Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa
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... beach. Wandered through this random festival thing on the harbour and came across huge vats of the best smelling paella, only to be told that it wasn't for sale, it was only available to performers. Obviously, we had used up our luck the day before... Pretty uneventful after that, took in some final glances of a developed city before heading back to good old st lucia. We went home for a well needed shower and nap before heading over to the Sydney boys' house for ...
... not my first visit, having stayed here in 2002 on the northern tip of the island. 10 years on, I am a changed person, for the better I hope. Yes, I am on my own, but I now have a new found self confidence in my own abilities. Being on my own on holiday is very self indulgent. ...
... I hope you like the Pizza Van and Camper Van Yazzie and Roxy! I know you would make good use of them. You will see the picture of the policeman in the blog.
Our next port is Barbados and swimming with the turtles. Hope all is well at home and that Bill is making excellent progress. Claire, thanks for your comments, let me know how dad is. Thanks.
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Jill and Ivor
Mum and Dad
Grandma and Grandad
Out of 165 entries Taboo achieved 39th position with a corrected time (after 45 minutes engine driving time, and an ARC IRC rating of 0.951) of 16 days, 21 hours and 2.41 minutes!
Of the 23 Oyster yachts Taboo came 7th ahead of two 47s, a 485 (134th), a 53, a 54 and ...
... After viewing the temples we make a short visit to a local school. The children are fascinated when I pull out my iPhone and show photos of very tiny Ella and of snow. After lunch we head to the airport and our flight to Varanasi. The highlight of the drive to our hotel comes when a tuktuk flies past us, men hanging on for dear life, with a corpse strapped to the roof. They are on their way to the crematoriums in Varanasi on the Ganges. ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Unfortunately, I have to confirm all of the negative comments posted about Almond's Smugglers Cove. We arrived March 9th and our heart sunk to see the state of the resort - it was not light construction, as advertised. I have to say, we had all the same problems as those listed by previous posters. The resort IS NOT ready!!!
Thankfully we requested a transfer the night of our arrival and were able to get a room at Morgan's Bay that we were pleased with.
I am just so disappointed with Almond. I also had called Almond headquarters the week before and was ASSURED that all was up and running smoothly except for the spa. Well, it wasn't a massage I was looking for at Almond Smuggler's Cove, - just running water and toilet paper!
Almond Smuggler's Cove was obviously not ready to open on February 23. It would have been in the best interest of the guests as well as the resort to wait. That being said, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at ASC. I want to be honest and let you know the details that frustrated us as well as the ones that delighted us.
I felt compelled to write my first tripadvisor review since I have relied on this site so heavily. I had an absolutely wonderful experience at the Almond Smugglers from March 7 through March 14, 2007 while they were progressing with their rehabilitation of the property. Whatever rough edges there might have been were more than compensated by the remarkable staff and their friendliness and service. Plus the food was amazing... so good it was almost a curse (this was my first all-inclusive experience). And while I'm not into heavy drinking, I couldn't help but notice top shelf liquors (Absolute, Tangueray, Cointreau, Kahlua, and on and on).
I just returned from Almond Smugglers Cove this week ,booked through Cheap Caribbean. All the negative comments in the other posts are absolutely consistent with my experience. The rooms still have barely functional locks which might work to trap you in a fire, since it takes a key to unlock from the inside, but can be opened with a credit card by an intruder on the outside(this was verified by a travel companion). A guest's laptop was stolen from a "locked" room during our time on the island. The sight is swarming with construction workers who can easily observe guests coming and going and are not part of the regular hotel staff. Heavy construction equipment arrives and departs continually throughout the day. It is dirty, muddy, noisy and unsafe. Construction debris is littered around the guest areas, they are in the process of pouring the sidewalks . Open trenches are traversed by rickety plywood "bridges" which guest are obliged to use for ingress and egress of rooms with their luggage. To call this unsafe is a gross uderstatement due to lack of barriers and lighting. The paint has now dried and sealed the room safes shut. We repeatedly pleaded for help with opening our safe so we could secure our valuables for almost 6 hours on the day of our arrival. The following day we repeated this procedure for something as simple as instant coffee packets which along with a tea kettle constituted our in-room coffee service. Most guests weren't lucky enough to have even that. The staff were obviously not helpful on either occasion as we were repeatedly calling and visiting the desk until after 11:00 both nights. They repeatedly lied to us and other guests about fixing our problems. There were also problems with the A/C, the TV's wern't properly hooked up and programmed, we had no bathroom curtain and workers were walking around outside our window. Our bath had dead bugs in it and the floor was dirty. Their was no water pressure, only a trickle of water, when the water worked at all . The pools were closed and full of brown water. The beach was full of large sharp rocks. There was no food or coffee service after breakfast at 9:30until lunch at noon, after lunch at 2:30 until dinner and none available after dinner ended at 9:00. The food service is incredibly slow, it took 2 hours for a simple lunch. There were no shops to buy snacks or anything else. A cab to Rodney Bay to buy snacks at the store costs $25 plus tip. During power outages the restaurants aren't operational. A lucky few like us got transfers to Morgan Bay but even that was bungled as we waited over 4 hours to get our room,and it had a persistant foul sewage smell outside the entrance. Don't waste your time or money on this dump, it won't be ready for months. Don't believe the Almond representatives in Orlando who assured us it was ready before we left. I don't beleive it ever will be a 4 star luxury resort but it certainly does not merit a single star now.
Please dont go
please, please dont go to this resort! it is not ready for guests!!!!!! maybe in a year or so when it is finished!!
was there last week march 7th. stayed one night and transferred myself to almond morgan bay. smugglers will tell you that morgan resort is full, dont listen take there shuttle to morgan bay resort and insist on a room!!!!!
I wish someone would have told me what I am going to tell you, the light construction said to be going on at this resort is somewhere in the neighood of 300 workers, now, just stop and thing for a minute how a vacation would be with 300 construction workers with hammers, saws, chizles, beating banging shouting dust everwhere you look, in your face anywhere you go !! Not one pool open, the beach looks like something from a third world undeveloped country !!! rooms had electrical problems, they have water problems, and don't be suprized to open a back windor to find trash piled up everywhere !!
Arrived 28 Feb 2007. This hotel was basically still a building site with no swimming pools open, one main restaurant and the rooms had wet paint and looked like they had a quick slap of paint just before we arrived. The shower did not work. Brick dust was everywhere. The safe was painted shut!
We booked our trip online with no problems for Almonds Smugglers Cove in lovely St Lucia. We arrived 1.5 hours late, the plane delayed in Atlanta. After clearing the airport and finding our transfer we left for Smugglers Cove. Another couple was in the taxi with us, they booked with the same online agency. They also read the some description and amenties we would find at Smugglers Cove. On the drive the taxi driver told us that the resort was still undergoing construction. (We were told to expect a little dust due the finishing touches being completed. What we found was a full scale construction going on.) Then we had to enter through the back gate, it looked like the construction gate to me. When we got out of the taxi at the main lobby you could see that the resort wasn't ready to recieve guests. The lobby office was make shift at best. All the other rooms in the lobby area were under construction. However we were met by some very nice staff who treated us to cold towels and a cocktails. At that point we were told that our rooms were not ready. We were then told we should have dinner and then our rooms should be ready by then. Walking to the dinning area I noticed a half empty swimming pool. The entire pool area was under construction, wires hanging out of conduit, temporary ramps. The dinning area was a nice looking building but it also was still under contruction. The dining area restrooms were digusting dirty and again not finished. However the dining service and meals were very good. We returned to the lobby and got our key (1) to the room. The bellboy helped us with our bags to our room. As soon as I opened the sliding door and entered the room I know we were in big trouble, The room looked like a room that had seen its better days 20 years ago. The bell boy turned on the ACs for us. One of the AC units did not work. I went to the bathroom and turned on the water, nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was enough so back to the lobby we went, just to find a waiting line to talk to the night manager. After about 1 hour waiting we finally got our turn. We complained about the conditions and were told that the water was being worked on and would be returned to service shortly. At this point we were ready to leave and just take our chances finding a room elsewhere. But after checking the time (10 pm) We decided it would be better to stay the night and start anew in the morning. And that our other concerns would be addressed quickly. I got 4 large bottles of water to wash up with and flush the toilet. In the morning the water was still off and now the electric was off.
It's not ready yet
Just returned from a trip here-as an opening special offer- would not recommend going here for a while - work is continuing at a fast pace but no pools were open when we were there & lots of unfinished building work around the site- staff were excellent & food good however
Deal was good but depends on what you need for a vacation
It will be good when it's finished so would advise checking status before booking