We booked an All Inclusive break at this hotel with Secret Escapes and recieved an upgrade to suite and free spa treatment. Booking through Secret Escapes we got an extremely good price. The room was very comfortable and the balcony fairly large with a very comfortable chair and two of the loungers that are around the pool together with toweling wraps for the cushions and towels. There were 4 large bottles of water in the fridge which were replaced during the week. The Spa is lovely and the treatment was really good.
The best thing about this hotel is the staff who are always friendly and smiling - this includes staff behind the bar, the restaurant and the chefs plus all staff on reception and in housekeeping.
There were a couple of issues with the room which were sorted out fairly quickly - as mentioned in another review the safe is not fixed to the wall but very heavy and there is security around all the time.
The Hotel caters for a mixture of business and holiday visitors - we were virtually the only guests on AI package - there are many good restaurants close by - but all the drinks were premium (a Tanqueray and tonic each evening) and the wines better than we have had on previous visits to St Lucia. The menu was the same throughout our stay but there are specials each lunch time and evening. We decided on the hotel because it was all al a carte and we do not like buffets - the portions were large but the chef always came out and saw us and we were always given small portions! The salads were very good and the dressings also good. The restaurant is quiet, as is the hotel in the evenings. Nicely quiet during the day, always a very comfortable bed by the pool. They also give you a token when you go to the beach, which is very close by, which entitles you to beds and an umbrella, they also give you bottled water to take down. The guy on the beach is also very helpful and we were always given prime position. The sea can be quite rough and there were no fish for snorkling whilst we were there.
We would go down to the beach in the evenings to watch the sunset with a beer in Spinnakers and went out for lunch a couple of times to Jacques waterside restaurant, virtually next door. They have an excellent Sunday Jazz brunch (sax, double bass and steel drums - the later works very well and his is an excellent musician).
You can walk into town quite easily where there are shops and a large supermarket (the sign outside inferred that it was part of Waitrose!!?)
We liked the hotel because of it's position, the fact that it was not a resort and you could go for a walk and find other bars/restaurants and because of the staff. Also no buffets (they would also cook al a carte breakfasts although we don't eat large breakfasts and were all inclusive so had lunch and dinner).
There is a noisy bar close by but although we could hear it when in the restaurant we heard no noise when in our room (205).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in Rodney Bay in the quieter part of Reduit beach yet close to all the vibrancy of Rodney Bay Village, blu St Lucia is the perfectly placed to offer the very best of this precious Caribbean island for both vacation and business. Just 100 yards walking distance to the beach, furnished to provide beauty,style and comfort, coupled with offering a nice range of facilities, this newly refurbished hotel provides the ideal base from which to discover the riches of St Lucia. We offer from our exceptionally friendly staff to the most comfortable beds on the island, fantastic Coffee and home made cake bar, wonderfully appointed Alia Spa with Espa products, tennis court, business center,fitness center, kids facilities and baby sitting services, prayer room, pool room, tour Desk and rental car service, and to add just an overall special environment, we look forward to welcoming any visitor to our shores with open arms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blu St Lucia St. Lucia/Gros Islet