The Caribbean is good news in most areas, but the easy-going friendliness of most St Lucians is second to none, and the staff of EWI exceed even that! From reception to the dining room, and from gardeners to porters they are unfailingly cheerful, courteous and efficient which gives the impression they would do anything for you. We were very pleased with the size and facilities of our room, with aircon (rarely used) and fan. EWI is situated in a shallow valley leading down to its beach, and the pairs of cottage-like rooms are scattered within 13-odd acres of beautiful gardens that are a pleasure to stroll throuh. One small tip for anyone suffering a bad leg or back: if you find walking up even a gentle slope is a strain it would be best to ask for a room in the flat lower half of the estate behind the beach. (You'll then have the added bonus of watching the little land crabs scuttling into their burrows!) We only ate out when on a trip. Thoughts that we might sample local restaurants were quickly banished by the excellence and variety of the EWI chefs and the quality of the service, and added to by the two adjacent bars, each very different in style. Because EWI is small in its number of rooms, everything adds up to creating a relaxed and friendly country house atmosphere. Just one or two very small suggestions for what might be called internal marketing. Although in each room there is a good guide to the shrubs and trees in the gardens, it might be useful to have a board outside reception (or outside one of the bars) with prominent, well-designed info about other attractions such as, say, (a) the 35 bird species to be seen in and around, with colour picture of each and months when likely to be seen; (b) info on where to find the start of the fitness trail and what it consists of; and (c) a clear statement about the boating opportunities off the beach and who to approach to take the boat out, or be taken out. etc. I know (b) & (c) are briefly mentioned in the notes about hotel facilities in the rooms, but a more prominent reminder would be helpful. Also, what about offering, once weekly, say, a session for ladies to have their nails done? And massage? The yoga and pilates sessions seem to be appreciated, but there was a feeling they would be better in the early eveinings - say at 5.00 - than in the early morning. But this is no detraction from a great holiday. I've only once previously given a 5 star rating, but have no hesitation in awarding the second!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Saint Lucia’s best kept secret and immerse yourself in true Caribbean luxury. East Winds Saint Lucia is a breathtaking garden-by-the-sea, planted on the island's most picturesque sandy bay. Our Island Hideaway is Saint Lucia's original boutique resort featuring 30 cottage style suites, tucked away amongst lush plants, trees and a kaleidoscope of colourful bird-life. East Winds is home to what many consider the finest beach on the island and our guests share it with very few others just like them; travellers looking for personalised care and all-inclusive service in the most authentic of Caribbean experiences. Come experience the Caribbean the way it was meant to be experienced. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- East Winds Hotel Gros Islet
- East Winds Resort All Inclusive
- East Winds St. Lucia/Gros Islet