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Rendezvous Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Malabar Beach, Castries 190, St. Lucia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Castries
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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69 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
“Back again...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We’ve just returned home after another excellent stay at The Rendezvous.

We had a top floor garden view room that also gave us views of the sea. It wasn't big, but had had been tastefully refurbished and was very private, which we like.

Without wishing to repeat all the things we’ve said before, we’ll make an exception to state that the staff members are excellent. The hotel picks the right people and they tend to stay; staff turnover is very low, apparently. It was good to see the friendly familiar faces in the bar and restaurants – such as Trevor, Michaela and Eric. And also as usual, there were like-minded guests whose company we enjoyed.

We love the lush, tropical grounds – so close to the city of Castries. The evening frog chorus from the undergrowth was as loud as ever.

I had quite a few scuba dives with Luigi and Lincoln, which were always good fun. You don’t always see a lot of marine life in the inclusive dives, but the Marine park 2 tank dives are recommended. The dive team is sometimes put in an awkward spot by guests: such as the very inconsiderate couple who persistently turned up late so the rest of us had to wait for them to saunter in and get ready. On one occasion we waited for them to finish a leisurely lunch and as a result left so late that the rest of us couldn’t get back in time for ours – as we’d planned. We weren’t pleased. If they haven’t the courtesy to turn up in time – tough luck, said the rest of us.

The food was good and the Trysting Place restaurant was up to its usual very high standard. The presentation and quality of meals was superb. The hotel tries to make the a la carte evenings a quality experience. Most people follow the dress code – but (a second gripe) you get some who turn up like they’ve just left the beach (usually turned away), or the man who padded around at dinner in bare feet. Most people we spoke to were all for enforcing the dress code. Otherwise, it’s a slippery slope.

We enjoyed morning walks along the beach, and spoke to many friendly locals. We note that the hotel discourages people from walking on the quieter beach to the right as you face the sea: and when we went a security guard followed us. But all was quiet.

I failed to complete my usual daily hikes to the Vigie lighthouse as I was discouraged by the sight and sound of huge dogs roaming loose on the approach road. I was assured ‘they won’t attack you’ – but they are Rottweiler types and discretion trumped my valour. A disappointment. The hotel does walking tours there and they seem to go OK though.

Summary: Great hotel, really good fun and, in our opinion, excellent value for a quality experience.

Room Tip: If you book a garden room, then the #3 block has the better views. They've also been modernised.
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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  • Location
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English first
Coventry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Great place to chill out and relax with brilliant staff, lovely long beach, pools, spa, free water sports, great sociable crowd of like minded people, but very easy to just be you as well. Great food, great choice, great all inclusive drinks and choices, attentive and relaxed service from nice people.

If you moan about the birds tweeting around your dinner table, or the cats, or the infrequent local small planes taking off overhead, then you clearly miss the point and I suspect need to whine about anything. Ignore these points as they are irrelevant to your inner enjoyment.

All inclusive relaxation and enough choice of reasonable high quality, ambience, comfort and sociable fun that any self sufficient upper middle class snob would be happy to get lost in.

Book it, you'll love it.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stayed for two weeks at the end of May '14. After a hectic few weeks running up to our wedding this was the perfect place to unwind.

We had a private transfer by car to the hotel from the airport which took just over an hour. Some of the roads are intresting but its a good way to see some of the island interior. There's a lot of bananas!

We booked a Beachfront Room but ended up in an amazing Luxury Beachfront Cottage! I'm guessing this was a free upgrade rather than a mistake (very much doubt it) but whatever, we loved it. As we booked as a honeymoon, when we arrived in our room we were greated with fruit and chilled champagne. We also enjoyed our free Couples Honeymoon Massage in the Water Garden Spa. We also made use of the spa again and it's pretty reasonable prices with good choice of treatments.

The location of this hotel couldn't be any better, it's literally right on the beach and in a paradise setting.

The staff are amazingly friendly and after a couple of days virtually everyone of them knows your name. You really feel that they will do anything to make your stay with them perfect. The food is fantastic and there is so much choice at every meal. The Beach BBQ night with Dino (the Gym fitness instructor) dooing his fire breathing act was a highlight. You'll know why when you see it.

There is loads of activities and watersports to do if you feel you want to drag yourself out of the sun or pool but no pressure to join in. We did a couple of trips out around the island and I can recommend it as it is a beautiful island. Places like Marigot Bay and Soufrieres are worth a visit. Most of the time however, the most effort we made was to swim up to the pool bar to order another cocktail.

The Champagne bar was a nice retreat and the hosted 'Bubbly Hour' every night was a social highlight. All the bar staff were really friendly and chatty and if you go get Eric to design and make you your own special cocktail, the man is a genius.

We can't fault this hotel in anyway and we had a perfect two weeks there. I would go back in an instant, it was absoulte paradise. Now we are back in the 'real world' we are missing it a lot.

Room Tip: We had a beachfront cottage which was awesome but any beach facing rooms have a perfect view. Garde...
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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scotland
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Just spent 10 nights at this hotel and it was fab.
Hotel is adults only so very relaxing,it's just on the edge of town so you can walk in.its a working town very busy with a market most days,not a lot to buy but okay if your just looking for something to do.
The hotel itself is lovely,2 pools we preferred the spa pool as it was quiet.also nice breach area.there's plenty of room not squashed in like other hotels.
Food was great there is buffet restaurant which does a la carte twice a week and the posh restaurant which you can book as often as you like we went every other day.food was fantastic.
The staff are fantastic so friendly and happy as is everyone in st Lucia.
We hired a driver for the day which we arranged through the hotel which was great and we managed to see all the things we wanted too see at our own pace,would recommend as works out cheaper if your going to do a few trips and means you can choose to do what you want.
Loved this hotel,we met some lovely people and had a great holiday will return

Room Tip: Better views if higher up
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We visited in May for 2 weeks after our wedding and it was a welcome retreat after all the hectic wedding planning. Everything about the hotel is wonderful. I would recommend anyone to book it if traveling to St Lucia as there is not a better location with 2 miles of beach! The boutique hotel has a wonderful friendly feel and we can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: We stayed in a garden view room which is standard but it is lovely and a great size.
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We had a lovely ten days at this hotel, wish it had been longer. Could not fault anything, the location, food (such choice and all fresh) the room (go for a garden room on the top floor) all excellent. And the best staff, they could not do enough for you, and really good fun. I wish they had name tags so you knew who they all were...but special mention must go to Jackie (mad) Pauline (great aqua aerobics) Trevor and Eric (pool bar) and Dwight who looked after me on the beach volley ball court...they were all great. One word of caution, if you want to climb the Pitons (and it is a climb) make sure you are fit!

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for our honeymoon between 28/5/14 & 11/6/14 and it was truly wonderful. This couples only hotel was very good with lovely swimming pools, spa and had its own beach. The drinks inlcuding cocktails and the buffet food were excellent but the gem was the Trysting Restaurant which we thought was first class. Being 'all-inclusive', it was a delightful dining experience at no extra cost. All the staff were all extremely friendly and simply couldn't do enough, all with a genuine smile. Highly recommended and we will be back!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Address: Malabar Beach, Castries 190, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Castries
#2 Luxury Hotel in Castries
#2 Spa Hotel in Castries
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#3 Romantic Hotel in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rendezvous Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rendezvous - The Boutique Hotel For Couples. Rendezvous is the only all-inclusive boutique resort in the Caribbean nestled in a tropical garden on a 2-mile stretch of beach, designed for couples who want to spend quality time together in an atmosphere of personalized care. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Rendezvous Hotel Castries
Rendezvous Hotel St Lucia
Rendevous St Lucia
Rendezvous Resort St. Lucia/Castries

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