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“All you need to know to enjoy the 3 Sandals in St Lucia”

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Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Castries
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“All you need to know to enjoy the 3 Sandals in St Lucia”
Reviewed June 1, 2005

Loved St Lucia and would go back. Here is what I would have found helpful in planning for my stay at Sandals St Lucia:

Resort Locations:
15 mins between each location
Grande is the furthest North, the Regency is furthest South and the Halycon is in between the two.

Airport Locations:
2 airports in St Lucia - UVF and SLU
SLU is right by the Regency, 15 mins from Halycon and 30 mins from Grande.
UVF is an hour from the Regency, 75mins from Halycon and 90 mins from Grande

Arriving:
UVF - disembark on tarmac go straight into immigration (4 lines) - 100sqft building - then immediately after is customs (3 lines). Door to right takes you outside to taxis. Sandals has a desk about 30 ft to the far right (Sandals logo) where you give them your name and they load you onto taxis (included).

Transportation:
Taxis are air conditioned.
From airport:
ALMOST EVERYONE HAS A BIT OF CULTURE SHOCK HERE as they drive on the LEFT hand side and very fast. Still felt safe with the competence of the driver - they know what they are doing, they live here. Ride is very beautiful - first tour of island! Road is windy (as in not straight) in places and one section was a bit pot holey, but majority was smooth.

Between resorts:
Sandals has their own buses that transport you between resorts. They run every 2 hours in the morning and then every hour from 5 until 11pm. They are always prompt.
SCHEDULE IS POSTED AT EACH ENTRANCE - recommend you plan your resort/restaurant visits around the times (ie if you wanted to go to the Grande beach in the morning and were staying at the Halycon if you didn't catch the 9:15am you would have to wait until 11:15am).

Resort Size, Atmosphere, Beach, Food, Drink, Staff
Size:
Grande - mid size, can walk end to end in 20 minutes
Halycon - cosy, can walk end to end in 10 minutes
Regency - large, pool/rooms in the bluffs require using a shuttle. End to end 45mins to an hour.

Atmosphere:
Grande - upbeat, disco music in main pool, "chill out and party"
Halycon - laid back, R&B music in main pool, "chill out and hang"
Regency - upbeat, loud intense disco music in main pool "get up and dance"

Beach:
ALL BEACHES ARE RIGHT NEXT TO THE RESORTS WITHIN 20 FT OF THE MAIN POOL
Grande - clear water, can see fish swimming, white sand, covered pier
Halycon - fairly clear water, sand colored sand
Regency - fairly clear water, sand colored sand

Food:
Here's what we tried
Grande -
Josephines open 12-7pm. Crepes - excellent for a sweet snack or a meal
Old London Pub open 6.30pm - OK, good service
Barefoot by the Sea open 6.30pm- excellent, romantic (eat by the sea)

Halycon -
The Pier open 6.30pm, have to have a reservation, - OK, caribean food. Wouldn't stress if you can't get a reservation - open seating on Sat and Sun.
Marios open 6.30pm - excellent - consistently liked by many, nice Italian and good wine. Closed Mondays.
Bayside - breakfast, lunch good, dinner OK
Beach Grill - open when the restaurants aren't until 3am. Good selection. Great Hot Dogs.

Regency -
Kimonos - open 6.00pm, have to have a reservation - excellent - as good as the Japanese restaurants in the US. Even better with a good group of people.
Pavillion - OK

Drink:
Non Beer - Pretty much everthing you can think of. Ask for what you want ie Absolut vodka.
Beer drinkers beware - only 2 served, the local "Piton" a lager and Heineken, another lager.

Staff:
ALL POLITE
Grande - friendly when spoken to
Halycon - say hi everytime you walk by
Regency - helpful, not as "cheerful"

Tours:
These can be booked at the tour desk in the hotel or on-line with other tour vendors before leaving (---)
We only did 2
Land and Sea - excellent way to see the rest of the island (saw first half on drive in from airport) and also see the beauty of the foilage from the sea on the catamaran back.
Deep Sea Fishing - good, didn't catch anything, but saw Dolphins.

Leaving:
Sandals arranges your taxi back and notifies you of leaving time.
THERE IS A $21 AIRPORT FEE YOU HAVE TO PAY WHEN CHECKING IN AT THE AIRPORT.
There are a few shops in the departure lounge - enough to get your last minute gifts. Not a lot of food, so eat before you leave.

I think that's about it! Bottom line, you'll have a blast if you make the most of using all 3 resorts.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed May 31, 2005

We spent our honeymoon here from 17-24 May 2005, and had a great time! In detail:

BEACH:
Narrow but very nice, shallow water with some small waves, which meant sand kept getting mixed up and clouding the water, which we didn't like (you never know what you might step on, even though there were no major rocks or seaweed). A good selection of water sports (I was out on a Hobie Cat almost every single day!).

SERVICE:
Friendly, cheerful helpful staff, working at an expected laid-back Caribbean "pace". Don't expect super-efficient service, but when you ask for something they help you out. In other words, service as expected without really "that little something extra" -- even though we had told them it was our honeymoon, they didn't do anything to make us feel like it (I guess we've been spoiled by other hotels which put champagne or flowers in your room!). It was nice that they told us we had been upgraded from a Deluxe to a Premium room, but we couldn't be sure since we didn't see any other rooms.

ROOM:
Simply decorated, nice four-poster king-size bed. Our category of room had no mini bar (I'm not sure if any other rooms do), but the water is drinkable from the tap (they make a point of telling you this often) and there are covered coolers containing ice all over the grounds. Very large TV in our room, with a great selection of mainly North American channels. Towels and sheets are changed as often as you like, but the shampoo/conditioner and lotions they gave us upon arrival were never replenished. I liked the uncovered closet area, and we made good use of the coffee maker! Rooms at this resort don't really have a view since the gardens are so large and the building are at the most two stories.

GROUNDS:
The big plus of this hotel. Immaculately landscaped pathways, lit up at night (a bit darker than they should be, but romantic) with hammocks everywhere and lush tropical vegetation and flowers everywhere. More than compensates for the narrow beach, and allows for some wonderful photo opportunities.

POOLS:
2 big ones, the Paradise and Sunset pools, with their own character. The Paradise is quieter, with pretty bridges spanning the water, surrounded by trees and near most of the rooms. The Sunset was the "activity" pool with the playmakers organizing various events such as pool volleyball and playing music most of the day. Swim-up pool bars in both pools, perfect for a cocktail while you cool off. A great touch were the floating mattresses that anyone could use to lounge in the pool. Shade is a bit scarce around the pools but if you arrive early you can strategically place your chair under a couple of trees which are perfect.

FOOD:
Another big plus of this hotel, especially at the Bayside restaurant, which served buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and "a la carte" dinner (buffet dinner twice a week). Great selection of just about everything including many dishes with local flavour. We definitely recommend the grill/carvery -- all the meat they served (chicken, beef, lamb, etc.) was delicious and perfectly cooked.

The Beach Grill was a nice place for a quick snack and although we weren't crazy about their burger the first night we arrived, we quickly found out that the chicken burger (made with whole grilled chicken breast) was worth it. We met the famous Estelle only once but it's true, she remembers everyone's name, it's impressive! Nice tables with a view of the beach, but not much shade.

The Pier restaurant was perfectly located, but should have air conditioning or better ventilation -- it was unbearably hot and humid when we went, which sort of spoiled our meal. Nice variety of Caribbean dishes, yet we felt we got more "local flavour" at the Bayside.

Mario's on the other hand was perfectly air-conditioned but with mediocre food - as if the Caribbean chef was creating what he/she thought Italian food is like. The 8 or so choices of wine (by the bottle) which are included in the all-inclusive package are also a nice touch, and they are available at all the restaurants at the resort, though I doubt they're of notable quality.

We took a little trip to the Sandals Regency resort as well, which was more isolated than the Halcyon, with a golf course, but we didn't like the "crowding" of buildings and pool area, since the resort is built on a hill with no room for gardens such as those at the Halcyon. We ate at Kimono's a Japanese restaurant where they prepare the food in front of you. Entertaining but not for the food, which was average.

The shuttle bus between the 3 Sandals resorts on the island can get crowded, even though it runs every 15 min. or half an hour, and you might find yourself not being able to get on. It's a nice way to get a glimpse of the capital town, Castries, on your way to the other resorts.

If you're not used to living in a humid climate, the heat can wear you out, and the humidity was so high that clothes we put outside our room to dry were still wet the following morning. But this is pretty common in the Caribbean so you expect it.

All in all, we RECOMMEND the Sandals Halcyon Beach for its intimate size, lush tropical garden environment, and for its great food. Lots of choice of activities, entertainment and friendly people.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Gaithersburg, MD
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Reviewed May 30, 2005

First of all this island is just fantastic, from the beaches, to the volcanoes, to the rainforests. You don't get this much diversity anywhere else I've seen in the caribbean. The Halcyon was a very nice place. Everything is tucked away in an abundance of green and and flowers. We had not one bad day of weather all week.

We stayed in the deluxe rooms and they were nice. They weren't large, the furniture wasn't brand new but it was clean and the king size bed felt pretty great. Not a whole lot of water presure in the shower.

The best parts of the Halcyon were the two pools, Marios Italian restaurant and really a wonderful staff. My only suggestions are to get your beach towels early in the day. Even though the towel hut is open until 4:30 in the afternoon, they were routinely out of towels by 2. The other suggestions is for booking ANYTHING from restaurants to activities do it very early. If you can book restaurants before you even get there, the better. We ate at the Pier our last night, it's a restaurant that lives purely on it's ambience. The food wasn't that spectacular there.

The beach at the Halcyon isn't very wide and the water was definitely much clearer at the Grand. We took the shuttle over to that beach three days we were there. The beach at the Grand is probably twice as big and wide as at Halcyon and the trampoline in the water is a lot of fun. We ate lunch at Barefoot by the Sea and the fish and chips (grouper) was fantastic. We also ate dinner at Toscanini, it was nice but the best Italian is at Marios and the best restaurant ambience we sampled was the Italian place at the Regency if you can get a table outside overlooking the bay at sunset. That dinner alone made our trip.

We didn't explore the Regency a great deal, it seemed everything within that resort required a shuttle to get to. The Japanese place looked like it had a fantastic view over the water but we couldn't get in. The French place was supposed to be very good but again, we couldn't get in. The Pavilion had by far the slowest service of all time. It's nice to sit back and relax but 40 minutes between your salad and your main course were a bit much.

We snorkeled a couple of times and it wasn't bad at all. We spent the cash and took the Land and Sea excursion which was completely worth it. You get a chance to see the entire island and they take you back by catamaran at the end of the day. The massages seemed overpriced and if I were going to do that private candle light dinner, I'd do it at the Regency where
you're really in a secluded spot.

Overall we had a great time. In Halcyon, Kurt is the MAN at the front desk. He'll answer any and every question you ask. Valentura was a fantastic playmaker and Estelle runs that beach grill with military precision plus she remembers everybody's name. There's a good reason why you meet the other 300 people who got married the weekend before just like yourself when you go, the place is great.

Our honeymoon was very nice, not just because we went to Saint Lucia but because we stayed at Sandals Halcyon. The all inclusive and the ability to really utilize three resorts was completely worth the money.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Rhode Island
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Reviewed May 29, 2005

My husand and my inlaws cant wait to go back to Halcyon. Our expectations were met above and beyond. The staff at Sandals Halcyon were the friendliest people I have ever met. I can not stop telling people how great St Lucia was. We are going to be going back to Halcyon again next January. The service was exceptional especially from Lance Desir. Every time I saw Lance, he would stop and make me a special drink which he called Lancelot. He just treated me like I was a princess. Tamian Scott and Shantal St Louis were two others who were exceptional. We first met Shantal at the SSG cocktail hour. From there, she greeted us everyday with a smile, good conversations and lots of laughs. Tamian is one of the playmakers. He made our trip lots of fun. He was off duty and stayed a little while to hang out w/ us on his own time. We did go snorkeling. My mother in law and I had panic attacks but the diver, Roy came to get us and held our hands to show us the reefs. It was nice. I also really enjoyed the "Broadway Showtime" that the playmakers performed for us. All we did was relax by the pool or by the beach. My inlaws went to the volcano excursion. They said it was breath taking. I liked the fact of traveling to the other two resorts. The Grande has a beautiful beach but I would not want to stay there. It is not as personal there. The Regency is way too big. I really was very pleased w/ Halcyon. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed January 2005
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Solihull, UK
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Reviewed May 28, 2005

St Lucia Sandals Halcyon Trip Report 25th March – 1st April, 2005

Its really good to get away from the cold of the UK in February or March – the weather in the Caribbean is so good at this time – warm, dry and very little rain. So we were looking forward to our holiday at Halcyon having been there in September of 2001

This trip report will be in two bits – having qualified as a PADI diver I have included a section on the diving which is relevant to guests staying at Halcyon or Regency as they all use the same boats and dive school - the dive sites are used by all 3 resorts – and then there is the resort report itself!!!

Reading some of the reports on this site we were wondering if it would still be as nice and whether we had made a mistake going back – dirty water, noisy, run down, overgrown, no beach, poor drinks.

Last time we went to St Lucia we visited the Regency and whilst we enjoyed our meals there the “hotel” style and the hills put us off staying there – it seemed like two separate resorts with the rooms on the bluff. So we did speculate about the Grande – but having also visited Dunn’s River and having been to Sandals Antigua last year that the smaller more intimate resort was right.

And Halcyon did not let us down – having read some of the bad reports I find it hard to understand how some of those comments could be made – maybe the people were there on a bad week or maybe their expectations were not met – we knew what the resort was like and it met our expectations exactly!!

We arrived using Virgin Atlantic – our fave airline – travelling in Premium Economy and in the hump of the 747 – its excellent up there like being in your own small aircraft - great service as ever from the Virgin crew!!! Arrived into UVF on the south of the island at 3. and were first off the plane and through immigration. However the baggage hall is a bit small and there is always a certain amount of mayhem, and it took 45 mins to get our bags. I wouldn’t bother with the porters carrying your bags as once you go through the baggage hall doors you are roadside and checking in with the Sandals desk for your mini bus ride to the resort. Although it takes about an hour and a half I really don’t mind it and you get a nice trip through the island!!

We arrived at Halcyon at about 6pm and were met by the ever charming Kurt who gave us champagne and cold towels. We checked in and our bags were put into our requested room – 110 in the concierge honeymoon rooms right next to the beach.

Now I know the concierge service and rooms here are not like some of the bigger resorts – however the location is fantastic, we don’t drink any alcohol from the bar bit do like the soft drinks water and snacks and on this occasion the concierge staff were really helpful and attentive – they made all our dinner reservations and sorted out all our “Reunion Week” events – more of which later.

We were feeling the effects of the jet lag and travel so Debbie had a couple of hours sleep and I hit the bar of course – Halcyon Long Island Ice teas - !!! Must admit by the time I got back to the room I was a bit tipsy!! Went for dinner at Bayside and it was a buffet so plenty to choose from – all good!!

Woke the next day to a glorious day – in fact to keep the weather report brief it only rained for about an hour at 8a.m, on Wednesday morning – the rest of the time it was sunny with some light cloud cover – just right for us!!!

Breakfast was served in Bayside and was excellent with all the usual home cooked items like omelettes, pancakes and steaks along with a new area serving smoothies!! Debbie kept promising to have one but never quite got away from the pancakes banana pineapple and syrup ( see the picture in the gallery!!)

Each morning apart from Monday I went diving and Debbie chilled out on the sun loungers either round the pool or near our room. There were always plenty of sun loungers available, she told me that the beach vendors were no problem at all – a polite “ no thanks” or a friendly chat and they were gone.

At lunchtime we either went to Bayside for what was an excellent buffet or to the beach grill – where Estelle remembered us from 3 years ago – not our names but the fact that we were from the UK – mind you once she knew our names she remembered them all week.

In the evenings we ate at the following –

Monday –Mario’s – no reservation needed – good food if not quite authentic
Italian and great service – the cheese was good here!! And the coffee!!

Sunday – Barefoot by the sea – our first visit to the Grande. It is a lovely hotel but that’s what it is a big hotel. The facilities are good but we were not impressed with the English pub – too bright and no beers other than Heineken and Piton, the menu looked ok though. Toscanini’s was closed so we opted for barefoot. Pleasant enough but the food was just average!! Also the bars did not seem to have the same friendly bar staff – but maybe that’s just because we got to know ours at Halcyon.

Monday La Toc – very disappointing – there were plenty of staff, the food was poor, we could not get just a glass of wine it had to be a bottle ( I could have gone to the bar for the glass of wine or we could have wasted the bottle), the wrong food came, the wrong coffee it was generally bad. We mentioned this to the F&B manager at Halcyon and he apologised saying they had had some staffing problems.

Tuesday – we went to Bayside and had a very enjoyable dinner right up on the tables overlooking the beach

Wednesday – returning guests dinner. We had a great time. Lennox the GM was a charming host and we had good fun on our table. As it was Reunion week one luck couple won a free week at halcyon in the raffle!!!

Thursday – The Pier – having been on the Reunion week sunset cruise we had already had some drinks and food so were not feeling that hungry, however the food and service were good and the setting was excellent for our last night

All in all we thought the food rated about 8/10 across the resorts and we genuinely felt that halcyon had the best food.

Purely by luck we found ourselves at Halcyon during Reunion Week – so we got gifts every day left in the room as well as returning guest t- shirts we got reunion ones, there were a variety of events for returning guests and whilst we did not do them all they were well organised particularly the sunset cruise on the Carnival catamarans!!!

The bars were all good and I saw plenty of top label liqueurs and spirits and the cocktails were up to the usual standard.

The pools were both good with their pool bars – the sunset pool was always fun for pool volleyball in the afternoon.

I must admit that entertainment from the playmakers is always a bit suspect but the bands and the steel band were very good – the Karaoke was good too even more so because I won it!!!!

We thought that our room was lovely, the resort itself was well maintained with maintenance and particularly gardening going on all the time. The staff were excellent throughout – particular mentions for Roland the bar tender, Estelle, Nisa who hosted us at the returning guests dinner and Ian, Lucius, Charlie Barnie and Jeanelle at the dive school!!!

We were able to go in the sea every day and I do have to agree that the beach has become very small – once you put your lounger down there isn’t much room to the waters edge – however the water was warm and calm every day - lovely

We will return to Halcyon in the next couple of years as we like its intimacy, the fact that you get to know the staff and the other guests and because it has a lovely setting.

Dive Report

Since our last visit to Halcyon the dive centre has moved from the resort to a small harbour near the small airport. This makes getting on and off the boat so much easier and makes the ride out to the dive site more comfortable as you are not wet!! The dive centre is run by Sandals staff although one day we had 2 guests from the Rex at Rodney Bay on board with us.

I took my own BCD, fins, mask, weight belt and dive computer. I dived in shorts and t- shirt although shorty wet suits are available for hire. The water temp was 28 degrees C (84F) at 20 metres ( about 60 feet) so a wet suit was not needed for warmth but would be useful if there were jellyfish or fire coral.

There was a single dive on Saturday and Sunday at 10.20 and then 2 tank dives leaving the resort at 8.20. We were usually back between 1pm and 2pm – just in time for lunch.

Although I used my own gear I noticed that the dive centre used Scubapro and that all the gear looked in good order. No-one had any equipment problems save for the occasional “o” ring being missing in a cylinder valve – nothing unusual.

The most people we had diving any one day was 25 with the usual being around 12- 15. There was sandwiches, fruit, juice and water on board too.

I really enjoyed the diving – we went to different sites each time – including a wreck dive. There was plenty to see and several divers took cameras – one guy took a load of pictures only to have his wife accidentally erase them that night!!!! The trip out to the dive site usually took about half an hour and it was good chilling out or chatting to fellow divers.

The dives were usually led by an instructor with groups of 6- 8. Dive depths were 20m on the first dive for around 40 mins and then10m ( 30ft) for 40-50 mins on the second. My computer was giving me plenty of time for more dives as we had an hour between the two – so there were no risks taken. Also the minimum air is 1000 psi – about 65 bar for European divers – so this too was very safety conscious particular way of doing things but I did see some “interesting” things go on – divers who let equipment dangle, poor buoyancy control and one couple where the lady partner kept adjusting her partner’s equipment all dive long – his straps, weights and bizarrely inflating and deflating his BCD.

All in all the diving was very enjoyable and I managed 8 dives through the week which gave Debbie enough time to enjoy the peace of Halcyon and a few cocktails!!!

The ride back to the airport on the Friday was OK and we had another excellent flight with Virgin back to the UK.

Not sure about next year – fancy one of the villas at The Bahamian but might be tempted back to Antigua!!!! Watch this space!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2005
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Raleigh, NC
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Reviewed May 26, 2005

Just returned from a 6 day stay at the Sandals Halcyon. I am so glad we chose the "smaller" of the 3 resorts. We've stayed at plenty of the bigger resorts around the Caribbean and very much enjoyed the personalized the attention at the Halcyon. Estelle truly does know and remember everyone's name!

Here's a quick recap of the main areas:

Food-Very good. Mario's and The Pier are a step above most all-inclusive restaurants. Be warned that The Pier has no a/c and was very hot and humid inside. We also enjoyed a good dinner at La Toc and Kimono's. It is true you need to make reservations very soon after arriving at the resort. If I had it to over again I would have skipped the English Pub at the Grande. The food was good, but nothing Caribbean about anything there.

Bars-Great service and a good variety of drinks. My one complaint is at 2 different restaurants my hubbie and I were willing to buy a buy of wine and at both occassions they were out of the wine.

Rooms-We were upgraded to a Grand Luxe Ocean View. We had a sliver of an ocean view if no one was sitting at the tables at the beach grill and bar. Ocean views are hard to come by at this resort mainly b/c of the beautiful gardens. Our room was though about a 30 second walk from the beach, which was nice. On the other hand, the deluxe and premium rooms often overlooked parking lots and were close the road so I'm glad we paid the $$ to get a room that was at least close to the water. So choose your room category carefully and book at least a Luxury Ocean View if you want to be near the beach.

Beach-While not the widest beach in the world, it was just fine as it was. Gentle waves crashing, crabs scurrying around. You can walk quite a good ways if you walk towards the north. The ocean floor in the roped off areas did have some rocks, but nothing sharp that would have required water shoes. Mostly it was a sandy bottom. The snorkeling wasn't great at the Halcyon, but my husband enjoyed snorkeling at the Grande the day we spent some time on the beach there. There are beach vendors, but a polite "No thank you" will suffice and you won't be bothered by them again for the rest of the week.

Pool-Spent a total of probably 30 minutes in the pool. I didn't go all the way to sit around a pool!! They weren't large, but never overcrowded due to the size of the resort. Shade is hard to come by in the main pool area.

Commute-We flew into UVF and rather enjoyed the trip through the island on the way to the resort. The roads and driving are no worse than anything else in the Caribbean. We did have some friends who did the helicopter back to UVF and loved that. So maybe drive to the resort but take the helicopter back to the airport.

We also did the day sail to Soufriere. It was a nice trip, but very hot. The volcano was a part of the trip I wish we could have skipped. We did enjoy the botanical gardens and the views of the Pitons were something that I will never forget.

St. Lucia is a very beautiful island. The people are extremely friendly and I'm glad we didn't confine ourselves to the resort the whole time, which often happens at all-inclusives. Get out and see the island, even if it's just riding to and from the Grande and the Regency. The nighttime view of Rodney Bay was breathtaking.

Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed April 21, 2005

We stayed at the Sandals Halcyon Beach resort on our Honeymoon from the 12th to the 19th April. We are missing it already!
As people have previously stated, its a 90minute drive from the airport in the south to the resort in Castries in the north. The time does fly by though as there is so much to see along the way. There are some real eye-openers too.
Upon arrival we were given champagne, cooling flannel and shampoo set. We were then shown to our room, which was upgraded for us to Grande Luxe Oceanview, although we believe as its a small resort, any accommodation would have been fine. All rooms are the same size whether you are in Honeymoon Concierge or standard room, only location is different.
The evening we got there we booked Kimonos (Regency) and the Pier restaurants as these get booked up very quickly. They advise you to book following morning at the Induction meeting but we advise you to book as soon as you can or you could be disappointed if you are only there a week like we were.
Kimonos we believe was the best night we had in a restaurant. It was an amazing atmosphere and gives you a real chance to make friends with those you are dining with. The pier restaurant has lovely food, so long as you like Steak or Fish you'll like it. One point though, if you want to sit around the edge of the pier to see more out of the window, ask for Smoking seats. Otherwise you'll be sat in the middle of the restaurant.
Food elsewhere was good. At the Halcyon we had a great breakfast each morning. 6.30 to 7.30 is continental breakfast. 7.30 until 10.30 is cooked breakfast. In the cooked breakfast you get a choice from food such as pork sausages, crepes, eggs, hash brown and french toast.
We hardly ate meals at lunchtime because we were so full! We did use the sandwich station though at the Bayside, and Toasties at the Beach Grill (yes its strangely true that Estelle will remember your name).
For evening meals we also went to Armandos at the Regency (Italian food), was nice food. Then went to the Olde English Pub at the Grande, food was nice again albeit a far fetched flavour of English pub food. We also tried Marios (Italian) and Bayside (International) at the Halcyon.
On mondays there is a BBQ and show which was fantastic. The limbo act and the band called "Axis" were highly entertaining.
The pool bars open at 10.00 in the morning and will create all kinds of cocktails on request. The staff are extremely friendly.
The beach is quite small but still nice and clean. Certainly enough room to walk along and sunbathe. The beach vendors are interesting. Some are very nice to you, Daniel in particular you should say hi to and buy some small gifts from.
Went on 2 excursions. The Helicopter tour of the island was brilliant and scary at the same time because it was a particularly windy day. Worth it though! The other was the undersea experience aboard a boat with a hull with windows so you can see the reefs and fish without getting wet! That was a good trip too.
We wish we could have stayed for 10 - 14 nights instead of 7, because it is such a nice resort and there is so much to see in St Lucia. The shuttle bus connections between Halcyon and the other 2 Sandals run on the hour from 7AM until 11PM so it gives you an opportunity to experience dining and relaxing at the other 2, but we very much preferred the Halcyon. The Grande was our 2nd favourite. If you prefer Large and Loud, the Regency will accommodate you better than the blissful nature of the Halcyon. The Grande was quite big but still had the closed intimacy feeling to it.
The Halcyon gardens were amazingly well maintained. If you are up early enough, at around 5.30-6AM, we recommend you watch the sunrise on the beachfront as its a great experience.
When we booked we were a little worried the Playmakers would try to embaress people into participating in everything and not let us relax but on the contrary they were very funny, especially one that sounds and looks like Chris Rock. They don't put any pressure on people to join in, and add to the whole atmosphere with their nature.
To summarise, if you are looking for a romantic, relaxing and intimate getaway to experience Caribbean flavour, we definately recommend you stay at this resort, you will love every moment.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Property: Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort
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 Romantic Hotel in Castries
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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