We have just got back from two weeks at the Rendezvous. On first impressions we felt it was a bit rough around the edges, but this was possibly because we are used to spending this kind of money in Asian countries so you come to expect a little bit more. Compared to somewhere like Thailand, this is more a 3 star, but in Caribbean terms it was great value. That said we have found the Rendezvous to be great. The room is a good size, with plenty of hanging space for clothes and a good bed and balcony. We stayed in a garden suite and we had a lovely view out over the botanical garden where we could watch birds come and go including humming birds flitting around the tree canopy (AND BATS AT NIGHT, FAB.)
The room was always well kept and you have a handy do not disturb sign for lie ins.
Rendezvous is a lovely personal hotel, you really get the feeling the staff enjoy working there. The gardens are stunning, with some incredible plants and impressive trees including a rare Cannon Ball tree, banana plants, coconut palms, ginger lillies, great huge birds of paradise plants, bamboos, orchids and we even noticed some Jack Fruit trees - take some time to walk around the gardens day and night it is very rewarding. Look out for the tiny tree frogs, they're there to see if you're patient enough. I think the hotel should arrange organised walk and talks in their grounds as there is so much to learn about.
The hotel is located on an incredible long beach, which feels both secluded but also benefits from being easily accesible to non residents, meaning that there is some great people watching to be done. Especially at the weekend when groups of locals, friends and families come to enjoy the beach all day. You feel that the real St Lucia comes to you.
The beach seemed quite unique, because of the nearby airport (which doesn't disturb, the planes just add to the experience and we loved watching them, BUT THE NOISE IS MINIMAL) and there's a small cemetry too which meant there isn't lots of building and big hotels. It was a beautiful soft sandy beach. Lined with Almond trees, coral washed up and coconut palms. Because the weather was cloudy the water itself was always full of sand and choppy. So it was fun for messing around in but not for swimming and definately not for snorkelling. Bays further south were all much much better. Take their snorkelling trip to the Pitons, it is excellent value, taking in views along the west coast from the sea, with great views of Soufrierre, Anse La Raye and of course the great PITONS. The snorkelling was great, we even saw dolphins. ~Compared to a trip organised by the local rep this was sooo worth it. Only $40 US each.
The pools at the hotel are lovely, and we enjoyed the hot tub most evenings, watching the hummingbirds before sunset.
This is the first time we had stayed all inclusive in about ten years, so we were a bit worried, we could not have more wrong. The chefs were excellent, we enjoyed every meal. We have eaten in some top restaurants around the world including Michellin starred ones, although you could never compare the Rendezvous restaurant to a Michellin star their dishes were fantastic. We had the best roast beef ever, wonderful calves liver in Trysten Place (you must eat there, it's wonderful) it's a la carte offering, amazing bbq and great fish dishes. The food was different each night. We had a private romantic meal on our last night and were knocked away by the Seafood Mornay.
As it was a couples only resort it was a real mix of ages from mid twenties to late 60's, mainly from the UK and the US. The entertainment was fun, we enjoyed a few nights of a great steel drum band, and staff entertainment was always enthusiastic. There were fun things to do in the day, but we weren't interested in that and there's no pressure.
Try and get out though. Being close to Castries means that as long as you ask somebody (we asked mainly bus drivers, and policemen) you can get a bus almost any where. A top tip. Get a bus! We went to Soufriere so we could snorkel in Anse Chastenet for about £4.00 return each, a taxi would cost you about £60.00 and it's the same journey, and the same vehichles. Both buses and taxis are small mini buses. But allow about an hour and a half each way for the bus, and consider the journey and great music on the bus as part of the experience and take in the views. We were amazed to see enormous tree ferns in the rainforest as we got near to Soufriere, worth the journey alone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on two miles of powdery sand, surrounded by acres of exotic tropical gardens, it’s easy to why Rendezvous has been called “the romantic holiday.” It’s hard to imagine a more alluring corner of the world for two people to escape to. A world away from the everyday, it’s a uniquely intimate island retreat. From the long stretches of deserted beach to the lazy-river pool that winds its way through quiet nooks and secret hideaways, every aspect of this all-inclusive luxury resort has been created to give couples the space and time they need to be alone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rendezvous Hotel Castries
- Rendezvous Hotel St Lucia
- Rendevous St Lucia
- Rendezvous Resort St. Lucia/Castries