy food eater. I'm a hamburger eating, buffet loving American. We ate at every restaurant at least once. A couple of them only had one or two items on the menu that I wanted to eat, but admitingly, I'm a fairly picky eater that wasn't really interested in trying the island cuisine. However, there was at least one thing at each restaurant that I found and it was always good.
-- Entertainment --
Entertainment was fine. Every night the housekeeper would come by for turn-down service and leave a schedule for the next day. Every day there were the watersports and snorkling trips that went out, and then each afternoon had some sort of entertainment (pool volleyball, pingpong, bingo, nature walk, hike to nearby beach, etc.) We took a kyak out for an afternoon and played bingo, ping-pong and even bet on some crab races.
-- Cost --
This is obviosly an issue for most people. The big question I had going in was the all-inclusive package. I didn't know enough about it. We were planning on doing three days AI, and three days on our own. We paid $600 for AI for two people for three days - basically $100/person/day. That meant that between the two of us, we had to spend $200 per day to justify it. I think we did it in the end, but if you don't drink much, you probably don't need to do all-inclusive.
That being said, if you are not on the AI plan, the meals are expensive. We found that out the hard way. We got there on Sat. night and went down for Sunday brunch. The meal was very good, but the bill was $65 for two brunches and a coke. Pretty steep. I'd say plan on spending about $50 per meal per couple for most meals.
-- Random thoughts --
Hurricane Ivan came rolling through in the middle of our stay. At first, it was headed straight for St. Lucia, but luckily it went south and didn't even really affect our stay. The resort had a bulliten board where they put updates every two hours. I'm not sure what would have happened if Ivan would have hit, but the people at the resort kept saying they would tell us if anything serious was going to happen.
If you plan on doing the all-inclusive plan they have to be on consecutive days and a minimum of three days. I didn't know that when I went. We were planning on spacing them out, but it turned out just fine. They do have a small store on site, but it only had pasta, soup, chicken nuggets and small meal stuff.
The cost of a taxi from the airport in Castries was $16 US and there were plenty waiting when we got off the plane. We didn't get to St. Lucia until about 10:00 pm and it was not an issue finding a taxi and getting checked in.
Though the whole island takes US dollars, pretty much everything is priced in Eastern Carribean currency. That can be confusing, so I usually just changed $50 into EC at a time and used that.
We did two excursions - Jammers Day Sail and Sunset Cruise. The daysail was a great way to see the island. You cruise about two hours, take a bus to a waterfall, coco plantaion, volcano, then cruise back. All drinks on the boat were included in the cost and so was lunch. The sunset cruise lasted two hours and all drinks and appetiser food were included on board.
They do have timeshares on the resort and you will be asked to participate in a timeshare presentation. Even though we were already using a timeshare, we endoured the presentation to get $140 off the cost of the daysail. They say it only takes about an hour, but it actually took just over two. But if you want to save some money, its worth it. It wasn't high pressure. They just talk about timeshares, take you to see one, and then talk money. They offer a price, then you say no, then they offer another price, you say no again, and it's over. Not too bad.
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. I'll answer them as best as I can.
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