Spacious Suites on Celebrated Caribbean Shore
Near St. Luciaâ€™s northern tip, a scenic coastline known as Rodney Bay was once a favorite haunt of 16th- and 17th-century French pirates and British admirals, thanks to its proximity to the neighboring island of Martinique. Nowadays, it's famous for Reduit Beach, a golden stretch of sand that Fodorâ€™s calls one of the â€œisland's finest beaches.â€ Royal by Rex Resorts nestles along a 1-mile stretch of this shoreline, commanding views of palms, sailboats, and the Caribbean waves.
The resort's layout makes it easy to wander between the beach and the pool, which meanders past footbridges and waterfalls. Enjoy a tropical cocktail at the pool's swim-up bar, which is designed like an island and surrounded by submerged barstools. Alternatively, the onsite L'Epicure restaurant serves creole dishes on an open-air terrace, and the elegant Chic specializes in fine French fare.
In addition to a private patio, Royalâ€™s suites often include fresh flowers and colonial-style shutters. Deluxe suites overlook gardens, and visitors can gaze into the ocean beyond from the sea-view suites. In the morning, L'Epicureâ€™s hot buffet of eggs, sausages, and pancakes prepare you for sailing and scuba-diving adventures (extra fees apply).
Saint Lucia: French-Inspired Cuisine and Spectacular Volcanoes
Located in between Martinique and Saint Vincent in the eastern Caribbean, Saint Lucia was coveted by the British and French, who quarreled over the island for more than a century. Although English is now Saint Lucia's official language, the French seem to have left a more noticeable influence on its arts and cuisine. Along the coast, a string of marinas exhibits a cultural blend through restaurants ranging from fried-fish shacks to upscale French eateries. Grab a table to sample meaty pepperpot stew, spinach-like callaloo soup, or the countryâ€™s national dish of green figâ€”a Caribbean term for small, unripe bananasâ€”and salt fish.
With several beaches, Saint Lucia attracts those looking for snorkeling excursions, dolphin-watching tours, or deep-sea fishing trips in search of blue marlin, barracuda, and mako shark. Crowds descend on the popular Reduit Beach at Rodney Bay, not too far from the 18th-century British forts at Pigeon Island National Park. For a less hectic scene, head south down the coast to Anse Chastanet, a more secluded beach with giant palm trees and undulating green hills.
A vacation in Saint Lucia is not complete without a visit to one of its volcanoes. Considered the countryâ€™s unofficial symbol, the Pitons are two vegetation-covered volcanic plugs rising more than 2,000 feet above the western coast. Nearby Saint Lucia Volcano is considered "the world's only drive-in volcano," as you can drive your car close to the volcanic crater to see its steaming sulfur springs.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? The best airport to fly in/out of is Hewanorra International Airport (airport code: UVF) or George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU). Travel time from UVF to the hotel is approximately 90 minutes one-way, and about 10 minutes one-way from SLU. An airport taxi transfer will cost about $80.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? Additional occupants cost $65 per night for one guest 12 or older; $20 per night for each guest 2â€“11; no charge for kids younger than 2 on existing bedding.
3. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? Resort credits are not offered with this Groupon.
4. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code?
Reservations are required at Chic and The Oriental. Dress code for dinner is smart-casual. Men generally wear collared shirts and long trousers in the evening or elegant casual wear for less formal evenings. Please feel free to wear t-shirts, shorts and beach wraps at breakfast, during the day. For information regarding your dining options, please click here or call 305-471-6170.
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