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Rendezvous Resort
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Castries
Certificate of Excellence
Needham, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fabulous all inclusive for couples”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

Rendezvous is a real gem but few Americans seem to know of it (mostly British and Canadians, under 35 or 50+). Food, drink and service were excellent with lots of variety. The location, beaches, rooms and weather were really nice, and there were plenty of activities including hobie cats, kayaks, water skiing, tennis, yoga, walking, beach volleyball or just sitting by the pool or beach. At only 100 rooms (no TVs but they do have iHomes and they have wireless but it was inconsistent) with nightly, good quality entertainment, we felt lucky to have stumbled upon this resort. Only downside is being 75 minutes from the main airport and few direct flights. One of the few places we will go back to.

Room Tip: We went with middle level rooms which turned out to be right by the main pool - an excellent choice...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank David H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012 via mobile

The holiday was very relaxing and all of the staff very attentive two small problems the occasional flight to Barbados flies over the hotel a little noisey if it's a private jet! My biggest gripe was that I paid 20 us for internet access and it was free to all! But hey $20 on the whole cost not bank breaking. The evening entertainment as was excellent as was the food and menu choice. The book only restaurant was very busy book early, and if your the last sitting a little rushed. But all in all excellent.

Stayed March 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

Had a wonderful week's stay here as part of our honeymoon. Were made to feel very special by all the staff. Particular thanks to Yarmi for making some activities so hilarious to participate in. Recommend that it is made clearer that the 'casino night' is in aid of a local charity (a school I think we were told?) and also suggest that the menus are more local-based (fresh grilled fish!). We particularly enjoyed and appreciated the discover scuba diving experience included in the price - something we otherwise would possibly never have done! Overall a brilliant place to stay.

Room Tip: Premium garden room was great.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Matt_and_Carmen
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

My wife and I have just returned from a week's honeymoon at the Rendezvous, and all in all, we had a great time.

First of all, let me say we did our homework and chose Rendezvous because of its size (small) and the reviews about the ambience as we wanted a reasonably chilled honeymoon without too many activities. Please bear this in mind for this review.

OK, so the welcome to the Rendezvous by Nadia was excellent and we were quickly given the key info and sent off to our room to settle in with the orientation the next morning. We stayed in the Luxury Beach Front rooms (347) and had a spacious but simple room with a very warm en-suite and balcony. The first digit for the rooms denotes the floor you are on (1 ground, 3 second) and the en-suites for these rooms are glass fronted, facing the sun in the morning and not cooled by air con or fan which means they can get a bit hot. However, this settles down once the sun has moved and set. With our room being near the far end of the block and on the top floor, our balcony was visited by a lot of birds who left a lot of mess on our daybed - this was cleared by the maids daily so wasn’t too much of an issue but it did mean that the bed was not usable until housekeeping had serviced the room. I think this bird attack was only concentrated in our room as the rest appeared to be fine. If you get this room, ask for a clean hammock and you’ll have no problems.

I think to hit on the positives, the gardens and wildlife are vibrant and everywhere you look. There are a range of geckos, birds (including occasional hummingbirds), butterflies and other animals getting on with their business in some beautiful and well maintained grounds. There is a spit of beach out front with a mix of parasol covered loungers, day beds and sun soaked beds for all tastes. We never had to go looking for a bed, and usually wandered down between 7am and 9am and never had to fight for space and viewing the room lights, it did not feel like the resort was empty.

However, there is also the matter of the local small airport. You will hear a flight at 7am Monday to Friday and 8:30 on the weekend and a further 8 - 10 flights during the day (small props or personal jets). I have to say I was not bothered too much by these, and if you choose to pop over to Martinique you will be on one of them :) On the noise front, the gardens are bordering on civilised rainforest, as a result there are all kinds of night time noise, which is relaxing to some, constant to others. However, I do not think this will be any different anywhere in St Lucia, and personally helped us fall asleep when our bodies were waking up at BST! If you are a light sleeper, we would recommend that you bring ear plugs.

The staff are very friendly, and will give what they receive. They will be chatty with the chatty types, playful with the outgoing and respectful of those who just want to move from room to beach. I think we fell somewhere near the latter, got everything we asked for, but were not proffered anything or pushed anything we did not want. The resort does not offer room service, you will need to think about the drinks you want in the mini-bar pretty quickly and sort this via the great reception staff. However there is fresh chilled water in the room every day, and the resort is a good size, so nothing is too far apart. Every member of staff is very knowledgeable about all areas of the resort so any time you are unsure, just ask! Jasmine the General Manager hosts a drinks party at the main pool every Wednesday; this is a great opportunity to meet and gauge the team and chat with other guests. On our stay there was some excellent steel drum accompaniment also.

The team at the spa are great. I have seen some comments about the spa and the lack of treatments. I think they cover the essentials and do them extremely well. We took the couples massage (25% arrival discount with Virgin) where my wife had a Balinese massage and I chose a deep tissue massage, both excellent, but I definitely knew where all my muscles were after mine!

The water sports team are also great, get to know them! You can hack out with a catamaran, go windsurfing, scuba and snorkelling (and yes the snorkelling is elsewhere) but I just went for a decent swim in the sea every day and the water is great. The guys know the best places to take you to see the best sights for snorkelling and scuba, so I would not worry if that’s your thing.

The drinks service was good, the guys will bring drinks from 10am onwards. However if the bar gets busy this will slow down and it is not consistent. One day we only had one drink offered. There is water nearby, and the bar is only 3 mins away, but a more regular beach service would be good (this was the area down by the sea, furthest from the bar). The pools looked great but we settled for the sea every time :) We were disappointed with the lack of premium vodkas (no Belvedere or Grey Goose), but the rum and cocktails do go a long way towards making up for this - we can highly recommend the rum punch and rum coolers!

There have been comments about the age range of guests, and the residents did range from 20s to 80s. However there is a real sense of community in the resort, the mix of staff and guests and the ability just to chat to anyone was great. For example there was a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary during our stay and listening to their stories was great. For us there was a great mix of wedding-mooners, young couples and all sorts that made it a really diverse. It is not a club 18-30 resort, if you want more of a buzzing holiday, look elsewhere I guess! This is very much a chilled out and laid back resort!

Finally, the food! As a spice fiend, and a foodie to boot I was nervous about the buffet having read some of the reviews on here. My fears were unfounded thought as the food was excellent! The flavour combinations the chefs pulled off were great. There is a real French and Creole influence and enough choice to either make you satisfied or very fat. The spicy heat was missing but there is lots of local pepper sauce on hand if you wanted more heat in your dish. The one restaurant onsite, The Trysting Place requires reservations to eat.

The decor in The Trysting Place is a little twee, but it has a charm to itself. There was a real romantic layout, and really attentive staff. However the food was excellent; I cannot recommend the steaks enough, having had a perfect blue steak. I would also recommend going off the house wine and take something off the wine list, the Sancerre, and Pinot Noir were both excellent. We ate twice during our stay and although we loved both sittings, we also missed the buffet which surprised us, not because of the servings, we were fed well, but the choice was always hard to choose which night to book.

Finally, nothing to do with the resort, but the excursions have to be mentioned. The Piton and Volcano tour was excellent but it is a long day, 8:30 to 17:00 (there is a boating alternative but you will not get the views of the island). The Tranopy / Andreline tours of the rainforest by Gondola or Zip wire were excellent (with also the classiest of the souvenirs).

What would have my definite recommendation is the Sugar to Rum tour. Storming Norman is your guide who will let you see St Lucia in all of its raw beauty. The tour will follow the old sugar plantations to the modern rum factory. What we loved is that it obvious that Norman is helping some of the poorer and genuine areas of the island, we saw some real poverty, but no begging, pushing or peddling which made it a great tour. Also you get to shop at the Rum Factory's shop, where the prices were better than Duty Free. So my advice would be to hold off buying your spirits until the leg home, and see what is on offer, the Crystal Lime Rum is great.

If you can, book a helicopter flight back to the airport if you want to maximise your holiday time; I was still in the sea at 14:00 for a 16:25 flight back to the UK! The Virgin Check and Chill was great too and it allowed us to take advantage of the departure lounge at the resort which was a nice extra touch and put off the inevitable trudge home.

So, all in all a great trip! As a honeymooning couple we were also given a welcome basket of treats, fruit, flowers and champagne on arrival. However the slight shabbiness of the rooms and lack of room service made it hard to have a romantic hideaway night without paying extra for it. I hope I have given a balanced review and if you choose to go you have a great time!

Room Tip: Do not worry about being close to stuff there is plenty of room. Beach front Rooms were ace, ask for...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

Stayed here for our honeymoon in June 2010. Had an amazing time. The staff can not do enough for you. The hotel is located on a beautiful beach. There is a bar pool, a jacuzzi and a normal pool. There is also a gym great bars and entertainment all day and night.

The only faults I could think of we're that the bathroom In our garden view room could have done with updating. Also some of the staff serving food seemed a bit miserable at times. But saying that it is the best holiday I have ever been on and would definately return. But would maybe book a sea view room as they looked a bit more modern and Newley built.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Rendezvous Resort
Address: Malabar Beach, Castries, St. Lucia
Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#2 Romantic Hotel in Castries
#5 Family Hotel in Castries
Price range (per night): $531 - $1,521
Number of rooms: 100
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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Rendezvous Hotel St Lucia
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