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East Winds 3.5

Gros Islet, Gros Islet Quarter, St. Lucia

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Pros

  • Private cottages with outdoor terraces overlooking the grounds
  • Gold-sand beach with snorkeling right off the shore
  • Self-service swim-up pool bar
  • Vegetables are organically grown and the fish is delivered daily by local fisherman
  • Water sports equipment such as snorkels and kayaks covered by all-inclusive rates
  • All meals, included four-course dinner and Friday lobster grill, included
  • Lushly landscaped garden setting with self-guided tour of local plants and trees
  • Mini-fridges stocked with Piton beer and cold beverages
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No spa or gym
  • Some of the cottages are very dark
  • Bathrooms are not air-conditioned
  • Barking dogs from neighboring residences are annoying
  • The beach is not private and can be noisy on weekends
  • No beverage service at the pool
  • Fitness trail was overgrown with grass
  • Land crabs are prevalent all over the property, but impossible to catch
  • Kids under three not allowed; kids three to 12 only allowed during certain times (pro for some)
  • Not all rooms have TVs (pro for some)

Bottom Line

East Winds Inn doesn't try to compete with the mega all-inclusive resorts on St. Lucia. Instead, the intimate, 30-room, upper-middle-range all-inclusive caters to guests who want to relax in a quiet location without constant attention. It lacks amenities such as a gym and spa but offers a laid-back vibe among lushly landscaped gardens. Guests hide out in air-conditioned, cottage-style rooms, snorkel the reefs from the lovely gold-sand beach, and lounge at the pool, where they can also mix their their own cocktails at the swim-up bar.

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Scene

Intimate boutique-style all-inclusive with a laid-back, cuisine-driven vibe

As one of St. Lucia's most established properties, East Winds Inn exhibits an old-fashioned vibe, and that's part of its charm. Guests, mostly couples and honeymooners, come to relax and be left alone. Dining, wandering the self-guided botanical gardens, and lounging poolside with a self-prepared cocktail and a book are popular pursuits. The property doesn't have a gym, spa, or busy agenda of activities. Instead, the focus lies in carefully prepared meals that include organic vegetables and a daily catch delivered by local fisherman. A busy crew keeps the lush grounds neatly coiffed and ripe with blooming flowers while sprawling local trees form a cooling canopy. Cocktail hour at the smart, colonial Caribbean-style Sunset Bar is a precursor to the evening. Guests dress for pre-dinner cocktails in the Bamboo Lounge before settling in to a table in the low-slung Flamboyant Restaurant for a four-course dinner in earshot of the waves washing ashore.

Location

On 12 acres of lushly landscaped grounds along the shoreline of La Brelotte Bay, on the northeast side of St. Lucia.

East Winds sits on the southern shore of La Brelotte Bay, a sheltered nook of shoreline along the northeast side of St. Lucia. At the northernmost end of the bay is the massive Windjammer Resort, and its distinct white villas set in the hills can be seen from East Winds. Follow the rough paved road from the entry to East Winds to meet Gros Islet Highway. Turn left, and it's about a eight-minute drive to the shops, restaurants, and bars of Rodney Bay Village. Turn right and it's 10 to 15 minutes to the bustling capital of Castries and the George F. L. Charles Airport. Hewanorra International Airport, which handles most major carriers, is about a 90-minute drive.

Rooms

Gingerbread cottage style mixed with colorful Caribbean nuances and stocked minibars.

East Winds' 30 rooms consist of 13 individual duplex cottages (Deluxe and Superior Rooms) painted a soft lime-green with bright white gingerbread trim; three Ocean View Rooms; and a Mini Suite.

Deluxe Rooms are arranged in pairs within standalone cottages and scattered throughout the property's gardens. They feature front-facing terraces with open-air bars, each equipped with a sink, coffeemaker, and mini-fridge stocked with local Piton beer and assorted beverages. The Superior Rooms, set closer to the restaurant and yoga pavilion, are rondavels -- hexagonal shaped accommodations with shared patios and similar amenities. Three, smaller, Ocean View Rooms as well as a Mini Suite with a separate sitting room and private deck are located close to the beach. Not all rooms have televisions.

The rooms are finished in traditional Caribbean colonial style with dark mahogany or white-washed furniture, red terra-cotta tile floors, shuttered windows, and vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans. East Winds adds colorful nuances such as throw pillows emblazoned with butterflies, vases arranged with ginger and bird-of-paradise, and framed prints of local birds and flowers. King-sized and twin beds are finished with white Italian linens and plenty of pillows. Some of the bathrooms (not air-conditioned) feature double vanities and oversized sunken showers with exposed stone walls and open windows, which almost creates an illusion of showering outdoors.

Features

A laid-back, cuisine-focused all-inclusive resort with lush botanical gardens, a beachfront location, and a pool with a self-serve swim-up bar

Fitness buffs, health nuts, and those who can't sit still may have a difficult time adjusting to the pace of East Winds Inn. The all-inclusive resort can't compete with the mega all-inclusive resorts found on the island, and it doesn't try. East Winds doesn't have a fancy spa or modern gym. Wander around the property and you'll discover an open-air fitness pavilion with an old stationary bike, an empty yoga pavilion, and a fitness path overgrown with grass. East Winds is about relaxing, reflecting, and dining. Guests find their rhythm, relaxing poolside, snorkeling the reef off the beach, and enjoying cocktails at the beautiful sunset bar. The cuisine features locally sourced and organic ingredients prepared for a barrage of meals including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner.

All-Inclusive

Four food presentations daily and a curated selection of wines with dinner

The all-inclusive rates include:

  • Free fruit basket upon arrival
  • Full breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and four-course dinner daily, including a twice weekly barbecue and Friday night lobster grill
  • Hampers provided for picnic lunches on private excursions
  • All restaurant and bar beverages by the glass including champagne (served in the evening at the bar)
  • Choice of three or four different wines with dinner and selected house wines at lunch
  • Weekly manager's champagne cocktail party with canapés
  • Shuffleboard, table-tennis, yoga pavilion, entertainment pavilion
  • Free board games, library of DVDs (for rooms with TV), and books
  • Free water sports: hobie-cats, pedals, kayaks, aqua-view boards, and snorkeling equipment
  • Live entertainment

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Address

La Brellotte Bay, Gros Islet, Caribbean

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