Hotel Review: Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa

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Located in Smugglers Cove on the Cap Estate on the northern coast of Saint Lucia is the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa. The sprawling contemporary beachfront all-inclusive resort has 453 rooms and a staff of over 1000 employees.  Royalton Saint Lucia which opened February 2017 is laid out in a series of eight towering white buildings overlooking the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa sign.

Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa: First Impressions

After arriving in Saint Lucia via Hewanorra International Airport, I connected with airport transfer services Travel Saint Lucia for the 90-minute journey to Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa. The airport and hotel are at opposite ends of the island, roughly 25 miles apart. George F.L. Charles Airport is closer at just 6 miles from the resort but most international flights arrive via Hewanorra. That said, after a scenic journey winding through the mountainous landscape with my driver regaling me with stories about Saint Lucia, we turned on the long driveway into Smugglers Cove where Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa is located. I was immediately greeted and escorted to the Diamond Club Lobby where I could choose from a range of beverages and finger food while I waited to be registered. This happened rather quickly, and before you knew it, I was checked in with a cold beverage in hand watching a couple get married as the sunset.

View from main reception at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

Watching couple getting married on beach at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa: Room 8401

My room at the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa was a luxury junior open-plan one bedroom suite with a balcony ocean view. As this was in the Diamond Club building, it was premium level and provided access to butler service though I must admit I’m almost always at a loss as to how to use them wisely.  Beyond the butler, the Diamond Club level provided access to a private bar, pool, and a section of the beach.  As for the room, I found the many modern contemporary touches rather grand and luxurious. I particularly loved the open concept with a large king size bed and signature whirlpool tub, which has pride of place in the center of the junior suite.  There was also a welcome fresh fruit platter, and the minibar was continually stocked with water and a range of beverages.  Finally, there is also a large TV mounted to the wall, though I must admit I didn’t really use while I was at the hotel — was too busy out and about enjoying the resort and rest of Saint Lucia.

Diamond Club room 8401 at Royalton Saint Lucia.

Shower in Diamond Club room 8401 at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

The 453 rooms at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa are similarly designed and divided into three different all-inclusive levels. So beyond the Diamond level where I stayed, there is also the General and Hideaway levels. The Hideaway section with 104 rooms is adults only and also has its own private pool with restaurant and bar. Overall the rooms categories include:

o Luxury Family Suite Ocean View Diamond Club™️
o Luxury Junior Suite Ocean View Diamond Club™️
o Luxury Junior Suite Swim Out Diamond Club™️
o Luxury Junior Suite
o Luxury Junior Suite Ocean View
o Luxury Junior Suite Swim Out
o Luxury Family Suite

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Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa: Food & Dining Options

Each morning, I started the day with a leisurely breakfast at Gourmet Marche, which has an international buffet with Caribbean food section, my favorite! And when not out and about exploring the island, I’d choose a different restaurant for lunch and dinner. Really, depending on the length of your stay, you could eat lunch or dinner at a different restaurant each night and not repeat. In total, there are eleven restaurants plus a café and food truck. Reservations are required for most restaurants in the evening. Beyond the restaurants, there are also 13 bars dotted around the resort, many of which serve food.

Saltfish Breakfast at Gourmet Marche at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

Lunch at Diamond Hideaway Pool Bar 7& Grill at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

List of restaurants at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa

Restaurant Food Type Service Dress Code
Gourmet Marche International Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Resort Casual
Zen Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar Japanese Dinner Evening Casual
Hunter Steakhouse Steakhouse Dinner Evening Casual
Grazie Italian Trattoria Italian Lunch, Dinner Resort + Evening Casual
Armadillo Tex-Mex Dinner Evening Casual
Grazie Italian Trattoria Italian Lunch, Dinner Resort + Evening Casual
Calypso Caribbean Dinner Evening Casual
Dorado Seafood Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Resort + Evening Casual
C/X Culinary Experience Chef’s Table so varies Dinner Evening Elegant
Diamond Club Grill Grill Lunch Resort Casual
Hideaway Grill Grill Lunch Resort Casual
Caffe Lounge & Scoops Gelato Specialty Coffee & Ice Cream Parlour All Day Casual Resort
Nibbles Food Truck Snacks – Smoothies, Sweets, etc. Lunch Resort Casual

Bob Marley Rum Cocktail at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

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Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa: Pools & Beach

All beaches in Saint Lucia are public but based on the location of Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa in Smuggler Cove, guests of the resort are the primary users of the white-sand beach. Beyond this, there are also three main pools including Royalton Pool 1 with swim up bar, Splash Pad for children with play-area and the Royalton Pool 2. These were quite busy during the day with many on sun loungers enjoying the scenery with a drink in hand.

Beach at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

Main Pool at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

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Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa: Activities & Amenities

Beyond the beautiful beach and pools, Royalton Saint Lucia has a Nexus Tours office directly on the beach offering a range of water sport activities. On land, there is also a range of activities and amenities including the swanky Royal Spa, Fitness Center (with Bootcamp, Aqua Dance, Sunrise Yoga ), Kids Clubhouse, Beauty Salon, and Medical Center. In the evening, there is also entertainment in the bandstand area. Free Wifi is available throughout the resort.

Nexus water sports at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

View of theatre, pools and beach at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

Nearby, is Rodney Bay for a mix of bars, restaurants, and shops. Also, Castries, which is the capital of Saint Lucia ideal for picking up some authentic souvenirs at the Castries Central Market. Two other fun activities nearby include spending the day at Pigeon Island National Landmark, which has several historical military sites, hiking trails, beautiful beaches, and restaurants. On Friday nights, you should also consider attending the legendary Gros Islet Street Party, one of the top things to do in St Lucia. You can take a taxi or the shuttle service to the Gros Islet Street Party, which is a lot of fun and not to be missed!

Things To Do In St Lucia: Shop for souvenirs at Castries Central Market.

View of Soldiers Barracks at Pigeon Island National Park.

A range of people enjoying themselves at Gros Islet Street Party in Saint Lucia.

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Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa: The Verdict

The Royalton Saint Lucia is vast, and it is clearly designed to attract a wide range of vacationers with its different category of rooms, bars, restaurants, and amenities. As such, it is perfect for couples and families looking for an upscale all-inclusive option.   Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa will also appeal to those organizing major events including weddings, family reunions, or even just a large group of friends on vacation. There truly is something for everyone! The only negative is that it is far away from many of the top things to do in Saint Lucia including the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Pitons that comes to mind when you think of Saint Lucia. They are a 90-minute drive away!  Of course, day excursions to explore Soufriere the original capital of Saint Lucia to check out the Pitons along with other attractions like Sulphur Springs Park and Diamond Botanical Gardens with waterfalls can easily be arranged through Nexus Tours who also have a large office near the main reception lobby.

Watching the sunset near main pool and beach at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa.

Note: This is but one of several Royalton Luxury Resorts in the Caribbean. There is also the Royalton Antigua, two in Cuba including Royalton Hicacos and Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, two in the Dominican Republic including Royalton Punta Cana and Royalton Bavaro plus three in Jamaica including Royalton Blue Waters, Royalton Negril, and Royalton White Sands. Finally, Royalton Grenada is expected to open later this year!  You can also compare the rates for these Royalton Luxury Resorts via hotels.caribbeanandco.com.

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Ursula Petula Barzey

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Ursula Petula Barzey is a digital marketing professional and Founder of Caribbean & Co. which has allowed her to reconnect with her Montserratian and Caribbean roots!

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