First bit of advice: take the helicopter from UVF to the resort. book direct with St Lucia Helicopters at $145 per person each way and avoid the terrible road trip (so I'm told). BA tried to charge over £1k for a round trip for 2 people!!!!!
OK, the resort: well first I have to say that for the first few days of our holiday it rained and I mean IT RAINED!!!! But we did get 4 very good days after that, but what can you do? :-)
I read most of the reviews before I booked this resort with BA and have to say I came away from my holiday with a view mid-way between the majority good reviews and the minority critical viewpoints.
First the location; yes it is right at the end of the local airport (George F.L. Charles) runway and there are several (~15 flights) commercial flight taking off every day from 7am and although there are some small aircraft, the majority are Bombardier Dash 8 type (for those of you familiar with aircraft) operated by Liat, the inter-Island Airline. However, the noise is only for a few seconds, so not an issue for me.
The beach directly attached to the resort is well kept and cleaned every day by hotel staff, but if you venture away from the resort area, it's not so nice: directly to the south (turn left when facing the sea) there is the graveyard, next to which is the airport. To the north, nothing apart from abandoned buildings. The whole area is well used by locals and you are not hassled, although there is a high level (3 or 4 staff) of security on the beach all day, every day!
Wifi is charged at $20 per stay, but was off more than it was on, but when I mentioned this on check-out I wasn't charged - no problem.
The clientelle was a complete range is ages, all couples obviously, but from young 20's to 40's, 50's and 60's, mainly Brits and quite a few Canadians but by no way SAGA and everyone was friendly!
The resort is still going through renovation, some of which was going on during our stay. The gardens are beautifully kept, but from the outside and at the entrance to the Garden View and Verandah accomodation the buildings look a bit tatty. I can understand what the guy who stated 'Butlins' was meaning in his description about the place and the area directly around the resort isn't that nice!
Having seen inside 2 non-renovated rooms (very dark and dismal) our renonvated Garden View was bright and airy with very good aircon and a nice bathroom. However, the furniture didn't match and the white four poster bed was one of the old dark beds painted white as this was obvious from where the paint was chipping off!
Generally, the staff are very good, helpful and friendly, although sometimes it felt a little 'false' but generally OK, but nothing is any bother for them as they really do want you to have a good holiday.
The food in the buffet from breakfast, lunch and dinner is all pretty good and something for all tastes and something different every day. And if you're still peckish, there's afternoon tea!
We ate twice in the Trysting Restaurant, which was nice, but twice was enough, the first time being much better than the second.
One thing that should be mentioned is that the eating area, although covered, is open to the elements and this leads to wild birds flying onto tables, stealing food, drinking out of the glasses.......!!!!!! The staff do clear tables as quickly as possible but....
I'm trying to think of comments made by other people to give my view and the only one I can think of relates to sun beds: No problem, there's plenty of them, although locating towels was occasionaly an issue!
We used the north part of the beach mostly as it's a bit quieter, the south part is where all the activities take place. Of the pools, the newer one next to the Spa is the nicest, along with the lazy river. The other pool is OK, but has a 1950's Motel look to it?
As I said in the title, it's good, but lacking something? My partner and I both have the same view, while reviewing our photo's yesterday we agreed that we had a good holiday (despite the rain!) and that the gardens are lovely, but we think it's in the detail e.g. the coffee tables in the lounge area look grubby and the furnishing are the same........ It's just the little details that can make all the difference.
- Also Known As:
- Rendezvous Hotel
- Rendezvous St Lucia
- Rendezvous Hotel Castries
- Rendezvous Resort All Inclusive
- Rendezvous Hotel St Lucia
- Rendevous St Lucia
- Rendezvous Resort St Lucia
- Rendezvous Resort St. Lucia/Castries
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rendezvous - The Boutique Hotel For Couples. Rendezvous is the only all-inclusive boutique resort in the Caribbean nestled in a tropical garden on a 2-mile stretch of beach, designed for couples who want to spend quality time together in an atmosphere of personalized care. ... more less
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