Take a look at the best beach hotels in Castries.
Villa Beach Cottages is a three-pearl property located on Choc Bay Beach. The property’s 20 suites, which include full kitchens, are roomy if not overly modern. The two pools are small, but both have waterfall features and views of the sea. While there’s no on-site restaurant, several supermarkets and dining options are within walking distance, and meal service can be arranged upon request -- plus there’s a convenience store on-site. A great beach, barbecue facilities, and an internet room round out the features of this low-key, mid-range property. Travelers might want to compare rates and amenities with nearby Harmony Suites.
Founded in 1966, Rendevous is an established all-inclusive, upscale resort that caters specifically to couples. Set on the shores of the white-sand Malabar Beach close to St. Lucia's capital city, the 100-room resort is both intimate and grand. Property features include two pools, a spa, and tennis, and rooms have sophisticated tropical style. The main restaurant has fabulous ocean views but the cuisine is a bit bland, and the planes coming and going at the neighboring airport can be noisy.
BodyHoliday Saint Lucia bills itself as a place to refresh, refocus, and reenergize, and the resort offers guests plenty of opportunity to accomplish these tasks. The 154-room upscale, all-inclusive resort is one of the most luxurious on St. Lucia, with daily rates that rise above nearby Sandals resorts and Rendezvous, the sister resort to BodyHoliday. Accommodations are set in a series of buildings built into the hillside overlooking Pigeon Island National Park and a secluded cove and white-sand beach. The huge temple-like wellness center is the hub for daily spa treatments, but there are also endless activities from yoga to archery to motivate guests to stay active.
The first of the three Sandals resorts on St. Lucia, the 331-room, adult-only La Toc is a bit more traditional in style than its sister properties. It's set on 210 acres that roll through the forested grounds and over dramatic cliffs to the half-mile of brown-sugar sand beach. Geared to couples and honeymooners, the upscale resort has three pools, including a beachfront signature pool with a swim-up bar, the largest on St. Lucia. A nine-hole golf course, beautifully landscaped grounds with private lounging spots, and nine restaurants, including a fine-dining French restaurant, keep guests occupied. Sunset Bluff Village is a resort within the resort, offering elevated views and high-end butler-serviced villas with private pools.
The smallest and least expensive of the three Sandals Resorts on St. Lucia, Halcyon is also quieter and more intimate. The 169-room all-inclusive resort features low-rise French-Caribbean style buildings with exposed stone walls and white shuttered windows. The rooms are not huge, but they are stylish, cozy nests for honeymooners and couples. The lushly landscaped grounds offer plenty of opportunity for wandering and lounging in oversized daybeds, on swinging benches, in oceanfront whirlpools, and on sofas set around fire pits overlooking the Caribbean.
The 10-room Casa del Vega is a budget-friendly guest house with lovely views of the sea but basic digs. Located close to the Castries regional airport (and the reason why many choose to stay here), the residential neighborhood provides a peaceful setting within walking distance of a mile-long stretch of sand, or guests can walk down a series of steps to the hotel's rocky beach. Dated rooms have air-conditioning and private baths, though hot water in the shower is sporadic, as is the free Wi-Fi. Guests who lack their own balcony can head for the shared Sunset Lounge. A small dining area offers a basic breakfast, but there's no lunch or dinner service. For something with more features, including a sandy beach and outdoor pools, check out the mid-range Villa Beach Cottages, though rates are higher.