The staff ..... each and every member of staff we met was kind, courteous and interested in us and also us in them. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was 'wow' every day and if you are celebrating a special event, a beachside gazebo can be set up, decorated with flowers for a private meal.
We stayed in a deluxe cottage - these have been described well in earlier reviews so I won't repeat the information here. Save to say, they are large and extremely comfortable. The drawer space is immense so fear not about having insufficient storage space for clothing etc ..! Concern has been expressed by one poster about privacy issues with the sunken showers. They are sunk within the bathroom and feature mesh screens and wrought iron depicting the Pitons. Unless one is seriously wanting to spy on another taking a shower, I don't see that privacy is an issue and indeed the lush plants provide natural external coverage.
My only slight criticism would be that perhaps the bath towels could be larger, akin to the size of the beach towels but that is my personal preference.
For UK travellers, our domestic appliances work without the need for adapters. There is a powerful hairdryer in the bathroom which was more than adequate and I had no problem using my GHD straighteners. There is an IPod dock in the deluxe rooms.
I searched long and hard on Google Earth prior to our stay trying to work out whether the resort was in close proximity to say local shops and bars as my husband and I like to walk out at night sometimes after our evening meal. The answer to this question is 'no', although there is a small local bar next to the Post Office on the road from the hotel to the main road. This bar tends to open from Thursdays for the weekend only. It is very much a local bar but visitors are welcome.
The bus routes are very frequent and easy to use to reach places such as Rodney Bay (to the North) or Castries (to the South). It is a 1a bus travelling to either of these destinations and the stops are on the main road which is about a gentle 10 mins walk away from the resort. The cost is minimal.
I had puzzled about whether to bring USD or ECD or a mix of both. Having now been to the island, I would say take some ECD for things like the bus (if using) but we found USD were accepted widely in all shops and the market at Castries.
I had wondered and in truth was worried about driving in St Lucia, despite the UK and the island sharing driving on the left. We always take a car on holiday but I was nervous after reading posts on other forums and seeing some hairy You Tube videos! I can honestly say that anyone who is an experienced driver and used to country lanes (say) that there is nothing to fear. We travelled every inch of the island by Jeep (which I would recommend if thinking of hiring a car in St Lucia) and possibly my best purchase pre travelling was an excellent large scale road map sourced via Amazon. This had far more detail than the typical 'tourist' map one gets when hiring a car. Yes, the roads wind alot but they are nothing to be concerned about. Common sense caution applies as with negotiating sharp bends at home. We drove at night to Gros Islet (to the North past Rodney Bay) for the Friday night Jump Up and encountered no problems driving, parking or at the event itself.
Overall then, an amazing holiday on an amazing island with a resort to die for and one I feel who has much to teach other resorts in terms of customer service. We will certainly take many fond and loving memories back to the UK of the lovely East Winds staff, their kindness and endless service and also of their fellow country men and women who greet you with genuine concern and care to ensure that you are enjoying their beautiful island.
If anyone reading this post has any questions, please feel free to ask and I will reply.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Saint Lucia’s best kept secret and immerse yourself in true Caribbean luxury. East Winds Saint Lucia is a breathtaking garden-by-the-sea, planted on the island's most picturesque sandy bay. Our Island Hideaway is Saint Lucia's original boutique resort featuring 30 cottage style suites, tucked away amongst lush plants, trees and a kaleidoscope of colourful bird-life. East Winds is home to what many consider the finest beach on the island and our guests share it with very few others just like them; travellers looking for personalised care and all-inclusive service in the most authentic of Caribbean experiences. Come experience the Caribbean the way it was meant to be experienced. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- East Winds Hotel Gros Islet
- East Winds Resort All Inclusive
- East Winds St. Lucia/Gros Islet