My husband and I stayed at the Smuggler's Cove Resort on our honeymoon. Our overall experience at the resort was average...but our overall experience in St. Lucia was very good! We are the adventure type so having a 5 star room was not a neccessity for us as we enjoy going on the day trips and exploring the neighboring towns learning the culture etc. We were aiming for great value not neccessarily great estetics. What is important to us is having a nice, clean room, a variety of excellent restaurants to choose from, nice pool and beach area and evening entertainment to enjoy after being out all day. The resort property itself is big and beautiful with lots of natural vegatation. The grounds and pools are kept clean. We were happy with our room. once we upgraded to a Deluxe Garden View. It was clean spacious and met our needs. The restaurants were pretty good. The breakfast buffet is very satisfying with lots of selection for dinner, the restaurant overlooking the water was our favorite (name escapes me now as we were a few months ago) but our absolute favorite restaurant was in the neighboring hotels restaurant where the dining was a bit more upscale and they had live music. The resort staff are all really friendly and accomodating. The one major dissapointment was the entertainment. Quite frankly it was a farce. The first night we arrived they had kareoke (terrible)...and the nights that followed there were some amateur performers. It was a BIG dissapointment. There is only one area for entertainement..the main bar/stage area.. and every night the entertainment got seemingly worse! We eneded up spending more time in Rodney Bay - the neigboring tourist area which is a 5 minute drive from the resort. Overall, I think the resort has a lot of potential especially with the privacy of the property and natural beauty. With a few tweaks it could easily be a 4 star but for now my vote is a 3.
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