We arrived at East Winds Inn on Christmas Day in the evening & we stayed 10 blissful nights there, departing January 4th . We had been evacuated from another Island because of a sudden fire & were quite literally almost “refugees.” Gareth the GM saved our Christmas & we were most fortunate to find “room at the Inn”. From the moment we stepped onto this property we knew we were somewhere very special & quite unique, it was like stepping into the past. We were greeted with warm smiles, cold towels, rum punches & champagne.
There was a most genuine sense of hospitality & Gareth the GM of over 20 years I believe, was just incredible. We were taken to rooms 24, 25 & 26 on the hillside. Our rooms were beautiful complete with Italian linens, Frette robe. Our cottage was just perfect, we were very happy . Lots of built in closets & ample space for all your belongings . The bathrooms are very well appointed with a sunken indoor /outdoor shower. The “Sea-kelp” bath products were top of the line & a great hair dryer to boot !!!. Our room had a very pretty patio complete with outdoor fridge, complete with tea & coffee making facilities, the fridge was well stocked daily. I just love sparkling water & they happily restocked our fridge daily ! The gardens are very pretty & lush, they are very well maintained & a huge variety of flora & fauna abound.
Everything about this resort is really so elegant & thoughtful. The food.......... Well, it’s just incredible . Gareth even has “real” imported English Stilton , rare delights such as Italian Panettone ...............in the Caribbean .............“yes “really. The daily menu created by Chef Tomislav, was varied, delicious & beautifully paired with a wide selection of wines. Breakfast each morning was made to order by Paula , nothing was too much trouble for Paula & her team: Espresso , Lattes , Cappuccino , pots of steaming English breakfast teas, eggs any way you desire, fresh baked croissants, pancakes & waffles. They even offered daily health drinks for the guests to try with fun names like "kick start"! The fish is delivered fresh off the boat from the beach & the food is quite amazingly all organic & local!
We have travelled extensively in the Caribbean & East Winds Inn is indeed a hidden gem . It is small & intimate yet it has everything you will need & much more. Most of the clientele are return guests & this speaks volumes for the property. With the incredible cuisine we had to do something, so the complimentary classes offered were a Godsend . We took mat Pilates in a beautiful tranquil, almost Balinese inspired open air pavilion, Nikita our beautiful energetic instructor was amazing & made the class so much fun. We also took the excellent “Iyengar” yoga classes which we all enjoyed & we did hike the fitness trail around the property which is great fun & offers just the right degree of a challenge, after all we are on vacation !!!.
On New Year’s Eve the hotel goes all out . They have a stunning fireworks display on the beach which is just quite simply “knockout". It so much fun here on New Year's Eve, it is like one big family party with old friends & new.
Gareth is just an incredible GM, he is so attentive to his guests . He greeted us every day making sure our every need was taken care off. Chef Tomislav & his team constantly asked us if we were happy with our meals. The staff here at East Winds Inn genuinely take a huge pride in their work, they have mostly all been there for years. East Winds Inn is quite simply one of the best properties we have ever had the pleasure of staying at & we have been traveling to the Caribbean for the past twenty plus years.
We can’t wait to return. It is perfection all the way. We had arrived in a somewhat traumatized state but East Winds Inn worked its unique “magic “& we did relax , Christmas was saved .
East Wind Inn is an all inclusive boutique resort, quite simply it is almost impossible to find this high standard of "old world "elegance, hospitality or high standards anywhere in the Caribbean.
Thank you Gareth & East Winds Inn.
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What a heart wrenching story – to learn of the disappointment that the original hotel you chose for your Christmas and New Year celebration was destroyed by fire – only to be replaced by a holiday at a “near impossible” to replicate boutique resort known as East Winds Inn. Interestingly, this is not the first time such a set of similar circumstances have led people to East Winds, and we now have repeat guests who are fondly known as “the refugees.” Such is life at East Winds Inn, which as you point out, involves more repeat guests than not. In fact, once it is discovered, it seems never forgotten, as the ranks of repeat guests swell regularly year by year. And based on your superlative review, this will also include you in the future. Thank you ever so much for this unsolicited commitment.
This review is truly outstanding in every way. We cannot adequately encourage would be guests who have never stayed at East Winds before, to carefully read and absorb all of the wonderful observations contained within this posting to fully appreciate the nature of the resort. Many of the comments help explain our long standing status as one of the Top Hotels in the entire Caribbean for six consecutive years on this website. The detail within this review, from your initial greeting, meeting our GM, Gareth Leach, the description of the rooms and amenities including the Italian linens and Frette pique cotton bath robes, ample storage space and even the quality of our commercial stainless steel hair dryers, shows us that you understand the finer things in life - without the added fuss and unnecessary bling. We particularly liked your line “Everything about this resort is really so elegant & thoughtful” – what more could a hotelier ask for than this kind of recognition – especially from a well-traveled individual who has been to the Caribbean for the past twenty years? True authenticity in every way possible – this is what we strive for.
Given you devote an entire paragraph to the food and beverage found at the Inn, it is clear you also enjoyed that aspect of the holiday. You go on to mention many of our culinary staff by name, including head chef Tomislav Cukman, who was head of his class at London’s well regarded Cordon Blue Culinary Centre and friendly Paula, who has been serving up custom breakfasts at East Winds Inn for nearly 20 years. So too, did you partake in the free Pilates and yoga classes in the lovely, “almost Balinese inspired open air pavilion”, as well as the fitness trail with some 20 different workout stations.
You were also pleased with the New Year’s festivities as well as our very own “knockout” fireworks display, which is historically one of the most elaborate on the entire island of St. Lucia. Again this year, we were fortunate to host the Prime Minister of St. Lucia and his lovely wife for New Year’s Eve celebrations – a true honour for everyone at the resort. As you so eloquently state, “The staff here at East Winds Inn genuinely take a huge pride in their work, they have mostly all been there for years. East Winds Inn is quite simply one of the best properties we have ever had the pleasure of staying at & we have been traveling to the Caribbean for the past twenty plus years.”
Ending by saying - “We can’t wait to return, it is perfection all the way” truly sums up your heartfelt review, and we thank you for all the effort you took in composing it. We are sincerely looking forward to welcoming you back to the “Small Resort with a Big Heart”, and can’t thank you enough for all your kind remarks and positive input relating to East Winds Inn.
George J. Reti
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