Sandals Saint Lucia: Choosing between the Grande St. Lucian, Regency La Toc and Halcyon Beach

With Saint Lucia being one of the most romantic spots in the Caribbean, it makes perfect sense that Sandals would have not one, not two, but three properties on the island. The all-inclusive, adult-only resort chain is popular with honeymooners and couples celebrating special occasions, thanks to its reputation for setting the stage for romance. With special perks like butler service, massages under the shade of a cabana on the beach and chilled champagne waiting in your room after a day of sightseeing, it’s the perfect place to relax and reconnect with your partner.

While choosing to stay at Sandals is easy, picking which of the three resorts you’ll stay at is a bit tougher—in fact, many guests end up splitting their time between two of them as it’s hard to decide! Fortunately you don’t have to stress about it too much, thanks to the Play at 3 Program which offers free transportation between the properties, giving guests full access to all of the restaurants, pristine beaches and spas. Here’s an overview of the best features of the Grande St. Lucian, Regency La Toc and Halcyon Beach, to help decide which resort is best for your dream vacation.

Sandals Halcyon Beach.

Sandals Halcyon Beach. Supplied.

Best Rooms

The Grande St. Lucian wins this category, thanks to the addition of their overwater bungalows—a first in Saint Lucia. The luxurious villas are perched over the sea, complete with a see-through glass floor perfect for watching the underwater life from the comfort of your king size bed. An indoor/outdoor rainfall shower, butler’s kitchen, private deck with loungers and a hammock are just some of the other perks, along with a striking tranquility bath overlooking the water.

READ MORE: A luxury stay in the overwater bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Overwater bungalow at Sandals Grande St. Lucian
The overwater bungalows tend to book up fast, so the next best thing are the Millionaire Suites at Regency La Toc. Perched on a lush bluff overlooking the shimmering sea, the retractable glass walls offer 180 degree views, and lead to a sundeck with a private infinity pool—including a whirlpool and waterfall, natch. A private butler means you’ll never need to leave the comfort of your lounger, but if you do head back inside you’ll have 1000 square feet of space to explore including a living room, fully-stocked bar, modern bathroom and king size bed.

Millionaire Suites at Regency La Toc.

Millionaire Suites at Regency La Toc. Supplied.

Colourful buildings at Sandals Regency La Toc.

Colourful buildings at Sandals Regency La Toc.

Best Location

Thanks to the complimentary resort transfers the actual location of each property doesn’t need to be a deciding factor, but if you’re planning to explore the island there are a few differences. The Regency La Toc and Halcyon Beach are close together, and only a five minute drive from the capital of Castries where most of the cruise ships dock. The Grande St. Lucian is on Pigeon Island Beach, which is popular with locals and just steps away from Pigeon Point National Park which is great for hikers and history buffs. It’s also near bustling Rodney Bay, which is the best spot in Saint Lucia for shopping and nightlife.

Looking out at Rodney Bay from the Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Looking out at Rodney Bay from the Sandals Grande St. Lucian

An outdoor area at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Sandals Regency La Toc

Best Activities

Each Sandals resort offers complimentary activities for guests, including snorkelling trips, SUP, kayaking and even scuba diving. However, the Regency La Toc wins the activity category thanks to its nine hole golf course which features narrow fairways framed by cedars, bamboo and tranquil ocean views. Green fees are included, while caddies and cart rentals are extra.

The golf course at Regency La Toc. Supplied.

Best Beach

The golden beaches at all three resorts are beautiful, with plenty of cushy loungers and cabanas available for guests. Each stretch of sand is well-maintained and peaceful, though it’s worth noting the beach at the Grande St. Lucian is a bit busier, being sandwiched between two other spots popular with locals. However, it gets tops marks for its setup of swings, floaties and hammocks suspended over the water, which are great for both relaxing and photo-ops. It also has the calmest water, and being nestled in Rodney Bay means easy access for boat activities.

The beach at Regency La Toc.

The beach at Regency La Toc.

Swings over the water at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

Swings over the water at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

The beach at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

The beach at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

Best Ambiance and Pools

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, there’s a Sandals resort that will fit your needs. Halcyon Beach typically appeals to an older crowd (traditionally attracting British guests) and is considered to be the quietest property perfect for R&R.

A cabana at Sandals Halcyon Beach

A cabana at Sandals Halcyon Beach

If you’re looking to party, Regency La Toc is the best bet thanks to its multiple pools complete with swim up bars, DJ sets and games like pool volleyball. Be sure to stop by the Sunset Bluff Pool perched on the top of the hill, which features grotto-like decor complete with waterfalls and grants gorgeous views of the sparkling azure water below.

The pool at Sandals Regency La Toc.

The pool at Sandals Regency La Toc.

The pool at Sandals Regency La Toc.

The pool at Sandals Regency La Toc.

The pool at Sandals Regency La Toc.

The pool at Sandals Regency La Toc.

The Grande St. Lucian offers the most variety, as it has a hopping main pool area with daily entertainment, and also boasts a number of small, quiet pool areas including one that winds through the property where guests can swim right up to their rooms.

Swim up to your room at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

One of the quieter pools at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Comfy chairs on the beach at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Best Scenery

This category is no contest: Regency La Toc has scenery in spades. While Halcyon Beach and the Grande St. Lucian are both beautiful properties sprawling across expansive blonde beaches, it’s hard to beat Regency La Toc’s perch on bluffs bursting with fragrant foliage. Villas hug the cliffside over the dazzling Caribbean Sea, and its vantage points are a photographer’s dream.

Sunset at Sandals Regency La Toc.

Sunset at Sandals Regency La Toc.

When the day is done, watch the spellbinding sunset as its kaleidoscope of colours dip toward the horizon—a scene that just might be the highlight of an unforgettable escape to Sandals in Saint Lucia.

Sunset at Sandals Regency La Toc.

Sunset at Sandals Regency La Toc.

Globe Guide stayed at Sandals as a guest of Sandals Resorts. As always, hosts have no editorial influence on articles.

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18 Responses

  1. Megan Indoe says:

    Wow, I want to go to both! It would be hard to choose just one because they both look amazing! I am not big into golfing but I am loving the views and pools at La Toc Halcyon Beach! I think we need to plan another trip soon!

  2. Danik says:

    Oh come on! How can you choose! I want to do both! Both resorts look totally amazing. Love the reviews but the photos are amazing. I can feel the summer heat on my face right now because of this!

  3. Tami says:

    The Play at 3 program sounds amazing – you don’t really have to decide which resort is best because you can enjoy amenities at any of them! Great idea! Loved your photos, by the way!

  4. I hate post like these, all beautiful and luxurious and delectable, while I’m toiling in the salt mine of a day job… Just kidding. What a gorgeous place! I love the colors.

  5. Dammit! I still cant choose. So I think I would want to stay at the Regency La Toc since you said the scenery is the best plus there is more energy there at the pools and with my ADD I would like the noise.
    However the Grande being over in the historical area may be totally awesome too. Thank goodness there is a shuttle that can whip me around.

  6. It really doesn’t matter which one you choose to stay at, they all look amazing. Love the fact you could stay at all three and easily move between them if you wish. Those overwater bungalows have my name on them!s

  7. I´ve been in some islands of Caribbean and i love it. This island look also amazing and so the hotel…. I imagine that your holidays should have been amazing!

  8. Annie says:

    Oh what a dream.. I’d love a beach resort vacation right now! Those pictures have me jealous. It’s nice that they provide free transportation between the properties so that you can make the most of your time there- and not make a clearly hard decision!

  9. Mags says:

    Wow! That looks heavenly. I understand how it could be hard to choose, but give me champagne and a beach and I’m happy!

  10. Heather says:

    I’d love to vacation at a Sandals resort. I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews from friends that have stayed at Sandals properties. It looks like the resorts in Saint Lucia would be no exception. It would be really hard to pick, but I think I’d want to stay at Regency La Toc, you can’t beat those views! What a perfect way to end the day by taking in a spectacular sunset. On the wishlist!

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