Post # 17
I think a boat tour that takes you to and around the Pitons (with a hike or snorkeling) and Marigot bay is a don’t miss! I wasn’t hugely impressed with the waterfall or the volcano. The waterfall is really small as compared to many around the world and the volcano is not an active lava volcano it’s just a big hill with some small geysers and a sulphur smell. Again, there are many better examples of geysers in the world (Yellowstone National Park, US / Rotorua, New Zealand etc.). Have you considered going to the Gros Islet Jump Up on Friday night?
Post # 18
@smrlovingrl ; I honestly don’t remember… It was probably 10 years ago that I went. But if you google excursions or even ask your resort I’m sure they could point you in the right direction. (And it was a very popular excursion so I imagine there are still companies operating it).
Post # 18
@smrlovingrl: How was your stay at La Toc? We just booked our honeymoon there.
Post # 19
It was AAAAhhhhhmazing!!!! To start from the beginning, we took the Sandals shuttle from the airport to the resort which was included in the package. It took about an hour from Hewanorra Airport. The shuttle van was dreadful. It was extremely hot. I’m not sure if the driver didn’t turn the AC on or if it wasn’t working. Halfway to the resort the van started overheating and the driver had to put water in the radiator. Thankfully, one of the other passengers grabbed two bottles from the airport; otherwise we may have been in trouble. My advice: take private transportation if it’s in your budget.
Now I will tell you about each aspect of the resort individually…<br /> <br /> Room:<br /> We stayed in the Romeo and Juliet Sunset bluff room. We definitely saw some amazing sunsets from our balcony. We had a fully stocked bar and mini fridge. The living room was separate from the bedroom and bathroom. It had a Jacuzzi tub that we loved. The toilet and shower were separate from the Jacuzzi tub and sink. There was a little vanity area where you could do hair and makeup. There was a small TV in the living room and a plasma TV in the bedroom. We had a king size four poster bed that we really wished we could have brought home with us. It was incredibly comfortable. There is trim around the entire room. I kind of liked it; it gave it a little pizzazz. Also, the bluff is a good distance away from the main part of the resort. There are shuttles that run about every 5 minutes or so from the bluff lobby to the main lobby and vice versa.<br /> <br /> Butlers:<br /> Once we arrived at the resort we were thrilled. We booked one of the butler suites so the shuttle dropped off some people at the main lobby and then continued up to the bluff to drop us off at the butler lobby. We were immediately greeted with a drink and two butlers came to offer their assistance. Our butlers for the week were Roger and McCann. They were amazing throughout our entire stay. We were given a cell phone that automatically connected us to the butlers. Roger unpacked our bags upon our arrival. They both made us dinner reservations and helped us with our excursions. Roger picked us up from our room in his golf cart and drove us to the lobby to meet our tour guides. He also picked us up and drove us to whichever restaurant we had dinner reservations at each night. Upon returning from our land and sea excursion McCann let us know that we should go back to our room because he had a surprise waiting for us. When we walked in there was a bubble bath with piton sized bubbles with hibiscus flowers. There was also chilled champagne, candles, and a snack tray with our favorite foods. Both of them reserved chairs for us at the pool with swans made out of towels. They do turn down service every night and on three occasions there were towels made into different things on our bed. One night towels spelled out I <br /> Food:<br /> There are seven restaurants at La Toc. Kimonos, the Japanese restaurant, was phenomenal. Guests are seated at a table with eight other people and the chef prepares your meal in front of you. Our chef was Yanni. He was hilarious and made our experience wonderful. Soy is a sushi restaurant right outside of Kimonos. The sushi was really good…so were the drinks! The pavilion is a buffet. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t as good as the other restaurants. Neptune’s was great! We at there for lunch a few times. I had the sea bass and LOVED it!! La Toc Restaurant is French. It is really upscale. It made me feel a little uncomfortable. They serve farm raised frog’s legs. It was a little out of my comfort zone but the food was good. I had the steak and it was pretty good. If we were to return to La Toc I would pass on this restaurant. Piton restaurant was really good. I had the steak and red snapper there. The red snapper was amazing. The steak had a good flavor but it was fatty. Armando’s is the Italian restaurant. We had dinner there our first night. I had the risotto. It was really good. We also had breakfast there quite a few times. They make a great campangna omelet with shrimp and potatoes. We also had dinner at the two other Sandals resorts. We ate at Kelly’s Dockside at Halcyon. The restaurant is beautiful. It sits right on the water. I had the filet mignon there and it was amazing. They have a drink at Halcyon called Paradise Kiss. It was great but I couldn’t get it back at La Toc. I’m not sure why. So if you’re there be sure to order it. We also had dinner at Gordon’s at the Grand Lucian. This is a butler only restaurant. So if you have a butler room make sure to ask them to make you a reservation there. We were told it books up quickly. They had to squeeze us in our last night there. It was definitely worth it! As I said previously we ordered a lot of room (and pool) service. It took us a few days to find out that you can order food from any of the restaurants, not just the room service menu, and have it brought to you. A couple of times Roger and McCann brought us lunch to the pool from Neptune’s. Apparently you can have sushi from Soy brought to you as well. We didn’t find this out until our last day so we didn’t get to capitalize on that. <br /> <br /> Pools:<br /> There are three pools at La Toc. The main pool which is the largest. There is a swim up bar and plenty of chairs. It’s only a few steps from the beach. There is another small pool with no swim up bar. It’s very quiet. We didn’t go to this one. Then there is the bluff pool. This is the one we frequented. It’s very quiet, has a swim up bar, and the chairs are much more comfortable than the main pool. They are cushioned. <br /> <br /> Staff:<br /> Everyone we encountered at La Toc from the butlers to the bartenders to the wait staff were amazing. They were all so nice and accommodating. I don’t think we met anyone that we had a bad thing to say about. Each afternoon there was maid service. At one point we had a pile of clothes that we had worn sitting on the corner chair. When we returned to our room all of those clothes that were in a complete disarray were folded neatly and sitting back on the chair. It was things like this that really made us love our stay. The little things that we didn’t ask for but they went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. <br /> <br /> Spa:<br /> We had a couples massage at the Red Lane Spa. It was fantastic but on the expensive side. Considering it was our honeymoon it was priceless but I doubt we would spend that amount of money on a massage again. The locker room was very clean and welcoming and the masseurs were phenomenal. They really made you feel comfortable.
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
P.S. if you’re on the fence about getting butlers…DO IT! 🙂
Post # 20
We honeymooned at Sandals Grande and I wrote up a pretty detailed review, including the island activities we did, if anyone else is interested.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Review – with pictures!
Post # 21
Thank you for the wonderful review. Our travel agent warned us about the drive so she set up a private car. I am so glad you had a great time! Thanks again for the info!
Post # 22
Following, as we’re considering going to St. Lucia for our honeymoon.