Best Sandals in St. Lucia: 2017 (UPDATED) Resort Reviews

Updated: March 12, 2017

Which is the best Sandals in St. Lucia?  Like with most things, it depends. In this case it depends what you are looking for in a resort.  Each resort has its own pros and cons and we have listed them below.  However, we decided to rank them anyway.  Based on reviews from across the internet we have ranked the 3 Sandals resorts in St. Lucia.  Additionally we have included each St. Lucia resorts’ overall ranking in the Sandals chain of 15 Sandals resorts.

If you are considering Sandals resorts on other Islands, we also have a complete ranking of all Sandals resorts.

The Best Sandals in. St Lucia:

  1. Sandals Grande St. Lucian – 7th overall
  2. Sandals Halcyon Beach – 10th overall
  3. Sandals Regency La Toc – 12th overall

Set on its own spectacular peninsula, this resort provides panoramic views in every direction.  Situated on some of calmest waters in St. Lucia, its sheltered beach offers views of both nearby Ft. Rodney, and a scenic harbor.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

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What people love about Sandals Grande St. Lucian:

  • The Staff are extremely positive and helpful.  They display true customer service while making sure your
  • stay is incredible.
  • The Food is delicious and of a high quality.  There are several restaurants to choose from and all are very good.  The chef is extraordinarily attentive to special dietary needs.
  • The rooms are beautiful, spacious, and well appointed.  The mattresses are very comfortable.  Guests enjoy the walk in showers.  Rooms are cleaned daily and the mini fridge is restocked.  The beachfront suites have spectacular views.
  • There are several pools.  All are awesome!  The main pool has a swim up bar and is where all the activity takes place.  The daily entertainment and interactive games are a lot of fun.  The surrounding pools offer more privacy and have a quieter atmosphere.
  • The Beach is beautiful and the white sand is swept nightly.  The ocean water is crystal clear and refreshing with a sandy bottom.
  • There are plenty of sun lounge chairs available around the pools and on the beach.  The hammock swings in the ocean are very enjoyable.
  • The Water Sports Team is terrific.  They are always watching to make sure everyone is safe.  There is a wide variety of water sports available to guests, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boards, etc.
  • The Dive Team is top notch with emphasis on safety.   Diving in St. Lucia is beautiful!
  • The lounge/quiet areas around the resort offer a romantic touch.
  • The Fire Pit is a nice place to relax and unwind in the evening.
  • The Bar Tenders are great and interact with the guests, making sure everyone is having an enjoyable time, while serving delicious drinks.
  • The gym is well equipped.  A sauna or steam room is available in the spa.
  • The Red Lane Spa is very nice.  The massages exceed expectation.  The spa is pricey.
  • Nightly entertainment is a lot of fun. The singers and bands are top class.  Every night there is something fun and exciting going on.
  • Sing A Longs in the evening at the Piano Bar are great fun.
  • The wedding coordinator does a great job creating a beautiful atmosphere, and wedding, while making sure your wedding day is stress free.
  • Photographers roam the resort capturing memorable pictures of their guests.
  • Guests like the ability to visit the others Sandals on St Lucia, (La Toc and Halcyon).  Stay at 1 play at 3 is a big plus.  There is a free shuttle available to and from the other resorts.
  • Fun Excursions are available for an extra fee.
  • Sandals Grande is a beautiful resort with beautiful manicured gardens and spectacular views.

The common complaints about Sandals Grande St. Lucian:

  • The ride from the airport takes approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours over windy narrow roads that can be filled with traffic. The shuttle stops to pick up, or, drop off guests from the other Sandals on the way to, or, from the airport.
  • Dinner reservations are needed in the evening for some of the restaurants.  Guests need to make reservations before arrival, or, upon arrival because the restaurants get booked up. Make dinner Reservations ASAP!
  • Some guests would get up early to put their towels on the best spots and not use the lounge chairs all day.  The staff never removed the towels so others could use them.
  • Too many pesky peddlers on the beach
  • Many guests expect more amenities and features to be included (like room service)
  • There are rocks in the water at the beach (not always soft sand below your feet)
  • When the resort is full it feels crowded
  • Extras are expensive (e.g. spa, internet, bottles of wine in your room, resort shop)

Other considerations:

  • Guests will see vendors off the property and close to the water.  Vendors are not persistent and will walk away if you tell them politely, not interested.
  • There is a helicopter transfer available to and from the resort for an extra fee if you get motion sickness, or, you don’t want to take the shuttle. The helicopter takes about 15 minutes and is approximately $500.00/couple.
  • Guests are able to walk to the village and to Pigeon Park.  You can climb Pigeon Mountain for $7.00.  The spectacular views are well worth it.  Wear Sneakers!
  • Sandals Grande St. Lucia Spa and Beach Resort is a great place to relax and get spoiled.  Guests can enjoy romantic walks through the manicured gardens or they can relax by the fire pit.  They really do put a priority on romance.
  • Sandals Grande is a beautiful resort with spectacular views, and a staff that will do everything they can to ensure your stay incredible.
  • Some guests expect more from the rooms at this resort.
  • The entertainment is enjoyed by some while others find it to be a little lacking.

2. Sandals Halcyon Beach – St. Lucia (#10 overall)

Sandals Halcyon St. Lucia boasts classic Caribbean architecture and tropical gardens. Three restaurants are highlighted by the legendary Pier Restaurant, the island’s most impressive dining experience set directly on the sea.  This resort caters to a slightly older crowd.

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What people love about Sandals Halcyon Beach:

  • The resort is in a good location and the island views from the resort are excellent.
  • The resort is quiet and peaceful, which was a plus for most of the visitors.
  • Most Guests feel that the majority of the Staff are extremely courteous and helpful, and, that they will do everything possible to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible, and, are getting everything you need.
  • The Food is good.  The executive chef will make sure your special dietary needs are met so you can have a worry free meal.  Breakfast at the Bayside is a big hit.    The buffet is never ending, from fresh fruit to a full cooked breakfast, local delicacy dishes, muffins, smoothies made fresh, and, an egg bar with any style of egg cooked that you can dream up.  There is so much to choose from you never get tired.  There are 4 restaurants and 2 bars at the Halcyon.  Reservations are required at Kimonos.
  • The Rooms are clean and well appointed.  The bed and pillows are very comfortable. The bathroom has a nice tub and shower. The ocean front rooms have an amazing view. There are 2 pools at Sandals Halcyon.  Both have swim up bars. The larger pool has music, and, hosts aqua aerobics, water polo, and, any other sports/activities/games, the play-makers can think of.  The second pool is a quiet pool and the quiet is politely enforced.  It is a real delight to hear Agnes call, “Tea Time” every afternoon at 4 o’clock at the quiet pool.
  • The Beach is lovely, very clean, and, well maintained.  There is a beautiful bay to explore on kayaks,or, by a hobie cat.
  • There are plenty of sun loungers available on the beach and at the pools.
  • The Water Sports team is very helpful.  There are paddle boards, kayaks, sailing, snorkeling,etc. available to guests.
  • Tennis courts are available with a professional and thorough coach.
  • There are several Fire Pits throughout the resort to relax and enjoy in the evening, and, several cabanas and hammocks to relax in during the day.
  • Scuba diving is available with a very helpful dive team.
  • The Bar Tenders keep the drinks flowing while serving high end cocktails.  It is a treat to look forward to the specialty drink of the night.
  • The Gym is well equipped and has an independent room to work out in.
  • Massages are very relaxing.
  • The Wedding Coordinator is amazing.  She makes you feel special while creating a beautiful and moving Wedding Ceremony.
  • Stay at 1 play at 3 is a big plus.  Guests like that the Sandals Halcyon is less expensive than the Sandals La Toc and Sandals Grande and there is free shuttle service between the resorts.
  • Sandal Halcyon is the smallest of the 3 resorts.  Guests love the intimate, laid back, relaxed feel of the resort.
  • There are several fun excursions available for an extra fee.
  • The grounds are beautiful with a feast of color and many interesting plants.

The common complaints about Sandals Halcyon Beach:

  • The resort buildings and rooms are dated and need to be updated – including the bathrooms.
  • This resort typically attracts an older crowd, and the entertainment is limited.
  • Younger visitors often complain there are not many visitors of a similar age, and the resort is very quiet
  • The Resort is located off the main road.  You can hear the street noise in the block of rooms 700-800.  If the noise is a problem for you, make sure to get a room away from the street.
  • Some of the common areas at the resort  have an element of wear.
  • There are vendors soliciting on the beach.  They are respectful of a polite, “no”.
  • Cats roam the property.  The resort takes very good care of them and makes sure they are vaccinated.
  • The Beach is smaller than Sandals Grande or Sandals La Toc.
  • The staff does not offer drink service on the beach.
  • Mosquitoes can be bad.  Bring Bug Repellent.
  • It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to get from the airport over curvy, windy roads to the resort.  You may need to take something for motion sickness if this is a problem for you.
  • First floor rooms are very close to walking paths.   There are a lot of people that walk by.  If you want privacy this may be a problem for you.
  • Nightly entertainment can be sparse.  If you want a party atmosphere this is not the resort for you.

Other considerations when visiting Sandals Halcyon Beach:

  • Resort is not situated on a spectacular beach.  Some liked the beach while others did not.
  • Sandals Halcyon is located between Sandals La Toc and Sandals Grande.  The free shuttle service is available every 2 hours and takes 10-15 minutes to get to the other resorts.  It is on time and the shuttle is air conditioned.
  •  Be aware of the difference between, ocean view, and, ocean front, so, that you can get the room you want.
  •  Sandals Halcyon is the smallest, most quiet, and, laid back, of the 3 resorts.  The resort has a quaint intimate setting with grounds that look like a tropical paradise.  If you want a quiet relaxing vacation with all the amenities available this may be the resort for you.

3. Sandals Regency La Toc – St. Lucia (#12 overall)

Set within the 210-acre La Toc Estate, Sandals Regency La Toc is located on a secluded half-mile beach and a breathtaking bluff. Unique among Caribbean beaches, the water is emerald-green due to its depth- hence the resort’s nickname the “Emerald of the Caribbean.”

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What people love about Sandals Regency La Toc:

  • The Staff are fabulous, incredibly helpful, warm and welcoming. The Butlers are fantastic. They add that extra spark to make your trip amazing.
  • The Food is very good in all the restaurants. The Chefs go above and beyond to make sure special dietary requirements are met. The required diet is delicious.
  • The Rooms are very nice and the beds are comfortable. The mini refrigerator is restocked daily.
  • Housekeeping does a great job keeping the rooms clean.
  • The Pools are spectacular. The main pool has a swim up bar and a small waterfall. There is a lot of activity, ping pong, volley ball, etc., and music throughout the day. The other 2 pools are quiet and relaxing with a beautiful view of the ocean.
  • The beach is beautiful and well maintained. The sand is soft and seaweed is not a problem.
  • Daily entertainment is a lot of fun.
  • Nightly entertainment is a lot of fun. The street party on Friday nights is a must. Lots of good Caribbean food served.
  • The Bartenders are great, serving lots of delicious cocktails.
  • Excursions are a lot of fun. The Joe Knows Tour is a favorite.
  • The Wedding Staff does a phenomenal job. They are extremely thorough, professional, and helpful. They make your wedding day a dream reality.
  • The “Stay at 1, Play at 3”, exchange program is a big plus. Enjoy all of the Sandals Resorts on St Lucia free of charge.
  • The Red Lane Spa has excellent service. The couples massage is awesome.
  • The photographers walk around the resort daily to capture great pictures of your vacation stay.
  • The Candle Light Dinner on the beach is well worth the extra money. It is very romantic and the food is delicious.
  • The Golf Course is definitely worth the experience, with lots of surprises. The golf pro and caddie are great.
  • The resort is beautiful and well maintained. The views are breathtaking. The landscape is tropical and lush.
  • Great Island views from the resort

The common complaints about Sandals Regency La Toc:

  • The ride from the airport takes over an hour to get to the resort. The road is windy, hilly, and semi-bumpy in places. You may want to take motion sickness pills if you are susceptible to
    motion sickness.
  • The ocean can be rough. It is not unusual to see red flags up during your stay, making water sports unavailable.
  • The private pools can be very cold in the winter months.
  • Pool chairs/lounges can be limited if the resort is fully booked. Butlers reserve the chairs/lounges for their guests. It is very annoying when pool lounges are reserved and not used all day. If non butler guests want a pool lounge they must get up early to reserve one.
  • Cats roam the resort and can be seen hovering in the outdoor restaurants.
  • There are a lot of hills and the resort is spread out. Plan to do a lot of walking.
  • Mosquitoes can be a problem. Bring bug spray.
  • Not a lot of  young people (this may actually be a plus depending on your perspective)

Other considerations for Sandals Regency La Toc:

  • Shuttles run constantly between the resorts. If you visit the other Sandals Resorts on St. Lucia you are able to use the spa amenities, the showers and dryers. Pack a small bag and stay all day.
  • Men, bring a pair of dress pants for the nicer restaurants. They do not allow shorts
  • Guests can book a helicopter shuttle to and from the airport for an extra fee. If you want to get to the resort quicker the helicopter ride is awesome.
  • Shuttle service is offered approximately every 10 minutes for guests because the resort is so hilly and spread out. The butlers will take their guests around on a golf cart.
  • The Butler Suite on the bluff with a private plunge pool is highly recommended. The view is breathtaking.
  • If you go on the Joe Knows excursion, bring a dark bathing suit. The sulfur mud can stain a light colored bathing suit.
  • At the Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa there are so many fun things to do with everything designed to create a unique experience for any couples dream escape from
    reality.

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Wilson Lawrence June 22, 2017 at 5:18 am

My wife and i were married at Halcyon. They point made that it is a very quiet property is a plus if you are planning a wedding there. I have been to other Sandals/Beaches resorts, where the crowd size did have an influence on any planned weddings going on daily. If you don’t want someone walking/staring at your nuptials, then a place like Halcyon is great for having a quieter option. The Weddingmoon staff at Halcyon was terrific, along with the very helpful and attentive concierge staff. We were supplied with multiple bottles of champagne, daily, and many treats and meals during our week-long stay.

While there, we also enjoyed the stay at 1/play at 3 option, and enjoyed spending time at the Grand St Luicia for a couple of days. Their lunchtime spread is not to be missed.

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