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Sandals Halcyon Beach
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Over Sandals Halcyon Beach
Op St. Lucia is een aantal Sandals te vinden, alle met de ‘Luxury Included’ formule. Deze Sandals Halcyon Beach is de meest knusse, omringd door weelderig tropische tuinen, waarin de ‘cabanas’, huisjes, met hangmatten liggen. ‘Love is all you need’, Sandals zorgt voor de rest. Zoals een uitgebreid All In programma, waarin alle maaltijden -van snack tot een gourmet diner– en ongelimiteerde drankjes –van frisdrank tot wijntje en alcoholhoudende cocktails- zijn inbegrepen. The Pier restaurant is een favoriet; genieten van haute cuisine op het water, maar ook trattoria Mario en het openlucht café Bayside bieden niet te versmaden mogelijkheden. Tevens heeft Sandals een sportief pakket beschikbaar, zo kunt u windsurfen, waterskiën en duiken (voor gecertificeerde duikers), tennissen en golfen. In de fameuze Red Lane® Spa kunt u terecht voor
schoonheidsbehandelingen en massages (tegen betaling).
- all inclusive
- adults only
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Luxe ingericht; voorzien van airco, plafondventilator, telefoon, televisie, koffie- en theezetfaciliteiten, minibar, kluisje, strijkijzer en -plank, kingsize bed, badkamer met bad/douche, föhn, zitgedeelte en balkon of patio met tuinzicht.
: Zoals Deluxe, ruimer en met zwembad of tuinzicht.
: Zoals Deluxe, ruimer en met tuin of gedeeltelijk zeezicht.
Inclusief alle maaltijden en hapjes, lokale (alcoholische) drankjes, niet-gemotoriseerde watersportfaciliteiten inclusief duiken voor gecertificeerde duikers en deelname aan georganiseerde activiteiten.
Sandals Halcyon Beach ligt direct aan het prachtige zandstrand van St. Lucia op circa 15 minuten rijden van Vigie Airport.
• 7 Restaurants
• 7 Bars
• 2 Zwembaden
• Watersportmogelijkheden zoals: kajakken, windsurfen, waterskiën, snorkelen en duiken (inbegrepen voor gecertificeerde duikers)
• Gratis shuttleservice naar de golfbaan bij Sandals La Toc, St Lucia Golf Resorts & Spa
Het vulkanische eiland St. Lucia is bergachtiger dan de meeste andere Caribische eilanden. Hierdoor is een vakantie St. Lucia net even anders dan anders.
"Expectations were greater than reality!"
There are a lot of positive reviews, mixed with some not so positive, which made me wonder if I was indeed in the same hotel as everyone else! APolgies this is a king review!! This is NOT a 5* resort and we were disappointed with our holiday experience, mainly because of the beach and lots of niggles, it wasn't the restful holiday we wanted. ARRIVAL I had pre-booked a helicopter transfer direct with St Lucia helicopters many months in advance. This was for my husbands 50th birthday so we were very disappointed that on arrival the weather in the North of the island was bad so the helicopter had been grounded. Nothing we could do but go to the sandals lounge, which had refreshments and seating areas etc and await the mini bus to the hotel..........I particularly didn't want to do this as I had read about the 90m journey on windy roads and I suffer with travel sickness.............the roads are actually in good repair, it's literally the windy roads up and down the mountain and they don't go slow, and this particular mini bus was quite uncomfortable............it was horrible and I was "green" on arrival. We were transferred to the club lounge which is nicely furnished and has a coffee machine and cookies and daily hotel entertainment paper and some UK and US news bulletin printouts. They also serve alcohol and have several TV's and a bookcase where people swop books. We gave several books and read some of theirs, so that's handy.it is manned by staff throughout the day, although not all the staff looked inviting, actually miserable and sometimes we felt like we were intruding by asking questions. TIP-do take travel pills if required and DONT book helicopter transfers direct with sandals they will put a few hundred $US on the cost. Pay for a private transfer don't use the Sandals bus! If flying from U.K. Get a seat on left hand side of plane as you get a great view of the Island on arrival. ROOMS Ummm!-well this is difficult as we were upgraded prior to arriving from the UK, as I complained to Sandals about the fact I had booked almost a year in advance and when it was time to pay my final balance, after checking a lot of things out I realised the room I had booked didn't actually exist anymore!! The original GL rooms now being all singing and dancing GLT rooms with a tranquility tub on the balcony!-obviously lots more money too!-not great, specially when we were told we had been moved to the honeymoon hideaway rooms ( we specifically didn't want these rooms due to the vacinity to the road and road noise) these rooms were originally club level but not any more new bookings from now on do not have the CLUB status, they are now in fact normal basic rooms-may be they did this as these rooms were getting the most complaints due to road noise?-who knows?-so after many weeks and many emails Sandals upgraded us to the area in the gardens we specially chosen on booking. However, I'm sorry to say although the upgraded club level room was big and nice with private tub on the balcony, basic things let it down! Shower fixing on wall already loose( rooms less than 3m old!!!) Attention to detail all rushed, paint on stonework on balcony never cleaned off and grouting badly finished in bathroom. The balcony itself was water logged for 2 days under 2 inches of water from the bad weather-no drainage areas, we couldn't sit out in it.-took 2 days and 2 calls to get it mopped up!!! The furniture didn't look new just carpets and chairs and curtains, everything else proberly from the old existing room as chips in furniture etc- even the bar area old and tatty, doors didn't close well to the fridge. Table and 2 chairs on balcony next to the tub-so uncomfortable you couldn't sit in them for long periods as gave you back ache. ipod docking system was for an IPHONE 4? -again a new room???-had to get changed. Hot water intermittent-had to moan Glasses taken not replenished-had to moan Towels lots but randomly replenished. Housekeeping turned up first day 5.30pm, had to leave room-had moan after that fine, although housekeeping not to my standards and when arrived at room lots of dust everywhere including under my pillow in the mattress!!!-I do believe they are seriously understaffed though, although not guests problem. Air con unit not new for the new room and not that cold. Bath robes given-no slippers, yet spa on site?-No pillow menu! Club level bar in room includes soft drinks, water, ice bucket( there are ice stations you can go to in the gardens) house wines, beer and local gin, vodka, whiskey, rum.............I only drink Bacardi so asked what it would cost to upgrade the rum...........they quoted me $80US !!!!! Yes, $80!-even the manager I spoke to later was shocked, so where's all that going?-in someone's back pocket?? went over the road there's a supermarket and bought a bottle for $15US.....bit of a difference! Luxury included all sandals advertise including linens-mine were 60% cotton40% polyester or 60% eygyption 40% polyester............not exactly luxury linens. Dual plugs though which is good suitable for U.K. And US. These GLT rooms were overlooking the gardens which were lovely, however, our block 400 was very near to the sea and the bistro bar, which opens up from 10.30pm-3am not serving drink but food!!! Many a night we couldn't sleep from voices that carried over. No double glazing so noise does very much travel! Including the staff talking and there endless trolleys and various times of the day and night............they could do with rubber wheels on them!-they were very annoying. TIP-DONT pay the extra for club level it's not worth it, we hardly drank any of the drinks in the room as you can get them easily at the bar. The lounge was always empty and there's a general coffee machine in the buffet restaurant anyway. If you want some beer or wine in your room use the Masseys store over the highway, Yes, the tub was a nice touch but in 12 days we only used it twice, a jacuzzi would of been better-Pick your room for location, away from roads and bars. FOOD/BARS We ate in all the restaurants and Kimonos at Halcycon. Food got repetitive after a week as all menus are quite limited. Some of the worst food we had was at the beach bistro, as was the service, running out of particular wine and shrugging shoulders when asked why? They didn't want to get me any, so had to moan and reluctantly they walked to another bar to get one, very lazy indeed. The staff kept giving guests the wrong orders to, it wasn't that busy. Burnt beef burger and burnt bun, terrible toasted sandwich! ROti was served cold and the tuna sandwich was spicy and full of chillies( that's fine but advertise the fact!) The buffet lunch wasn't great although bit better, although they don't cater for the British as no decent bacon, sausage, brown sauce or boiling water for a decent cup of tea! Clear lack of training and leadership on Both these lunch outlets.-staff sometimes just hanging around. The other restaurants food was ok, edible, not quite the gourmet that was advertised, but ok. The house wines are perfectly adequate too. We had a good experience in kimonos too and food good. All restaurants we found the food delivered too quickly, you didn't really have time to savour your food and drink. In Kelly's we timed it once and had 3 courses with wine and was out within the hour! The coffees are from a machine made with powdered milk-not real ones so that was disappointing. It's worth also noting that sandals advertise lots of restaurants etc yet only ever 3 of the 4 open at any one time, so gets very boring-same with the bars they are not all open at same time, thankfully the resort isn't large so not far to walk to another. Premium brands on most drinks( other than Bacardi) and good measures unlike The Grande when it's watered down. Cocktails a little disappointing as some not freshly made. There is a bar that stays open till 3am if you require it and it's inside which is thoughtful to guests-shame they can't have the late night food one inside with it too, that would help keep the noise down for the guests on the front of the complex. Had pizza and a Mexican dish at The Grande both good. Ate at Bombay too, nice but not worth the hype as hotter spice wise home even though we asked for it extra spices and very limited menu, although nice setting. Ate at Le Pitons at Le Toc, which was ok, service wasn't great to start with got better. BEACHES/POOLS Umm, ok, well the photos you see in the Brochure of the beach and sea has been photoshopped massively. The sea isn't turquoise, it's green, quite muddy and has a lot of wood, branches etc which has been washed down through the 2 rivers in the bay.One day a guest pulled out what looked like the metal frame of a pram and another day we saw carpet floating in the sea and landed in the beach. It is a natural beach and the sand Is NOT white as in the pictures and the sea is NOT clear. My husband also got stung by jelly fish as the sea started to get rougher towards the end of our stay, so much so that the tide came in so much it went over our sunbeds and one day the beach had to be cleared! So not the best beach on the island, we were told it was due to lots of rain we were having which was unusual for this time of year...............yet on our way home our taxi driver said the rain amount was normal and nothing out of the ordinary, but there was a lot on and off in the day and several nights of rain, black, grey clouds too. Don't let it put you off though we came back with a good tan! The beach at The Grande is much better. The sea is clear and blue, floating rafts to lounge on and swings.........but note this is man made and that's why!!! But a very busy beach. The best lay down flat sunbeds with comfortable mattresses were for some reason around the noisy pool, so if you wanted some peace and quite( as in the day it got quite loud with music and microphones and games played etc) you had to escape to the beach or the quite pool which didn't have the same sun beds, which isn't great for us ladies who want to tan our backs. Some on the beach were broken and in need of repair these never got moved the time we were there. The pool is nice round the quite pool although the beds are grouped together like sardines, not much space to move them around, and lots of trees means the pools quite cold and you lose the sun after 3.30pm. The beach has 10 fixed umbrellas which are very popular. It also has quite a few sun tents that fit 2 sunbeds under them for shade, bit clustrophobic but better than nothing. Beach vendors didn't really hassle us at all. Out of the 12 days we only had a waiter going up and down the beach for 4 days, he was fab, the rest we had no service at all..........at The Grande every 30 minutes! Our biggest gripe was the butlers reserving all the fixed umbrella sunbeds on the beach! We witnessed this on a particular morning we were up early and watched her put towels on all of them. We challenged her and she took 2 towels off for us to use. Later we spoke to the duty manager who told us that butlers are the only staff who don't get tips included and reserving beds was something that was offered to the butler rooms. She did state that after 10am if no one was using them then the beds should become free( this never happened) and that only a percentage of beds should be reserved( again not happening) we stated that it wasn't fair to the rest of the hotel guests as everyone was entitled to a sunbed, and those that reserve them and then don't use them was not acceptable. She did concur and the next day only a proportion were reserved but it was too late in the day for us we were nearing the end of our holiday...........it would be interesting to see if this carried on after our departure or if indeed they went back to reserving all the beds as normal. Lovely gazebos with shade in the gardens and on first come first served basis which is great, as at The Grande you have to pay extra for them. TIP -if you want a sunbed on the beach with shade you will have to be up early, same as round the quiet pool. Plenty of sunbeds though given its peak season although hotels only at 80% capacity staff told us. Just need more with shade. If the beach is a very important factor in your holiday then don't come to this hotel. GENERAL As stated the beach at The Grande is the best-hotel very busy though and not enough shade on the beach although plenty of sunbeds. Views are great, but very loud resort with music and entertainment more like an 18/30's for younger crowd by the main pool. Not many places to grab a drink only one functioning beach bar again seriously understaffed, had to wait a long time to be served. Nice places to chill and drink and eat, but very busy. One evening we were having a drink in one of there sofa areas when all of a sudden the ambience was ruined with a Mr &Mrs competition, more like a Butlins holiday camp in the U.K., not a 5* resort. Places to eat better than Halcycon more choice. Shuttle buses do run but if you wanted to go to The GRande it doesn't leave till 11.15am by which time if you wanted sunbeds with shade, forget it. We shared a taxi to get over there by 10am costing $28US for 4 people, and we still struggled to get any beds with shade.................why they leave so late I don't know? Yet you can go to Le Toc at 7am in the morning!!They are always busy too and we had to wait quite a while to get one. Only visited Le Toc in the evening, it was the first of the 3 Sandals to be built and looked its age! BIG pool though, beach looked the same as Halcycon although sea seemed rougher Yes there are cats at the resort, well fed and belong to the hotel, and friendly. They are no problem at all. Most hotels around the world have cats as they keep the vermin at bay and I know which I'd prefer to see every day!! However, if you really don't like cats then this isn't the resor for you. Don't use the resort shop, it's overpriced for a reason-turn right out the resort and go to the supermarket and drug store, they take $US. We liked this hotel out of the 3 as it was quieter and low rise than the others. The gardens are lovely. Would we come again? NO! Why? the cost of this hotel and indeed Sandals brand alone is off the scale Â£'s wise for what you get in comparison to other hotels around the world and Caribbean, we are very well travelled and didn't get a wow factor at all. It isn't 5* luxury, a lot of the rooms still need refurbishing as only certain rooms have been done, and public areas especially toilets by the pools and sea, need serious attention. The restaurants are shabby and tired and dated, as is the lobby and entrance, other than the chairs/sofas which were nice. We didn't consider it good value for money and if I had of paid for the upgrade it would of cost me an extra Â£2K on top and I would be even more angry/upset as it certainly wouldn't warrant that price tag. Sandals have clever marketing promising you luxury this and that, and fab photos, but they don't live up to the hype, do not be fooled. On a positive note, when I did speak to the duty manager about my gripes ( after telling the receptionist I would wait for her after they told me she was off site, then miraculously after a quick call she came out of her office) she did concur, offered me a move to The Grande, because of the beach and sea ( which I declined as only a few days left and liked the Halcycon as was quieter) agreed the butlers should limit the amount of sunbed reserving( this did happen) offered to reserve me sunbeds( we declined as said that wasn't playing the game and not what we wanted)-she gave me a late check out at no cost and on departure unbeknown to us she had arranged a private car transfer, which was great but by no means helped that horrendous journey to the airport, in which the driver had to stop on route for me and my tummy!............thank you to the duty manager who did take our concerns seriously and did try and make our last few days a better experience.........thank you Unfortunately, the experience was a huge disappointment to us and we would certainly not use Sandals again, seriously overpriced and very clever marketing to get you hooked in.
Staff always goes out of their way to make your stay memorable. We love the small quaint resort where you can really get to know the other vacationers and staff. We visit the other 2 larger resorts and are so happy to come back to our own little trails surrounded by gardens.
"Like coming home again!"
My husband and I along with 4 other couples have recently come home from the Halcyon. We have been there 4 times now and this definitely compared to the first two times we were there. We were there two years ago and things were different and some areas needed some help but we found things wonderful this year again. I felt like I was coming home. They have put mega-bucks into the hotel, putting soaking tubs on all patios or balconies, making plunge pools at some of the rooms, completely renovating the 200, 300, and 400 buildings, and redoing the pavements. The property is beautiful and every day you see landscapers working to keep it that way. We ate in all the restaurants and found them to be good. Kimonos, which was my least favorite the other years we were there, was outstanding this year. The service was slow at the Bayside in the evenings but you are on island time so it didnâ€™t bother us too much. We had two maintenance issues in our room and they were both resolved within 4 hours (probably quicker but thatâ€™s how long I was gone from the room). As in other years, Ado and Mikey were wonderful bartenders joined this year by Shara, who is a blast! What fun at the bar at night. It was good to see Dwight, the wine steward, at Marioâ€™s again too. The entertainment was good every night but I missed the steel drum band that used to be there one night a week. Sherwin AKA Chewie was a tremendous help in booking our next Sandals vacation. It was also great to see Yohanne again down at the water sports office. He went above and beyond with his help. At the Sandals Select dinner they announced that they are going to continue to make improvements and additions to the Halcyon. If you want a quiet, peaceful place to stay (and still be able to visit the louder, bigger, and wild places) the Halcyon is for you. In reading some of the other reviews on here I really think the Halcyon is getting a bad rap. Try it and I think you will love it.
"Just back from our 4th visit to Halcyon, and wanted to give you an update"
While we love St. Lucia and prefer the quiet beauty of Halcyon over the other two larger, noisier high-rise Sandals resorts, we had definitely noticed some declines in the Sandals format, food, and amenities on our second and third visits, which I'd noted in my last review. This year we spent 6 days at Halcyon in February so I wanted to provide an update. The rooms at Halcyon are being renovated gradually and some room categories have changed this year. This changeover in computer category caused problems for us, as well as other guests we talked to who had booked before the changes. We always book an ocean-front walk-out club-level room, but we were originally assigned an upstairs balcony ocean view room - a lower price category. After some persistence by our travel agent, the Halcyon manager was able to assure us the proper room, but others at the resort who had similar problems weren't so lucky, we heard. You really need to watch this and make sure you get what you pay for. Also, with a lot of hype, the resort has been putting in "soaking tubs" that take up half the balcony or patio. Never once in 6 days did I ever see anyone actually using any of these tubs, which strike me as a waste of prime patio space. I'd much rather have them provide more comfortable patio chairs! One improvement seems to be the food at some of the restaurants - Piton, La Toc, and Kimonos were much better this year, although Kelly's Dockside still isn't up to snuff. Why can't they make this a Caribbean-flavored restaurant as advertised! This year we noticed more organized activities going on at Halcyon, with more enthusiastic, very friendly staff and more evening entertainment. And, our wonderful bartender Agnes is still at the back pool. She's a gem. But, there is also much too much hawking of "extras" everywhere you go at Sandals resorts ("book this, buy this extra, yes, we have free wifi, but if you pay extra you get faster speeds, etc.) I choose an all-inclusive because I don't want to deal with extras and I don't like to be pitched at once I'm there. Unlike the competing Couples Resorts (which we visit on alternating years) at Sandals there is a lot of hype and a definite two-tiered system: Club-level patrons are treated to much better service and restaurant access than are those in non-club-level rooms. I find this "lords vs commoners" approach to service rather unpleasant, and much prefer the Couples business model that treats everyone with respect and actually provides some additional amenities that Sandals doesn't. Unfortunately, there is no Couples resort on St. Lucia. The three St. Lucia resorts are advertised as interchangeable - stay at one and play at three. However, be forewarned that the shuttle service between the three is very sparse, with no shuttles at all in the morning between 7 and 12:15, making it hard to go play morning golf unless you get up very early or take your own cab for $25 which I finally did. The shuttles run every two hours in the afternoon and evening which works fine for dinners at the other resorts. Keep in mind that unless you have a club-level room and are staying for at least 4-5 days, you probably won't be able to get a reservation at the best restaurants at the other resorts, since the spots get booked up fast. The beach at Halcyon is excellent, much better than at the La Toc where the currents quite often result in red flags, closing all water sports. The scuba operation at Sandals is well run, with adequate equipment. There really should be more beach chairs at Halcyon, though, as people go out early in the morning and "claim" theirs for the day so by 9 am everything is taken. The resort has added some shade shelters over pairs of chairs, which is a nice touch if you can find a free set. Halcyon is a very "gardeny" resort - all low-rise, lower-density buildings with flowers everywhere. We noticed that the property is being much better maintained this year, with beautiful flowers and fresh paint. It's really quite lovely.
"Beautiful and relaxing, few dining issues"
We were a group of 4 couples and stayed in the Club level walkout rooms. I loved the room and the fact that this resort has only two story buildings. The trees/flowers were beautiful and everything was within a short walk. The beach is narrow but plenty of room and never felt crowded and can get a good walk in if you head to the north end of the beach. It was a little aggravating to be approached by Sandals contracted tour providers on the beach and resort grounds. The first couple days they were relentless but then eased up as they realized we were not going to book with them. Both pools were adequate with swim up bars, never a wait if you needed a drink. Our main issue was with dining and dining reservations. We attempted to make reservations for our group upon arrival and were told we could not get reservations at Gordons (Grande), Bombay (Grande) or La Toc (La Toc). This was extremely disappointing as we looked forward to travelling to the other 2 resorts for some dinners. Ended up after being told multiple times were would not be able to eat at these restaurants and also being told they would not be able to get us into The Pitons (La Toc) we just showed up to these restaurants and found they had plenty of space. We were able to walk up as a group of 8 to The Pitons and get seated immediately and after being given a late reservation at 9:30pm at Bombay (after speaking with multiple people) we showed up at 8:30 to find the restaurant more than half empty and were seated immediately. There has to be some problem with the Sandals reservation system and if we listened to our club concierge or the culinary relations expert at Grande we would have missed out on the two best meals of our trip (PItons and Bombay). At Halcyon we did eat at Mario's, Kelly's dockside and Kimono's and were not impressed. Mario's was the best but dÃ©cor is only OK. Kelly's Dockside took 2.5 hours to get through dinner and food was only OK and service was terrible. Kimono's does not let you select you meal, each person gets chicken, beef, shrimp and mahi mahi. If you do not like seafood you are left with only a small portion of beef/chicken. Please don't let our frustrations with dining/dining reservations take away from the fact that if you are looking for a relaxing vacation in paradise this is the place for you. Beautiful grounds with plenty of places to relax. No problem finding space at beach/pool or in sitting areas on grounds. If you want a lot of action with all the bells/whistles you should head to the Grande instead. We enjoyed one day at the beach/pool there but there was a lot of people and noise.
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