We chose Rendezvous following a recommendation from friends and were not disappointed. We booked through Virgin Holidays as they were competitively priced, included the airport transfer and provided extra value including a discount at the spa. The journey from the airport is a little over an hour and the roads are quite steep and windy in places (beware if you get travel sick!). You can fly by helicopter (cost $155 USD pp) as there is a regional aiport almost next door to the hotel. On arrival we were greeted with a cool face towel and cocktail and our bags were taken to our room. The room was clean, spacious, neutrally-decorated, comfortable and the kingsize bed was fantastic! The bathroom was also clean, modern and there was always hot water. Ren shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel were all provided. Beach towels were provided and there were several towel exchanges around the resort so you could swap for clean ones. The staff were all polite, friendly and genuinely did their best to help. The daily list of activities was written on a chalk board the night before and was extensive - we did pilates, yoga, tai chi and archery but there was something for everyone. However for those who just wanted to relax, there were always plenty of sunbeds around the pools or on the beach, despite the usual contingent who feel the need to reserve them with a towel at dawn. The three pools were clean and well-maintained. Our favourite was the lazy river with it's pools and secluded terraces with sunbeds and loungers for couples. No matter whether you stayed around the pool or on the beach, there was frequent delivery of cocktails or any drink you requested. The beach was very clean and relatively empty despite being a public beach. The security guards maintain a low profile but maintain a watchful eye. There were only one or two traders on the beach and they were certainly not aggressive about selling their products.
The gardens are lovely and obviously well-maintained. There are two tennis courts and raquets and balls are provided. The air-conditioned gym is well-equipped and the list of water sports activities pretty extensive. We enjoyed the buffet style food and there was plenty of choice at every meal including local dishes. Each night had a different theme and this only added to our enjoyment. We booked one evening meal at the Trysting restaurant and enjoyed the more formal atmosphere and silver service very much.
We enjoyed a relaxing treatment at the spa and would recommend one of the long list of options to those thinking about booking a treat. A price list is provided in your hotel room.
There were only about 6-7 aircraft departing daily from the nearby airport and most of those were light aircraft so really not any nuisance. Likewise, the occupants of the graveyard next door were nice and quiet!
We had a garden room but it looks like the beach front rooms were the best option. The tree frogs at night are certainly vocal but didn't disturb us. Remember to cover your drinks with your napkin when you go up to the buffet otherwise the local bird population will help themselves!
Our only slight criticism was the housekeeping service was a bit patchy. The room was supposed to be serviced between 12pm and 3pm daily but during our week long stay, it was serviced after 3pm on 2 days and before 12pm on 2 days (when we felt obliged to vacate the room for the maid). Also the degree of cleaning was inconsistent - we didn't receive replacement water one day and no new toiletries another day. The towels were replaced daily - we felt it would have been more enivironmentally friendly to have been given the option to re-use them.
We spent most of our time in the resort or on the beach. However if you wish to venture into town to visit the market, marina or duty free shops, it is about half an hours walk (pavement most of the way). Head out of the hotel and up to the roundabout, take the first right (not the road between the airport and graveyard!) and simply follow the road round and over the bridge. The market is a little further around the edge of the port on the left hand side.
Finally, we were recommended to take EC dollars but all the prices at the hotel and spa were in USD and the market and shops accept both.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rendezvous - The Boutique Hotel For Couples. Rendezvous is the only all-inclusive boutique resort in the Caribbean nestled in a tropical garden on a 2-mile stretch of beach, designed for couples who want to spend quality time together in an atmosphere of personalized care. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rendezvous Hotel Castries
- Rendezvous Hotel St Lucia
- Rendevous St Lucia
- Rendezvous Resort St. Lucia/Castries