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July 23, 2018

Visit to Sandals La Toc St. Lucia

Sandals La Toc St. Lucia

This month Jarred and I traveled to Sandals La Toc in St. Lucia with two of our friends for a week long getaway. St. Lucia has always been on my bucket list to visit and after my Sandals Certified Specialist Training earlier this summer I was even more eager to head down to this beautiful island.

Once we arrived at the airport in St. Lucia we were escorted to the Sandals Lounge where there were couches, televisions, and cold drinks for us to enjoy as we waited for our shuttle. One of the great things about staying at a Sandals resort in St. Lucia is that there are three on the island. Guests at one hotel can utilize the services at the other two as part of their stay meaning there is no additional charge. Shuttles run throughout the day between the three hotels so guests can choose when and where they want to go. For this trip we were staying at the Regency La Toc which is about a 75 minute ride from the airport.

The Hotel

One of the things I really liked about this resort is that I never felt crowded. Most of the restaurants do not need a reservation and you can easily get a table at whatever time you want to eat. The same goes for reserving chairs by the pool. The hotel has three different pools to choose from depending on your mood. We would reserve our chairs then head to breakfast. Most of the time we had chairs at the pool but facing the water which was by far the best view. When we wanted to change it up we would head in to the water or there are water sports such as kayaking and windsurfing that you can do too!

As I mentioned before, because you are staying at one of the Sandals resorts you have complimentary access to the other two resorts. One of the days we took the shuttle over to the Grande St. Lucian and spent the day there. They face the bay so their water is a bit calmer than La Toc and they had these small pods that looked like trampolines in the waters tied down that you can sit in and hang out. Later in the day a floating bar came through serving drinks, it was incredible! I love how each resort offers something different so it wasn’t the same thing every day. And between the resorts we had 27 dining options available!

 

Excursion

We chose to do an excursion mid week to see more of the island and chose Island Routes Soufriere Adventure. This was an all day excursion starting with a catamaran sail down the west shore of St. Lucia with our tour guide pointing out points of interest along the way. When we got to the town of Soufriere we boarded a bus and headed to Sulpher Springs where we enjoyed a mineral rich mud bath. From here we headed to Toraille waterfall which was powerful and cold…but so much fun! After this we headed to the Morne Courbaril Historical Adventure Park for a historical estate tour and local creole lunch.  On the tour we got to see the process of de-husking a coconut then tasting the fresh coconut and water and also taste a ripe cocoa bean before the fermentation process.  After lunch we headed back to our catamaran for snorkeling and swimming before we arrived back to port.

Thoughts

I truly loved our trip to St. Lucia and really enjoyed the ability to switch up locations whenever we wanted to. Here are a few tips for anyone traveling to a Sandals resort:

  • Bring lots of sun screen! The sun is strong and although we had umbrellas at our chairs you will most likely be in the sun whether you are by the pool or the beach.
  • Silicone Wedding Bands. We ordered ours of our Amazon but there are a ton of companies that make them now. Going from the pool, to the ocean, to excursions I didn’t want to chance losing or damaging my ring. The silicone rings are durable and come in lots of colors so you can color coordinate.
  • Insulated cups. We saw so many couples and group bring their own insulated cups and the bars were filling them up with their drinks. Such a smart idea so your drink stays extra cold!
  • Floats. The pools all had floats to relax on but some couples brought small floats to sit on which I thought was a great idea.
  • Make reservations early! There are some restaurants at Sandals that require reservations and they can only be made on site. My suggestion would be to go to the dining desk once you arrive if it is still open and get your reservations in.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask. One thing about Sandals is that they want their guests to be happy and will accommodate as much as they can. We asked for a room change the first night we were there because we realized our room faced where the live music for the evening was. They took care of us with no problem and gave us a quieter room and a better view!

I am looking forward to booking my next Sandals trip once I can decide where I want to go! If you are interested in booking a Sandals trip contact me for more information! Don’t forget to download our Vacation Planning Sheet for your next trip.


 

Mallory Weiss Planning offers personalized planning for weddings, honeymoon travel, and family travel. We handle the detail so you don’t have to.  Contact us today for more information on how to get your adventure started!

 

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