Sorry to be a party pooper but our experience at WJL was not the best it could be. Like you perhaps, I spent tons of hours reading everybit and searching every Google nook and crany for info and pictures about WJL.
I spent my honeymoon at WJL a week July 11-18, 2005
The overall resort was great with such a beautiful view of Labrolette Bay.
It was picture post card. Myself and my new wife had some issues withe Hurrican Emily but that in no way is influencing my less than perfect adventure.
I would like to break my reviews into two key area: 1) Resort/Villa Management and 2)Food, Activity.
First the Food and Actitivy. The ads and postings are everything they are cracked up to be. Food service was excellent! Service was super. I never had any issues with "relaxed Carribean pace" or rude staff as previous entries. Enjoy the Rum Punch on a daily basis if you can and sample every restaruant for every meal if possible. From the great breakfast buffet to the fancy dinners at the Dragon Fly.
One time at the DragonFly I dropped my napkin and the waiter came over almost immediatley to give me a new one. I gave him an extra secret tip.
Tips are included as part of the 10% andthe resort staff -- everyone from server to maid -- share that 10% kitty everyday.
All give some more nice info later.
Take advantage of the SPA and the little work out room! I had a Sweedish massage with Sumitra and it was great and very relaxing. It helped with the sun burn.
However our bad experience centered around the villa scheduling, billing service areas. Learn from my experience if possible.
The key issue we had was that we were staying a week but the staff screwed our schedule up in a way that we were forced to leave to another villa mid-week. Monday-Monday. On Wed, I came down for a morning beverage after waking up and found a team of maids cleaning up the room. A staff member stated that she thought we had checked out.
I said to the lead person, "that's new to me and can you please leave".
The resort staff screwed up our schedule! They had the owners of the Villa coming in on Friday and we had to leave. WJL comped us in any way we could (we asked for a Full day sufiere cruise), but the damage was done.
It's a hassle of great porportion having to packup and unpack the same stay.
Also, constant repairs and painting were going on outside the villa during our stay. We first got there and we couldn't find the key to lock the patio doors. My new wife felt uneasy and we ended up having a security guard posted near the area.
Also, some time the pool guy came in the morning to clean the plunge pool.
My new wife who was walking around only in a night shirt felt very uncomfortable since the patio was pretty much 'open air". The jacuzzi leaked a lot right over the main bed.
We got several wake up calls when we didn't ask for them. Not a good thing on one's honeymoon. Oh by the way, we were supposed to have the honeymoon package apon arrival and it was forgotten.
Learn from my experience:
*when you first check in, confirm that you have your place without fear of having to move.
* take the phone off the hook in the morning.
* try not too miss the orientation at 10am if you can. If you need to sleep in late, then askthe resort staff to give you info later. After a long plane trip and getting into the resort very late, the first "day" on my honeymoon, I really didn't want to be disturbed and wanted to relax. There is no such thing as a "do not disturb door hanger".
* Bring lots of moquito replent, they come into the room and will get you.
* Take advise from previous postings--check your bill a day prior to depature. We had lots of mistakes.
* We came in Monday about 10pm because of delayed flights, I asked for the all inclusive to start breakfast Tuesday and push it back. They said they would do that. However, check out time, it was never recorded and we had to go over several times with several different people. It was fixed but very aggravating.
* Don't miss the Sufriere Full Day cruise with Fon Deux luncheon!!!!
* Don't get bugged out about the bumpy road to the resort.
* Drink lots of Rum Punch!
I'll post more info later. Anyone ask me anything and challenge me on antying. It wasn't a bad place.
...oh by the way...when we went to Pigeon Island (which is kool!) we stopped in and got a tour of Sandals. It's the one with the swim up bar pool, etc that you see on all the TV ads and books. Nice place, simpler, but WJL had a lot more character.
- 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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