I am so happy that we worked with you to plan our honeymoon. I have told everyone I know to talk with you if they need help planning a trip. Thank you again.
The Sandals La Toc was beautiful. We stayed in the room with the ocean view, I bet you still have it on file, and it came with one room-service breakfast and one bottle of champagne (for our honeymoon), one couples massage (for staying at least 6 nights), and one Piton sunset cruise (for staying at least 7 nights).
When we got off the plane and went through customs, we were put on a shuttle bus with AC that took us to the resort. The driver was very knowledgeable and gave us a little history lesson about the island. The people in the airport who shuttled our bags to the bus loading area requested a tip. Everyone else at the resort (with the exception of the massage therapists) refused tips per the rules of the resort. Even at the restaurants… you just order, eat, and leave.
When we got there, we gathered near the entrance and had a welcome champagne cocktail. Orientation took about an hour. Then we went to our room and got ready for dinner. There are 9 restaurants there!
All of the food was good. We did not eat at the French restaurant because my husband didn’t have closed toe shoes along so we were not allowed in (since we were not dressed according to their dress code). The closed toe shoe requirement is not clearly posted either… we had dress clothes along, which we wore to most dinners, but because of his sandals we could not go to the French place. Make sure you tell them that a man must have dress shoes in order for the couple to eat dinner there!! It is ok for a lady to have sandals though!!
We also did not eat at the Japanese and sushi restaurants because my husband isn’t a fan of that kind of food.
The French place and the Japanese place are by reservation only. They fill up fast, so make sure to get on the list right away!!
Our favorite was the Neptune. It is right on the ocean, open to the breeze. We ate there for lunch and dinner one day!
The Pizza place was great too, and if you sit at Neptunes you can have the pizza too since they basically share a kitchen. The pizza place is only open for lunch.
Armondo’s was the Italian place, we ate there for dinner 2 nights. It was also my favorite!!!! It is up the hill on “Sunset Bluff”. We found the most amazing little sitting area on the bluff, just down the steps from the Sunset Bluff pool. No one was ever there!!
The Pavillion was the buffet, open for all 3 meals, and everything was good there.
The Cricketers Pub was a nice piece of home in the tropics… basically an English pub like Houlihans.
Finally, the Pitons was a Caribbean restaurant that served a lot of local-type food… it was amazing. I had this seafood bouillon that had a small octopus in it!! It was good.
Eat a lot at meals because there isn’t anything open between meals (except snacks at the gift shop)!! A couple of days I actually got really hungry in between lunch and dinner.
We went to the no-tax gift shop and got some gifts and clothes, and we went to the “locals” gift shop to get some other gifts. We went into the resort gift shop to get some cigars and some snacks. It was so nice to get a drink, have a cigar, and sit by the fire at night.
Friday nights they have a street dance. We were on the Sunset cruise, so we didn’t make the street dance.
Saturday nights are steak night. We didn’t make it to that either, since we wanted to spend our last night there at Neptunes with the gentle ocean breeze.
I LOVED the swim up bar. I had never seen anything like that before.
The pool is busy. There is another pool up on the Sunset Bluff, but since we weren’t staying up there we didn’t feel like walking up to that pool. It was fun to walk around on the beach too, and swim in the ocean.
There are a lot of things to do there. We would have golfed, but it was too hot for us. The couples massage was incredible. There are “playmakers” who walk around and try to get people to play games, trivia, etc. There are also resort photographers who try to take your picture all the time.
We took a kayak out around the bay, that was super fun but we got super burned!! We had SPF 70 and we still burned.
THE ONE BIG DOWN SIDE:
The beaches are not privatized in St. Lucia. The locals DO hang out on the beach and WILL try to sell you ANYTHING no matter how many times you might have said NO before. I was even asleep on a chair and one came and woke me up to tell me he made us a little thing out of a palm leaf for $20. To avoid being hassled any more, I just gave him the money and we went back up the steps to the resort…. and stayed there.
For the most part, everyone is extremely nice. The resort staff keep close tabs on you- for example one day we were going to go walk to town and look around, but they would not let us do that. In order to look around town you had to buy a “shopping excursion” for around $150/person. There are a lot of cool-looking excursions… we wanted to do a zip line and hike the Piton Mountains but didn’t get around to it.
When it was time to go home, we got on the shuttle bus and went back to the airport, and that driver was also very nice and knowledgeable. I literally cried when we had to leave. It was just so beautiful. Like nothing I had ever seen before (granted the most tropical place I have ever been is Miami)….
We did not visit the Halcyon. I do know it is a smaller resort with not as many things to do, but the one couple we talked to on the Sunset cruise were staying there and said it was “intimate and beautiful”. You can take a shuttle to the other Sandals resorts and drink there, eat there, party there all day if you wanted. You just can’t sleep there (since you aren’t checked in there)!!
I LOVE St Lucia. I would go back right now if I could. I have even looked up what it takes to work there, cost of living, etc.