You don't get:- bad self service food cooked from the deep freeze, arm bands, loud music on tannoys or from noisy selfish guests, strangers on the beach trying to sell you hair braiding - or worse!, cheap unknown brand drinks, extra charges for extra services, small cramped rooms where you can hear your neighbour's every move, not enough sun loungers so the inevitable pre-dawn creep to "bag" one, staff who couldn't care less about you, Amy Winehouse!
You do get:- wonderful spacious airy individual cottage-style rooms set among beautifully tended gardens, huge beds, your own terrace, stocked (free) fridge and all you need for tea and coffee all day if you want it. You get individually cooked breakfasts by the legendary Paula, fruit plates to die for and friendly staff, even early in the morning. Lunches are different every day - even if you stay for over a week - and Saturday lunch is extra special, quite apart from the steel band. Dinner is served when you're ready - no reservations needed and no fixed time to arrive - four course plus the "amuse bouche" taster, at least five different wines to choose from, and they's not repeated if you're staying for a week. Entertainment almost every night either from the jazz duo, the brilliant pianist, the local cajun band or, on Mondays the calypso duo who stay on after the arbitrary cocktail welcome night to play at table - but never drowning conversation. And everything is included in the price.
In short, East Winds is total, but total relaxation. We picked it out of the brochure in 1995 as it looked a nice quiet place for our silver wedding anniversary. We have returned about a dozen times since, in February, in December and once in May for the Jazz Festival. There is the instant feeling of home as soon as you enter the gardens, and I'm usually in the sea within 15 minutes. (The swimming by the way. is perfect - a large quiet area protected from outsiders, as well as the pool) It cannot be an accident that most of the staff has been there since we first visited, from the manager to the guy who cleans the pool every morning.
Obviously East Winds isn't for everyone. in February if you're under 60 prepare to be the youngest thereand if it's your first time, be prepared to listen to many other guests (like us!) telling you how many times they've been coming. Read the Trip Advisor comments, read the brochure or the web site and if those words make you want to go - you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Saint Lucia’s best kept secret and immerse yourself in true Caribbean luxury. East Winds Saint Lucia is a breathtaking garden-by-the-sea, planted on the island's most picturesque sandy bay. Our Island Hideaway is Saint Lucia's original boutique resort featuring 30 cottage style suites, tucked away amongst lush plants, trees and a kaleidoscope of colourful bird-life. East Winds is home to what many consider the finest beach on the island and our guests share it with very few others just like them; travellers looking for personalised care and all-inclusive service in the most authentic of Caribbean experiences. Come experience the Caribbean the way it was meant to be experienced. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- East Winds Hotel Gros Islet
- East Winds Resort All Inclusive
- East Winds St. Lucia/Gros Islet