I am so thrilled that we made it back to the motherland for February break this year! It has been long overdue… it’s so nice to be able to show the kids why my mom and I are island girls at heart. As a little girl, I have such fond memories traveling to St. Lucia every year to visit family and get a taste of my heritage.
We always stay in the north of the island, close to Castries since that is where my family is located. I have stayed at a few different hotels pre-kids, but this time, we decided to stay at The Landings, mostly because of the all-suites setup of the hotel. Here is the lowdown:
Lodging: The room, a two-bedroom, 2.5 bath, beachfront villa, was absolutely perfect for our family of 5. One king bedroom, one queen or two twins, large living room, kitchen, dining room, washer and dryer (!!) and two balconies, with one completely facing the water. Oh and a huge master closet which obviously became the youngest’s bedroom because it fit a huge crib. I am so particular about layout and cleanliness (and how well rooms are appointed…so I guess everything) and The Landings hit the mark on all of them. Seriously so clean, new machines, everything was on point. It exceeded my expectations and when the room is right, ya gerl is happy.
Grounds: Also, great. Several smaller pools which was awesome for option-value and the children. It was nice to move around from beach to pool (as per kids request), and nothing was ever really packed, and it was high-season. The beach was gorgeous, none of the ever-encroaching seaweed and perfect depth for kids and adult swimmers alike. The whole place was very well-kept, lots of security walking around for safety.
Service: St. Lucian’s are friendly (can’t you tell??), so the service is very pleasant. Everyone was so accommodating, especially for last minute requests, food, etc. Included in our room was a “butler” service in which you get a phone and you can call them for reservations, etc. It was a nice added perk. I loved that you could order provisions from the grocery store (milk, bread, fruits, etc) to be placed in your kitchen for your arrival. You could fully cook in your room if desired (ya gerl does NOT desire doing that on vacation), but it was nice to have staples for early mornings or staggered kid wake-ups.
Food: So-so. Really just ok. I didn’t have anything that wowed me, nor did my family. Presentation was sub-par. Honestly, I find that on island vacations, it is easier to just eat really healthy and stick with the fresh seafood/meats, vegetables and fruits. I also always recommend trying the local specialties because you know it will be done right. Ya gerl was jammin’ on the fresh coconut water and coconut meat!
Kids club: Small, but well programmed and well staffed. The kids enjoyed all the activities and made friends! Note that it starts at four years old, so anyone with younger kids will not be able to use it, even if you stay with them in there.
Area Highlights: As this was a more rest and relax trip for us, we spent most days having fun at the resort and just being outside all day. From the hotel, you are about 20 mins into Castries which has a decent sized market with local arts and souvenirs. Expect lots of tourists because that is where the cruise ships dock. St, Lucia has so much to offer, hiking, beaches, a volcano (which is such a fun day trip, perhaps when the kids can handle a longer ride), and an aerial tram in the rainforest.
Go get some “island time” peeps.