Sandals in St. Lucia

St. Lucia is so lushly alluring that France and Britain fought over her for over 150 years, finally coming under British rule, but still retaining a French influence.  From the twin peaks of Les Pitons, the sulfur springs reknowned for their restorative powers, the abundance of the lush rainforest, the fiery passions of its ancient volcano, to the charm of Marigot Bay where “Dr. Dolittle” was filmed – St. Lucia is a dazzling Caribbean paradise that casts her spell of romance and adventure at every turn.

Sandals Regency La Toc, “The Emerald of the Caribbean” is set on 250 acres of lush, tropical, hilly terrain plus a dramatic ocean bluff, which overlooks the amazing half-mile cove beach of white sand and turquoise waters. 

You can choose from one of 19 room categories in the Piton Villa Suites, the Emerald Village, or the Sunset Bluff Suites featuring the incredible Millionaire Suites.  Sandals Regency La Toc has the most plunge pools of all the Sandals resorts.  There is a 9 hole golf course on site with complimentary greens fees.  9 restaurants, 10 bars, 3 swimming pools, and of course, a Red Lane Spa.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian is set on its own peninsula surrounded by spectacular Caribbean views, from both sides of the resort.  From the moment you enter the 3 story open-air lobby, you are overcome by the stunning views of Rodney Bay.  Elegant sitting areas invite you to relax and enjoy the cool ocean breezes. 

Among the 16 room categories at this resort, you can choose an exotic swim-up room where you can stp from your living area into the clear waters of a lagoon pool.  Or maybe a Rondoval Suite would me more to your liking, offering a unique indoor/outdoor experience.  With 8 restaurants, 6 bars, 5 swimming pools, and complimentary golf at Sandals Regency La Toc, everything you need is right here.  Continental breakfast room service is available to all guests at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

Sandals Halcyon Beach is the 3rd Sandals resort on St. Lucia.  This intimate, quaint and romantic resort has just 169 rooms, and is a low rise resort offering a laid back, tranquil and casually elegant experience set in tropical gardens.  With full exchange privileges at the other 2 Sandals resorts, you get all of the amenities of the larger resorts, with the intimacy of a small resort.  Sandals Halcyon offers St. Lucia’s most impressive dining option – The Pier Restaurant set out over the water.  There are 3 other restaurants, 7 bars, 2 swimming pools.

Remember, with full exchange privileges at all 3 resorts, you have 18 dining options, complimentary golf and complimentary shuttle service between the 3 resorts.

Renewed my Certified Sandals Specialist

I attended a Sandals Workshop last Thursday to maintain my Certified Sandals Specialist status.  I love these workshops because they are so informative keeping us updated on what is new at each of the 22 resorts on 6 islands that are under the Sandals umbrella.  I thought I would share a little information about each resort with you because not everyone realizes that this company offers something for almost everyone.

There are 13 Sandals Luxury Included properties which cater to couples and stress romance; 4 Beaches Luxury Included properties which cater to families, singles and groups; 2 Royal Plantation resorts which offer a luxurious, boutique style resort; 2 Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts which make Paradise affordable; and the Royal Plantation Villas – Butch Stewart’s private estates which he makes available for rent, old world Jamaican charm in a luxurious and pampering environment.

All of the Sandals branded resorts include water sports, both motorized and non-motorized.  Some resorts offer more than others, some of the most popular are water-skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, Glass-bottom boat tours, windsurfing, Aquatrykes – and best of all, Scuba – up to 2 dives a day for certified divers.  You can get resort-certified at most resorts and dive once a day.  Golf is included at some resorts.

Sandals is a great place for a Destination Wedding.  Sandals has teamed up with Martha Stewart and currently offers 6 different Wedding Packages, from the Beautiful Beginnings basic package which is free at most resorts, to the Island Paradise which offers a true Caribbean Sunset Wedding experience.  Brides choosing this package get priority for the prime time sunset times.  There are also Renewal of Vows packages available.  These packages are available at all Sandals and Beaches properties. 

I am going to give a brief update on each property in the next few days, so keep checking back to read about your favorite!