Jalouise Hilton Perfect for Honeymoon?

Old Jan 10th, 2001, 05:53 AM
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Jalouise Hilton Perfect for Honeymoon?

I am going on my honeymoon in July and I am looking for some help on staying at Jalouise Hilton in St. Lucia. Is it worth it going the all-inclusive route with this resort? Does anyone know the average cost of the meals and also can you have your meals in your room? Does anyone know if July is Hurricane season for St. Lucia. Any information anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated?

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Janelle
 
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 07:16 AM
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Janelle,
I'm not sure if you posted this on the St. Lucia forum - you might have better luck there.

I did go to the Jalouise last May/June on my honeymoon. It's a wonderful place for a honeymoon! We did not do all inclusive because we were looking for the freedome to go elsewhere... and we did. We met another couple who did all inclusive but they seemed to feel pressured to eat as much as they could to get their money's worth.

Hard for me to remember average cost of the meal, honestly. We lived it up because it was our honeymoon and when we got our final bill - we were very pleasantly surprised (and that included all of our tours, excursions.)

You can get room service, however the menu was somewhat limiting and we found the room service food to not be as good as the restaurant food.

The rainy season begins at the beginning of June (right when I was there.) It did rain just about every day - but it only rained a few minutes and by the time you got away from the rain, it had stopped! We didn't mind it one bit.

Hope that helps. I"d be happy to post again if you have more questions.

Do a search on Jalousie on this forum and you'll find quite a bit of information. It helped us in our planning tremendously!

Good luck!
 
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 10:23 AM
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Beth,

Thanks for the info I have been finding a lot of good info from reading around. What is the best way to get around to the other restaurants? From looking at the map nothing seems to be close to Jalouise.

Thanks again,

Janelle
 
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 10:24 AM
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Beth

One more thing Did you do the helicopter ride from the airport or the taxi?

Thanks,
 
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 01:18 PM
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If you do a search using the word "Jalousie" or even just read through St. Lucia threads, you will find a ton of advice on this subject. Yes, there are other restaurants nearby. No, I would not recommend going all-inclusive there, as the AI rates seemed high to me when we looked into it. We stayed at Ladera which is about a 10-15-minute cab ride away and has and EXCELLENT restaurant called Dasheene (it's expensive too, but less expensive than the dinner we had on the beach at Jalousie which was $50 per person -- by far the most we paid anywhere on the island). Jalousie had a beachside bar/restaurant which was good for lunch and not that expensive, but for some reason breakfasts and dinners do seem pricey at that hotel. Anse Chastanet also has a nice beachside bar/restaurant which is comparable in quality and price in my opinion -- we liked lunches there. We also ate at a casual, less expensive place for dinner called Bang between the Pitons which is very close to the Hilton, and at a place in Soufriere (a short cab ride fromt the Hilton) called the Hummingbird (have since read a few other reports with less favorable reviews of meals there though, so maybe it's gone downhill a bit since we were there in '99). Dasheene is a must.
 
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 01:45 PM
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Janelle,
We took taxis or water taxis to get to restaurants. Like Lisa, we ate at Dasheene which was fabulous and you must bring your camera -- amazing views! Go early and have a drink and watch the sunset. Bang is also a great local place very near the hotel. We also ate at the Hummingbird. (If you read the threads, you'll end up at all the same places!) We took a water taxi to the Hummingbird for lunch and found the food and the service wonderful.

We flew into the airport in Castries in the north. Our airline (American) doesn't fly to Soufriere anymore. We had arranged for the helicopter transfer, but LONG story short (issues with our flight), we missed the helicopter and had to take a taxi. Long ride (more than an hour), windy roads - but kind of fun. Wouldn't do it again though! We took the helicopter back to the airport on our return - and it was WONDERFUL. I'd highly recommend it. What an amazing way to see so much!!

Anything else, just holler!

Congrats on the wedding and HAVE FUN.

Beth
 
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 01:45 PM
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Janelle,
We took taxis or water taxis to get to restaurants. Like Lisa, we ate at Dasheene which was fabulous and you must bring your camera -- amazing views! Go early and have a drink and watch the sunset. Bang is also a great local place very near the hotel. We also ate at the Hummingbird. (If you read the threads, you'll end up at all the same places!) We took a water taxi to the Hummingbird for lunch and found the food and the service wonderful.

We flew into the airport in Castries in the north. Our airline (American) doesn't fly to Soufriere anymore. We had arranged for the helicopter transfer, but LONG story short (issues with our flight), we missed the helicopter and had to take a taxi. Long ride (more than an hour), windy roads - but kind of fun. Wouldn't do it again though! We took the helicopter back to the airport on our return - and it was WONDERFUL. I'd highly recommend it. What an amazing way to see so much!!

Anything else, just holler!

Congrats on the wedding and HAVE FUN.

Beth
 
Old Jan 11th, 2001, 08:38 AM
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I'm also considering the Jalousie Hilton for a vacation next week. For those of you who've been what would you rate it (out of 10). I'm looking for luxury, relaxation and outstanding view/surroundings. I'm also considering Anse, Windjammer and LeSport - any thoughts?
Any input would be GREATLY appreciated.
 
Old Jan 11th, 2001, 09:18 AM
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The best resort by far is the Ladera.
www.laderaresort.com but it does depend on what you are looking for. If you are kidless and looking for the most beautiful views on earth that you can see while staying in bed that is the place for you.
 
Old Jan 11th, 2001, 12:22 PM
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Brian -- I didn't stay at J.H. but spent 3 days on its beach and the setting is spectacular (I'd give it 9-10 out of 10).

Ladera's view is better in my opinion, because it's up higher overlooking everything, but it's not right on the beach so if that's a priority then I'd go with Jalousie. We stayed at Ladera and thought it was paradise -- open-air rooms with plunge pools and the most amazing views imaginable.

Anse Chastanet is very very nice too, although the view from the beach isn't as nice as JH's (but it does have better snorkeling -- really great, in fact -- but you can take a water taxi there to go snorkeling without staying there).

All 3 of these resorts are close to each other. The others you mentioned are up farther north, where the scenery is not as pretty, in my opinion.
 
Old Jan 12th, 2001, 12:14 PM
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Thanks for your input Lisa. How would you rank the 3 if you were going for the 1st time for 1 week. It looks like I'll be going in Feb sometime now.
Brian
 
Old Jan 12th, 2001, 02:15 PM
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Hi again Brian. I really can hardly compare Ladera with Jalousie Hilton because they are so different and it depends on what your priority is. If you want air conditioning, television, telephone, tennis courts, beachfront, and a big resort experience, then you should stay at Jalousie Hilton. If you want privacy, intimacy, spectacular views, more of a "small resort" experience (less than 25 rooms I think), personal service, and no wall between you and the great outdoors, then you should choose Ladera. Both have swimming pools, at least some rooms with personal plunge pools in the rooms (Ladera has at least 1 or 2 rooms with private swimming pools), and a restaurant (Ladera has one that is one of the best if not the best on the island, Hilton has at least 2 that I know of that are also very good). For us, Ladera was the #1 choice, but then we aren't so into big chain hotels. Ladera is also a tad more reasonably priced than Jalousie Hilton and the rates include a great breakfast. You also get free shuttles to the beach at the Hilton and Anse Chastanet, which takes about 15 minutes or so.
We liked snorkeling at Anse Chastanet best but it would not be my first choice for a place to stay, because it is (in my opinion) a little more isolated than the other two and the views are marginally less spectacular, although regardless of where you end up you should at least go there one day for the snorkeling. The beach at Jalousie is white imported sand, while the beach at Anse Chastanet is darker volcanic sand. We liked both, but the setting at Jalousie is a little prettier so if you want beachfront that would be my first choice. At Ladera and Anse Chastanet you have no air conditioning (didn't need it at Ladera though because of the elevation and the breezes) and the open-air design means you will have the occasional gecko in your room and moths at night if you leave lights on. We liked the romance of Ladera. You can watch the sunset and stargaze from your bed -- nothing beats it. But it's not for everybody.
 
Old Jan 15th, 2001, 03:13 PM
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Brian,
I agree with Lisa. Really depends on what makes something a 10 to you. Everyone's idea of vacation is different. I stayed at the Jalousie but visited Ladera. I heard Anse was fabulous too from a couple we met.
We chose Jalouse because of the beach (we were just steps from it), the spa (my idea of relaxation!) and also because although we are on vacation on a tropical island, we also wanted some of the comforts of home (TV, phone and yes the occassional air conditioning!) The views are spectacular at both. I wouldn't go up north if you are into the scenery. We spent one day and that was too much time there for me.

 
Old Jan 15th, 2001, 04:18 PM
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Wow. great info, thanks. Is there any sailing in the South area - day trips (is there good scenery along the coast for sailing?
 

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