"A fabulous, family-friendly Caribbean resort - your kids will think they've found paradise…"
Windjammer landing is a really pretty resort - white, red-tiled spacious villas nestling into the green hillside - which offers pretty much everything children of all ages could want. A pretty sandy beach with safe bathing in the warm Caribbean, all kinds of watersports - kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing - snorkelling trips, tennis, kids clubs.
There's free organised activities - water aerobics, pilates and tennis clinics - but you don't have to get involved. Everything is very relaxed and everyone - staff and guests alike - has a smile on their face.
St Lucia is a beautiful island; green because it gets a lot of rainfall, indeed more than you might want if you're fleeing England in October and November when it can rain all day - but the odd cloud and shower is a welcome relief in Dec, Jan and Feb, which are perfect months to visit.
It can be hard to tear yourself away from the resort which has a good variety of restaurants and loads of activities but do make the effort to see a bit more of the island if you can. Trips and car hire is pricey but the rainforest, the plantations and the Pitons are all worth seeing.
If your children enjoy watersports, do buy the watersports package which gives them the chance for pretty much unlimited waterskiing and works out at great value. It's a fantastic place to learn and the sea is calm and warm.
The kids clubs is good with friendly staff and there's things laid on for teens which can help them meet friends, if you can persuade them to give it go.
The restaurants offer a good variety of food - in Jammers bar the rotis and fish of the day are reliably good as are the burgers. Papa Dons offers pizza and pasta in a romantic hillside setting - be sure to book it when you get there as it can get full at early sittings. The Upper Deck offers excellent (though not cheap) posh cuisine - the steaks are excellent.
Most of the accommodation has cooking facilities but buying food (and everything else) at the hotel shop is pricey. So if you're not on a meal plan or fussy - take your cereal and coffee out with you and do consider a trip to the local supermarket to get local supplies. Many of the villas also have a washing machine and dryer - take washing powder and you can get your washing done whilst your there and won't have mountains of washing when you get home. [Worried it might might just me who's enthused by this].
The flight isn't too bad - about 7 hours and direct with BA or Virgin on an almost daily basis in the Winter months. For around $100 per person you can book a helicopter transfer from the airport to the resort - cuts transfer time considerably and is an amazing way to start your holiday as you fly right over the rain forest to a much nearer airport to the resort. Otherwise the hotel will arrange a mini van and the transfer time is around one hour and fifteen minutes.
All in all a great choice for a winter break to recharge everyone's batteries.
You can also order in-room dining, which is much, much fancier than it sounds. I thought it was room service but you get a waiter and your own chef and they decorate the table beautifully - we loved it. Completely bespoke, in-villa dining is priced from £97 plus the cost of the food for the number of people involved.
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