2018-04-11 Sandals Halcyon in St. Lucia
On April 11, 2018, my husband and I took a much needed vacation to St. Lucia, West Indies. We got up at 3am to get to the airport at 4:30am for our 6am flight. The flight was uneventful and we actually arrived in St. Lucia, a little early. It took about 15 to 20 minutes standing in line to go through St. Lucia immigrations and customs. We were directed to the Sandals Lounge, where we waited for our shuttle to Sandals Halcyon. Within 15 minutes, the shuttle to Sandals Halcyon was announced. So off we went. The road to Casteries had more curves in it than I remembered from my last trip to St. Lucia.
It took a little over an hour to get to Sandals Halcyon, where we would stay the next four nights. After checking in and shown to our room (Halcyon Hideaway Deluxe Room), we decided to walk around the resort. Our room was on the back side of the resort close to the road. We did hear some road noise, but not enough to bother us. Our balcony overlooked the gardens and the quiet pool.
Sandals Halcyon is the smallest of the three Sandals Resorts on St. Lucia, so it is only a short walk to the beach, restaurants and lobby. The quiet pool was just that quiet. It had plenty of lounge chairs available and it had a swim up bar. Just past the quiet pool was Kimonos with Teppanyaki style dining. It requires reservations. It is very popular. When we walked the other way we walked past the Grand Luxe Club Level Walkout Room w/ Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub
before coming to the Beach Bistro. It serves lunch and late night snacks. Then we passed the new Beachfront Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Butler Room w/ Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub. Then we passed the Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Club Level Room w/ Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub.
There are a variety of room categories for such a small resort with only 169 rooms.
On the beach side of the lobby is the main pool, Bayside Restaurant and Mario's Restaurant. On a pier there is Kelly's Dockside Restaurant. A little further down the beach are the water sports. There are multiple bars, so you don't have to go far for a drink.
Our first night, we went to Bayside, which has a buffet for breakfast and lunch. For dinner it is an a la carte French Brasserie. It was a very nice relaxing meal with the cool ocean breeze to refresh us. Both my husband and I had fish. After traveling all day, we were exhausted, so a lighter meal was perfect.
Over the next few days we visited the other Sandals resorts in St. Lucia and spent time at the quiet pool. At the main pool, it was harder to find lounge chairs and at the center of the resort, there were people walking around to get to the pool, restaurants and lobby.
Of the three Sandals resorts, Sandals Halcyon is the quietest, but with the stay at one play at three, you have options to occuply your time. I really enjoyed my stay at Sandals Halcyon. With two other resort to change the scenery, I did not get bored. For our last night, we made reservations at Kelly's Dockside, where you dine over the water. We choose from a selection of grilled entrees. We both picked the Ribeye with garlic herb butter. It was wonderful. The perfect dinner for our last night in St. Lucia.
Stay at Sandals Halcyon if you want a more relaxing stay. Being able to visit the other two Sandals as many time as you want, can add some options if it gets too quiet.
Stay at Sandals Grande St. Lucian if a beautiful beach is more important. They have more luxurious accommodations from Over the Water suites, Roundovals and more swim up suites for a uniques special occation. I tried to make a reservation at Gordon's, but it was not available during our stay.
If you are a foodie, then Sandals Regency La Toc is for you. The French restaurant - La Toc, was my favorite. You have to make reservations in advance. I made my reservation at the front desk at Halcyon, shortly after we arrived. There were several other restaurant, I wanted to try, but that will be another vacation.
All three of the resorts have some of the same restaurants, so we stayed at Sandals Halcyon for Marios, Bayside and Kelly's. Mario's - the Italian restaurant, has an antipasto bar to compliment their entrees. The Osso Bucco was wonderful.
The shuttles between the resorts can be full during the middle of the day, so try to take an earlier shuttle. When we went to Sandals Grande St. Lucian, the first shuttle was full, but a second one was a bout 5 minutes behind. When we checked in, we received the shuttle schedule, so check it to make sure which shuttle you need to be on, if you have a dinner reservation at one of the other resort.
Even though we only stayed four nights, it was the perfect for us. We got to relax and see the island of St. Lucia. If you are limited on time and have a smaller budget, I would reccommend staying at Sandals Halcyon.
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