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Last week, I had the pleasure of heading to St. Lucia with the hubby for a few days to relax, reconnect, and of course tour some resorts. We stayed at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian and as a certified Sandals specialist I was invited to also come and tour Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach. This was a great way to get to experience all three Sandals resorts in St. Lucia and I’m so excited to be able to help you choose the best St. Lucia Sandals Resort in for you.
Comparing all Three Sandals St. Lucia Resorts
The three Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia were the 8th, 9th, and 10th Sandals resorts I have visited. Besides three resorts in St. Lucia, Sandals has one in Antigua, one in Grenada, two in Barbados, two in the Bahamas, one in Curacao and seven in Jamaica. And pretty soon, Sandals will open in their next destination, St. Vincent.
What’s cool about the Sandals resorts in St Lucia is you can stay at one, play at three (so it’s not just me who got to experience more than one property!). Which means no matter where you stay, guests have full access to all three Sandals St. Lucia resorts. And they provide transportation between the resorts.
All of your Sandals St. Lucia resorts offer the same great luxury included, adults only, resort experience, along with SCUBA for certified divers and golf included. But each property is unique, and here are some of the highlights of each one.
Choosing a Sandals resort can be tough. Some are big, some are small, some are on the beach, some just near it. Some resorts have better food, more drink options, and more entertainment than others. Of course, there is your budget to consider as well!
For those reasons, it’s always best to consult with a travel professional to help find the perfect resort for you next vacation. And the best part? My services are free!
What is the Best Sandals Resort in St. Lucia?
Let’s look more at each Sandals Resort in St. Lucia so we can compare all three. There really are no bad choice, but each resort has a unique layout and a different vibe. The best Sandals Resort in St. Lucia is the one that best fits YOUR needs.
What are the 3 Sandals in St. Lucia?
Sandals Grande St. Lucian
Distance from the International Airport: 90 minutes
Number of Rooms: 311
Number of Restaurants: 12
Unique Features of Sandals Grande St. Lucian:
- Longest stretch of beach among the three Sandals St. Lucia Resort options.
- Overwater Bungalows for the ultimate in luxury
- Private Rondovals with your own pool
- Overwater Restaurant
- Waterskiing available
- Overwater Wedding Chapel for your Sandals Destination Wedding – the bride can arrive via land or boat, how cool is that?
Things to Consider when Booking Sandals Grande St. Lucian
- This resort is the furthest from the airport, and the furthest from many excursions
- Sandals Grande St Lucian is the highest priced Sandals Resort in St. Lucia
Sandals Regency La Toc
Distance from the International Airport: 60 minutes
Number of Rooms: 323
Number of Restaurants: 9
Unique Features of Sandals Regency La Toc:
- 9-hole golf course on site (This is closed until further notice)
- Built into the bluffs, there are rooms up there with the most incredible views
- One of the best priced resorts in the Sandals chain
- The two story butler villas with private plunge pools are amazing, as are the millionaire suites
Things to Consider When Booking Sandals Regency La Toc:
- This resort has two sections, the lower and the bluffs. It’s a steep walk up to the bluffs, or you can take a golf cart.
- The beach here is small and can be rough
- Watersports leave from the marina, which is a short boat ride away.
Sandals Halcyon Beach
Distance from the International Airport: 75 minutes
Number of Rooms: 194
Number of Restaurants: 6
Unique Features of Sandals Halcyon Beach:
- Waterskiing on Site
- Overwater Restaurant for breakfast and dinner
- Longest “meandering” pool in the Caribbean
- Updated Club Sandals Lounge
- 25 new butler suites – consider the Jolie suite with a private pool
Things to Consider when Booking Sandals Halcyon Beach:
- The beach here is very small and can be rough.
- This is a small, intimate resort in lush garden surroundings.
- No elevators, so book a walkout if you can’t do stairs
How To Get to the Three Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a volcanic island, with the international airport in the far south, and the main resort area in the north. The ride to and from the north takes you through the mountains on some windy roads!
Because our flight home was cancelled and we had to stay an extra night, I got to do that ride to/from Rodney Bay three times – which I do NOT recommend. It was bad, but do-able, and in some ways is like an included island tour although there are alternatives to a shared shuttle:
You can book a private transfer. Sandals includes the airport shuttle (it was a shared van with about 10 people) OR if you are more comfortable, you can pay for a private transfer.
Take the helicopter ride. This is what we did on arrival. I can assist my Sandals guests with this. It was super easy and very fun. The helicopter takes you to the domestic airport, which is then about 20 minutes from Sandals Grande Lucian, and less to Sandals La Toc or Sandals Halcyon.
Take the ferry. This does not save you much time, but it takes you via water verses land. This also seems like a fun way to see the island from the water and snacks and drinks are included.
Fly Domestic. Depending on where you are coming from, you could connect in the Caribbean and fly into the domestic airport, which is at most 20 minutes away from the furthest Sandals St Lucia resort. This is also a great option if you are Sandals Island hopping from Grenada or St Vincent.
There are really no bad Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia. Die-hard fans of the brand will want to stay at all three, although everyone has their favorites! I loved my stay at the Grande. I would love to go back and stay at La Toc, especially up on the bluff. Plus the ride to La Toc is a little shorter. If you are looking to book a Sandals St. Lucia trip, or any all-inclusive vacation, be sure to reach out for all your travel planning needs!
What is your favorite Sandals Resort in St. Lucia? How do you think each resort stacks up?