We stayed here for 11 nights from the 3rd October. (Well we had to stay in Martinique the first night but never mind).
When we got to the Rendezvous we were greeted by a guest who said what a wonderful place it was (the guest wasn't even being paid for this) and this is what we found throughout the whole stay. The staff and other guests were all really nice and friendly. We met people who were returning to the Rendezvous they loved it so much.
The rum punch to begin with was nice and strong and I took it to my room to sip whilst we settled in. If you're celebrating anything they'll also have champagne waiting for you though it is included at the bar whenever you want it.
There was plenty to do. We arrived just as mixology had finished and got straight in the pool and met some tipsy guests who were having a great time. This was a great ice breaker and really gave us a good impression that people were having fun at this hotel and from the time we got there we were too!
I had a diving lesson, a water skiing lesson (which my boyf filmed...oh dear!) and a hobie cat lesson. We took a kayak and hobie cat out most days which as we aren't the sunbathing types was great to have something inclusive to do. We went on the inclusive cycle ride to Castries to get some souvenirs (apparently the prices go up if there's a cruise ship in but there wasn't when we were there). We went bottom sea fishing with Gaston and had an archery lesson and tournament too. When it rained Markel set up a ring tossing competition a few times and asked for all the 'tossers' to line up which was hilarious. The staff come across very innocent at times! My boyf Matt joined in the volleyball game three times while we were there, getting bruised but that's men for you!
We went to the Trysting four times which was worth dressing up for but we really really liked the buffet anyway. The service was still a really high standard even though it was a buffet and the food was amazing. Matt really enjoyed the Caribbean night (with jerk chicken and suckling pig). Every breakfast you can order the special or whatever you want and get continental breakfast and fruit from the buffet. The local cat had kittens while we were there which was fantastic. We just hope they are ok.
There were two or three stray dogs around who were friendly but would leave you alone if you didn't stroke them. The two cats lounged around sometimes going for the odd pidgeon so they were good to deter the birds plus we love cats anyway. We did see a horse with a limp on the beach and it did go in the sea but I again thought that was really nice to see. It was hot there and the poor horse was probably sweltering too. We went in the sea everyday and the pool most days. The sea was really warm. It was murky and we couldn't snorkel right outside the front but there was plenty more to do. In the rainy season debris does wash into the sea. We went and looked and the debris was mostly coconuts and wood and the odd crisp packet and archery arrow! We got on a kayak and would go and have a look at the debris.
The planes overhead never bothered us. Some were really small planes and were gone in a few seconds.
The staff were the best, trying to learn your name and serve drinks quickly. The beach flag system does work.
We went on the Brig Unicorn sunset cruise which was really good with a steel band playing. We would recommend this.
We loved it so much we've started a facebook group called R*A*S*T*A - there's more pictures on there.
It's not a four or five star sofitel or hilton like you get in England, Maybe if you want that I've heard Le Sport or Sandals are more aesthetically pleasing/ikea/habitat style. The rooms, gardens, pool, staff, activities, trips, food, views etc etc were all fantastic and we will definitely go back in 1 - 2 years we hope!!!
- 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