The secluded hillside Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is located in the north of Saint Lucia, offering sweeping views over the picturesque Labrelotte Bay. It has over 300 rooms ranging from simple guestrooms to the brand-new two- and three-bedroom luxury Ocean Point Residences, complete with private pools.
The resort has recently undergone a renovation of many rooms and communal areas such as the lobby and some restaurants. There are plans to continue renovating outstanding areas, including the swimming pools. Its design is moving away from the dark wood furnishings and red tiles akin to a Mediterranean village, to a sleeker, modern aesthetic with warm whites and a focus on natural materials, creating an airy and relaxing feel.
The resort is suitable for families, couples, and – as we were about to discover – makes an ideal stay for honeymooners.
It takes around one hour to drive from Hewanorra International Airport on the south of the island to Gros Islet in the north. Saint Lucia is small, but the roads wind up and down through the mountains, so those who suffer with travel sickness should arrive prepared. Private helicopter transfers are also available.
Windjammer Landing is located just north of Saint Lucia’s capital, Castries, and a short drive from Rodney Bay. Nowhere is really walkable from the resort, but the staff at the front desk are always happy to arrange taxis for visits into nearby towns.
Check-in was quick and easy, with no waiting at all. Despite arriving after dark, we were greeted warmly by energetic concierge staff who offered us a refreshing glass of fruit punch – finally, we were on island time!
After a short orientation and explanation of the services available, we were offered a shuttle to our room.
The driver, upon learning it was our first time at the resort, offered us a tour. This was a kind gesture, however we were largely distracted by his impressive driving skills on the incredibly steep roads – certainly not a job for the faint-hearted!
After a whistle-stop tour, he dropped us by our room and helped us with our bags.
Our room, number 313A, was a beautiful one-bedroom ocean-view suite that quickly came to feel like a home away from home. It was more akin to an apartment, with a kitchen decked out with a full-size fridge, hob, oven, and all the cookware we could need.
A comfortable lounge area with a sofa, coffee table and television became a haven during the stormy days, with patio doors leading to a private terrace complete with our very own jacuzzi – a perfect place for watching dramatic Caribbean sunsets over the bay.
With its crisp white linens, plump pillows, buttery soft mattress and even a meditation track playing on the television, the bedroom was a welcome sanctuary after our long journey. There was a large walk-in closet with a safe and ample storage for clothes and suitcases. Next to this, the bathroom was spacious and clean, with his-and-hers sinks, a large walk-in shower and deep bathtub. Amenities including natural hand soap, shampoo, body wash and lotion were replenished daily.
The suite also featured a small laundry room, with a sink and washing machine.
Personal touches were noticed right away. The word ‘Congratulations’ spelt out in reeds on our bed surrounded by petals, and a welcome gift of a chilled bottle of champagne with a plate of delicate chocolate cakes and fruit served as reminders that this was no ordinary holiday.
Relaxation is almost mandatory at Windjammer, with days easily spent lounging by one of the six pools or down on the beach. Reading a book to the sound of waves lapping gently at the shore, while friendly staff walk by with complimentary sorbet, cool towels and mist sprays is nothing short of paradise. A cooling dip in the still turquoise sea offers the chance to see tropical fish darting along the sand, with in-sea hammocks a novelty.
For the ultimate relaxation, Windjammer’s spa has a variety of packages, with massages and body treatments healing for the mind, body and soul. In the honeymoon spirit, we opted for the Signature Couple’s Retreat – a 60-minute full-body massage, body scrub, and bottle of champagne to share in a Japanese Onsen. Heaven!
Of course, there are more energetic facilities on offer too. The watersports facility is home to complimentary kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkelling, with motorised sports like waterskiing and wakeboarding available for an additional charge. There is also a gym and tennis courts available to use.
Near the reception area of the resort is a small parade of shops, with a mini-mart, a few gift shops, and the excursions office. Here visitors can book day trips to Soufriére by land or sea, rainforest tours and more.
Complimentary transfers from rooms around the resort are available at all hours.
Breakfast was served each day at the Perch at the DragonFly Restaurant. Overlooking the beach, the restaurant is light and airy and a beautiful place to start each day. The buffet was well-stocked and consistently replenished, though naturally options had depleted on the days we arrived later. Fresh crépes and eggs were made on-demand, with other warm options varying from pancakes, baked beans and hashbrowns to more local options, like saltfish bake. Pastries, cereals and yogurts were available, as well as a tempting selection of fresh fruit. Teas, coffees and fruit juice were served at the table.
Lunch options were slightly limited, with just the beachfront Embers or Jammers restaurants open – but with seemingly random closures on some days, leaving just one option. That said, the restaurants themselves had good menus with a variety of options. We made good use of the beach-side service and enjoyed having our lunch served to our deck chairs. A personal favourite lunch dish was the mahi mahi from Jammers, served with hot crispy chips and tartare sauce.
More options were generally available for dinner. Papa Don’s offers the ambiance of a traditional Italian trattoria, with pasta and pizza served (amongst other things). Masala at Embers was the go-to for Indian food, and Upper Deck for fine-dining. For all restaurants apart from Jammers, reservations are recommended for dinner service.
The drinks menus at all sites were varied, with cocktails, beers and soft drinks available.
It is worth noting the food and drinks and Windjammer Landing all do sit on the slightly expensive side, so the all-inclusive package option is worth considering.
After the stress of planning a wedding, we could not have been more pleased with our honeymoon at Windjammer Landing. Personalised service, good food and luxury relaxation was in abundance, with the warm Caribbean hospitality and beautiful views calling for us to return.
A 10-night stay in September 2024 starts from £1,537, based on two people sharing an Oasis Guestroom.