• Change
Based on 12174 reviews on Trustpilot
Serene St Lucia

Paradise found!

On gorgeous St Lucia, Ben Bailey found snorkelling, sand and serenity by the bucketful - not to mention the rum cocktails

The first thing that hits you about the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is the sheer size of the place. You can see it before you arrive - and from absolutely miles away.

The 60-acre estate, draped along 60 acres of Saint Lucia’s northwest coast in Labrelotte Bay, completely dominates the landscape. The red-roofed, white buildings gleam in the Caribbean sun with the resort sitting above the largest, crescent-shaped, white sand beach on the island. It is a sight to behold.

Honeymooners and families alike flock to the picturesque spot which is just 20 minutes outside of Castries - St Lucia's capital and most exciting city - and 90 minutes from the airport.

Windjammer Landing spreads over 60 acres

With 116 suites and villas, five first class restaurants and an array of activities and water sports at your disposal it is an easy place to while away your days in the sunshine.

We arrived in a blur of excitement. Rum cocktails were thrust into our hands and we were ferried off to our villa a short shuttle ride up the hillside. The trade off in relying on shuttle buses to access your villa is immediately offset when you see the view.

High on the hillside with balconied bedrooms, marble bathrooms and a private pool – our home for the next week did not disappoint.

We spent our days swimming, snorkelling and sailing around the picturesque island.


High on the hillside, Windjammer's villas all offer far-reaching views



At night we drank Piton beer - named after the island’s two most famous mountains – and dined in each of the restaurants on the resort.

The multi-level seafood and steak restaurant, Upper Deck, was the pick of the bunch. With the calm waters lapping against the shore and palm trees silhouetted against the sunset, we enjoyed grilled prawns and filet mignon accompanied by South American cabernet sauvignon.

Our other favourite eatery was the lovely Papa Don’s, nestled in the hillside the open-air venue serves rustic, Italian dishes accompanied with a collection of scrumptious Caribbean cocktails.

Service with a smile

In the mornings we would devour delicious breakfasts from the Dragonfly restaurant next to the resort’s main pool and look out at the beach before heading off to explore the island.

The island is itself a historical enigma - St Lucia changed hands between Britain and France 14 times (sparking 14 separate wars!). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because the island's switching between British and French control had caused so much conflict, Saint Lucia was also known as the 'Helen of the West Indies' - a reference to Helen of Troy, the wife of Menelaus, whose abduction by Paris led to the Trojan War.

In 1979 it became an independent state of the Commonwealth. Today many of the locals speak Creole owing to their French history, while much of the architecture is British.


Fire blowing evening fun



St Lucia has a strong music tradition and the biggest festival of the year is the internationally-renowned St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, held in early May at multiple venues throughout the island. It encompasses culture, visual art, alternative music, education, fashion and food and draws visitors and musicians from around the world.

We set off on an island adventure and hiked through the rainforest and swam under waterfalls.

The volcano mud baths are an absolute must but nothing beats the catamaran cruises.

With our legs dangling off the front of the boat we glided over the water, rum punch in hand, as we watched the stunning sunset.

St Lucia also prides itself on its beauty under the sea, where scuba divers can explore the island’s magical coral bays and colourful marine life that will make your eyes bulge.

For those wanting to unwind further then Windjammer’s brand-new spa is the place for you.

The 6,500 square ft centre opened its doors last year and with six treatment rooms, a Japanese soaking tub, steam rooms and an outdoor rain shower, your every need is catered for in splendid style.

As our week drew to a close we reluctantly said our goodbyes and as the plane took off we looked down one last time at the island paradise of St Lucia. Well, not the last time actually. A return is being planned as we speak. 

First published in the Mail Online - January 2017

More articles below...

For more inspiration, read what travel writers have to say...

Sailing the high seas

Cruising the Windward islands proved just the ticket for Helen Atkinson Wood

Authentic Cuba

John Hutchinson visits before the island nation changes forever

Stunned by St Lucia

Marina Fogle is dazzled by this corner of the Caribbean

Sun, sea and salsa!

The perfect partners for Bruno Tonioli

St Kitts and Nevis

Wendy Driver puts her best foot forward on a hiking trip

Chilling in Grenada

Samantha Lewis discovers the perfect island to relax

Bliss in the BVIs

Vincent Graff discovers he can do without room keys and TVs

For sun and stars

Follow Wendy Gomersall to the beautiful Bahamas

Spicy Grenada

Renowned chef Rosemary Shrager discovers paradise on a plate

Cuba's new revolution

One of the most fascinating holiday destinations, as Richard Eden discovered

Caribbean cocktail

Grenada packs a punch, as Tamara Hinson discovers

Happy hour

Stephen Macdonald samples deadly cocktails in Jamaica

Art beneath the waves

Rob Crossan discovers sublime beauty in this stunning underwater sculpture gallery

Past Perfect

Tristan Davies finds himself in a luxurious time capsule

Bountiful Bequia

Nick Redman reports from the little Caribbean island of Bequia

Plantation houses

Discover the Caribbean's historic hotels

St Lucian sounds

Nigel Tisdall is dancing to a different beat in St Lucia


Piers Morgan's favourite Caribbean hotel is better than ever

Barbados or Bequia

Hunter Davies has to decide which of two idyllic islands comes out on top

Besotted with Barbados

Sam Tonkin loves everything about this Caribbean idyll

Rock and Royalty

Nigel Tisdall tells you how you can join the St Barths' jet-set

Bowled over by Bequia

Jonathan Agnew unearths a secret Windies gem

Caribbean heaven

Mark Palmer revels in two luxury resorts in the Dominican Republic

Gourmet gala

Jason Arnold delights in the culinary treats of Antigua and St Lucia

Best of Barbados

Fred Mawer's top tips to enjoy this fabulous Caribbean island

In love with St Lucia

Josh Cuthbert, of boy band Union J, knew there was only one place he wanted to celebrate his engagement

Paradise on a plate

The fabulous food of Anguilla has Harry Denning’s tastebuds tingling

Bountiful Barbados

Jack Davidson discovers the island’s greatest treasure

Get fit in paradise

Toni Jones signed up for sun, sea, sand and floating yoga

Batting for Antigua

The Caribbean just bowls you over says Mark Palmer

Islands of treasure

There's so much more to the Cayman Islands than offshore banking says Sian Boyle

Not quite what you're looking for?
We can easily customise an offer to suit your exact requirements