When it comes to the vacation... La Toc couldn't be any better. The ride to the resort is a little long, but it's fine. We took the private car back, and there really was no difference. The resort was NOT run down, and the maid service was perfect. We did stay on the bluffs and had butler service. Butler service is really nice when you want to reserve chairs at the pool, but there are always chairs at the beach. It's also convenient to have butler service when you want to order food when laying out at the pool, or need to make reservations. We did have friends that had concierge.. and they were honestly happy with that in terms of reservations.
Only the highest tiers of butler suites had the private transfer option, and their butlers are the only ones with golf carts. Our was spread pretty thin.. and it annoyed me when people would call her and ask her for ridiculous things like scissors and act like it was an emergency. Really? It was really nice to have room service and our beverage bar restocked in our room every day. You can get that with concierge though.
Soy had AMAZING sushi, and the Pitons was by far our favorite restaurant. We had the surf & turf and were not disappointed with the flavor. Kimonos you can skip unless you are in a big group or want to meet people. It's fun & entertaining, but the food is a miss. Our butler fought hard to get us reservations at La Toc... and I wasn't overly impressed. It WAS a lot nicer than any of the other restaurants, and the service was 5 star... but if you aren't crazy about french food it's not worth the headache of trying to get in there. They had an extensive wine list with all of this expensive wine you can charge to your room. I'm good with free. :)
We did a candlelight dinner on the beach, and it was awesome. The menu is extensive (you order before), and it's really romantic to watch the sun go down.
Compared to Grande.,. the beach is rough, but I loved it. I thought it was really beautiful, and it's not too small. We liked the pool bar next to Armandos. It was quieter, but it still had a swim up bar. It also had a beautiful view.
Let's talk wedding. The pre-planning was a nightmare. I was honestly a really easy bride... but I didn't appreciate it when the consultant scheduled a call... didn't call... and then I had to call back and set up another time because they apparently forgot. The next time she called she was 2 hours late. 2 hours. I was also technically at work, so I was taking my lunch to speak to her. Instead of 11AM the call came at 1PM with apologies on having to deal with a needy bride. I never even did my last phone call with her because she couldn't accomodate any time I asked for- so I just gave up.
My wedding wasn't a super huge deal, there were about 13 people there.. but I was still concerned. All of that was alleviated when I met with the wedding department upon arrival. They were fantastic, and they made sure everything went the way it should. However... during the planning sessions I was pressured into purchasing a package which included a lot of things I didn't use. I wasn't refunded for a photographer even though I bought my own, and I ended up having less people than I paid for. I wasn't refunded for their meal. It was a little disheartening, but such is life.
We had a steel drum band and dinner on the beach under lanters (an extra charge) but it was well worth it. It couldn't have been better. So while the planning was rocky, it was still really good.
Book your excursions when you get there. don't be pressured to do it beforehand. Joe Knows is A MUST... it was the only time we saw the Pitons. You may think the resort is right under them, but that's not the case at all. Our guide was awesome, and he made it really fun for our whole group.
We did visit La Grande... and yes the beach is nicer, but it was a little stuffier to me. I think a beach day there is a must... but other than that I enjoyed La Toc. I'm very very happy with Sandals, and everyone who works there (except for the pre wedding planners). They were pleasant and accomodating, and everything was "no pressure." They really made us feel like we were on vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Elevated Millionaire Suites come with 180 degree views, rotating 46” plasma TV’s, a private whirlpool and infinity pool and fully opened glass walls•Private car transfers and 24 hour room service available•Sandals La Toc Golf Course located directly on the resort •10 minutes from George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), Shopping and Castries and 1 hour from the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)•“Stay at One, Play at Three” free shuttle exchange privileges with Sandals Grande St. Lucian and Sandals Halcyon •Three magnificent freshwater pools, sixty-five personal plunge pools, and four whirlpools. •Voted Sandals Resorts “World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row•Voted Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand”, 18 years in a row•Voted Saint Lucia‘s Leading Spa Resort •Five Star Diamond Award - American Academy of Hospitality Sciences ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandals La Toc Golf Hotel Castries
- Sandals St Lucia
- Sandals Regency St Lucia Hotel
- Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort And Spa St. Lucia/Castries