(Closed) Sandals – St Lucia…anyone been???

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have a friend who just got back from St. Lucia Sandals resort and was VERY unimpressed.  She said it was lacking a lot and the food was very limited.  She said she would not go back and would rather go to another resort like a Rui or something like that.  I can ask her for some more info if you want.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Headed there in 2 weeks for the honeymoon. I will post when I get back and let you know. Sad to read the other poster’s review 🙁

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I haven’t been to the Sandals in St. Lucia, but I have been to a Sandals before and LOVED it.  We had an awesome experience and would go back in a hearbeat!

In response to the poster whose friend didn’t like it in St. Lucia…When we were at the Sandals in the Bahamas, alot of people there were being re-routed from the Sandals in St. Lucia because of the damage from hurricane Tomas.  It could be they are still recovering from the hurricane and lot of the restaurants aren’t up to par yet.  Our resort had 8 restaurants I think.  I know some of the smaller restaurants have atleast 4 restaurants.  Anyhoo…I think St. Lucia would be awesome.  My Darling Husband and I want to go to the one in Antigua someday!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Have you read reviews on tripadvisor.com? I couldn’t plan a trip without that site!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Are you set on Sandals?  We went to St. Lucia and loved it, but we stayed at a small resort on a differnt part of the island.  We were at the Stonefield estate.  Its not right on the beach, but you can get to a beach easily.  You get your own little villa with its own pool that looks out over the petit piton. (when I think of st lucia, i think of the pitons and none of the sandal resorts are anywhere near them)  It was wonderful.  I would recomend it over Sandals if you are looking for quiet and relaxing.  We’d go out for an activity for part of the day and then spend a good hunk of the day in our villa by the pool.  It was exactly what we were looking for.   But, if you’re looking for lots of people and lots of options and being near lots of other resorts, I woulnd’t recomend it.   

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We just got back from Sandal’s Grande in St. Lucia and was not impressed…the food was bad, service wasn’t great, and there was so many people that you couldn’t enjoy yourself.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re actually looking into this as well for an April honeymoon.  We want a great beach resort that has good food, some relaxation and a great night life.  Our good friends went to the Sandal’s Grande and said they had a great time… I’m getting a little bummed to hear some bad reviews.  I’m curious to see what other people say. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

A friend of mine went last spring and LOVE it!! She swears by it.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@franks.katie: It’s making me sad too! I will give an honest report when I get back. Wedding in 10 days. OMG

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we went to a different resort–Ladera–in St. Lucia and LOVED it. SO amazing. it’s not on the beach but there are shuttles multiple times a day to other resorts beaches (Jalousie and Anse Chastenet [sp?]). the food is delicious. it’s so so beautiful. I think hubby and I might go back for future anniversaries

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I stayed at Sandals Regancy in St Lucia and had a great time. It was in December, 3 years ago, so I dont know if they recently ran into problems because of hurricanes. It was extremely relaxing and the people there couldnt have been nicer. There is absolutely no beach but the pool is great. The food was good, no complaints but nothing amazing.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We stayed at the Sandals Grande in St Lucia. This was our first experience with Sandals and while we really enjoyed our honeymoon and some beautiful weather we were a little underwhelmed by the actual rooms and food. We had a similar experience to vtouchet.

We also felt that the hotel room was nothing special for being such a highly known resort. The food was terrible!! We actually did not eat for basically the entire week and lived off fruit and returned home starving. We had heard such amazing things about the resort and their food which we had looked forward to. We went in the middle of October so it was right before the peak tourist season which was nice because it was not really crowded and we could relax. Also if you get motion sickness bring/take something! You’ll need it for the taxi ride from the airport and if you take any tours.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

LOVE St. Lucia. I haven’t stayed at any of the Sandal’s resorts though. I would reccomend staying at the Jalousie Plantation. It has one of the top 5 beaches I have ever seen in the world.

http://www.jalousieplantation.com/

Post # 16
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Helper bee

We were planning on staying at the Sandals Grande in St. Lucia. Then we talked to FI’s cousin who had two separate friends go one week and the other a week later. Both of them had bad reviews about the rooms and food. The one said that there was no night life so they would go to bed once it got dark, the other said it was dirty and they saw rats. We did not go, so this is just what I have been told, but we are planning another trip that does not include Sandals. 

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