Sandals All Inclusive @ St Lucia

Vacation: one week all inclusive
When: May 2011
Resort: Sandals Regency La Toc

A friend’s destination wedding brought us to this tropical island for some fun and relaxation. We arrived via Air Canada direct from Toronto. upon arrival, we were led to a special Sandals only lounge – air conditioned! (very important already as the air was as muggy as you can get). We were a large group – 30 of us – so i believe we took up both of the buses for ourselves. The short bus took about 90 mins to get from the airport to the resort as the roads were super twisty and narrow. plus the recent hurricane in October 2010 wiped out a lot of bridges and roads.

At the grand entrance, we were led to the foyer where they gave us the usual refreshing drink and wet cool towel. lots of coordinators came to organize our group into our respective rooms. The room we got was on the 2nd floor: king size bed, regular bathroom, no balcony, view to the pool in the back. not super luxurious (compared to Turks & Caicos) but very comfortable and spacious.

The resort overall is very nice – big pool in the middle of the resort with a swim up bar (very important!), lots of mixed frozen drinks (also important), and 9 different restaurants to go to. Only catch is some restaurants are only opened during lunch or dinner, and reservations must be made between 8am to noon. so make sure you go book the ones you want!

We ate at (in no particular order):
1. Kimonos – Japanese cuisine. Teppanyaki style where table of 10 surrounds a chef that cooks and performs for the crowd. Entertainment value was ok, food was very salty. the chef we had favoured soy sauce a little too much – even for Nick who normally loves salt.
2. Pavillion Restaurant – main restaurant for buffet lunches and buffet dinners. the wedding reception a la cart menu was also served here. Not bad food – fresh eggs in the morning at the grill, with variety of food in buffet hot stoves.
3. La Toc Restaurant – French cuisine. the best restaurant we tried at the resort. evening attire required. I had the duck. it was yummy.
4. Armando’s – Italian cuisine. Had lunch here – very big portion of pasta – good variety of choice.
5. Neptune’s – beach club style grills and sandwiches. we came here mostly for lunch.
6. the Cricketer’s pub – snack food galore and of course drinks.

one regret was that we didn’t get time to go to the Pitons restaurant which was carribean cuisine – we heard lots of good reviews on this restaurant but never got time to go. One of the evening was also a beach party night where they set up all the food on top of the hobbie cats; with live band and cultural entertainment, it was quite a lot of fun!

The best part that we discovered about Sandals? FREE scuba diving! We completed the open water test here (not covered under the resort), but once we were certified (yay!), we were able to go on a dive for free. (see Lucia scuba diving).

Overall, it was very pleasant, and we would return to a Sandals resort within the Carribean. We have our eye on Jamaica or Montego Bay.

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