My husband and I just got back from vacationing at Sandals Grande St. Lucian. We went with my mom and dad to celebrate my moms 60th birthday. We were choosing between Sandals St. Lucia or Sandals Antigua and I think we made the right choice because people say the Grande in St. Lucia is the best! Going in to the trip we were not sure what to expect because none of us had been to a Sandals before. My husband and I have stayed at Secrets in Jamaica and my parents have been to numerous all inclusive resorts.
We absolutely loved this resort and could not get over the excellent service. The main pool area was our favorite so we could watch and listen to the activities through out the day. The beach was exactly what we were looking for! It was gorgeous and we loved the floating rings they had in the water. We went in February and the water in the ocean and pool was a bit cooler than expected. Occasionally we went to the small pool because their hot tub was working better and the pool was quiet if you wanted a break from the main pool. The wooden chairs by the pool were much more comfortable compared to the chairs on the beach. The beach chairs also did not get much shade. With that being said everyone was reserving chairs by the pool early in the morning. Luckily my dad wakes up early and would head to the pool, otherwise I suggest getting a butler level room and let them reserve your chairs for you!
Overall we had no complaints on the food. The food was good and better than expected. My parents had the lamb at bayside one night and they couldn't stop raving about it. We ate at all the restaurants except for Gordon's. One issue we found was that you could not make a reservation before you arrived and once you arrived it was hard to get in. So as soon as you arrive make a reservation for the Italian restaurant or Gordon's. The Italian restaurant was by far our favorite and we wish we could have eaten there more than once. The pizza at Dino's, Fish and Chips at the Pub, and the French Onion Soup at Bayside were some standouts! We did find that at Bayside if you ordered two appetizers or an app and salad that it would take very long to get your food or they may forget one and you need to ask for the other. We ate breakfast at Bayside every morning! Sometimes you had to remind them to bring your coffee or tea but we were very patient and the staff was always so friendly. Lots of the staff we interacted with remembered our names! Overall the service and food was great and we never left to go to any of the other properties for dinner.
We both had ocean front rooms in building 2. This was the best building to be in because it was right near everything! We had requested a renovated room when booking because some of the reviews we read were bad. We did not end up with a "renovated room" because we were put in one of the best buildings. We looked at the room to make sure we did not want to switch and we didn't. I honestly do not even know what they could have renovated! The bed was so comfortable, the room was clean and looked updated, bathroom had granite counter tops with double sinks, and we had a great view! They even put a "happy birthday" surprise in my parents room.
We enjoyed the entertainment in the lobby every night and attended the managers cocktail party one night. The managers cocktail party was fun and it was nice to learn about all the staff. Not to mention the appetizers were delicious! We tried to attend some events in the Palladium but the acoustics were so loud it was hard to hear and we couldn't take much! One morning my dad and husband walked to the mountains. It was $6 per person to climb/walk on any of the 2 mountains. They went for about 2 hours and got some great pictures from the forts at the top!
We did take the Sandals transportation to and from the airport. I did not think the bus ride was as bad as everyone said. The ride made my mom a bit nervous but both of the drivers we had did not drive too fast and were not passing other cars.
I am sure I am leaving out some information but one important thing I want to get across is that we were hesitant about staying at a Sandals and it exceeded our expectations. Lots of people talk about these kinds of places and say that they can have a wild crowd or just be honeymooners. We were actually surprised by how mixed in age the crowd was. There were people in their late 20's up to late 70's. The resort was so nice and relaxing we had the perfect vacation! We can not wait to plan our next Sandals vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •301 room, 17 acre resort combines historic British & French flavor•Pigeon Island, home to our annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival, combines historic British & French flavor that unfolds at Sandals•Offers exotic island & international culinary temptations at seven dining options •Ocean & beach view accommodations •Caribbean Sea•A lagoon swim-up pool where guests can swim right up to their patio ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Hotel Gros Islet
- Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa And Beach Resort
- Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort St. Lucia/Gros Islet