Firstly, the website perhaps is silghtly misleading, as i was expecting to be in a hotel but with condos as part of the rest of the development. when in fact if you book a beachside suite you are a considerable distance from the reception,gym and spa and fine dining restaurant.
But asides from that our suite was superb. the general finishes inside the suite are of good quality. although the TV's are a bit antiquated and the furnishings are typical bulky American style. it could do with a more Mediterranean style furniture to give it a more relaxed feel. The bathrooms are very good and are kept well stocked each day with 4 fresh bath size towels which are of good quality.
The Housekeeping staff are all lovely and are only too pleased to do anything you ask of them and the suites are kept very clean.
The terrace was a fabulous size and was a lovely area to sit and relax with obviously (if you book beach view) a wonderful view of the ocean and the beautiful vista of the St Lucian coast.
The restaurant which you use for breakfast lunch and the occasional supper is the Beach Bar. the breakfast offering is not up to 5 star standard at all,although after talking to the new manager Lyle he is fully aware of this and is looking to implement changes as i write this. lunch is a limited menu although what i ate was served by the lovely staff all with a genuine smile and a willingness to please. i feel the lunch and dinner menu and quality of the food needs bringing up a quite a notch as it didn't have that 5 star feel.
The beach is exactly what you expect lovely fine sand and the beautiful carribean sea.
there is a dinghy transfer over to Pigeon Island at your request, which is a 5 minute ride.
We ate out most nights and i can highly recommend restaurants such as the Spice of India (superb)The Cap on the rock (excellent)The Edge (lovely location) Flame of the Grill (try it on Friday party night) which is very rustic and typically local Caribbean style and one last one is Chef Xavier which is in the mall at Rodney Bay.
A small gripe is (although i didn't use it) was getting a phone call on the second day from reception to say that the hotel was stopping the free transfers into Rodney bay with immediate effect, although clearly on the website before you go it states free transfers.so instead you use the hotels taxis (albeit these guys are not employed by the hotel) but for a two mile round trip the charge is 30 dollars.
Finally the free wireless only really works in the beach bar or the reception area, so unless you have a router with you, you will not get it in the suites.
Overall i found the Landings to be a very relaxing experience although i feel that it needs a few adjustments to make it truly a 5 star venue. but i must finish by completing the lovely staff who all appear to be genuinely interested in making your stay a happy and pleasant experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Landings is St. Lucia's premiere beach resort featuring one, two and three-bedroom villas. Accomodations include full kitches, state-of-the-art amenities, private terraces and personal plunge pools. The resort offers, beachfront dining, a full array of water activities, 80-slip yacht harbor and Soleil Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Landings St. Lucia, a Rock Hotel Castries
- The Landings St. Lucia Gros Islet