The very first thing our daughters see when we walk onto the beach in front of the Windjammer Landing Resort is the giant bouncy castle with slide that is floating in the calm sea. Before we can set out to discover the rest of this family resort, we are all in the sea literally screaming with laughter.
While we try to catch our breath on the bouncy castle, we’ve got time to observe the resort and its surroundings from a distance. The resort covers the larger part of a hill that seems to rise straight from the Caribbean Sea. On the beach, a large restaurant with behind it two swimming pools, the lounge and the reception and higher up the hill an extensive range of accommodations.
The beach in front of the resort is up to 500 metres wide, so even when it is crowded, you can always find a free spot. On the crescent-shaped beach situated on the tranquil shores of Labrelotte Bay, there are all kinds of different watersport activities available. The good thing is, some of these activities, such as snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking, are for free. Against payment of a fee, you can go waterskiing, wakeboarding, diving and kneeboarding. Many a teen waits in a state of great excitement on the jetty until it’s his or her turn to show off the best waterski moves.
A sporty family can have the time of their lives here because, besides all the watersports, it’s only a few minutes’ drive to a magnificent 18-hole golf course. Moreover, the resort has two tennis courts with a resident tennis pro who is happy to help you improve your tennis skills as well as a well-equipped fitness centre. Don’t be put off by the whole range of sporting possibilities because it is just as fine to do nothing at all. In the brand-new Spa, for example, that measures no less than 600 m2 and where you can choose from a variety of treatments and even get yoga lessons.
Although the Windjammer Landing Resort is known as a child-friendly destination, it is also a great place for couples. Unlike many other resorts, everyone gets along fine here. The resort is set up in such a way that there is ample space for many a private moment. Here, you won’t meet any bored or loitering kids as they are either busy with the various watersports in the sea or – when they are younger or tired of swimming – at the Jacqout Fun Club. The hotel rooms and suites are perfectly suited for one or two persons. Almost all of the rooms have a private balcony or terrace with a view of the sea. The rooms are decorated with calming colours and comfy furniture. It remains to be seen whether you will spend much time in here – apart from sleeping. The suites are even more spacious and have one or two bedrooms, so they are also suitable for couples with a child.
Larger families can stay in one of the villas. They come in all sorts and sizes, from one up to four bedrooms. The villas have a kitchen, several bathrooms and most of them have a private plunge pool. The estate villas are top of the bill: swimming pools, a private parking space and three up to five bedrooms. You wish you could stay here for several months.
The resort has a high culinary level; there are no less than five restaurants. The restaurant Dragonfly serves Caribbean cuisine and every Friday organises its renowned BBQ. Or, enjoy your dinner at Papa Don’s Taverna, the intimate Mediterranean-style tavern. When the children are lying flat out with exhaustion in their beds, perhaps under the watchful eye of a babysitter, you can enjoy a romantic moment with a gourmet dinner for two at the Upper Deck.
Embers and the beach shack Jammer’s are casual seaside restaurants and both perfect for a quick snack, but also the place for a delicious ice cream or a cocktail in the late afternoon. Or, if you prefer so, earlier in the day. After all, this is your holiday! If you wish not to have a single thing on your mind, the resort offers the premium all-inclusive concept that includes all your meals, beverages and sports activities on site.
# Children don’t get the chance to get bored around here with the kids’ clubs for different age groups. If the children are happy, then so are the parents. Parents don’t need to feel left out as there are plenty of activities and culinary opportunities for them as well.
# St Lucia is a well-developed, but also partly still an authentic Caribbean island. There are many tourist attractions that seem to attract more people than is actually desirable. Luckily, there is enough to explore off the beaten track. Rent a jeep and drive up into the mountains.
# The resort is a marvellous holiday destination for both families and couples. Its sheer expansiveness makes sure there is a suitable spot for everyone.