My family and I stayed here during spring break and had a blast. The service is excellent, the staff is friendly and the location is superb.
We had never visited St. Lucia before and The Landings arranged a fabulous car service to pick us up from the airport and take us to the hotel (They use the car service called "Executive" -request Michael or Trevor, they were great.) I was somewhat worried since I am a worry wart ("What if he doesn't show up?" "What if we don't find him" "How will we get to the hotel") But he was there and waiting and drove us to the hotel giving us a bunch of information about the island as we drove. It's a beautiful hour and a half drive to the hotel and a great way to see the island and get ideas of what you shouldn't miss while you are there. I thought it would be a daunting drive after a long flight, but it was beautiful seeing cashew, coconut, plantain, banana, tamarind, mango, cinnamon, & nutmeg bushes/trees! Everything grows here. Driving through the lush rainforest is amazing.
We had a 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath condo with washer and dryer, kitchen, dining room, front and back balcony, harbor view and it was fabulous. Very spacious, well decorated and it was always cleaned well and on time (no "Caribbean Time" here!) The walk to the beach and the beach restaurant was scenic around the boat docks.
The beach has a small rope barrier which I liked since I have young kids. It kept them from going too far out and into the boating area. If you want to go and snorkel out there (equipment at the towel hut), it's no problem. Very little wave action and great floats to lounge. Never too crowded.
The beach restaurant was where we ate breakfast (it was included in our package) and a few dinners and lunches. Can't beat the view and the service was especially friendly (Sherrol! Gemma! and others!). The only tiny gripe I have is the music is on a short loop and you hear the same songs over and over. We ate at Cap Estate one night (gotta go - gorgeous and great food) and they had the best jazz and soft rock that perfectly set the mood. But like I said, it wasn't distracting or horrible... I'm just being nitpicky. The food is good - especially dinner. I really enjoyed the coconut seafood pasta.
OK, the beach restaurant also has outstanding drinks. The Rum Punch is the standout and they don't serve them weak! Very tasty with nutmeg too. The Smooth Operator & Pina Coladas are also dynamite.
Kayaks are 'free' and there are jetski operators ready to rent to you. Find "Ninja" (they go by names like that) because he has the best skis. The beach is public - as are all beaches in St. Lucia so here and there you will have people trying to sell you something but they are super friendly and aren't annoying. One guy did amazing custom wire art right in front of us (he asked our boys what they liked, they told him and he made something right there). There are workers on the beach ready to shoo them off if they get too annoying...but it wasn't a problem and in no way did I feel 'unsafe' or anything approaching that. They are just trying to make a living, after all.
The main pool is somewhat small but was never crowded. It was pretty and the kids like the hot tub.
Things to do:
1. Work with Executive car service and do an island tour. We had a great drive with Michael who took is all over the island - Toraielle Waterfall, sulfur baths & volcano, lunch at Le Haut Plantation overlooking the Pitons (got amazing pics - will post on my review there later)...he took us whereever we wanted to go and also suggested some stops (banana plantation). It was heavenly.
2. We did a boat charter with the Reel Irie and took a boat to Soufriere and the Pitons, Jerusalem Falls and Marigot bay. Wonderful time. They are all a must-do.
3. Cap Estate is a fab place to eat. We took our kids and they were fine. Excellent food and I kept expecting James Bond to walk in. Stunning place with incredible ambiance.
4. Flavors of the Grill was a local joint in Gros Islet that I saw on a few other reviews. We went there for their buffet lunch twice for local food and it was good spot if you want to get away from the resort and eat like a local.
5. Prudee's rotis around the corner is a good, inexpensive place for lunch. Get there before 1 or 2 for the best selection!
6. Fruitman comes to the resort several times a day to sell his fruit. It's kind of expensive, but a neat memory and the fruit is excellent. Sure, you can buy it cheaper on the road (there are a million roadside stands) or at the grocery...but this is a neat thing to do.
7. Beach BBQ was fun for the kids. Good buffet and great entertainment. The entertainers actually work at the resort (I saw them at the towel stand) and were incredibly friendly.
8. Froggie Jaques was a fun place to eat in Rodney Bay.
9. Fire Grill was good, but a little overpriced. Cool atmosphere though.
10. Our friends did the ATV and ziplining and loved it. They really enjoyed the ziplining and said it was one of the best they have done and they've done it all over the world. They also did deep sea fishing with the Reel Irie and enjoyed it.
There is construction going on around some of the buildings, but it didn't distract me nor was it loud from my perspective.
I'm a beach fanatic and really recommend this place. I like St. Lucia because it's unspoiled without being rough (like beautiful Dominica a few islands over - which is harder to get around...but still fun & gorgeous nevertheless) or touristy like Aruba can be (but I like Aruba too... but can be one hotel after the other, etc!) I like how this island looks 'real' and hasn't been overrun by every imaginable westerner & hotel outfit around. You will see cows, horses, chickens, CATS AND DOGS, goats and such on the side of the road, etc. It's just different from my everyday existence and I love that. For example, Marigot Bay definitely is spit-shined and caters to Westerners and I almost expected to see a freaking Starbucks there. But thankfully I didn't and the rest of the island is real and natural.
I will post pics of Froggie Jaques, the Reel Irie trip, Le Haut Plantation lunch, Fire Grill, Flavors of the Grill, Prudees, Executive Car Service, Jerusalem Falls, Toraielle Falls, Sulfur bath/Volcano, Pitons in other reviews as I want to keep this about The Landings as much as possible.
I just can't wait to go back. I'm still suffering from post-vacation blues.