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Rendezvous Resort
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Castries
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 November 2013

We stated for one week in November as part of our honeymoon.

It was perfect. Beaches and pools are great, especially the lazy river which is so relaxing and private. Waiters bring drinks to you at each pool and beach.

Food was wonderful - especially the deserts!!! Lots of choice.

Premium spirits and great choice of drinks.

We were upgraded to a beachfront room (we had booked a seaside suite) and this was great, cute lounger/love seat chair to watch the sunset.bed was really comfortable. Champagne on arrival too.

Thank you rendezvous for a lovely honeymoon. We hope to return for an anniversary. This is exactly the sort of hotel for a couples holiday, relaxing and quiet.

This is actually our first ever tripadviser holiday review, prompted by some of the odd comments we read when we got home, particularly the unfounded criticisms about the food.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

This is our third visit to Rendezvous. We loved it the first time and this year we were equally delighted. The situation is great, right on the beach. The gardens are beautiful and there are 2 pools and a man made river. The hotel staff are terrific..all very caring and friendly. The welcome is very professional and the rooms are first class. The food is wonderful, along with entertainment in the evenings and lots of activities in the day if you wish with a motivating team of fitness instructors. You can learn to dive, snorkel, sail and kayak. Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: There are several choices: individual chalets right on the beach, another block of rooms on the beac...
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3  Thank Meg1945
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

My only mistake was to book this holiday with my sister rather than my partner but it was still a wonderful experience. I really can’t understand why anyone could or would be negative, they catered for all needs, the staff are extremely friendly and remember your names to make you feel unique.

I would definitely recommend for any couples for a truly amazing experience and even better if you intend to get married there. They really make you feel special.

Sorry to go on but I really did enjoy it

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Curls2013
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

My husband and I recently returned from a week at the Rendezvous. What can I say except it was the most wonderful holiday that we have ever had. (And we have had a few!) The staff made our holiday so special. What wonderful human beings. Each and every one of them was special in their own way. Our room was superb, the food was splendid. Well done to the chefs, who worked very hard. Every little need was taken care of. It was just fantastic. The evening entertainment was enjoyable although we were tired by 10.30 and couldn't wait to go to sleep in that huge comfortable bed. I would go again in a heartbeat. It was worth every penny.
Only one little grumble! There was a couple of Americans that were so moany. We steered well away from them! We met some brilliant Canadians and English but we found that the Americans had some very strange ideas and issues! Nevermind, takes all sorts to make a world go round I guess but you need to take this into consideration when reading reviews. By the way Traveller X771, I was there when you were there!!! We have a completely different picture from you. Funny that!
Well done to Yhasmine and her wonderful staff. Thank you for everything you do and keep doing it. You obviously have a formula that works.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank WellHappy59
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

My title is purely in response to TravelerX771 - who has reviewed the beautiful resort of Rendezvous previously and quite frankly I am staggered at the inappropriate review given; I appreciate that we are all entitled to our own opinion and of course not everything suits everyone but during the wonderful week we have just spent at Rendezvous there was not a soul we spoke to who would concur with their comments. Ok, rant over! We had a wonderful room (verandah suite) which is due for a refurbishment but was still beautifully appointed, had a huge balcony with a lovely view of the grounds, A massive and comfortable bed, sofa, desk, chair, huge shower (slightly reduced pressure but this is being dealt with in the refurb). Spotlessly clean each day and with a turn down service. There are two lovely pools - one very quiet by the Spa and the other including a swim up bar which is a great place to meet people, chat and generally pass the time of day drinking and getting to know others. The beach is clean (after storms the staff clear any seaweed or debris thrown up), and there are two main areas that you can sit/lie so you can appreciate the length of coast that the Rendezvous adjoins. Yes, this is a public beach and occasionally you get a few people walking along, daily horses canter along and go for a swim to cool off by the hotel and at weekends there is even the occasional family having a dip and playing in their sea..... and so they should. None of this is offputting or even annoying, quite the reverse, but for those who feel exclusivity is their entitlement I suggest that they either stay up by the Spa pool surrounded by the beautiful gardens or choose another venue with a private beach (incidentally, Sandy Lane in Barbados also has a public beach...). The food was exceptionally good, a massive variety for all meals, in a buffet style, loads of salad for the conscientious, grills, paninis of choice, a large selection of hot food, and a desert selection that would beat most high class restaurants in the UK. There is also the Trysting restaurant which is air conditioned and has a completely different atmosphere; beautifully served, 'haute cuisine sized portions (which although small are a good contrast to the quantity you can consume 4 times a day in the main restaruant (tea is served with food also!); acoustic guitar playing and lovely Maitre 'd and perfect waiters and waitresses. You need to book this at reception and my advice is to book what nights you want to eat there when you arrive as it gets booked up. We also had two beach barbeques - outstandingly good. Drinks are of course free, they have proper labelled spirits, do fantastic cocktails, serve champers all day if you wish - what's there to fault? You can even put your flag up by your deck chair and they will serve you... My last comment must be about the staff. There are 208 staff working at Rendezvous and despite what the previous review said they were ALL, without exception, friendly, polite, helpful, fun, kind, informative and made a point of getting to know you. Of course, this is a two way street....! They have entertainment that you can join in or not, as is your wish, but the team (Josie, Yammi, Pauline and Gavi - sorry if I left anyone out...) are infectiously fun and almost make it impossible to say no. We learned to do archery, how not to play volleyball, played beach cricket, scuba dived, water skiied, tubed behind the speed boat. There was an oversized chess/draughts board, ping pong, badminton... everything and more. We have come away having had the most wonderful holiday with fabulous memories and a few friends made too...we are already planning a reunion return trip!! Thank you to all the team at Rendezvous.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

My wife and I have have been fortunate enough to be able to holiday frequently abroad both in Europe and long haul and would count rendezvous as one of the best all round hotels we have stayed at. It's positives are extensive and I think are mainly due to the happy and well cared for staff. The resort is the original all inclusive on the Island with good ties to the community and seems to be doing excellent business despite the recent economic downturn that has affected many of the other hotels on the island. We stayed in a Verandah Suite on the upper level and found it large with an excellent verandah. Between us we partook in most of the sporting activities and can recommend these plus the onsite gym. Other than this we spent our time reading in a variety of places from secret garden hideaways to various parts of the public beach. In the evening we enjoyed the plush champagne bar, a la carte restaurant and some time on the terrace although generally saving our energies for during the day.

As with all holidays there are a few things to consider before booking and for this resort I think the main ones are the location and the hotel type.

The location is on the outskirts of Castries as can be seen by looking at Vigie beach St Lucia on Google earth. In reality it is isolated from the town due to the old airport and cemetery nearby. Despite this at the weekends and in the evening locals do use the beach but it still remains very quiet even at these more used times.

The resort is medium sized and provides an all inclusive menu on a small island. Despite this it serves good quality beverages, alcohol and food with which we were very pleased. There is an implicit caveat in this though in that the menu choice and content caters for a majority taste and not to the scale of a Las Vegas buffet for example. We didn't witness any complaints about the food and in fact heard a large number of compliments being given.

Overall we would happily return to Rendezvous and have already recommended it to friends and family.

Happy hols wherever you go!

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

For our 10th Anniversary, we wanted a quiet, relaxing vacation with ample activities. From the moment we arrived at Rendezvous on 7 November, we knew we had selected the right place. Tony, Leon and the entire administrative/registration staff took exceptional care of us, pointed us in the right direction related to activities of interest, and make certain the day of our Anniversary was exceptional - from a beautiful tropical flower bouquet, extra bottle of Champaigne, and special features at eat meal throughout the day - and extra attention during our Anniversary dinner at Trysting.

The resort is indeed boutique - small enough to keep the numbers down (unlike many of the very large resorts on the island) yet enough space and activities to remain uncrowded and quite peaceful. The grounds are very tropical and well manicured. We enjoyed kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding, the gym, and several of the exercise sessions during our stay. The beach was well kept with daily attention by the staff and ample areas to sit either in the cove or over by the activities area.

The food was very good - assuming you are not looking for only traditional American food. Each evening their is a different theme and between that and Trysting (menu changes every 3 days but has menu allowing for at least 2 fine dining experiences with each menu without repeating food options) you can navigate well what will satisfy your culinary desires. We found the Caribbean night, and beach BBQ to be very good - and our 2 evenings at Trysting were exceptional. Shannon and Harry, as well as so many other staff, go out of their way to ensure prompt service and attend to your needs. The daily breakfast and lunch have some daily variability and offer a nice mix of European, American and Caribbean options. And the bar staff work endlessly to keep your glass full - and offer suggestions for whatever you desire.

In addition, we spent 1 day at Rendezvous' sister resort, Le Sport Body Holiday, and it was well worth the taxi ride ($30 each way) - as this resort has extended food options, incredible fitness opportunities, a great 'hospitality' suite for those like us with a 'day pass' yet are afforded all of the ammenities of the property (except the complimentary daily massage). Thanks to Torey and Martin for the great exercise classes, Wendell for the awesome drinks - and to the staff for accommodating us at Tao a few hours earlier than our reservation.. Lastly, the 'health bar' healthy drinks were creative and flavorful. This is a great full day trip for those staying at Rendezvous.

Overall, given the mixed reviews, my wife and I enjoyed our time at Rendezvous - and give tremendous kudos to the staff for their endless efforts toward making our time exceptional. We recommend staying to anyone that is interested in what we have stated above... a relaxing, well kept, boutique resort staffed with people that eagerly seek to make your stay enjoyable.

Room Tip: Luxury Beachside Room was incredible - prime location near the beach, tree frogs / beach surf for yo...
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Additional Information about Rendezvous Resort

Address: Malabar Beach, Castries, St. Lucia
Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Castries
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Castries
#2 Romantic Hotel in Castries
#5 Family Hotel in Castries
Price Range: £350 - £762 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on two miles of powdery sand, surrounded by acres of exotic tropical gardens, it’s easy to why Rendezvous has been called “the romantic holiday.” It’s hard to imagine a more alluring corner of the world for two people to escape to. A world away from the everyday, it’s a uniquely intimate island retreat. From the long stretches of deserted beach to the lazy-river pool that winds its way through quiet nooks and secret hideaways, every aspect of this all-inclusive luxury resort has been created to give couples the space and time they need to be alone. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Rendezvous Hotel Castries
Rendezvous Hotel St Lucia
Rendevous St Lucia
Rendezvous Resort St. Lucia/Castries

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