The Landings St. Lucia
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice Place To Stay
"The Landings is a really nice place. Of course, they have only opened recently and therefore have minor teething problems. We were fairly disappointed with our first room. For one thing, the room had a musty smell and when I went to get into the plunge pool, there was a construction worker standing around. (this happened 3x) I called from front desk and they moved us up to the top floor so that we could get into our plunge pool in a little more privacy. This room was WONDERFUL!
We ordered groceries online prior to arrival which is such a convenience since the food @ TL is expensive and no other restaurants nearby. We did NOT like the restaurant at all. The portions are too small and very expensive and food just wasnt good. $40 for 3 fish nuggets and exactly 5 french fries is insane. The soft drinks are $4 plus and they dont have free refills. (The glasses are ultra small) So we only ate there once and cooked in our room the remainder, which I highly recommend! There is a nearby Grocery Store in Rodney Bay.
I recommend trying Cafe Claude and Chart House in Rodney Bay. Chart House has excellent steaks and Cafe Claude has wonderful chicken curry wraps.
Tim, Kelwin, Milo, Johanna, the turn-down lady were fantastic.
The Monday night cocktail party was much fun.
The Landings is not some place to go for ultra peace and quiet. There is construction going on which you can hear during the day hours and there are a lot of kids there which was a little annoying. Our room was directly above the pool, so forget about noontime siesta. If I had known I'd be surrounded by kids, I'd have taken my own with me. But it was bearable. You have to take a golf cart from the main entrance to your room and drive thru the construction, but we didnt mind it.
The beach is clean, shelly and a little small. Dont plan on doing any snorkeling at that beach. There isnt anything to see around there except seaweed and shells.
If you want to get professional pictures, I HIGHLY suggest Mikael Lamber[--]. They are wonderful!
Overall is was a wonderful experience and we will be going back very soon!"
- Travel date: Wed 30th of April 2008
Loved the Landings!
"We stayed at the Landings for 6 nights in March. We so enjoyed St. Lucia and The Landings, we hope to return next year!
The highlights of our trip:
We were lucky to have beautiful, mostly sunny weather - not too humid or hot. Our top floor condo overlooking the beach was gorgeous! The furnishings, linens, and appliances are all top of the line. The bed was very comfy. The balconies are oversized - the balcony on our 3 bdrm unit was at least 4 times the size of a normal hotel balcony. The balcony and beach are the perfect vantage points for watching the sunsets and taking in the panoramic view of Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island.
The hotel employees were so gracious, helpful and enthusiastic - they made us feel very welcome and comfortable.
We had a couples massage at the spa and it was excellent. My husband loved it so much, he booked a second massage.
The gym looked very nice, but we didn't get around to using it. :) The hotel hosts a weekly cocktail party for the guests. The appetizers were delicious and we enjoyed the live music. The hotel restaurant has a great location on the beach. We ate there a couple times. The food was hit (good fish) or miss (so-so pasta), and the menu was limited. It could use some improvement.
St. Lucia isn't known for its beaches, but the hotel beach was one of the best we saw on the island. The bay water is so clear and calm, perfect for floating on the hotel rafts.
Keep in mind there is still construction going on at the hotel. We couldn't hear it from our condo, balcony, or on the beach. You can see construction from the pool area, so we didn't hang out by the pool. We didn't mind the trade off - the rates are currently discounted for the construction and the hotel is one of the nicest on the island. I can't wait to see it once it's completed.
Our favorite meals were: The Edge - fabulous food in a casual, but charming setting on the water.
The Rainforest Hideaway - expensive but worth it. Delicious food and very romantic, overlooking Marigot Bay.
Jambe de Bois on Pigeon Island - great for lunch before/after climbing Pigeon Point - tasty curry and tropical drinks, rustic atmosphere, patio dining overlooking Rodney Bay. You can walk there or take a boat from the hotel.
KuDeTa - good Thai food in a nice setting.
Big Chef - very good steaks in an upscale atmosphere.
We did some sightseeing on the island. We rented a car one day, but driving on the left side along mtn roads wasn't that relaxing. I wish we'd hired a driver or done a boat/bus tour to the Pitons. We heard the zipline tour was fun, but we didn't fit that in. We were disappointed in our lunch at Ladera. The view was gorgeous, but the service was slow and unfriendly, and the food was expensive for what you get. It's worth stopping there for a drink in the bar to see the views, though.
We did a day trip to the Grenadine Islands, which we booked through the hotel. Wow! The beaches and water there are amazingly beautiful and we loved swimming with the sea turtles -we saw 6 of them. The plane we took was tiny and old - not for the faint of heart. The tour we took was through "Captain Yanni". I'd recommend checking to see if other companies offer the same tour. We weren't overly impressed with the boat crew or the food served on the boat, but it's a great way to see the Grenadines since they're not that easy to get to from the US."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of April 2008
Fantastic Time for Everyone
"A long overdue note to thank you again for the absolutely superb vacation that we and our family had at The Landings in February and March. We cannot say enough positive things about your resort and your team members. Who could have imagined that Flavia, Cheryl and Lebon would take the time (and personal expense) to so beautifully decorate little Samiâs bedroom to celebrate her 8th birthday! It is a memory she will cherish for her whole life. And Kevin, Julian, Francis and Milo aided and abetted by Michael in water sports taking Owen (age 5) under their wingânot only incredibly kind but incredibly helpful for us as it kept him so occupied! Imagine the pride he felt when he took his name badge to class and shared the stories of his âjobâ in water sports with his classmatesâdriving the boat to get gas, acting as spotter for water skiing family members... His teacher sent a note home saying that she was going to put The Landings at the top of her list for future vacations (not to mention pack herself in Owenâs suitcase for his)! Again, a lifetime memory even if he is only five!
When we werenât able to move to Smugglerâs Cove, your team worked with us to create a far superior all-inclusive experience. Chef Roland and Chef Pat delivered exquisite dinners to us catering separate menus for the children and the adults in our room so that the children could pursue their own activities after dinner. How they managed to get the food delivered to us hot and properly cooked was a constant amazement to us. And, of course, they sourced a birthday cake for Sami. They also helped me out by supplying wonderful trays of cold cuts, cheeses and salads to ease the burden of building lunch for 11 people. Oh, and who can forget the three incredible dinners that Chef prepared for us in the restaurant including designing unique menus featuring sometimes difficult-to-obtain local ingredients like spiny lobster. And Michael worked out a special price that enabled us to have unlimited access to water sports activities. Words canât express how we felt watching our two eldest grandchildren get up on water skis for the first time nor seeing the younger ones laughing their heads off on the banana boats. I canât leave the adults out of the picture either: our two daughters both got up on skis for the first time in something like 30 years and their husbands got up for the first time ever! Needless to say, memories of these activities and everything else abound.
Speaking of food (and drink) the wonderful people in the restaurant and at the bar also hold a special place in our hearts. They served the children all sorts of delightful concoctions and even let them âhelp outâ behind the bar when things werenât too busy. There are so many terrific people there that I fear I will miss naming someone important so Iâm not going to try, suffice to say that their smiling faces and enduring patience made our familyâs experience very special."
- Travel date: Sat 19th of April 2008
Mixed feelings about the Landings
"Just back from the landings and really have mixed feelings about the place. The rooms are fantastic. We were in 102 right on the beach. The view was fabulous. Walk right out the door to the beach. The furniture and appointment all top shelf. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the service a 9 despite one bumpy day. Gary the manager really responded to some initial issues.
This will be a fabulous place when it is finished, but at present the restaurant is not really up to par in selection or quality and the spa is really not prepared to service more than on person at a time. My wife and sister in--law could not get facials at the same time.
Obviously it was the time of the year, but we never expected to see so many children at this place. We are in our fifties and it seemed we were the oldest people there. If you want an adult atmosphere this is not the place to go. If you have a family it's great. There is a good selection of activities all very professionally run.
The optional helicopter ride from the Henorrwa airport is a must and the onsite car service is the only way to go.
The staff was just great. The best we have experience in the Carribean and better than most other places."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of April 2008
The Landings + St. Lucia
"In some small way, I'd like to give back to this community who has provided me with so much helpful information over the years. I promised that I would provide a trip report on St. Lucia and The Landings, so here we go.....
My family, which includes a 14-year-old and 9-year-old, just returned from a week-long stay at The Landings in northern St. Lucia near Rodney Bay, and it was fabulous! It opened in December, 2007 and about half of the construction is completed. They are working full-throttle on the remainder. We were in an ocean-front unit and the only implications of the construction were: 1) the need to call for a shuttle to the reception area/spa/exercise room, which was painless (water taxis are also an option); 2) the spa is only offering a partial list of services at this time; 3) the view from the pool is the staging area for the construction equipment, but we only used the pool once during our stay because the oceanfront is too perfect to waste.
We have stayed all over the world, and the three-bedroom, oceanfront, third floor (tallest building is four stories) unit that we had was definitely the nicest water vacation accomodation that we have ever had. It is by far the most modern and luxurious option that we are aware of on the island. We appreciated the details in the architecture and the abundant dimmable lighting, the brand new Miele appliances (including a washer and dryer), the European cabinetry, the huge veranda (with a table for eight) that wrapped around to seating areas on each side with french doors leading to the master bedroom and a guest room, the fittings in the bathrooms, the plasma televisions, the plentiful seating (dining room table for 8), the extremely comfortable beds, the high-end spa toiletries, the soft linens (including robes and slippers), the completely appointed kitchen, the wall of windows to the veranda that completely opened, and the french doors from the kitchen to another private veranda. It was a dream to open your eyes each morning to the sailboats and yachts that anchored offshore in the harbor. Housekeeping visited twice a day with turndown service in the evening.
We were given a $50/day credit per bedroom for dining + another $50/day credit per bedroom for the spa and water activities. We did water skiing, sailing lessons, banana boating, snorkeling, kayaking and just enjoyed floating on the wonderfully large foam floats from Frontgate that are free for the guests to use in the calm ocean waters. We also rented jet-skis from an independent operating that is next to the resort. The restaurant is on the ocean, and the waitstaff takes care of you all day while you relax under their umbrellas on the chaises at the ocean or the pool. There is soft live music in the afternoons. An "independent vendor", the Fruit Man, signals his daily arrival with his conch shell horn. We had fresh guava, sour/sweet sop (aka prickley pear), bananas, coconut, etc. every day. The Landing's water taxi took us to Pigeon Island for snorkeling and to Rodney Bay for dinner and shopping. All in all, we felt we got a fantastic deal with the price that we paid for the Family Fun package. Also, no one ever approached us to discuss buying or renting a unit.
The only drawbacks to St. Lucia were a lack of higher-end boutique shops, and the painfully slow service at every restaurant we tried (which probably says as much about our impatience as it does about their service!). There are impoverished areas, as there are on all of the other islands that we've visited. The island is on the cusp of some greater development with the redo of Castries Harbor and Rodney Bay. It is a sailor's dream.
The resort has contracted with a local driving/tour service that we highly recommend called Executive Club ([--] or www.executiveclubslu.com). Bruno and Christian were our drivers, tour guides, hosts and dinner companions, and they made our vacation complete. Last week there was an article in the local paper warning of kidnapping for ransom attempts that were spreading to St. Lucia from other islands. I mention this because it's easy to be lulled into a state of idyllic escapism, but unfortunately there is the need to be vigilant, and Bruno and Christian helped us in this regard. By the time we left, we had developed a slogan that "Bruno knows everyone and everything", and we encouraged him to run for Prime Minister or Director of Tourism for St. Lucia. I had tears in my eyes as I said goodbye to the staff at The Landings Restaurant and when I hugged Bruno goodbye at the airport. We fell in love the people of St. Lucia and everyone at the staff of the Landings wanted us to be happy. It was very hard to leave.
I hope this helps."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of March 2008
Not Quite Ready For Prime Time
"I have no doubt The Landings will be a 5-star resort in the future, but it will be a while. There is significant construction all over the property and it can be very loud at times. As of now, only stay in the beachfront buildings (100 and 200), as they get less of the noise. With all the construction, there is little beauty and lots of dust around the interior of the property.
The suites are extremely nice - well furnished and have all the amenities. One design flaw: On the beachfront buildings, only the ground floor rooms have direct access. The upper floors have stairs/elevators that lead to the parking lot and you have to walk all the way around the pool area to get to the beach.
The beach: Fine, but nothing special. A little below average for the Caribbean. All water sports carry a surcharge, a bit unusual for a resort of this caliber.
The pool: Nothing special. With the construction, your view is across one of the canals to a construction site full of ship containers and rusted bulk-heading. A little more Bayonne than Barbados!
The restaurant: Fine, but a fairly limited menu (there's only one open now) and sky high prices (go to Rodney Bay to eat). And you have the same lovely view as the pool.
Staff: Very capable and accommodating. The strength of the facility. Some (like the Concierge) are new and need experience.
Island: Outstanding and beautiful, lots to do and see. people are generally friendly, although they will have their hands out.
Be sure and rent a car. You will need it to get around, eat and see the island."
- Travel date: Sat 1st of March 2008
Paradise is very nice
"The Landings was beautiful; palatial buildings, gorgeous, soft, sandy beach, incredible vistas of Pigeon Island and a deep blue ocean peppered with sailboats- as stunning and charming as you could imagine it to be. The staff there were so friendly and warm. Everyone was very helpful and made me feel right at home. The suites were spectacular- very tastefully decorated, every convenience of home with an abundance of luxuries (private hot tub, state-of-the-art appliances, magnificent terrace, etc.).
The island itself has so much to do and see. The land is so beautiful, lush and green, juxtaposed against the aquamarine water- it's really breathtaking. Snorkling and sailing at Marigot Bay, freshwater springs, the famous Pitons and the walk-in volcanoes at Sulphur Springs are all must-sees/dos. There's so much life and vibrancy in Rodney Bay- the nightlife was great! I highly recommend this trip and The Landings!"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of February 2008
The Landings is Outstanding
"We had the pleasure of staying at the newly opened The Landings over the Christmas holiday. As frequent travelers to the Carribean, this was our first trip to St. Lucia... and what a treat for us. St. Lucia's mountainous, lush, and unspoiled beauty is becoming harder to find in the Carribean, and The Landings complements these natural characteristics beautifully.
Situated on the Northwest tip of the Island, the view from the beach included Pigeon Island in the distance on one side, and the Rodney Bay marina on the other.
We rented a two-bedroom unit that was impeccably appointed--sleek European appliances, luxurious linens and a patio situated off of the resort's private marina.
The spectacular views were only usurped by the incredible friendliness and kindness of The Landing's staff. With phases still under construction, the staff went out of their way to ensure our needs were met, despite having a fully completed property. They found a way to buy us groceries on a day when the stores were closed; they helped to arrange to have our 10-year old's hair braided so that she could go back to New England with beads in her hair, and they were genuine in the concern they showed for us.
Lastly, we were at the resort when many owners were there on holiday. They could not have been more welcoming, and down-to-earth, and made guests feel like they were visiting someone's home.
Despite the short-term inconveniences of active construction, we'd highly recommend The Landings for Carribean travelers who want a luxurious, unspoiled setting, with services delivered in a sincere and unpretntious manner."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of February 2008
"The Landings has to be one of the nicest places I've ever stayed at. Everything was brand new which was great. We had our own private hot tub on our enormous balcony and our rooms were really spacious and comfortable and beautifully decorated. The beach is very exclusive with a great view of Pigeon island which you can hike up if you're feeling adventurous. We would watch the sunset from the beach every night. There was also complimentary water skiing and wake boarding. They offer day trips where you can tour the entire island by boat. We saw the Pitons, a volcano, swam in freshwater springs and played under a waterfall. I would definitely go back to the Landings, it was like a week in paradise."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of February 2008
The Landings at Rodney Bay
"Our family was taking winter holidays in the Caribbean for 30 years. The christmas 2007 and the new years was our choice since St. Lucia is one of the most interesting islands in the chain. Rodney Bay is a 3.5 mile beach and it is one of the best beaches for swimming. We chose to stay at the Landings as it is a brand new development with low-rise buildings surrounding a newly created lagoon which in the future will be a yacht harbour. The architecture is pleasing and subtle.
The first two phases were completed including the main pavillion.
The management of the Rock Resorts operating this resort informed us that there is construction in progress and there were no surprises. The staff gave us a warm welcome and everything was well organized for our arrival.
Our apartment was a large three bedroom suite with a beautiful view of Rodney Bay, Pigeon Island and from the main balcony, Martinique. We could not believe the high-end furniture and finishes. For the six of us, we had all the comfort you can imagine.
We had to make a few requests to the concierge, but these were all handled quickly and professionally by the polite staff.
The apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen and a drive-in fridge/freezer and laundry room. There is a very long balcony with a plunge pool and outdoor dining table.
Our family had several dinners in the beach restaurant, my lamb was to die for - compliments to the chef.
Drinks and food are quite pricey but are excellent and this is to be expected in a 5-star resort.
We took full advantage of the pool and the water sports such as sailing, kayaking and water skiing.
Our family liked the resort so much that we booked the flight and reservation to the Landings for April 2008."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of January 2008