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Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Castries
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Must get the negative part out of the way first, Its an all inclusive resort! so why do you have to pay$42.99 (approx. £28 at time of writing this) per week for the Wi Fi?

Now that's out of the way,

Where to start?

Wow what a fantastic hotel. We stayed for two weeks 7th - 21st July 2013.

We were warmly greeted and offered a towel to freshen up and a nice cool drink upon arrival. They explained all that was on offer at the resort and also briefly what was available at the other resorts (The Grand and La Toc, which you are able to go to on a free shuttle bus).

Our room was very comfortable, a good size, very clean and a fully stocked free bar with red, white and sparkling wine, beers, fruit juice's, soft drinks, water, a bottle of rum, vodka, gin and whiskey all inclusive and restocked daily. A good sized king bed and very comfortable. We had a fist floor room (618) facing the Paradise pool and pool bar (bar only open 10.30 - 17.00). This pool is the quieter of the two pools set in lovely well groomed grounds. The other pool which is situated by the beach is a more lively pool with music playing and games organised by the resort staff.

The Halcyon has several places to eat. The Bayside which is used for breakfast and lunch (buffet service) It's then a table service in the evening. Mario's (Italian) Fantastic antipasti and very good choice of mains. We ate here twice, both times outstanding. Kelly's Dockside Beach Grill. Shame it's only open at night when you don't get the views from it. The meal here was OK. Kimono's (which you have to book) This was fantastic very nice food and what a show of it being cooked right in front of you. There is also a Sushi bar here as well which you don't need to book. This was great also, we ate twice in both. Lastly the Beach Grill which serves burgers, sandwiches, snacks etc, this is open lunch time, early and late evenings. A number of the restaurants are closed some days at all the resorts so be careful when choosing where you want to go. The hotel print a daily newspaper listing all the restaurants at all the resorts with opening times so it's worth checking this out, it also lists what is going on at each resort as well.

The Halcyon is the quieter of the three resorts, but you must visit all three. We ate at the Pitons twice (La Toc) this is local style food (the only restaurant at all three resorts doing local food). We also ate twice at the French restaurant twice La Toc at La Toc. This is white glove service but not with the stiff upper lip you would get in an actual French restaurant in France of the same quality.
We did not get chance to eat in any of the other restaurants at La Toc but the menu for Neptune's look great. At the Grand we only ate at the Barefoot on the Beach. We also ate at Josephine's crêperie, they serve crepes savoury and sweet, coffee and ice cream. We did not get to eat at any of the other restaurants at the Grand so cant comment on them.

The staff were beyond doubt some of the best we have ever met, they could not do enough for you. It would be unfair to pick out any one in particular as they were all outstanding in every respect. You were always greeted when ever you passed them from the gardeners, housekeeping, reception, waiting, entertainment, sports and even the general manager of the hotel. All were happy to speak to you if you had a question. Everyone had a smile on their face at all times no matter what. A BIG thank you to all for making our stay wonderful.

The great thing as well about the Sandals hotels is all the activities that you can do free of charge, sailing, snorkelling, water skiing, scuba diving ($90 initial charge for non qualified divers for assessment, but after that you can dive as many times you want at no extra charge). I went diving several time and the dive staff were brilliant, we went to several sites and saw many types of coral and different fishes and even some dolphins briefly out to sea.

The only thing that we think would have made the Halcyon any better was if it had a place like Josephine's crêperie on site just so you could get an ice cream or coffee when you wanted. I know that the pool bars served coffee and tea, but they did not serve ice creams.

This hotel is ideally situated between the other two, its about a 15-20 min drive to either them from the Halcyon.

I would definitely recommend staying at the Halcyon for a relaxing romantic break.

We will definitely stay at another Sandals / Beaches resort if they are anything like this when we come back to the Caribbean.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

The Halcyon was great! The rooms were clean, the staff was so friendly, and we loved the laid back atmosphere. We went here on our honeymoon and we liked that it was more laid back than the La Toc and Grand. We enjoyed going to the La Toc and Grand for dinner a couple nights as they had some nicer restaurants, but overall, we are so happy we stayed at the halcyon. It was less of a party scene and we found the staff to be super friendly. We would like to give a special shout-out to Martha at the Beach Bar. She would always say hello and welcome us with a smile!
We loved our room. We were in room 619 which was at the back of the resort. This was nice for us because it was a bit quieter than the front locations as it faced the quiet pool

Room Tip: If you want a quiet room, you will want to be at the back of the resort facing the quiet pool.
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1  Thank melissaellis
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Cassie C, Sandals & Beaches Review Coordinator at Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2013

Thank you so much for your review of Sandals Halcyon. We're delighted to read that you had such an awesome time at our resort as well as at our other properties. I'm so happy that we succeeded in creating that luxury romantic experience for you.

We look forward to your return for an even better stay in the near future.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I work in the service industry in Las Vegas and I know good service when I see it. Sandals has some of the best service I have ever had. The people are so genuinely friendly. All inclusive at its best. Most places skimp on alcohol and food when it comes to this but not Sandals. The food is top notch with ample choices. The bars are fully stocked with many different upscale brands of alcohol. This resort is specially designed for couples to have a romantic get away. It is smaller and more quaint that the other two on St. Lucia but you get to visit them all. They are all amazing in their own way but this one is truely for couples looking for romance.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

The people at halcyon were wonderful! Thanks to shara, Nielan, Greg, Eslyn, Micky, and the intern Bryan! They were wonderful and we had top notch service! They always made us feel included. The rooms were wonderful and the meals were delicious. I would definitely go back.

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1  Thank Megpie02
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We arrived at Sandals Halcyon on July 13, 2013, and departed July 19, 2013. We were in room 804, the least expensive rooms on the property. Our room was located just across from the quieter of the two pools.

Our room was very comfortable. In fact, on two nights we had to turn the a/c off. Although we did not have alcohol in our refrigerator, housekeeping kept juice, sodas, and water stocked each day. Upon learning we were diet soda drinkers, we never had less than a six pack of our particular soda. Housekeeping kept the rooms spotless and we lacked for nothing.

The food was probably the best we have experienced in all our many travels. The beef was outstanding and, because most of our friends are from Texas, that says a lot. Thoroughly enjoyed Mario's. We were miserable after our meal because it was just so good. Kelly's was great, as were the meals we ate at Bayside. The beach grill had your typical burgers, dogs, sandwiches, etc. We did think the hostess at this grill was a bit gruff.

The bartenders were generous and very friendly. We had all we needed to drink and then some. My friend tried to tip one bartender and he politely refused the money.

We were there during Carnival and that was quite an experience. Don't know that I would book again during that celebration, but we were glad we got to see it. Very colorful.

Yes, there were a few mosquitos, but it's the tropics. What can you expect. For the most part, unless we stayed out late the mosquitos didn't bother us. There are cats on the property. Give me a cat any day over a mouse. The cats look healthy enough and most are friendly. I'm not a cat person, but they didn't annoy me at all.

For the most part, this was an incredible experience. We booked through Delta Vacations. Honestly, the only thing we did not enjoy was our Delta Flights back and forth Atlanta/St. Lucia. Delta has one smug little representative at their terminal in St. Lucia. That young woman should be canned for the way she treats passengers.

My friend had to change her camo shorts at St. Lucia's airport. Evidently, only the law enforcement is allowed to wear camo in St. Lucia. Not a bad thing, just a little head's up.

We have traveled to many countries and seen many beautiful places. Right now, our favorite is St. Lucia. Sandals Halcyon is great. We will book again, but maybe not through Delta.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Our first time with Sandals, we had a fabulous holiday!! From the moment we arrived you were treated like royalty. The resort was excellent, so clean, staff were so nice, always a cheery smile and welcome. We visited the two other resorts on St Lucia,they were stunning also. Best holiday ever! Cant fault anything. We will certainly be booking with Sandals again. Well worth long flight!

Room Tip: We had a eves honeymoon suite was beautiful.
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1  Thank Dawn M
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We were slightly disappointed with the Halcyon Beach. The rooms were ok and the beach was ok and the food was ok and the entertainment was also ok. Get my drift? This was our first holiday at a Sandals resort and we probably expected too much or could it be that this hotel is at the bottom end of all of the Sandals resorts in quality, I don't know. Whilst there we travelled to the other two resorts on St Lucia and found them much better, we even discovered fresh lovely oysters at the Grande at one lunchtime, there were no oysters to be seen at the Halcyon even at the speciality restaurants. We have travelled previously to the Dominican Republic for half the price and got twice as much with better resorts, fabulous entertainment and much better food than here so that's were we will head back to next.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank MajorTom515
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Address: Choc Bay, Castries GM910, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Castries
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#5 Romantic Hotel in Castries
Price Range: $487 - $1,139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 169
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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