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Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort
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Reviewed January 31, 2006

My husband and I went to Sandals Halcyon Beach to renew our vows after 25 years of marriage. We had the most wonderful time. Maggie, our wedding coordinator, was fantastic. She made our dreams come true.

We loved our room. We stayed in the Honeymoon concierge room right on the beach. The staff was so gracious.

There were no lines for the water sports and the staff at the watersports was fantastic.

The food in the Italian restaurant was far the best. We ate there two nights. We loved the Minestrone soup and the chocolate mousse dessert.


We loved the smallness of this Sandals. We did visit the other two Sandals nearby, but as other people have written in their reviews, we always enjoyed coming back to the Halcyon at night.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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12  Thank redhead8083
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Reviewed January 27, 2006

Was at the Halcyon for 10 days in January. It was OK, grounds very nice and well kept, staff very good, food OK for an all-inclusive (never as good as proper a la carte). Rooms nice, ours (in the 500 block ) nice and quiet. It cost less than the other resorts so you can forgive the occasional shortcoming so I was satisfied.

The biggest negative for me was that the beach was unusable for our entire visit due to rough seas, debris on beach etc. They try to keep it clean but the currents just keep depositing more and more driftwood etc. It's kind of strange because the west coasts of Barbados and Antigua are always calm but this west coast location is rough, at least while we were there. I thought Sandals 'delivered ' on the holiday but their brochure shot of this beach is a terrible misrepresentation which lets them down.

Other resorts ? I liked the Regency. Interesting layout on different levels. Again, rough seas at the beach but a nice view of ships entering the harbour. The Grande - my personal view is that it is absolutely horible. Just like a 1960's holiday camp with a bright blue roof that has ruined what was a nice stretch of beach. However, you will like it if you want to be presurised into daft games and listen loud music. The best beach of the three but very narrow and you are unlikely to get a space unless you stay there and get your towels on the lougers early.

My holiday was OK but not memorable. If you get a good deal and take full advantage of things such as scuba diving or snorkelling (which are 2-3 hour trips that you might pay a lot of money for at other resorts) you will be happy enough with the Halcyon but don't pay top dollar and don't go expecting to lounge around on the beach.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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18  Thank ChesterTD
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Reviewed January 26, 2006

We recently got back from St. Lucia. We stayed at Halcyon, Sandals. Trip advisor gave us a LOT of good information. Read all the reviews. Best beach: Grande. Probably best food: Regency. Best quiet/small atmosphere: Halcyon.

Do NOT stay in rooms 700-800. They put us there saying it was an upgrade - NOT. This is right on the road and VERY noisy. We stayed for 2 nights and then were transferred to 5oo block. Great - much better.

We were red-flagged at our resort the entire time for beach activities. We ended up going to the Grande and going to the pool there and doing beach activities - the water there is much more calm and green/yellow flag the entire time. BEAUTIFUL. Lots of honeymooners there - newest resort.

The views from the restaurants at the Regency were also amazing. Played golf there - not bad/don't go if you are expecting lots of great ocean views. We took it easy and had a great caddy and walked the 9.

Best eats: Regency, Piton (spicy! - awesome atmosphere) Regency, Kimonos (Japanese - seated w/ tables of 10, we had a great group of people and had lots of fun) Grande, Barefoot on Beach (awesome!) Halcyon, Beach Grill (fun and yummy - not open during dinner hours, but great for lunch and after hours) Halcyon, Mario's (Italian and VERY GOOD)

All-in-all, nice vacation. We did not do any of the day trips - not enough time. Halcyon seems a bit run-down and older, but then again, we saved money by staying there and it was nice to go to the other places and come back to a nice, quiet atmosphere!

  • Stayed: January 2006
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14  Thank MIThomas29
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Reviewed January 25, 2006

Stayed for 14 days in January 2006, and had mixed experience. The location is lovely with a small but pretty beach, and beautiful gardens. Rooms were pleasant but no more than that.
The hotel tries to appeal to all tastes and this is where it fails. The food and service is very hit or miss. Marios restaurant has excellent food, the bayside is generally good and varied, but the pier (signature restaurant) is dreadful. Some staff are fantastic and try very hard, whereas others are truculent, slow and uninterested.
Other Sandals resorts are available by a shuttle bus which only runs on an hourly basis, and the 2 bookable restaurants that we tried in these resorts are equally disappointing. Both Kimonos (allegedly Japanese)and Le Toc (allegedly French) are poor attempts at foreign cuisine. Le Toc was especially disappointing since it boasts an AAA 5 diamond rating.
There is one quiet pool area in the Halcyon which is pleasant, but the main pool area is noisy, with holiday camp games going on most of the day. The main bar area is located next to the main pool/ bayside restaurant, and the service in the evening is poor.

We had an room with a partial ocean view, but this was
near the beach bar which remained open until 3am, and was noisy on some nights.

Generally the holiday camp type activity detracted from the overall atmosphere, and the variable service attitudes were a big let down.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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17  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed January 18, 2006

Came here after 3 nights at the Coconut Bay Resort, Vieux Fort which we thought was O.K but were so looking forward to the whole Sandals experience! We had booked a luxury oceanview room & were given a room next door but one to the main evening bar & opposite the main games pool & bar during the day, so it was very noisy at all times of the day & night! And just as importantly we could actually only see a sliver of the sea between this pool bar & the Pier restaurant!
We did not consider this luxury oceanview & complained. We were offered an alternative that day that was in no better position so we refused. Eventually after 2 days we were offered an alternative which was somewhat better as it was in a quieter position but still by no means "oceanview" & so we accepted. Then we were told we would have to repack all our bags & have them outside by 10am & we would not have the next room until 3pm! We suggested they cleaned our new room 1st & allowed us to stay in our old room until then & then we would move ourselves saving them the trouble but they would not agree! We found them extremely unhelpful at the front desk, even bordering on rude! The hotel was pretty full & had a lot of "loud" guests staying which was probably not quite what we were expecting & so it was certainly not a very peaceful experience at all! The evening entertainment was pretty junenile, it was something you would expect from a holiday camp! The food in the Bayside was good & varied. Mario's food was very good but the Pier (which you had to book)was very disappointing! In fact all the bookable restaurants in each of the Sandals were very disappointing (except Toscannini's in the Grande)& in the La Toc at the Regency the main course was inedible!
The service is something you have to get used to, it is pretty to very slow but usually most of the staff are pleasant!
The beach is very narrow & needs a few more beach umberella's. and the views are much better from the beach at the Coconut Bay.
In fact given the choice we would return to the Coconut Bay but definately not Sandals!

  • Stayed: November 2005
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