St Lucia, with its two majestic active volcanos, the Pitons – Gros and Petit – anchor this tropical jewel of the Eastern Caribbean. Historically the island changed hands between the French and English, with the English ultimately prevailing. Napoleon’s wife, Empress Josephine, was born in the island of Saint Lucia and not Martinique as commonly supposed.
Sandals Grande St Lucian – This Sandals resort, located on a peninsula approximately 20 minutes north of Castries, offers the longest, nicest beach of all three resorts on the island. As a Seattle and Portland travel agent who has been specializing in the Caribbean for many years, I am aware of each resort’s unique history. Originally built as a Hyatt, Sandals purchased and “sandalized” it into the special all-inclusive resort it is today. Unique to this resort is access to Pigeon Island National Park located at the end of the peninsula. Hiking to the top of Pigeon Island offers fantastic views for a nominal fee.
The high-rise buildings, where most of the rooms and suites are located, are typical American large-hotel-style accommodations but there are a few gems.
Recently added, three newÂ specialty restaurants, Bombay Club (Indian Cuisine), Kimonos (Asian Cuisine) and Soy (Sushi Bar) increase dining options at Sandals Grande St Lucian to 12.
One of the latest additions – Romantic Cabana Escapes – are private cabanas. Garden cabanas are complimentary and beach cabanas are available at a nominal fee.
For a taste of all 3 St Lucia Resorts, Stay at One, Play at Three!
by Molly Sumption, Caribbean Honeymoon / Sandals Expert, Seattle & Portland / subscribe to RSS feed