St. Lucian by Rex Resorts
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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 ...
... we find our destination, Playa Kalki, with a free parking area and steps down to a restaurant on a small, very attractive, beach. It looks pretty good, so we don't waste time getting into the water. All three swim out to reasonable coral and some good fish schools, tracked by up to 5 barracuda, which scare Julie witless. Dianne covers her shiny watch, then pursues them relentlessly for a photo.
Later we swim south along the cliffs, not seeing a lot ...
... Lucia topping up the tan, relaxing and enjoying spending some time together before going home. I think we're ready for it now though which is nice. Just seems weird we will be going back to Winter when the weather is so hot here. We even wrote our letters to Santa!! When our last day came we packed up and checked out before getting the bus back to the airport. We had our last airport beer of the trip and got on the flight home xx
... to a delicious dinner of Chicken Curry, salad, fried plaintains and rice accompanied by a lovely bottle of red wine supplied by the owner of the home. Everyone loved the curry, even John and said we would have to make it when we got home. Boy#2 provided some entertainment when he came out of the master bathroom with his face all wet and a very large sheepish grin. When we asked what happened, he claimed to have been sprayed in the face with the ...
... 4 hours. Prior to departing we grabbed a quick lunch on the balcony.
Smally was great, he had a nice van and knew all the spots for great pictures. Our first stop was right outside of Marigot Bay where you were able to get unbelievable shots of the bay from up top of a hill. It only got better from there. We made a quick stop for Smally to pick up his lunch from his daughter and then off to the College where we had some great views of English and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews St. Lucian by Rex Resorts Gros Islet
Relax at the Rex
Just got back from two weeks at the Rex St Lucian, Reduit Beach, and had a great time. Rooms are clean and well appointed. Music round the pool is in the background, rather than thumping out. The view from the restaurant and bar on the beach is fantastic and creates an environment where you can really relax.St Lucia itself is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. Apart from the inevitable hawkers at the tourist areas, it is a great place to visit!
Rex not good for us...
It took two days of persistant nagging to have our room changed due to the Brown water in our room that we were expected to shower and brush our teeth with. Be prepared to pay a deposit and collect your remote & the key to your safe-the first remote was sticky & did not work.
Understand that you can only drink draft beer as part of the all-inclusive, no bottled beer. Bring a candle-the power went out several times-and stayed out for quite some time. As for the food...cafeteria at best.
Rex - The truth!!
We have just returned from a 2 week holiday at the Rex St Lucian and wanted to say how wonderful it was. The hotel is situated right on the beautiful Reduit beach, the best beach on the island. The hotel was not overcrowded - we were always able to find our 'own' part of the pool or beach! 24 hour security made you feel reassured but not intimidated. We only stopped B&B and our only complaint was that the food & drinks served in the hotel complex were expenisve in comparison to nearby bars & restaurants. The staff were extremley helpful & friendly. If you love indian food try Razamatazz - fantastic for both curry lovers & veggies alike. Try the Brig Unicorn - a genuine tall ship for a fantastic day out to discover the island. If you want a relaxing holiday you cant go wrong with the Rex St Lucian.
Fantastic Three Day Weekend @ Rex
We had a fantastic time, the staff were very helpful and friendly ensuring that your stay was a beautiful experience... I especially like the beautiful beachfront view from my balcony and watching the sunset!
The food was good, I agained a few pounds there! It was a lovely weekend!
Joann D Trinidad
The rex not so great
If you are looking for an all inclusive relaxing vacation...DO NOT STAY HERE! This hotel does NOT have an all inclusive plan as they advertise. They have MEAL PLANS. If you go out of the limited boundries of their "all inclusive" plan you end up paying "surcharges". As long as we ordered from the buffet, we did not have to pay their surcharges. The quality of the buffet, by the way, was awful. We even had to pay for bottled water at the bar. That was only the beginning! The rooms were not clean, our air conditioner broke on the first night and we had to change rooms. We did not have hot water to shower with on two other nights. Our safe did not work as well, and trying to get the staff to help you in a reasonable amount of time was next to impossible. The island was breath taking and beautiful, but PLEASE do not waste your time and money and vacation by staying at this awful hotel!Heather Sylvester
OK for the money...
Overall, I would rate our recent stay at the Rex St. Lucian as simply "OK".Our room was a Beachfront room in the deluxe section. On our last night, the Air Conditioning broke and on another day there was no running water in the bathroom.The St. Lucian locals have a saying "No pressure, no problem' unfortunately the staff at the Rex St. Lucian did not partake in this saying, because I never saw them crack a smile!Don't get me wrong, St. Lucia is a beautiful island and the beach at the Rex St. Lucian is very nice. But, if you can afford it, try to scrape up a little more money to stay at the neighboring Royal St. Lucia hotel.I am used to staying at hotels with better customer service, so if you expect to see a mint on your pillow with turn-down service -- don't stay here! It is bare-bones with a plain square pool and an extra charge to rent an umbrella on the beach.If you are a couple, Sandals is the best choice for St. Lucia! It's all-inclusive and the staff really enjoys their work. At the St. Lucian I got the feeling that they really didn't want to be there. Thanks for reading my review and please do lots of research before you buy you book your stay :-)
All 32 of us loved the Rex St. Lucian!
My entire family of 32 people, ages 1 thru 78 years old, just returned from a one week stay at the Rex St. Lucian. With a group this size, we really did our homework and were not disappointed by the Rex SL. The beach is clean, zero sea weed, gentle surf, warm clear water. Plenty of beach chairs were available. The pool was large, clean and well maintained, with towel service adjacent. The bar was between the beach access and the pool area. Grounds were manicured, employees polite and friendly. Rooms were comfortable with excellent mattresses and pillows. Window AC units were available, but rooms have louvered doors to let the island breeze blow thru. Cable TV in each room. SOme of us had Ocean front rooms which were worth the extra money for the fabulous view. Most meals were eaten at the Mariner's Restaurant, which is beachfront. We had the all inclusive package, which was great with the kids as we all sailed, ate, drank and enjoyed the facilities. Other meals could be eaten at the Oriental or next door at the Royal St. Lucian's "Chic" Restaurant. The Chic offered gourmet cuisine in a sophisticated setting, as delicious at any meal I have had at a 5star restaurant in Chicago. The only negatives were that the water would occasionally go out in the rooms, which was a nuisance if your were waiting for a shower. Also, the wait staff in the Mariner's restaurant was very slow in bringing drinks and items ordered off the menu. St. Lucia is a beauthiful island. If you go, take the sailing trip down to Soufriere to see the volcano, and then stop for lunch at Ladera. The view is like no other. Ladera is a 2 minute drive from the volcano. Do not drive to this location as it is a very long slow drive from Rodney Bay to Soufriere (2 plus hours one way!) Enjoy the coast line instead. Any question, email me.
Rex St. Lucian -
We spent 1 week at the Rex February 2003. Based on the price we paid which was less than $200 a night this was a good deal. We had a beachfront room that was on the first floor. The room was large with a king bed and a decent sized sitting area. The bathroom needs to be redone. The tub/shower and the vanity were old but the floor and walls had been redone. The first floor rooms have a patio that is large. Room for a table, 2 chairs and 2 loungers. You cannot see the beach from the first floor because your room is about 3 feet lowe than the beach. If you want to see the beach from your room book a 2nd or 3rd floor room. Staff was pleasant. We only had a coffee and croisant at the little cafe so cannot speak for waiters etc. We tried to get a couple local rum drinks at both the beach bar and the Mariner bar but they didn't know how to fix any....found that kind of strange.Local restaurants - we ate at a couple for lunch and they were hit or miss except for 2. Do not eat at the Blue Luna. It was awful. We tried Pizza Pizza and it was fine. The restaurant on the beach at Pigeon Island was great, both the food and the view. Razmataz is an Indian restaurant and was excellent. The best was The Great House in Cap Estates. We had dinner there twice and I would say it was the best deal in town in regards to food, service and atmosphere. We ate at the chinese restaraunt across the stree. Food was good and the only place we found that put an liquor in their drinks.Tours - did the 3 hour walk through the rain forest and it was fine. Takes about 2 1/2 hours to get there though so makes for a long day. Did the Lesiure day tour to Soufries and it was fine. Did Pigeon Island on our own and we really enjoyed it. Again the food on the tours was bad...all buffet and pretty bland.
Rex St Lucian - great!
just got back from two great weeks at the Rex St Lucian - great place, the restaurant where all meals are served is right over the beach and the food is good. beachfront rooms look right out onto the lovely Rodney Bay with lots of yachts moored, the only minor downside was the cruise ship passengers who decamped onto the beach most days but they weren't there long and the sea was gorgeous. St Lucia is great and the people are friendly. would definitely go again.
What a deal at the Rex Papillon
As a part-time travel agent, I travel quite a bit with from four to ten in a group. We just returned from the Papillon and were thrilled with what we got for the money. In the group are a "bug" nut and a picky eater and both were pleasantly surprised with the good food and clean rooms at the Rex Papillon. The Rex St. Lucian/Papillon appear to be one hotel. We signed in at the only lobby and ate at the Mariners Restaurant which is part of the Rex St. Lucian. We used the Papillon's pool and pool bar and moved throughout the complex at our leisure. The staff planned nice dinner changes nightly and we had dinner on the patio one night, on the beach one night and had a nice dinner a la carte in the Mariner on our last night there. The Oriental restaurant is beautiful and the food was given good ratings by an Englilsh couple we met. We never got around to eating there, however.
The beach is clean and safe for swimming and the pools were kept clean. THere are two jacuzzi's, one at both facilities, and they were not hot tubs and had little jacuzzi action so they were mostly used by children. No one seemed to mind since there were not a lot of people in the resort and the pools were inviting on their own.
This property is not a new one but it is comfortable, clean, well maintained and has a great staff. The rooms were freshly painted, had tile floors, new bedspreads and comfortable sitting areas inside and out. The beach is one of the prettiest on the island and was not crowded all week.
Since I had originally booked at the Club St. Lucia by Splash, I visited there before I left and was SOOO glad I had trusted my instincts after seeing chats and reviews of the hotels. I would have hated the Club st. Lucia and found it to appear really low budget. The Papillon/Rex complex, however, was like a grand old lady which fit us like an old shoe: comfortable, cozy and familiar from the first day.
I would be remiss if I didn't recommend Air Jamaica Vacations for this trip. Their flights (with free champagne, beer and wine), were on time and efficient. The transfers were well organized and the hotel representative, December, was helpful in booking trips. We also used the hotel concierge to book a taxi trip around the island and even booked a fishing trip through the bartender!
If anyone wants more info, please feel free to email me!