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Friday night, after much encouragement from a lot of locals we spoke with we ventured into Gros Islet for a street party.
Apparently they have one EVERY Friday night which is amazing. Tons of people fill the streets in basically an intersection where people have speaker stacks playing current radio favourites and reggae classics. They have lots …
Tuesday was another wonderful day in St. Lucia. The weather is amazing. It did rain pretty much every day but one during the trip but it would last a maximum of 20 minutes and then the sun was out in full force and you baked again. The staff at this hotel were very friendly and extremely accomodating. In particular a waiter named Trevor and a …
Wonder of all wonders we went to bed that first night at our hotel at 8:30 p.m. I guess the 3:20 wake up and the travel and the hot sun made us tired.I was happy to sleep in a little. Steve got up with the birds before the sun came up.
The cool thing about St. Lucia (well whose kidding who, one of the cool things about St. Lucia) is that the …
The flights seemed to take a really long time as we were up so early to catch our morning flight from Halifax. Then the two hour flight. Then the wait in Toronto. Then the 5 hour flight into Castries. I guess I slept a little but not much. It was so warm when we stepped off the plane. Yay! Sunshine!
It looked similar to other tropical …
... people and good times not even the passing shower could dampen the mood – Steven laughed all week that we remained seated around the outside dinner table refusing to move when the shower came, just some “liquid moonshine” to compliment the evening.
The entire week was fantastic; I could not wipe the smile from my face once, and unbeknownst to me the best was yet to come. On our last day of vacation we spent the day relaxing at the beach, ...
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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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.