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We give Royal St. Lucian the highest marks!
We stayed at two resorts while we were in St. Lucia...the Royal St. Lucian and Hilton Jalousie. They were both so different because of where they were situated on the island. I've submitted a Hilton Jalousie review as well.
We flew into the Northern airport so we had a very short cab ride to our first hotel (The Royal).
We live in the mountains and really wanted a beach vacation...you know, ocean front on a beautiful beach where you could walk, maybe take out a Hobie Cat or something like that. The Royal St. Lucian was all that! We booked an oceanfront suite and were upgraded to a Presidential suite...it was fantastic. There were other people in our party who had the oceanfront suite and they loved it! There is plenty of room and the balcony looks right out on the ocean! Our suite had a jacuzzi tub on its enormous balcony. The service at the hotel was superb...perhaps the best we've ever had in the Caribbean...and we have traveled around a bit.
The staff at the Royal St. Lucian were very attentive and after only a day, they knew us by name. We are still corresponding with several of the staff. The management there is top-notch and whenever there was a problem (very few!), they took care of it immediately. If you go there, ask for Charmion (Mgr.) or Nerissa (guest services manager). They will help you out. Darran, our bellhop, was very helpful as well and we really loved his sense of humor. Roland Paar, the General Manager, even sought us out at breakfast our first day there, to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. Needless to say, we were very impressed!!!
We were there with a group of about 30 people and they bent over backwards to take care of us. They transformed their Chic restaurant for us on the first Sunday we were there (it's closed on Sunday) so that we could watch the Superbowl. They brought in a big projection TV and we had a wonderful staff member, Venessa, who brought us drinks and snacks all night.
We used the spa facilities while we were there. I'd say that was the only part of the Royal that could use a little improvement. The 90-minute stone massage only lasted about an hour and wasn't very good. Another member of our party also had that massage and she agreed with me. Other people in our party had other spa treatments and were happy.
One of our party decided (spur of the moment) to get married while we were there. The Royal whipped it together seemlessly. They even sent us personalized invitations to each of our rooms.
We took an all day sailing trip with Endless Summer. They stopped on the way to Soufriere to snorkel. The trip also included a tour to the Tourille Waterfalls, lunch at Fonddoux Estate and then on to the volcano. We really enjoyed the day.
We ate at quite a few fine restaurants outside of the resorts. I feel we really would have missed out if we'd have gone with an all-inclusive resort. Our favorites were The Coal Pot, Buzz and The Beach House (we liked them in that order). Others in our party loved Chic (which was onsite at the Royal) and Capones (we thought it would be a pizza joint but they have very good entrees!)
What the Royal lacked was snorkeling right off-shore and diving (the good diving is definitely down on the Southwest portion of the island). So, if you're divers, and you stay at the Royal St. Lucian (or anywhere else up in that area), expect an hour boatride to the good diving. That is why we decided to move to the south side of the island for the rest of our trip. Note: we had already planned on moving...we, in no way, moved because we weren't happy at the Royal!
All in all, we loved the Royal St. Lucian and St. Lucia as a whole. Its a very beautiful island and the St. Lucian people are very warm and friendly. This is a hotel and island we will definitely visit again!
Best Steak in St Lucia!
Charthouse is located in Rodney Bay, a 5 min walk from our hotel - Royal St Lucian.
It's all dark woods, decking, with a wonderful frontage onto the waters of Rodney Bay.
Ask for a waterside table, and all you'll see is the water lapping close by, and the twinkling lights of boats and houses in the distance.
We both had the steak - which was the best we tasted on St Lucia. Service was second to none, and we visited this restaurant 3 times during our stay - it was that good. Steak steak steak!
And the key lime pie for dessert was pretty good too!
Research is they key!!!!
St Lucia is blessed both black and golden sand beaches. So if you don't like black sand, do investigate what type of beach your hotel is on.
We stayed on a lovely golden sand beach - Reduit Beach. The photos depicts the thatched umberellas on Reduit Beach - solely for the use of Royal St Lucian guests.
In the right light, the water shimmered a lovely blue colour.
There were quite a few locals on the beach, which never felt crowded as it was so long.
We were rarely approached by vendors when bathing under the umberellas.
What a setting
We stayed at the Royal St Lucian. Within the hotel are 2 restaurants, one is called Chic, and the other L'Epicure if I remember rightly.
On our first night we dined at Chic - an exquisite experience! Upon arrival you are offered a complimentary glass of Tattinger, while you peruse the menu on comfy sofas and chairs. They take you order while you enjoy the surroundings, and then call you into the eating area when your food is ready. The surroundings are fantastic, brown and beige linens, clean lines, contemporary art on the walls - very non- Caribbean, but it's an experience. Expensive, yes, but a must do for an extra special meal.
L'EPICURE - this restaurant is larger, with an outside walled terrace area, and under cover terrace area, and also a beach deck area - approximately 20' x 20', with only a few tables on it. The service was efficient and friendly.
We were the only people dining on the beach deck, and so the waiter and maitre'D asked if we wanted to dine on the sand. Between them they carried to table, chairs, candles, condiments drinks etc on to the sand for us - our own private restaurant under the stars as shown in the picture. CHIC: To start, I had a goats cheese tartlet, with black olives, vine tomatoes, with a balsamic dressing, and my husband had the pumpkin soup.
For main course, my husband had the duck. A wonderful cut of meat. I had pumpkin risotto, in a curry foam.
L'EPICURE - We both started with pumpkin soup. By coincidence, in the weekly newsletter, the hotel included the recipe. We tried it at home, and have managed to perfect it to the standard of the Caribbean - and it's delicious!!
We then both had the Chicken. It came with a fluffy mash, fried plantain, and okra, all in a wonderful, balsamic style sauce.
Fantastic desserts too, picture shown on the other restaurant page for 'Charthouse'.
A Truly Royal Holiday
My husband and I have just returned from the holiday of holidays. The Royal St. Lucian is the best hotel I've ever been to and the memories of a wonderful holiday will last forever. The staff -- from groundskeepers to reception -- are the tops. Whenever we had a query, we got a fast response. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. From the first hello in the morning to the final good night before we left for our room, every one there made our day more enjoyable than the previous one. One favourite service was the turndown every night. Our beds would be turned down (ready to slip into for a good night's sleep), the complimentary bathrobes would be artistically placed on the bed and flower petals sprinkled over all -- how heavenly is that?!?!! Drinks and food were excellent and the service fantastic. The setting is perfect -- the sand, sun and sea along with the gentle Trade Winds all combine to make this a wonderful place. We can't wait to return!!
the best ever
just got back from the royal and i can not believe how nice this property was. the help is awesome. we had 2 maid services per day turn down service at night they brought our beach towels to the room every night with the turn down service. the manager meet with us on valentines night supper which has never happened in the 20 years that we have traveled all over the carribean.
after traveling all over for some time now i don't think we will go to any other island again and my hat is off to all the people at the royal st lucian you people are the best ever. thank you for the best week i ever had down thier.
Great choice, wonderful beach
The Royal is located on Reduit beach, without doubt the best beach in St Lucia, beatiful views, plenty of loungers/shades, wonderful clear sea - amazing sun sets. definitely recommended as the place to stay if you are a beach lover, sun worshipper or water baby! The hotel itself is very good, lovely attractive reception area, rooms large and well furnished although bathrooms could do with some updating, room had terrace, exceptionally clean everywhere. Fantastic pool area with swim up bar. Hotel very well located for local restaurants and bars. As we were room only we tended to have breakfast at spinnakers beach bar next door, right on the beach - bliss! and we heard from other guests that the food was not that good at the hotel so we tended to eat locally - seafood, steaks, indian, chinese all a few mins walk away. We had lunch on the beach at the hotel - good food, slow service but what you would expect in the caribbean. Highlight of the holiday was a trip to the grenadines - fly there in a small plane - stunning views, and then go on a catamaran around the islands - wonderful snorkelling and just a small number on the trip - not to be missed. The whale watching trip was good - yes we did see whales! We went on a jeep safari - excellent, very knowledgeable and entertaining guide, island is beautiful, very green, wonderful lunch provided. This trip included an afternoons boat cruise which wasn't really our cup of tea (it was like a party cruise) - but nice to sit on deck and admire the views! St Lucia is a fantastic island = 100% recommended, and the royal st lucian is a very good choice if you like a high standard of accommodation and the best beach there is!
Totally Relaxing Hotel
The Royal St Lucian is a quality hotel with the best accomodation we have seen in the Carribean. It is all suite accomodation and the room layout is very good. The large king size bed is raised and this area is carpeted. The sitting ares of the suite is tiled with plenty of comfortable seating. The balcony is large with a lounger and two chairs and a table. We had a sea view room and this was on the second floor(top floor). The suites on the bottom which have a patio are great for the older guests and those with children but if you want privacy you best go for the higher floors. All bathrooms are in marble with seperate shower and bath with two wash basins. All towels,room and beach are changed daily as is the bed linen. The suites have a free empty fridge which the hotel will fill for you or just buy your own and use the fridge. The hotel staff are very helpful and there is lots of cleaning going on all the time.
We went with Virgin and the offer was £6 per person per day for breakfast which is a good deal as the hotel will charge aroung £10 per person. We went with room only and had breakfast in the cafe at the sister hotel next door the Rex. Couple of coffee's and some toast for about£3.50. First night we went into the resturant and it was nearly empty even with the hotel full. This was confusing until you see the range and quality of the resturants just outside the hotel. The best being BUZZ. Booking needed and the hotel reception will do it for you. Also The Taste of China was a great chinese meal. Just futher down the road is a whole village of pubs, resturants and some night clubs. Further away is the marina which has some interesting bars and resturants (2 miles away). Supermarket is under a mile away.
Of the three Rex Hotels on Reduit beach the Royal is by far the best and most peaceful to stay in.
The beach is clean and is good for bathing when the waves are not too high but lots of people seem to like diving into the breakers. We were there for 10 days and the sea was calm for about 4 days. The Royal pool wth swim up bar is excellent. Best beach bar, about 150 yards from the Royal, is Spinnekers which is great for lunch or dinner if you don't want to change into long trousers. Some days lunch can be crowded when the american cruise ships come in.
Done all the excursions when we came before 15 years ago, just went into Castries and nothing much has changed except the duty free shops are set outside the harbour in a complex which has coffee shops and some nice bars. You need you passport to purchase duty free.
The main pain is the 90 minute transfer from the airport to the hotel resort on roads full of potholes so with the jerking about you may feel queezy at the journeys end. This is bad after 8 hours in a plane from the UK. The taxi transfer was in a van type vehicle which looked worn and tired as did the driver. I noticed the oil lamp was on all the way and he used his hazzard light to let other vehicles know he was braking. We hired a nice taxi to go back to the airport from the hotel, who arranged it at a cost of 70 dollars american.
Overall we were impressed with The Royal hotel and the range of facilities on offer at the resort site.
Great Vacation Spot
We just got back from a 4 day 3 night stay at the Royal. We were greeted with cold towels and a complimentary beverage. It took some time for them to get our room ready so we got an upgrade to a room facing the beach and pool. While the staff was very nice, they were not a friendly and outwardly helpful as some of the other reviews state. Either way, we had a great time. The beach is nice, but small. The water is clean and very refreshing. Our favorite spot was the pool. It was empty and so relaxing. The pool side bar was great although service takes quite a while. You could spend half an hour waiting to get your order and another half hour waiting to sign the check. Then again, we are on vacation so whats the rush?!
We booked a halfday excursion to the drive in volcano and the botanical gardens. both were nice and definetely must sees if you are first time visitors (they are main attractions) but I would not spend a whole day on this. There is not much time you can spend at either of these places. The best part was the hour and a half drive through various parts of the island. The bus driver was an excellent tour guide. We also booked a sunset catamaran cruise which was excellent. ALl you can drink and hor douvres and a beautiful calm water ride out. Sunset was fantastic.
We ate the Coal Pot which we highly recommend. The ambiance is great. The entire restaurant is waterside. The food was excellent as well. we also dined at Chic. Complimentary champagne was served. the food was great as well. Both places were relatively expensive. We also dined at L'ePicure which I thought was decent. Their breakfast buffet is pricey at about 20 US dollars a piece but I liked the setting as it faces the beach. We alos had dinner there where there was live music and the food was decent as well.
All in all, a fun great relaxing trip. However, it was not so great as to have us say we're dying to go back. It was a wonderful experience though and the people are too.
Nice place, hopeless beach
St Lucia is a fantastic island, the people are very friendly. This hotel is OK, a bit too touristic and big though. The problem is the beach. It is a great beach as such, but destroyed by a commercialism gone astray. It is difficult to find a place to lay down because those who rent out chairs and umbrellas take up almost all space. Vendors are constantly trying to sell things to you and are difficult to get rid of. Big, ugly, dirty, dogs run around on the beach unchecked. There is no piece and quite because motorboats and other noisy vessels that caters to "water sports" drive around on the bay. You are only allowed to swim on small parts of the beach because of these motorboats. This is a case where unchecked commercialism has destroyed what is originally a perfect beach.
Pool/swim up bar at Royal St Lucian
My fiancee and I are in the process of planning our honeymoon in August. We really loved the Sandals Reg. Resort, but are a little apprehensive about the weather down there is August...i.e. does it rain all day or just a few minutes? Also, anyone had any kind of experiences with the Sandals Resort?
Re: St. Lucia
I went in June, the beginning of the rainy season. Unless we got lucky, we had 12 days of fantastic weather. It rained HARD very early (like 6am) and very late (midnight), and we had one shower on only one afternoon that only lasted about 1/2hour, and we still went swimming in the rain!
So although I can't speak for August, June is technically the rainy season, and we weren't rained in, had great weather. In my experience of the Caribbean, rain tends to be short showers, but you should accept that it is the rainy season should mother nature decide to let it rip.
The location f the Regency is pretty good, in between Pigeon Island and Rodney Bay area. Probably ot walking distance into Rodney Bay area.
If you really want all inclusive then it's a good choice, as it's on a nice light sand beach....... however, if you are like us, and prefer to walk into town to find nice restaurants, then consider the Royal St Lucian, on Reduit beach (we could see sandals from our terrace - or hyatt as it was then). It was a 5 min max walk tto about a dozen restaurants.