Days of uninterrupted sunshine, drinks delivered directly to your lounge chair in the sand, the sound of ocean waves in the background while you dine alfresco on a beachside patio—it sounds too good to be true, or at least too difficult to organize for one overwhelmed vacation planner. At the The Landings Resort & Spa, however, all this and more is ready for guests to enjoy without lifting a finger.
How to Make the Most of a Stay at The Landings Resort & Spa
We stayed at The Landings Resort & Spa in Saint Lucia and are sharing our exclusive advice to help you get the most out of your Caribbean vacation—from the best off-resort excursions to tips you won’t find anywhere else.
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Saint Lucia is a Caribbean island situated between Martinique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbados. Just under four hours from Miami, the island itself is small—roughly 230 square miles—and can be crossed length-wise in a two hour drive. The tropical climate is tempered by coastal breeze, and travelers can expect to enjoy temperatures in the mid-70s to mid-80s year round.
The Landings Resort & Spa is located on Gros Islet on the northern tip of the island abutting Pigeon Island National Park, only a half hour drive from the capital of Castries and a two hour transfer from Hewanorra International Airport. Guests can contact The Landings’ Concierge Team to arrange a taxi, rental car, or private transfer to the hotel.
|Tips: Adventurous vacationers can book a helicopter transfer between Hewanorra International Airport and George F.L. Charles airport, then complete the remaining commute via limousine.
Built in 2007 and renovated in 2016, The Landings is a sprawling resort encircling its own private marina, where guests can dock their private vessels for a nightly fee. Stone paths, lined with butterfly-filled gardens and swaying palm trees, meander throughout the grounds, all leading toward a peaceful stretch of white sand beach.
Each of the suites at The Landings is privately owned, with residents given the option to enter their property into a rental pool and authorize the resort to book their suites out to guests. Of the 150 suites making up the resort, 93 are currently bookable to travelers.
Every rental unit must pass a rigorous inspection and approval process by hotel management, so you know you’re getting the best quality and highest standard.
Each suite at The Landings is equipped with a full kitchen, washer and dryer with complimentary detergent, and private outdoor space with views of either the ocean or marina.
|3 Bedroom Grand
|950 sq. feet
|1400 sq. feet
|1800 sq. feet
|2300 sq. feet
Rooms include a mix of US (type A) and European (type G) style outlets. You may want to bring a plug adapter to make full use of all outlets, but you won’t be left stranded without one.
Tour a Two-Bedroom Suite at The Landings Saint Lucia
Each suite at The Landings feels like a luxe vacation rental rather than a hotel room. We stayed in a two-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom ocean view suite. The full-sized kitchen and separate dining area makes it easy to stock up and families with children will appreciate the fridge space for much-needed snack storage.
The rooms offer ample living space to accommodate four people (the suite’s max occupancy) without stepping on each other’s toes and feature plenty of storage, with multiple closets throughout including a walk-in closet off the main bedroom.
Outdoor spaces include a small private patio at the front entrance and a large back deck overlooking the beach below.
Other features include:
- Ironing board
- Hair dryer
- Lockable safe with code
- Coffee in kitchen
A stay at The Landings is a guest-first experience like no other—if you can dream it up, the friendly and knowledgeable staff can make it happen. A sample of the amenities on offer includes:
- 7,000 square foot spa and salon featuring showers, saunas, and a hot tub open to all guests regardless of whether they’ve booked a treatment
- Spacious health club outfitted with Cybex equipment
- Complimentary fitness classes such as water aerobics, Pilates, and Beach Fit classes
- Direct beach access with private lounge chairs
- Shopping boutique in the main lobby
- Four heated outdoor pools
- Access to water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, and paddle boarding
- Tennis courts
- Kids’ Club (ages 4 through 12), offering Creole language classes, fishing, hair braiding, and more.
Make Your Stay All-Inclusive
The easiest way to take full advantage of the amenities that The Landings has to offer is to make your stay all-inclusive.
What’s Included in the All-Inclusive Package at The Landings?
The all-inclusive rate at The Landings includes all meals, all drinks including select alcoholic beverages, access to non-motorized water sports like kayaking and snorkeling, private butler service, beach ambassador service, and more.
All meals and beverages eligible for the all-inclusive package are clearly marked on each restaurant’s menu. Simply give your room number to the server or host upon arrival.
Search for all-inclusive rates during your travel dates through the link here.
All room rates include access to the complimentary breakfast at The Beach Club. Breakfast is served as a buffet and includes American-style options like pancakes and scrambled eggs alongside Caribbean favorites such as stewed saltfish and roast bakes.
|Tip: While The Palms is the only restaurant that requires reservations, it is suggested to call ahead to the other dining venues for parties greater than eight to ensure they have time to prepare your space.
Callaloo Beach Bar and Grill
Dine with your toes in the sand at the newly renovated beachfront Callaloo Beach Bar and Grill. Each meal comes with a basket of plantain and breadfruit chips served with a side of perfectly spicy salsa.
The Beach Club
A short walk down the beach from Callaloo is The Beach Club, where guests can order from an à la carte lunch and dinner menu in addition to the breakfast buffet. In the evenings, enjoy live entertainment from local musicians and performers on a patio illuminated by glowing tiki torches.
|Tip: Take a peak over the railing at the guide lights in the marina just off the right side of the deck. At night, you’ll catch schools of fish swirling around the water, attracted by the green glow.
The Palms, located just off the main lobby, serves up a fresh seasonal menu that can be enjoyed indoors or on an outdoor patio overlooking the central marina.
The Coffee Shop
The Coffee Shop is located in the main lobby next to The Palms and is perfect for guests looking for a grab-and-go option before heading out for the day.
The Turquoise Beach Bar
Hop straight from the sand and onto a barstool at The Turquoise Beach Bar. Sharing a patio with The Beach Club, beachgoers can relax with a mid-afternoon Piton Shandy or kick off the evening with a creative cocktail.
The Viscount Lounge
The Viscount Lounge offers small bites and signature drinks just off the main lobby across from The Palms.
In addition to traditional room service, private chefs are available to prepare meals in-room on request. You can also have your kitchen stocked with your favorite drinks and snacks upon arrival with The Landings’ Personal Pantry Service.
|Tip: Guests are welcome to bring back their fresh catch of the day and have it fried up in classic Saint Lucian style by the resort’s expert chefs.
Off Resort Excursions
While it’s true that you won’t need to leave the property during your stay, don’t miss out on the many exciting off-resort excursions around the island. Here are a few stand out options:
|Tip: Many excursions can be booked through the hotel. For any independently booked activities, the Concierge Team can assist with arranging transportation.
Explore Pigeon Island National Park
Distance from The Landings: 4 minute drive or 15 minute walk
Pigeon Island National Park is connected to the main island via the manmade Pigeon Island Causeway. Take in the park’s history amongst the 18th and 19th century military ruins and hike to the top of the two peaks of the park, Fort Rodney and Signal Peak, for an incredible 360-degree photo op.
The Landings offers guided hikes of the park twice a week with the option to schedule additional hikes upon request.
Visit the Sulphur Springs in Soufriere
Distance from The Landings: 1.5 – 2 hours drive from The Landings
The Sulphur Springs in Soufriere are much more relaxing than their nickname—‘The World’s Only Drive-In Volcano’—makes them sound. The crater of this dormant volcano is now home to several natural mud baths, where travelers can unwind and take advantage of the mud’s detoxifying properties.
Wander the Diamond Falls Botanical Garden
Distance from The Landings: 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours
The six-acre Diamond Falls Botanical Garden in Soufriere invites guests to learn about the wide variety of tropical birds and flora within the park, wonder at the colorful mineral-rich waters of Diamond Falls, and bathe in the on-site hot springs.
Hike the Pitons
Distance from The Landings: 2 hours drive
The dual peaks of the Pitons tower over the southwestern coast of Saint Lucia, just south of Soufriere. Gros Piton, the larger of the two volcanic spires, rises 2,530 feet above sea level and is a bucket list stop for many hikers. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, the area is rich in biodiversity, including nearly thirty endemic bird species.
It is strongly recommended to complete this hike with an experienced professional guide.
Party the Night Away at Gros Islet Jump-Up
Distance from The Landings: 4 minute drive
For over 50 years, the Gros Islet Jump-Up has welcomed travelers and locals alike to dance, eat, and shop from dozens of local vendors that line the streets each Friday night.
Take a Coastal Tour
Coastal tours are the best way to take in the island scenery and get up close with the region’s incredible marine life. Tours include romantic private sunset cruises, group whale watches, and day trips to Martinique as well as half- and full-day sailing charters.
Price and How to Book
Room rates start at around $350 per night and can be booked on SmarterTravel Hotels.
Editor’s Note: The author of this story was hosted by The Landings Resort & Spa.
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