Windjammer Landing Villa and Beach Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This upscale Mediterranean-style hillside beach resort on St. Lucia’s northern west coast is brimming with amenities: six pools, five restaurants, three bars, tennis, tons of water sports, a spa, and more than 1,500 feet of beachfront. Rooms sometimes are available at steep discounts (around $150 a night), and even when they're not discounted, the broad variety of room types means there's an option to fit a range of budgets. It's a good pick for families, as villas have up to four bedrooms and there is both a kids club and a teen center on the property. Although the 60-acre grounds special are steep and sprawling, free 24-hour shuttles chauffeur guests wishing to forgo the arduous walks around the property.
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation Rating: 3.0 Pearls
With just 11 freestanding cottages on 130 acres, this eco-minded resort is intensely lush, filled with coconut groves, fruit-bearing trees, and a working cocoa plantation. Amenities are surprisingly plenty for a property with so few beds, including a small spa, a small bi-level pool, two organic restaurants, and two bars. The rustic experience won't appeal to everyone, as TV, Wi-Fi, and A/C absent in the rooms, but adventurous travelers on a budget will surely appreciate the authentic and gorgeous surroundings, and affordable rates.
Bay Gardens Beach Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Bay Gardens Beach Resort is one of few amenity-rich resorts in Rodney Bay, featuring a spa, fitness center, water sports pavilion, several restaurants and bars, and a lovely beachfront. It was opened in 2007, and the grounds have a fresh -- if almost fabricated –- quality, and the rooms are light years beyond those at Bay Gardens’ sister properties, Bay Gardens Inn and Bay Gardens Hotel. Of course, rates are slightly higher than at these other options, but considering the added features, it’s worth every penny.
The Still Beach House Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This budget-friendly five-room inn along Soufriere Bay has little in the way of amenities -- in fact, the only extras are direct access to a public beach and a breezy restaurant and bar. Adventurous couples and families on a budget will find the Still Beach House’s location exceptional and its accommodations satisfactory. Plus, the inn offers incredible views of Petit Piton, which appears at arm’s length from every room's private balcony, and is within walking distance to Soufriere, so there's lots of local flavor to be found.