This review is strictly related to the dinner offered by the Royal on New Years eve and not the accommodation.
We were in St. Lucia for New Years eve 2012, and as such, were trying to select a place for dinner. Most restaurants offer a prixe fix dinner for around $120 US per person. Some include alcohol, others do not. We wanted something on the beach, and Royal appeared to be a good fit. They were offering a buffet with a combined price of 568 EC dollars for a couple, including a bottle of wine. Once you are seated, you are brought you wine, and no more than 2 minutes later, asked if you want additional cocktails from the bar. You are asked almost every 5 minutes
if you want to purchase additional drinks. Similarly, when you wine glass is 1/3 full, a waiter will come by and fill you glass almost full. Both of these were not appreciated. The food is sub-par, and honestly worthy of about $15 per person at any other time and location. You had your selection of salads, mac and cheese, a carving station, pasta station and stir fry station. The desserts were also lacking, and were mostly left untouched by the guests. At the end, we were charged an additional 50 EC as a tip and 50 EC for VAT. The total was around 700 EC, which is about $270 for a dinner that was only worth about $25.
Do yourself and favor and stay away from the restaurant and most importantly the buffet at the Royal if the price exceeds $15 per person.
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