Post # 1
So my fiance and I have always know we have wanted to go to a Sandals Resort for the honeymoon and we have seed to narrow it down the St. Lucia. However we are stuck between La Toc and Grande. Could anyone help us determine which resort to pick.
Post # 2
unfortunately I can’t help you that much because we stayed at a different all-inclusive, but we just had our honeymoon in St. Lucia and it was wonderful!
We passed by Grande and it seemed huge but very pretty, and since it’s a little further north, cab fare to and from the main airport (at the other end of the island) will probably be a bit more.
Post # 3
My co-worker stayed at one of the Sandals resorts in St. Lucia for her honeymoon and wasn’t a huge fan, mainly because of the water. She said it wasn’t the crytal clear blue water she was expecting, but other than that, I don’t think there were any other issues. She’s not at work right now, but when she gets in, I can ask her which one.
Post # 4
From one you can go to others (free shuttle, they’re about 40 minutes apart). Sandals La Toc is definitely quieter, with the restaurants removed from the beach. Sandals Grande has more at the actual beach (restaurants, big blow-up things in the water), which meant that the beach was louder/more crowded. It depends what you prefer! Personally, I was much happier being at Sandals La Toc, as I could read quietly on the beach.
I will echo what pp said — their marketing photos are very, very, very heavily photoshopped compared to any other chain, and the food was kind of mediocre. I’d look at guest photos on TripAdvisor before committing to Sandals — after having gone, I think there are much nicer hotels on the island for comperable prices.
Post # 5
I was just at both resorts a month ago!! I stayed at each resort for 3 nights. Sandals La Toc and the Grande are about 30 minutes from each other (depending on how heavy the traffic is in Castries). They are both very different.
La Toc: 9 restaurants, 8 bars, 3 pools, 2 swim up pool bars, 4 whirlpools. Has the largest pool on the island and the pools here have ‘waterfall’ like effects so they are pretty cool. La Toc is going to be cheaper in price overall than the Grande. It has a 1/2 mile golden sand beach (awesome plush sand!) and emerald green waters. The resort also has the sunset bluff which is on the cliff-side. The rooms here have phenomenal views. There were definitely more young honoeymooner couples here, and night life was busier. Most people seemed to hang out at the main pool, but the best one is the sunset bluff pool (much less crowded). The beach was pretty uncrowded for the most part. The food at this resort is amazing, you have to go to the French restaurant!! Overall, this was my favorite resort.
Grande St. Lucian: This is set on a peninsula so you have water views on both sides. Smaller resort than La Toc, much more compact so getting to everything is pretty quick. La Toc is more spread out. 8 restaurants (1 is reserved for Butler guests only), 6 bars, 4 pools, 4 whirlpools. The beach here though – gorgeous! The views are stunning because you have these peaks and a village across Rodney Bay. It is a 1 mile white sand beach with super calm water. Sandals also offers the water-skiing, wake boarding, and tubing here. You can hike up to Pigeon Island (walk right off the resort) for $7 – beautiful vista views. The food here wasn’t as good as La Toc. However, they are adding on 4 more restaurants, estimated to be completed in October 2015. They are adding Kimono’s (Japanese), Soy (Sushi), Bombay (Indian), and a Jerk Shack.
In terms of the water, it isn’t like what you see in photos of the Bahamas or Turks & Caicos. BUT, it is very clear and the snorkel trips are great! The color is more of a deep emerald green. Either way, St. Lucia is amazing!!
Post # 6
very helpful! And we didn’t initially think of staying at two different resorts during our trip, but we will certainly consider! Will check out your travel agency!
Post # 7
Hi Elyssa! We would LOVE to help you plan and book a trip to the Sandals in St. Lucia (or even chat about island hopping!). There have been lots of changes since I last posted 2 years ago. The Grande St. Lucian now has 12 restaurants, and Sandals just announced brand new OVERWATER BUNGALOWS at that resort, scheduled to open this May (2017). Happy Honeymoon Planning!!