Get to the Castries market if you're there on a Saturday
especially. As much as you're paying for the Grande this may
sound silly, but GET OFF THE RESORT and go out and meet St
Lucians... they're wonderful people and it's a gorgeous
island. The Grande is a nice introduction.
The only difference between the rooms is (a) the view and (b)
whether they have concierge service. The concierge service
meant that you have robes, a CD player, spirits (rum, vodka,
gin and whiskey) in your room and beer, wine and sparkling
wine in your fridge in addition to soft drinks and bottled
water that you get in all rooms.
The concierge rooms also mean that you have access to 24 hour
room service, although there is a limited breakfast menu
available in the other room types.
We had one of the beachview honeymoon concierge penthouse
rooms (top (3rd) floor of building 5. This is the building
closest to Pigeon Island and was extremely quiet). The view
across to Rodney Bay was lovely.
The Concierge Oceanfront Penthouse level is great.
that a lot of couples choose is the Concierge Beachfront
It looks like buildings 3-Rodney Bay and 5-Massade have
beachfront rooms that don't face the pool. Also, when we
priced it out, it looks like it would only be about $150 more
for a Penthouse Beachfront with Concierge, than a Grande Luxe
Beachfront with no Concierge. I think the slightly superier
view and concierge service is worth that much, but if it were
any more, I'm not sure we'd go for it.
Rodnet Bay and Massade
buldings do have beachfront rooms and there is a "quiet
pool" between the bulidings and the beach. You'd want to
get out there in the morning and reserve a lounger by putting
a towel on it, but it really is a nice pool away from the
hussle bustle of the main pool. You can ALSO simply walk
around the other side of those buildings and walk out onto the
lagoon pool "island" if you want even more privacy.
Rarely did I see all loungers taken there (can't remember EVER
seeing them all taken actually) and just really not a lot of
people in the lagoon pool ever.
If you are on the beachside of Rodney Bay or Massade and you
want a view from your balcony, then you'd want one of the top
floor rooms. Hey all the rooms are really about the same size
except for the limited number of suites. So it's really all
about where you want to be. :)