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Rendezvous Resort
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Castries
Certificate of Excellence
Northampton
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous holiday”
Reviewed May 9, 2007

Had a fabulous holiday at the Rendezvous, met some great people (you know who you are!). Great trips, particularly the Grenadines and Sunset Cruise on the Black Pearl. Staff, food, drink, beach, activities, rooms all really good. Can't think why everyone does not write great review (must be very, very fussy!). First time in the Carribean but definitely won't be the last. Helicopter transfer well worth the money (did it both ways so can't comment on road journey though). Nearby airport no problem, we actually liked watching planes take off.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2007

As my wife and I decided to travel somewhere special for our honeymoon, after a large amount of research online, with brochures and using TripAdvisor, we took the plunge and booked Rendezvous.

And now that we have returned, in the cold light of day, we realise what a mistake that was.

Our travel to the island was fine (with Virgin from London) and we had pre-booked our helicopter transfer, which I would heartily recommend to anyone, because it gives you a mindblowing view of this gorgeous island & allows you to beat the traffic.

On our arrival from the heli terminal, at the gates of the resort, I felt really disappointed by how tired the gateway looked. However, my feelings improved when we got a bit further onto the property and discovered how beautiful and well kept the gardens are. We had booked a Seaside Suite, but discovered that we had been upgraded to an Oceanfront Room, which was a major benefit, as the Seaside Suites are set well back from the beach (see attached property map). We have no complaints about the room, as it was spacious, comfortable and less that 10 paces from the beach and ocean. It had also been decorated for our arrival - see attached pic.

The location of Rendezvous cannot be faulted, there are two safe sandy beaches with calm blue waters, perfect for swimming. However, be aware that this is not a private beach and that it gets VERY busy and noisy at weekends and public holidays (5 out of 10 days of our stay!). Our main reason for choosing Rendezvous was because of it's adult only policy, somewhat cancelled out by the locals diving from the rocks and playing football on the beach. It's not a huge inconvenience, but it's worth noting...

Where things really started to unravel for us, was when meal times arrived at the Terrace Restaurant - the food really did leave a lot to be desired. It was stodgy, unimaginative and a million miles from what we expected for the price we had paid (almost £5000/$10000 for 10 days!) and the reviews we had read here. It wasn't helped by the weekly repetition of the themed menu. The house wine is undrinkable, especially the so called ¨Champagne¨. Breakfast was the best meal of the day, but still managed to produce some culinary shockers! Lunch was a waste of time most days and the evening fayre wasn't much better. The desserts could only be described as a comedy of errors and provided us with such an insight into the number of ways a bad pastry chef can use strawberry jam!

By our fifth day, we simply couldn't face another evening meal on the Terrace and booked the Trysting Place. And what a refreshing change this proved to be. The food was in a totally different league and proved that someone, somewhere on the property could cook! The wine list was superb and was the only option not included in the inclusive package. We couldn't understand why anyone would bother with the Terrace after dining here. Apart from Sundays when the Trysting Place is closed..

Overall the resort offers a wide range of activities, but we went to St Lucia to relax and unwind, so can't comment on the quality of what is on offer. We caught small sections of the evening entertainment and the staff certainly appeared to put in a large amount of effort to the shows.

The bars provided some premium brands, but it was a very small range and all of the fruit juices were mass produced and not freshly squeezed, as we had expected them to be.

Whilst a lot of the above sounds negative, we truly feel our holiday experience at Rendezvous was a LONG way from the luxury we were expecting. We would find it very hard to recommend Rendezvous to our friends, as we feel let down by our experience.....

  • Liked — The location!
  • Disliked — The dreadful food!
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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midlands uk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2007

The most beautiful holiday ever, got married there, went scuba diving there, it was the most perfect holiday. The staff are SO helpful and friendly, you feel as though you live there you are made to feel so at home, the food is gorgous and we are chefs so are picky, the diving is just great at the Marine Park and we are Padi instructor and Divemaster from the UK, would just ask for more trips to the marine park for us though, less around the house reef, all dives are boats dives which is great and the boat handler Sheldon is just superb at his job as are the dive staff, Paul, Luie G and Terroll, I cannot express enough how fabulous this place was, and the helicopter trip you just have to take from the airport it is amazing. The property is not all perfect and sparkly but it is beautiful and clean and exactly what you want on a proper holiday it has character and has rustic charm but I would definately say it is 3 star plus/4 star, it does not have the marble and glass effect but the charm is outstanding and it is so romantic in it's character, I cannot wait to go back and dive some more of the marine park !

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Southampton, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2007

A beautiful resort and island, made even better by the excellent staff. The perfect place for our wedding.

Location: Just North of Castries. This is about an hour and a half away from the main international airport, we transferred by helicopter from her over to the small light aircraft airport close by. A very recommended way to start your holiday. It must be said whilst there is a small amount of noise from thge planes they are very infrequent (5 to 10 a day) and we found they gave us something else to watch whilst lazing on the beautiful sandy beach.

Staff: One of the things that can make or break a holiday (particularly all inclusive) but they all were a credit to the funny laid back nature of the island. Special thanks must go to Imran, known as Mini Me by everyone, an excellent barman and top chap to boot, good footy skills too... Pauline, who's keep fit tried to keep some of the weight gain off and advise which helped my new wife on the big day and also Tamara who whilst being new had instantly got into the mood of the resort and was a ray of sunshine. Lennie, the man with the great fruit stall and a lovelly line in dresses - wait for one of the shows - very funny. There were many others, but so little time to type.

The Wedding: Again a great experience, manly thanks to the excellent Sandra and here team. We saw at most two weddings in a day and the huge choice of everything really took us by surprise, we went through at least 30 different bouquet options all with matching button holes etc. They felt very personalised and we ended up taking most of the options, which were also great value compaired to the prices charged back home. A great day which we even finished off with a delicious meal on the beach.

Room: We stayed in a Veranda suite which was big, clean and cool with a marble shower that had plenty of room for two. Took less than a minute to get anywhere too.

Food and Drink: A big selection of different foods were available with themed nights, even down to the different uniforms worn by the staff each day. Very tasty and always something for everyone by the size of the helpings we saw people having. Great deserts too which seemed to be our downfall. Copious variety of name brand booze and soft drinks available all day, with some great cocktails too - pink scorpion with a sting, mmmm.

Activities: Everything from Archery, Waterskiing and Beach Cricket through to organised cycles and romantic walks, no pressure and you could do as much or as little as you wanted. The watersport and fitness staff are all well trained and excellent.

All in all great for couples in love...

  • Liked — The Staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank happycouple_saints
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Berkshire, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2007

Overall - This resort is a fabulous place, for those wanting to get away to relax, while having a few things to do if you get bored.

Location - First resort to the north of the main town Castries. This means you hear a low hum of traffic in some parts of the resort. The very close airport is no bother at all. Only hear <10 small planes per day and they are gone in 10 seconds. All St Lucia beaches are non-private, but due to closeness to town you get a lot of locals at the weekend. This adds to the holiday experience watching them play footy or diving off the rocks. Security guards are posted on the beach solely to prevent locals coming up and trying to sell you stuff. So no hassle at all.

Beach - First rate 2 miles of beach. Waiter service to beach and shaded areas. In very large bay perfect for water skiing/wind surfing/sailing. Nice breeze to cool you down. And beach is right next to bar/restaurant/rooms.

Rooms - Seeing many of them and speaking to others the best value are the Verandah, however all rooms are great quality, cleaned very well and airconditioned. Verandah are massive newly refurbed rooms with massive showers and balconies. Garden rooms good but smaller. Seaview not worth the money as hardly any view and not that private (next to pool). Oceanview good if you can afford it (upgrading when there is cheapest option).

Food - For the main buffet terrace restaurant its very good. Lots of variety and with different themes each night (Italian/Tex Mex/BBQ) you don't get bored. Always a great salad bar and deserts. Or Trysting aircon restaurant. A la carte and good service and food. We aren't talking 5 star here (go to Le Sport sister hotel for a day/meal at Tao), but is well above average.

Activites - You can completely relax and get waiter service to your sunlounger on the beach, or at the pool go to the swim up bar. Or you can join in the many many activites (see website) which are well organised, fun and great to meet others.

Staff/others - The staff give exemplary service. They are very friendly and genuinely want to make friends with you. It's an adult couples only resort so no kids in the pool (great), no drunken antics in the bars and a great atmosphere to meet others. Age was mostly 30-45 or 45-60 (40% each).

Roads/Trips - Trips organised in the resort are very good. Especially the catamaran to Soufiere. Most are only a 30m drive away. The roads have only just been completely re-surfaced so they are smooth and quick (expect in castries centre). However the 1.5hr drive from airport is slightly scary as drivers like to go either 0,15 or 50mph. And drive 1m from car in front. TAKE THE HELICOPTER from the airport to Castries airport (5mins from hotel).

Other points - Don't blame this resort if you don't like the town. You CHOOSE to go there. Weddings - We saw/heard 7 in two weeks, which is pretty sparse (Sandals had 8 in one day). Spend a day at the sister resort (Le Sport) and dine there in Tao for a change of scenery (they have a very secluded bay with snorkelling off the beach).

You will really enjoy this resort. I guarantee any minor issues (which you get anywhere) will not spoil this holiday

  • Liked — Everything close together and on beach.
  • Disliked — proximity to town doesn't make this fully secluded - if you want that!
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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10 Thank tvrmark
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London
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93 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2007

For my first experience in the Caribbean we chose Rendezvous.. from the moment we arrived the heat hit us.. the weather stayed fantastic all holiday and although short showers it was always hot.

We recommend the helicopter from the airport to Castries airport which is next to the hotel. Although you hardly notice the aeroplanes taking off.

The staff were friendly and nice, easy to talk to if you wanted but left you in peace if not.

The food was varied, lots of it and of good quality.. (although we did eat out 4 of the 10 nights we were in St Lucia) we recommend the Tao and the sister restaurant, The Body Sport.. the Tao is amazing!!

Also recommend the tree zip lining which was arranged by our tour operator when we arrived.

We went into Castries itself but did not feel safe at all and left as quickly as we arrived!!

Overall a fantastic relaxing break away.. recommended..
Just choosing where to go for our next trip..and it is proving difficult!

  • Liked — Beach and pool closeby... food fantastic, good location
  • Disliked — that Castries itself didnt feel safe to walk round
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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9 Thank next_stop_venice
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2007

What a great place ! staff were so friendly and efficient, food was fabulous, rooms were comfortable and well appointed although refurbishment needed in bathrooms. If you want to relax - no problem, if you want to be active - no problem as there is always something going on and something to do. Entertainment most evenings was most enjoyable. Noise from local small airport was of no consequence. Would recommend.

  • Liked — Spacious
  • Disliked — Bathrooms need a refurb
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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10 Thank Neil S
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Property: 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
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#2 Romantic Hotel in Castries
#5 Family Hotel in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 100
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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