Spa Hotel Review: Sandals Regency La Toc, St Lucia
Review: Jennifer Bonfield
Located on the north east of the island, Sandals Regency La Toc is the most grand of St Lucia’s Sandals resorts. Sitting pretty on the half-mile crescent shaped beach looking out into the emerald sea; this is omnipresence of luxury resort living.
We arrived at St Lucia airport to be met by Sandals staff who whisked us from baggage collection straight into the ‘secret door’ of the VIP Sandals airport lounge. The well-stocked bar offered welcome ice-cold refreshments while we waited for our transfer to the resort. Thirty minutes later we were driving into the palm-fringed, resort entrance. Above the main resort lies the Sunset Bluff Resort (a resort within the resort if you like), this is where the glamorous, private, hilltop villas sit – all of which are inclusive of butler service and feature shimmering, private infinity pools.
We checked-in at reception whilst being handed a chilled glass of bubbles – this was how all check-ins should be! Our Garden Suite room was super spacious with rich colonial style, 4 poster bed, crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and sumptuously plump pillows. French doors led to the sweet private terrace overlooking the tropical resort gardens.
There are 9 restaurant offering a huge diversity of cuisine and even an English pub, should you get homesick and hanker for traditional fish & chips. We recommend Kimonos; a Japanese restaurant located at the very top of Sunset Bluff. The fresh, fusion flavours of this contemporary eatery are mouth-watering. Restaurant La Toc also deserved some serious recommendation; this French fine-dining hotspot (top tip: make reservations as soon as you arrive from the airport!) serves the best fillet steak and truly delicious desserts, with an impressive wine list to match. You can also opt to dine on fresh seafood specialties at Neptunes, or maybe a spot of Italian inspiration at Armando’s.
The breakfast buffet was served each morning in the spacious open-fronted Pavilion restaurant. Prime beach view tables are snapped up early each day so get there fast. There are breakfast buffets and there are breakfast buffets at Regency La Toc; my husband actually woke up each day in excitement about the endless menu options from the made-to-order chef station; fluffy pancakes, omelettes with an array of tasty fillings teamed with lashing of exotic fresh fruit, squeezed juices, pastries, cold meats and cheeses, (the inclusions are endless) even mimosas were a strict part of breakfast etiquette here.
To soak up the Caribbean sunshine you only need to take mere steps from the hotel down onto golden-fringed beach. Sleek sun-loungers are scattered along the shore and on quiet days you could feel like you had the beach to yourself. Water-sports are aplenty if you fancy a spot of sailing, jet skiing or kayaking. If you prefer the pool to the beach there are no less than 3 to choose from including a cocktail laden swim-up bar and the main pool is the largest pool on the entire island.
If basking in the rays, eating and drinking all get a bit much, change your scenery with a visit to the resorts award-winning Red Lane Spa. Boasting a treatment menu that is sure to entice every couple’s need for romantic relaxation. This tropical hideaway also provides the perfect escape for the girls whilst their keen golfer husbands are playing the resorts award winning 9-hole golf course. Seen as i indeed fell into the latter category, I lounged by the spa’s plunge pool, (open 24/7 no less), and sipped iced apple and watermelon infused water before indulging in the signature Tropical Bliss treatment; a heavenly and aromatic, full body massage. I left the spa in a relaxed daze and knew I’d be back for more pampering before departing the island; after all it would be rude not to let the hubby sample some more of that beautiful golf course.
Seven nights at Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa on an all-inclusive basis from £1,589pp.
Includes flights & transfers.
Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa
La Toc Road, Castries City, St. Lucia