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A True Gem
Just came back from a beautifull week in St Lucia. I have vactioned in the Carribean for several years now, always at different locations. The Bay Gardens Beach Resort is one of the most delightfull experiences I have ever had. The hotel is so nice , clean and well maintained. The staff is so pleasent and helpfull. The rooms are very large, have great views and very nicely accomadated. Its location on the end of Reduit Beach is nice because it has less people traffic on it. Its a short 15 minute walk to many fine dining places, grocery store and shops. I also walked thru many other hotels in the Rodney Bay area and could not find one that surpassed the BGBR .If you would choose a other place to stay, I guarantee you will miss a truely wonderfull expierience.
Can't wait to go back!
My girlfriend and I stayed at Bay Gardens Beach Resort for the week ended January 18, 2008. We are both young professionals (mid/late 20’s) and usually travel to the Caribbean twice a year for holidays.
The resort is brand new and I think opened a few months ago - everything was absolutely amazing. The room are top notch and well kept – we stayed in a one bedroom suite with a pool view (third floor) but considering the resort is right on the beach we actually had a great ocean view as well. I think all the pool view rooms on the second or third floors would have nice ocean views. The staff was very friendly from the time we checked in until the time we checked out. Some on this site have noted that the service wasn’t very fast at the restaurant or the bar but our view was that everyone was just working on “Caribbean Time” :) We actually liked that none of the staff was rushing with our food or bill as it allowed us to relax and get into vacation mode.
The food at the resort beach restaurant was great – we had dinner and Sunday brunch at the restaurant. Would highly recommend the Sunday brunch! The dinner food was great and there was attention to detail and presentation; plus the ambiance was great (having dinner as the sunset and the waves splashing against the beach. In addition to all the restaurants on the resorts there were a tone of other restaurants walking distance on the strip – anything from Indian food, to local Creole food, to pub food – would highly recommend Ti Banane for a fine dinning restaurant.
We fell in love with the island and by the end of our one week were trying to figure out what we could do for a living there if we were to move down for a few years. We are normally beach bums and it’s very difficult for anyone to get us to do day trips while on vacation but this island is simply unreal. On the flight down we had some brochures on St. Lucia to flip through from some family friends that had visited the island while on a cruise. Once we saw some of the attractions we decided that we would take a day away from the beach to do a day trip – definitely the best decision we made! The island is relatively small so can see most major attractions on a one day trip. We booked our trip right at the resort and arranged to have the first half by car and the second half by catamaran. A driver picked us up right at the resort and we drove south to Soufriere where we took a catamaran up the west cost back up to the resort. On our drive south we drove along the west cost which had breathtaking views of the Caribbean. We stopped at numerous places to take pictures of: the capital of Castries; Marigot Bay; and the Pitons. Once we reached Soufriere we visited Sulphur Springs and a beautiful waterfall (think was called Diamond Waterfall) and had lunch in a resort that had amazing views of the Pitons. After lunch we jumped on the catamaran and sailed up the west cost stopping at this one beautiful black sand beach (Ti Kaye I think) for a swim - we also sailed into Marigot Bay. Our trip finished at Rodney Bay where the catamaran dropped us off on the beach, literally a few metres from the resort.
We also did our own mini half day trip to Pigeon Island. The island is fun to explore and if physically up to the challenge climbing both peaks provides amazing views of Rodney Bay – I think you can actually see the tip of one of the Pitons to the south. The coastline of Martinique is also visible to the north. There is a historic mini-museum on the island explaining the history of the island and the battles between the French and the British over the island – I think the island changed hands something like 14 times between the two. The island is connected so transportation to and from is easy (we paid one of the kids on the beach to take us over on the catamaran and took a normal land taxi back). There are two pubs on the island that serve food and drinks – we had lunch at the one right next to the beach on the south side and would recommend the roti if you are looking for local food – just be careful with the hot sauce, they have a different definition of hot down there :)
Overall we had a great experience and would recommend the resort and the island to everyone. We will definitely be back there again next winter. One other benefit of St. Lucia is that it is on the south end of the Caribbean and we found the water to be much warmer in January than going to some of the northern islands closer to Florida.
best hotel room in the caribbean
booked holiday about a month before we went have never been to st lulcia so thought we would give it a go..... glad we did! After an initial muck up with what should have been a beachfront deluxe room we were upgraded to a suite (not beach front) but has to be the nicest room we have stayed in the caribbean. The hotel has only been opened a few months so there were still some teething troubles but the staff were very helpful and friendly especially the management and new years eve was a lovely night where they all worked so hard. would def recommend it. max from enfield.
lovely hotel with a few minor problems
The hotel rooms, location etc. are fabulous, as is the beach, and the staff are friendly and attentive. Rooms are excellently equipped, spacious and spotlessly clean.
I would not recommend a meal plans as, although the food in the restaurant is excellent , the evening menu is extremely limited and, apart from the odd buffet, and 'special' does not change at all. Breakfast was good with a good choice, and the restaurant is in a lovely spot on the beach. There are several good restaurants within a 10 minute walk. The 'hut' at the far end of the beach had good local food.
Check your bill carefully, I found several errors which re-appeared even after I queried them. Also if you arrange a late checkout, confirm the rate as we were quoted $40 which then went up to $60.
Make sure you read up about the immediate area before you go, as the hotel offers no information at all, and the ladies at the front desk are pleasant but often busy, and not terribly well informed.
4* hotel in terms of accommodation, but not in service - although there are many, very friendly staff, the end result is only mediocre.
Still, a lovely hotel.
the bay gardens resort experience
Just spent a great time in bgbr.Was there for 5 nights 6 days with my girlfriend.As i was limited on funds for this trip i was having a hard time working out where to stay as i wanted the best i could get for the best price. In the end i came up with bgbr.we got to the hotel early monday2nd feb to be greated by a very friendly welcome from the staff. We had to wait about half hour for our room but that was no problem as in that time we were shown around by desmond.he made us feel very welcome. when we got to the room we where confused as the room was not what we book but a upgrade to a suite with a pool view and we also could see the sea as well.the room was great,very clean,had a kitchen and liviving area with powder room.Bed room was big with a large barthroom.the shower was a bit small . even though the shower is in a bath tub the tub has no way of filling it unless you fill i with the shower SO THAT IS A BIT STRANGE. As i had read on other reviews the service sounded very slow. well i was very pleased with breakfast.missed out on lunch at the bgbr and then thought we would have dinner in the hotel.Well sat down and within 35 mins dinner was over. i ordered and within 3 minuets the starter was there.as the starter was gone 1 min later came the main.Way to fast.The food was not that great .so breakfast is fine dinner NO WAY.While i am on the food topic i will continue. we were not AI so we ate out most nights. there are many places to eat so i would not advise AI. charthouse,spinnikers,and the best by far, the buzz where all fine the indian razmataz stay far. the service was no good and the food was a joke. Trips out we sorted with teresa at the hotel who is so helpfull.she said about mango tango which is a boat trip with some land based stuff as well,volcano,waterfall,plantation for lunch,then back on the boat and up the coast while passing into some other bays. all in all a good trip uther than at the end when it gets a bit tacky when the try to get everyone doing congo lines.Pigion island is well worth the trip as well.There is a shutlle at the hotel . when you get there lots of nice views and lots of info.take your towel as there is 2 lovely beaches there where we spent a day at.lunch is in a great little place,dont know the name but it is the only place to eat there.
SO the bad
well for me was no water sports at the hotel as advertised. there is lots at the beach though,but for me it would be nice to go to a shop and sign for what you want to do and go. food at dinner. Joke.and a minor one was the fountains around the pool very anoying.
Every one is very happy and friendly in the hotel,and trys hard to make a quite unorganised show quite good. the rooms are great.we had no problem with house keeping,alway finished by 11am.we also were where allowed to keep our room for 5 hours longer at no extra cost,usually it would be 60us.had turn down every night.
i think it is a great place so book your tickets and go
Royal St. Lucian or Bay Gardens Beach Resort?
We'll be in St. Lucia for a week in early Dec. Can't decide between the two. We don't want an all-inclusive, do want a good beach and nice grounds with caribbean ambience. We've just about ruled out Discovery at Marigot becaise of the beach situation, otherwise it looks great. Bay Gardens looks a bit sterile.
We would also like info on which rooms to book.
Re: Royal St. Lucian or Bay Gardens Beach Resort?
Both hotels are within 2 mins. walking distance from each other. Bay Gardens Beach resort is LOCALLY OWNED and is a rather beautiful hotel. I have spent the day there before and was quite happy with the service too. My parents love the Bay Gardens Resort rooms (the furnishings & bathroom fixtures). Bay Gardens Beach Resort was recently opened in early 2007 so its alot newer than the Royal St.Lucian.
Try to support LOCAL! You will not be disappointed with Bay Gardens Resort.
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