Well where do I start. We have just got home.Amazing from start to finish.
Nothing was too much for anyone. We were quite worried from the reviews that we were too young to come to the hotel. But we were pleased to see other young couples on honeymoon there also.Dressing up for dinner isnt that hard, they dont want you to look like the queen, but focus more on couples making an effort for eachother. We were quite anxious after reading the reviews on the dress code but honestly as long as you didnt look like you had just come off the beach, soaking wet with sand everywhere we had no issues at all. I wore sundresses and sandals to dinner most evenings and my husband wore dark jeans/chinos with shoes and shirts and we were never questioned about it.
Rooms are spotlessly cleaned daily and turned down every night. Dont be alarmed if you find candles lit when you return from dinner.
The food was outstanding. The fillet steak in the Trysting is one of the nicest steaks I have ever eaten. I want to mention a few names. Ryan, Eric and Sean from the bar team. Who were brilliant. Many an evening we stayed up laughing and joking with them until the small hours. The restuarant ladies Frances, Carmen and Michealla who were so accomodating to me and my husband during our stay. Andy who took our cases to our room, such a lovely chap with lots of info for us on what to do on the Island . Pauline in the pool with the aqua aerobics. Helping me to keep mobile during my stay, Josie and Deano were very entertaining at the beach BBQ on Thursday evening and last but no mean least Tony. for taking us out to the street party and showing us a really good time with the locals. That night will never leave us. Fantastic memories thank you.
My tips for an amazing time in St Lucia
If you go in rainy season like we did ( April to Nov).You will get hammered by mosquitos. Dont bother with any of the deet stuff. We wasted about £20 on rubbish stuff before we went. Go and see Marcelle in the evenings by the terrace bar he has a little stall set up. He has local ointments that are all natural. Apply it like perfume to your body and they dont come near you. Any existing bites dab the ointment on to stop the itch.
We also highly reccomend this natural remedy for sunburn and taking the sting out of bites.
Using the camomile, peppermint and green tea bags in the room. Make a bath from the tea bags and soak in it. You can also use the wet teabags to dab any areas.The redness in my skin from the bites went down and it eased my husbands sun burn.
Dont take any suncream under 35spf. I never burn and go golden brown. My husband was horrifically burned on day 2 in the shade. You can still catch a tan on a cloudy day in St Lucia. so be mindful of that. We bought a suncream 45 spf from the hotel shop and it was amazing called Caribbean Breeze. I have an amazing tan after a week holiday and didnt burn at all.
Go to the mud bath in Soufriere, I feel about 10 years younger now. Make sure you purchase the black and yellow soaps from the vendors. They make ideal gifts and are topical for many ailments.
Party people- The hotel is quite laid back in terms of entertainment in the evenings. Things settle down about 11 music wise. The champagne bar will stay open as long as there is someone drinking in there and there is a pianist who takes requests. The guitar player in the Trysting resturant is fab. He played our first dance song and covered a wide range of music, not to be missed. Most nights we were tired and retired to bed early but we did do a few late night sessions in the champagne bar with Sean and Eric.
If you are looking for the real St Lucia make sure you go to the Friday night Street party in Gros Islet. Not for everyone. But will always be in my heart as one of the best memories of the trip. The local spiced rum there is something to be sampled.Its like rocket fuel and the Soca music really gets you going.If you go into Castries market you can buy all the spices and the really strong local rum to take home with you to make yourself. I have just made a batch now :)
Pigeon Island is also one of the picturesque places on the island.We were lucky enough to spend a day here and the snorkelling isnt to be missed.
To sum up as I could go on and on. A lovely little jewel. I would come again in August as the hotel occupancy isnt as high as high season so a little more quiter around the bar and food places and you still get the sunshine.See you soon :)