My husband, kids (almost 2 and almost 3) and babyistter stayed at Windjammer Landing in September 2007, very much the off-season. I would have given this an "excellent" review - were it not for the last night. I'll speak to that at the end.
We were in one of the "estate" villas (those villas in the 400 and 500) at the top of the hill. It is one of the fully enclosed units, nicely furnished and laid out. It was, in fact, one of the nicest timeshare units we have received in an exchange. The plunge pool was great for kids this age - although we did have to stay diligent to ensure they didn't go splash on their own.
Check-in took about 30 minutes - and we were the only ones checking in! Pleasant enough, and I believe the main delay was determining whether the unit was ready or not (it wasn't). We went and got lunch and it was ready by the time we returned. However, I can imagine that check-in could get backed up during the busier times.
We found the food to be generally good to excellent. We enjoyed Papa Don's and Jammer's the most. The only time we went to Dragonfly other than for the breakfast buffett we found it to be average.
We did the all-inclusive for the first three days, then switched to ala carte. This allowed us to do a comparison. We are "average" drinkers (a couple of rum punches during the day at the beach, and drinks with dinner, no late nights at the bar), and found the costs to be the same. The real complaint about the all-inclusive was the house wine - it is terrible! So we ended up purchasing nicer bottles for dinners. So if you are a big drinker (and don't want decent wine) - go the all-inclusive route. Other wise ala carte should be OK.
Only twice did I wait what I considered to be too long for the shuttle. In both cases I ended up walking down the hill. And, to be fair, in both cases it was at 8 in the morning when everyone was trying to go down for breakfast, and my husband and kids had gone down 10 minutes earlier (he just couldn't wait) and it was probably annoying to them that we had two pickups so close together! Again, I can guess that the shuttle may be more backed up in busier times.
Some information about what they do and don't have at the store. They do have diapers in a variety of sizes, and have swim diapers, but they do not stock pull-ups. Although my kids do not eat the jarred baby food, I did notice a pretty decent selection. They have pasta and chicken nuggets and those sorts of kid-foods in stock. The rooms come with bug spray for the units, and the store has the stuff to spray on your body. It also has sunscreen, but it seemed all Hawaiin Tropic and did not carry any of the fast drying spray type that I like.
Until the last night, my only complaint would have been about the poor locks on the french doors going out to the juliet balcony's. The only locks are the push button kind and I was concerned that my kids could get OUT too easily. I brought some child proofing stuff with us and was able to secure the door so that they could not open it.
However, give the events of our last night there, I am now also concerned that the locks may also make it too easy to get in.
Our final night there, my husband and I went out and while the sitter was putting the kids to sleep, someone - apparently using a key to get into the main entry door - came into the unit. This person seemed to be only looking for something to take - they were heading straight for the master bedroom when the sitter saw him and screamed. He ran into the master bedroom, went out onto our balcony, and jumped! She called security, and I must say they responded immediately and effectively. They checked all entrances (determining they must have had a key), had the key remade, and two guys stood outside our unit all night.
We believe an employee played a role in this. Unfortunately, we checked out the following morning and did not have a chance to speak with management about this incident further. Repeated phone calls and messages have gone unreturned.
In any area where you have a poor population and foreign travelers, we all need to remember that these kinds of things can happen. However, I feel management at Windjammer Landing needs to put more secure locks on the entry points and respond when an incident points to employee involvement.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort & Spa in Saint Lucia, offers an unforgettable Caribbean vacation for families, honeymooners and couples. This exotic 60-acre full service resort is a panorama of picturesque, spacious and secluded hillside villas. With breathtaking views of the cobalt waters of the Caribbean Sea, this Mediterranean village resort is alive with the sights and sounds of beautiful Saint Lucia. Absorb the stunning beauty of nature at the Windjammer Landing. From dining on tropical fruits at sunrise to enjoying a refreshing cruise at sunset and only your choice of what to do in between. Richly appointed with the warmth of wood and an exotic blend of tropical furnishings, your spacious villa sets the mood for complete relaxation and truly your greatest escape. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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