Our first trip of 2017 – St. Lucia

Well, somehow we’ve blinked and it’s the second week of February. We just returned from an amazing trip to the sunny island of St. Lucia and can’t wait to tell you all about it! We aren’t exactly sure where to even start, so we’re just going to dive right in…

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Our trip to St. Lucia was from February 2nd to 7th, 2017, and the weather could not have been more perfect. At least 28 degrees Celsius each day, mostly full sun with the exception of a couple minutes of liquid sunshine (AKA rain). We stayed at Sandals Regency La Toc Resort, flying in from Toronto with WestJet. Upon arrival to the Hewanorra Airport, after getting through customs, we managed to find the Sandals kiosk right away to catch our shuttle (included with our vacation package) to our resort. Pro tip: Many of the locals will try to help you with your bags, and expect a tip in return. If you’re staying at a Sandals Resort, you do NOT need help with getting to the Sandals kiosk, as there are signs posted to show you where to go. Once making it to our bus, the drive to the resort is about an hour & a half, depending on traffic. The driver takes you through the forest, up and down the mountains, and around sharp turns, which is a lot of fun. Mind you, if you’re the type to get motion sickness, we highly recommend sitting in the front. One of us may or may not have had to ask to pull over to get some fresh air before we made it to our destination.

Upon arrival to our resort, we were greeted and were made to feel like we were part of the Sandals family. We were served champagne and given our room information. We were situated on the Sunset Bluffs (this resort was massive) so we were driven up to our room so that we wouldn’t have to carry our luggage. This is a great feature of the resort – if you are located in the Sunset Bluffs area, the Millionaire Suites or just want to access the restaurants/bars/pools available at the top of the resort, shuttles run every 5 – 10 minutes for your convenience.

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Our room was perfect. Away from the busy main hotel building, we had a view overlooking the ocean, and were steps away from a pool, bar and restaurant. We seriously lucked out!

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On our first full day at the resort, we did some exploring. First, of our resort:

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We made sure to book reservations for restaurants that required them that morning as well. Pro tip: you are only able to book reservations from 8-11am and they fill up FAST. If you want to eat at the best resort restaurants, book your reservations first thing!

We spent time exploring the beach, but couldn’t swim due to very large waves. No one was allowed into the water for their own safety, but it was definitely mesmerizing to watch them crash onto shore.

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While we were on the beach, we were approached by a vendor named Mitch. Typically, vendors that approach you on the beach have the tendencies of being a bit obnoxious, and beg you to buy their trinkets. However, this time was not the case. Mitch was the only person on the beach that was not a resort guest (this Sandals beach was quite secluded) and told us about the Our Toy Boat Tours – a speedboat tour group that he works for that provides speedboat tours of some unique St. Lucian landmarks. We did end up taking the tour and could not have been happier! Check out what we have to say about Our Toy Boat Tours!

During our stay, we also made our way over to the Sandals Grande St. Lucian. As a guest of Sandals in St. Lucia, you have all-inclusive access to all 3 Sandals resorts, with a free shuttle bus between each resort that runs once every 2 hours. One of the days during a visit to the Sandals Grande, we made a trip over to Pigeon Island for a hike. This national park is a 7 minute walk from the resort and provides EXCEPTIONAL views of the bay, beach and mountains. Check out our post about it Pigeon Island!

Overall, St. Lucia was beautiful. The people we met both on and off resort were great, and our resort was stunning. The food was probably the best we’ve had in a long time (Sandals resorts are known for their exceptional restaurants). Our resort had 7 all-inclusive restaurants to choose from, but because we had unlimited access to the 2 other Sandals resorts on the island, we also had free access to their restaurants as well! I don’t think that we could possibly choose a favourite restaurant, because they were all so unique and offered incredible food!

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Grilled Mahi Mahi Nicoise – The Mariner Restaurant (Sandals Grande)
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Crepe au Chocolat with Vanilla Ice Cream – Josephine’s (Grande)
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Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh & Saag Mutton with Naan Bread & Rice – Bombay Club (Grande)
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Bouillon – The Pitons Restaurant
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Filet de Boeuf Chateaubriand au Poivre Vert – La Toc Restaurant
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The Pitons Restaurant
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Fish du Jour – Neptunes

We had such a wonderful time and definitely recommend a stay and Sandals Regency La Toc to anyone looking for an all-inclusive luxury vacation in St. Lucia! The staff were extremely friendly, welcoming, and they consistently went out of their way to ensure our time was amazing. If you have any questions for us, please leave us a comment here or visit any of our social media pages for a faster response!

–The Calkins’

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