This Jamaica-based chain muscled onto St. Lucia in the 1990s and now operates three full-service, all-inclusive resorts on some of the island's best beaches. (Many give this one a slight edge over the others, maybe because it has the most toys.) Even if you don't particularly love the brassy Sandals/Beaches fun, fun, fun ethos, these mega all-inclusives do a lot of things well, like providing boatloads of amenities—here, eight restaurants, six bars, retail shops, and four pools, to name a few—to keep folks happily occupied. The adults-only St. Lucian caters to a younger crowd that likes its entertainment loud and bass-heavy, but even here, Sandals has places where you can get away from the clamorous scrum. There's a luscious picture-postcard beach overlooking Rodney Bay; a large lagoon-style swim-up pool; and spacious, well-appointed rooms done up in 18th-century colonial style, many with antique reproduction-mahogany furniture, hardwood floors, and farmhouse beds. A cool feature: the Rondavel suites, beachfront "suites in the round" that have a private cabana feel, each with its own plunge pool, whirlpool, and outdoor "grotto shower." In fact, most resort rooms enjoy ocean views. The eight restaurants cover the culinary bases (Italian, seafood, pub grub), but some complain that the food overall is uninspired. Look for deeply discounted off-season web rates.
St. Lucia› Hotel
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort
Pigeon Island Causeway, Gros Islet
Our Rating Neighborhood Gros Islet Phone 888/726-3257 or 758/455-2000 Prices Winter $820–$1,114 per-person double, $1,545–$2,417 per-person suite; off-season $287–$393 per-person double, $541–$846 per-person suite; rates are all-inclusive for 7 days; children not permitted Units 301 Amenities 8 restaurants, 6 bars, golf privileges, gym, 4 pools, retail shops, room service, spa, tennis pavilion, watersports equipment/rentals, Wi-Fi (free) Web site Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort