Settling Into Sandals La Toc
David’s birthday was a great excuse to plan a luxury Caribbean getaway in January. We started our vacation with a cruise in the Southern Caribbean. We enjoyed lazing on the ship and great port adventures. Then we left the ship in St. Lucia for a week in St. Lucia.
We stayed at the Sandals Halcyon Resort in St. Lucia on our previous trip. There are 3 Sandals Resorts on the island and you get to enjoy all of them during your stay. We had visited Sandals Regency La Toc twice and it looked like a great place for our second visit to Sandals in St. Lucia. We booked a two storey butler suite. It is a small separate block with direct beach access. It was our oasis! We knew we could have a great luxury experience for a week.
Our cab from the cruise dock took us right to the butler lounge to check in. At any time, there were two butlers assigned to our suite, although they did change over the duration of our stay. As she would say when she called, “Neomi the butler” took us by golf cart to our suite. The Sandals La Toc resort is spread over a large area, all on a hill. We really loved having butler service and a golf cart chauffeur at this resort!
We knew we were in for some luxury pampering when the bed decoration and towel art gave us a very personal welcome! Champagne was chilling and we enjoyed a glass sitting on our private patio.
This was a great start to a pampering week in St. Lucia.
David Was Spoiled With Chocolate For His Birthday
David’s first birthday celebration started when we were still cruising in the southern Caribbean. We had dinner at the Italian restaurant and then the staff marched out with chocolate cake. It was a yummy start.
At Sandals on the actual day of his birthday, we started the day with a lovely breakfast on the patio. This would give us some energy for our day as we planned our first scuba dive for the week. Neomi picked us up at the scuba shop when we finished our dive. She had one more surprise for us. We found lunch on the patio. And she even found some chocolate cake for David.
After lunch we discovered that food was not the only birthday recognition David would get. Our bed was decorated with a special Happy Birthday message. At dinner, our reserved table was decorated with “Happy Birthday”. Nobody missed that it was David’s birthday that day.
Celebrate your birthday with a week in St. Lucia and you will be spoiled!
More Chocolate Treats
David’s chocolate treats were not over. We planned a day to visit Hotel Chocolat in St. Lucia. It was a lovely drive to Soufriere. Drinks and lunch were all decadent chocolate options. And then we spent a few hours learning how to make chocolate. A perfect day for a chocoholic like David.
One of our favourite events at Sandals is the chocolate buffet night. When we visited Sandals in Exuma for Valentine’s Week, we got two chocolate buffet nights! The chocolate buffet night was the night before we left St. Lucia. We enjoyed this final chocolate treat outside with the sound of the surf pounding in. A perfect chocolate goodbye to a week in St. Lucia.
Busy Days In The Water
We visited Sandals in St. Lucia before and enjoyed the free scuba diving. Sometimes resort diving is just about getting out for the exercise. But we found the scuba diving in St. Lucia to be much better than expected.
We did two days of scuba diving on this week in St. Lucia. We again found there to be lots of things to see underwater. And the colours were amazing.
Scuba diving in St. Lucia under the Pitons was a great way to get a little exercise, see some great underwater sights and get the most amazing view.
Lazy Days With A View
Other than our trip to Hotel Chocolat and scuba diving under the Pitons, we planned to enjoy just lazing about on the resort for our week in St. Lucia. If we wanted quiet and no sun, we could lounge on our patio. We got a great view from there as the cruise ships went in and out of the harbour. We even waved goodbye to Oceania Cruises Insignia. It had been a great luxury home away from home on our southern Caribbean cruise.
The Piton Pool was a short walk from our suite. It was quiet and not well used in the afternoon after the sun was lost. The larger pool was a short walk up the hill. There were stunning views of the blue green water from the restaurant and pool decks. The butler reserved our lounge chairs and brought us a cooler of cold drinks. It was a great spot to relax.
The beach and main pool was down the hill. This was the party pool and we spent little time lounging down there. But we did to love and listen to the waves crashing on the beach.
Everywhere we looked on the Sandals Regency La Toc property, we found yet one more spot to relax and be pampered. Lounge cabanas, waterfront massages, hammocks in the shade and romantic dinners on the beach called to us.
It was great to start our day late with breakfast in our room. An afternoon snack was delivered and we could pop the champagne. It was not hard to relax. We even made great use of the outdoor bathtub after a long day scuba diving!
Fun On The Resort
There was entertainment every night during our week in St. Lucia. Many nights we just retired to our suite after a long leisurely dinner at one of the many spots on the resort.
But the day that we arrived was the Street Party. Large buffet tables were set up on the main level. There was a great selection of local foods.
A band played and people danced. But we waited for the main event. The fire act went from one excitement to the next. There was fire eating, fire breathing and fire limbo. Each trick caused the audience to watch in rapt attention. I am positive the the audience members who were asked to participate were sure they would catch on fire!
But it was a fun way to spend a night.
Plan A Birthday Week In St. Lucia
Our whole trip for David’s birthday was a great success. We escaped Toronto cold weather in January. We started with a southern Caribbean cruise that took us to many new Caribbean ports. And our final birthday week in St. Lucia let us totally unwind. We enjoyed lazing on the resort. If we wanted exercise and some excitement, we booked scuba diving. For our final chocolate treat, a trip to Soufriére to Hotel Chocolat was an indulgence.
We have had mixed success with butler service in the past. We are generally undemanding guests and don’t ask much of the butler. But this visit, we had a number of really good butlers. They anticipated our needs proactively. They went out of their way to listen and we didn’t have to ask twice. And the golf cart they ushered us around in certainly helped with the very hilly Sandals La Toc!
If you are looking for a spot to enjoy a special day, consider a week in St. Lucia. It was certainly the perfect end to our southern Caribbean cruise.
Have you done a birthday week in St. Lucia? Did you get totally pampered?
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