My return to St Lucia

Lizzie Adamson-Brown on 16 June 2016

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I’ve just returned from the most amazing time in St Lucia, courtesy of Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort.

I was keen to return to St Lucia, as I got married there in 2012 at the Rendezvous; but it was strange returning without my hubby.

A huge thanks to British Airways for our complimentary upgrade to Club class. It meant we could work on flight on the way over and sleep on the way back. It’s going to be difficult flying economy again after this fabulous experience.

We landed at St Lucia Hewanorra Airport to be met by representatives of Windjammer. They were waiting with fresh, cold cloths to cool down and a much welcomed bottle of ice cold water.

The journey to the North of St Lucia takes you through some lovely spots and our driver stopped at the lookout point so we could take some photos.

The welcome by Sherani and the rest of the staff was absolutely fabulous. They were so smiley and welcoming – and incredibly FUNNY (Sherani really should be on the stage lol).

After a swift, smooth check in, I was taken to my villa. You could hear the squeals of delight from my fellow travellers. WOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!! I shared a 3 bedroomed island villa with private plunge pool. It really was a home from home with everything you could need and more. Decoration was incredibly tasteful, neutral and top quality, designed to perfection.

After a long day travelling, we had a lovely evening at the Upper Deck restaurant, hosted by Mark and Linda Ozawa (MD and his wife) with a few members of staff. This is a lovely restaurant, set on multi levels, overlooking the beautiful bay. Perfect for a romantic night out, tucked away in peace; or a meal for the whole family.

I spent the next day meeting with staff to talk about what they offer my clients. They are so welcoming and want to do all they can to make this extra special for you. This was great, as it aligns perfectly with my philosophy that every client is a VIP.

I particularly wanted to chat about weddings. Destination weddings are increasingly popular. Having organised well over 500 destination weddings, I had a LOT of questions. The wedding planners are absolutely superb. The resort promises total exclusivity – only 1 wedding per day. If you’re looking to get married overseas, get in touch – the Windjammer could be your perfect venue, whether it’s an intimate wedding for 2, or you’re travelling with a large group of family and friends.

Dinner that evening was at Papa Don’s taverna, a traditional pizza and pasta restaurant. After chatting to the new Head of Food and Beverage, I’m very excited about future plans for the resort.

Next day, after a scrummy breakfast at the Dragonfly, we met for an inspection with the Directors and management team to see the upgrades and future plans for Windjammer. Their vision is superb and will take Windjammer up another notch in terms of luxury accommodation.

We had a meeting in the afternoon, where feedback and suggestions were welcome. I was so impressed by their attention to detail and need to know how they can continuously improve to provide the best service to their clients. A great team – very open and welcoming of ideas.

That evening, we were treated to a spectacular Catamaran Cruise. We set sail from the Water Sports Centre and headed North to Rodney Bay. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous. It was lovely to sit, with the breeze in my hair, drinking a rum cocktail or a Piton beer (local beer) and just relax. They did hold a dance competition which was hilarious. I have sea legs, but certainly not good enough to dance, so I watched and cheered! Lol

The Saturday had to be my favourite day! We were treated to the Spa’s signature massage! Oh my goodness!!!!! I came out feeling like a floppy ragdoll. The spa and wellness centre is superb. It’s new, fresh and welcoming, with fabulously attentive staff who are so skilled. I have to say, this was the best massage I have ever had!!!! Windjammer has had their own range of products perfectly blended using local ingredients and sources. I’m going to be making a shipping order soon.

After a fabulous, relaxing day, we headed to Gros Islet Street Party. ‘Jump ups’, as they’re called in the Caribbean, usually take place on a Friday, but the St Lucia Tourist Board put on an extra one for the Saturday. The smell of street food and welcoming locals greeted us with some fabulous live bands. We danced until we dropped and laughed until our sides ached.

To start our final day, we went horseback riding with the International Pony school of St Lucia. What an adventure. We trotted along the edge of the sea and then had a briefing before trotting into the sea on our horses; bareback and barefoot. The instructors were fabulous and always conscious of our safety whilst ensuring that we enjoyed every minute. What a truly amazing experience.

Sadly, we had to leave and wave goodbye, but I’ll be back! I adore St Lucia – I have such happy memories of my wedding day and now additional happy memories of the stunning Windjammer Landing and lots of new friends.

Thanks so much to you for your incredible hospitality! xxxx

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