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.
- 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