Located on the north shore of St Lucia the Winjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort overlooks the crystal clear Caribbean Sea and boasts 60 acres of landscaped gardens, six outdoor pools and a luxury spa. The sandy beach offers an alternative to the pool areas with loungers and in sea hammocks to relax on.
The resort features a variety of air conditioned rooms and villas that include free high speed wireless internet, cable TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Bathrooms include hairdryers and free luxury toiletries. Some villas offer fully equipped kitchens and private pools.
The Serenity Spa area features a private pool, steam room and treatment rooms overlooking tropical gardens. Treatments include aromatherapy, massages, body wraps and facials. The resort also has a fully equipped gym.
There are five restaurants offering everything from casual to more formal a la carte dinning options and three bars to choose from. Nightly entertainment is also offered.
Watersports including wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, hobie cat, windsurfing and snorkelling are all available as well as an extensive programme of daily events.
As our flight arrived mid afternoon we were able to check in straight away. We were greeted by a friendly member of staff who took our luggage and showed us to some seats to relax in. We were offered fruit or rum punch and a cold towel. One of the resort ambassadors arrived and introduced himself and got us checked in pretty quickly, once all the formalities were completed we were given our room keys and taken up to our villa by mini bus. I found the check in procedure to be very efficient and problem free.
We booked a two bedroom pool villa. The villa we were allocated was nice, because of the way the resort is built on quite a steep hill you enter the villa from the top floor which is where the master bedroom is located. The bedroom was large and had a small terrace with a couple of chairs on it, there was also an en suite bathroom. There was plenty of room and ample storage space for clothes and to get rid of empty suitcases.
Downstairs you entered into the main lounge area which had an open plan fully equipped kitchen and a dining area. This room was completely open to the elements as you can see from the pictures, this didn’t particularly bother me but be aware that birds and other creatures can and do get in. The second bedroom was also on this level and was again of a good size and with an en suite bathroom.
Outside on this level was an enormous terrace complete with a table and four chairs, two sun loungers and the best bit for me, a plunge pool. I was pleasantly surprised at how big the pool was, you couldn’t swim in it but it was much larger than I expected. The view from the terrace was simply stunning.
I thought the villa was a little dated and in need of refurbishment however it didn’t impact on my stay. I later found out that some rooms and villas have been refurbished but it seems to be pot luck as to whether you get one or not.
Restaurants & Bars
The resort blurb says that there are five restaurants and three bars which in my opinion is a stretch of the truth. Firstly the bars, you have a main bar by the pool area which is open all day from about 11 am then there are two others, a beach bar which is open from 11 am to about 5 – 6 pm and a bar in the Embers restaurant again open from 11 am to around 5 pm. We were on an all inclusive package but if I was paying for drinks I don’t think I’d have been particularly happy. Cocktails seemed to contain very little alcohol – I know this makes me sound like an alcoholic! – I even watched them make the drinks and they did use a good few shots which led me to believe that the spirits were watered down. Wine was not that good, some might say it should only have been used for cooking! I had no complaints about the beer! Drinks were always available although the service could be somewhat sporadic.
The restaurants weren’t bad and I thought the quality of the food in all of them was pretty good. Breakfast was served in Dragon Fly. You could either have buffet or a la carte and both were very good, there was always a good selection on the buffet and it was always replenished quickly.
Lunch was available at either Embers or Jammer’s and on the whole was always very good, there were regular BBQ’s offering a variety of different foods.
Dinner could sometimes be a problem as you needed a reservation for everywhere except Jammers and I didn’t like the fact that you couldn’t choose where you wanted to eat on the day. Upper Deck offered a more formal a la carte dinning experience with excellent steaks and fresh fish and seafood. Papa Don’s provided the Italian choice with fresh pizzas and pasta dishes while Dragon Fly usually had some sort of buffet. Jammers provided a more enhanced menu similar to the one offered at lunch time. Embers was closed at night which I thought was a shame.
There was a lot going on at this resort including a full programme of daily events starting with early morning walks, pool volleyball, fitness classes etc. As part of the all inclusive option we were entitled to use all watersports which was a real bonus, there was no limit on how much you did.
The resort states it has six pools, these include two kids pools. I found the main pool area to be quite crowded mainly with families however the pools at the Hibiscus Suites were much quieter.
The beach area was very pleasant with plenty of sunbeds available at most times, some parts of the beach could be quite rocky where you enter the sea but there is an area that is sectioned off for swimming where the water is clear and there are no rocks.
Other facilities that we didn’t use include tennis courts, a nearby golf course, an on site spa and a kids and teen club which I was told was very good.
In My Opinion
Over all we had a great holiday here, our room although a bit dated was very comfortable, the staff looked after us very well and the resort seemed to be well kept. Depending on who you are and what you’re looking for be aware of the time of year you go, school holidays attract a lot of families where outside of these times the resort is much quieter. From my experience in the Caribbean the Windjammer Landing although not perfect, is one of the better resorts that I’ve been to in this price range.