My fiance and I are trying to plan are St. Lucian honeymoon and the number of highly-recommended resorts are making me crazy :) It's so hard to choose! We have seven nights and a pretty middle-of-the-road budget (you'll understand more when you read the resorts we're debating between) and are trying to pick the perfect spot, but we've never been and any input would be great.
Currently, we're debating between Sandals Halcyon, Windjammer, Rendezvous and Ti Kaye (though recently Bay Gardens has wiggled it's way onto our radar as well.) Anyone been to more than one of these that could compare? This is what we're looking for....
We are pretty laidback and we love to spend time on the beach, but we'd also like a little pool time, and some snorkeling is a must. We'd like to take a day trip or two to venture out and see other parts of the island (the Pitons, zip lining, etc.), but (and this is going to sound annoying to well-traveled friends), we'd like to get the most unique experience we can withOUT venturing off the resort. Meaning, we don't particularly want the cookie-cutter resort experience, but we'd also like to be able to eat, drink and play on the resort grounds. We want to KNOW we're in beautiful St. Lucia, without hitting the local towns. We aren't "club"-going people, so we aren't interested in any late night partying, but we would like to be able to dance/enjoy live local music some evenings after dinner. We also feel like we would LOVE the option of room service (which makes us a little hesitant about TiKaye), but it's not a deal breaker. All-Inclusive would be nice, but also not a deal breaker. Pool and beach service, however, is important. (Having drinks/possible lunch, served. I guess that, and possibly a pool/swim up bar, would be our two resort-ish wishes.)
We would LIKE to not have to race out to the beach/pool to get a chair every morning at 7 am, so a smaller resort (is that the correct solution to that?) might be nice.
And again, we're going on our honeymoon so we'd like a romantic location, though we're traveling at the end of August so I don't foresee children--even on family-friendly resorts--being much of an issue. Friendly staff is a huge bonus.
Is my wishlist long enough? Good grief! I sound so picky. (Really, I am so excited that I'm nervous to make the wrong decision, and yet, I'm positive that when I get there, wherever I go, it'll be paradise!) Thanks in advance for all of your advice!