Which is the Best Sandals Resort in St Lucia? 2021 Guide
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by Kristin Young | Updated On: April 21, 2021 | St. Lucia
If you’re wondering which Sandals resort in St Lucia to pick for your next getaway, you’ve come to the right place! Not only is St Lucia one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, it’s also home to some of the best resorts in the world, too.
St Lucia packs a lot in for a small island and is renowned for its famous landscapes, volcanic Piton mountain peaks, beautiful beaches and pristine forest – there’s something for everyone here making it a great introduction to the Caribbean, whichever of the Sandals resorts on St Lucia you pick to stay at.
I know that deciding where to stay and trying to choose the best St Lucia Sandals resort for your needs can be tricky – it can be hard to know what a resort will be like until you’re there – and so I put together this guide to help you decide which is going to be the best Sandals resort St Lucia has for you.
St Lucia has many of the best luxury resorts in the Caribbean (and even in the world) and when it comes to finding the best resort in St Lucia, you won’t be disappointed with the Sandals resorts St Lucia has to offer.
WHICH IS THE BEST SANDALS RESORT IN ST LUCIA?
Sandals Saint Lucia have 3 different properties around the island which each offer their own unique style and flavour of the best Sandals in St Lucia. And the good news is, regardless of which one you choose to stay at, all of the Sandals hotels in St Lucia participate in the stay-at-1 play-at-3 deal where you can visit the other Sandals properties on the island and enjoy their facilities.
In this article I will give you a full run-down of the Sandals resorts St Lucia has to offer, and help you answer the question which Sandals in St Lucia is the best for you.
But, if you’re looking for our quick pick for the Best Sandals Resort in St. Lucia, we would have to choose Sandals Grande St. Lucian as the overall favorite. It has a little bit of everything from watersports to spots with a lively atmosphere, as well as places to get away from it all. It’s also one of the few places in the Caribbean that you can stay in an overwater bungalow! But, the best Sandals Resort really depends on what YOU are looking for.
As you’ll see from the map of Sandals resorts in St Lucia below, the 3 Sandals resort St Lucia properties are located in the north of the island, in Castries and Gros-Islet, making it easy to shuttle from one property to the other if you want to enjoy more than one of them.
Below I’ll run through which Sandals is best in St Lucia for different key criteria – whether you’re looking for the best beaches, watersports, overwater bungalows, entertainment or searching for the best Sandals resort in St Lucia for honeymoon (or maybe you’re planning your Sandals wedding St Lucia)! At the end of this Sandals St Lucia comparison, you’ll know which one is best for you.
Why Choose Sandals Resorts?
Sandals resorts are famous around the Caribbean (and the world) for their “Luxury Included” philosophy and cater exclusively for adult couples in search of a romantic getaway. Sandals resorts in St Lucia are some of the best Sandals resort in Carribean options around – they’re certainly very popular.
Sandals resorts offer 5* adults only all inclusive resorts with impressive facilities located on beautiful beaches. In St Lucia, the 3 Sandals resorts boast 11 pools, 2 golf courses, 21 bars and 27 restaurants between them, and the best thing is that access to all amenities is generally included in your rate.
So the good news is that when asking “Sandals resorts St Lucia – which is the best”, you really can’t go far wrong! If you’re looking for St Lucia all inclusive resorts – adults only, you’ll love Sandals. At the moment there’s no Beaches resort in St Lucia (the Sandals family brand), all Sandals resorts here are adults only.
When it comes to choosing the best Sandals hotel in St Lucia, chances are that beaches are high up on your list and you’re looking for the best Sandals resort beach.
St Lucia is famed for its striking volcanic coastline with dramatic rocks, including the much-photographed Pitons, but it’s also home to some stunning sandy beaches and clear, inviting waters.
The Grande St Lucian resort (also known as the Grand Sandals St Lucia) gets our vote for being the best beach resort St Lucia, thanks to being located on its very own peninsula. It boasts some of the calmest waters on St Lucia and a picture-postcard perfect sandy beach with snorkeling just off shore.
The Sandals resort St Lucia Grande also boasts stunning views onto the mountainous landscape and over to historic Fort Rodney from the comfort of your beach lounger so you can soak up the tropical island scenery. The perfect mile-long beach here will not disappoint you!
Sandals resort Halcyon St Lucia gets 2nd place in my Sandals resort St Lucia reviews for beaches thanks to its stunning stretch of unspoiled beach at the resort, backed by gently swaying palms. There’s also snorkeling just off the beach.
Sandals Grande Resort St Lucia is hard to beat when it comes to dining and food – there are no less than 12 fine dining restaurants included on site here, all included in your Luxury Included package, and making this one of the best all inclusive resort in St Lucia options you’re likely to find. If you’re in search of the best Sandals resort for nightlife, you’ll be very happy here.
Premium house wines are included at no extra cost, making for an amazing selection of wines for an all inclusive resort where you don’t have to worry about blowing your holiday budget on extra costs.
All of the restaurants at the Sandals Grande St Lucia get great reviews and even for longer stays you won’t run out of different places to eat and foods to try. Styles of cuisine vary from Italian to English pub-style, Indian, Barbeque and lots more. Just remember to make your restaurant reservations early on arrival as they do get busy! I also recommend trying the signature cocktails at each of the different restaurants.
The Grande St Lucian is also the best St Lucia Sandals resort when it comes to entertainment – there are different parties and events happening each night of the week with different themes and live music – so if entertainment is what you’re looking for, you’ll never be short of things to do.
Sandals Regency La Toc St Lucia gets 2nd place for food and nightlife thanks to its 9 unique restaurants on site which showcase dining from France, Italy, the Caribbean and the Far East, and there’s plenty of different entertainment on offer here too, from karaoke, to beach parties and piano bar.
If you’re reading Sandals resorts reviews St Lucia to try and plan the honeymoon of a lifetime, then you won’t be disappointed by the different options available. When it comes to what is the best Sandals resort in St Lucia for a honeymoon or wedding, our top pick is the Sandals Grande in St Lucia.
At the Grande St Lucian see the stunning sunrises and sunsets from this perfect honeymoon resort. Stay in an over-the-water bungalow in one of the Sandals Love Nest suites for a truly luxurious and romantic honeymoon.
Glass panels in the floor of the overwater bungalows bring the turquoise ocean into your room, or enjoy it from the hammock on your private balcony. You’ll have your own private steps down into the ocean for when you feel like a dip, or you can soak in the outside Tranquility Tub – Sandals signature bathtub that’s perfect for a romantic bath together. If you’re looking for a new Sandals resort St Lucia, the bungalows are the newest Sandals Grande St Lucia rooms and have a modern, contemporary feel.
Read any of the Sandals resorts St Lucia reviews and you’ll see that couples also love the St Lucian for honeymoons thanks to its choice of entertainment – here there’s plenty to do when you feel like leaving the luxury of your room, whether it’s a custom candlelit dinner on the beach, expeditions around the island, or eating at one of the resorts fine dining restaurants.
If, on the other hand, it’s privacy and getting away from it all that you crave, then you may find that the Sandals Halcyon resort St Lucia is a better choice for you. Halcyon is a quieter resort that allows you to create your very own island honeymoon hideaway. Stay in one of the butler suites such as the beachfront swim-up rooms to be treated like a King and Queen for a few days!
Honeymoon or just a regular vacation, if it’s seclusion, relaxation and quiet that you seek then Sandals resort Halcyon St Lucia may well be the place for you.
The smallest Sandals resort St Lucia has, at Halcyon there are fewer rooms so the resort is naturally quieter, and it has the quintessential Caribbean feel, too. Set along a beautiful beach you can choose from one of the beachfront butler suites with private plunge pool, swim up pool access, or if you really want to get away from it all, you can stay in the ‘honeymoon hideaway village’.
Set back from the rest of the resort, in the hideaway village it may just feel like you’re staying in a real garden of eden – this best resort on St Lucia is well known for its beautiful gardens and lush tropical setting. Perfect for enjoying a quiet break on St Lucia without the crowds.
If you’re wondering which St Lucia Sandals is best for overwater bungalows (perhaps the ultimate luxury!) , then you’ll need to head to the Sandals resort Grande St Lucia (formerly called the Sandals Gros Islet St Lucia).
The Grande St Lucian is the only resort with overwater bungalows in St Lucia, making it hands-down the best resort St Lucia has for overwater luxury living.
The Love Nest overwater Bungalows are all butler service and come with beautiful glass panels in the floor as well as lighting that illuminates the water – so you can look directly into the ocean from inside your bungalow, day or night! Each bungalow has its own very private balcony (you don’t need to worry about being overlooked here) with sun loungers, a signature Sandals Tranquility Tub that’s perfect for soaking in as you watch the sun go down.
Each bungalow also has direct swim-up access with steps down into the water for when you feel like a dip. Outdoor showers, 24 hour room service and beautiful mosaic tiling complete the atmosphere for your own over-water sanctuary here. If you’re wondering which Sandals resort is the best in St Lucia for a luxury getaway, the overwater bungalows here have it all.
If you want to compare Sandals resorts in St Lucia for snorkeling and watersports, for us the hands-down winner is the Grande St Lucian again.
Not only is it the best Sandals resort for diving on the island, but it’s the best option when it comes to snorkeling too. Whether you choose to snorkel or dive, you get access to unlimited boat trips with Sandals to snorkeling and dive points around the island. You won’t want to miss the snorkeling at Soufriere, but the best thing about the Grande St Lucian is you can also snorkel just off the beach or take a 5 minute walk to Pigeon Point from the hotel and snorkel there.
Read any Sandals reviews St Lucia and you’ll see that Sandals also offer plenty of other activities on the water at this resort, including kayaking, wakeboarding, windsurfing, sailboat trips, paddle boarding / SUP and water skiing – so whether you’re looking for the best Sandals resort for scuba diving or something else, you will never be stuck for choice when it comes to exploring the beautiful blue Caribbean ocean!
If you’re a pool lover rather than an ocean bather, then any of the Sandals beach resort St Lucia options will make you happy, but none more so than Sandals resort St Lucia La Toc.
Sandals La Toc features 3 different freshwater pools that are accessible to all resort guests, named The Pavilion, Le Piton, and the Sunset Bluff, 2 of which have swim up bars and all with ocean views.
If you want a pool all to yourself, that’s possible too – the Millionnaire Butler Villas come with their own private pool sanctuary so you can step straight from your bedroom into your own pool. Or, if you just want to be close to the poolside, you can choose from different types of poolside rooms on offer. Whichever you pick, La Toc is definitely one of the best Sandals resort to stay at for pool-side relaxation.
If you’re still not sure which Sandals St Lucia is the best for you, maybe taking views into consideration will make your choice easier.
Sandals La Toc resort St Lucia wins our prize for the best views on the island thanks to its location directly on the beach. You can’t escape the beautiful ocean views here – whether it’s from your room or villa, the pools or restaurant.
For the very best rooms with a view here, go for the Millionnaire Butler Villas if you can – no only will you get your very own pool and butler, but you’ll also get to watch the sunset over the ocean as your view faces back along the beach and towards the headland. I could sit and look at this view all day quite happily!
It’s hard to beat the stunning location and facilities of the Sandals Grande St Lucian, St Lucia, which gets many of the best Sandals resort reviews for St Lucia. Whether you’re searching for great food, plenty of entertainment, or just to unwind in a beautiful beach-front villa or overwater bungalow, the Grande St Lucian will make you not want to leave.
There are 12 different fine dining restaurants and 6 full service bars on site, meaning you’ll easily be able to dine at a different restaurant every night of the week (but remember to get in early with reservations, though), and there’s also a wide variety of live music and entertainment with nightly themed parties.
Rooms at the Sandals Grande St Lucian include the Rondoval Butler Suites which we love – little round villas, you get your own private pool sanctuary and 360 degree views. Then there are the overwater bungalows – perfect for honeymooners – and stunning beachfront suites with sea-facing tranquility soaking tubs for 2. Many room types also feature huge 4-poster beds.
With so many activities on offer here too, this is definitely the best Sandals resort location on St Lucia if you want plenty of options.
Located in Castries and set along a beautiful half mile beach, Sandals La Toc is another of the top Sandals resort locations St Lucia has to offer, and we think the best Sandals resort to stay at if you’re after a resort with great views, pools and plenty of choice for things to do.
With 9 fine dining restaurants and 8 full service bars, Sandals Regency resort St Lucia (as La Toc is also known) is renowned for its top rated dining experience, with the fine dining restaurants showcasing local cuisine and cuisine around the world, you’ll never be stuck for choice on where to dine here.
La Toc is also great for golfers – there’s a 9 hole course on site here as well as complimentary shuttle access to Sandals St Lucia Golf and Country Club that’s located at Cap Estate. Green Fees for both are included in your all inclusive package.
Rooms at La Toc include the stunning Millionnaire Butler Suites which have sweeping views over the beach and bay below, and have their own private plunge pools. We love the contemporary Ocean View Club Level Junior Suites which come with balconies facing the ocean and signature Sandals tranquility soaking bathtubs.
Last but not least in my reviews of Sandals resorts St Lucia is Sandals Halcyon. Located a short distance away from the other 2 resorts, the good thing is that here you can still take advantage of Sandals’ stay at 1 play at 3 offer with free shuttle transfers to the other resorts if you want more entertainment options or a change of scenery
There are 6 restaurants on site here offering a range of fine dining and more casual dining settings, and 7 bars on site including a piano bar. Or you can take a shuttle to one of the other 2 sandals resorts on the island to enjoy any of the 23 different restaurants available.
If you’re looking for swim-up rooms, Sandals Halcyon has these, and there’s perhaps no better way to start or end your day than swimming up directly to your room. We also love the beachfront honeymoon walkout rooms with tranquility soaking tubs.
One of the best things about Sandals Halcyon is the seclusion and quiet – forget noisy crowds on the beach and instead unwind and enjoy the beautiful, unspoiled beach and easy going water activities such as SUP, kayaking, taking a trip on a sailboat, or snorkeling just in front of the beach. If you’re looking for value, Halcyon is also the best price Sandals in St Lucia.