If you fit into their niche, you will love vacationing there. If you don’t fit their niche, you will find the resort too quiet. This resort seems to cater to the 55+ crowd. Couples at the resort are usually found reading by the pool or on the beach. My best advice if you are considering Rendezvous resort is be clear on exactly what you want on your vacation and make sure it aligns with what this resort has to offer. If you are looking for a lot of quiet one-on-one with your spouse, you will love it. If you and your spouse enjoy interacting with other couples and people watching, you will be bored.
The resort positives:
• Beautiful! The resort is gorgeous; the grounds are meticulously cared for. The beach wrapping around the resort is beautiful and while it is public, the locals did not crowd the beach on the weekend so there was plenty of room for the guests. The resort provides lounge chairs for the guests.
• The staff is extremely service oriented. From the bar employees that bring you drinks on the beach to the restaurant employees that place your napkin on your lap at meal time. All you need to do is ask, and the staff will take care of it.
• The resort provides several water sport options for their guests that are included in the all-inclusive package. This includes some motorized options like tubing and skiing.
• The resort is quiet and peaceful. Most people there spend the day reading on the beach or at the pool.
The resort negatives:
• The resort representative meets with you when you arrive to brief you on the rules for the resort as well as the dress code you are expected to follow. It felt like we were staying at someone house as a guest, you can sit in these chairs at meal time only, you must be wearing dry close to sit in these chairs, and you have to put on a cover up to walk through the Terrace area (where the public bathrooms are that you use when lounging at the pool or on the beach).
• The resort is use to travelers from England and the UK, who take 10-14 day vacations. The resort schedules out activities across the week, but for those of us on a “long weekend” vacation, certain activities may not be available during our stays.
• Dress code! This resort has two dining areas, the Terrace Restaurant and the Trysting Place. Both require women to dress “elegantly” and require the men to wear long pants and blue jeans are frowned upon at the Trysting. If you wear a hat to dinner, they will ask you to remove it be you a male or female dinner. Flip Flops are also not allowed. I have never stayed at a resort that did not provide a casual dining area for those of us who do not like to dress up on our vacation.
• The Terrace Restaurant is where all the meals are served. The area is outside and men can wear shorts for lunch service but are required to wear long pants for the dinner service. The resort depends on the sea breeze to cool off this dining area. Literally, there are no ceiling fans or anything to circulate the air other than the breeze off the ocean. My husband was dripping sweat within minutes of sitting down. We spent more time changing clothes on this vacation, going from dinner clothing to heat appropriate cloths.
• The Lazy River is not a lazy river. It is more like 4 small private pools with sunbathing areas. The pool have rocks or steps in between them that create little waterfall sounds. You cannot get into the “lazy river” and float anywhere.
• The large pool is pretty and relaxing. They have a pool bar with snacks, but no music. And if you want to play your own music you need to wear headphones. Their beer glasses are little juice glasses (like for breakfast) and the pool bar does not seem to be fully stocked. I could not get a strawberry daiquiri at the pool bar, but if I covered up and walked 40 feet to the Terrace bar I could.
• The pool does not have a public restroom. You have to walk into the Terrace area to go to the restroom, which meant drying off and putting on a cover up.
• The rooms are great, but there are no TV’s. You are completely cut off from what is going on in the world around you. No news and no sports, not even in the bars. And the Wi-Fi range is limited to the Terrace area and is hit or miss when you are trying to check a sport score on your IPhone. Also the radios in the room are for older IPhone, if you have the IPhone 5, you will need an adaptor in order to plug it into the stereo.
• Location! We had to go into Castries to get slacks for dinner. We wandered around a little but were not impressed with the town. If you like to adventure out from your resort and visit the nearby town, you might consider a resort in the Rodney Bay area north of Castries. That town was newer, more touristy, and honestly nicer. Also the resort is right next to the old airport and the cemetery. The airport is still operational, but for smaller commuter planes. I think they had 3-5 planes take off from the airport each day. The noise was noticeable but not constant. And the cemetery looks interesting if you like older cemeteries, but the resort security guards will stop you from going over there for your own safety.
• The resort has only two public AC areas. The Trysting Dining Room and the Champaign bar. Both open up late in the evening. If you need a reprieve from the heat during the day, you will have to wander to your room or go in the water.
• This resort seems tailored to older couples and those couples who are a world onto themselves. The Champaign bar is the only place that I saw people interact and talk with someone other than their companion. And then the piano was too loud to really carry on any kind of conversation.
• If you’re a couple that likes to interact with your fellow vacationors in a fun and carefree environment, this resort is not the place for you. This resort, with its rules and comatose environment, is like a vacation to the grandparents’ house. Our standing joke was when the “walker racers” were going to commence. We felt like we were in a rest home, except it was too quiet.
- 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