Historical Traveller Reviews of Sandals Halcyon Hotel
I just returned from Sandals Halcyon, Oct. 24, and I have to say it was, between the Regency and the Grand, the best all inclusive resort I have ever been to, the food was wonderful the staff was excellent and very attentive to your needs. Our room had a garden view with the ocean in the front and the rooms were very clean. After visiting the Regency and the Grand my opinion, the Regency definitely has an attitude problem and the Grand just didn't seem to care. When we were at the Grand and went to the bar on the beach, after what seem forever to get a drink, we finally went to another bar, and that didn't seem any better, so we were back on the shuttle to Halcyon and being that the resort is small all the bartender knew you and as we were walking up to the bar, the bartender ask if we wanted the usual, he knew exactly what we liked to drink and they also remember your name your entire stay.
You won't make a bad decision if you book your vacation at the Halcyon.
Transferred to Sandals regency
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My husband and I were booked to stay at the Sandals Halcyon in September 2003. From the moment we stepped foot on the resort we were disappointed. The resort itself was run-down and needed a lot of work, as well as, located in the poorest section of St. Lucia. When we were shown to our room, we couldn't believe the accomadations. We were supposed to have an ocean front room and our travel agent even confirmed our building previous to our trip, but what we actually had was a garden view. The rooms were so small and dirty. They attempted to "upgrade" us, but the room was not any better. If you are used to nice hotels...do not book a trip to Sandals Halcyon. Even though we did not get what was promised at the Regency, the rooms were much nicer and cleaner. We had hoped for the honeymoon of our dreams, but have had much better trips to other islands.
Checked in at 12:00 - Checked out at 12:30 -
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Sandals has commited the biggest case of deceptive advertising in promoting this resort that I have ever seen. All of the advertisements show crystal clear blue waters and a white sand beach. The water is actually very dark and the beach is golden brown. The resort is close to the main road, is in desperate need of general cleaning and several coats of paint. We literally checked in, walked around the grounds and immediately demanded to be transfered to another resort. This is not a classy resort or somewhere we wanted to spend our honeymoon. Sandals allows several approved local vendors to sell products out of booths around the pool area. The majority of these products are marijuana pipes - the local drug dealers are waiting for you immediately as you approach the beach. Low class. The hotel itself is comparable to a Howard Johnson. I honestly have no idea who reviewed this place and wish I did not rely on the positive reviews.Transfered to the Sandals Golf Resort - much better as is the Sandals Grand. The Golf Resort needs some touching up, but is still very nice and has the best food of the three. Overall, the Grand is the nicest.
Small Piece of Heaven on Earth.
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I recently returned from a six night stay at the Sandals Halcyon resort in St. Lucia and were treated to one of our best vacations ever. We chose St. Lucia because of it's hawaian like characteristics. Year round moderate temps, lush green rain forest, and mountainous terrain. and tropical beauty. We were not dissappointed.
From the moment we stepped off the airport shuttle at Sandals, and were greeted sincerely with a big "Welcome to Paradise" by Vernon, we were hooked. Sandals is a beautiful resort, full of friendly people eager to satisfy your every wish. The pools were big, clean, and perfectly laid out. There is a quiet pool with a bar for lounging, reading, and just plain resting, and a second, somewhat larger pool with a swim up bar, loud carribean music, and all sorts of water games. We found it a great place to meet new people and begin new friendships. Sandals St. Lucia offers you the stay at one sandals, play at all three, and we did. The free shuttle proved to be very prompt and easy to get to the other two Sandals within fifteen minutes to each. Some fourteen restaraunts means you never get bored with the selection of meals. We enjoyed every meal we had, especially at Marios, and the Pier. Both are at Halcyon and the food and service were top notch. Although all food and drink is included at Sandals, we still managed to spend some six hundred dollars more on spa treatments and side trips, but well worth the cost. We would certainly suggest to any of our friends and family they consider Sandals Halcyon for there next escape to paradise. Please feel free to e-mail Us if you should have any questions. J and K.
very good value
from A TripAdvisor Member
My girlfriend and I just got back from spending 6 nights at the Halcyon. It was my first experience at staying at an all-inclusive hotel, all in all not bad for a first time. What makes the Sandal's experience on St. Lucia enjoyable is the fact that you can visit all three resorts instead of being forced to hang out in one place. We felt the Halcyon was the best of the 3 for a couple that just wanted to get away and spend time together. It is the smallest (and oldest) of the three resorts. The landscaping is well kept, mature, and blooming providing a cozy feel to anyone as they are walking around. The food was very good with good service. The only bad thing I would mention is that they tend to over cook seafood (and that's at all the restaurants we visited). Make your reservations a soon as you can. We talked to several people that missed out. Except for breakfast and lunch there is no reason not to hit all the different restaurants for dinner. I Think our favorites we La Toc and Mario's. My girlfriend went diving on two days and felt that both days were ok. I didn't get the feeling the dive sites overwhelmed her. We also spent one afternoon on the beach at the Grand. The Grand (to me) had the better beach experience of the 3 resorts. The Spa experience is good but be warned that they will charge a gratuity for each treatment. The cost for the treatments are the same as you would pay in the US. We took an all day sailing trip that is well worth the money. You'll find plenty of outside the resort activities to choose from, all at a fair price. I think that the only thing I missed was the interaction with the locals in the marketplace, bars and restaurants. Would I go back? Yes but only at the rates they have now, at these rates the value ratio is great! BTW, if your into Vegas you should book at the Grand if your well traveled the Halcyon is the place for you!
An Awesome Honeymooon Aug 2003
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My husband and I just came back from this property and loved it! I would recommend getting an ocean front room if you are set on getting a full ocean view. Our room cat. was a grand luxe OV but it was tucked behind a garden with no ocean view. The management immediately moved us to another room where you can see the ocean. The property grounds are beautiful. We really liked the low-rise feel of the place. The other property - Grand St Lucian was enormous and more upscale but we appreciated the private feel of this place. The Pier restaurant was fabulous, beautifully decorated and had an awesome sunset location for pictures. There was always something good to look forward to at the Bayside restaurant, prime rib, grilled lobster, fresh fruit and yummy desserts. Recommend the creole dressing on all your salads too! Staff was so nice and friendly. The ladies at Beach Grill will make the effort to talk to you and remember your name! The beach at this property was the best looking one our of all the Sandals resorts on this island too.! We were happy honeymooners!
Honeymooned there in April 2003
My husband and I honeymooned at Sandals Halcyon in April this year.
Overall it was a fantastic holiday but we did not think it was worth the money we paid (£5k for one week).
We upgraded on the Virgin flights both ways - that was well worth the extra money. It was fab having all that extra legroom.
The trip from the airport to the hotel was a squash in a small people carrier with four other guests - the driver struggled to get all our cases in... not a good first impression. We were expecting luxury!
At the hotel, our Beachfront Concierge room wasn't as luxurious as we'd expected and the bathroom was quite grotty. Whilst we could see the sea from our room, I'd expected our room to lead onto the beach which it didn't.
That said, the staff were fantastic. Teddy the Playmaker had us in stitches, and Estelle in the Beach Grill was so sweet, remembering everyone's names.
We ate one night in Mario's - the food and service was fantastic. You have to book in advance and unfortunatley we only managed to get in once during our stay.
The Pier at night is stunning...
We also visted the other two hotels - the newer of the two, the Grande, was stunning. It's set on a beautiful beach. We ate in the Italian resturant there overlooking the bay - that was the highlight of our stay... it was soooo romantic!
Just a few tips if you're planning to go:
- Don't upgrade to Beachfront suite - it's not worth the extra money - Take plenty of mosquito repellent with you - my legs were bitten to bits - Make the most of the 'stay at 1, play at 3' - the resturants at the other two hotels are out of this world - Don't expect special treatment because you're on honeymoon. Most people there are either getting married or also on honeymoon!
Our Honeymoon was Awesome!!
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My new wife and I just got back from our honeymoon last week, and boy did we have the time of our lives. The Halcyon was the perfect laid back, "No Pressure, No Problems" atmosphere we were looking for. We are defintely hooked on All-Inclusive as well! We sampled food at all three Sanadals Resorts in St. Lucia, and one was just better than the other. Kimonos was great, the Peir was ok, La TOC was very good, and Marios was out of this world! Best Italian food my wife and I have ever eaten!! Buffets are plentiful, and we HIGHLY recommend a SPA experience. We went to the SPA @ Grande, and it was worth every d***penny. I was massged in places that I didn't realize muscles existed!! :) The resort workers were always smiling, and friendly. Estelle at the Beach Grill in particular. Speaking of the Beach Grill, the food is very, very good, with a wide selection, and available till 3:00am!! The only downfall I can think of is the nightlife. Halcyon needs to be more creative than bingo and fake money casino night. My wife and I did go on, and highly recommend, taking tours off of the resort. We seen the island from North to south, visited the Rian Forest, seen the Volcano Sulfer Springs, and even went on the ATV Excursion. The ATVs were awesome! We were on trails throughout the mountains, and rode down he beach, really awesome experience...Watch if you fly out of the smaller airport on the north end of the island. We had to stand in this airport the size roughly 50' X 50', with no air cond., wall to wall people! It was very, very difficult, and then we laid over in Puerto Rico, very, very difficult. Fly NON-STOP if available!! The hour plus ride from the larger airport is probably worth it!All in all. It was beyond our expectations, we highly recomend, but would like to see other islands, so probably wouldn't return anytime soon. Maybe the ten year anniversery?? :)HAVE FUN!
Do NOT listen to the bad reviews. This place is great! My husband and I went for our anniversary July 4-9. We are in our early 30's and consider this to be the best trip we have ever taken! Upon arrival we were greeted with cool towels and champagne. The grounds were beautiful and well maintained. The beach was a decent size and very clean. There was no seaweed on the beach as I read in one review. Every morning the grounds keepers were on the beach raking and cleaning it up for the day. The pool was also very clean. Our room was clean and perfect. We only booked the deluxe room, but had a nice second floor with vaulted ceilings, a balcony with a pretty view of the gardens and quiet pool, a king sized comfortable four poster bed, vanity area, a good sized bathroom with plenty of hot water, closet, etc. We had no complaints there. We were also very worried about the weather. Don't be. We were on Yahoo everyday for a week watching the weather. Rain was predicted everyday of our trip. We were so worried that we nearly cancelled. I'm soooo glad we didn't. It did rain each day, but it was short lived. It would rain for about 20 minutes, and then the sun would shine for 2 hours before the next shower. It never rained long enough to ruin any activities or our tan! We had also read reviews about the bar service being a little slow at times. This was only true at the bar by the pool tables at night and only because it was often crowded and they could have used one more bartender. But this would be the case even back home in a crowded bar. We certainly had plenty to drink. The drinks were great! Not watered down like I had also read. Ours had plenty of alcohol in them. And if they don't have enough to suit your taste, just ask them to put more in. They are very friendly and accomodating. We never walked past anyone without a friendly greeting. As far as the food goes, we enjoyed all of the restaurants at Halcyon. We also ate at Tuscanini's at the Grande and Kimono's at Sandals St. Lucia. Make your reservations for the restaurants that require them as soon as you check into your room. They fill up VERY quickly. We made reservations for Kimono's, Mario's, and tried to get into La Toc, but it was already booked for the nights we were going to be there. So we ate at Tuscanini's instead. It was wonderful! As far as the Beach Grill goes...... it's open late at night until 3 a.m. We didn't really care for it sober, but I guess it would be pretty good if you were drunk and hungry at 3 in the morning. The entertainment at Halcyon is a little slow, so if your looking for a wild party every night, you might want to check into one of the other Sandals, or simply take the shuttle to one of the other resorts on the nights you want to stay up late partying. We had a great time one night at Sandals St. Lucia. They had a steel band and were getting people out of the audience and up on the stage to dance. It had more of a party type atmosphere than Halcyon, but it was so big that you had to take a shuttle to get from one end to another. The nice thing about Halcyon being smaller is that you could walk to everything and it never took more than 5 minutes. There was never a wait for water sports, and if you were on the beach and forgot something in your room, you could just run back and get it. Oh, don't be fooled by the guys at the small airport yelling out, "Sandals!" We thought they worked for the resort. (as they want you to think) So we let him carry our bags literally 10 feet to the Sandals Shuttle Bus, where upon he demanded a tip. When my husband questioned him about it (since everything is supposed to be included) only then did he inform us that he worked for the airport, not Sandals. Not that it's that big of a deal, but we resented being misled. All in all we had a fantastic time and can't wait to go back. We only stayed 5 nights, and at one point we were seriously considering calling our travel agent from St.
Lucia to see what we needed to do in order to stay 2 more nights. When we booked this trip, I had the idea that we'd get this type of relaxing, adults only, free alcohol flowing trip out of our system, and then we could start thinking about having kids. WRONG! It just made me want to go back next spring or summer! I hope you have as great a time as we did!
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband I stayed at Sandals Halcyon two years ago and had a wonderful time. The staff, food, drinks, entertainment, and room location was excellent. We did day tours and went to Sandals St. Lucia Golf Resort one evening for dinner. We are looking forward to our trip next year and looking forward to relaxing on the beach and around the pools.
Top Local Tips for Castries
St. Lucia Helicopters
If you have to fly to the main airport (on the other side of the island) and you have already had a long journey, the 12 minute helicopter trip certainly beats being stuck on a coach for a further 2 hours!
Since my wife has slight handicap, taking the helicopter from the airport to the resort and back was most advantageous
take a trip around the north of the island, a driver/tour guide Norman (storming Norman) gave us an excellent 1/2 day tour, stopping frequently to identify differnt plants/fruits/birds etc. We had a lovely stop at Marigot Bay, with a drink and local delicacies