One of the best perks of being in the wedding and travel industry is being able to travel for pennies on the dollar because of your hard work and sales, and after the last year and a half, I was beyond ready to “cash in” on paradise!
I wanted to share my experience at this resort while also showing my fellow travel pros how to take your travel experiences and create content that will be helpful to your future client and bring in new leads for your travel business.
For my example, I’m going to share a quick summary of my experience, a few tips, as well as address the questions a lot of people are asking.
I suggest you use the same formula when you write a resort review on your blog.
Let’s kick off this review with some frequently asked questions, shall we?
As of the time of this writing, October 2021, you do not have to be vaccinated to visit St. Lucia. If you are not vaccinated, you can go to the island and explore the island via coordinated tours/excursions with reputable companies.
No! It can be confusing because a lot of hotels make it sound like you must quarantine if you aren’t vaccinated, but you can do tours and aren’t required to just stay at the hotel/resort or in your hotel room.
If you are not vaccinated, you can’t take advantage of the Sandals Exchange privileges.
Yes. You must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival to the island. A health questionnaire needs to be filled out and your negative test results uploaded as well as carried to the island.
Now that all the not-so-fun-stuff is handled, let’s dive into my review of Sandals Regency La Toc Golf & Spa Resort in St. Lucia.
By the way, I’m Tami Santini and I’ve been designing honeymoons, destination weddings, and all types of travel since 2008. As a result, I’ve been blessed to travel to many destinations and now also coach others how to build have a successful wedding and travel business.
I’ve been to Sandals Regency La Toc, but it had been several years, so I approached this from a fresh perspective, arriving without any expectations so I didn’t find myself disappointed.
Resort grounds and layout
It is located within a bluff, so it offers amazing views of the ocean and is very lush and tropical. It is very spread out, so if you want a smaller setting, I recommend Sandals Halcyon for a vacation to St. Lucia.
Due to the setting, it is hilly, so I don’t recommend it for those with mobility issues. We met a lady there with a scooter and she couldn’t make it to her dinner reservation one evening because the scooter didn’t have the power to make it up the hill where the restaurant was located. There are golf carts available to take you around if needed, but you’ll still need to be able to do some stairs.
Up in the bluff area, you’ll find the butler village with a nice lounge area as well as the best spot on the property to enjoy a beverage and watch the sunset with your love, plus my favorite pool area.
Reservations are required at most of the restaurants. If you don’t have a club level or butler room, you will need to make those reservations. There is a desk at the Pavilion restaurant, where you can do this. Here are my restaurant picks and tips:
- Armando’s Fine Italian Dining. A great option for lunch and dinner. For dinner, I had the salmon, and my husband had the lamb chops and the parmesan chicken. All were excellent. The tiramisu was awesome!
- La Toc French Cuisine & Fine Wine. This is their fine dining experience, and it has a dress code, so men are required to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. We enjoyed a great salad and the filet mignon. My husband had his filet cooked medium-rare and it was better than my medium temp filet.
- The Pitons, Caribbean Cuisine. I was excited to have the surf & turf as an option because it is lobster season. So, I enjoyed that, and my husband had the rib-eye. He wasn’t overly impressed with the rib-eye and enjoyed my Boston steak from the surf & turf better. The lobster was divine, and the chocolate cake and coffee ice cream dessert is a must!
- Neptune’s. For lunch – get the jerk chicken!
- Bella Napoli Pizza. Isn’t too shabby – ask for extra cheese.
I’ll finish up my review of Sandals Regency La Toc on my next post where I’ll be talking about the beach and pools, some tips to ensure a great experience and a summary of my overall thoughts on the resort. Stay tuned!