Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sandals Regency La Toc Tips

A few tips for those going to Regency:

1) If you go to the tour desk, they have door hangers that get you 10% off at the spa. Just bring it with you to your appointment.

2) There are all types of pools at the Regency—if you’re looking for action, head down to the main pool. If you’re looking for UBER quiet, head to the Pitons pool right next door to the Pitons restaurant. I don’t think many people even knew about that pool. If you’re looking for the swim up bars/waterfalls, etc, but still looking for quiet (and proximity to your butler), head for the pool on the bluffs.

3) I really wouldn’t waste my time going into Castries to shop. IMO, St.Lucia is not a shopping destination, and if you’re looking for souvenir/art work type of stuff, you’ll find better stuff from the local vendors that come onto property on Fridays. The only thing that you may want to check out is the duty free mall, but again—most of the time, I don’t go on vacation for the duty free shopping and you are looking at about $20 round trip+tip in cab service, so you’ll need to weigh whether or not it’s worth it to you. Also, if you’re like us and like to buy local hot sauces/foods/liquors, you will probably be able to find most of it at the resort shop. Of course, it’s marked up, but again-it’s $20 RT+Tip for a cab, so you’ll need to figure if you think you’ll get your money’s worth by going into town.

4) Sandals has a program called “Soon Come Back” (yea, we didn’t get it either) in which if you put a deposit on your next visit, you not only get a big discount, but all get extra perks like resort credits. The deposit has the same terms as the deposit if you book through the website, and they will gladly credit your travel agent for the booking. Just an FYI if you are planning another sandals/beaches vacation (but, it’s important to note that you are on your own for airfare, so I might check with my TA before I leave to see if you would get a better deal if you book a package through them or by using “Soon Come Back”).

5) The best place to watch the sunset is on the sun deck just below the pool on the bluffs. Head there for a killer view, and then head to Armando’s for dinner.

6) If you are booking a room with a plunge pool, as to be placed in the cream-colored rooms that are to the left of the bluffs pool. These rooms face west, so you’ll get a great sunset view (as opposed to the colored rooms, which face North). Also, if you’re looking for privacy, request a room in the middle of the block, as the plunge pools in the first few rooms were viewable from the decks on the bluffs pool.

The beach at the Regency as shot from the Bluffs.

The golf course at Sandals Regency La Toc (and some killer light!).

Butch Stewart's greatest contribution to mankind--the swim up bar.

A couple of the many beautiful waterfalls in the pool at the bluffs.

A Sandals Regency vs. Sandals Grande comparison coming soon. :)

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