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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Castries
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, MA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Going back for 9th time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2010

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.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2010

My wife and I travelled with our 3 small children over the Valentines Day holiday. The ride from the airport to any of the resorts in the area of Castries takes about 90 minutes but it does give you a chance to see the island and get a feel for what life on the island is like. We arrived at the resort and had an easy checki-in with everything ready to go from the start. The villas were very cozy and all had great views of the ocean. They had everything needed to make the stay very comfortable from great internet access to DVD players for the kids. The kitchenette was well equipped and functional. Must take a shuttle or walk down to the beach which isn't too difficult for younger folks but older folks may want to take advantage of the readily available shuttles to take you back and forth. The beach was cozy and private and security was always present all over the grounds which made us feel very safe. There were a good number of children at the pools and on the the beach for our kids to play with so they were never bored. The food was amazing. I was expecting typical island food with lower quality fresh veggies and poorer cuts of beef but I really surprised to find the food was second to none. There was an amazing assortment from lamb and steaks to fish other seafood delicacies that just blew us away. There was really no need to leave the resort to eat and usually at each meal there was some sort of live entertainment that was very family friendly as well. We will definely return and I would recommend it to everyone. A must do is to take the day sail down to the pitons and the volcano....very fun!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2010

Resort was beautiful. 2 Hour drive from the airport is brutal for a person who has car sickness cause you travel up and down mountains with sharp turns. Get a small taxi to drive you, it costs $22 pp.

Resort is all hills and steps. We needed to call shuttles to get around resort which usually were prompt (drivers were pleasant) but towards the end of our stay they were busy and took a long time to come.

Food was very good, Jammers by far the best. (Don't order Lasagna from Papa Don's). We were with a wedding party so we spent a lot of time at the bars...The staff working at the bars were SLOW and not friendly, waitresses were nice but not efficient. I once asked for bread 6 times, and on many occassions food ordered were not brought.

Partiers, def sign up for all inclusive, drinks and food cost a lot if paying cash and water sports are included if you participate. Make sure you check your bill when you are checking out... they made a lot of mistakes. Also, even with all inclusive, room service automatically costs $15 to deliver (they don't tell you that).

Bugs are bad at night. I bought an organic deet free kid safe sunscreen and that seemed to work best.

Good gym and fun water aerobics daily.

  • Stayed February 2010
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2010

We just returned from our second trip to the Windjammer and can't wait to return next year. The resort is casual elegant with every luxury you would want. The resort is comprised of villas that are speckled among a gorgeous cliff overlooking the caribbean sea. The walk (climb) to the villas can be very strenuous depending on the location, but that is never a problem....a call to the main desk results in a shuttle within minutes. The food is always excellent and we especially enjoyed lunch daily at Jammers right on the beach. The resort is fairly small which allows as much personal attention as you want...or as much privacy as you want. The staff are attentive and genuinely seem to enjoy having you at "their" resort. The Windjammer is paradise and we will definently return...every year.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2010

The location is fantastic, but that's about it. The only consistent thing about our stay was the daily dose of problems, extremely poor service in the restaurants, and the very repetitive and marginal cuisine. Our best days were the days we spent off site on tours.

Our villa was dirty and in disrepair. I've had cleaner bathrooms at Super 8. They supply a coffee maker in the villa, but offer no coffee filters, but you can purchase them at the resort "market" for a small fortune. The toaster was an accident waiting to happen. The "plunge pool" at the villa was extremely dirty and totally unappealing.

They nickle and dime you to death at this place. We purchased a lunch-dinner meal package, which didn't include any drinks - you pay extra for everything, including water and non-alcoholic beverage. The service in the restaurant was the worst I've ever experienced anywhere - even in the "fine dining" restaurant. Extremely slow. Tiny portions. Poorly prepared, often tasteless food. Papa Don's was consistently the best, but even that was poor. Same lunch buffet day after day after day. It took 30 minutes to get our check one night at the "fine dining" place, and nearly an hour to get a burger and a salad at the small beach front place and the staff didn't seem to care.

The pools were dirty, small, and none of them are more than 4-5 feet deep.

We took a "complimentary" snorkeling trip one afternoon - a five minute boat ride up the coast to what was basically a dead reef along the shoreline. Hardly saw a thing except sea urchins.

Most shocking was the fact that they allowed us to take out a sailboat and never even asked if we knew how to sail. Similar situation with the snorkeling trip (of which I've been on many) - not even a cursory mention of safety.

I wouldn't go back, or recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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louisville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2010

Let me start by saying this the most unique hotel I have ever stayed in, you feel like a part of a community, not being hearded like cattle at other resorts. We traveled with a two year old and after hearing so many bad comments about the roads we deceided to take the helicopter shuttle ,which was a beautiful way to see the island, really an excursion in itself..there was a cab waiting for us and in about ten minutes we were there..when we arrived a gentleman handed us a cool towel,seated us on a sofa, and brought us rum punch..our ambassador came to check us in, a little odd he kept dissapearing and coming back, but all in all we were in our villa thirty minutes later so it was fine..our villa was a one bedroom w/o a pool #138, very close to papa dons , in fact we were at the very top before you get to the Estate villas. The view was unreal pictures can't capture how beautiful it truely is here..our villa had a full kitchen minus a dish machine , large bathroom with a tub, large bedroom , and a large closet. People are not joking when they talk about how steep it is here, we walked down to the main area almost every time we went ,but only three times did we walk back up. The shuttles are great, we really never had to wait very long for one, some people complain but, I have stayed in hotels where my room was pretty far from the beach and at the end of the day you have to lug all of your beach stuff back to the room, here you simply walk to the lobby from the beach and a shuttle takes you up to your room, much nicer.!! The food, we liked the food here especially Papa Dons .The childrens menu was great lots of selections , the service is slow but, we are so used to everything being so fast that it is nice to relax and enjoy your meal and the company , however with a two year old you are on borrowed time from the moment you sit down so I guess faster service is nice sometimes.The beach was perfect, not big by any means but wonderful for little children because the water is so calm, we did have a couple of days that the water was rough, so we hung out at one of the pools ..we found the people to be very nice here and alot of the guests have been coming year after year.. there was a very strong security pressence ,we always saw several security gaurds around our villa area and there is a razor wire fence that surrounds the property, I never felt unsafe here.. we did not have any real trouble with bugs, maybe one or two little nips, but some people had welps on them from the bugs.we brought bug wipes from home and they worked!! we did have a few tiny ants in the kitchen, we kept any food that we had in the fridge or in the microwave and just tried to keep things clean, no big deal!! Going home, check out was fine, the only problem was that we did'nt want to leave !!! We did take a cab to the airport and it was a beautiful drive, he took us down the east coast, it was curvy but not hairpins. we really enjoyed seeing the countryside and our driver was a great tour guide!! We loved this hotel so much that we are considering buying a timeshare. Just remember no place is perfect every hotel will have flaws but you are on vacation so relax and take it all in .....

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank thepeepLouisville
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ny
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2010

We had a really enjoyable stay at the Windjammer Landing. We found the hotel to be so different from other places we've stayed in the Caribbean -all in a good way.

We arrived about 7:00pm after a long trip from NY, and while it took a bit to get checked in they suggested we have dinner first- this was welcomed as we were weary and they came to find us at the restaurant to let us know when our villa was ready.

We had requested a fully enclosed 2 bdrm villa- which worked our really great for our family. Our villa had a living room and kitchen on the main floor, with a patio and dip pool, the upper floor was a master bedroom and bath and the lower floor was another bedroom and private bath. At first our kids were a bit intimidated by the floor seperation but quickly realized they had their own little suite and enjoyed the set up as much as we did.

The resort is built into the mountains so you can walk to and from your villa to the beaches, pools and restaurants if you are physically up to it. This is not an ideal place for the handicapped or elderly. We enjoyed the treks to and from the room and considered it good exercise. The shuttle service seemed to always be quickly available the couple of times we used it.

The beach is on the small side, but seemed ample enough for our needs. There was never a shortage of lounge chairs which was a refreshing change from other resorts we've visited. In the water they had a trampoline, slide, climbing wall and dock. There were a couple of days of very high winds and rough surf and they put up red flags and removed the equipment, once things calmed down they put most of the equipment back in the water.

We found the water sports to be good- there were 2 snorkeling trips daily that went to 2 different locations. The snorkeling wasn't great but it was a good outlet for us on some days. They also had kayaks, paddle boats and did banana boat rides in the afternoons which were all fun.

The food at the various restaurants was fine- the breakfast buffet was the same every day, and you could get fresh omelettes cooked to order if you'd like. Lunches we usually had at the restaurant at the beach, and sometimes we enjoyed the buffet by the pool. Dinners we tried all the restaurants, we did best ordering grilled fish. Our kids enjoyed the food and I liked that they had more variety for kids than just burgers and chicken fingers and fries.

The pool was nice with tables around it- not too large and again never felt crowded. The week we were there the resort was said to be sold out- but I think with the villa set up, and not everyone does all inclusive or eats at the restaurants on the property, people are generally spread out and it never felt crowded.

All in all we had a great vacation, our kids and we adults were able to relax, enjoy ourselves and the staff and St Lucian's we met were all very friendly, welcoming and accomodating.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
Address: Labrelotte Bay | Saint Lucia, Castries, St. Lucia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#2 Family Hotel in Castries
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#4 Romantic Hotel in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 237
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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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Hotel Castries
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