Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort Hotel

, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort Hotel

, Gros Islet

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P.O Box GI 2247 - Gros Islet - St. Lucia Hotel Website | | 455-2000
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Married at the Grande St. Lucian

from A TripAdvisor Member
Whew! The Grande is far but new - yes it is the newest edition of the Sandals in St. Lucia but was previsously owned - a little tid bit I wish we would have known. Also beware beer drinkers: if you like bottled beer ask and pay for a concierge room otherwise get use to draft beer and no there isn't coors light or bud or miller around if you trip top-self drinks you'll be happy. Also - if planning a day trip ask for a list of recommended taxi drivers otherwise pay more than double the price to visit the island or to shop for that matter. They have a booth set up with day-trips we took some that were great but paid way too much as does everyone else. If you don't ask for the taxi list you won't get it. The food was wonderful, the service very slow and our wedding HOT even at 9:00 am and the pictures and video I could have done better myself - in otherwords they are terrible and everything is $$ so be prepared it isn't a FREE WEDDING after all so plan on spending an extra 1500.00 ++ USA dollars on your special FREE WEDDING. The SPA was Wonderful - I couldn't say enough about it - but get married at the justice of the peace and then go on a HONEYMOON :) it will save you time and $ and be a stress free WEDDING unless you can take guests to take your photos. The video is also bad and lots of background noises from nearby staff and visitors. Oh, by goodies downtown or at the mall - and the coffee too - visit the volcano and the nearby islands if you can afford to spend a few extra $100's.

Heaven on Earth

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned yesterday from our honeymoon from May 27-June 3rd and It was absoluteloy amazing. What you see in the brochure is exactly what you get. No lie. Its absolutely gorgeous. From the minute you get there they are waiting with cold cloths and champagne and we never had to even check in...they did it all for us ( and we did not pay for conceirge service either). We payed for a standard lagoon view room it overlooked the bay and was perfect. I wouldn't pay for the more expensive rooms cuz from what I saw they all looked the same and the concerige service..I'd say everyone got the conceirge service whether you payed for it or not so don't spend the extra money. The room was clean and kept everyday. The grounds were kept immaculately clean, including the pool and the beaches. They continuously have activities going on throughout the day but are not at all pushy about getting people to join. We just relaxed and joined in if we wanted to. We did however finish our scuba certification while we were down there. And I have to say the dive and watersport crew were the best group of people I have ever met. Especially Tim (our instructor), Martin, and Lawrence aka shannon. If it wasn;t for those guys it would definitely not have been as much fun. The scuba diving there is beautiful as well I highly recommend it vs snorkeling. Also the hobbie cats are great too..just take one class and then you can sail it alone all week. We didn't bother with most of the excursions because we saw a lot of the island from the scuba boat on our way to our dive sites. Some couples went to the volcano and said it wasn't worth the money as well as the waterfall and marigot bay. We did however pay for the 2 hr horseback riding and that was worth the money. You get to take the horses into the water and that was amazing. The food was good at the restaurants the local cats at barefoot by the sea. I would say all the restaurants were good not just one in particular. Drinks were also great and of course all inclusive.uot;Love potion" and also "no problem no worries" both are their specialty and really good drinks. I just have to say I miss it already. The people were great..good food, good drinks..and beautiful weather. If you have any doubts or even questions feel free to email me and I will send you pics or just answer any quick qeustions you have. I have to thank Al for the great intro to the resort and of course the whole sandals staff for making this the most unbeleivable honeymoon and vacation. Can't wait to come back!

The trip of your DREAMS!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We travelled to this resort on May 18th, 2003 and stayed for one GLORIOUS week. This resort really is paradise! I apologize in advance for this lengthy review, but I wanted everyone to know the details of this resort. I hope you find this review helpful Flight We travelled with Air Canada Vacations and left right on time. We departed Toronto at 8:35am and arrived in St. Lucia 30 minutes ahead of schedule. The landing was a bit hairy as you are landing right next to the Atlantic Ocean and there was a lot of wind blowing. The ride home was entirely different. We left St. Lucia on time but experienced really bad turbulence almost the entire 5.5 hour ride home. We didn't get served snacks or anything because there wasn't a lot of time that we were permitted to leave our seats. We both had to take Gravol that night because we had motion sickness from bouncing around so long. Other than that, flights were excellent. Arrival Our arrival went smooth, no problems at all. We found the Air Canada Vacations desk and the Sandals representative very easily. They immediately whisked us off into our bus and off we went. The ride to the resort is an hour and a half and can be scary at times!! The ride did not seem that long though. They drive like maniacs and there are a lot of windy roads with shear drops hundreds of feet down. Amazing scenery though! Pulling up to your gates makes you feel like you are in heaven! Check-In Again, no problems here at all. We were greeted right away with cold washcloths and glasses of champagne. We didnt even have to stand in line. We got to sit in these nice cozy chairs and they brought everything to us. We also got an amenity kit full of little goodies..lotion, shampoo, body wash, aloe vera gel (which came in VERY handy after our suntanning). We spent only 15 minutes getting checked in and then they were taking us up to our room. We wanted to carry our video camera and other camera bags but they would NOT allow us. He kept saying You are on Vacation, let me do the work! They were alandard). We were in one of the quieter buildings on the left of the resort. We were on the 3rd floor room 6305. This room was amazing as it was facing right between the two buildings across from us and we had an awesome view of the mountains! The rooms are more than big enough for 2 people. The bathrooms are VERY nice. Marble counter with two sinks. Lots of lights so the bathroom was very bright. And EXTREMELY clean. The cleaning ladies were very nice, did a wonderful job and were always done our rooms fairly early in the day. The rooms are all air-conditioned. Since we only had a deluxe room, we had a mini-fridge stocked with various soft drinks and bottled water, but no alcohol. This was fine with us as we are not heavy drinkers and there were so many bars that were only minutes from our room anyhow. The room décor was very bright and cheery. The room always smelled fresh.Food The food, by our standards, was definitely gourmet! Breakfast was either buffet at Bayside or a la carte at Toscaninis. Lunch was buffet at Bayside or a la carte at Josephines. You HAVE to try the chocolate crepes at Josephines as they were delicious. The crepe St. Jacques was also yummy..lots of scallops! Dinner was a la carte at several restaurants. Toscaninis dinner is VERY nice with white glove service. We didnt try Barefoot by the Seas dinner until our very last night and we were sorry we did. You HAVE to have the Surf and Turf! The steak was very tender and cooked to perfection and the garlic shrimp were to die for. Several nights throughout the week they had special meals. Once was a huge BBQ on the beach. Mondays and Fridays were buffet dinner at Bayside and it was very nice. The prime rib was so tender and it was the biggest piece of meat I have ever seen! LOL. Everynight each restaurant had a Special of the day so there was definitely a lot of variety to the food. Overall food was excellent. We never had to wait more than 3 minutes to get a table and we didnt wait long for food either. Staff was amazing! Always bringing us more There was LOTS to do at this resort. Definitely something for everyone! And the best thing is that it is alllll included in your package price. Thats the best thing; you can do it all or do nothing at all !Pools This resort had soooo many pools! You could always find a quite pool to relax in. All of the pools were immaculately cleaned. There was a tonne of Sandals floaties everywhere. We could always find one. Chairs were also never a problem. The only thing to be cautious about is that there are not many loungers in the shade. If you really really want shade, you need to get up a bit early and put some towels on your chair. Although I did see two staff members walk across the ENTIRE resort carrying an umbrella with a huge concrete base for this lady that didnt have any shade!! Another thing is be careful when walking with wet feet around the main pool. The tiles are very slippery and I saw many people almost fall !The Grounds The grounds were soooo beautiful. I went for an early morning walk (6am) and saw the entire staff out in full force scrubbing the pool tiles, trimming bushes, watering flowers and ensure that everything was in top notch shape. The flowers all smelled lovely throughout the resort.The Beach The beach was quite long and they had several areas roped off for swimming. The beach area where you sit is nice powdery sand, but if you go in the water it is a bit rocky. Bring water shoes if you plan on going in the Sea. Plenty of loungers on the beach too. Some even have umbrellas attached to the chairs for shade.Safety I always felt extremely safe at this resort. I saw many security guards patrolling the grounds at all hours and one day they hired a local construction company to build a bridge over the pool. It took them two days to complete and for two days the security guards stood right beside them to ensure that they stayed right where they were supposed to be. We never had a problem at all. All rooms come with safes which we always used but we could leave bags on the beach or by the pool all day ust a certain way and the cleaning lady didnt even look inside! I think their jobs are highly valued there, so they would never to anything to jeopardize them.Overall Overall I would highly recommend this resort to anyone. I have read a few semi-bad reviews on this site and I have to ask..are you SURE you stayed at the Grande??? I couldnt see anyone complaining about this resort! DO NOT let any bad reviews deter you. This truly is an AMAZING resort! We are already planning our next vacation. I got a big surprise on my trip..I got engaged! We are planning our wedding for next year and were so happy with the Sandals Grande that we are considering getting married there next year. Go to this resort! You will be VERY glad that you did!If anyone has any questions or would like me to send some pictures of the resort, please e-mail me at sundrimsims2@hotmail.comHAVE FUN!!Heather and Richard

Just the Facts.....

from A TripAdvisor Member
This report is about a trip to Sandals Grande St. Lucian taken April 19 to the 26. It was Reunion Week at Sandals this week. For those who dont know, Reunion Week is an event week set up for returning guests. The Flight Air Jamaica From JFK at 710 on Saturday left on time. No problem with baggage going through metal detectors. We used tie wraps instead of baggage locks. We also carried a few for the return trip. We did see a few bags getting searched, a few locks that were about to get cut. This flight made a stop in Barbados which we didnt know about. The stop lasted 45 minutes and everyone had to deplane with their carryon, go through another metal detector and search. Should have bought the shot glass and key chain when we were there so I didnt have to go back. (On the return flight we stopped at Barbados for 45 minutes. Same act!!! Off the plane, get searched, this time I did by the shot glass and key chain so I dont have to go back.) Reloaded and short flight to St. Lucia UFV airport. This is the large airport. Immigration went fine for those who had passports. Baggage pick up fast, and found the sandals desk no problem. Oh the bus ride!!! Be forewarned. Its one hell of a bus ride. 1.5 hours if he drives fast, our bus driver was slow, more like 2 hours. Its ok If you think of it as a sight seeing trip, But just remember you have to take the same trip back home. Dont drink before the bus ride. There is no place to stop. And you will get carsick. Its one hell of a ride. Can I give minus points for the ride? At the resort. Check in was easy, all of our bags were present. Cold towels and a drink given out. The grounds were very clean and kept sparkling, as were the pools. There was always someone cleaning somewhere, sweeping the sidewalks or halls. Bags found their way up to the room in about 25 minutes. We booked the lowest level concierge (penthouse oceanfront) and was given an upgrade to a Bay View Room on the third floor of the 3300 block, main building. Most of the rooms are the sameV with cable( just a few stations) a Clock radio with CD player. Nice easy working safe. Plenty of closet space and a table with coffee maker. Desk with a few bottles of booze. Fridge was stocked with Piton beer, Heinekens, coke, diet coke, mixers and the spiciest ginger ale in the world. The fridge was restocked every day, and 2 large bottles of water were given. There was always plenty of ice in the machine , we brought along a small soft side cooler with us for soda on the beach. Fast checkout at Concierge lounge. They called once during the trip, left a voicemail asking how the stay was going and was there anything they could do. Thought this was a nice touch. Asked for a few more bottles of water and a bottle of Bacardi, next day it was there. Our AT&T cell phone did work after finding the roaming service. Cant wait to see the bill on this one. The view from the room was outstanding , facing the bay. Lots of boats and ships passing by , You can watch the planes take off from the small airport. At night you can hear the outdoor Entertainment ( steel drum bands). Room gets a 8 to 9. View get a 10 Room housekeeping was great. Beds were made up early, plenty of towels, soap, they mopped every day, turned down the bed at night. On the whole the staff was more than friendly. They get a 9 Bar staff gets a little frizzled when there are a lot of guests around the bar, but no problem getting anything you want. Bars open up at ten, beach bar calls it quits at around 11, main bar upstairs with a view of the bay is a great place to unwind closes very late. There is a bar inside the English Pub which stays late and the Palladium bar( Disco) also open late. The swim up bar closes around 5pm. During the day, this is a party area. Plenty of seats in the water for hanging out. Chairs were never a problem by the beach or the pool, you didnt need to reserve a chair, although some people did. We were told by staff the resort was 75 to 80 % full, but it looked more like 50%. The main pool is huge with two otlots of places to go to be left alone in the sun. the upper pool was the most quite, except for The daily 1030 pool volleyball game, which was great. The Playmakers were a very friendly lot. Plenty of games to play if you wanted too. The blackboard by the French Restaurant always told the plan of entertainment for the day. The gym was in very good condition with a mix of Cybex equipment, treads and cross trainers. Plenty of towels and a water cooler. It was never crowed and air conditioning was great. A 7to 8 The beach was a quite area, not wide, but long enough so if you want to be alone, you can. Plenty of chairs, and shaded areas to hang out at. If during the day 20 guests were there it was a crowd. Very clean, they racked the sand every morning. It was a few steps from the beach to the bar or the main pool. There were no venders on the beach, just a few residents passing by, you could leave your beach bag out all day and not worry. Plenty of security around. They were always walking the beach area. No problem feeling safe. Water was clear and warm. Watch out for the crabs. At night you can see the sardines and other fish in the light of the gazebo at the pier. One night we saw a sting ray having dinner. Weather was great, rained for 30 seconds on Wednesday. Beach gets A 7. The FOOD The food makes the trip in my opinion. Well this trip the food didnt make it too well. It was very hit or miss. We ate in most, but not all the places available. Breakfast buffet was at the Bayview, normal to order eggs, fruit, pastries, hot dishes. There was a sit-down breakfast in the Italian place, but we didnt get there. The Italian place was good for dinner, But coming from NYC, you know what Good food is. The Antipasti Buffet was very good, as was some of the chicken dishes, but MAMA Didnt make the sauce, It needed help. Barefoot By The Sea was very good. Most if not all guests get the steak and lobster, which was A good choice. Other dishes looked small. During the day they have sit down snack service, ths. Also a help your self soda and finger food service is available. The English Pub is interesting. Nice décor, not great food. We both had the Shrimp salad. And you could barely see the shrimp. Baby as in micro shrimp. Not what we expected. The Beef served as Prime Rib was as good as any wedding dinner Ive had. Service was very good, and the hostess thanked us about 5 times for coming for dinner. There were two outdoor dinners, one being by the Bay view and the other on the beach. The bay view was better. Nice hot dishes, and a good roast beef. The second was a Caribbean, roast pig, flank steak and fish. Lets just say the beach tables were not full. Dinning service overall get a 7 to 9, food gets a 5 to 6. The Reunion Dinner We went to the dinner because we had gone to 3 others which were great. This one looked like a reunion of retirees. We are 47 and 43 and we felt like the youngest ones there. They tried hard but this one didnt cut it. It was held in the grand ballroom named after President Clinton. Food was fair, Room was stuffy. Should have been held outdoors. We had great service because we were sitting next to the Resident Manager. Got Silver Sandals for 35 paid nights. Couldnt wait to get out of there. About a 5. Sightseeing Took one trip into town, bought a key chain, hat, shot glass, some dolls and trinkets. $20 each way to the capital town. Nice ride. If you have seen one tourist market, you have seen this one. There were no cruise ships there on this day, so the vendors were happy to see us shopping. Walked around the streets by the dock, bought 2 bottles of water for $2.00 US and still trying to figure out the change in EC coins. Entertainment Early evening entertainment started outside at 730pm. It was by the main pool. Steel drum bands were great, the sax player was awesome. The fire dancers were nice, but if youve seen the act once somewhere else, youve seen this one. After 9pm the music moves into the palladium which is dark and cramped, and which I thought was a waste of great Caribbean ide. About a 6 due to the palladium. My Partner go a pedicure, guess that comes under entertainment? Said it was great. $40 later and she was happy. Shopping there was hit or miss. A few expensive shops. The gift shop Was ok. No kids shirts. The photo shop was outrageous in price. $15 for one 4x6, no cardboard frame and it was a computer print.Conclusion All in All, this trip would be a 6. Great resort, great staff , small beach, one hell of a bus ride and Not impressed by the food. Any feedback or questions welcome.

HEAVEN is .... Sandals Grande St Lucian

from A TripAdvisor Member
My new husband and I (yep, it was our honeymoon) visited the Grande St Lucian from Bonnie Scotland on 9th February for 2 whole weeks of unadulterated bliss!Okay, so the trip from Hewannora to the resort was 1hr 30 but it didn't matter after sitting on a flight for 11hrs - we were looking forward to our holiday together so we just made the bustrip part of the fun! (You could get a helicopter for about $150 which gets you to the hotel in 15mins - but more about that later!!! Fabulous).Upon arrival at the hotel we couldn't believe it's beauty - we were ushered straight away to fabulous leather sofas and refreshed immediately with ice-cold champagne and refreshing facecloths to mop our brows.Then, we were provided with a Sandals Aloe Vera giftpack, alongwith our room key - contained loads of goodies to get you started - we kept ours for prosperity!!By the time we arrived at our room, our coats were being hung-up by the very attentive porter - 20 minutes later we were unpacked and down by the poolside (7:45pm) - I was absolutely gobsmacked by the saxophonist playing - I honestly thought I'd died and gone to heaven (and I'm only 33!).The restaurants within the Hotel are all fabulous and cater for everyone's needs - we spent most of our time at Barefoot on the Beach for it's relaxed atmosphere and very tasty food. There is a lovely lady called Priscilla who works there most lunch and evenings - she is an absolute pleasure - so if you're going please say hello from Annette & Phil. Toscaninis is just gorgeous - very swish and was the only restaurant my husband was politely asked to change into trousers to enter (he was wearing dark jeans). It was very worth it and we returned on numerous occasions. Only tried the English Pub a couple of times - prefer a taste of the Caribbean to tell you the truth, we can get UK grub everyday here! Josephine's creperie is glorious for a 3 - 4pm snack, specially if you've missed lunch, very tasty - we would ask to take them away and sit and much at the poolside. s for breakfast - the Bayside is very busy and people forget about Toscaninis - it really is first class (as I recall, maybe wrongly, you have to book the evening before but it's worth it).The Sports - well I did nothing but the Water Aerobics with Simone and one of the other guys (with the fabulous thighs - well worth the hour's grind just to watch them!) and earned my miniature Sandals in no time. My husband however qualified as a PADI diver and I didn't see him for half the honeymoon, he had a ball and has kept it up in cold, cold Scotland. We went horseriding (as I'm an avid rider at home) with the International Riding School (called locally as not available thru the hotel) - where we were able to strip down to our swimwear and remove the saddles from the very well maintained horses - before taking them into the ocean, it was a dream come true.Anyway, sorry folks I'm writing a novel here but it is OH SO GOOD - we met lots of lovely people here as it was President's Day in the US so there was a massive influx of party people.We were slightly worried that the resort may be a bit pretentious but it absolutely wasn't - just full of normal folks looking for a bit of luxury, which is what Sandals does best.We have booked to return next year, 18th Feb, for SEVENTEEN nights - and cannot wait.Book, book, book!Oh, get the helicopter back to Hewannora if you can, flying through over the Pitons is a bit hair-raising but SO exciting. It cured my gorgeous hubby of his fear of flying, honestly.Let me know if you go and how you get on.Enjoy!Annette Hetherington

Adult Playground

from b313
Went for a winter getaway. Luckily the Halycon was booked and we got upgraded to the Grande. The porperty is beautiful and essentially a giant adult playground. Activities deserved an A with a beatiful beach and enough toys to keep you busy for a week. I am a scuba diver and the set up is definitely first class. On of the best dive boats I've been on. The resort is very strict with clearance so make sure to get your clearance early so you can go out on the two tank dive. Food was what you would expect from an all inclusive that has to feed hundreds of guests each meal. Good cafeteria food. Honestly the best food was at the Pier (Halcyon) and the Beach restraunt at Grande. The Staff are very friendly and accomodating. Alcohol was plentiful. The island itself is very senic. Last and most important tip, if you are staying near the castries make sure and fly into the smaller castries airport (approx 15min away) instead of the larger airport. This saves you a painful, long and uncomfortable van ride (approx 1.5 hr). AA flies into the smaller airport.

Great Getaway

from Markmaine
My wife and I spent a week at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian and had the best vacation in many, many years. The resort is beautiful, the staff very friendly and helpful, the cocktails almost top-shelf, and the food excellant, but not quite gourmet. We were greeted with Champagne and cold washcloths on our arrival, upgrade to a swim-up room which was deliteful, and truly had the time of our lives! I would definately suggest that one takes a full day "Land and Sea" tour of St. Lucia while you are there (it costs extra) as this is probably the most beautiful island in the Caribbean! One warning and it's not the fault of Sandals, the mosquitos can be thick in the early morning so don't leave your patio room doors open or you'll find all of those mosquitos in the room and they bite!

It was beautiful but............

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you are looking to be pampered this is NOT the resort for you. However, there were some positives as well.This is the second time we stayed at a Sandals (Our first was Sandals Halcyon, St. Lucia and we LOVED it.) The Halcyon was a "10" the Grande was a "6". This time we took the "non-stop champagne flight"this flight was absolutely wonderful. We had food and drinks the entire flight, pre-checked in to hotel and entertainment by a Sandals employee. I highly recommend this flight.The only downside to this flight is the 1 1/2 hour drive to the Grande by mini-bus. (Don't let anyone tell you it's less...Halcyon would be 1 hour 15 min ride)Our bus broke down (transmission seized) 15 min into the drive. Luckily, the people of St. Lucia are very friendly and many were pulling over to offer us rides to the resort. We packed up the cars and just as we were ready to go another empty Sandals bus pulled up and we unpacked the cars, repacked the new bus and were on our way. This put us approximately 45 min behind schedule.The Grande was absolutely beautiful and the people were very friendly but on the whole we thought the staff was very unorganized and the food was "ok". (The choice of food was average.)We would go to breakfast at 9am and all the chaffing dishes were completely empty. It was the same at buffet lunch and also when we ate dinner at Toscannini's Italian restaurant. Our reservations were at 7:30pm and the buffet antipaste station was completely empty. I was embarrassed for them. It seemed as everything food related was a "first come, first served" basis. The problem is, each person does a little bit of everything and no one has a specific duty so although there were many staff members walking around none could explain why the chaffing dishes were not being refilled but it wasn't really their responsibility. So the same person that was seating you was waiting on tables, taking bar orders, getting someone a fork. Do you see where the problem lies with this? It was unorganized. So, if you were lucky, it would take 45 min for a meal and othertimes 2 hours.On a positve note, the resort was beautiful. It was sparkling clean. The gardens were breathtakingly beautiful and the grounds were enormous. There were several spots on the grounds that were quite private and romantic whenever you needed to "get away". The beach was very clean. The gym was top notch and open 24 hours. And they offered several activities during the day and night.Which brings me to the last day of our vacation. We were told the resort was only half-full and we could not have a "late check-out". We were told that although we had to check out at 11:00am we were getting a "courtesy room" to shower and change since our shuttle was not leaving until 1:40pm. I thought this was great because it gave us time to lay by the pool and relax one last time. However, when we went to shower and change at 12:30pm we were told, "The rooms were given away already so you can shower in the spa or wait like these other people ahead of you".Again, first come first serve.The other people waiting were not happy either to say the least. So after we split up all our toiletries because the spas are separate for men & women. We went to the spa were I had no choice but to take an "ice cold" shower and my husband took a "scalding hot" shower. I did not leave the island with the excitement that I showed up with. I wish we had booked a different Sandals location because our first time at the Halcyon was fantastic and a "10" all around. And we even visited the Halcyon again for dinner this time and were again treated like a king and queen.The Grande left us wishing we hadn't expected the king & Queen treatment again. I am not recommending the Grande to stay at but if you stay at the Halcyon or Golf Resort the Grande is a beautiful place for a day visit.For the amount of money we spent for the accomadations and service we were promised we were very disappointed with the Sandals Grande.

My Favorite Sandals Property

from A TripAdvisor Member
Of all the Sandals properties that I have been to, this one is by far my favorite!!! Beautiful! Everything is brand new and in perfect shape. The food was great. The pools were heavenly, the views from everywhere you stood were absolutely breathtaking, and the beach was to die for! LOVE LOVE LOVE this resort!

A very relaxing week

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife & I spent a week here in March 2003. It was our fourth Sandals weve stayed at, so we have a good basis for comparison. Overall it was a good trip, and we liked the resort. It was safe, clean, & beautiful, and the views across Rodney bay to the hills beyond are wonderful. Checking in was quick & easy. The people of St. Lucia were very friendly, both at the resort and in town. Our room was facing the bay, over the beach, which I thought had better views than those facing the ocean. There are five restaurants at Sandals Grande; we thought the Italian restaurant was the nicest; it was open for breakfast and dinner (ala cart). They had typical Italian fare, with some seafood dishes. The London Pub was ok, with a specialty on beef dishes, and was open only for dinner (ala cart). The Bayside was typical Sandals Caribbean style, buffet breakfast, lunch, and both buffet and ala cart dinners. We liked Barefoot By The Sea, a seafood / Caribbean restaurant. They were open daily for lunch (both ala cart and snacks like nachos and pizza), and dinner (ala cart). The last one was Josephines, which served different crepes for lunch only (fruit, seafood, vegetable, etc.). None of them required reservations, which is a plus. We didnt get to the other two Sandals resorts; both are within a 30 minutes shuttle ride. Id grade the overall food quality a B, and the service was great. There are 3 main bars (pool, beach, and lobby). They open at 10 am, and at least one is open late. Drinks were for the most part middle to top shelf (Heineken, Jim Beam, Chivas Regal, etc.). There are four pools and four Jacuzzis, but we spent most of the week on the beach. Its a bit rocky, but not bad. They clean it each morning. The water is calm and warm. We climbed to Fort Rodney one morning, which is in a park area just outside of the resort property. The admission is 5 dollars (American), and takes about 20 minutes to get to the top. The views are beautiful, but the were missing, and the final 100 yards are steep. But Im glad we went, the views of Martinique are stunning. We took a cab into town (20 dollars American one way), and the ride is about 25 minutes. There is really good shopping in town, at both the open market and the duty free section near the cruise ships. There are at least a dozen trips available through the tour desk (extra cost), from sunset cruises to day trips into the rainforests or over to Martinique. The watersports at the resort are typical of Sandals, which is A+. Free snorkeling (which we did twice, and was great, with lots of fish), scuba diving, water skiing, hobie cats, tubing, etc. There are four shops at the resort, from jewelry to t-shirts. I thought the shopping in town was better, and we saved enough there to pay for the taxi ride. Really my only complaint of the entire week was the entertainment. Other Sandals had better nightly entertainment, and here it was indoors in their Palladium. Id prefer it outdoors, under the stars. We liked the reggae and steel drum bands, but seeing them in a dark club lost much of the island atmosphere. The steel drum set up one night by the pool, but just for a short time. Overall we would give the resort an A- or B+, and I would have no problem recommending it to anyone.

Top Local Tips for Gros Islet

Touring St. Lucia Be sure to look for Charlie on the beach - you'll see him walking up and down. His tours are great and personalized and well worth it. You'll spend the day getting to know St. Lucia.

Take the Helicopter The Helicopter transfer ($140/person + $25 taxi) was well worth it. You get there sooner (and beat the rush back to the airport) and see so much more of the island. You also get more information from the locals. For example, the main water resevoir for the island was paid for by the Canadian governemnt (GO CANADA!!) in 1995 and has meant a huge improvement in the people's lives.

No Pressure, No Problem While shopping in St Lucia, don't feel pressured into buying anything they are selling. The people on this island are very friendly and do not try to pressure anyone into anything. Yes they put their items in your face in hopes that you will want to buy it, but if you say "no thank you", they will stop bothering you and many times actually help you find a person that has something you are looking for. They will offer tips on what areas are good to walk in and what areas you could run into trouble in. The motto in St Lucia is "No Pressure, No Problem". This motto is because of the active valcano on the island, but it is carried throughout all aspects of their lives.


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  • Address: P.O Box GI 2247 - Gros Islet - St. Lucia
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