Lush rainforest, powder sand and turquoise sea? You could be talking about St. Lucia. This island nation in the eastern Caribbean has long been popular with tourists from Europe and the US. Peak season runs from December to April and hurricane season Sep/Oct is probably best avoided. My old schoolfriend Paroo took her twin boys with the rest of her family for an Easter Caribbean break. I’ve yet to make it to the Caribbean but after seeing her beach pics, it’s another one to the add to the bucket list!
We spent an incredible two weeks in St Lucia with six adults and five children (5 and under!) in our group.
How did you book the flight and hotel?
We booked the flights on air miles (Virgin for us and BA for my parents). We booked The Landings through Destinology although some guests booked the whole package through BA and they got the Kids Club included which we didn’t.
How did you get there?
There are direct 8.5 hour flights from Gatwick, UK to St. Lucia on Virgin and British Airways. The outbound was a day time flight which was fine as my 3 year old twins had never been given permission to watch so much television they were in heaven and good as gold. The return flight was an overnight flight which was also fine.
How was the weather?
Typically Caribbean apparently. Sunny but would rain for 10 minutes a day. Not too hot, pleasant with the kids.
Where did you stay?
We stayed at The Landings in the north of the island – approximately 1.5 hours drive from the international airport. Some guests we met hired a car for their visit but we organised transport through The Landings at $25 USD per person. It was pricey but at least they brought us toddler seats and boosters.
The Landings is a small resort with a private beach and three swimming pools. The resort is made up of apartments – between us we had two 2 bedroom apartments and one 3 bedroom apartment. They were all superb. The rooms were spacious and all ensuite. There was also a router in every apartment so WIFI was excellent. Two of our apartments had hot tubs which as lovely in the evening when the kids had gone to bed.
There was a Kids Club which was basically a converted 2 bedroom apartment. They had structured activities going on every day, otherwise there was a room for younger children to play with toys and lego and another where older children seemed to go to plug in their iPads and entertain themselves. The Kids Club was chargeable at $5USD/hour per child. However I met some guests who booked a package through BA with unlimited Kids Club.
How were the apartments?
These were lovely. The resort was beautiful but the real X-factor was the service. The staff were always trying to help. We could have as many towels as we wanted without question. We were greeted by name when we were anywhere in the resort and even on our final day they gave us a late check out without any fuss or extra cost.
How was the food?
We were bed and breakfast only but if worked quite well. The kids would eat a light breakfast in the apartment when they woke up. Then we would go to the beach club for our ‘included’ breakfast around 10.30am and have a heavy brunch so we could last the rest of the day. The staff would also give us takeaway boxes so we could take fruit/snacks to our apartments. There was usually a buffet on from 6pm which cost $38 USD for adults and $19 USD for children 6+. All our kids ate for free.
Rodney Bay is nearby and there are lots of restaurants there but it was expensive to get a taxi there and the area wasn’t that nice to hang out in. If you hire a car then I suppose that would be a more reasonable option.
What activities did you do?
We spent most days at the beach, then pool, then hot tub before getting ready for dinner! We did go on an excellent pirate ship excursion. Sea Spray Cruises organises a day trip on a pirate ship to visit the volcano, mud baths and botanical gardens as well as giving us time to swim in the ocean next to the ship. My pirate-mad boys loved it – especially meeting ‘real’ pirates, face painting and the treasure hunt on board the ship. Would definitely recommend it if you have pirate livers in the family.
All in all it was a great trip. I wouldn’t normally go to the same holiday destination twice, but after 2 weeks at The Landings, I would happily go back again. I would definitely recommend it!