I ABSOLUTELY LOVED, LOVED, LOVED St. Lucia and the Windjammer! We wish we didn’t have to leave it was that wonderful!
I and my family absolutely LOVED IT there! The Windjammer is the place to be when visiting and we hope to come back next year if the economy holds up long enough. The villa was PERFECT! It was spectacular to open my room window to see the panoramic views of St. Lucia! We all agreed that having a villa was most beneficial since we’re a family of 7 plus one friend. The rooms were beautiful. Clean and spacious and each had our own bathroom. The open air living room was beautiful and we loved the private pool. When we came home in the evenings from swimming we’d jump right back in the pool before going to bed. Thanks to the cleaning staff who never let us run out of fresh towels and made our beds. I just loved my room, to be able to wake up and watch the sunrise from my bed was just amazing!
Of course I can’t stay in bed forever so off to the pool and beach we went. I loved being so close. I truly felt like a fish. We swam all day just about everyday we were there. The beach was beautiful and we took advantage of the free snorkeling the Windjammer offers for the morning hours. You have to pay for the afternoon one which wasn’t a lot I think it was $5 pr person. But it was so wonderful and they take you out on to another scenic location. I don’t remember the guys name but he was great. He really took care of my nephew since it was his first time snorkeling. He loved it so much and got a little carried away that he tried chasing a school of fish! Needless to say we went snorkeling several times. The main pool was great too and allowed me to get some lap swimming done. We even stayed in the pool while it rained. It was beautiful to watch the raindrops hit the pool surface while submerged under. The kids loved it too! They finally didn’t have to be told to come inside because it’s raining. The rain didn’t last long though, it never does. We liked the daily visits from the fruit man and the sea shell man and the drummer guy. It made hanging out on the beach that much more fun and exciting. They also have a rock climbing ball in the water as well as a water slide which was great fun too! There was lots to explore on the beachfront. We got to swim with a mini school of fish right on the shoreline! So even if you didn’t have to go snorkeling, you had some fish swimming around on the beach. My other nephew loved that since he was not as strong a swimmer in order to go with us snorkeling but next year he will.
The food at the Jammer’s restaurant was great. Most resorts don’t have great onsite restaurants but Windjammer’s fleet of restaurants offered much variety and kept us coming back for more. Next time we’ll do the all inclusive package. Ember’s has great grilled BBQ! We loved the breakfast at the Dragonfly. But we mostly ate at the Jammer’s Bar because it was right there by the pool and beach and just because we liked it so much. The food was great! The music was great! The drinks were great! Everything was great! We didn’t eat at the Upper Deck because that would require us putting clothes back on and well we just didn’t want to. We’d rather stay in the water. Maybe next time we’ll attempt to go here but at the beginning of our stay so we can get to the more important things like snorkeling, water tubing and swimming, etc. LOL There was one more restaurant that we didn’t try which was Papa Don’s but again next time we’ll visit here as well. But no matter which restaurant you go to the food will definitely be great because all the food we’ve eaten was great. So you can’t go wrong.
All the staff members (hotel, cleaning, restaurants) were friendly and personable and treated you as family. They were exceptional. The food on the rest of the island is GREAT too! We loved the Coal Pot best out of these! It was a great restaurant situated on the waterfront of Vigie Marina so that was lovely. One complaint is that they allow smoking in the restaurant which was not good for my asthma but since it’s not banned in St. Lucia they’re allowed. The couple who was smoking was sitting right next to our table and did so relentlessly. But we also loved Laurels, a quaint little restaurant that reminds me of being invited to a friend’s home for a nice meal in cozy surroundings. They don’t have a menu but the food was good and everything is about $80 EC and under so it wasn’t expensive. Memories of Hong Kong was another great restaurant which rivals the one’s we have back home in NYC. The ambiance was truly authentic in that it felt like you were in Hong Kong and not in some restaurant dressed up to appear as if they were. My nephew discovered how to use chop sticks properly which was a great feat for him. And then there was the Friday night fish fry we went to in Anse Le Raye which served up seafood galore! My sister and our friend got an ENORMOUS sized helping of lobster. They could barely hold the plate.
We also went zip lining through the rainforest which was not really my idea of fun. My sister and our friend loved it. And it was a series of 7 to do. In all the online reviews we read about the zip line none of them mentioned that you had to do 7 in a row, I guess for the money you pay for it you should do it a number of times. But nevertheless I didn’t like flying through the forest and crying my way through it too. But I did manage to make myself do 5 out of 7 which wasn’t bad at all. Although, if you count driving on those winding roads with the death drop cliffs as an adventure too I did very good if I do say so myself. Yes the roads are something to be reckoned with. We had a steep hill to go up everyday from our villa but it was not as bad as the other villas which were situated much higher on the hills. WOW! What a ride, we got a roller coaster ride the two times we had to ride with other people to drop them off first. I thought I was going to die. But I survived to see another day. LOL The crew of drivers they have are great drivers and I recommend letting the cabs drive you around the island because you really have to know your way around those roads. And they drive so quickly around those bends and turns. For a country to have almost no road signs they are accident free. They honk when turning corners to let other cars on the road know they are coming around which is amazing that they’ve had almost no accidents as opposed to us New Yorkers who have signs on every corner! Amazing! And they drive on the right side of the road so if you don’t drive so well on your left how are you going to drive on the right and up and down and around and around on those roads. It’s best to leave the driving to the native St. Lucian’s and sit back and relax in the AC while taking in the scenery. And snap a few pictures while you’re at it.
The highlight of our trip was spending the day on our private catamaran cruise to wherever. It was SPECTACULAR! AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Thanks to the resort planner, she helped us book this cruise for the day and it was well worth the money. Simply stunning! We took in the most scenic views and breathed in the loveliest air of the sea. The beautiful jewel toned aqua blue sea was enough to make you never want to live on land again. The sun was beaming down on us but the trade winds made it bearable. This was THE most perfect day ever for cruising the waters of St. Lucia. We stopped by the beautiful island of Marigot Bay. We stopped in Soufriere to tour the Volcano. We did a walk through the rainforest and stopped to play in the waterfall. We also took a dip in the mud baths rumored to be ancient histories secret to youthful skin. It did make our skin softer even though you smell like rotten eggs for a little while. But a dip in the waterfall helped take some of the odor away. Our friend even got our tour guide to help us bottle some up to take home. Shhh don’t tell. The Pitons were glamorously perched along the countryside. It was stunning how the green grass that covered it glistened in the sun and looked like a speckled piece of jewelry. Beautiful! After that they took us to another beautiful drop off point to go snorkeling which was so much fun. I don’t remember the name but it was great to be able to see the various fish swimming around, the coral reefs and my nephew took some nice pictures. It was great! We threw some food in so that we could get a few more fish to come out of hiding and come they did. What a wonderful day it’s been but it wasn’t over yet. The final moments of our day was spent watching the majestic displays of color dance across the sky as the sun set while enjoying a glass of wine and some fruit on our way back to our villa. The sunset was truly a thing of beauty. A strip of reddish orange dashed across the turquoise sky while the sun turned from yellow to orange. Then there were strips of orange, red, and fuchsia against a deep dark blue sky with a fiery red sun heading on a forward descent to the other side of the globe. Finally it was gone and it revealed a gorgeous glistening sea of diamonds in the sky, yes I saw stars. What a wonderful way to end the day. I couldn’t have asked for a better send off. Every night that I sleep I dream of St. Lucia. We have to again thank the event planner at the resort for suggesting a private cruise! It just wouldn’t have been the same if we had to share it with a boatful of other people. Gasp, my heart just sank as I wrote this I miss it so much.
Again, it was an AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL FUN FILLED 8 DAYS!!!!!!!! We came hoping to relax and instead got an adventure that will never be forgotten and no other trip we’ve ever taken will compare to this. The only way to top this vacation is to come back to Windjammer and relive the moments again and again. I know now why so many have visited this island paradise so many times. You just can’t stay away!
- 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