Just back wishing I was still there. My review is slightly different than most as I went here as a single female, with a friend and not as a romantic couple. Did that make any difference - not one bit. Only thing was they do not have twin bed facilities at all, which we were led to beleive at the time of booking. It was the best holiday Ive ever had. Every member of staff was exceptional with their care and attentivness making my stay the so special. Having 3 hotels on the island, this was my favourite as it was small and compact. The Grande and La Toc seemed vast and buzzing where as the Halcyon is more personal and individal. It is quieter and that includes the evenings, so if you are looking to dance the night away, this isnt the place for you. However Rodney Bay is only a taxi ride away for that.
We attended the street party on the friday night in Gros Islet, which was an education and not on the sandals schedule. Worth a visit to taste local food, mostly chicken ( Anse Le Raye street party is better for local caught fish). If you want to bump and grind until 3 in the morning, this is where to go. We also attended the Oktoberfest and strutted our stuff where eveyone was so friendly, which we found everywhere generally.
Back to the Hotel - we had a bit of the liquid sunshine while we were there so I didnt sit in the cabanas and hammocks dotted around the resort, but in the right weather im sure they would be lovely. Both the swimming pools were well maintained and cleaned constantly. The gardens are beautifully and lovingly kept.
The Food was amazing and 1st class. We chose to eat on the Pier most evenings and the menu did change once a week. We did eat at the other hotels too, however, again based on the peronal touch, we prefered to returned to our own hotel to eat. Kurtis tickled the ivories as we ate and later we would retire to the piano lounge to absorb more of his wonderful melodies. The Pier and bars had lovely staff too numerous to mention, but we were always spoilt by Shara, Davis, Mickey, Aaron, Ade and Dwight. Shara was amazing and bought all the bars she worked in to life. That woman needs to be on the entertainment team - she is so funny. A special thanks to Deloris is needed, who helped my dancing develop, St Lucian style, while I was there.
I went to St Lucia to dive and thats what I did. I got 11 dives and a night dive in, during my stay. All the dives from the Halcyon involve a bus ride. If you stay at the Grande they have their own jetty and boat, which I preffered. The shuttle service between sites could be improved as the 1st boat at the Grande leaves at 8.20 yet the 1st bus from the halcyon doesnt leave until 10.15. So if you want a local dive early from the Grande, you have to get a taxi there. I did point this out to manangement, who were very helpful, so hopefully that will be reviewed.
The 1st time we went to the Grande we took out evening clothes with us and after a long day, diving and swimming we used the facilities in the spa to shower and freshen up. All shampoo, shower gel, towels, hairdryer and body lotions are there for your free use. We then looked wonderful for out visit to Toscolininis, which was also very special. Again though we rushed our food, booked at 6pm, so we could catch the shuttle back at 7pm as the next bus wasnt until 9.30. (again shuttles seemed to be an issue for most guests, we heard)
Dean and his team of absolute nutty crazy people entertained all the guests. But Shara always stole the show, for me although she was banned from attending and was confined to the bar, she would sneak in and whisk Dean off his feet - literally.
Back to the diving. Very professional. 1st class and excellent safety, 1st and foremost. Barney was a great divemaster from the Halcyon, although they were all brilliant. Tim was fantastic at the Grande. I just had a great time and want to stay diving in St Lucia for ever. Visibility varied. The Pitons was the clearest, the best dive was from the Grande to the small island. Strong currents but more to see.
I loved the watersport facilities and soon felt confident on a Hobycat. Windel was a brilliant manager there and had a great team who worked their soxs off, around the pool and on the beach.
We took a taxi from the hotel to tour the island at out own pace, which we negociated a good price. We also went on the Segways from the hotel. That was brilliant and I will write a separate review for those guys. We left that until the 2nd week, my advice would be go very early in your holiday as you get to see Rodney Bay and what it has to offer, early on.
We met some wonderful new friends, who I hope will read this and stay in touch.
So would I recommend the Sandals Halcyon..... most definately, would I go again, yes tomorrow!
Can I just say a big thank you to all the staff I havent mentioned, whose names I couldnt spell, that made our stay so very special. See you soon. x
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Friendly to the physically challenged with low rise architecture •Fully air-conditioned Caribbean cuisine restaurant on its own 150 ft pier over the •Caribbean Sea •Houses 169 Rooms with true personal service and intimate experience •English-style afternoon tea served at the Paradise pool •Tableside service at the Beach Bistro •“Stay at one, play at three” free shuttles to Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa and Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort•Sandals Resorts “World’s Leading All Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row •Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand”, 18 years in a row ... more less
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- Sandals Halcyon Beach Castries
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