Hanna, Ike and Josephine were all churning in the ocean when we left for St Lucia on September 4th, 2008 for a ten night trip. We were concerned about getting out of Miami due to the closeness of Hanna; however the storms did not really affect our trip at all.
We stayed at the Jalousie Plantation (JP) in Soufriere (South) for seven nights and then The Sandals Grande for 3 nights in Gros Inlet (North). I highly recommend splitting the Island time between the North and the South. They are very different experiences. The North is more commercialized with larger hotels and party atmosphere while the south has the true Island feel.
St. Lucia is a lush, tropical Mountainous Volcanic Island. The Island is only 27 miles long, but because of all the hair pin turns. It takes several hours to get from one end to the other.
We arrived at the Grande around Lunch Time. Our room (2107) was not yet ready. Our first impression after the Jalousie was how luxurious everything was and how close everything was together after the JP’s 192 acres is was nice to not have to catch a shuttle to dinner and the beach. We grabbed bathing suits and headed to the dive shack to schedule snorkeling trips. You must sign up for these as soon as you get there and 24 hours in advance. If you like to snorkel sign up for the 8AM tour and the 1PM tours.. We had lunch at Josephine’s that day as it is air conditioned. We had pizza for lunch and fabulous pasties and cookies. We then headed for the beach. The beach at the sandals differs greatly from the JP. The beach is white sand and very pristine. There are no natural trees on the beach, so there is no vegetation, and no debris. Sandals rakes the beach every morning. It was like being in Disney. Everything was pristine. We did not plan to leave the sandals resorts as we were only there for 3 days.
That evening we headed to the Italian restaurant for dinner. This was my favorite restaurant. I had the lamb and Dave had Lasagna. Both were excellent. I was disappointed that White Zinfandel is not part of the all inclusive as this is my favorite wine. So we experimented with a lot of different drinks. I think our favorite was the dirty banana. Dave and I are both not big drinkers so we really did not do a lot of drinking.
The next night we ate at the London Pub. The background music was the Beatles of course and that was great. They then has a local guitar player come up who played Clapton, Neil Young etc. and some originals on the acoustic guitar. He was very good. The food in London was just OK, but the atmosphere was very fun. They have a billiards room attached to the pub and it is never very busy. We played several games of pool after dinner. Our last night at the Grande they had the Gala Buffet. It was excellent.
Sandals can keep you very busy. They have 3 Snorkeling trips every day. We went on one snorkeling trip the second day and then two our last day. The trips were fun. I enjoyed the boat rides. The second day we went to the Body Holiday at Les Sport both times. I thought the snorkeling there was excellent. I saw large schools of blue tangs. Schools of cuddle fish. They also have vendors who offer jet Skis and parasailing. We did the parasailing it was awesome. 20 minutes for $50 USD each. Sound like a lot for a little time but 20 minutes in really all you need. Sandal offers kayaks and hobie Cats. If you have never done a hobie cat it is lovely. A guide will go with you. Alva took me and another girl for a 30 minutes ride around the bay. Beautiful!! The kayaks, hobie cats and snorkeling and diving trips are free. The drinks are all free. You can go to the other Sandals resorts if you are bored. We ate, drank, fooled around, snorkeled and swan. What more do you want for a perfect vacation in paradise?