12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We chose this as a relaxing, romantic de...
"We chose this as a relaxing, romantic destination for our honeymoon. The clientele were 80% honeymooners with the other small percentage being couples aged 35 - 65. Food was absolutely wonderful, mainly French in the evenings - 4 courses - with unlimited wine - Fab! Lunch was more carribbean with BBQ'd meats and fish cooked to order on the huge sea - side grill. Entertainment was very low - key, usually piano with one evening of traditional music, which was great. The resort is just along the coast from The Windjammer, which appeared to be much more entertainment centred. The accomodation are all individual 1 room villas with lovely sunken shower rooms and private porches. The resort has one pool and a private beach, which is exceptionally clean and beautiful. The staff are extraordinarily polite, unintrusive and professional. We enjoyed every minute of our holiday as we were looking for somewhere relaxing, romantic and luxurious. The only very minor down points were that the resort is quite isolated so going for a wander elsewhere without getting a taxi is fairly pointless. Also the entertainment was very, very low - key and once or twice we looked longingly over at the lively Windjammer resort. All in all East Winds is a wonderful place and St. Lucia is a stunningly beautiful island!!! "
- Travel date: 6th June 2008
A little bit of paradise
"We've just returned from a week spent in the little bit of paradise called East Winds Inn. The hotel exceeded the highest expectations we'd developed from its website and we loved it from the moment we arrived. The quality of the hospitality we received began with the champagne in the clubhouse, the dinner in the restaurant, and the the jazz accompaniment which mellowed the lapping of the waves. Above all it was shown in the warmth, friendliness and attentiveness of all the staff. George and Marilyn Reti are obviously passionate about maintaining and enhacing the hotel's beguiling qualities, and we were very touched by the interest they showed in us and all their guests. If you're looking for noisy razzmatazz go elsewhere, but if you value sophisticated simplicity and relaxed refinement then East Winds will be hard to beat. We can't imagine that there could have been a better place to celebrate our Silver Wedding anniversary."
- Travel date: 21st February 2007
The 3 Canadians and a Brit!
"I went to St. Lucia with my sister from London England and two sister-in-laws from Toronto. A hot holiday was in order and we all met in Toronto and flew to St. Lucia for some R & R. We had a great time and Gareth was more than willing to help us plan excursions and provide a very able driver when needed. We are returning again the end of Jan. for another "girls" week and look forward to seeing the changes the new proprietors have made. We would have liked to have seen a variety of age groups staying at East Winds. We were the only people that used the kayaks and paddle boats while there (which was good for us). We all agreed that it would have been nice if there was a facility on site for yoga classes and a basic spa for a little pampering. The staff were all gracious and very accommodating and we enjoyed the food and lunches in the outside huts. A coffee maker at the room with real coffee not instant would be nice. The decks off the rooms are a lovely place to sit in the early morning before breakfast over a cup of tea or coffee. We all look forward to returning and seeing more of St. Lucia and the friendly and capable staff at East Winds."
- Travel date: 7th January 2007
"My wife and I have jusr returned from East Winds Inn and we could only agree with all the glowing reports that have previously been posted. Rooms (we chose a deluxe one WITH air conditioning which they are starting to gradually install) food, drink and staff are all above reproach. Great beach with basic equipment (snorkelling,kayaks,pedalos) and a very good fresh water pool - with self serve swim up bar! I would find it hard to find another all inclusive hotel that has tremendous a la carte food (different menu every day) and all premium brand drinks - including champagne - included in the price. So if you want relaxation, fabulous food and drink all served up by the friendliest and most accomodating staff then you MUST try the East Winds Inn."
- Travel date: 29th November 2006
Everyone should visit Eastwinds. It's a little piece of heaven!
"My husband and I have just returned from a stay at Eastwinds where we wanted to chill out in beautiful surroundings. After being there for just a day we felt very relaxed. If you want to swim, sunbathe, enjoy fine food and relax then Eastwinds is for you. Staying at East winds is rather like staying at your own private club. There is no rushing to get a sunbed or having to queue at the bar and I even had the pool to myself. We never got board with the menu as it is changed daily and is lovely. Breakfast,lunch,afternoon tea and dinner are included and all drinks including champagne at the Managers cocktail party. The sunset bar is a chance to enjoy a cocktail or two while watching the sun go down with good company. We stayed in a deluxe bungalow which was spacious,had a very large and exceptionally comfortable bed and wonderful semi open air shower. We had a wide covered terrace with a well stocked fridge. All the cottages are scattered in amongst the beautiful gardens of the resort which are well maintained. The staff are so genuinelly friendly and and most have been there for many years along with the guests who seem to be on there 4th,10th or 20th visit. We took a walk along the beach to Windjammer but soon made a hasty retreat back to our little bit of paradise as it was far too busy and noisy. I cannot fault Eastwinds in anyway,with my job I have been priveliged to travel all over the world and stay in many fine hotels and I always say I will never return to a place as there are so many more places to visit but I will certainly return to Eastwinds and everyone should add it to their list of places to visit ! It really is a little gem!"
- Travel date: 12th November 2006
Laid back luxury
"Date Sept. 06 Reviewer : Trip Advisor Member - North East UK My wife and I stayed at the East Winds Inn middle of September and I took time to reflect before writing a review. The previous reviews on Trip Advisor were very helpful and mostly spot on. Unfortunately our flight arrived late and we had to endure the long ride from the airport in the dark which was quite hairy at times. It was difficult to make an impression on arrival (as it was dark) apart from the bumpy road into the resort but we were just glad to get to our room after a long and tiring journey. We had booked one of the Oceanview rooms in the Cottage and was I glad. These rooms have AC which more than made up for the fact that they are smaller than the others. As we arrived late and had missed dinner they had laid out a tray of sandwiches, fruit & cake in our room which was a nice touch & most appreciated. After a good nights sleep in the very comfortable bed we had breakfast in the restaurant which is right on the beach and took in the marvellous location. As it was low season there were not many guests but all were British and a lot had been before. To say the staff are friendly is an understatement as they could not have been more helpful. We were lucky that our first night was the Managers Cocktail Party where we met Gareth the general manager and Raymond the food & beverages manager who both made us very welcome and continued to do so throughout the week. We tried to make sure that we were sitting in the Card Room (which is part of the Cottage) to watch the sunset each evening which was just like a postcard from paradise. The food is of the highest standard accompanied by excellent wines and the several BBQ,s were first class. We went shopping in Castries which was interesting due to the local characters who were trying to be helpful (at a price) and booked the same driver to take us to Pigeon Island and for a tour of the island (well worth doing). Here a special mention for Chris our driver, great guy and very helpful. The rest of the time we lounged on the beach, in the sea and just generally kicked back. As others have said, if you want to party till dawn then this is not for you but if you want to relax in beautiful surroundings, eat the finest cuisine and drink the best wines & spirits then book up now. We hope to return next year and renew our friendships with all the staff who made it a truly memorable experience."
- Travel date: 13th October 2006
"After looking on the trip advisor web site we changed the hotel we had booked to the east winds inn. All the reviews were very good and true,you do wonder sometimes! The staff were excellent,could'nt be more friendlier, very keen to please. Food breakfast usual cooked, crossants, fruit, cereal,yogurts etc lunch bar-be-cues variety cooked food salads etc Dinner 4 course meal 3 choices for main 1 fish 1 veggie 1 meat, great for adults and older children, maybe a bit too gourmet for the younger ones, but im sure the staff would be happy to cook them something else. Beach, nice and quite looking at some of the other ones around its hard to beat ,lots of wooden canopys to shade from the sun. Pool has its own self serve bar . Journey from airport not nice as taxi driver drove very fast over took on bends etc. so we booked the helicopter back to airport well worth doing for the good camera pictures and quicker too. overall a fantastic holiday would go back."
- Travel date: 19th August 2006
"We went to East Winds Inn on our honeymoon in June 06 and had a fantastic time. The staff and manager are so friendly and can't do enough for you. Nothing is too much trouble. The food is fantastic - buffet at breakfast and lunch and waiter service for the evening meal. There is a wide choice of wine to have with your evening meal from all over the world. Also champagne is served every night. I have never been to any other hotel where you can help yourself to drinks behind the bar! The hotel is very small and all of the other guests are very friendly and welcoming. Even though most people had been there before and knew each other, we didn't feel excluded. We have never experienced this at any other hotel that we've visited before. If you want somewhere lively with a disco and lots of entertainment then East Winds is NOT for you. However, if you want to get away from it all and relax then it is the perfect place. The only entertainment is local musicians which we really enjoyed. The rooms are lovely and are small bungalows set in beatiful gardens. We had flowers and champagne waiting for us when we arrived as we were honeymooners. The free mini bar on our patio was restocked every day. We were told that the week before we arrived the hotel had changed hands. Apparently they are considering installing air conditioning which would make the rooms much more comfortable. We just hope that they don't make any other changes! The island itself is amazing. We went on a few trips and to the local towns by taxi. We recommend the helicopter trip over the island. It is expensive but is the best way to see the rainforest and pitons. The only bad thing was the mosquitos. You need to take lots of extra strength repellant! We did go at the start of the rainy season though so probably earlier in the year they aren't as bad. We booked through Virgin and were happy with their service. The rep Elizabeth was very good and had so much knowledge about the island. We would recommend East Winds and would love to go back there one day."
- Travel date: 5th July 2006
"Travelled with my wife here recently largely on strength of positive comments found on Trip Advisor website, and have to say that this place was excellent indeed. The positive and friendly attitude of all staff at the resort was inspiring when placed against that I've encountered in most places in the world and particularly the UK! The whole attitude was geared towards you having the best possible time so that you would want to come back. The fact that so many people seem to tells you all that you need to know. If I wasn't almost allergic to going to the same place twice, I'd be tempted to join them. Food was excellent, though you could overeat quite easily. Advice would be to fuel up at breakfast and try to save yourself for evening meal as lunch was probably the meal i was least bothered about on the whole - though BBQs were fun. The fresh fruit and pancakes at breakfast were good. Drink was available either on request or from a variety of self service bars at different times of the day, and premium brands were welcome. Swimming pool and beach areas were well kept and relaxing. We did some excursions but preferred to go with local cabs as opposed to big tour groups. West coast down to Soufriere taking in the Pitons is a must really. We also went to Des Cartiers Rainvforest trail and the East coast one day which was different. Pigeon island, just up the road from the hotel, is worth 2-3 hours too. I tried hard to find fault here but struggled. Our shower wasn't very warm, but given minimum temperatures of 26C I didn't mind overmuch. It was very noisy at night with the wildlife (crickets, frogs) and the birds in the morning, but again what do you expect if you stay in a place set in 8 acres of grounds... Earplugs came into play for first couple of nights but after that weren't needed. In short, had one of the best week holidays in my 35 years on the planet. As long as you are up for conplete relaxation, with not that much to do on site, Eastwinds inn is ideal."
- Travel date: 29th May 2006
Let's hope it doesn't change ....
"East Winds is indeed a little gem and hopefully the transfer of ownership from the Olivares family to a Canadian consortium will not spoil this very special place. The charm of East Winds stems from the family atmosphere, the wonderful staff and the excellent cuisine. When you arrive in this special place you instantly feel at home and the charm doesn't seem to wear off. Change is inevitable but the old saying still stands true - "if it aint broke don't fix it". If you book a holiday to Eastwinds on past experience you will not be diasappointed."
- Travel date: 18th May 2006
"This was our first time to St. Lucia and to East Winds Inn, it fit all of our expectations and much more!!! The setting is romantic and very sucluded. East Winds is peaceful, intimate, and absolutely stunning!! Anyone wanting tranquility and romance or just to get away from it all East Winds is for you. The premises on the resort are beautiful and unique. Sunsets amazing!! The food, wine, accomodation and service were outstanding, and most definitely first class!! I can now I can understand why everyone keeps returning year after year. It is the best kept sercret of the carribean. Can't wait to return."
- Travel date: 15th May 2006
I'll get back here one day. Stunning win...
"I'll get back here one day. Stunning wine list, beautiful barbequed whole lobster in the open water-side restaurant, fresh fish served every day. The hotel is peaceful, understated and has beautifully kept grounds and beach. Well kept pool, clean rooms, friendly staff. This was good. You will need to entertain yourself but if you want a thoroughly relaxing, quality hotel with fantastic food - this is it."
- Travel date: 8th March 2006
East Winds is also called
- East Winds Inn Hotel
- east winds hotel
- east winds resort all inclusive