We are leaving next week for our 9th trip to Windjammer Landing. Yes, we have a time share there, but that just means we enjoyed the resort so much that we wanted to return regularly.
If you don't want a long car ride, then fly into San Juan, then into Charles Airport in Castries. Then it is only about 15 minute cab ride. Yes, it can be more $$, but it's up to you to decide than flying into the opposite side of the island into Hewanorra. Take motion sickness pills for the longer ride.
First and foremost, set your clocks to island time. Things are just not going to get done as fast as they get done here in the U.S. The workers at windjammer get paid little and get nothing but grief. I recommend just spending the first day or two getting to know the help, from the maid, groundskeeper, barkeep. Talk, be nice, tip well, and you'll soon get great service and you'll come off as genuine, and not a jerk tourist that demands to waited on hand and foot at a moments whim. For example, when we go to the beach, I make friends with the beach waiter that brings drinks. Tip him or her $20 bucks the minute you get there and you'll have a best friend all week, bringing you rum & cokes or Piton beers. I made friends with the groundskeeper once, gave him a sandwich and a drink, and his wife made us conch stew one night later in the week. Try to get the same maid for the week, be nice, talk, tip. You'll have extra pillows and towels all week.
I recommend getting a villa, condo, or room with a kitchenette with a fridge. On your way from the airport have the taxi stop a the grocery (Super J's) to get some beverages, breakfast, lunch, and possibly dinner stuff so you are not eating out every minute. We bring hot dogs and cold cuts frozen in our luggage. When we vacation, we don't move, thus we don't eat much. Heck, we hardly leave the room. Why? Great view, plunge pool, fridge nearby with drinks, easy access to bathroom, quiet and privacy.
The rooms are very nice. I do recommend bringing those small travel bottles of DEET. Hey, it's a tropical island, there will be bugs, though they fumigate the grounds very few days for mosquitoes, which I have never found to be a big issue. If you have food in your room and the windows open, birds will come in. Alot of people write that the birds are annoying, I find them amusing. Don't be dumb, put the food in the fridge if you want to discourage the birds. Ants come in too. So again, keep the food away, and crumbs cleaned up. The cuisine at the four or five restaurants to eat is good. I recommend Jammers, or the place on the beach, for simpler fair. The other restaurants are good too. They are slow, but order a drink, chat, relax maybe make friends and make plans to dine together one night. What's the hurry?
Speaking of making friends, this is a nice place to meet people. We exchange x-mas cards with a lovely couple from the U.K. and visited them twice in England.
We have a time share for a two bedroom in late February - early March, though we went in early December once which was great, not crowded at all. I sleep like a rock. I only have the bedroom and villa shut at night with the A/C on. The rest of the time, every window is open and let Caribbean breezes flow! I see many people leave the rooms shut all day with the A/C on. How dumb. I didn't leave Boston to hide in a room when it is a gorgeous 85 degrees out!!!
Don't overpack! Guys, where once nice pair of pants and a collared shirt while traveling, then another set in the bags. They rest, just a few pairs of shorts, t-shirts, 2 swim trunks, and undies. Ladies, the same, either slacks or dresses. If I need something washed, I scrub in the sink. I spend about 80-90% of the day in just my swim suit. Bring at least one swim suit on your carry on. If they lose your luggage, at least you have your suit!
All in all, relax. Let go. Disconnect. You'll find Windjammer like a second home.
- 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:
- Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Hotel Castries
- Windjammer Landing Hotel Beach
- Windjammer St Lucia
- Windjammer Landing Resort Beach
- Windjammer Landing St Lucia
- St Lucia Windjammer
- Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort St. Lucia/Castries