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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Castries
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New York City, New York
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“Amazing wedding and vacation resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2011

We recently got married at the Windjammer-Landing resort and had an amazing time. I was a little nervous to bring all of our guests there because I read a few reviews saying the villas were run down and there were a lot of bugs. The villas may be a little beach worn, but definitely not run down. Mosquitoes are an issue, but I’d imagine that’s an inconvenience at any coastal resort and bites are easily prevented with bug spray and sleeping under the mosquito net. Overall, everything was beyond our expectations.

Staff
All Windjammer staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. Even though it is a large resort, they make an effort to remember each guest, giving it a much more personal feel. When we arrived, we were assigned a personal Ambassador, Donizet. She organized our accommodations and was there to help with unexpected stressors. She even assisted my father, who has trouble walking, with the shuttle service. Donizet, as well as the other staff, were extremely helpful in reducing my stress associated with wedding planning and organizing a large group of people. I am very thankful to them all.

Villas
The villas/ guestrooms were comfortable, well-maintained and very clean. The resort is nestled on a mountainside, descending all the way to the beach. The white stucco villas are interspersed throughout natural vegetation, which provides the most breathtaking views. It really makes you feel like you are staying in the middle of a rainforest. Although we didn’t stay at any other resort on the island, we saw many while boating along the coast and Windjammer is by far the prettiest in the Northern part of the island. Another great thing about the resort is that guests can rent sailboats, kayaks and banana boats for free.

Wedding
We couldn’t have asked for better wedding coordinators. I mainly worked with Simone, who has become a very close friend through this process. However, Melanie definitely helped with the planning and both made sure that everything was executed flawlessly. The décor for both the ceremony and reception were stunning. The food was incredible. Thank you Gloria! We hired a steel drum band for our ceremony and cocktail hour. All of our guests loved them and they definitely set a Caribbean Island vibe. One of the most memorable aspects of our reception was the Limbo dancers. Their performance was awesome and really got the party vibe going. In addition to our ceremony and reception, Simone and Melanie coordinated a rehearsal sunset cruise for us the day before. The boat staff really stepped it up and got everyone dancing, ensuring that all had an amazing time. Simone also worked with the Jammers tour company to help me plan a private tour of Soufriere and the west coast the day after the wedding, which was another trip highlight.

The entire experience was amazing. We were extremely impressed with the resort and can’t wait to plan a trip back to visit.

Helpful Tips
Bring bug spray! Also, the resort is located in a fairly remote area, with nothing within walking distance. The closest shopping areas are in Rodney Bay (10-15 min drive) and Castries (20 min drive). Shuttles are available for hire, but we found it very convenient to rent a car. Lastly, the resort is extremely large, which makes it a little difficult to keep track of other guests. Since we had such a big party (about 30 people), it was really helpful to bring walkie-talkies to keep in contact with everyone.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2011

My fiancee and I arrived at the Windjammer a day late after a Jet Blue mechanical issue, but were motivated to have a good time. We rented a car to ensure we can see the island in its entirety. Upon checking into the Windjammer after some unique traveling (steering wheel on the right side and very narrow roads) we were greeted with great kindness and sincereity from Linden who worked at the front desk. Throughout the week, he was continually checking in with us to ensure we were having a good time. He gave us a bottle of champagne for it being out honeymoon and was a pleasure meeting. The 2 bedroom villas at the resort are breath taking and the 1 bedroom villas are also quite nice. The restaurants were all fairly priced with some good food. The bar, Jammers, had a great bartender (Daniel) who was really fun to talk with. He was always fast, courteous, and enjoyable to see each evening. We met Cornelius in security and he also was very welcoming and a great guy. Lanyve worked in the marketing department and also went out of her way to ensure we were enjoying our Windjammer stay by recommending certain events and informing us on others to allow us to make sound decisions.

We saw nearly every inch of the island through a guided tour which was terrific. Our biggest highlight off the resort was Ziplining by Canopy Adventures. The lava bath and volcano were neat to see, Marigot Bay was beautiful, and Castries had some great historical landmarks including the Governor House and a beautiful Catholic Church.

Our only negative of the trip besides the cancelled JetBlue flight was the Fish Fry every Friday evening. We went with a party of 5 and from 9PM to 11PM was a great time. After 11PM, the locals get quite drunk and definitely push the alcohol on the tourists and by midnight they were demanding our money. One local was talking about his machete and how we wanted to cut us up for our wallets. My advice, leave by 10:30PM the latest. I definitely took out my frustration on the gentlemen at the front desk of the windjammer (which I should not have), but it was frustrating as after we tried reporting to the local police, they did not care and weren't going to send a cop over to the hotel until the following evening which is unacceptable.

Room Tip: Recommend Paying more and getting the 2 bedroom.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 23, 2011
Congratulations on your recent marriage! I'm glad Linden, Daniel, Lenyve, and Cornelius were so helpful to you. At the same time, I am sorry about the incident at the Fish Fry. I hope you come back and let us help you celebrate your anniversary!

Warm regards,

Mark Ozawa
Managing Director
mozawa@windjammer-landing.com
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2011

It looks very pretty but the roads are extremely steep and also many steep steps. It can be irritating to have to wait for a shuttle bus.
It is annoying having to book well head to get a seat in the restaurants. I turned up at Papa Don's restaurant when they were opening and they found me a table (lovely setting and nice atmosphere) - the same thing didn't happen at Upper Deck. I ate at the bar/restaurant which was OK.
How ever early you walk on to the beach all the sun loungers are covered in towels and possessions - they are empty most of the time and you can find a lot of the people up by the pool. There are a lot of spare sun loungers but there is no where left in a shady position. The people with the towels are not Germans they are English!
I found it particularly irritating to have people on site trying to sell timeshare. They were a pain in the neck. All in all it seemed like an upmarket Butlins.
Sometimes it would be nice to have a drink at the property but it would be impossible to carry it back by shuttle bus and service to the room would expect a large tip.
I was pleased that I was not charged any extras on "all inclusive" as some other places do.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 23, 2011
Thank you for your review. I appreciate the feedback. We're ordering some new shuttles and we've taken some steps to make sure we focus our timeshare discussions on guests who are interested. Please contact me if you change you mind and decide to come back - I am confident you will have a great experience.

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Mark Ozawa
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mozawa@windjammer-landing.com
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2011

Just returned from a fabulous holiday here. Amazed how anyone could not enjoy this place. We were in villa 504 which was very clean, spacious and the most amazing views. Did the all inclusive option which was great as no worries about huge bill at end of your holiday. Food was excellant in all restaurants and never had a problem getting into a restaurant even making a reservation an hour before hand.. We found the resort offered wonderful service from all the staff from Helen our ambassador, to our lovely maid who cleaned our villa every day. Nothing was a problem here. All staff made you feel so welcome here. Beach was clean and plenty sunbeds on Jammers Bar doorstep and Embers beach restaurant too. Try the Ja chicken wrap at lunchtime if you like a spicy kick. . All in all, thank you Windjammer for a wonderful holiday which we will remember for a long time.PS We even loved the liquid sunshine!!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 23, 2011
Thanks for taking time to write a review. I'm glad you had a great vacation - I, too, love the chicken wrap! I hope you come back soon!

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Mark Ozawa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2011

We had a wonderful stay. The location is spectacular, with rooms set up on a cliffside. The hotel staff were friendly and gracious. St Lucia outside the resort (Castries in particular) while safe and picturesque, was a bit ramshackle and disappointing. SNUBA trip, horseback riding on the beach, and zip line trip were fantastic.

Biggest shock on the trip were the food prices at the restaurants at the resort. Family of 4 could easily spend $50 to $75 US for breakfast or lunch...dinner was generally good (service at Jammer's was generally horrible) but never under $150 US and with a drink or two $200 or more. Going all inclusive would have cost our family of 4 about $500 a day and really didn't include much beyond food. We had breakfast in the room every day...we would never have gotten our kids up for breakfast!

  • Stayed April 2011
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 8, 2011
Thank you for taking time to complete a review on our resort. I'm glad you enjoyed most aspects of your stay!

We constant look at the prices on our menu - being mindful of the higher cost of food on the island. We strive to keep pricing fair and always looking at other restaurants on the island as a comparison point. We find our prices generally consistent with other establishments.

Our AI price is US $150 per day for adults; less for teens and children. As you noted, the cost for 4 could work to only be only slightly more than what you paid for dinner. Our AI, in contrast to some other resorts, does include alcoholic beverages with the exception of bottles of wine. So, the AI can be a great value! Moreover, our all inclusive plan also includes some water sports activities and other elements which further increase its value.

I hope you'll look at coming back - I'll make sure we do a better job of explaining the AI and any other applicable promotions so you maximize the value of your stay.

Warm regards,

Mark Ozawa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2011

The rooms: The hibiscus suite was very nice, with great views, spacious balcony with hot tub and everything you need (except no exhaust fan or solid door from bedroom to bathroom- just slats-yikes!). Also very clean. Beds and pillows were comfy.

The beach: We loved it - the trampoline made it the best! They do need to maintain the tie downs for the padding on the springs, which were showing wear and starting to break loose, but I assume they will. We read the comments about too small an area to swim and disagree - plenty of room to have fun, and despite lots of kids at the resort, it was never crowded at all and no problem finding empty loungers, which is a challenge with many resorts we have been to. Having a sunning deck, trampoline, etc to swim to made this a stand out beach experience.

The only problem was the billing and the charges. We were on the MAP plan, which is breakfast and dinner, all prepaid. We tried to give them our voucher on check-in, but were hustled to our room with no explanation and told it was not needed. Wrong! For the rest of the trip we were charged for some covered meals, and not for others, with no logic. Went down the first morning to try to fix it and started what became an ongoing routine of being told it was remedied and then finding out it was not. It was very frustrating to have to do repeatedly when we wanted to relax for one hassle-free week. Unfortunately, on our first full day when this could have been cleared up, we encountered the only unpleasant person at the front desk, who said her name was Michelle (no name tag). Run if you get her -she was extremely accusatory about it and actually told us in all seriousness we had only signed up to eat our week's worth of meals all on the night of arrival. She finally begrudgingly told us it was fixed; sadly it was not and thus was launched the week of ridiculousness.

On the other hand, Nick, Judy and Donizette at the front desk were all very helpful and Nick finally helped us fix it when we checked out. Donizette is a gem- she was absolutely wonderful throughout our stay here and her sunny disposition and can-do attitude helped counteract some of the frustration we were feeling. She should be promoted! The ongoing struggle over meals was a bit of a bummer hanging over the trip and in our many trips to the desk over this issue we heard two other people checking out and complaining about charges on their bill that were incorrect. So check your bill carefully. This should not be a problem when they clearly have computers.

And beware - if you are on the partial meal plan, you will be charged for every iced tea refill - two of us had a (small) glass of plain iced tea for dinner and 2 refills and got whacked with a $33 dollar (EC) bill! Of course we expected to pay for alcholic or specialty drinks, but when paying thousands in US dollars to stay there, charging a fortune for non-alcholic iced tea refills or coffee seems petty and it marred the hospitality vibe we expected. Also, make sure you make reservations for Papa Dons, the Upper Deck or the Dragonfly restaurant.

Tours: The lady at the tour desk (Germaine?) was extremely helpful and gracious without being pushy and if you take the Soufriere Land and Sea tour, try to get Lisa for the jeep part - she was so much fun - definitely the best of all the tour guides and truly made the trip worth it. And the zip line adventures tour was a blast -even in the rain!

Hope this is helpful - bottom line is make sure you stay on top of your bill as they seem very disorganized, although there were many good people working there that helped in the long run.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 8, 2011
Thank you for the time and energy you put into you review. Of course, I appreciate the very positive things you said about Donizette, Nick, Judy, and Gema. We'll make sure they are thanked for the great work they did for you. We'll follow-up with Michelle and I've already asked our team to look at the trampoline. I am sorry you had such a challenge with your meal plan; our team is already taking steps to make sure this is a hassle-free experience. In response to your comment about the iced tea charges, we have already changed our policy and now we will not charge for refills. Thanks for bringing this up for our discussion. (When you come back, I'll put a jug of iced tea in your villa!)

We look forward to having you back soon.

Warm regards,

Mark Ozawa
Managing Director
mozawa@windjammer-landing.com
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2011

Windjammer is a gorgeous hotel. My expectations of this hotel were not particularly high because I was accustomed to staying in Caribbean hotels which were over rated. However, I was very impressed. The hotel is geared towards couples or those with families. For couples there are a selection of secluded villas (many of which have there own hot tubs, secluded or plunge pools, private sun decks, and splended four poster beds). The villas (i.e. rooms) are all stacked on the hillside which means they all have stunning views of the bay. These rooms give the illusion that its just you and your partner on holiday as everything is rather private. I admit to telling my friend that I wish I could replace her with a hot male model so that I could take full advantage of the movie style set up. We also saw many families holidaying in the resort and there seemed to be many things laid on to keep younger children busy. I would avoid bringing teenagers here as I believe they will become a bit bored and too enticed by the bar. I was..the cocktails are amazing!

There are 5 restaurants on site. I would advise you to try The Dragonfly which serves asian food (e.g. chinese lemon chicken, goan curry etc) in the evening. Papa Dons is located in the hillside and does italian food. It cooks the best fish from any restaurants in the hotel. Breakfast was a treat and I found that there was lots to choose from. A criticism that I would make that there seemed to be a reluctance to have any Caribbean cuisine available. The Caribbean buffet was a very western version of Lucian food and didnt seem to be indicative of the traditional food you could eat elsewhere in Castries or other parts of the island. The white washing of caribbean culture became slightly annoying as it extended from the food into entertainment. In essence, if you want to experience the true Caribbean or St Lucia scene then I would recommend you travel outside of the hotel. Ooops and as food is very important to me I would also request that the hotel make more snack available the bar as they stop selling food pretty early.

I found the staff really helpful and always willing to please. Shout out to Nick, Richard Marks, Barrington and Michelle. I was blown away by the effort you made to ensure our stay was as enjoyable as possible. Windjamme is a brilliant location to get away from the rat race and just relax. Its a good base to go and see the rest of the island.

I have read complaints about the beach on this site and do agree that the beach needs a good tidy up. My friend made numerous remarks about a stinky 'pong' coming from the drains located behing Embers restaurant and I found that the beach was often filled with leaves and debris. Essentially it could have done with someone raking it over so that we could have experienced the white sands that people often travel to the caribbean for.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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WJLMD, General Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 8, 2011
Thanks for the wonderful review - you really provided some great details! I appreciate the kind words about Nick, Richard, Barrington, and Michelle as well as the other comments and suggestions.

We're be happy to learn we are launching a new website next month with some new photos - including a good looking male model! I think you'll see these new images capture the wonderful room features you describe so well.

We appreciate the suggestions about featuring more local cuisine. We'll be highlighting more local ingredients and menu items in the near future. We're also working on a new garden that will include fresh herbs, vegetables, and local foods so we'll be able to go from ground to kitchen in a few minutes!

We hope you'll look out for the new website - drop me a note and let me know what you think.

Warm regards,

Mark Ozawa
Managing Director
mozawa@windjammer-landing.com
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Property: Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
Address: Labrelotte Bay | Saint Lucia, Castries, 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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Castries
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#4 Romantic Hotel in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 237
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort & Spa in Saint Lucia, offers an unforgettable Caribbean vacation for families, honeymooners and couples. This exotic 60-acre full service resort is a panorama of picturesque, spacious and secluded hillside villas. With breathtaking views of the cobalt waters of the Caribbean Sea, this Mediterranean village resort is alive with the sights and sounds of beautiful Saint Lucia. Absorb the stunning beauty of nature at the Windjammer Landing. From dining on tropical fruits at sunrise to enjoying a refreshing cruise at sunset and only your choice of what to do in between. Richly appointed with the warmth of wood and an exotic blend of tropical furnishings, your spacious villa sets the mood for complete relaxation and truly your greatest escape. ... more   less 
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