We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Rex St Lucian. We like to go away in January to get some sunshine and to swim in nice warm water.
The Rex has seen better days and could do with a bit of TLC. The recession has obviously had a big impact on visitor numbers. Unfortunately they have had to close the third hotel (Papillon) and it would be so nice if they could open it all up again. During our second week they were busy getting one of the unused wings of the Rex hotel ready for new visitors. The hotel was full that week and is full this week and I understand for some weeks to come. I am so pleased for them, as it is such a pity to have to close part of the hotel.
Our room was a twin with two double beds which was great. Plenty of wardrobe space, armchairs, dressing table and chair, bedside table. All very spacious. A balcony to one of the garden areas and a bit of a side sea view. Bathroom with bath and shower, washbasin and toilet. Small but ok. Fridge and coffee maker.
We had a very good chamber maid (Francis) who looked after us very well. Bedclothes were changed frequently and towels daily.
We were on all inclusive and the food was ok - I loved the salads. You could always find something you liked.
I loved the situation of the restaurant right by the water and open to the beach. It was quite heavenly having your meals sitting on the deck with the sound of the waves. The first week was very good, as the hotel was not so full and it was easy to get things like omelettes etc for breakfast. The second week the hotel was full and you had to queue rather more. I don't think they are used to having to deal with so many people. They could do with more staff when they are so busy. But I daresay that if visitor numbers continue to rise, this will be sorted out.
The bar was good. There is also a swim up bar by the big pool which was not used very much.
There are two pools, both only 40" deep - I would prefer them a bit deeper. But a lot of people who were not confident swimmers liked using them. Plenty of sunbeds around the pools and the big pool was never busy. We never sat by the smaller pool so I don't know how busy that was.
We liked sitting in the garden area of what was Papillon - very nice and quiet.
The beach is very good, very clean. Swimming is wonderful. Sea is lovely and warm and if you go down to the end, the waves are very much smaller and it is very easy for getting in and out - you can just walk in. You can also walk in everywhere else, but as it is sandy, the floor might be a bit uneven and a small step for getting in or out. With the waves, it changes a little every day. The water is very clean and I had no trouble with jelly fish or anything else nasty. Swimming really was a pleasure.
The second week there were quite a lot of cruise ships. The beach boys put out chairs and umbrellas on the beach for the people in the morning. They come from 10 - 2 but aren't really any trouble. Where we sat at the top they did not affect us at all and if you wanted to be on the beach away from them, you could just walk down a little. It really wasn't a problem.
The staff were very good - very helpful and nice. I would say the best we have had in the Caribbean. Many people come year after year and I think we shall join them.
We had some minor troubles with the room- a leak from the bath, smoke alarm needed new batteries, air conditioning not working, balcony flooding during heavy rain. Everything except the balcony (we think the gutters needed cleaning) was resolved exceptionally quickly.
Altogether we had a very good holiday and I would recommend the hotel. Please do not expect luxury - it is a 3 star hotel - but it is welcoming, clean, in a super spot and with excellent staff. We hope to be back.
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