Fodor's Expert Review
This is the most intimate and low-key of the three Sandals resorts on St. Lucia. Like the others, though, it's beachfront, all-inclusive, for couples only, and loaded with amenities and activities. And it's just 10 minutes north of downtown Castries. Learn something new—perhaps sailing, windsurfing, or waterskiing; enjoy swimming in the sea or in any of three pools; or play a game of croquet, table tennis, or billiards. And the low-rise architecture at Halcyon is entirely friendly to the physically challenged.
Tip It's about half the size of the other two Sandals on St. Lucia—and just as popular—so book well in advance.
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Beachfront rooms are in cozy one-story bungalows with exposed-stone walls, stone terraces accented by tropical greenery, and private plunge pools. “Honeymoon Hideaway” rooms are in a two-story building near the pool. There are three levels of rooms—luxury, club, and butler—based on location, size, amenities, and, of course, price. Furnishings are similar in all rooms, but guests in club- and butler-level rooms enjoy 24-hour room service and stocked minibars.
You Should Know Wi-Fi is complimentary only in concierge- or butler-level rooms; otherwise, there’s a charge.
Like the rooms, the bathrooms here vary. Some rooms have large, modern soaking tubs; some have stand-alone claw-foot tubs; some have tubs with jets. Some have single vessel or countertop sinks; some have granite vanities with double sinks. Mostly, the bathrooms are modern and well-appointed. And some rooms have a second soaking tub (for two) on the balcony.
The lobby is in a small building at the entrance to the resort. In addition to reception, there’s a guest lounge with comfortable seating, a cocktail bar, and treats like just-baked chocolate chip cookies. On the other side of the port cochère, a gift shop sells beachwear, souvenirs, and sundries—including duty-free items.
The resort has two large swimming pools, each with a swim-up bar, and three Jacuzzis. Both pools have plenty of cushioned sun loungers and umbrellas for shade.
At the Red Lane Spa, guests can indulge in luxurious massages, healing aromatherapy, rejuvenating facials, therapeutic body wraps, soothing/stimulating reflexology, and invigorating body scrubs. Specialty services include a bridal radiance facial, jasmine candle massage, hot stone therapy, green coffee wrap, facial/foot massage combo with two therapists, and much more.
You Should Know Spa treatments cost extra.
In addition to working out on the machines and weights and working with a private trainer, guests can participate in various sessions such as power walking, stretching, intense Tabata, cardio “Jammin” to music, and something called the Caribbean Beach Shred—a high-intensity workout intended to burn fat and sculpt the body. Guests can also get some exercise by jogging or walking along 1,000 feet of beach or around the 22-acre property.
Tip Guests can take the free shuttle to Sandals Regency La Toc and play a round or two of golf; greens fees on the 9-hole, 3,141-yard, resort-style course are complimentary.
There are a half-dozen dining options at Sandals Halcyon: Bayside serves three meals daily, inside or outside; Beach Bistro serves grilled specials and snacks all day long; Mario's specializes in northern Italian cuisine; Kimono's specializes in Asian cuisine; Soy is a sushi bar; and Kelly's Dockside, which is perched on a 150-foot pier, is the place to go for seafood.
Tip Room service is available in accommodations with butler service.
The 7 bars here—including a beach bar, two swim-up bars, and a piano bar that stays open until the wee hours—are good places to meet and greet new friends.
The resort faces a lovely section of Choc Beach—broad white sand lapped by the aquamarine sea. It’s perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, sailing (Hobie Cat), tubing, knee boarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paddleboarding—all of which are complimentary.
Tip Unlimited scuba diving is complimentary for certified divers; beginners can take a resort course or become certified for a fee.
Sandals guests usually find plenty to do on-site or at the two other Sandals properties on St. Lucia—or they join an Island Routes tour (also a Sandals operation). An hourly shuttle connects all three Sandals properties, and airport transfers are complimentary.
As an all-inclusive, you’ll likely stick to dining at Sandals. But here on St. Lucia, guests enjoy the “Stay at 1, Play at 3” exchange program. That means access to 27 restaurants: 6 here at Sandals Halcyon, 9 at Sandals Regency La Toc, and 12 at Sandals Grande.
With 7 bars at Halcyon, you don’t need to venture far to get a drink. You’re also entitled to unlimited beverages at the bars at Sandals Regency La Toc (8) and Sandals Grande (6), however, so that’s a total of 21!