After a long flight and exciting road trip from the airport back to Le Brellotte Bay, our long anticipated wait was over. We arrived back at East Winds Inn in the early evening, and opened our mini bus doors to the most wonderful sound of tree frogs, the sound of the tropics! We were greeted warmly by Charms on Reception to a lovely cooling towel and a much needed glass of rum punch. We had returned to our wedding paradise. Charms informed us we were booked into our wedding/honeymoon cottage, as we had requested, how wonderful. We were married on the beach here 15 years ago and had returned to celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary and my 50th Birthday. We brought our 13 year old daughter with us as we had longed to return and let her experience the holiday of a lifetime, and it was!
Nothing much has changed, in the way the resort is run. Gareth Leach, the GM is still there and is doing an amazing job. It was a joy to meet with him again and chat like old times. The new room furnishings inside and out, the sun loungers and lovely furnishings in the Bamboo lounge, and Flamboyant Restaurant are beautifully appointed and have improved the resort. The gardens have matured to the most magnificent lush tropical paradise; only visiting here can you really appreciate the beauty of East Winds Inn. The gardeners, headed up by Sylvanus are kept impeccably clean and tidy, and the team are so friendly.
We want to say a very special thank you to all the Staff, and all the gardeners and maintenance team. Thank you to Mr Reynolds and the security team. There was always someone around at night, which was a really nice comfort. It was like one big happy family and nothing was too much trouble. Paula, your breakfast corner was the highlight of my daughter’s day. The first thing I did on returning home was make your banana pancakes with syrup for Lily as she was heartbroken to leave, as we all were. Thank you to Henry, Elie, Miriam, Debbie, Fina, Lilia, Mavis, and Maggie. You all worked so hard and created a light feel at breakfast and lunch, and a lovely formal feel to the special evening meals, in the elegant way only all of you can do. The bar, and wine waiters, the wonderful Hanna, who made my 50th Mango Birthday cocktail, you were amazing! Windell, Haige, Kirby, Simeon, Kerwin, what fantastic people you are. Always had a smile and made our day. The most delicious cocktails we have ever tasted. The rum punch…..divine. Elie, thank you for the wonderful refresher drinks every morning. A big thank you to Nisha, who found our daughter’s teddy that had been left in the bamboo lounge. What would we have done without you? A thank you to Juliana who runs the boutique. Juliana went to the trouble to order in a special colour of butterfly cushion cover for my daughter to match her bedroom.
Also a huge thank you to all the staff behind the scenes that helped my husband arrange my surprise 50th Birthday meal on the Pagoda overlooking the restaurant. It was decorated in flowers and the table had personalised menus wrapped in ribbons. I was overjoyed to have my special Birthday here in paradise and to top it off a gorgeous birthday cake and the pianist playing “Happy Birthday” was the perfect end to a perfect day.
Tomislav Cukman and his team of chefs cooked us the most outstanding food. Local produce, mentioned in the last review below, wonderful steaks, fresh fish every night. The red snapper was delicious, as were the other fish dishes on the menu. Our daughter enjoyed every meal and the ambience in the restaurant every evening was magical. My husband loves to cook and absolutely loved trying to figure out how the chefs did what they did. BBQ sauce was to die for, as was the orange sauce on the Banana Flambés! We especially loved the creative risottos and incredible desserts, not to mention the fine wines and strawberry champagne. The entertainment was spot on. We loved the Shak-shak band, still here after all these years. The steel band were a highlight during Saturday lunch. We especially loved “Intense Heat” the two man band who play at The Manager’s Cocktail party every Monday evening, and we purchased CD’s from them (thanks to Hanna) and the Pitons Steel Band to keep that St. Lucian vibe going at home (along with the cocktails)!
Thank you to Kensley and Nasis for your help with the hobbie cats and taking us out to experience the wonderful Caribbean sea. It was reassuring to know you were always there keeping a watchful eye on the children as they snorkelled and used the viewing boards in the sea. The resort is small and intimate and a dream for older children who enjoy nature, exploring and the sea and spending endless hours chatting to Eric the wonderful parrot who is still there after all these years. Our daughter met some lovely children and they all had a wonderful time. My daughter would like to return with us as soon as we can and said she would like to have her own honeymoon at East Winds Inn, what a wonderful compliment to the hotel. The children loved crab hunting, bird watching, spotting little geckos in the grounds and finding the tiny night frogs after dark. It is a natural paradise. We also did the garden tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed and I participated in yoga with Gill in the beautifully appointed yoga pavilion set amongst outstanding beauty. The pool has a wonderful swim up bar where you can mix your own cocktails, and there is a non-alcoholic list for the children to enjoy. There were always plenty of sun beds at the pool and beach.
My husband went to watch the cricket at the local stadium, the St Lucian Zouks vs Jamaica Tallawahs. He went with a father and son who were also staying with their family and they had a huge ice box of food to take put together by the hotel as it was a night game. Plenty of food for all and they had an enjoyable evening with the local crowd.
Take time to enjoy the time between 7 and 9pm to watch the schools of fish jump out of the ocean together, it is an amazing sight. Try, if you can to steel yourself away for a half day or a day to explore beautiful St. Lucia, it is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Take comfort in knowing you will be back in time for a wonderful sumptuous supper, lovingly prepared at East Winds Inn.
Lastly, we have never been to a hotel where after dinner, the majority of the guests retired to the Bamboo Lounge Bar and had a few drinks together with a chat. Normally, you may become friendly with one or two couples, but the evenings in the bar were a warm and friendly (and funny) end to the day. It was brilliant to catch up with the other residents and I must admit Hanna coped fabulously.
I could go on, but looking at the reviews of the people who were also holidaying at the same time as us below I will finish by saying East Winds Inn surpassed all our expectations and more on our long awaited return. To have photos between the palm trees where we married on the beach, to experience cocktails at the amazing sunsets and eat divinely prepared food, and sleep to the sounds of the tropics in our little deluxe cottage No. 23 was the best experience of our lives. We can’t thank everyone at East Winds enough for making our stay with you unforgettable. It was so worth the wait, we will return, how could we not?
- 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