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My mom and I spent at least 12+ hours researching different islands in the Caribbean for our mother/daughter getaway. We wanted an island that wasn't all flat, and St. Lucia immediately became our #1 pick. Although it is a fairly "small" island, there are quite a few choices as far as resorts go. While my mom wanted something quiet and private, I wanted something on the beach and close to restaurants/bars. We finally wrote down our top three choices, and randomly selected Royal St. Lucia Resort & Spa (my personal top-pick).
This resort is located on the opposite side of the island from the main airport (UVF), but taxis are readily available at the airport for +/- $90 one way. The drive to the resort takes about an hour and a half and actually gives you a good mini "tour" of the island. Our taxi driver was wonderful and told us a lot about the island and what we should do while we are there.
Upon arriving at the resort, we were greeted with warm smiles and cold rum punch. The staff at the front desk (sorry, wish I still remembered everyone's name!) was very pleasant and helpful all hours of the day. We were brought up to our room, and as soon as we walked out onto our balcony, we knew this was the right choice! Absolutely amazing view of the entire Reduit Beach and the beautiful calm Caribbean Sea. The room itself was rather large with lots of storage, a separate bedroom and living room areas, updated/modern bathroom and central AC. The first night we actually slept "under the stars" on our loungers on the balcony!
We did not want an all-inclusive vacation as we felt that it would limit our freedom to try the restaurants in the area, therefore we opted for the breakfast only. Since we traveled during off-season (end of August), it was as though we had the whole resort to ourselves - no long lines at breakfast, no fighting for spots at the beach!
The food at the breakfast buffet was always delicious and fresh - especially the yummy local fruits! We also dined at L’Epicure (one of the hotel's restaurants) and the food/service there was excellent as well. Other nights we took advantage of the resort's central location and tried Spinnakers (less than 5 minutes walking-distance, beachfront, delicious) TWICE, Tapas on the Bay (near Baywalk Mall and right on Rodney Bay), and Q Jazz Lounge & Restaurant (right across the street). We were not disappointed with any of our choices.
Now for the important part - the bar that is INSIDE OF THE POOL! The drinks were so cheap and delicious, and our bartender Troy was always attentive and in a great mood. They have happy hour from 5-7pm which is "buy one get one free" on their yummy cocktails. The rum punch and strawberry daiquiri were our go-to. It was so relaxing to sit on one of the stools inside of the pool and sip our cocktails!
This hotel also seems to have the best beach area, and you can order from the bar menu and have it brought out to you right on the beach!
Needless to add, we really enjoyed our 6-night stay at Royal.
Now just a few general comments about visiting St. Lucia -
1) You HAVE TO attend the Friday night Street Party in Gros Islet! Take a cab from the hotel ($15 US). Yummy street food, lots of alcohol, and dancing in the street.
2) Take a catamaran boat down to Soufriere and visit the sulfur mud baths and the waterfall!
3) Hike the Gros Piton! Beware - it is INTENSE! But super worth it.
Although there are plenty of other places to explore, our experience in St. Lucia is worth returning for!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Acclaimed as one of the best in St Lucia, the spectacular mile-long Reduit Beach fronts this all-suite hotel while, with a backdrop of rainforest covered hills, atmospheric Rodney Bay is reached within a few moments stroll. Standing in beautifully manicured grounds, the hotel offers an elegant blend of privacy and sophistication. Beneath palm-frond parasols, elegant furnishings allow for lazy days on the sandy beach or relax instead by the large lagoon-style swimming pool shaded by palm trees. The Royal Spa offers an enticing variety of treatments ranging from a reviving jet-lag busting massage to sensual aromatherapy and body care while, for the more energetic, the fully-equipped fitness room is available free to our guests. A delicious full buffet breakfast is included at L'Epicure, an elegant al fresco restaurant next to the beach which also offers tantalising a-la-carte dinner choices. Fine dining experiences can be enjoyed at Chic in the evening while, cooled by gentle sea breezes, the Beach Tent is a perfect venue for lunch. Perhaps enjoy a cocktail at the charming Minstrals Lounge before visiting the elegant Oriental restaurant (seasonal) or Mariners buffet, located at the adjacent St Lucian by rex resorts, or strolling in to town to experience the local ambience. Children are welcomed at the Royal and can enjoy the childrens club available on weekdays at set times at our neighbouring hotel while everyone can benefit from the wide range of activities accessible locally including water sports, horse riding, golf and exhilarating tours to explore the natural beauty of St Lucia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal By Rex Hotel Castries
- Royal By Rex Resort
- Royal St Lucian