One word of advice, Don't stay at an all inclusive for longer than a week. That is our opinion as it was just too long to the point where we were ready to leave. There is only so much you can drink, eat, and lay by the pool.
Overall we LOVED our experience at La Toc and we don't regret anything. Every couple we ran into prior to coming that had been there all mentioned how its a great place, and it lived up to all the hype so we were pleased.
The travel experience was fairly easy there until we got thru customs then all the workers there are kind of muling you around to where you need to go. Make sure you carrying some small bills on you so you can tip some of these people for helping you out. We use St. Lucia Helicopters as our ride up to La Toc and this is STRONGLY recommended as it was a 12 minute trip compared to about an hour and a half ride up which there is NOTHING straight about. If you aren't good in long uneasy car rides, load up on the dramamine.
the helicopter was a little sketchy and you are just barely catching your breath after running around crazily being pointed where to go, but you have to put it behind you because the pilot is very relaxed and informative. Just take it all in because it ends fast, but it is soooo worth it.(btw...your checked bags go with the Sandals shuttle separately as you fly with only your backpacks - they arrive a few hours later I am told, but it wasn't a big deal as they were there when we needed them)
We then landed at the northern airport in Castries where we pay and then are lead to a row of taxi drivers who all have luxury vehicles. you tell them where you are going and they take you there. We didn't know we had to pay for this so when we got there he asked for $25 for the trip. Which was fine, I was just glad to be at the resort so it was worth it.
When we arrived we were taken to the Concierge as we had a Club Level Sunset Bluff room overlooking the beach and main pool area, it was sooo worth it, probably the best most inexpensive room, at least the one with the most bang for the buck. We waited in Concierge for a short time filling out some paperwork, etc, while our room was made available (they had to stock the bar and get it ready for us). We were shuttled up to our room, yes shuttled. It's quite a hike from the main part of the resort to the sunset bluff area, but you quickly realize a shortcut, however, use the shuttle as much as possible because the last leg is a very steep climb up a hill.
When we arrived to our room, we realized it was simply a general hotel room with an absolutely gorgeous view. there was a minibar, a small couch, a bed, a decent sized closet and a smaller bathroom. We were a little disappointed, but not really because we weren't planning on spending much time in the room and if we were, it would be in the bed.....
We stayed in a club level room so we had concierge which I was told was the only way, other than a Butler to have room service delivered to your room. We ordered room service a few times. the food wasn't bad at all, different from the other food we had at restaurants however. If you order any of the desserts, expect to get bite sized desserts, so order a few.
We had been contemplating getting a butler room prior to booking, but settled on the extra nights, we ended up doing 11 days. Like i began the review with, I would never do the 11 days again, maybe with another couple friends, but that would be the extent. Don't get me wrong, it was wonderful, but our stomachs had just had it after eating and drinking so much and then at that point everyone we had met was already gone and there was a new crop of people. One other couple was there for as long as we were and we were joking that it felt like we were in college and everyone else was in high school because people were drinking starting at 9 and drinking all morning and afternoon and we started around 1ish to have our first drink because we actually wanted to make it thru dinner. The first few days was just eating and drinking non stop and then taking a nap. When you wake up from the nap you don't really want to do anything and if you do you go out to dinner and then back to bed. That was us anyways, we are home bodies in our early 30's.
I am glad we didn't get the butler because I would feel you would have to entertain them by always making reservations and having them do whatever it is you need them to do. the best part of them would probably be to have them cart you around, get room service taken to you at the pool, having a cooler available for you whereever you want to go, and then of course saving your spot near the pool. If you don't stay in the main part of the resort or have a butler, don't plan on getting a nice chair by the pool overlooking the beach because they are ALWAYS reserved. I only noticed come Saturday and Sunday when the turnover happens with guests that they become available more often.
The abundance of food and drink was phenomenal. I am a mixed drink and beer drinker. I told myself no frozen drinks, but that is all I drank next to their local beer, Piton. Which is excellent beer if you have never had it. Basically if you haven't been to St. Lucia, you have never had it because I believe they are the only island that sells it, there may be one other island or two but I am not sure. The BEST frozen drinks were the Funky Monkey and the Miami Vice. We always ordered both with extra rum. they were out of this world. The main bar had a couple of bartenders I really liked, Tasha and Miguel. Hands down the best bartenders we had all week.
Our schedule consisted of waking up, going to the small fitness center by Armando's, changing into our suits, heading to either Armando's or the Pavilion for breakfast, then hanging at the main pool for the rest of the day. Armandos was plated breakfast with a small continental buffet. It was a good breakfast but it took a little longer, where the Pavilion is a buffet with a grill where they make omelets and eggs to order. We LOVED the Pavilion breakfast.
there were activities at the pool where most people hung out at. We spent a day or two up at the pool near Armando's but it was for the older crowd, it was a lot more tranquil up there, certainly not a bad thing at all. They also have a nice swim up bar and chairs overlooking the small cove.The activities by the main pool were ongoing throughout the day, the staff was fun and very sociable. They didn't force anything down your throat as far as activities are concerned. I did a basketball competition one day and I played pool volleyball every day and it occurs twice a day (i just wish they kept the nets up all day).
there are towels at the pool, just make sure you get your towels and throw them on a chair to save it. That was the most annoying part of the whole pool, but i get it and there is probably no other way. they just need to make guests more aware of putting their towels in the dirty bin when they are done so that people don't think the seats are still taken. they need more floats, so make sure if there is a float around, grab it and hold onto it for as long as you can. People hoard them and take them out of the pool with them while they go lay in their chair and that is super annoying and I reached out to the resort to see if they can do something about it.
We didn't do too much water activities. We brought some Waboba balls with us to throw around in the ocean which was fun, but we paddleboard one day and it just isnt a real good spot to do it because the waters are a bit choppy. If you want to do that, go to the Grande. We spent a day there and all I have to say is, smaller pool, newer, huge swim up bar, bar by the water, rafts in the ocean you can lay on, walk into the ocean sucks(very rocky), good water sports, not many spots to lay around the pool, great restaurant in the Crepery, but overall I'd still rather stay at La Toc. I feel the rooms and views would be so much better but it was nice to visit there. We would've probably gone a couple of days there if we had gone sooner. We actually discussed that it wouldve been cool to spend half our honeymoon at the Grande and half at La Toc.
Restaurants were great. Armandos was great, never went for lunch. Brochure says resort evening attire for dinner, but to be honest, there was only one place that enforced your attire...La Toc and it sucked. We cancelled our first reservation and the service the next time sucked so we didn't even sit, we left and ate at Armandos. the Pitons was amazing, a real hidden gem there. I hadn't heard much about it but we ate there a couple nights. Neptunes and the pizza place were daily stops for us. good smalls pizzas and a great small mediterranean menu. they even have a spot where you can leave the pool and grab a quick slice, some popcorn, or even some local jamacain chicken/beef patties. We only ate at Pavilion for breakfast and loved it everytime. Cricketers was probably my favorite though. They have a great menu. I tried fish and chips and their version of shepahrds pie and both were amazing. Their apple pie dessert was one of the best apple pies I have ever eaten. someone said their Bailey Cheesecake was so good he had 5 pieces to go. Which is actually the best part, you can order anything and however much of anything to go if you are full at the restaurant but know you will be hungry later. We did this with the pizza place a lot and did it every night for dinner. We'd order one of every dessert to go, except for Cricketers I'd order 3 pizzas of apple pie for me and two pieces of the cheesecake for my wife.
Let's just say our stomachs were happy for us to get back to our routine....
We did the couples massage which is highly recommended. Gemma took care of us and was an absolute doll. I'm not one for massages and probably wouldn't do it again unless I was back there. We did the Joe Knows tour. I left a HUGE review on this website for it, as it was one of the best experiences of my life, so if you come here, you MUST do the Joe Knows tour. I heard they have similar tours for a little less money, BUT come on.....Joe KNOWS!
Overall we absolutely loved our time at La Toc. I wanted to go golfing but the views I was expecting weren't really there and the price made me feel it wasn't worth it, plus it rained a little bit almost everyday (hurricane season) so the greens wouldve been soaked. the rain was not bad at all it was refreshing, I loved it when we were in the pool.
some things I leave you with...I don't normally write reviews for anything but I looked at so many reviews prior to booking that I felt it necessary to share ALL of my experiences, thoughts, and feelings towards our trip. If I could give you best advice:
Pack much lighter - plan on packing a few bathing suits, a bunch of t-shirts, underwear, a pair or two of socks, sandals, boat shoes, one pair of pants, two pairs of khaki shorts, 2-3 collared shirts and thats about it. I wore the same dress shirt to dinner most nights because I would put it on go to eat, come back and take it off. La Toc was the only restaurant that worried what you were wearing, I saw people at Armandos wearing t-shirts, shorts, sandals, and sneakers (ive reached out to sandals saying they need to change the dress code to everything being casual and if you want to dress up, then dress up).
Use the shuttle service from the Bluffs to the main pool and back more often
Go to all the restaurants
Bring a ton of sunscreen and aloe
Don't wake up and drink right away
Pace yourself with everything food and booze related
Go to Neptunes/Pizza place everyday
Go meet Tasha and Miguel at the main pool bar
Go see Cristal (waitress) at Armandos and tell her the couple who will have cute babies (only because of my wife) said to say hello
Get a room with a balcony
Dont be afraid to order room service
Try a Funky Monkey - but dont ask for one at the Grande they wont make you one
Check out the Grande
Do Joe Knows tour
HELICOPTER RIDE is a must - worst every penny
Get surf and turf at Pitons
walk from the main pool towards Pitons restaurant and up the stairs as a cutoff to the Bluffs
enjoy your time! If anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns regarding my review/trip, please let me know I'd be happy to help anyone out with any suggestions and or advice....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Elevated Millionaire Suites come with 180 degree views, rotating 46" plasma TV's, a private whirlpool and infinity pool and fully opened glass walls •Airport transfers and 24 hour room service available•Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Course located directly on the resort •10 minutes from George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), Shopping and Castries and 1 hour from the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) •"Stay at One, Play at Three" free shuttle exchange privileges with Sandals Grande St. Lucian and Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort •Three magnificent freshwater pools, sixty-five personal plunge pools, and four whirlpools •Voted Sandals Resorts "World's Leading All-Inclusive Company" 20 years in a row •Voted Sandals Resorts "Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand", 18 years in a row •Voted Saint Lucia's Leading Spa Resort •Five Star Diamond Award - American Academy of Hospitality Sciences ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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