My title is purely in response to TravelerX771 - who has reviewed the beautiful resort of Rendezvous previously and quite frankly I am staggered at the inappropriate review given; I appreciate that we are all entitled to our own opinion and of course not everything suits everyone but during the wonderful week we have just spent at Rendezvous there was not a soul we spoke to who would concur with their comments. Ok, rant over! We had a wonderful room (verandah suite) which is due for a refurbishment but was still beautifully appointed, had a huge balcony with a lovely view of the grounds, A massive and comfortable bed, sofa, desk, chair, huge shower (slightly reduced pressure but this is being dealt with in the refurb). Spotlessly clean each day and with a turn down service. There are two lovely pools - one very quiet by the Spa and the other including a swim up bar which is a great place to meet people, chat and generally pass the time of day drinking and getting to know others. The beach is clean (after storms the staff clear any seaweed or debris thrown up), and there are two main areas that you can sit/lie so you can appreciate the length of coast that the Rendezvous adjoins. Yes, this is a public beach and occasionally you get a few people walking along, daily horses canter along and go for a swim to cool off by the hotel and at weekends there is even the occasional family having a dip and playing in their sea..... and so they should. None of this is offputting or even annoying, quite the reverse, but for those who feel exclusivity is their entitlement I suggest that they either stay up by the Spa pool surrounded by the beautiful gardens or choose another venue with a private beach (incidentally, Sandy Lane in Barbados also has a public beach...). The food was exceptionally good, a massive variety for all meals, in a buffet style, loads of salad for the conscientious, grills, paninis of choice, a large selection of hot food, and a desert selection that would beat most high class restaurants in the UK. There is also the Trysting restaurant which is air conditioned and has a completely different atmosphere; beautifully served, 'haute cuisine sized portions (which although small are a good contrast to the quantity you can consume 4 times a day in the main restaruant (tea is served with food also!); acoustic guitar playing and lovely Maitre 'd and perfect waiters and waitresses. You need to book this at reception and my advice is to book what nights you want to eat there when you arrive as it gets booked up. We also had two beach barbeques - outstandingly good. Drinks are of course free, they have proper labelled spirits, do fantastic cocktails, serve champers all day if you wish - what's there to fault? You can even put your flag up by your deck chair and they will serve you... My last comment must be about the staff. There are 208 staff working at Rendezvous and despite what the previous review said they were ALL, without exception, friendly, polite, helpful, fun, kind, informative and made a point of getting to know you. Of course, this is a two way street....! They have entertainment that you can join in or not, as is your wish, but the team (Josie, Yammi, Pauline and Gavi - sorry if I left anyone out...) are infectiously fun and almost make it impossible to say no. We learned to do archery, how not to play volleyball, played beach cricket, scuba dived, water skiied, tubed behind the speed boat. There was an oversized chess/draughts board, ping pong, badminton... everything and more. We have come away having had the most wonderful holiday with fabulous memories and a few friends made too...we are already planning a reunion return trip!! Thank you to all the team at Rendezvous.
- 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