Enjoy a Luxury Holiday in Saint Lucia
CEO TODAY ONLINE travelled to Saint Lucia’s luxury Windjammer Landing Resort and Residences to check out one of the best family-friendly holiday destinations in the Caribbean.
Recognised as Saint Lucia’s Leading Family Resort at the 2023 World Travel Awards, Windjammer Landing Resort and Residences certainly stands out. Nestled in the glamorous hills of the island’s Labrelotte Bay, the resort has undergone$12 million renovations which feature the revitalisation of enhanced luxury estate villas, new Ocean Point Residences, a refreshed lobby, innovative culinary programme and updated accommodations. Influenced by its Caribbean meets Mediterranean island setting, the resort’s new design blends nautical and coastal elements, utilising soft neutrals and pops of Saint Lucia’s renowned blue hue. Custom-made wood furnishings including Mindi and Teak are used throughout spaces to provide contrast, and natural rope and rattan furnishings transform outdoor space into a chic oasis. The resort celebrates over 30 years of service since its opening in 1989 paying homage to its origins and bringing a focus back to the serenity of a beach escape.
This resort is entirely focused on creating the best family holiday and experience for you and your children. Staff are friendly, on hand to help parents and the resort is full of laughing and playing children. This is also thanks to a carefully thought-out programme of activities offering children several activities to keep them busy from Creole dance classes, storytelling sessions and guided nature walks with no less than six impressive family-friendly swimming pools dotted around the resort. Catering to adolescents, the resort extends a diverse range of land and sea endeavours with a huge range of water sports. For the Instagram content-hungry teenager Windjammer has plenty on offer from water skiing, a floating trampoline, an iceberg-like climbing wall, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and rafting. Relaxing in one of the overwater hammocks can be a teenager’s most loved pastime but there’s plenty to choose from in the sporting area as well, including beach volleyball, coconut bowling and water polo.
Give yourself some time off with the brilliant kids club available for 4-12-year-olds and from early morning through to late evening giving you a chance to take in a day trip or enjoy dinner for 2. Kids Club Activities include crab racing, pirate mask making as well as a trip to the local stables on Tuesdays. Kids are led through trails situated on the northern part of the island, along the Atlantic side with a chance to tour the stables and enjoy refreshments along the way.
Kiddies can even get to try an introductory yoga session giving them a chance to relax, meditate, and enhance flexibility. Little ones also love taking part in Arts & Craft sessions, where they embrace the vibrant tradition of Carnival costume-making. making friends along the way. Led by the lovely, enthusiastic and skilled Kids Club Coordinators, children will craft their art masterpieces with daytime activities including beach games, talent shows, pool parties and Olympics- giving parents some much-needed time off to relax knowing the kids are in safe hands.
As the sun sets, the magic continues with Windjammer Landing’s VIP Kid’s Program. The programme includes the Jacqout Funatic Puppet Making and Show, a weekly event that ignites young minds and creativity. By crafting, making puppets and participating in an entertaining puppet show, children discover the perfect blend of comedy, education, and pure enjoyment. Under the starlit sky, Jacquot the Parrot leads serene storytelling sessions on the beach, setting the stage for tranquil bedtime moments. Beachside movie nights bring classic kid-friendly films to life, complete with cosy pillows and blankets for a snuggly outdoor cinematic experience. Other nighttime activities include disco glow parties, limbo lessons and games marathons.
The renowned “Serene Wellness Spa” has a wide range of alluring, balance-restoring rituals and treatments available to nurture both physical and spiritual routines. Stand-out feature packages include their holistic approach to Detox and Immunity featuring steps to transition to a healthier way of living.
Little ones can take part in the “Petit Spa” experience available from the ages of 8-18 years. Spa offerings include Classic Massage, Facials including Pure Cleanse and Polish Manicures and Pedicures- a special treat for the girls who loved being primped and pampered.
FOOD AND DRINK
With seven exceptional restaurants to choose from, Windjammer Landing Resort and Residences caters to every palate with an enhanced culinary programme overseen by Executive Chef Sebastian Francis. The spaces themselves boast chic upgrades to design elements and refreshed menus for Papa Don’s which now offers an A La Carte breakfast experience and dinner-only Mediterranean, Jammers (all-day beachside dining), Upper Deck (dinner-only legendary steakhouse) and ‘Masala at Embers,’ serving up authentic Indian cuisine, led by Chef Vikram Singh, daily for dinner service. Upscale dining at Upper Deck evokes a modern steakhouse vibe with moody accents.
And for the young ones, the resort ensures that even the pickiest eaters will find delight in the excellent kid’s menu options, allowing parents to savour the local Saint Lucian cuisine with peace of mind while the kids relish their familiar favourites. Plus, on the all-inclusive package, kids 11 and under eat for free. Kids also love the Toppers Ice Cream Shack with cute little sun loungers laid out for them to soak in the rays as they sink into their cones.
Each restaurant supports Saint Lucia’s local farmers and fishermen, serving up only the freshest of ingredients and each restaurant serves up ultimate exquisite dishes ensuring children’s menus and portion sizes were thought of.
The resort’s signature restaurant, Dragonfly is absolutely stunning and has undergone an extensive renovation now serving up breakfast, and dinner as well as an Antipasto lunch buffet on top of breakfast and dinner offerings. The new restaurant also now features a rooftop bar and lounge dubbed “The Perch by Dragonfly,” featuring hand-painted murals by local Caribbean artist, Sandy Layne, that depicts the scenic breakwater views from the restaurant. The Perch has become the newest hot spot in Saint Lucia where locals and tourists mingle over some of the most innovative cocktails and menu offerings such as Piri Piri King Prawns, Spicy Eggplant, and the Spices of Lucian cocktail as well as the option to try out a whole list of mocktails, all while taking in sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. Ambient evenings are often spent with the sound of ocean waves lapping against local musicians playing a range of tunes on saxophone, flute and singing.
If you want to take a night off and step into town, then look no further than the “Spice of India” a sophisticated Indian restaurant situated in the heart of Rodney Bay and one of the only restaurants on the island serving halal options. With over 20 years in the industry, Chef Adil has travelled across the Atlantic Ocean creating scintillating dishes to satisfy the palates of eager patrons throughout the Caribbean. Along with his Sous chef, Adil celebrates his love of cooking by bringing a modern flair to the ancient, traditional Indian Tandoor technique of cooking to Saint Lucia. Tuck into sumptuous dishes including Lamb Sheek Kebab, Tandoori Ajwani Prawns, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Lamb Korma with refreshing mango lassi and masala chai. The restaurant offers impeccable service, friendly staff and beautiful décor: https://spiceofindiastlucia.com
The newly built Ocean Point Residences feature a mix of luxury two and three-bedroom beachfront villas- perfect for families looking for space, the freedom and flexibility to use your own outdoor pool and call for in-house dining when the mood suits! Larger villas offer full kitchens with the services of a dedicated chef available on request. After a long flight and pleasant journey into the resort, the new ‘Ocean Point Club House’ is a godsend with an exclusive lounge for Ocean Point Residence guests a dedicated concierge desk and a private check-in area. Our ambassador Darrel Remy’s attention to detail was second to none, always smiling, full of energy and had a “We got this covered!” mentality. Resident nurse Julia Belizaire-Alexander is always on hand to help to help parents with any worries you might have with the kids. A reassuring energy when you are away from home.
Each villa in the Ocean Point collection has multiple outdoor terraces, a private infinity pool, fully equipped kitchens, artwork showcasing Caribbean culture and landscape by local artists, smart technology and more. Especially handy was the fully kitted-out laundry room after sandy sessions with kids by the beach. In addition, the close location to the beach means you are only steps away from ocean views and close access to resort amenities- a must for families with little ones.
CEO TODAY ONLINE found Windjammer Landing Resort and Residences to be an enchanting luxury location for a family-friendly holiday and the only place to book in Saint Lucia for an unforgettable experience in the Caribbean.
Windjammer Landing Resort and Residences offers rooms starting at £302 per night with villas starting at £492. For more information and reservations, visit www.windjammer-landing.com
For more information on Saint Lucia, please go to www.stlucia.org