Historical Traveller Reviews of Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort Hotel
Worst experience ever!!!!!!
from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I stayed at the Windjammer the week of New year's. Had to be the worst vacation ever. I have stayed in Africa, Hawaii, London, the American West, Cozumel, St. Martiin, and many other places, and the service and facilities at the Windjammer were dispicable!!!! I would reconsider another facility. We didn't have water for two of our six days there, a back-hoe was outside our villa running for two days, the beds were terrible, the food orders were never right, our wake-up calls each day were half an hour later-every day, and I could keep going, but the items are too many to list. Please do yourself a favor and go somewhere else!!!!
Had a great honeymoon
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I just returned from our Honymoon in St. Lucia. We spent a week at Windjammer Landing and have to say that it was great. I read lots of reviews on the place prior to leaving and have to say that any of the negative ones were either over stated or we found to be unwarranted all together. We were in a two bedroom villa without a plunge pool. The villa was beautiful. Looking out over the Carribean towards Martinique on the horizon. They were kept clean were tastefully decorated (more my wifes thing than me). We found the shuttles which run you back and forth from your villas very convenient and fast to use. The food was very good and I suggest that you Enjoy Papa Dons to the fullest. The staff there we found to be the friendliest and the food was amazing. The beach is very private, lots of activities available and you can book almost any side trip on the island you want right from the Concierge desk at the resort. The island is beautiful, the people very friendly both at Windjammer and off the resort and I would recommend this destination to anyone. Ideal for families and couples alike. If you are looking for a party destination as a young couple I would suggest somewhere else but for a honeymoon, quiet romantic getaway, or family vacation. I can't imagine finding a better spot. We loved it and probably will return. Be prepared for the sales pitch for a timeshare however, as they will hit you up on it following your introduction to the resort your second day of arrival.
Windjammer is an excellent get away if you want to be pampered and feel totally relaxed.
Wonderful time at the Windjammer!
My family took a five day vacation to this lovely resort Nov. 5-9,
After reading the mixed reviews of this resort I was sceptical of what I mind find.
We (myself, my husband, and two children ages 10 & 16) had purchased the all-inclusive plan and had made prior arrangements with Tradewind Tours to have a taxi take us to/from the airport to the resort. Everything went smoothly. We were greeted upon arrival at the resort by a man who had warm washcloths to wipe our hands and face after the long trip from NJ and then another woman came to offer us some fresh rum punch. Check-in took minutes and could immediately feel the warmth and friendliness of the island people. We were then taken by a shuttel service (minivan) to our 2 bedroom villa. I was pleasantly surprised to see how wonderful our villa was. Our bedspread had "Welcomd Home" laid out in fresh flower petals.......which we all thought was a nice touch. Our view was spectacular!! The kids were excited to have their own bedroom, bathroom, and balcony. Since we had the all-inclusive plan we did not ask for a villa with a kitchen. We also did not see the need to upgrade to a villa with a plunge pool, for we knew most of our day would be spent down by the beach and pool area.
The restaurants offered a nice variety of foods. Thier current head chef was recently named "Caribbean Chef of the Year" and we could see why. Not only was the food delicious, but the presentation was outstanding as well. I would highly recommend the all-inclusive plan since the food prices were high. Waitress/waiter service was the best I have ever had. Drinks were fantastic!!
Evening entertainment was a bit limited, but for us, that was OK since we were always so tired in the evening anyway. During the daytime, waterskiing, banana boat rides, windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling were offered complimentary. For additonal fees, there were plenty of tours offered. We took advantage of the 2 hr. horseback riding, Brigg Unicorn tallship excursion and scuba diving.
I can't say enough good things about this resort and island. We were just disappointed that we had not stayed longer. Feel free to email me with any specific questions that you may have. Sue
from A TripAdvisor Member
My friend and I stayed at the Windjammer Resort in April of 2003. The weather was beautiful, service was excellent. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Make sure you display the flags provided on the beach for "cocktail" service delivered to your beach chair. They not only deliver cocktails on the sandy beach, but will swim to the raft to deliver. The night life could be better but if you chose live entertainment you can travel into town. Jordan and Leslie were very personable and offered many suggestions as to where to go if additional entertainment what you wanted. We plan on going back and meet all the great people we met on our first trip to Beautiful St. Lucia and look forward to seeing the wonderful staff again. Robin & Lynn Burlington, VT
Loved my stay at Windjammer Villas
from A TripAdvisor Member
I was totally enchanted with the island, It offers black sand beaches as well as white sand, hot springs and some of the best cuisinne. It was paradise to me and I am lover of the islands. The international Jazz Festival was marvelous also!
Escape From Windjammer
from A TripAdvisor Member
We recently stayed at The Windjammer Landing Resort but left early and checked into another hotel in order to salvage some of our holiday.Our accommodation was in a one-bedroom villa with plunge pool, but the living areas were completely open to the elements resulting in what should have been a tropical idyll turning into a siege of nature. The bedroom had glass windows, but the patio doors for the living area and the window opening above the plunge pool consisted of the equivalent of burglar bars. Birds flying around your lounge, dining room and kitchen lost their cuteness when they deposited their calling cards wherever they saw fit. The cats that roamed the property lost their sweetness when they used the villa's soft furnishings while sheltering from the rain.. Housekeeping was efficient in clearing up the mess, but we felt unable to relax in our surroundings, and started each day reluctantly wondering what new surprises nature had left us overnight. The grounds are quite picturesque however the lush vegetation attracted a lot of mosquitoes. You can accept and deal with it when you are outside, but inside it is not unreasonable to expect a bit of a reprieve. During some evenings it became unbearable. In the end (especially after rainfall) we confined ourselves to our bedroom which at least had air conditioning and a mosquito net. This defeated the purpose of having the extra space offered by a villa. Those booking a standard room (as opposed to a villa) should be OK and I believe some villas had glass patio doors or folding glass screens to offer some protection from outside. I would suggest that you insist on this type of protected accommodation should you choose to stay at this resort. Or better still, all of the villas should be offered with some form of additional screening thus giving you the option of being 'at one with nature'. At its most basic level I am sure mosquito mesh on a rollerblind could somehow be discretely incorporated into the overall design. I could deal with the open concept during the day, but during the evening and at night (or when it rained) I should have been given a choice. In the end the impact became unacceptably intrusive. This was a million miles away from the luxurious and sumptuous accommodation suggested on their website. I think Windjammers advertising literature (and a number of brochures that I had consulted) should be a lot more open and honest about their exposed living' feature - properties like Ladera and Anse Chastanet manage to.Although there are four restaurants and a cafe on the property, they are not all open at the same time. On the whole I felt the quality of food was at best average with a limited range. Entertainment was lacklustre. There were no alternatives available within reasonable walking distance of the property.The beach is tiny. Even at a slow pace it takes less than five minutes to walk from one side to the other. I would image during peak occupancy overcrowding could be a problem.Windjammer appears to cater adequately for young children, but the need to utilise the onsite shuttle bus to get around the property could be perceived as arduous especially during busy times.Most of the staff were OK and some really made an effort to interact with the guests. However, in agreement with comments from other residents I met, some of the staff could make an effort to smile every now and again; after all, we are there as guests we should not be seen as the enemy. As a seasoned traveller of the Caribbean I do not accept that this is a standard trait of hotel staff in the region. I think the management at Windjammer needs to take responsibility for this. It appears to be trying to come across as an upmarket/upscale resort but significant improvement is required in order to get near to this goal. Guests will take away their view based on their interaction with the general staff and the subsequent ambience created no matter how you wish to label your product.On the whole our time spent at Windjammer was not an enjoyable experience. We had paid in advance for our accommodation and the all-inclusive plan. There were no questions asked about our decision to leave early, which reinforced our general feel about the place. The extra expense of going elsewhere was worth it in order to relax and start to really enjoy what St. Lucia had to offer.
from A TripAdvisor Member
The staff at Windjammer Landing were as nice as can be! Especially Leslie and Ricardo. We went down with 14 family members and friends, and thought the island was just beautiful. We did a lot of eating, drinking, and relaxing. The food was outstanding and so were the rooms.
Two bedroom villas. Would recommend going on the sunset cruise, and the wedding turned out wonderful.
Beautiful and romantic 25th anniversary
We just returned from an incredible week of beauty and excellent hospitality at Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia. From the welcome to the check-out, the staff could not have been more accomodating. The design of the villas give a taste of the open-air lifestyle of the island, but the A/C bedroom gave the break from the heat and humidity that was perfect. It is definitely not hard on the eyes to awaken each morning to a glorious ocean view! We went to relax, and that is just what they seem to be about.Our favorite side trip was horse-back riding through Trim's Stables in Cas 'n Bas. This included a swim with the horses in the Atlantic! After witnessing the driving, we decided against renting a vehicle and left the driving to the Taxis. Each driver treated us courteously and fairly.The primary warning we would give is upon leaving the airport. We were asked to step behind the baggage check counter, actually outside, where our carry-on bags were physically searched. The workers sought to distract us, and one took a $50 bill from my wife's wallet. She sensed that he was up to something and began looking through her purse and wallet, whereby he feigned helping her with her purse strap, and through a wadded up $50 bill loosely into her purse. So just keep your eyes open upon checkout!
We recently stay at Windjammer Landing this past June for our honeymoon. The palce was beautiful and the service was excellent. We did the all-inclusive package which is highly recommended, especially when you start looking at the prices on the menu. We were, however, disappointed in the quality of food. Breakfast was by far the favorite meal!We recommend going during the off season, as I think that this place would be less enjoyable at the peak season. Be prepared for a workout unless you feel like waiting for the shuttle since all of the rooms are perched up in the mountains. We were torn between this place and Sandals but chose WJL since it felt "Less Cheesy". From what I hear, if your looking for a bit more nightlife, your better off with one of the other resorts as WJL virtually shuts down by 10:00.
Top Local Tips for Castries
The shuttle to the resorts
The main airport is on the southern tip of the island and most of the resorts are on the northern tip, which means a long hour and a half to an hour and 45 minute drive through winding roads up and down, can be too long after a flight! I used and would suggest booking a helicopter transfer for $120 US per person, and in 15 minutes your at Castries, much closer to all the northern resorts. I booked this through St Lucian Helicopters.....great service and fast!
A must to view the Pitons and Soufriere. Marigot bay can be viewed on this trip also.
get the allunclusive