Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort - Your Secret Garden Resort
We were really pleasantly surprised by Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort. It was like a secret garden with little cottages everywhere. They were not free standing cottages but it felt that way. They will begin renovations in August 2008 and I believe that River Suites are coming!
This resort is located in between the other two Sandals properties in St. Lucia so the transfer time to get to the other resort to play or for dinner is really easy!
This is the smallest of the three resorts and it was really laid back and quite! Even in June at 12:00pm or 3:00pm the pools and the beach were not crowded. It was really nice!
There are two pools here (main and quiet), both with swim-up pool bars. Even the main pool was quiet!
They have three restaurants onsite at the Halcyon - no reservations needed. Remember, you can eat at all of the resorts.
Bayside: breakfast, lunch and dinner - buffet style. The breakfast was WONDERFUL! We also grabbed a quick bite for lunch one day in between snorkel trips.
The Pier House: dinner - order off the menu. This restaurant is not open everyday. When it’s closed Mario's is open. It was WONDERFUL! Caribbean cuisine and seafood are on the menu. I had the Surf and Turf....FANTASTIC! There is a bar in there towards the back that you have sit and have drinks at before/after dinner.
Mario's: dinner - order off the menu. This restaurant is not open everyday, when it’s closed The Pier House is open. It too was WONDERFUL! They have a lovely antipasti bar, but Toscannini's at the Grande is better. They serve Italian cuisine.
They also have a Beach Grill with AWESOME onion rings! It closes at dinner time and then re-opens after dinner until 4:00am
If you are looking for a quiet getaway, this is your spot!
Couple of General Notes:
*The concierge is located at the guest relations desk. So the real benefit is the location/view and the stocked minibar.
*If you are looking to be close to the beach and are booking a Grand Lux Ocean View Room, request the Marigot Building with steps to the beach.
*No mini fridges in non-concierge rooms until after the renovation.
*Some of the ground floor deluxe rooms offer double entry.
*Golden Palm Dive Center - best of the best