We just returned last night from a week's stay at the Sandals Halcyon, St. Lucia. When we arrived in St. Lucia, we were directed to the Sandals Lounge at the airport to wait for the shuttle. We were offered water or coffee (most of us were hoping for something a bit stronger), while we waited. We were a group of 13 so they called another shuttle and got us all together. The ride was about an hour forty and very scenic. We arrived at the lobby and were given cold lemon scented towels to help refresh after a long travel day. Check-in was easy, the staff being courteous and helpful. Our room was 710 (back building close to the road). The accommodations were comfortable, clean, and well equipped with stocked frig (no booze, juice & water), hairdryer, coffee maker, nice patio with drying rack, shampoo, lotions, flatscreen tv, etc... You can hear the road noise and there are often barking dogs. I am a sound sleeper, but my husband was often awakened. (try to get a room in unit 1 - 5 closer to beach away from road, avoid 6, 7 & 8) This resort is right on a busy road, literally a stone's throw. We were all very hungry and went to Bayside to eat around 7 the first night. When we arrived and said we were a party of 13 they seemed shocked, like they had never seen more than a group of 2 or 4. They were not very friendly and found us two tables, one of 7 and one of 6. BTW, there were MANY tables available, it wasn't like they were booked. We wanted to make reservations at Marios, The Pier and Kimonos so we did that the night we arrived. We were glad we did, because some people we talked to couldn't get reservations at all, or it was difficult. We had a bit of a hard time, but we said our group would be split up, and Shatal at the front desk helped us out and got us into the places we wanted to try. Marios, The Pier and Kimonos were excellent! We were so glad we got to try them all. Stefano at Marios was so accommodating and what a great host he was! We went to the Grande because we wanted to visit Fort Rodney on Pigeon Island and hike up the big hill. Glad we did, because the views are incredible. The gate to the park is literally a 3 minute walk from the Sandals beach. 4 in our group parasailed from the Grande and loved it! We ate lunch at the Grande at Barefoot and it's the kind of place you can just sit at a picnic table, eat, drink all day and watch the water, the people, the views, etc... A really relaxed place. We also went to the Grande one night for dinner at the English Pub. Kathryn the hostess was so friendly. Unlike some other places when we said we were 13 and they would look at us as though we had two heads, she welcomed us and quickly put tables together for all of us. Good pub grub and Newcastle, Guinness, & Bass on tap. We hung out and played billiards before catching the shuttle at 11PM. Only time to Le Toc was for reservations at Kimonos. Had some time before dinner and caught a great local dance troupe, fire eaters, fire limbo, etc... Le Toc is very hilly and poeple shuttle all over the resort. The Halcyon resort is very small and intimate, but still a lot of fun with Playmakers arranging activities like pool volleyball, beach volleyball, bingo, shuffle board, etc... There are two pools, one more lively than the other, but both with comfy chairs and bars. You can walk from one end of the resort to the other in about 5 minutes. The units are two stories and have a very cottage like feel to them. We really liked this. No elevators, stairs, long hallways, or highrises. Lots of couples, so if you're a big group the Grande might suit you better as it is much bigger, louder, lots going on, more choice for food, entertainment, etc... We rented a half day catamaran charter through Bateau Mygo and this was probably the highlight of our trip. Great cruise from Marigot Bay to the Petons and back. Check out my review for Bateau Mygo if you want more info. The beach at Halcyon is nice, but the Grande is much nicer. We took a snorkeling trip with Sandals and it was nice. They offer snorkeling, scuba, waterskiing, hobie cats, etc... It was nice it was included. When you snorkel or scuba, they shuttle you to a marina nearby and go out on a big Sandals boat. About 20-25 people on board. The snorkeling was just OK, much better in Belize and Aruba were I have also done it. All and all this resort and this trip was great! I definitely recommend Sandals as the price was good, and the fact that you are not dishing out tips left, right and center saves hundreds. The staff was good, the resort clean, the weather was fantastic!! and we had an amazing trip with 13 great friends! When asked if we were celebrating a wedding, anniversary, b day, etc... We said we were celebrating 200 years of friendship! Enjoy your stay!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia Hotel Castries
- Sandals Halcyon Beach Castries
- Sandals St Lucia
- Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort St. Lucia/Castries