Romantic Getaway in St. Lucia

When I’m at bridal shows in Orange County or the Inland Empire, I love to feature Sandals Resorts, because they are perfect for honeymoons or romantic vacations.  They are all-inclusive, luxury resorts for adult-couples only, which is hard to find elsewhere.  So, there are no kids and only king sized beds.  They’re all on a gorgeous beach, somewhere in the English speaking Caribbean.  I’ve been to all 15 different Sandals resorts, so I can be a great resource for you.  Since there is a brochure for every one of the resorts and then some, my table would be overflowing if I brought them all.  I only bring my favorites.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian is on a mile-long stretch of beachWhat are my favorites, you ask?  My favorite resort of them all is Sandals LaSource Grenada.  Click here to read more about that.  My favorite island where there are Sandals is St. Lucia, because there are three Sandals resorts there and you have shared privileges among the resorts, including transportation between them.  So, you pay for one resort, but you get two more for free!  You can eat in every restaurant, have a drink at every swim-up pool bar and lounge on every beach.  You can also take advantage of the spa at each one, which usually will have a sauna and hot and cold plunge pool, all free to use.  A romantic getaway in St. Lucia at Sandals resorts is an incredible value.

St. Lucia Helicopter TransferTip:  Your flight will arrive at the opposite end of the island.  Avoid the long transfer time by booking a helicopter transfer to the airport that’s right next to the Sandals resorts in St. Lucia.  Here’s a picture of my clients; Steve & Cathrine, who celebrated their 30th anniversary in St. Lucia.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, voted “St. Lucia’s Leading Resort” 12 years in a row, is the Sandals in St. Lucia that I recommend for couples that want the most romantic accommodations on the island.  Here are two of my favorites:

Most romantic rooms at Sandals Grande St. LucianThe Beachfront Grande Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary gives you luxury and exclusivity, just steps from the mile long Pigeon Island Beach.  You’ll have beautiful views of Rodney Bay.  A rondoval is a cute, thatched roof, round suite.  In this one you’ll have your own private plunge pool, hammock and outdoor shower.  Inside, you’ll love the romantic four-poster canopy bed and relaxing lounging area with great beach views.  There is a luxurious bathroom with a huge soaking tub and separate rain shower.  This romantic suite comes with butler service and the butler can do all kinds of amazing things for you.  Your butler can draw a romantic bubble bath with rose petals strewn around and have a bucket of champagne waiting for you.  Your butler can also serve a private dinner to you and your mate beside your pool, course-by-course with white-glove service from your favorite restaurant on the property.

President Clinton Oceanfront Penthouse Two Story Butler SuiteIf you come to the resort with a group of friends or love to make lots of new friends when you travel, I recommend the President Clinton Oceanfront Penthouse Two Story Butler Suite for you.  This residential suite is big enough for entertaining with a gigantic balcony and incredible views of Rodney Bay.  It’s got a beautiful dining table that seats eight and a large living room area.  All of this is separate from the master suite and there is an additional bedroom.  I’m not sure what the extra bedroom is for, since there can only be two people booked per suite.  You could invite your friends over for cocktails and dinner or throw a party.  Your butler will be there to serve you and your guests, so you can simply enjoy the company.

Another reason why I love this resort is that it’s on the best beach with the calmest water of the three different Sandals resorts in St. Lucia.  The resort sits on a peninsula.  It has the rough Atlantic behind the property, but the other side, the Caribbean side, has a protected bay and the smoothest water for swimming and watersports.  There’s also a beautiful, mile-long stretch of soft sand beach.  Often when the beach is red-flagged at Sandals Regency La Toc, there’s a green flag at this beach, meaning it’s safe to swim.

Honeymooners exploring Fort RodneyHistoric Fort Rodney sits at the tip of the peninsula and you can hike over to it.  They charge a small admission fee of about $5, so bring a little cash with you.  Fort Rodney was used in the 18th century by the British to spy on French ships going in and out of Martinique.  I love this cute photo that one of my honeymoon couples; Jake & Nicole, took on their hike over to Fort Rodney.  They sent it to me in a Christmas card.

Some of the romantic features of the resort are swinging daybeds nestled in the shade, gorgeous mountain and ocean views, long walks on the beach, chic fire pits, the Lover’s pool, beach cabanas and romantic gazebos scattered throughout the property.  The Red Lane spa also offers some wonderful couples massages and also you can enjoy your massage in some of the outdoor settings, if you like.

Tip:  The fire pit out on the pier at Gordon’s offers spectacular sunset views.

Great pools at Sandals Grande St. LucianThere are five freshwater swimming pools at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.  The largest is the magnificent 7800 sq. ft. Sunset Pool.  There are also four hot tubs available.  You’ll love the meandering lagoon, which is sort of like a lazy river.

Tip:  bring some big, inflatable inner tubes to enjoy the meandering lagoon.

Fun watersports at Sandals Grande St. LucianThere are lots of fun things you can do at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.  Watersports activities included here and at every Sandals are kayaks, Hobie cats (personal sized catamarans), snorkeling, paddle boarding and scuba diving.  Because of the calm waters, the resort also offers some additional watersports that aren’t offered at most other Sandals.  Those are windsurfing, waterskiing, Hydrobikes and kneeboarding.  The resort offers lighted tennis courts, billiards, volleyball and a great fitness center.  You can also golf at nearby Sandals Regency La Toc and that’s included.  Greens fees are included.  You just have to pay for your cart, clubs and caddy.

Note on the scuba diving at Sandals in St. Lucia:  you will need to travel by included shuttle over to the marina for scuba diving.  Also, many of the dive sites are an hour away from the marina.  So, please keep this in mind as it does add quite a bit of time to your dive day.  Call me at 909-255-1410 if your priority is booking the most convenient Sandals resorts for diving.

Dining choices at Sandals Grande St. Lucian are amazing!There are 12 restaurants and one bonus food cart to choose from at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian.  Here’s a list of what the restaurants serve, opening hours, as well as the dress code, and which ones require reservations.  Please see my tips below regarding making reservations.

Barefoot By the Sea

Setting: Outdoor Beach Dining

Type of Cuisine: Create your own Seafood

Dinner Hours: 6:00PM – 9:30PM

Dress Code: Resort Casual

Bayside Restaurant

Setting: Indoor Dining

Type of Cuisine: International Buffet for Breakfast and Lunch, French Brasserie for Dinner, served A la Carte

Breakfast [Buffet]: 7:30AM – 11:00AM

Lunch: [Buffet]: 12:30PM – 2:30PM

Dinner: 6:00PM – 9:30PM

Dress Code for Breakfast and Lunch: Resort Casual

Dress Code for Dinner: Resort Evening Attire

Bombay Club

Setting: Air-conditioned Indoor Dining

Type of Cuisine: Indian

Dinner: 6:00PM – 10:00PM, Closed on Wednesdays

Dress Code: Resort Evening Attire

Reservations Required

 

Dino’s

Setting: Outdoor Dining

Type of Cuisine: Pizzas made fresh to order

Opens: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Dress Code: Resort Casual

Gordon’s on the Pier

Setting: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Type of Cuisine: Grilled specialties

Dinner: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Dress Code: Resort Evening Attire

Reservations Required

The Jerk Shack

Setting: Outdoor Dining

Authentic Jamaican Jerk Specialties: Offering a rustic jerk shack atmosphere, open exhibition kitchen

Opens: 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Dress Code: Resort Casual

Josephine’s Creperie

Setting: Indoor air-conditioned and Outdoor Dining

Type of Cuisine: Smoothies and Crepes made to order, desserts, afternoon tea & specialty coffees

Opens: 6:00AM – 6:00PM on Monday

6:00AM – 10:00PM on Tuesday through Sunday

Dress Code: Resort Casual

Kimonos

Setting: Indoor air-conditioned Dining

Type of Cuisine: Japanese Teppanyaki

Opens: 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Closed on Mondays

Dress Code: Resort Casual

Reservations Required

The Mariner Seaside Bar and Grill

Setting: Outdoor Beach Dining

Type of Cuisine: Beach Grill

Lunch: 11:00AM – 4:30PM

Dress Code: Resort Casual. Barefeet are allowed

Olde London Pub

Setting: Air Conditioned Indoor Dining

Type of Cuisine: British Gastro Pub Cuisine

Dinner: 5:00PM – 10:00PM

Late Night Snacks: 10:15PM – 2:00AM

Dress Code: Resort Casual

Soy

Setting: Air Conditioned Indoor Dining

Type of Cuisine: Sushi

Dinner: 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Closed on Thursdays

Dress Code: Resort Casual

Toscanini’s Restaurant

Setting: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Type of Cuisine: Italian for Dinner

Breakfast: [A la Carte]: 8:00AM – 11:00AM

Dinner: [A la Carte]: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Dress Code for Breakfast: Resort Casual

Dress Code for Dinner: Resort Evening Attire

Bonus: Doggies Hot Dog Stand [Opposite the Beach Bar], Open Daily: 12:00Noon – 5:00PM

Dining Tip:  If you have a butler; when you arrive, ask to have your dinners scheduled for the week, at your preferred time.  Reserve at least one night for romantic in-suite dining.  If you don’t have a butler, make reservations at those restaurants that require them right after you check-in, so you don’t have to worry about it and you don’t miss out.

Does this sound like your ideal resort?  Would you like to chat about it?  I’d love to share my expertise with you.  Please call me at 909-255-1410 or click here to schedule a Carefree Vacation Consultation. 

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