Mediterranean-style villas—as appropriate for a family or group vacation as for a romantic getaway—climb the hillside on one of St. Lucia's prettiest bays. There's plenty to do for adults and kids alike, but definitely take time for a rejuvenating treatment in the spa. Shuttles whoosh you to and from your villa, the activity areas, the spa, and the hillside pools.
Each one- and two-bedroom oceanfront suite has a separate sitting room, kitchen, and hot tub on the terrace. Spacious hillside villas can easily be closed off or opened up to become one-, two-, or three-bedroom suites; some have private plunge pools. Several huge (2,800-3,600 square feet) estate villas at the top of the hill have three or four bedrooms, private pools, and full kitchens with a private chef. All villas overlook the ocean—close up or farther away—and every unit has an amazing sunset view.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some villa sitting rooms are open-air and, therefore, are not air-conditioned.
Bathrooms vary depending on the accommodation; most are spacious, with a soaking tub and walk-in shower, and a large vanity with double sinks and double mirrors. Oceanfront suites have a combination bathtub/shower.
The resort's reception area opens onto a large guest lounge with easy access to shops, restaurants, and the children’s club and playground.
The resort has six pools. The main pool is large and near the beach, two are perfect for small children, and three are secluded on the hillside.
The 5,000-square-foot Spa at Windjammer Landing has four treatment rooms and two couples suites, a private Japanese soaking tub and outdoor shower, steam rooms, relaxation lounge, and hair and nail salon. Plus, there’s a juice bar and herb garden. Treatments incorporate warmed bamboo, polished stones, volcanic mud, marine body wraps, and a special 16-point acupressure facial technique. A variety of yoga sessions are offered, along with Tai Chi and Aqua Parkour.
Enjoy excellently prepared dishes in any of five restaurants, make your own meals, or have dinner prepared by a chef and served in your villa. Dragonfly, which overlooks the beach and main pool, serves buffet-style breakfast and dinner; Embers, a beach bar and grill, serves lunch and hearty snacks; and Jammer’s, has an extensive menu at lunch and dinner. For dinner only, Upper Deck is a steakhouse and seafood grill; Papa Don’s specializes in regional Italian cuisine, including pizza and pasta, and has a special kids menu.
The resort is not within walking distance of anything else, and meal costs add up fast. You might consider the all-inclusive plan.
The resort has four bars: 96 Degrees in the Shade is in a tiki hut on the shoreline, and Embers is a sports bar on the beach; both are open from mid-morning until late afternoon. Papa Don’s, the Italian restaurant, has a bar the features wine in the evening; Jammer’s, between the main pool and beach, is open from mid-morning until 1 a.m. and hosts nightly live entertainment.
The resort overlooks 1,500 feet of white-sand beach on calm La Brellotte Bay. Non-motorized water sports are complimentary and include windsurfing, pedal boating, paddleboarding, tube rides, snorkeling, kayaking, and Hobie Cat sailing. Kneeboarding, waterskiing, and wakeboarding require a fee. Windsurfing, sailing, and waterskiing lessons can be arranged at the water-sports facility on the beach.
Eastern Caribbean Diving operates a dive shop at the resort and offers dive and snorkel trips, instruction from beginner to certification (including for children), and specialty courses.
Taxis are always available. A rental car, which can be arranged on-site, is recommended if you plan to leave the property often. Driving is not a problem in the north, as the terrain is fairly flat. To visit the iconic sites in Soufrière, however, a boat tour from Rodney Bay is the most comfortable way to travel.
Guests who are not on the all-inclusive plan head for Rodney Bay Village, considered restaurant-central. All along Reduit Beach Avenue, from Baywalk Mall to the beach, you’ll find one restaurant after another. For seafood, for example, try Buzz Seafood and Grill (5-minute drive); for French Caribbean dining, try Jacques Waterfront Dining in Harmony Suites Hotel; for barbecue, head for Delirius; and if you have dinner at Ti Bananne at Coco Palm Hotel, you can stick around for the live music.
Farther south in Castries, Coal Pot (15-minute drive) is a waterfront restaurant on Vigie Cove, near the airport, that serves light lunches and gourmet dinners. It’s tiny, so you’ll need reservations.
For nightlife beyond the resort, you also have to go to Rodney Bay. Verve (5-minute drive) is a dance club there that attracts a fairly young crowd—or try your luck at Treasure Bay Casino, St. Lucia’s one and only casino.
Gros Islet Jump-Up (10-minute drive), the island's largest street party, is a Friday-night ritual. Huge speakers set up on the street blast Caribbean music all night long. You can also buy barbecued fish and chicken from villagers who set up grills along the roadside—along with beer and soda. Take a taxi to Gros Islet. The streets get so crowded that you’re unlikely to find a parking spot for a rental car. Your taxi driver will arrange a pickup time.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Windjammer Landing is a very big resort, sprawled across 60 acres of hillside and beachfront, with a variety of spacious accommodations and numerous restaurants and activities to thrill every member of the family—from tiny tots to grandma and grandpa.