Over the last 20 years, my career in the travel and tourism industry has afforded me some awesome experiences that I otherwise would not have had. My most recent trip was to the beautiful island of Saint Lucia (my first visit to the destination) where I spent four days at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort (my company recently began working with the resort).
My colleague and I were greeted with cool towels, warm welcomes and island-inspired cocktails. Walking into my room – a Hibiscus Suite – the everyday hustle and bustle I left back in New York melted away as I took in the breathtaking view of the turquoise waters outside my room (which, by the way, also featured a private Jacuzzi on my balcony).
I can’t say enough good things about my room. Perfect view. Comfy, huge bed. Easy-to-control air conditioning. Two televisions (though I never even turned one on). More than enough closet space (and hangers!). Huge bathroom. Bathrobes and complimentary toiletries (the good stuff!). Kitchen (ha-ha – I don’t even cook at home…but a great feature for families). Daily housekeeping.
We arrived on a Tuesday which was perfect as we were able to enjoy the resort’s weekly “Caribbean Night” featuring exciting entertainment including “fire eating” performances (OMG!) and limbo dancing.
There are five on-property restaurants – each offering a different menu and flare – including Dragonfly, Papa Don’s, Embers, Upper Deck and Jammers. Admittedly, I am an incredibly picky eater – I don’t like seafood (WHAT?!) and will not try new things. That said, I did not have any problems choosing fabulous menu items at each restaurant. My personal favorite? It’s a toss up between filet mignon at Upper Deck or the amazing pizza at Papa Don’s (and this coming from a pizza snob from New York….yeah, it was that good).
After dinner each evening, Jammer’s Beach Bar was the “hot spot” for music and cocktails. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I. Do. Not. Dance. Apparently in Saint Lucia, however, I am a dancing machine (I think my co-worker has video footage!) as me and fellow guests were singing along to familiar “classics” (sing it with me: “Sweet Caroline, BA BA BA!”) and local favorites.
Because this was a work trip, most of our time was occupied with meetings, but we did have some free time to enjoy the beach (and “chillax” in a water hammock), taste the local beer (yum!), go on a banana boat ride (so fun!), drink out of a coconut, and be treated to a too-good-to-be-true massage at the resort’s brand new spa. I have to give a huge shout out to my message therapist – Gale – who gave me a glorious 80 minute “signature massage” that included a hand wash and foot-bath ritual as well as a treatment that included warmed bamboo, polished stones and a 16-point acupressure facial massage. Best. 80. Minutes. EVER.
I did not go swimming or go to the gym on this trip, BUT guests can enjoy pool time (there are SIX pools on-property!) as well as a water sports program that includes waterskiing, kayaking, snorkeling and more. The resort also has an air-conditioned Fitness Center (open 24 hours) featuring a full range of fitness equipment, including elliptical machines, treadmills, stationary bikes and more as well as universal and free weight varieties. Specialty fitness and wellness classes are also offered.
Other things that made this an awesome place to be: complimentary Wi-Fi resort wide, a mini-mart (which was not “mini” at all – they had every snack, bottle of wine/booze and personal care item you could think of!) and boutique shops that had the cutest stuff!!! Oh, and there was also Toppers Ice Cream Shack, located right on the beach, featuring locally-made ice cream and sorbets. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Windjammer Landing is perfect vacation for couples (I already told my husband we have to go there together!), families (my kids would love this place!) and friends (perfect girls getaway!). On my next visit, I would like to take advantage of EVERYTHING at the resort – I might even try yoga! – and will certainly explore Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha). Did you know that the island is home to a drive-in volcano? WHAT?!?!
The resort’s on-site excursion operator Jammin’ Tours can arrange sailboat, jeep and volcano tours, rain forest zip-line adventures, deep-sea fishing trips, dolphin and whale watching excursions, horseback riding, helicopter tours, and much more.
I was on property for four-days/three-nights — for work — but if I was there on vacation, I think a six-day/five-night stay would be perfect. Next time, for sure.
Ummmm, is it “next time” yet?