It can be difficult to get your bearings at the Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa - and what a mouthful too! This hotel is suitable for all types of holidaymaker, provided you are travelling as a couple and like the American-style all-inclusive concept. With no fewer than twenty different room categories available, a special area reserved for the suites with concierge or butler service, a golf course, a large spa, ten bars, eight restaurants and four swimming pools, all within a relatively small area, whether you find it overbearing or appealing will depend on your tastes.
The Sandals Regency La Toc resort stands on a north-facing beach just a 10-minute drive south of Castries. Hewanorra International Airport, meanwhile, is around an hour and a quarter's drive away.
The three Sandals resorts in St. Lucia are connected and, with the slogan "Stay at one, play at three", guests are entitled to use the facilities and restaurants of all three establishments at will. If you stay at the Regency La Toc, therefore, you can use the facilities at the Halcyon Beach and the Grande St. Lucian on an all-inclusive basis, just as if you were staying there. A free shuttle service operates between the three hotels.
Sandals also specialises in offering a 10% reduction to servicemen and fire-fighters travelling with their partners.
As soon as you set foot in the lobby you'll notice the Sandals Regency La Toc is a rather colourful establishment. This huge, paved room overlooks the Pavilion, the hotel's main restaurant, and the large and very lively swimming pool area. This is also the centre of the resort, with 5 tennis courts and the Standard rooms to the rear, the Red Lane spa (a registered Sandals trademark, with 9 treatment rooms) and the entertainment amphitheatre just alongside, as well as a water sports centre, various shops and the La Toc restaurant, among other facilities. If you follow the beach to the west you'll come across a second swimming pool, another three restaurants and even a piano bar! To the far west of the resort, meanwhile, a cluster of the most luxurious suites arranged around a third swimming pool, along with two other restaurants and bars, stand on a rocky promontory jutting out into the Caribbean Sea.
The hotel is built lengthwise along the beach and opened in 1993. It now boasts a very wide range of facilities and there really is something here for everyone. You'll find plentiful vegetation around the complex, though since the best possible use has been made of all of the available space, you won't find any vast gardens here.
When it comes to entertainment, you'll find theme nights (cabaret, lovers' nights, karaoke, reggae, etc.) organised every night of the week and regular poolside entertainment during the day.
With 331 guest rooms available in no fewer than 20 different categories, the Regency La Toc is yet another example of Sandals' ability to segment its offer despite targeting couples only.
The Standard rooms are found to the rear of the main building, at the entrance to the resort, and therefore overlook either the tennis courts or the gardens! Inside, meanwhile, there's really nothing you can fault with the extremely comfortable surroundings and you'll find everything you could need, from a hair-dryer to an iron. As is the case with all Sandals resorts, the all-inclusive concept extends to the guest rooms, with the mini-bars restocked daily and free of charge. The furniture is traditional and comfortable and the only drawbacks are that there's no balcony and you have to pay for Internet access.
Describing each of the resort's eight restaurants in detail would be a tedious task. Suffice it to say that there is always at least one restaurant open at the Regency La Toc between 7:30am and 3:00am the next day. If you fancy a four-cheese pizza at the poolside in the middle of the afternoon, good ahead - it's all included in the price of your stay! Of the eight restaurants to choose from here, only two require a reservation to be made in advance, namely Kimono's, serving sautéed Asian cuisine, and La Toc, which serves French cuisine. Otherwise, whether you choose the buffet option or the à la carte, you'll find plenty of Caribbean, Italian, Mediterranean and English cuisine available for you to eat until your heart's content. The cuisine may not be the best there is, but you certainly can't fault the choice!
If you include the restaurants at the other Sandals resorts on the island, you'll find you have a choice of no fewer than 16 restaurants included in your all-inclusive stay.
The beach at the Regency La Toc has one major drawback, namely that it is north-facing, so don't be surprised to find the vast majority of sunbathers here with their backs turned to the sea! The main swimming pool, meanwhile, is pretty noisy and there are various bars nearby, so if you don't like the music they continuously churn out you might not feel comfortable here. Fortunately, the beach is long enough to be able to find a perfectly quiet little spot somewhere, and the waters here are superb, as is the case right along the western coast of St. Lucia.
The complex is also able to offer a wide selection of activities at its water sports centre.
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