Stay at the Windjammer and you'll really find yourself playing with the big boys! The 330-room all-inclusive resort spans some 59 acres and is one of the finest establishments in St. Lucia. The level of facilities it offers is more than what you'd expect, particularly where families are concerned. The site itself and the architecture of the place cleverly combine to provide a setting which is more Mediterranean than Caribbean. Do bear in mind, though, that the steepness and the sheer size of the resort really don't make it very easy to get around.
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The Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort enjoys a superb location on the seafront between Castries and Rodney Bay, just quarter of an hour away from the island's capital and around an hour and a half from Hewanorra International Airport.
The Standard rooms are located in a lovely green village to the rear of the resort and have two main downfalls. First of all, they are perched up on the hill, a good way from the resort's entertainment areas. On the flipside, they do offer beautiful views of the sea in the distance, but then there's the second problem - there are no balconies whatsoever so you can't sit out and enjoy them!
Other than that, there's really nothing to fault. The Mediterranean decor is very pleasant, the furniture very nice and the only drawback in terms of facilities is that there is no internet access. The bathrooms, meanwhile, come with a colourful washbasin unit and a particularly pleasant tropical shower.
A little further up the hill, the road climbs up to a series of 2 to 5-bedroom villas available for rent. The views up here are second to none and the standards very high. Generally-speaking, though, the resort offers a wide range of suites and villas from one to four bedrooms which can be a great option for those travelling as a family or with a group of friends.
The majority of the communal facilities and restaurants are concentrated in the centre of the resort, between the reception and the beach. This is also where you'll find the main swimming pool and the gym, whilst a little further up lies the beautiful Upper Deck restaurant, overlooking the beach and providing access to the resort's second swimming pool. The complex is built over various levels which are connected by sets of steps. The intricate architecture, meanwhile, blends in perfectly with the beautiful surrounding vegetation. A stroll around the Windjammer is a real delight, which is just as well as there's plenty of walking to do!
Apart from the Hibiscus Suites, the guest rooms here are located on the hillside, a good way from the centre of the resort and therefore the beach. They are also quite some distance from the little shopping centre (which includes a minimarket), the large Jacquot children's club (for 4-12 and 13-16-year-olds) and the tennis courts, although these, too, are rather isolated. Basically, anything you do here will involve a 10-minute walk up or down a steep hill or a wait for the shuttle, which comes every 10 minutes or so, so you can feel rather restricted. The only facilities located on the hill close to the Standard rooms are the third swimming pool, the spa and Papa Don's Italian restaurant.
The hotel's entertainment team provides a wide range of activities for young and old alike, including aquagym, tennis training, diving lessons in the pool and various games and tournaments, among other things.
Food and drink
The Windjammer boasts no fewer than five restaurants, four of which enable you to enjoy sea views as you dine. The Dragonfly serves Asian and Creole cuisine and the Upper Deck specialises in seafood, whilst the Jammers, right on the beachfront, offers a selection of heavily European-influenced dishes. Up on the hillside, meanwhile, Papa Don's is a Mediterranean restaurant but with a significant penchant for Italian cuisine, or if you fancy something a little more casual, head for Ember's, which specialises in barbecues.
Breakfast and lunch are served as a buffet on the beachfront at Jammer's and Ember's, both of which provide a very pleasant setting.
The semi-circular artificial beach at the Windjammer is undoubtedly one of the finest in St. Lucia. The waters here are particularly clear, whilst the palm trees make for truly heavenly picture-postcard surroundings. Deckchairs, tables, parasols and showers are provided and there are also bars in the vicinity. If you head for the furthest end of the beach from the resort you'll be able to find a bit of peace and quiet where you can get away from all the hustle and bustle.
If you fancy trying your hand at some water sports, however, you'll find sailing, rowing boats, kayaks, water-skiing, inflatable Ringos and snorkelling all available here.
The resort operates on a half-board or all-inclusive basis, with half-board including access to all the hotel's facilities apart from motorised sports and the spa. The all-inclusive option, meanwhile, includes absolutely everything, although again with the exception of the spa (which consists of 4 treatment rooms).