If you adhere to me more than on Instagram, you almost certainly got sick of my endless Saint Lucia updates that began at the starting of the year and haven’t stopped considering the fact that (mainly because I’m now back in the freezing UK and throwback pics are all I have appropriate now). I was there for a fortnight with my fiancé and his loved ones, and we stayed at the Royalton, an all-inclusive resort in the north of the island. Our vacation was booked by means of TUI, our go-to travel agent for relaxation holidays. I’ll create a post quickly about almost everything we did on the Caribbean island, but I believed I’d share a assessment of Royalton Saint Lucia 1st considering the fact that I had a lot of queries about the hotel resort.
Hopefully this will be helpful to any one preparing a pay a visit to to Saint Lucia who is seeking for a luxury hotel and to fortunate men and women who have currently booked. Even if you are not going to Saint Lucia any time quickly, it is good to have a nosey at a fancy resort, is not it?!
My assessment of the Royalton Hotel in Saint Lucia
There’s a complete Royalton Saint Lucia assessment beneath but please also verify out my post on the very best points to do in Saint Lucia if you are preparing a trip!
Just after a slightly car or truck-sick inducing transfer from the airport, we arrived at the hotel just following nightfall and have been straight away upgraded to Hideaway, which is the additional exclusive side of the hotel – I’ll go into detail about that later. I must point out that this was pure luck and nothing at all to do with my becoming a travel blogger, so I’ve got no affiliation with the Royalton at all.
Our 1st impression of the resort was pure awe and had I not been shattered following the extended flight from London, I may possibly have been in a position to express how excited I was. I walked by means of the vast lobby, with its sophisticated decor and higher arched ceiling, in a comprehensive daze, unable to think this was household for the subsequent two weeks.
Our bags have been taken from us at the airport and they arrived in our rooms shortly following we did, which produced me really feel incredibly pampered. I’ve in no way not had to drag my personal bag to my area just before!
One particular point I definitely liked about the Royalton straight away was that your all-inclusive band, which is essentially additional like a bracelet, doubles as your area crucial. It produced such a good transform to in no way have to scramble for the crucial in my beach bag or recall to bring it everywhere!
We stayed in block 4 on the third floor, but I do not definitely assume it matters which area you get at this hotel mainly because all of the rooms at the Royalton have a complete sea view.
The area was one particular of the very best I’ve stayed in, possibly only on par with the RIU in Sri Lanka, which was brand new when we stayed. The Royalton rooms are huge, incredibly modern day and the pillows are super comfy. All of the info you will need about the hotel, such as the area service ordering program, is on the huge Television.
The mini fridge is continually replenished with beer, water and soft drinks, as have been the coffee machine pods.
The bath (with jets!) is the focal point of the area, but there is also a huge stroll-in shower with no much less than 3 shower heads (two are rain showers), plus a double sink. We had bathrobes, which we donned for sundowners on the balcony some nights.
The complete spot was spotless and the maid visited twice a day: after in the morning and after for turn-down service in the evening. Ladies (and suave gents), the hairdryer is excellent. Like, it essentially dries your hair swiftly. Other hotels, take note.
You can upgrade from a Junior Luxury Suite to a Swim-Out area, which I assume are very best suited to older couples or young households who favor their personal space.
Hotel grounds and amenities
The Royalton’s hotel grounds are meticulously cared for – the gardeners and caretakers do an exceptional job. The resort is essentially fairly compact and does not take at all extended to stroll about, but there are lots of pools – I assume I counted six – in the principal aspect of the hotel.
There’s a huge kids’ pool with an adjacent play region, a pleasing distance away from the principal pools. I’d say the pool is additional for larger little ones – we have been a huge celebration with a infant in tow (approx 18 months) and the pool was a bit huge for him. There weren’t several little ones at the hotel through our keep, but the ones we saw have been all incredibly properly behaved.
The Diamond section (exactly where guests get their personal butler) is situated off to the left, and the Hideaway Pool and beach region are on the appropriate. That pool was almost certainly my favourite mainly because it is considerably additional chilled, and who does not dream of floating in an infinity pool at sunset, cocktail in hand?
I figure it is okay to post pics of Tom now and then, considering the fact that we’re engaged. Right here he is!
Most of the pools have swim-up bars but there are also lots of bars dotted about the resort.
We have been pleased to uncover that the cocktail lists are decent and produced with major-shelf spirits. The ginger and rosemary martini was my favourite!
The Royalton has carried out away with plastic straws but we have been only provided paper straws a handful of occasions, so I suggest packing a metal straw. Trust me, there’s nothing at all entertaining about having hit complete in the face with an iced drink just about every time you attempt to take a sip!
There are lots of loungers and parasols to go round, but I would often be on the hunt for a canopy, purely for the photo opps! Can not take me anywhere…
You can employ a cabana for about $85, which has its personal small heated pool and a Television.
The Royalton Saint Lucia Beach
The hotel has a compact private beach in Smugglers’ Cove with soft white sand and clear water. Just after stormy climate, swimming in the sea is not permitted mainly because jellyfish come in. The water was quite choppy for a handful of days through our keep and I study this is mainly because the hotel is positioned in the region exactly where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic. Now we know.
Fortunately, the water was calm the day we did a boat trip, which we booked with a guy on the beach. It was the Finest day! I’ll create about it in a future post.
Meals and drink
The Royalton resort is 24 hours all-inclusive, even for area service. I took complete benefit, certainly.
There are seven restaurants. For breakfast, there’s the buffet (Brits, it is American bacon. You have been warned), or Hideaway guests can use the Dorado restaurant if they’d like to be served their meals – but I do not suggest it due to extended waiting occasions.
The buffet restaurant has the very best lunchtime providing I’ve noticed at a hotel. There are reside cooking stations for pasta, teppanyaki, meats and fish and even a sushi or poke bowl station. You can also go to the Italian or order meals at the sports bar through the day.
For casual light bites through the day, there’s a jerk chicken and burger van close to the little ones pool and a separate grill in the Hideaway section with burgers, nachos and so on.
Since we have been at the hotel on New Years Eve, we skilled a spectacular gala dinner in the principal lobby. I believed I’d in no way see a buffet as extravagant as the ones I frequented on Dubai’s brunch scene, but the Royalton lived up to the sandpit!
The rest of the specialty restaurants (all-inclusive) have been: the Tex-Mex, Hunters Steak Property, a committed Teppanyaki restaurant which I hugely suggest if you are in a group and want an entertaining meal, and a Creole restaurant. We in no way had a negative meal and unquestionably didn’t get bored thanks to the multitude of possibilities. There definitely is anything for every person, and there’s no limit to how generally you consume in any of the restaurants. If you want to consume steak just about every evening, nobody’s stopping you (okay, I stopped Tom).
Entertainment and activities
Everton, the fitness trainer, is a credit to the hotel. I did morning or sunset yoga with him on the beach a handful of occasions, and also saw him major additional eager exercisers in boot-camp style classes with all the right torture gear. I heard the fitness center exceeded people’s expectations as well – but I didn’t darken its doors.
On my final day, there was a pool yoga session to assistance every person stretch out just before the flight household, and there was aqua-arobics most days. I’ve in no way been so involved in the activities at a resort just before!
I noticed a handful of additional uncommon activities like sushi producing workshops taking place through our vacation, but didn’t sample something like that myself.
The beach had a volleyball court and a booth exactly where you could employ jet skis, as properly as a handful of other watersports.
The Vibe group kept the little ones pleased and their dance competitions entertained every person about the pools, but the group weren’t pushy or as well in your face, which was good. I’ve stayed at hotels exactly where they hound you to join in and that is just not what I will need the morning following an all-inclusive boozing session!
Nighttime entertainment was of a larger regular than most all-inclusive resorts I’d stayed at as well, with the usual Michael Jackson tributes and dance shows.
The only damaging point I could say about the Royalton Saint Lucia was that the service definitely wasn’t 5 star. With the exception of a handful of employees members, most of whom worked in the Hideaway, we discovered the employees fairly uninterested in the guests. I wondered irrespective of whether perhaps that was mainly because it was a slightly additional upscale resort than we have been utilised to, so the employees may possibly have been educated not to get as well individual with guests. That theory may possibly be way off although!
I couldn’t assistance but examine the service to the welcome we skilled at the RIU in Ocho Rios Jamaica, which was considerably additional friendly.
If you keep at the Royalton in Saint Lucia, you have to be ready to adjust to Caribbean time. Service was incredibly slow through our keep, particularly at the bars (except Hideaway bars). It was especially negative in the Italian restaurant at lunchtime and Dorado, the Hideaway’s seafood and grill spot, at breakfast time. We waited about 45 minutes for a smoothie (one particular didn’t make it to the table) and even longer for breakfast to seem – additional than after.
The slow service didn’t influence how considerably we enjoyed ourselves at all mainly because it is not like we had anyplace to be, but if you are the type of individual who gets frustrated about slow service, it is anything to note. We didn’t really feel like there was considerably point in complaining mainly because we have been on vacation and didn’t really feel the will need, but also mainly because it was a resort-wide challenge and not anything that was going to be fixed through our keep.
Is the Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia worth it?
Upgrading to Hideaway offers you access to an exclusive aspect of the hotel and beach. We have been in a position to use 3 distinctive bars: the beach bar exactly where Bryan kept us topped up through the day, Aquarius exactly where the nightly shot contests and vibe have been the trigger of a fair handful of hangovers, and the pool bar at the Hideaway infinity pool. There’s also a huge hot tub/jacuzzi pool that is heated in the Hideaway region, but there’s one particular of these in the principal hotel pool region as well.
With Hideaway you can order or graze at the grill on the beach and sit in the slightly quieter beach region.
If you want an adults-only space and improved service, plus the choice to dine at the Dorado Seafood and Grill restaurant (which I hugely suggest for dinner, but not breakfast), Hideaway is almost certainly worth the upgrade. But preserve in thoughts that the rooms are specifically the exact same as the rest of the hotel!
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We had a great vacation at the Royalton in Saint Lucia and I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest the resort to any one preparing a Caribbean vacation. If you are in the preparing course of action, I’ll have a new weblog post about almost everything we did in Saint Lucia published quickly, so preserve an eye out for that. You can adhere to me on Instagram for additional photos of the hotel, and I’m also on Twitter and Facebook. If you’d like to preserve up to date with new weblog posts, sign up to my e-mail list!
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