My husband and I stayed at Crystals for the second week of our honeymoon, June 3-8 2012. First off, those who say if you enjoy an all-inclusive you won't like Crystals are mistaken - we spent our first week in St Lucia at Almond Bay Resort, and loved Crystals just the same. They are two very different experiences, but certainly not exclusive of each other.
We had to check out of our first hotel by 10am on June 3 (a Sunday), so we had contacted Monica in advance about dropping off our bags before the 3pm checkin time, and this was not a problem. She arranged a taxi for us from Gros Islet down to Soufriere, we dropped off our bags in an office, then got a taxi to Fond Doux for the afternoon. When we returned around 4, our room was ready for us to settle in.
The pictures of Calabash speak for themselves. My husband didn't believe we were really getting what we saw on the website, and was pleasantly surprised (I had faith in Crystals all along!) The pool was beautiful, the cottage was even better than pictured, and the views out the back deck have to be seen in person to truly appreciate.
Breakfast was served every morning between 8:30 and 9:00 am; brought to our door. Every day had a basket of bread (several kinds), two large pancakes topped with coconut, and a plate of fresh fruit. Some days also included cooked plaintains or other dishes.
Dinners and happy hours in the treehouse bar were wonderful as well. Everyone we met was so nice, and fascinating to talk to. We really enjoyed all of their company. The food was delicious, and the drinks were good quality, and very strong (though you couldn't taste it!). Made for an interesting walk back to our cottage some nights.
Our only regret was that we did not rent a car while at Crystals, although since we had planned for not having one it wasn't too much trouble. If we were to go back we would definitely rent one, though it's certainly possible to enjoy yourself without one. Monica can call a taxi for you, and while pricier than one might expect in the states, they always arrived quickly, drove safely, and gave us a chance to meet some friendly people. A taxi to Fond Doux or Anse Chastenet was $50 round trip; Hummingbird Beach was $30 round trip at day, $40 round trip at night (USD). Taxis to Gros Islet or the Hewannora Airport are $75 each way.
The only "problem" (and I say this lightly) we had were finding little frogs and a few bugs in our bathroom. The Calabash bathroom is actually downstairs from the cottage, and we think they may have been coming in through the drain at night. They were only about an inch tall each, but made noise at night so we scooped them out the window. The beetles we found were a little bigger and scarier, but I was generally too relaxed to care. Please note that at no point did we think the critters came in because anything was unclean or uncared for, we figured it just comes with the territory in such an environment. If Crystals could do something to change this it would be great, but if not, I don't think it would stop us from coming back. Also, a door on the bathroom instead of a curtain would have afforded a little more privacy, but again, not a big deal.
All in all, Monica, Martin, and their friends made this a memorable trip to Saint Lucia, and we look forward to an anniversary trip down the road to enjoy their company (and rum punch and champagne!) once again :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Very romantic,elegant luxury air conditioned Villas,all with private pools, magical views of the Pitons and Ocean. close to the beach and all attractions. Tree top Bar and restaurant on property, spa treatments available Reception, tours trips, Boutique on property ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crystals Hotel Soufrière
- Crystals St. Lucia/Soufriere