Me and my wife went in the middle 2 weeks of September, all-inclusive and had a great time. We go on holiday to relax and have a great time. So, we head out with no intention of moaning and grumbling about small things, nor do expect food to taste like it does in the UK, or feel aggrieved when we can't get 99 channels on digital TV! I'm stressed enough in the UK with work etc. so a visit to the Caribbean is for one reason only - to enjoy it! It does what you expect and a bit extra. A great location and by all accounts the best beach on the island. Treat people well and they'll respond accordingly otherwise the staff may appear surly (as do a lot of the people in most of the W Indies - and the UK actually!). We only came across 1 miserable server and I've forgotten her name - young girl too which was a surprise, but virtually all of them great! The hotel could do with a bit of TLC for sure and the entertainment is at best good.
But, beach is excellent. Location if you want to explore a little is excellent. Food is very good. Rooms are good. St Lucia is excellent. 2 pools in the resort do the job. The "main pool" is quite small but enough for c40 people to relax around, close to the bars and there for a cooling dip. The larger pool is in what was the old Papillon Hotel (now part of the Rex) and has loads of room to relax, a swim up bar and a restaurant. Yes it needs a bit of maintenance (only a bit) but nothing that would put you off using it.
The beach is great and watersports are good - disappointed that there were no sunfish even tho advertised. But, everything else is fine. Some people on here complain they weren't around much - reason for that was the effects of 3 hurricanes in the area and 1 tropical depression. As a result for c10 of our 14 days the red flag was up and so it was deemed not safe to use the watersports. That said we still swam in the sea (like loads of others) and had great fun. Quite strange really - flat calm as you look out and then the swell appears and breaks in the 6-9 metres from the beach, but like I say, good fun.
So overall I'd rate it highly. We've been to lots of places (take a look at my map) and I would have no hesitation in visiting again - feel free to contact me if you've any questions. If you go have fun and do explore a little. The Pitons is a must - try the land and sea option which gives you more than just the catamaran (we did both), visit Gros Islet for the Friday night "jump up" - we went twice and it was a blast!!! Get out in the day and the evening as there's plenty on and plenty to see and do. Finally, take a trip onto Pigeon Island and climb the 2 peaks - it is a brilliant experience and some great views. My last point though, don't forget - you're on holiday to relax and have some fun, so chill out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fronted by one of the most popular beaches in St Lucia and backed by charismatic Rodney Bay, the St Lucian by Rex Resorts has an unrivalled location on the Caribbean shore of this beautiful island. By day, the focus is on the stunning sandy beach where the glistening Caribbean waters tempt paddlers, swimmers and sporting enthusiasts from their sun-loungers. Enjoy international cuisine at the Mariners Restaurant which affords spectacular views across the sea. After dinner, experience the unique mix of local and cosmopolitan nightlife at a choice of atmospheric bars in Rodney Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. Lucian By Rex Hotel Castries
- St Lucian Rex Resorts
- Rex St Lucian
- St. Lucian By Rex Resorts St. Lucia/Gros Islet