After a mix up resulting in several flights and an added 4 hours we move onto the second installment of ‘A Holiday of a Lifetime‘.
We were due to catch an internal flight, taking 50 minutes, from Antigua to St.Lucia, however when we got to the airport we discovered no such flight actually existed. It was 7am in the morning (no breakfast) and everything was shut in the airport – UH OH. Turned out we had to catch one flight to Barbuda, then another to Barbados and then finally one onto St.Lucia. To add to the mornings dramas there was a thunderstorm over the Caribbean meaning it was a very bumpy ride and nearly resulted in us spending the morning on Barbuda’s runway.. Moral of the story – always re-check your flights and then re-check again.
On a more positive note when we arrived in St.Lucia we discovered our hotel was a mere 30 second drive from the small local airport we’d landed at and our taxi and rep were already waiting.
Rendezvous – All inclusive
A beachfront boutique hotel for couples looking to reconnect in an intimate setting.
We stayed at the Rendezvous which is an adults only hotel that targets tranquility and reconnecting. After being dropped off we were guided through the grounds to the reception area and offered a nice refreshing grapefruit cocktail – bliss. The resort itself is quite breathtaking; full of greenery and plants all with an essence of luxury.
They have several room options available starting at a not so basic premium garden view room which boasts a huge poster bed, adequate space and a small patio out front, the other end of the scale consists of a beachfront cottage where you can lay in bed and the sea is 20m in front of you. And in between it varies from a superior garden view to a pool view or the ‘honeymoon’ luxury beachfront suites.
There is plenty of romance throughout this resort – white gazebos, poster beds on the beach, an outdoor jacuzzi and my favourite aspect; a lazy river that’s completely hidden by an array of plants and trees with private areas boasting beds/chairs all the way along.
- 2 pools
- Lazy river
- Spa and wellness centre
- fitness centre
- water sports
- tennis courts
- table tennis
- golf clinic
- 3 restaurants
- 3 bars
- sunbeds (all with padded mattresses) & towels
- on site shop
- Pool service (drinks only)
I haven’t previously used the above heading in any of my posts but for this one i feel i wouldn’t be doing it justice if i didn’t.
As i mentioned above there are plenty of romantic touches to this hotel and they do go above and beyond:
Upon arrival at our room we were greeted with a bottle of chilled champagne and the fridge was stocked with ice cold water.
This hotel does a nightly turndown service where they light candles, close curtains, dim the lights and have the bed ready to get straight into.
They also do an array of activities including truffles and champagne on the beach surrounding a fire pit.
This hotel does provide a jam packed activities schedule ranging from water aerobics, volley ball on the beach, table tennis competitions, an afternoon at the casino and much more.
The evening entertainment is very chilled, in theme with the purpose of relaxing and reconnecting. The majority was live singers and a casino night once a week. The main bar area is situated on the edge of the beach with sofas and chairs looking out to sea, with the dim lighting and serene soundings it makes for a chilled atmosphere.
For the more active among us there is a water sports schedule that operates daily, subject to weather conditions, this includes tubing, water-skiing, Hobie Cars, pedalos, windsurfing and kayaking. For those that prefer to stay on dry land they have tennis courts, a gym, table tennis and a golf clinic.
Food & Drink
The Trysting Place – a fine dining restaurant open six nights a week that offers an à la carte menu of French and Caribbean cuisine. (There is a formal dress code for this one)
A selection of fresh fruit and hot and cold dishes are available at the breakfast buffet at the Terrace Restaurant which offers indoor and outdoor seating and also serves a buffet lunch. Regular themed nights include a weekly beach barbecue, Caribbean, carvery and Italian. – ensure you check the schedule for evening eating as some nights its buffer, other nights it is a set menu – also note that trousers and shoes have to be worn by male counterparts for evening meals.
Malabar Beach Club which sits under a giant sail and serves light dishes with ingredients from the local market – this has to be booked if you wish to dine in the evening, but is walk in throughout the day.
There tends to be a bar in every direction serving anything and everything and if they see your glass empty they automatically replace it.
Excursions & The Island
Not ones to sit around all day everyday we planned a few trips.
A walk into Castries (the capital) – definitely regretted not taking a bottle of water for this one.
A day trip predominantly on a catamaran with various stops and fun on the way. First stop was right in front of The Pitons, a quick drive took us to Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, then onto a natural sulphur spring for a mud bath – which is unbelievably hot btw, a visit to a waterfall (only 2 of the 6 of us were brave enough to go under, of course me being one), snorkeling on a local beach and drinking games to entertain us on the journey back home.
Another was a half day trip to Aerial Tram up through the rainforest layers and then zip line back down – GoApe style!
One of the most memorable excursions was to the weekly local street party – this is literally 2 streets full of people eating local cuisine, drinking extremely strong cocktails and dancing to the giant sound system they had going. We all had a fantastic time here, couldn’t recommend it more.
The island itself is a volcano and very luscious with greenery – this means that water is constantly flowing down the mountains and into the sea – this can make the waters look a bit cloudier than those of some of the other Caribbean Islands but none the less still full of plenty of marine life and considerably warmer than the sea’s surrounding England.
Similarly to other Caribbean Islands the best time to visit is considered to be December-March when its at its driest. Although the temperatures don’t fluctuate much throughout the year due to its positioning near the equator – around 28 degrees in the day, 24 degrees at night.
Okay so try to avoid going to St.Lucia in June/July – it does rain ALOT. We experienced several days of downpours and did have our catamaran trip cancelled first time round due to the weather. It is very warm but a bit too wet for my liking.
Must have items
- Mozzy spray (with deet)
- Flip flops
- Comfortable shoes/trainers – for those of you that wish to take on some of the more active excursions.
The Rendezvous hotel is breathtaking and caters for all (subject to being an adult). Whilst we were there we interacted with several couples that were on their honeymoons and one couple even got married in one of the beautiful gazebos. The island itself offers so much to do and see so if the above suits you get booking.