My husband and I spent the last 3 nights, Oct 1-4)of a 6 night stay on St. Lucia at the Windjammer. (The first three were at the Sandals Grande.) We were very impressed with the Windjammer. We had a one bedroom villa (#135). We were delighted with our villa complete with kitchen, living room, bedroom (comfortable bed and pillows), bathroom (with only cool water - no need for hot)and private balcony. We could see Martinique from the balcony. Little birds came right up on the deck to check us out.
At the Sandals Grande, we had birds just waiting for us to get up before they went for our leftovers on the plate. At Windjammer, during breakfast each morning, an employee set out a bird's buffet of leftover breads on a platform behind the restaurant. It kept alot of the birds occupied elsewhere while we ate. We still had a few come greet us at our table when we ate breakfast on the porch of the Dragonfly.
Yes, there are lots of steps to the villa and it definitely would not be a resort for a handicapped person. But, we walked down and UP to our room using the walk as our exercise for the day.
We were amazed at how quiet it was. I think the resort was less than half full. We had no problem getting reservations at any of the restaurants. In fact, the night we dined at Dragonfly, we were the only ones there for at least 20 minutes. All the restaurants are open air. The temperature was in the low 80's. Without a breeze blowing, it was warm. The food at all the reservation restaurants was good, but my favorite was Papa Don's. I had their special seafood in alfredo sauce over penne pasta - magnificent. The desserts were fantastic. Although I was always full, I could not pass up the chocolate. We were very grateful we were on the all inclusive option as the meals are not cheap. Our 2 appetizers, 2 entrees and one dessert (we took it to go and split it when we were a little less stuffed) with tea to drink at Dragonfly was over $130 US!Oh, for lunch at Jammers, I had the chicken roti, different, but very good! Embers was not open while we were there due to the low occupancy rate.
Entertainment was limited. We did have live music in the evenings provided by a duet or trio. But, we are not much for nightlife, instead prefering to return to our room to read or whatever.
We were the only ones on the 11 am snorkeling trip. For our afternoon dive (not on the inclusive plan), we had 8 plus 2 dive masters (Donovan and Eget). The highlight of the dive was seeing an octopus "walk" across the sand on two "legs". The visibility was not very good - maybe 25 feet.
We enjoyed the optional day sail on the Barq Unicorn (the ship Henrietta from Pirates of the Caribbean) from Rodney Bay to Soufriere with a side tour to the volcano and a waterfall. It was a long sail. We do not drink, so the people getting drunk on the rum punch were a bit obnoxious. We enjoyed the stop to swim and snorkel on the way back to Rodney Bay.
The Windjammer is set back off the main road on a narrow, potholed street. No shops or restaurants were within walking distance. That was another good reason for an all inclusive plan. There are two gift shops, a jewelry store and a small convenience store at the resort.
We did not go into any of the pools, spending our time instead in the beautiful Caribbean water.
The staff was very helpful and friendly. At the restaurants, the service was slow. That may just be the way of the island. We had no where to get in a hurry, so it didn't matter much.
We were on the island at a time when the airport in Castries was closed for resurfacing. So, we flew in and out of Hewanorra, a 1 1/2 hr, $80 one way cab ride away. We did find another couple going to the airport at the same time and were able to share a cab with them. Driving (or riding for that matter) can be a harrowing experience. The roads are narrow and very twisted with lots of hairpin turns. We did see alot of the island on the taxi rides.
We recommend the Windjammer Landings very highly. And, we can't say enough good things about the island of St. Lucia. We want to go back!
- 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