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Rendezvous Resort
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Castries
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 20, 2008

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.

Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed December 12, 2008

Have just come back from a 2 week stay at the Rendezvous,and it was one of the best hotels I have stayed in.
The resort is just the right size, the location is fabulous, on a stretch of white sand beach and set in beautifully maintained gardens.
When we arrived, we were upgraded to the Verandah suite, which overlooked the gardens and the sea. The room was spacious, spotless,comfortable bed, and a large verandah, perfect for unwinding. We missed dinner the first night (thank you Virgin Atlantic!) but we were sent up a snack and fruit, and a bottle of champagne..
The staff at the hotel generally made a huge effort to get to know your name, were very friendly and provided great service in the bars and restaurants. Nothing was too much trouble, and we were made to feel very welcome.
There are 2 restaurants, both of which were excellent, and provided a wide variety of choice. The buffet was rotated on a different theme, so you werent stuck with the same thing every day, and the menu at the Trysting was changed every 3 days. Unlike many resorts, there was no limit to the number of times you could use the a la carte restaurant, and we were always able to get a reservation there.
There are 3 bars. The pool bar is open from 10 in the morning until sunset, you can sit at the swim up bar sit and have one of their lovely but lethal cocktails, and the staff often arranged a cocktail mixing contest which was great fun. The terrace bar overlooks the beach, a great place to sit and chat and watch the sun go down, and the piano bar is open till the last person goes, and if you are not into hotel entertainment (which we werent) its a nice, cool place to chill and listen to the pianist.
I read the reviews before I booked, and the critisisms made of the resort can only be from people who are impossible to please!
The comments about the proximity of the airport are valid, but it really isnt intrusive, there are only a handfull of small planes taking off, so this didnt bother us at all, and you cant see the airport from the hotel.
The age range while we were there ranged from honeymooners in their twenties, to couples in their seventies, and because it is quite a small resort, you got to know the other guests there, and not having kids running around was a huge bonus.
If you are the active type, there were plenty of things to get involved in. I had a go at the archery, and my other half went diving frequently, and had some lessons from the golf pro who visits the hotel. The diving is included if you are qualified, but its worth paying for the dives in the marine park as theres more to see.
The on site spa isnt included, but is very good value. I had a fantastic massage from Valerie (the coconut and spice combo) which was so relaxing I nearly dozed off!
I would definitely go back to this resort, it is so relaxing, and really deserves the positive feedback it gets. I have stayed all over the Caribbean, and St Lucia is my favourite island - now I have found my favourite hotel. I have never been so depressed to leave somewhere and come home.
Many thanks to all the staff (especially Colin) and the lovely Manager Yhasmine - keep up the good work - we will be back!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank lankylass
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Reviewed December 10, 2008

My wife & I enjoyed a wonderful relaxing holiday at The Rendezvous. All the staff were friendly and most helpful at all times. The dive school was one of the most professionally run that I have encountered around the world. If you want to go for a tour or to be picked up from the airport we cant recommend Andy Alexander highly enough ( [-] ).

1  Thank johnerEngland
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Reviewed November 27, 2008

The Rendezvous is a couples only resort which promotes the romantic get away from it all concept. We went for a week to get away from everything here in the UK.

We were upgraded from the Garden rooms to the Ocean view rooms which were fine, typically decorated in Caribbean style. I must mention here though there is no TV in the room. If you are like us and like to watch TV while getting ready or before you go out, then this will be missed. There is no TV lounge so you do feel that you miss out on the news and what is happening in the world.

The food is good, the buffet caters for all tastes and if you don't like anything on there then the kitchen will make you something or bring it from the Trysting restaurant, Their aim is to please. Breakfast is a buffet with your eggs and bacon etc ordered freshly through your waitress. I was not that impressed by the Trysting - it must have been a bad night as the menu we were offered differed from the one advertised and then when they realised that the menu was wrong it took them 15 mins to give us the correct menu that was advertised. Note; if you forget to book they always keep a few tables free for "walk ins"

The beach is OK but the water is not very clear and there can be a strong current. There were plenty of watersports there but was too busy working on my tan to bother.

You are next to the local airport and there are a few small planes that take off but you really do not notice them at all.

The weather, when it rains there is limited activities, there are board games there but with bits missing ... and the staff will lay on activities but they were bingo and bounce the ping pong ball into the champagne bucket... they do need to consider other things for people to do when it's raining.

The staff are where the Rendezvous exceeds.... the waitresses are wonderful Candice is a sweetie at breakfast and lunch. The activity staff are funny and entertaining, Markel and Deano are a great double act. The whole entertainment team lay on shows and their tribute to the lion king is great along with their tribute shows. The local bands are fantastic and they encourage young bands to perform and they are so good with wonderful music that is varied and not the usual songs that are played.

I enjoyed my stay there and would say of you want a get away with no distractions then this is perfect.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank eklhrvs2016
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Reviewed November 26, 2008

Stayed here on recommendation from a couple of friends who had actually attended weddings at the hotel!

The hotel is lovely, the staff extremely friendly and can't do enough to assist you. The facilities available and very good, and the daily activities that are put on are a good laugh - ranging from drinking games to archery (with bottles of Rum as the prizes!). If that's not for you, you can spend time around one of the two outdoor pools, or make use of the watersports facilities.

Taxi ride from the main airport took us about an hour and a half, so once at the hotel we decided to cancel our car transfer for when we left, and booked in on the helicopter transfer instead, which departs about 5 minutes away from the hotel - 15 minutes to the airport and you get to see the island from the air! Well worth it!

You get incredible sunsets in the evening which change the colour of the entire area that you can see - simply stunning!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank SMudgeh
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Reviewed November 7, 2008

We had 2 weeks at the Renezvous in october,we also stayed there 2 years ago.We would recommend this to everyone,this is the best holiday ressort we have ever stayed at and we have been holidaying twice a year for twenty years.
The staff are outstanding,nothing is too much trouble.
The room was spotless and cleaned early every day,It had great decor,lovely furniture and the bathroom was large and very light.(we stayed in a beach front room but would not have been disappointed with a standard room having seen one although they are a little smaller.
The 2 restaurants are perfect,one outside beside the beach and a airconditioned restaurant which you can book.The service in both is outstanding.
The entertainment was great and included shows where all the participents were staff members,the staff shows were my favourates and the hard work and effort put in to these shows is very admirable.
The activities staff and the watersports staff were the most professional I have seen at any ressort around the Carribean with safety being the priorty.They take time to teach beginners and are excellent instructors.
The equipment (speed boat,water skis,wake board,hobby cats,diving)are top quality.
If you just want to chill out you can be left alone to just sunbath and enjoy the great surroundings.
The extensive gardens are immaculate.
The bar areas have extremely clean and comfy seating.
The beach is not only clean but raked every day.
The pool and pool bar are perfect
At the managers cocktail party every wednesday evening all the managers are warm and sincere and spend time to talk to you.
We will be returning within the next 6 months,John & Mandy

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank velvetglove
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Reviewed November 5, 2008

Spent a day at Rendezvous a month ago while on holiday at Le Sport. We had friends with us and wanted to introduce them to a less ‘stuffy’ resort and this really fitted the bill. We have previously spent 2 two week holidays at this resort in 2001 and 2002.

Although Rendezvous doesn’t have a ‘grand’ entrance or reception area, the welcome was very warm. The resort was only half full so a bit quiet when we were there.

We had an extremely nice lunch and met a few staff members whom have been there for years. The beach/pool bar guy was new to us but very welcoming.

The dive staff were awesome and looked after us really well, we all had a lovely dive with them.

The air conditioned Trysting Restaurant was just as nice as we’d remembered. The food, service and staff were totally top notch with no added supplements to pay even though I ate seafood and steak! (Le Sport charges extra for these!)

If circumstances had permitted, we would have moved to Rendezvous for our 2nd week but as our friends were leaving in 3 days, it wouldn’t have been worth our while. We would have been happy to give our inclusive spa treatments a miss in favour of included boat dives (apart from Marine Park) to stay at this very friendly resort.

We were frankly amazed to find that the Scuba Shop is still in the same state as it was in 2001! It was promised a refurb a very long time ago! A crying shame!

The weather was particulary 'iffy' the day of our visit so went for a walk. We had never found the nearby cemetery to be a problem so took the time to visit it properly and found it a very profound experience.

We feel very blessed to have travelled extensively and although have stayed at better resorts on other islands, I would still go back to this resort as it has a very special warm vibes with exceptional staff and would always recommend this to my friends.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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6  Thank pistonbroke
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Additional Information about Rendezvous Resort

Address: Malabar Beach, Castries, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#2 Romantic Hotel in Castries
Price Range: $438 - $750 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 100
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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