First of all, let me start this review with… we had a fantastic time at Windjammer Landings. It is a great resort, and with the amount of return vistors they have (I’ll bet 30% of the people we talked to have stayed at WJL before) it’s obvious they are doing something right. As I am sure you have read in other reviews, this place is not for the elderly, or for the handicapped. I can’t stress that enough. WJL is built on a mountain. The views from the villas are amazing, but walking up to your villa would be truly impossible for most grandma and grandpa types, and even getting in and out of the shuttles would be extremely difficult. But… for the rest of us, honeymooners, families with teenagers (like us), or couples on a getaway, it is pretty darn sweet.
First the room. As you know, it is an all villa property, which basically means there are one, two, three, and four bedroom (I think) villas in single buildings, as duplexes, or multiunit buildings. I can’t tell you about any of the other rooms, but our two bedroom (Unit 49) was nice. Not extravagant, or luxurious, but quite nice. Everything was clean, and very Caribbean. Our unit had a bedroom on the 1st floor, the living room and kitchen area on the second floor, and a bedroom on the 3rd floor. Tons of steps, but if that is not a problem for you, the layout provides nice separation between our two teenagers and my wife and me. I’m sure the plunge pool (about 12’ x 10’) is nice for some units, but ours had a very shady exposure and was to cool too enjoy, even in July. The main living area is NOT AIR CONDITIONED, which depending on the weather, can be a bit of an issue. On two of the days there was no breeze, and the living room got VERY warm. On the other days there was more of a breeze, and it was just fine. I started writing this on our last night as I sit watching the sun go down on the main level patio (there are 3 patios). . The bathrooms are fine, although just a bit dated, as was our kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, they are fine, but just not extravagant. Our kitchen also had a small washer and dryer. There is a safe in the master bedroom closet.
Now for some other pieces of advice. Cell phones... unless you have t-mobile, your cell phones do not work down here, and they only have wifi at the pool / lobby area, so if you are coming down here to get some work done too, forget about it! Do the all inclusive! We started out without being all-inclusive, but changed after a day and it was the best decision we made while on vacation. Our original plan was to eat breakfast and lunches in our room, and eat out only at dinner. That could work for some, but we are glad we changed to all inclusive (at the suggestion of another one of the several times returning vacationers). Plus, although there are kitchens in the room that you could easily use, getting up and back down from your villa is a hassle, and takes up valuable time that you want to use to have fun. The price of all-inclusive sounds expensive when you ask, but let me tell you, the meals are not inexpensive at any of the restaurants, and it is so nice to just sit on the beach and have food whenever you want, or go to the restaurants and not even have to look at the prices (as far as we know there is nothing on the menus that is not included in the all-inclusive). Teenagers are about 2/3 cost. The food was really quite good at all the restaurants, but I liked the Upper Deck the best because you are outside, right above the beach (all the restaurants are essentially outside), and my meals there were superb.
One of the best parts of WJL as far as we were concerned was the water sports. Everything but jet skis were complementary, and it is not like some places where things are complimentary, but there are so few of anything that you seldom get to use them. I know we were not there in high season, but the place was petty full and we never had a problem checking out anything. We like to sail, and there were 3 13’ Hobies and one 16 foot that were always available, plus 4 sunfishes and so many windsurf boards I could not count them. Plus there were paddle boats, kayaks, and of course snorkels and fins. They have a dive shop, and do both snorkeling and dive trips at various times during the day. And I almost forgot, they have waterskiing twice a day (for those who are all-inclusive), and banana boat rides in the late afternoon. If you like watersports, I’ll bet you will like WJL.
I’m getting close to the end, but this is fun and I still have a few more things to cover. The beach is good (in fact great), but not fantastic. It’s plenty big (they just expanded it) but only about ½ a football field of it is swimable, as the rest has not been cleaned for sea urchins and there are tons of them in the waters around WJL. Also, the sand is tan not white, and the water is clear, but not crystal clear. But the beach itself is wide enough that you don’t feel crowded (at least not when we were there), and there are plenty of chairs available (plus, don’t forget my earlier discussion about drinks flowing as fast as you want them too).
Finally, just a few thing about our trip outside the resort. We did the sunset cruise on the Pirate Ship Brig Unicorn, which was the Pirate Ship used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Do this! You will have a blast. The Captain and crew were all part of the movies, and it was fun talking to them about sailing, about making the movies, and about the ship itself. Plus, it is quite beautiful under full sail at sunset off the coast of St. Lucia. Ask them to show you the photo album of the crew with all the stars.
Also, on our last day we sailed down and up the west coast of St. Lucia. Another must do. The catamaran was big (held 40 people) and there was plenty of room to move around during the trip. You sail down to Soufriere, visit a waterfall and the volcano, and then eat a beautiful lunch at a cocoa plantation. On the way back, you stop at one of the bays and do some gorgeous snorkeling. It’s a full day of fun.
I could write more, but I’d better finish by saying that everyone was extremely friendly and super helpful at the resort. I got to know several of the staff’s names, and many of them knew mine by the end of the stay. Go to St. Lucia and stay at WJM. We loved it, and think you will too.
- 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