My wife and I just returned from St Lucia two days ago. We stayed a week Nov. 10 - 16. The weather was great, the Island was lovely. We stayed at the Landings, a condo style resort up north in Gros Islet. We had booked through "Luxury Link" which offered a Harbor Side villa, we were given a two bedroom, 2 1/2 bath ground floor unit in a three story building. The unit was beautifully furnished, with a full kitchen. It was very clean, and extremely well maintained. The large deck with private hot spa looked out onto a canal with private catamarans tied up. The problem was that it was so far from the beach, you needed to take a golf cart shuttle to get there. The beachfront restaurant for breakfast and lunch, and the three pools are also located there. I asked to be moved closer to this area, and was offered a first floor unit directly on the beach. The upgrade of $100US per night negated the savings that i had received by booking through Luxury Link, but it was worth the expense we felt. The unit was identical to the first unit, except we had a very large balcony with two lounge chairs and a dining table and six chairs, and no spa. There were ceiling fans in every room, very high end appliances in the kitchen, and beautiful furnishings. We really were impressed with the quality of the rooms. We mostly stay in Ritz Carltons when we travel, and these rooms were definitely a step up.
The staff at this resort were top notch, everyone is friendly, and gives you the "good morning sir" that I'm sure is a hotel policy. We have experienced it before, but at the Landings, it feels very sincere. The staff will stop and engage you in conversation, offer helpful hints, and just really make you feel welcome. The first person that we encountered upon arrival was a bellman named Noe, a genuinely nice man. He went beyond the basic niceties, and made us feel very welcome.
On the beach there was a guy, whose name I never learned, but every morning when we got to the beach he was there, always with a big smile, and interesting conversation. I came to look forward to chatting with him each morning. Even though I never learned his name, I'm sure that management will know who I mean, he has blond hair and an engaging spirit.
The restaurant on the beach serves breakfast every morning, which was included. The first few mornings is was a buffet, which included just about every breakfast item you could want, including many West Indian dishes. Stewed tuna, bakes, Creole potatoes, etc. There was a young lady that I feel I must single out for praise. Her name is Cherol, and we sat in her station for breakfast. What a doll! She told us more about St Lucia, from an insider's perspective, than we ever could have known. She was so genuinely sweet, it was a revelation to a couple of middle aged New Yorkers. The Landings is so fortunate to have a person of her caliber on staff. I'm surprised that she isn't on the front desk or working as a concierge, She knows the island so well and is so incredibly nice. I must admit that because of Cherol my wife and I really fell in love with St Lucia and the people of the island. Cherol saw us walking in Rodney bay one afternoon while she was running errands with one of her children, and offered us a lift. We were at the Gros Islet jump-up on Friday night, and Cherol was there, and acted like our tour guide, she and my wife danced, and she left to drive us back to the hotel. Really unbelievable that someone could be so nice.
The Palms restaurant is the higher end restaurant on the Landings property, the setting was beautiful, the atmosphere was lovely. There was a violin player playing romantic music. The service was also spot on. However, the food was not very good. the presentation was lovely, but we started with an amuse of avocado and bacon, but it was frozen and crystals of nice crunched as you ate it. It tasted like frozen bacon bits. Our appetizer of local grilled prawns was mealy and inedible, I think it may have been marinated in citrus, which destroyed the texture. We ordered the local lobster as an entree at $62US each, and it was tough and very difficult to cut with the knife provided. The attempt at fine dining was there, but they completely missed the mark.
A long winded review to be sure, but I wanted to give credit where it was due. Overall, we loved the Landings beach, rooms, setting, atmosphere, and especially the staff. And I would recommend it without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Landings is St. Lucia's premiere beach resort featuring one, two and three-bedroom all suite villas. Accomodations include full kitches, state-of-the-art amenities, private terraces and personal plunge pools. The resort offers, beachfront dining, a full array of water activities, 80-slip yacht harbor and Soleil Spa. Free Internet Beach Largest Suites north of St. Lucia ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Landings St. Lucia, a Rock Hotel Castries
- The Landings St. Lucia Gros Islet