Recently returned from this small friendly hotel, my first tip is ‘Read all the Reviews’ they all give a very good view of what to expect – the good and the bad! The transfer from the airport takes an hour and a half, the roads are very windy and hilly. The hotel does not look very inviting as you approach it, but as soon as you are in Reception and welcomed with a Fruit Punch and a warm smile the journey is forgotten and the holiday starts. The rooms are pleasant but the bathrooms are dire, the refurbishing of the rooms has started but is far from complete, there is a sample room which is very nice and when all the rooms are brought up to this standard they will be exceptional. The beds and sun-loungers are probably the most comfortable in the world! The food for the first half of the holiday was excellent but not so good during the second half, although the chef will prepare any alternative to the menu you want. We did not experience noise at night as mentioned by other reviewers. The pool is great for cooling off, but no good if you’re an Olympic Swimmer. The staff were fantastic, nothing is too much trouble and every one of them is prepared to put themselves out to make your holiday special. We have stayed at a Harlequin Hotel before (Buccament Bay, St Vincent) and that is why we chose Blu – Buccament Bay it isn’t – but after a total refurbishment it could be a smaller version.
Reduit Beach was a disappointment, the waves were more suited to Surfing than Snorkelling and the vendors are very prolific and persistent, but a polite no thank you will usually have the desired effect. The loungers are laid out for cruise ship clients used to being in lines and no space between them. Rodney Bay village is lively and the locals very friendly. The staff who made our holiday special are; Cathy (Oh yes!), Cindy (in control & a kola tonic), Louis & Remy (any cocktail including experiments), Martha (extra cleaning/laundry), Marvin (“how’s your day – great!), Samantha, Tyler, Tessa, Chanta, Casha (gangnam Caribbean style), Charles (great driver, banana lesson & site sighting), Erin (good luck with ‘the bump’).
Overall, if you’re looking to just relax in the sun with very good food and friendly helpful people at hand – go!
- 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