Written by Tamara Corrie.
My husband and I celebrated our 15-year wedding anniversary on the beautiful island of St. Lucia at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian. We absolutely LOVED it! Although it was a long and winding drive (after a 2-hour flight delay) from the Hewanorra Airport to Sandals Grande St. Lucian, once I saw the view from our walkout room – I knew we had found paradise!
Sandals Grande St. Lucian is a LUXURY all-inclusive resort located on a peninsula at the north end of St Lucia. The beach is on the calm of the Caribbean Sea, but you can view the Atlantic Ocean from the other side of the resort! With 301 rooms, 5 pools, 4 whirlpools, 8 restaurants, and 6 bars, it is large enough to have something for everyone without feeling crowded or limited in any way! Our room was a beautiful walkout room where the view was one of the pools with the Caribbean and a mountain beyond that! We could walk out of the room and within just a few steps, jump in the pool!
When staying at a Sandals Resort in St. Lucia, you can enjoy all 3 properties with a free shuttle that runs approximately every 2 hours. You have access to 24 Discovery Dining restaurants, 24 bars, 9 pools, 9 whirlpools, 2 spas, and a 9-hole golf course! All at no additional cost! Some restaurants require reservations and it may take a couple of days to get in, so I recommend you work with your concierge, butler, or dining desk (depending on your room category) early in your trip so you do not miss out on some fantastic dining options.
My husband Alan and I enjoyed golf, kayaking, snorkeling, a chef competition, pool parties, and much, much more. Of course, just relaxing at the pool or beach and sampling the drink of the day at the pool bar was pretty awesome too! Although we were there during the rainy season, we only had brief showers on a couple of days. The humidity was pretty high, but there was almost always a wonderful breeze coming from the east so it was quite comfortable.
St. Lucia has been the #1 honeymoon destination for many years, and a Sandals resort is a great place to celebrate this important event in your life!
There are SO many things to do on the island that you will likely not have time for all of them! Horseback riding, golfing, zip lining, parasailing, swimming in the hot springs after a mud bath, climbing the Pitons, snorkeling, diving and much, much more! Alan and I recommend the Land & Sea Saint Lucia Adventure with Island Routes tour company. Island Routes is the official tour company for excursions from all Sandals properties and operates tours on 11 Caribbean islands! The Land & Sea tour includes seeing a banana plantation, fishing villages, views of the majestic Pitons, the Sulphur Springs, the drive-in volcano, the botanical gardens with Diamond Waterfall, and lunch at a working plantation. Then set sail on a catamaran that offers snorkeling and rum punch back to where you started! It is a long, but extremely fun and interesting day!
I am not sure when we will be able to visit St. Lucia again, but we sure hope it will be soon! I would love to help you plan your trip to this beautiful island so you can experience the kind of trip we had!
Tips for St. Lucia:
St. Lucia offers mountains, rainforests, plantations, and white sand beaches. The people are extremely friendly and the official language is English. They drive on the left side of the road. The electricity is 240V/50Hz using United Kingdom plugs. BUT, the resort had a couple of US plugs we could use. If you have a converter, you may want to take it though.
The currency is East Caribbean dollar (XCD), but US dollars are widely accepted. The resort did NOT offer an ATM, but did offer credit card cash advance with a service fee in the local currency. So, be sure to have some cash for small local purchases and gratuities if needed (drivers, tour guides, and baggage handling). Since we were at an all-inclusive resort, no cash was required on site. St. Lucia is a considered a British commonwealth, but has been independent since 1979. The island has been French 7 times and British 7 times before that! Therefore, many street and city names are French (since they were there first), but the cultural influences are both French and British (along with others).