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TravelPod Member ReviewsRendezvous Resort Castries
We stayed at this fantastic all inclusive resort where the room was luxurious, the sea warm and the food was delicious!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rendezvous Resort Castries
we had a relaxing time at the Rendezvous. we read many books at the beach. we put the flag up and they brought us the drinks to the beach. at 4 the vollyball games starts and I turned the chair away from the ocean and watched the game. we stayed at the regular hotel and the rooms were...ok, average. no TV. if you are interested, lots of activities planned. My husband took advantage of all the water sports. staff was great. good food. bar staff friendly, but did not have diet coke. no kids or singles allowed. perfect for couples. not been anywhere else so I can't compare but would like to go back just for the R&R atmosphere.
A bit of Paradise.
When my son told me they were getting married in St Lucia I said great Mike and I would come but I didn't think we could afford to stay at Sandals. That evening I went onto the web and found reviews by people who had experienced the island and within the week we booked. The hotel is just five minutes from Castries, set in lush tropical gardens with a beach which is racked over every morning. It is the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. The staff knew our names by the second day and could't do enough for you. We thought we would be out and about every other day, no way, we had everything we wanted right there. The hotel only has about 90 rooms, couples only. They never have more than 3 weddings a day and there are no hidden extras. When you eat at the restaurant you can have house wines at no charge (with the option to pay a bit extra if something on the wine list takes your fancy). If you get married there you can have as much champagne as you like. You have your sunset photos taken at no extra charge. The food is excellent as is the service and the staff smile all of the time. You can do as little or as much as you want to. The noticeboard keeps you up to date with the days activities and the nights entertainment. This was our first visit but it won't be the last. Our son and new daughter got married at Sandals but came here for their week's honeymoon. They want to go back to Rendezvous so I guess as soon as we have saved enough it will be a return visit but next time for two weeks not one.
Good Time for the Money
We stayed at the Rendezvous for our Honeymoon, July 2002. We had a wonderful time. We only had time to sit on the beach for about 45 min. one day b/c we always found more exciting things to do. We would go tubing behind the boat, take out the catamaran, or go kayaking (all included). We took two day trips. One to the rainforest (fun, definitly take the shorter walk trip, unless you are a REAL athlete)!! We also did the catamaran "Tout Bagay". We enjoyed that A LOT, but bring your own snorkel! We did a day trip over to the sister resort, Le Sport. We shared the taxi with another couple. It was like $40 total, rt, I think. Le Sport has snorkling and better food, which you can use b/c it's included in your Rendezvou price (just not transportation).Down side to things. Evening entertainment was fairly lame...but slightly entertaining none-the-less. The activity people were A LOT of fun, but not the most professional you have seen. Some of the equipment is a little run down. The resort really does look like the pictures on the internet and in their brochure. The "hammock" on the balcony was a slight joke, more like a chair for one! We stayed in an ocean front room, very nice view. The buffet for dinner, lacked. It was decent tasting, but they pretty much changed the sauce to go with the same meat from night to night. We enjoyed the restaurant, Trysting Place. It was easy to make reservations. Our room, again, we had a nice view. However, it does need some updating. Everything worked fine and was cleaned daily. We took two morning trips to the city on bicycles. We went to the market and to the duty free shops. That was fun...a little tricky (stay on the left). We could also easily take a bus into town, $1. Ask the locals, super nice people. Note: the "bus" is a minivan :) and might be a little stuffy. We probably wouldn't stay there again, mainly b/c we have more money now. However, we did enjoy our time there and have no major complaints. oo good for a Holiday Inn type hotel, go to the Hyatt or Sandals with the other snobs, j/j :)
We went to the Rendezvous for our honeymoon. It has been our best holiday so far. The location was excellent, food was great and the entertainment was first class. It has a very relaxed and fun atmosphere. Dino, one of the entertainers was mad. The piano bar was great - didn't close until the last couple went to bed. The Trystan Palace restaurant was a lovely dining experience. A vast selection of International drinks and fabulous wines to choose from. We plan to go back there for our 10th wedding anniversary.Paula & Graeme CowieAberdeen, Scotland
Fantastic and friendly place
My husband and I visited the Rendezvous almost 3 years ago to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It was fantastic! We had a great time, we attempted the windsurfing and joined in the beach/bar games. The other guests were very friendly especially a large travel club from Buffalo, NY state. Hello, if you read this!
The room was pleasant, nothing special but avoid the ground floor if possible, slightly damp smelling and the frogs chirp constantly at night!
The food was excellent, especially breakfast which included a pot of tea - heaven, not easily found in this part of the world.
The grounds are lovely, the beach clean, the staff very friendly especially at the pool bar - I think Elijah drank more than the guests when we were there! The piano bar will stay open until the last guest leaves so no need to rush.
I would strongly recommend the Rendezvous to anyone and hope to go back one day.
My husband and I had made reservations at this resort for our honeymoon. It was the worst experience travel-wise I ever had. We had to wait over 40 minutes for the "desk person" to show us our room, was rude to us, and though we arrived at 9pm, it was dead. The room was unclean and smelled. There was a rat in the front of our doorway. We left immeadiatly and switched hotels, the staff did not ask us any questions about why we were not staying, and then fought us every step of the way in trying to get our money back (which never happended)- we ended up going to Sandals, and met four other couples with the same or similiar experiences.
Best vacation EVER
The Rendezvous is a very laid-back and fun place. I would recommend it for people who just want a nice, clean room (nothing special) but enjoy meeting people and having fun on vacation. We went in early December 2002 - the staff will get to know you by first name if you let them. We played cards with Deano and a couple from Canada, we entered the table tennis competition, took an archery lesson, went sailing on the sunfish and hobie, went scuba diving three times, entered the archery competition, took a bike tour to a shopping area, played volleyball, enjoyed the pool, tried to windsurf... and still we could have gone water-skiing, taken aerobics & stretching classes... there is so much to do there and so little time! Virtually EVERYTHING is all-inclusive and what a great deal. The only additional charge we had was to rent my wetsuit - which I probably could have gone without but decided not to chance it. Not too many Americans were there - only a few other couples. Mostly British couples were on holiday for two weeks. The food was good and the beach area nice -- both might be better at other resorts -- but they were still very nice. I can't say enough great things about this resort. It was the best vacation EVER!
Don't Eat The Chicken!
Couples is an absolutely beautiful resort, but I do have a few negative comments. My wife and I went there for our honeymoon, and upon arrival we were extremely pleased (and relieved that we had survived the terrifying one-hour drive from the airport!). Our room was fantastic - private balcony with hammock, wonderful views of the ocean.
But beware the food: First of all, we were anxious to try some 'island food', but it was all Americanized! Pizza, ribs, etc. But the biggest issue: The dining is all open air, and the food is sitting out - the 'hot' food was warm and the 'cold' food was warm - and I ate some chicken. Later that night, I became violently ill...to this day it's the sickest I ever was in my life. I had gotten food poisoning, and spent the entire honeymoon in bed (under different circumstances, that may not have been a bad thing!). Other guests were getting sick from the water, but that was not the culprit in my case. We complained after the trip because I couldn't eat the food or do any of the activities for which we had prepaid. So now, if we go back, we'll get a third off the cost, apparently. Overall: stay away from 'touchy' food and you'll be okay.
Very good hotel
Excellent hotel which excels on service. The location is great with good facilities. I think that the main reason this hotel made my stay so good was the way that all the staff looked after you. Nothing was too much trouble.
Issues! Well I stayed in one of the Luxury ocean view rooms which was lovely. However the bathroom was a little tired and I could not stand under the shower (I'm 5'11"). However this would not put me off staying again at such a fun hotel.
You gotta go there!
Rendezvous had surpassed my every expectation of a fabulous resort...and the ultimate destination for your wedding or honeymoon.
My (now husband) and I were married out there last week, and they could not have made our stay there and wedding more perfect!
The staff are like no other I have ever met...hospitality & personality is something they have in abundance!
Special accreditation most got out of the "Entertainment Team" they are fantastic!
The "Guest Relations Dept" also deserve to be mentioned.
It is an even more special place for us as we were married our there last Fri 25 Jan 2002...we stayed in an Ocean View room, that we absolutley gorgeous...
If any of you have plans to be married at the Rendezvous resort...i tell u to go ahead and do it now! it is sumthing you NEVER regret!
All i can say is that out of all the couples we met there more than half had returned on 2 or 3 visit...its just one of those places that you've gotta go back too!
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Travel Blogs from Castries
... of the island. Apparently the main industry for the island up until recently was banana crops, but then in 2010 Hurricane Tomas wiped most of the plantations out. If you're wondering why that name sounds familiar, this hurricane also caused widely publicised devastation and flooding in Haiti. St Lucia still grows bananas, but it now relies heavily on tourism to feed its economy. It has been named the number one honeymoon destination for American travellers, and I can see ...
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... dinner so made do with a salad and a couple
of bottles of the local brew, Piton.
Saturday is Market Day in Castries, so we headed into town to do some shopping. Trouble
is, I had no idea that the produce in St. Lucia is seasonal. Which means every market stall holder is stocking the same few things, tomatoes, peppers, okra, oranges, limes and avocados. All lovely things, and very tasty, but a bit limiting for ...
St. Lucia - what a gem of a Caribbean Island.
From the first glimpse from our cruise ship window she had us in love with her beauty. Ports for cruise ships are generally the ugly side of town, but Castries was the exception being a pretty little inlet with sail boat moorings in our view and surrounding lush tropical hillsides with colourful houses poking out of the slopes. St Lucia is famous and has a UNESCO World Heritage listing for its ...
... wedding turns into a fantasy world of make believe, beset by a Groom's evil Mother. Story line bit hard to follow, but spectacular costuming, and quite good presentation. After dinner, a bit of late night dancing with the Celebrity Orchestra Big Band at the Rendez-Vous lounge on Deck 4.
Cruise Day 8 Saturday 14th April Bridgetown, Barbados
Barbados was ruled by the British, uninterrupted, for 340 years, until independence in 1966.