A stay at an all-inclusive Saint Lucia resort is the height of a relaxing vacation. In St Lucia all -inclusive resorts are super popular so how do you know which all-inclusive St Lucia is right for you? Having experienced an East Winds St Lucia all inclusive vacation, we can tell you that East Winds resort is one of the best-kept secrets on the island! Here’s the scoop on East Winds St Lucia so you can decide if Saint Lucia all inclusive resort is for you.
All-Inclusive Saint Lucia Hotels
In Saint Lucia all inclusive resorts are plenty. Choosing the best Saint Lucia all inclusive resort for you is a matter of personal preference.
East Winds Resort is one of the oldest resorts in St Lucia. Many guests have been coming back for years. Among the guests we chatted with, there were some people who had been coming every year for 10-15 years. So Eastwinds in St Lucia must be doing something right!
East Winds Resort Location
East Winds is on a winding road leading to the ocean off the main road that connects Castries to Rodney Bay.
Although secluded, this all inclusive Saint Lucia Resort is not isolated. The main St. Lucian tourist mecca of Rodney Bay Village is just 10 minutes up the road as is Pigeon Island National Park.
East Winds Resort St Lucia is about a 45 minute drive from Hewanorra International Airport. The front of the property is ocean-facing resulting in fantastic sunsets.
This Saint Lucia all inclusive resort is also easily walkable, another rarity on the tropical island of St. Lucia where hotels are perched along hillsides.
East Winds Resort Beach
The resort’s beach is on Lebrellote Bay. The white sand beach is lovely and significantly bigger when the tide is out. Most guests stayed in the loungers under shaded palm trees. If you wanted a bigger beach, the nearest would be Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay about a 10 minute drive away.
East Winds St Lucia All-Inclusive
East Winds St Lucia is a low-level resort set amid 12 acres of botanical gardens. One of the best things about East Winds is that hotel guests have rooms set in the lush tropical gardens with flowers and fruit trees. There are hammocks spread out near each of the cottages which are perfect for nap times.
Unlike other Saint Lucia all inclusive resorts, East Winds doesn’t feel crowded or anonymous. Yet, everything is a short walk away from the cottage-style rooms.
East Winds Resort Rooms
Unlike the large Saint Lucia all inclusive resorts, East Winds St Lucia only has 30 suites, rooms, and cottages. All rooms come standard with basics like air-conditioning, ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, minibars, flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, and hair dryers.
The Ocean View Suite was once the private home of the renowned Horlicks family, but now guests can enjoy this regal room for themselves. The plush king size bed has a stunning sunset view over the ocean and the private patio is the perfect place to unwind.
Three Ocean Front Rooms are also attached to the suite’s building and are ocean view rooms. Each of these rooms enjoys a small private patio overlooking the sea.
The deluxe rooms are charming pastel-colored houses surrounded by stunning tropical gardens. Each deluxe cottage has large king sized beds and sunken shower. The shower products are from luxury UK brand, Molton Brown.
The most spacious rooms at the resort are the superior cottages. Each cottage has a marvelous, shaded patio in the garden and ample living space.
The patio has a mini-kitchen area and a refrigerator which is daily stocked with soft drinks, water and alcoholic drinks. A tea and coffee-maker complete a set of everything you would want to drink.
All the rooms are close to the pool, restaurant, and beach, and offer the utmost privacy and luxury.
East Winds Resort Amenities
East Winds Resort St Lucia prides itself in its ability to fully customize your stay with everything from pillow choices to drink or dietary needs.
East Winds Resort Restaurant
The beachfront restaurant has beautiful sea views shaded with palm trees.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, each order can be tailored to your wants and needs.The menu changes daily.
Breakfast has a full made-to-order menu and buffet style option if you are feeling particularly hungry. The full breakfast options are extensive including fresh fruit.
At lunchtime, you can look forward to an oceanfront lunch or even a barbecue. One day, we enjoyed a BBQ lunch with a steel band. The barbecue was cooked on a specially-made grill that had formerly been one of the sugar kettles used on the island when it was known as a major center of sugar production.
Dinner is an even grander affair with a silver service four-course dinner menu. During dinner occasionally, local musicians play whether it is a Caribbean trio or a piano player. The live entertainment is of an excellent standard. The dress code at dinner is smart casual.
Dinner is always served with perfectly paired wines from the resort’s extensive cellar. The food is excellent and really adds to the authentic Caribbean experience. They often get guests arriving from other hotels including nearby Windjammer Villas.
Private ocean-front dining is also available upon request for a particularly romantic meal.
East Winds Resort Bars
There is a beachfront bar area for casual drinks. The Bamboo Lounge cocktail bar is slightly more elegant and has sofas for hanging out. There are board games if you want to play into the evening.
The bar service also doesn’t hold back. You can enjoy all bar beverages by the glass including champagne year-round. In-room minibars are also fully stocked with personalized beverages.
From the bars, you can enjoy an all-day lite-fare menu if you are feeling peckish. Afternoon tea is served at the Bamboo Lounge cocktail bar.
If you like to drink, you will definitely not complain about all that’s on offer at the East Winds St Lucia all inclusive experience.
East Winds Excursions
The resort has tons of activities available and will even pack you a breakfast or lunch hamper if you want to explore the island on an excursion.
East Winds offers exclusive experiences for East Winds Guests only with an excursion schedule that includes a shopping tour and rum tasting.
We went on a sunset cruise which was terrific. Champagne or other drinks as you wanted and a glorious sunset to boot. The crew laid on some snacks as well. There was good music and only people from the resort. A world away from the shouty, crowded sunset booze cruise you usually get.
East Winds Resort Activities
Take full advantage of all the water sports the resort offers. Hobie Cats sailboats, pedalos, stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling, kayaks, and aquaview boards will keep you entertained for days.
There are also complimentary yoga and Pilates classes offered four times a week in the charming yoga pavilion. The head gardener leads tours of the botanical gardens. There is also a fitness trail that weaves through East Winds St. Lucia.
The swimming pool is set in a shaded area with a self-service swim up bar which is open even when a bartender isn’t present. Usually there is a bartender, but you can also help yourself at the pool bar. It’s that sort of friendly, laid-back place where they trust you not to create chaos.
There is a small lending library in the Ocean View building if all you want to do is curl up with a good book in a hammock.
East Winds Spa Experience
The immersive spa experience is not included in the all-inclusive stay. I, however, have a thing for hotel spas, and always indulge if I can.
The East Winds Spa experience was delightful. The spa is located in a small standalone gazebo with a full-time spa therapist. I found her so good that I scheduled a massage, a facial and a body wrap with her. She had a moisturiser that was made with local ingredients made and sold on the island. It worked so well for me that I even bought a bottle to bring home.
When she saw that I had a skin irritation from the sulphur baths at Soufriere, she went and cut an aloe vera leaf so I could put it on my skin to calm it down. I kept it in the cottage fridge and it really helped!!
The spa treatment was my personal experience of how friendly and warm everyone was. It’s not an isolated incident which shows you how they have kept a loyal customer base through all these years.
Pros/Cons of East Winds Resort St Lucia
As with any place, East Winds Resort has some positive and negatives associated with it. Mostly though, in our opinion, the positives outweigh the negative.
Eastwinds in St Lucia cocoons you in comfort.
What I really liked about East Winds Resort is that it is small and intimate. You were cocooned by people taking care of you and it was just sooooo relaxing.
Now, that can be a negative if you wanted to see more of the island. Honestly, it was so nice that we didn’t want to leave. We were supposed to go sightseeing one day and we just couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the comfort of East Winds.
Moreover, with the amount of money that you are paying, it makes sense to stay at Eastwinds Resort for your meals. If you take an Eastwinds organised excursion, they will ensure you are back in time for dinner.
There is a minimum 3-night stay at Eastwinds Resort.
At East Winds St Lucia, all inclusive means all inclusive.
I also liked that East Winds St Lucia all inclusive doesn’t nit pick about money. Except for the spa and the excursions, it’s all included.
You do not have to pay extra for fancy cocktails or top shelf liquor. They made a flat white coffee for me even though it wasn’t on the menu.
East Winds clientele seemed to be a lot of older British people. They definitely liked to drink and I am sure the all inclusive worked out well for them!
On the other hand, East Winds Resort is an expensive option. We met a British couple who were spending a week at East Winds and then spending the following week at Rendezvous near Castries. They said the Rendezvous was not as good but it was cheaper.
There are great excursions at East Winds St Lucia.
The excursion organiser, Simon, is outgoing and engaging. We thought their catamaran for the sunset trip was big and beautiful. When they sail down to Soufriere for the day, they barbecue on the boat for the guests.
The excursions are well-organised and easy to join. There are excursions every day which provide a lot of variety of things to do off-resort. You will be in a small group and get to know your fellow resort guests.
Going on excursions though can add up costs. They may also not be on the days that you want. We took a chocolate tasting tour on our own because it didn’t fit in with our schedule. Doing it ourselves also meant the cost was cheaper (although we did get terribly lost driving on the way there!).
East Winds Resort St Lucia is for quiet and relaxation.
The East Winds St Lucia experience is very civilised without being formal. Great food and drink, lots of resort space and a comfortable room as a retreat. It’s middle-aged heaven.
So, the lack of party atmosphere may not be to everyone’s taste. On the other hand, Rodney Bay Village (i.e., party central is right up the road).
There are not many families at Eastwinds in Saint Lucia.
Unlike other Saint Lucia all inclusive resorts, you don’t get the adults only/couples only rule. Yet, it was all adults.
East Winds does have guests who bring older children but there is no specific family-friendly amenities for them. This is not an all inclusive Saint Lucia resort where you can stick your kids in a kids club and let them entertain themselves. In addition, the lack of kids may mean your own kids may not have anyone to play with.
More information can be found on the East Winds website. East Winds is located at Brellotte Bay, Gros Islet St. Lucia.
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We were guests of Eastwinds Resort for room and board. We paid for our own sunset sail excursion and my spa treatments.
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