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The Landings St. Lucia, Castries

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Rodney Bay
Castries , St. Lucia
Tel: 758 458 7300's insider take:

Curled up in a cove south of the Pigeon Island peninsula, The Landings St. Lucia operates like a private-gated community for yachties and country-club families on vacation. A marina divides the resort in half with a man-made harbor, making it easy for boaters to tie off and check in. Landlubber guests arrive through the gabled portico of the main house, which holds a full-service spa and The Palms formal restaurant off the atrium lobby. Lose yourself in the 19 acres of landscaped gardens of palms and tropical flowers that surround the stately collection of lemon-yellow buildings with 122 villa suites. There's also an 800-foot-long beach (don't miss the weekly family-friendly barbeque and bonfire evenings on Tuesdays). The one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites have a nautical feel, with under-the-sea art prints on the walls and a subtle blue, taupe, and dark brown palette. with four-poster beds, flat-screen TVs, and comfy couches. Decked-out kitchens and dining room tables are perfect for entertaining guests. Spacious private terraces in the upper-floor suites have views over the harbor or the cove (the lower-floor rooms compensate for the pinched outdoor space with hot tubs on small patios). Two swimming pools, tennis courts, and water sports equipment (kayaking, sailboating, and snorkeling) keep guests entertained through the day. At night, the Beach Club is a casual and lively spot for evening drinks and Caribbean dishes such as jerk chicken rotis.—Douglas Wright

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