I want to start off by saying that if you are considering having a wedding at the windjammer, DO IT! We traveled around the island a lot during our trip and no place compared to what the Windjammer has to offer. I'm going to list the positives and negatives of the windjammer along with a lot of information I wish I had prior to leaving, but before I do so I want to make sure that I mention how happy I am I made the choice to get married at this resort.
I arrived at the airport on 12/06/12. It was crowded for a small airport. We rented a car which I suggest doing if you are traveling with a good driver who does not get easily shaken. The drive to the windjammer from the airport took us about 1.5 hours.
The drive was not easy. Hills, bends, aggressive drivers, wondering animals and pedestrians make driving a challenge. While driving it became obvious that most of St Lucia is sadly very impoverished.
We passed the windjammer on the way to our first hotel. ( Bay Gardens ) and noticed it is not located on the main road. The sign for the WindJammer is small ( maybe 2x2 feet) and easy to miss as it is on the front lawn of a restaurant.
We spend our first few days at the baygardens hotel before checking into the windjammer. However we did pick family members up on 12/8/12 and bring them to the windjammer so they could check in. We stayed with them through the check in process. My family was greeted with cool towels and rum punch. They were asked to fill out a short form and sign it. Then given keys to the room.
My family(not me) was staying in a 1 bedroom villa with no pool. It was large and clean with a full kitchen. If you are considering cooking at the resort rest assured everything you could possibly need is in this kitchen. From cupcake pans to food processors. It was remarkably well stocked. Later in the trip we found this room had a small ant problem. We didn't even alert the hotel because the large bottle of ant killer spray that was in the room when we arrived lead us to believe they already knew about it.
A friend of the family was staying in a 1 bedroom villa with a plunge pool. This was surprisingly different from the regular one bedroom villa. It spanned 3 floors and was much higher on the hill than the other villa. It was also well stocked and had a beautiful view.
On 12/10/12 we got to the windjammer to check in and meet with the lawyer about our wedding documentation. Melanie was kind enough to provide us with a temporary room to use while we waited for ours to be ready. The wedding planner did not show up and rescheduled for 1 pm which gave us just enough time to get my hair trial done before having to be back at the wedding planning office.
The hair dresser was incredibly nice but was unable to put my hair exactly how I wanted. (I had brought a picture of myself with my hair the way I wanted it but she was having a lot of trouble with it.) But I let her try her own version of the hair style and it came out really well. * note the hair stylist and the makeup artist are they same person. Also she expects you to have your own make up with you and any hair products you need.
We got checked into our room about about 4 pm. We got a 1 bedroom Hibiscus suite and it was lovely. It was the only room easy to walk to from the lobby/pool/beach area. Well stocked kitchen. Very nice bathroom with a tub and shower. Large patio with a Jacuzzi. It had a beautiful view of both the pool area and the ocean.
We spend the next few days enjoying the resort and all the wonderful food. The menus stay the same at each restaurant but since you have your choice of 5 places to eat its easy to have a good variety of meals. The service is wonderful! The only thing that people from the US might need to get used to is the speed of the meals. The food and service is very very slow by our standards. Expect dinner to take at least 2.5 hours in total. ( not a bad thing when you are enjoying great drinks and good company)
The day of the wedding was incredible. Hair appointment at 11 am, dresses on at 3 , photographer arrived at my room at 3:30. ( our photographer was Peter and he was amazing. I was very impressed!) Melanie helped throughout the day with keeping us on schedule and getting everyone where they needed to be. Ceremony went off with out a hitch. I'm very happy. I want to stress how involved the wedding planners are. It was a great comfort knowing that Melanie was planning her schedule around my wedding and not the other way around. * I'm not sure how I became under the wrong impression but I thought that if the weather was bad we could move the time of the ceremony around. However if the weather is bad the wedding is just moved inside and off the beach. Additionally they can't wait till last minute to move the wedding because of the decorations so the decision to move it indoors needs to be made hours before the actual ceremony. This is a scary thing considering it rains for a little while almost every day in St lucia. But for me it worked out and we had our beach wedding.
When we returned to our room that night after dinner with family. We found that our bed had the word congratulations written in pine needles. This was really cute but I must admit when I expected more to the “ romantically decorated room”. Not a big deal but I thought I would mention it.
The children club was a mixed bag. During the day I felt very welcomed to leave my son(7) and he enjoyed his time very much. At night ( when two younger staff members were working at the kids club) they seems a little annoyed when I dropped him off. Then they walked him into the restaurant I was eating at with my new husband and said “ hes hungry” and left. We laughed it off, but it was a little annoying because that was the only night me and my now husband had to have dinner alone.
Local feel with all the comforts of home
The wedding planners bend over backwards for you
The food is fantastic
all inclusive plan is a very good value it really does include everything. Any drink you can think of , beach towels, water sports etc.
kindness of the staff, so friendly and eager to please!
best beach in st lucia
well stocked rooms
the up hill battle of getting to the villa's but they have trams
if you are a “type a” person... things can seem a little laid back for example we got a call asking if they could bring our left over cake to our room “ right now”. Right now turned out to be 1.5 hours later. Little things like that. Think of it as being on “ island time” haha
The prices for some things are listed in EC and others in the US. This gets confusing because they tend to list the expensive things in US. For example the spa services are in US.
You wont want to leave :-)
night time kids club could use some tweaking.
Over all I'm incredibly happy with this vacation and wedding. Honestly some of these bad reviews must have been written by competing resorts. After meeting the staff and being at this resort I just don't see how some of the negative things could be true.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Hotel Castries
- Windjammer Landing Hotel Beach
- Windjammer St Lucia
- Windjammer Landing Resort Beach
- Windjammer Landing St Lucia
- St Lucia Windjammer
- Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort St. Lucia/Castries