Royalton Saint Lucia
The Royalton made us feel like Royals. For our delayed Honeymoon we travelled to the northern tip of Caribbean Island St. Lucia to lounge and relax at the brand new Royalton resort in Gros Islet. Technically after getting married, we first travelled to Iceland as newlyweds. However as you may have learned from our Iceland blog, that trip was more of an adventurous exploration of the wilderness.
The Royalton St. Lucia is a 1.5 hour drive from the international airport in Vieux Fort. There is a faster option to fly via Helicopter that can be arranged by the resort, at a steep US price. While we know the aerial views would have been stunning, we elected to soak in St. Lucia from the grounds rolling hills and rain forests driving through the capital city Castries and a quick stop in the Soufriere region.
Upon arrival to the resort we were greeted by an exciting Steel Pan band in the grand elevated lobby with a beautiful ocean view. The ample friendly and well spoken staff moved us through a very fast check in process, spending more time touring us around the strategic property layout on the way to our upgraded suite (I can’t help but wonder if the ample staff are part of a welcoming committee, or because the resort was just quiet in general).
In place of traditional key cards (that we always end up losing) the Royalton provided us with a tasteful string bracelet to wear that acted as a magnetic key card. Relaxing music played throughout the property from Bose in ground speakers that blended into the manicured landscaping. These speakers would later play more vibrant music in the evenings, somehow always at the correct decibel for optimal relaxation. We couldn’t help but notice that the branding was subtle, with no in your face logos or signs that reminded us what resort we selected. Instead of massive signage, the Royalton reconfirmed their brand another way, by providing excellent service. From the staff in the restaurants to the night security guards, everyone was extremely pleasant always saying hello. Any meal substitutes, drink requests, or room issues were handled without question. While no one knew it was our Honeymoon, the front desk still would call every few days to see if there was anything we wanted or that was not being taken care of. For special occasions, the Royalton does offer spa and room packages.
The resort also has 2 different upgraded properties. The Hideaway and Diamond Club are available at a premium, each with their own pool and building exclusive to its guests for more privacy.
But let’s get to it already… Here is the breakdown of our impressions and experiences!
Rooms and Accommodations
How important is a room on a resort? In the past, rooms were simply a place to shower, change then later crash from partying all day. The Royalton does it differently, our room was an even more private oasis, after already being in one of the most pleasant places on earth, St. Lucia.
Our large and spacious room was more like a tasteful condo. The bedroom was equipped with a King dream bed, USB charging stations, 2 telephones, a fully stocked mini fridge and our own Smart TV. No need for a Wifi code to get online in your room, the entire property has continuous wifi, even on the beach! Our bathroom had a shower with 2 rain heads and a bench seat, his and her sinks and a jacuzzi. Our living area could have doubled as a guest room, with a retractable dividing wall, sofa bed and its own Smart TV capable of ordering room service. Our closet had sensor lights, a safe, luxury robes, ironing board and even an umbrella for the short spurts of Caribbean rain. The rooms has a master switch by the entrance and bedside incase your too relaxed to get up and turn the lights off at bedtime. Lastly the large balcony is equipped with a comfortable patio set and drying bars for your bathing suits. Ground level suites are available with walk out pools.
Beach and Pools
Outside of the Diamond Club and Hideaway, there are 3 pools. The quiet pool (pictured above) with 3 levels and a swim up bar located in the centre of the property, a pirate themed children’s pool with a playground, and lastly the entertainment or loud pool also with swim up bar located close to the beach where music and games were played. Cabanas and bali beds surround the quiet pool, while only beach chairs surround the loud pool. Strategically the loudest pool is on the beach furthest from the guest rooms.
The beach was small and intimate dotted with beach chairs, umbrellas and a handful of bali beds. Also on the beach were a number of free/paid water sport rental options. Diamond Club and Hideaway guests have their own reserved beach areas each also with their own pool. We found ourselves going back and forth between the quiet and loud pools depending on our mood. They both had their own unique qualities, so much so that most of the Hideaway and Diamond Club guests were at the general pools.
Food and Beverages
In our previous all inclusive resort experiences food was basic, edible but nothing exciting. At the Royalton, we found each meal very enjoyable. From the quality of the food to the variety, everything was amazing. We loved that there was thoughtful buffet options including: sushi, vegan foods, a salad bar, omelette stations, a kids section, a local section, a smoothie bar (for breakfast) and of course a dessert corner.
We were pleased to see that they had so many health conscious options including soy and almond milks, coconut yogurts, vegan and vegetarian friendly options!
Another interesting concept, the Royalton takes no reservations and offers unlimited a la carte options. There are 7 restaurants options total. Zen, Armadillo, Calypso, Grazie Italian Trattoria, and Hunters Steakhouse, Chefs Table (at an additional cost), Seafood and Grille (Hideaway guests only) and the Gourmet Marche (Buffet). Our favourite was definitely the Calypso Restaurant (West Indies cuisine).
The Royalton has a couple bars strategically located across the resort, we loved the Martini Mix as it was situated perfectly to enjoy the evenings programming and they had some really great drinks (we recommend trying the mango mojito). The Martini Mix seemed to be the place most people met at night. The sports bar in the lobby also doubled as the disco some nights.
Entertainment and Evening Activities
The Royalton has a small entertainment team that runs games/activities during the day, including trivia, tie dye t-shirts, etc. Also there is a ping pong table outdoors near the louder pool, a billiards table at the sports bar, a kids game centre, a gym (excellent for a resort gym) with a separate yoga room, and a spa that looked great but was expensive.
They also have a non motorized water sports such as paddle boats, stand up paddle boats, kayaks etc that you can take out in the ocean (beware of the strong currents though).
During the evening they had some fun activities that we participated in. We really enjoyed the beach and pool parties. The set ups were beautiful resembling a beach wedding, and with some great entertainment including saxophone players, steel pan, and live cover bands.
The resort also provided transfers to the Local Friday Night Street Party ($15 pp). We highly recommend checking this party out for a more local experience of food, music and dancing.
Tips on how to Best Enjoy the Royalton
- They have pool Cabanas available for rent, we would recommend these if you are a group of 4. They have a small infinity pool, food and beverage service, a TV, and lounge chairs.
- You can do take out pizza from the Italian restaurant during lunch – a great option if you want to eat by the pool/beach or in your room!
- If you want a Bali bed, we would suggest locking one down earlier in the morning as there are a limited number of them at each pool/beach.
- You have to pay extra for premium drinks such as sake at the Japanese restaurant or Redbull for example.
- Order room service (free) to your room at least once
Want to get off of the property and explore? Check our ‘Things to do in St. Lucia’ blog for all of the best activities and excursions in Saint Lucia.
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