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Old Sep 3rd, 1999, 12:00 PM
Lonya Zylberstein
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We were initially interested in RENDEZVOUS, however we have heard mixed reviews. Anyone stayed at Wyndam Morgan Bay? We are looking for a beautiful white sand beach and great snorkelling. Please help.
Old Sep 3rd, 1999, 05:57 PM
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We haven't been there yet but we are leaving in 3 months for our honeymoon.
We are staying at Sandals St. Lucia for 6 nights and then Ladera resort for 3 nights. Ladera is up in the mountains
and each room has one wall missing for a beautiful view... I have only heard great things.. Plus you have use of 2 beaches... One is at Anse Chastanet which is a dark sand beach but supposedly the best beach for snorkeling on the island. And the other beach is the Jalousie Hilton, which has a white sand beach. I've heard the hilton is very nice and luxurious too..
We thought staying at different resorts would give us a nice variety.. Sandals is fancy and all inclusive with huge pools and 8 restaurants and 5 bars..
While Ladera is more remote and natural
with beautiful views... Hope this helps!
Old Sep 3rd, 1999, 06:46 PM
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My wife and I spent our honeymoon in St. Lucia last April. We had the time of our lives. We spent a week at Sandals. Sandals had a little bit of everything you could want. You can stay at the big pool and engage in all the activities, or a small pool and chill. The food was good, the french restaurant was great. I miss my swin up bar. If you have the $$, splurge for a suite at Sandals. I think all the rooms have cable TV (for good or bad, you could chill for a while watching WNBC-NYC). We talked to others at the airport, and people were in agreement that Sandals was the best.

People speak well of Ladera, but we stayed at Jalousie. We're a little high maintenance and wanted to stay in a place with four walls. The food at Jalousie was ok and I don't know if I would like to stay there for a week. Sandals for a week and Jalousie for three days was perfect. We splurged again at Jalousie and went for a plunge pool. If you do this, call ahead and ask for a more private plunge pool, impossible to look in.

Either way, you will have a great time.

The only major warning, the road are terrible. Jalousie area is closer to the airport (a plus) but the capital is near Sandals. Grin and bear it.
Old Sep 4th, 1999, 08:56 AM
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My husband and I spent a week at Sandal's Halcyon last March. We had a great time. The Halcyon is smaller than the Golf and Spa, but we liked the atmosphere better. The service was great, our favorite restaurants were Kimonos, Mario's, and La Toc.
Old Sep 4th, 1999, 05:29 PM
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Skipping on Rendevous......well the best analogy I can think of is.
Have you ever heard stories of people not getting on the boat or train due to a promnition and later finding out that it changed their life for the better?

Enough said.....
Old Sep 7th, 1999, 08:40 AM
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Please touch base with me after your honeymoon to share any good/bad experiences. I would truly appreciate it. Seems like Sandals is the way to go.
Old Sep 7th, 1999, 11:05 AM
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My boyfriend and I stayed at Ladera last November for a week and had the most incredible time. Check out their website at www.ladera-resort.com and also do a search on this forum with the word "Ladera" and you will find lots of threads about it. I recommend it highly!
Old Sep 7th, 1999, 01:19 PM
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Have just returned from Jaolousie Hilton and could very highly recommend. The beach is not large but in an ubnbelievably attractive setting between the two pitons. Rooms are very private in little detached cottages throught the hill side. We have never snorkelled before so cannot compare with elsewhere but we were compeltely overwhemlmed it was so beautiful and the marine parkl was right to one side of the beach so no hassle at all. Food etc was better than we had anticipated for the cairribean, fesh and with good service and in nice settings.....a bit bland though for our [British] taste we wished there were more local dishes on menu.

Old Sep 10th, 1999, 05:03 AM
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Thanks to everyone who responded. You've been extremely helpful and have saved me from a disappointing honeymoon at Rendezvous...

Old Nov 9th, 1999, 11:42 AM
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I would recommend you definitely stay away from Sandals. I spent a week there last January and must say it was the most disappointing experience in 15 years traveling the Caribbean. The beach is manmade, has an erosion problem, and is also closed a lot due to hazardous surf conditions. The food was good, but service deplorable and evening entertainment a major disappointment.
I'm with Jane - the setting down by the Pitons is incredibly romantic and the snokeling and scuba are not to be missed. Your best bet is down there - it's the best place on the island! Good luck and Congratulations!
Old Nov 11th, 1999, 11:40 AM
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If you decide on Jalousie, it is recommended that you use the helicopter for transfers to/from the airport. The ride is long on difficult roads ... the helicopter is faster and more comfortable!
Old Nov 14th, 1999, 09:56 AM
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we stayed at Sandals Halcyon for a 1 wk honeymoon in September last year... a honeymoon to remember! We highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for FANTASTIC food and service. The beach, service, atmosphere were all better at the smaller Sandals Halcyon in St. Lucia (just our opinion). We loved that we stayed at one and got the opportunity to visit and eat and drink at the larger Sandals as well. We found the Sandals Halcyon much more of a "beach-style" honeymoon and more secluded and romantic feeling that the larger, and fancier Sandals Beach Resort. Both had terrific restaurants: our favorites being:1) The Pier (Halcyon); 2) La Toc (larger resort);
3) Kimonos japanesse (lots of fun at larger resort); 4) Mario's Italian was great.
My trip report of our honeymoon(as well as later trips to Cayo coco, Cuba and Breezes Bahamas) can be read at the following website:http://www.gobeach.com/#ctr
Look under: St. Lucia; Barbados; and Cuba.


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