My wife and I brought our children, ages 3, 5, and 7, to The Landings for a spring break vacation during March 2013. We stayed 6 nights and wish we would have never left. We stayed in a three bedroom ocean front room with a plunge pool on the balcony. The reviews about the room decor and amenities are completely correct, everything is first rate.
The beach: 1) There is a gradual decline into the water making it perfect for kids to play in shallow water; 2) the Landings stations a security guard on the beach all day to ensure that everything remains safe; 3) there is no need to rush and reserve beach chairs early in the morning, there are plenty of chairs for everyone; 4) there is great snorkeling for kids right next to the rock formations for the resort bay; 5) the beach restaurant has drink servers delivering drinks and food orders on the beach (do not listen to the reviews claiming the service is to slow, it is fast, friendly, and always done with a smile); 6) the resort provides plenty of non-motorized beach equipment; 7) private vendors do approach the edge of the Landings beach to offer jet ski rental, motorized tubing, and water skiing.
Kids club: We used the kids club twice and the baby sitting service once. Both the kids club and baby sitting were managed by Ms. Roselie. She was great with our kids and we never had to worry about the safety of our kids. Our two boys (5 and 7 years old) can occasionally get rough with each other, but Ms. Roselie didn't flinch and handled them perfectly. She did not follow the daily schedule for the kids club, but it did not matter as she did plenty of arts and crafts with our kids and kept them busy and entertained.
Service: All of the employees are professional and courteous. We spoke with Angela Torille for assistance twice and both times she provided excellent service. If you are trying to decide whether or not to stay at the Landings, call and ask to speak with Ms. Angela and she will answer any question or concern you have. She is first rate. All of the staff goes out of their way to assist guests and make them feel welcome. Anyone that speaks poorly of the Landings’ staff must themselves be the problem, because every level of staff we interacted with was friendly, courteous, and a joy to be around.
Only negative: The Landings is not all Wi-Fi capable. Only the beach restaurant and the front building have Wi-Fi. The Landings website is correct in that high speed internet is available in all of the rooms, but it is by Ethernet connection. This was a little frustrating from time to time, but it worked to make me keep my mind off of work.
Excursions: As a family we did a full day catamaran trip to Soufriere and visited the volcano, a half-day jeep/jungle excursion, and a visit to the market in Castries. I would recommend any of these excursions for a family. My wife and I also did a snuba excursion, which is only a five minute drive from the Landings. It was simply awesome. For every excursion the tour company picks you up at the resort's main entrance.
Restaurants: We dined at several places (Tapas on the Bay, Spinnakers, Key Largo, and Charthouse) in Rodney Bay and at the Rainforest Hideaway in Marigot Bay. All them were good, none over the top excellent, but quality meals for respectable prices. It was a long drive to Marigot Bay. Do not worry about car service as the Landings always has drivers from a private company that are waiting to take you and return for your pickup. One of them, Peter Willie, was extremely helpful in pointing out things to do and see during our stay.
Travel to and from the Landings: On arrival to St. Lucia, we took a helicopter from the international airport to the airport in Castries. The views and time savings were well worth the cost. We took a ground transfer back to the airport, which is a 1.5 hour trip and goes along part of the east side of the island, which delivers some of the best views of the island's coast. It is not worth trying to rent a car as the roads would be hard for a non-local to navigate and the cost for the airport transfer (one-way) was only $120 U.S. dollars.
I will recommend The Landings and St. Lucia to anyone thinking about Caribbean travel. Although the Landings is a great facility with all of the amenities you can think of, the staff are the real treasure as they take care of every detail.
Last thing: Mosquitos. I have read some reviews complaining about mosquitos in St. Lucia and at the Landings. This is absurd. We may have seen one mosquito a day, but none of my family received a single mosquito bite. Anyone complaining about mosquitos must have never visited the southern states of the U.S. No bug problems exist to be concerned with. Instead, worry about sunscreen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Landings is St. Lucia's premiere beach resort featuring one, two and three-bedroom all suite 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. Free Internet Beach Largest Suites north of St. Lucia ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Landings St. Lucia, a Rock Hotel Castries
- The Landings St. Lucia Gros Islet