Royal St. Lucia Resort & Spa
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Located in Gros Islet (Rodney Bay), Royal by Rex Resorts is minutes from Reduit Beach and Splash Island Water Park Saint Lucia. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Baywalk Shopping Mall and Rodney Bay Marina.
Make yourself at home in one of the 96 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness center. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, supervised childcare/activities, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges. A complimentary breakfast is included.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a computer station, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Travelled with my wife first week of November 2018 with Air Canada Vacations from Toronto. We are both in our
late 40's. Firstly, Air Canada Rouge can use some help. There are no USB connections on the plane and no screens to watch a movie and it's a five hour flight to St. Lucia. The flight attendants were terrific though. There's no way our cell phone batteries could last that long watching one or two movies for the flight. Dear Air Canada, I'll gladly pay one dollar extra if you will put USB ports on the arm rests.
It's nearly a two hour drive from the airport at the far South end of this small island to most of the resorts in the North end. So if you know and expect that, it's a non-issue. They drive on the left side rather than the right like us in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada. If you prefer, we were quoted $185US each for a 10 mintue helicopter ride instead of the drive. The drive IS scenic though.
The hotel was spectacular. Absolutely beautiful and under 100 rooms. One main building with three floors.
Check-in and later out was a breeze. They offered rum punch and champagne upon arrival and carried our bags to the room. Room tip, stay on the second or third floor rather than the main floor if you like to sit on your balcony with coffee in the morning or something stronger in the afternoon since you have views of the beach and ocean. The ground floor offers the ability to walk out to the pool and beach etc from your sliding glass door. There is no (alarm) clock in the bedroom so if you like to know the time at night, bring one. And there were no North American electrical outlets in the bedroom so bring a converter. There is a N. American outlet in the living room area. Our room (2218) was on the second floor and had a huge King bed, large bath with tub and shower, and a separate sitting room with tv leading to the balcony. Very nice room!
The beach is the best on the island. Just stunning.....no rocks, coral or seaweed. The beach vendors pretty much leave you alone although whenever a cruiseship is in port, this is the "go-to" beach and it is something to watch the locals set up beach chairs and umbrellas on either side of the hotel's side of the beach and watch them hustle the cruisers. Quite entertaining.
Currency is EC (Eastern Caribbean) and US. We only brought US and were fine everywhere.
We seldon used the pool which looked wonderful and clean. The ocean was just too compelling and fun. The swim-up bar is terrific and fun. The sand was wonderful and warm.
Staff: This had to be a highlight for us. From the guy that cleaned the pool and cleaned the grounds to the top of management, most knew our first names within a day or two and all were warm and welcoming. Kudos to management! Bar staff knew our drinks before we ordered on day 2. WOW. I am not one to do those "shout-outs" to individual staff so I won't, but, I must say EVERY single employee went way out of their way to ensure we were happy. Management/Ownership deserve kudos for their hiring and training. We have travelled to many places that could use customer-service tips from this hotel.
Food: In one word, terrific. There really are only two restaurants. The Chic, is fine food and fancy but you only get one dinner there for a week. There were several menu items that were an extra cost even if you were all-inclusive. Oh, forgot to mention there is a mix of guests there with the all-inclusive package and pay as you go style. Within a day, staff knew we were all-inclusive so everything is included, except premium booze. The other restaurant is L'epicure, and that is all three daily meals and not fancy. We wore shorts/slacks and button shirts at dinner but bathing suit and t shirt at lunch. It is buffet breakfast but menu lunch and dinner. The food is terrific, if you go hungry here, you are too picky. There are numerous choices. There is also "Mahi's" on the beach between the pool and beach. They serve lunch only and drinks and is quite small, not intended for a "sit-down" type lunch but perfect if you want something quick rather than sitting in L'epicure restaurant. Crab cakes and fish and chips were the best we've ever had.
Entertainment: Well in fairness, we travelled early November which is near the end of the rainy season and at the very beginning of the busy season. So there was no entertainment at night. At first, that seemed so quiet each evening, but later, we grew to like the peace and quiet. We understand that once the busy season comes that they have nightly entertainment, but there is no "club" and no stage so I can't suggest there are the big productions like in the Mayan Riviera 5 star hotels. But then this is a smaller property and not intended for noisy nights. We liked that it was quiet. On that note, you are a five minute walk to a strip of "clubs" that pump out lots of base at night, so if you like that, it's close. And on a note about safety, we felt very safe walking outside of the hotel day and night. We often walked to the small town about five minutes away and had no issues.
Excursions: We only did one, the "Sea and sea" catamaran. They picked us up at reception, drove us ten minutes to the marina and we boarded. Very picturesque sail for two hours to Soufriere where we took a bus to the mud baths. That was an experience! Tons of fun. You can option for the drive-in volcano instead of the mud bath if you prefer. Toured local nature and had a wonderful lunch. Then back to the catamaran and a cruise to a secluded bay and some snorkelling. There were several locals on small kayaks the captain said to ignore. We chose to ignore the captain and one of the locals in the kayak allowed us to hold on to a rope trailing behind him and he pulled us over a reef. What a fantastic view. My wife is the lesser of the two of us for adventure and is not usually interested in snorkelling but even she loved the ride. The views of the reef and the fish etc. were spectacular. The kayak returned us to our catamaran and we tipped him $10US. We highly recommend you ignore the captain and do this. We were returned to our hotel about 4pm. We had left at 8am. Long day and lots of free beer or rum punch onboard the catamaran. Word to the wise, go easy on the rum punch, it has a habit of sneaking up on you since it goes down so easily.
There are lots of other excursions, all with their own appeal. We just chose to hang out at our own beach and the ocean. Book them at the hotel or tour rep. There are lots of car and scooter rental places and the island is so safe you could likely rent and drive yourself around and actually pay the entry fee to the mud baths or drive in volcano.
At our hotel, the beach chairs and umbrellas are free and only for hotel guests. So the cruiseship people are not allowed and hotel security is ever-present on the beach to ensure that. There are no trees on the beach so a little shade may be welcome with the cool straw umbrellas.
To sum up, if you are looking for a five star property on a spectacular beach, very clean with warm and professional staff, this place is for you. Food is terrific and we had a lot of fun.
We will be back.
The building is one of those older buildings. There are no elevators so you have to walk up three flights of stairs if your on the top floor. The window for the bathroom opens unto the hallway so privacy maybe an issue. But all in all good value for money and the location is awesome. Right next to bars, restaurants and shopping, public transportation too.
The hotel stay was very good and breakfast was tremendous. I was there for five days and the rooms were always clean and tidy and the atmosphere was very pleasant. The staff was very friendly they were pleasant and went the extra mile to help. The managers and supervisors went the extra mile to assist where there were a few small problems and the solution was very timely.
If you want to fall asleep to the gentle roar of the Caribbean surf, this is the hotel for you. Just spent 5 days at the Royal St Lucia. Stayed in one of the ocean facing rooms. The room was huge, the patio was spacious and the pictures don't do it justice. You are literally right on top of the beach and the view was indescribable. Complete sweeping view of Rodney bay. Staff was incredibly friendly and a welcome change from hotels that try to nickel and dime you to death. I highly recommend the hotel!!
I'm writing this review from Chic, the hidden gem of Royal St. Lucia, a place I'm visiting quite often because it is 2 minutes walking distance from the gated community where I live in Rodney Bay. The staff is very friendly all around the property. If you book a Deluxe Room with King Bed (I didn't try other options) you'll be received with welcome drinks (cocktails, sparkling wine, beer or a selection of juices in case you don't drink alcohol) and a fresh fruit platter. Breakfast is awesome, having selection of Swiss and French cheeses (Brie, Camambert, etc.), omelette station, meats, breads, pastries, hot and cold dishes, variety of fruits, variety of drinks (tea, coffee, juices) and so on. The hotel is on Reduit Beach and although the beach is public (like all beaches in St. Lucia) the chairs and umbrellas are not but you don't have to pay for them if you're a hotel guest. The beach in front of Royal St. Lucia is very good and service is impeccable. Once you take a beach-chair you'll be provided with a flag from the resort and, seconds after raising it, a waiter will come to take your order. I tried the Pinacolada, the Fruit Punch and they were very good. I also asked for the best drink the bartender can make and I got a really good one, can't remember the name though. I ate several times at Epicur, a restaurant on the property that's facing the beach and ocean. The food is great and service is good at Epicur but the mind blowing restaurant of Royal is Chic. Today is the first day when Mr. Erikson Philogene is not in charge but the services are exquisite in his absence too and Mr. Mark Annius is taking great care of us. Once you enter Chic you are invited to have a comfortable seat for browsing the menu and you are offered a complimentary glass of Prosecco while the table is prepared for you. I've been traveling a lot around the Caribbean and I must say that this is a sophisticated restaurant offering a memorable dining unmatched to anything I experienced in St. Lucia or on any other Caribbean island that I visited in the last 2 years. Last but not least I have to mention the Spa. I'm not using Spa but my wife likes to have massage wherever we go. She had only good words for the Spa in Royal St. Lucia and she was also happy to find Elemis products for sale in the Spa. I hope you'll have the same good experience as I had in case you decide to spend some time in this resort.