O.k so its took me 5 months since I went to finally sit down in front of the computer and write this review but the memory is as fresh as yesterday so lets go for it.
I will probably address the only real problem first. When we arrived we had a long flight (10 hours travel time) and to be honest wanted a power nap when we were taken to our room so we could enjoy the rest of the evening. We were taken to our room and instantly noticed building noise (This is back in July) When we got into our room we were blown away by the view and opened the balcony doors to see and loudly hear there was building work on rooms near us. They were replacing all the wood work and the balconies of various rooms using buzz saws and equipment.
Essentially it was so loud we couldn't even stay in our room. We went and asked how long it would go on for and we were informed it was on its final day and would be completed by the following day. We decided this was o.k and just carried on with the day... Jumping to the next day it did carry on till lunch so we still couldn't use the balcony but then it luckily stopped!
We raised the issue with Kuoni and the hotel and were very disappointed that we were not informed but thankful it only affected the first 2 days of our stay as we got married there! So it was a special time for us.
Speaking with other guests it had been going on for weeks and we did hear that it ruined some people's trips so I would certainly say its worth asking what work they are doing before you go as its so peaceful that any work really is noticeable to a point it ruins it.
Anyway lets get onto the positives about this resort. From the moment you walk through the gardens to reception you know its something special. The staff from the first moment you get there to the moment you leave are friendly and helpful and keen to get to know the staff and befriend you.
The gardens that run through the resort are simply stunning. You can spend a day just enjoying your self, walking through the gardens, sitting in various spots and enjoy the tranquillity. There was also a family of new born kittens that were living in the gardens which were so cute. Many, many couples were feeding them daily and saying hello them. We did the same and they made our day watching them play.
The lazy river and the relaxing swimming pool were the perfect place to be when you wanted quiet, relaxed space. You could find a secluded spot around the river and just enjoy it. Constant bar tender service which would keep you topped up with drinks all day long. Nothing to fault what so ever!
The massage and theory centre was perfect. Again it was relaxing, the staff were friendly and because we got married there we had a treatment included which we loved. If you stay here you must at least experience 1 treatment if not more!
The rooms. We stayed in their luxury beach front rooms which couldn't get better. The rooms were massive with 4 poster beds, big bathrooms, balconies with hammock, freezing cold air-conditioning (which you need) and more space than you could ever want. The rooms are perfect.
The beach and water sport centre. Again perfect, the beach is spread out and kind of split into 2 distinctive sections. 1 section is closer to where the locals play and drink (There is security on the boarder on the beach) and the other is relaxed, deeper and closer to the beach side rooms with more space. It depends what you want and where you sit but we enjoyed chatting with the locals and speaking with them regularly so we enjoyed that side of the beach more. We could see some couples getting annoyed they were being disturbed which I do understand but its a public beach and its for them to enjoy to so people just need to relax a bit.
The many bars. There are 2-3 different bars on the beach, even the main bar is bang in the right place and where ever you choose to sit and drink your going to be happy. Your never more than 60 seconds from a pool or the sand and the waiters just want to keep you topped up and they are so funny you will want to spend most your day chatting with them. We did!
The entertainment team also put in so much work. I tried to do everything they set up and really got involved with the competitions. The more we put in the more the staff put in and they seemed to work all day and all night. I have no idea when they sleep as they are always around doing something. It feels like your staying with a family more than a hotel.
The food and dining experience. Again brilliant. There was a different theme every single night which we enjoyed. Some nights were table service, some were buffet but either way they were fantastic. The food is high quality and you won't get bored of the variety. The beach BBQ night was out of this world. You had birds flying around while eating which was lovely. Nice to see the local wildlife as at the end of the day that's what we are here for. Enjoy what St Lucia has to offer.
So from the friendly staff, the amazing entertainment team, good food, perfectly relaxing gardens and pools and stunning beaches this resort is a must stay. But now for the best part. our wedding.
So I got married here! In the 2 weeks we were there, there was only 2 weddings which made it feel special. We looked at places in Mexico but its 1 in and 1 out during the day. Here you had a very special, very personal service and experience. The wedding team again were energetic and very easy to deal with. We loved them.
The wedding location. What can I say, on the beach. The music, the view, the friends we made that were our witnesses and my wife who looked stunning. It was the best setting I could have ever wanted. It was perfect from start to finish. We then had photos around the resort. The photo/video team were fantastic and the experience again was amazing. The final photos were perfect and we had almost 100 to enjoy when we got home. The location really made it our perfect wedding day.
The staff and the guests got involved in the evening and helped make it even more special, dancing, drinking. Perfect and the staff really went the extra mile every moment. Then I can't recommend it enough, have dinner on the beach by fire lights. You sit at a private table on your own little stretch of beach with your own staff waiting on you and we had a saxophone player for over an hour just playing music while we ate and enjoyed the experience. We felt like a king and queen sat surrounded by fire lights, on a beach, music and perfect service with simply great food. I can't tell you enough how much you need to spend the money and enjoy this experience!
So the wedding day was perfect, the way we were treated was amazing and the amount of champagne! Oh my word... I forgot the champagne bar, free champagne on tap and even 1 night MEOT which was not expected. The only negative was not down to the hotel, there was a very, very rude chap from the UK (I am from the UK too) who spoke to the bar tenders like servants, disrespected pretty much everything about the service and played down the quality of the drinks available. We met a few people like this who just needed to drop the ego and enjoy the experience. I will never get people that rude and apologised to the bar tender because I felt so bad listening to the plonker. But that's another story!
When we left we knew we would go back at some point and we will have a wedding anniversary here that's for sure. I would very much enjoy visiting the island and this resort again. I hope if you have taken the time to read all this you will go and enjoy it as much as we did.
- 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