Hotel

East Winds

East Winds

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
TripAdvisor Review
964 Reviews
Guide Price £3,039 per person
Based on 13 March 19 departure from London Gatwick flying with British Airways, staying for 7 nights all inclusive in a Superior Cottage (2 adults sharing) including return private transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

Low-key, private and all-inclusive

Nestled in a tropical cove with turquoise waters lapping at the shimmering white sands is the intimate boutique hotel East Winds. Welcoming guests for over eight years, this exceptional hotel balances barefoot luxury with the laid back Caribbean lifestyle. By day there are acres of tropical garden to explore and activities aplenty, including watersports, yoga and a jogging trail. Come the evening, the restaurant offers a different four-course gourmet menu six nights of the week, on the seventh night the hotel hosts a barbeque. At the end of a long day the understated elegance of the rooms and suites provide a welcome retreat. 

  • Complimentary Yoga and Pilates
  • 12 acres of tropical gardens with hummingbirds
  • Cottage-style accommodation
  • Jogging and fitness trail

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Deluxe

Location Type

Beach

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Barefoot style
  • Boutique
  • H&J Recommended
  • Hidden gem
  • Luxury Collection
  • Off the beaten track

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

For Families

  • Babysitting
Location Highlights

East Winds

  • Beach
  • Approx. 15 minutes from Hewanorra International Airport
  • Located in-between Castries and Rodney Bay which are taxi rides away
  • Perfectly situated on the beachfront
964 Reviews 96% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 862
  • Very Good 75
  • Average 22
  • Poor 2
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Feb 12, 2019

So impossibly wonderful we had to return

Ithaca, New York

Ahhhh, East Winds, you Caribbean dream... My wife and I were fortunate to hold our small wedding ceremony at this idyllic and utterly relaxing resort in April 2018. Since then, we’ve spent much of the time longing to return. And we wanted to share just some of the reasons why: -The setting. East Winds is situated on a beautiful sloping parcel, a gentle hill dotted with inviting guest cottages that overlook a secluded, golden sand beach. The grounds are incredible. Paths meander here and there through beautiful gardens of bright tropical flowers and mango trees. On the beach, comfy lounge chairs tuck under palms or up near the shore, to suit your preference. The beach is lovely by any standard, but especially for St. Lucia, where golden sand beaches are less common compared to some other islands. And though it’s our understanding that all beaches in St. Lucia are public, the beach at East Winds felt perfectly private in practice, and all non-resident visitors during our stay were respectful of the relaxed vibe and only added to the enjoyable atmosphere. For the less beach-inclined, the pool area with its swim-up self-service bar is charming, and fulfilled our (okay, my) desire to play the role of bartender in paradise. Also noteworthy is the very good snorkeling reef that’s just off the beach. We’ve been to other “best snorkeling” spots on the island, near well-known resorts that won’t be named, and the quality here is nearly the same and the convenience can’t be beat (and when it comes the plentiful lounge chairs at East Winds versus other resorts, there’s simply no comparison!). -The rooms. We stayed in a deluxe cottage closer to the reception area, which was terrific. The stroll through the gardens down to the bamboo lounge and adjoining restaurant was only a couple of minutes; along the way, you can spot crabs burrowing and skittering around. The cottage was exceptionally tasteful, creating a classic island feel with luxurious touches, notably the amazing sunken shower and Molton Brown bath products—which we couldn’t get enough of! Our good friends, a couple who joined in part to serve as witnesses at our wedding, stayed in a garden (“superior”) cottage closer to the pool and lounge, which was also terrific. It featured a larger bedroom but smaller bathroom than ours, but honestly, we couldn’t decide which we preferred! -The cuisine. The food, as others have noted, stands out. The breakfasts with fresh fruit smoothies, omelets, pastries, etc.; the lunches, a more casual affair but no less delicious than dinner; and of course, the multi-course dinners complete with wine pairings. The food was thoughtfully presented and varied (in six nights we didn’t have a repeat), with something for every palate and dietary preference. What stood out for us: the excellent bbqs of fish and meats from the large seaside grill; the espresso and its shiny machine; the wide-ranging selection of top shelf spirits, and especially, the local St. Lucian rums! (Admiral Rodney was our favorite) We were so content and full the entire time we were there, that we swore to show more restraint during our next visit (we’ll see!). -Above all, the incredible people. It’s really the people at East Winds that make it such a special place to visit. This includes, to name just a few, Glenda and Charm (who were so helpful in our wedding planning), Sylvanus (whose love for plants is infectious, and who went above-and-behind in choosing flowers for our wedding ceremony, decorating the gazebo, and even brought us fresh mangoes upon hearing that our friend wanted to try some), Wendell (who made us terrific rum punches and other tropical drinks), and Titus (who remembered, somehow, our love of Cotes du Rhone and snuck a bottle into our special, romantic dinner). It’s a testament to this exceptionally high level of service that we remember these names and faces so clearly, some 10 months since our visit. We can’t say that about any other place we’ve ever stayed. Even the fellow guests were terrific; we met so many kind people during our stay, including innumerable repeat guests and even a couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. East Winds seems to attract people who “get” the pleasure of its understated luxury. It isn’t a wild party scene (but *it is* fun, with live music and dancing depending on the crowd) and sure, most guests were turning in by 10 or 11pm. But if you’re like us, and we’re in our mid-30s, this is actually great! -That indefinable feeling. All of this creates a certain vibe, a feeling of thorough relaxation, that is hard to describe but irresistible once you get a taste for it. We’ve never before been to a resort that we just HAD to return to, but that’s the East Winds magic I guess. We can’t wait for our upcoming 8-night stay in early April to celebrate our one-year anniversary, and we simply cannot recommend East Winds enough. Five stars through and through.
Feb 04, 2019

A fantastic week at East Winds

North Carolina

My wife and I so appreciate the absolute privilege of being able to annually escape nasty western North Carolina winters for a week in the Caribbean, and each year we try out a different island. This year we opted for St. Lucia, where our daughter honeymooned 19 years ago (Sandals). We prefer low key small resorts, and with such nearly universally glowing reviews, we made a reservation for an ocean front room at East Winds. We did book way ahead of time, noting the small size of the establishment, and the fact that they have many loyal guests who return year upon year (in of itself obviously a very positive prognosticator!). This review is quite analogous to carrying coals to Newcastle, noting that all of this is well known to those repeat visitors, but will hopefully prove helpful to potential newcomers who want to get OCD type detail regarding the resort. Upon arrival at the airport and passing relatively efficiently through immigration and customs, we were accosted by red caps (we forked over a $5 gratuity for the several yards of portage from outside customs to the curbside, they are virtually impossible to refuse, and heck, they are trying to make a living) and with our awaiting driver Peter Agustin Paul, a wonderful character, we were on our 1.5 hour ($90) drive over the twisty, turny, hilly road from the airport to East Winds. We received a warm reception, bags already in our room by the time we had benefited from a cool towel and delicious non-alcoholic apple beverage and signed more paperwork. We get the sense that our oceanfront room was smaller than some of the other 29 lodging options on premises, but we did some geometric calculations to find a way to get two pieces of luggage arranged, clothes hung in the two closets. Room temperature was very effectively adjusted via air conditioning and overhead fan. The bathroom had twin sinks, a walk in shower with options of overhead rain versus hand held wand (good temperature, adequate power, considerate to minimize water wastage as all comes from their rain forest rivers, not an infinite resource), nice Molson Brown toiletries (two types of body wash, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, bath and sink soap bars), plush towels, robes and slippers, ample shelf space. Outside of our room was a covered porch with two very comfortable reclining chairs and a nicely padded love seat with small table. Nice view out to several thatched covered beach chairs and sea beyond. The king size bed was wonderfully comfortable and afforded a great night’s sleep. The outlets are 240 volt UK style. There was one converter in the room but it did not accommodate American plugs with separately sized three prongs. A request at reception led to a very nice gentleman from maintenance appearing within a few minutes with a new converter which met our needs (two smartphones, an iPad and notebook, hearing aid battery charger), though we were glad to have brought our own three outlet extension cord!). Fortunately, all of these devices have built in 240 to 110 volt converters. You DO have to very forcefully push the plugs into these outlet converters! WiFi? Present throughout the resort, quite adequate for web browsing and email, sometimes in and out, do NOT plan on doing any real time streaming while here. Pre-arrival we were able to select our choices of sodas, beer for the in-room mini-fridge, accompanied by nice bottles of chilled champagne and sauvignon blanc, and four chocolate brownies. We had read much about mosquitoes, and the in-room literature documents the considerable efforts made to control the situation. There is a can of DEET containing Off, Baygon which they indicate might be wise to spray in the room before leaving for dinner, with a/c running, such that by the time one returns from dinner, there is no residual odor, and there is also a natural mosquito repellent spray for those averse to chemicals. We really did not encounter significant issues with bug bites. The beach is only a short stretch of sand, but more than ample for swimming in the nice Caribbean water. There are some water sports available, but we did not avail ourselves. The beautiful pool is as pictured on the web site, hardly anyone using it, so happy to report that as is the case on the beach, no reason to get up at 6:30 am to try and reserve a spot. The chaise lounges there are superbly comfortable. There is a self-serve bar with a limited number of alcoholic beverages present during the day. It was a two minute walk from our room to the Bamboo Lounge where one could initiate alcohol intake at 7 pm, or the Sunset Bar at the south end of the restaurant where a nice selection of spirits is served from noon on. Dinner is served beginning at 7:30 in their one restaurant, The Flamboyant, with large nicely spaced tables, with live music for entertainment. As other reviewers have noted, it is a fabulously prepared four course meal, preceded by an amuse bouche, three choices for each course (meat, fish, vegetarian), and two varieties of white, red and rose wine recommended each evening. On the other hand, as seems to be the case with just about anything at East Winds, if one has other requests, the sincerely friendly and enthusiastic staff seems very happy to make whatever effort necessary to meet such requests. We were never allowed to have empty wine glasses!!!! Breakfast at the dining room runs from 7:30 to 10:00, the highlight being Paula’s made to order omelets, French toast or pancakes. Some basic pastries, cereals, smoked salmon, one cheese, assorted fruits are self-serve. We thought it might have been easier had they provided a carafe of coffee to each table, as we hated to have to keep asking the staff for refills, orange juice, water, etc. but as very gracious Managing Director Judith explained to us, the table sizes are not deemed large enough to handle more than already there. But again, no one made us feel as if we were making a nuisance of ourselves. The varying morning smoothies were another vice we adopted all too quickly. It is quite entertaining to see the several varieties of doves, bull finches, and others at the nearby feeder…we learned early along to never leave our food unattended, one bird tried to make off with a large piece of my breakfast! Lunch is from 12:30 to 2:15 and varying offerings included BBQ fish, ribs, lamb, potato salad, cole slaw, more fruit, and a refrigerator replete with self-serve evil temptations such as white/dark chocolate mousse, mango/coconut and peanut butter shooters, chocolate cake, cherry cheesecake, depending upon the day. No doubt everyone slows down their eating as the days pass, but it’s fun to try everything at least once. All of the staff kept encouraging us, “you are on vacation”, but we will pay the price for all of this eating once we return home and re-weigh ourselves. “Lite Fare”, i.e. small nibblies, are also available at the Sunset Bar from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm, but with all the other meals we were consuming, we never found need to tide ourselves over in this manner. We partook of a couple of off-site activities. On our second full day, we joined the amazingly enthusiastic and jovial Simeon (“Good Vibes, all the time”, which we have adopted as our own new mantra) for the all-day cruise ($150 per person) down the coast so we could see the Pitons. The boat docked in Soufriere from where the “land portion” of the cruise was represented by a van ride up to the drive-in volcano, and then either the waterfall or mud baths. We all opted for the waterfall. These are separately reviewed. Then, back on the boat to be fed some more BBQ meats, fish, pasta, salad. We stopped at a cove allowing for a brief swim and snorkeling (equipment provided), then a run through beautiful Marigot Bay, followed by a return to the hotel. It is worth noting that to board the cruise ship, you do wade out in shallow water to a Zodiac, from where you then clamber onto the ship. We also took a sunset cruise ($80 per person)…a fifteen or so minute van ride north up to The Landings in Gros Islet from where we boarded a docked catamaran for a 2.5 hour sail back down southward, cruising Rodney Bay, nice view of Pigeon Island, as far south as East Winds, taking in a fantastic sunset, and then back to the Landings to be returned to the hotel. Simeon accompanied us here as well, serving hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and as always, “Good Vibes, all the time.” Other tour options included chocolate making, a local distillery, a visit to Pigeon Island, and shopping, among others. Being avid gardeners, and wanting to fully appreciate the immaculately tended gorgeous botanical garden around us, we did take the Thursday 2 pm garden tour with Sylvanus. The advertised one hour tour ended up to be 2.5 hours, with Sylvanus sharing with us his immense fund of knowledge regarding the literally 100 exotic plantings (each with a numbered post in front), as well as advice on healthy eating, medicinal value of natural products. Considering the fact that he provides this tour on a weekly basis, and has done so for years, it was amazing to note his enthusiasm in guiding us around, almost as if this was the only time he had done this. There is a fantastic book in the room which also references all the plantings, as well as the birds and fish one might see here. You can use the book to effect a self-guided tour, but the experience with Sylvanus should not be missed, in our opinion. Also worth mentioning for bird lovers that there are several hummingbird feeders and one seed feeder distributed about the grounds…though we only saw hummers twice. We did get to see one yellow crowned heron, very impressive. The staff to guest ratio here is amazing, and as others have noted, it was difficult to remember all the names of the great people who took such good care of us. Special props have to be given to such individuals as outstanding Sylvia and Wendell (his rum tasting was an absolute hoot) at the bar, Miriam in the restaurant, they really are tremendous assets to East Winds. Even though this is an all-inclusive resort and noting that it would be awkward to fairly provide added gratuities to each of the multitudinous wonderful staff, they have devised a system wherein one can add an amount to the final bill at check out, and then those dollars are shared among the whole staff semiannually. We also participated in the $1 per day contribution to the children of St Lucia to benefit their education. Then, the 1.5 hour drive, this time by friendly Monty, back to the airport…which as is so often the case in Caribbean islands, is a dreary claustrophobic facility with inadequate seating, limited eating options up two flights of stairs (we did very much appreciate the ham and cheese sandwiches East Winds had provided for us on departure), WiFi about as fast as dial-up, and very stuffy with inadequate air conditioning. Guess it helps one with the transition from paradise to reality at home. At least the passport control process was speedy. To reiterate what prior reviewers have stated over and over, this is the perfect resort for those who wish to be at a truly elegant resort where at times one feels as if they have the whole place to themselves. There are opportunities for some dancing after dinner, but this is not a large hotel with multiple restaurants, casinos, high-energy late-night entertainment (aside from listening to the tree frogs). With the predominance of UK guests, we very much enjoyed hearing their views of the world, including their Brexit challenges, and ensuring that they understood that we, as Americans, are just as unhappy (if not more so) with the sad state of affairs of politics we face at home. Obviously my wife and I are very pleased to submit yet another five star rating for East Winds. As we will soon run out of Caribbean islands we have not yet visited, there is little doubt that we will be returning to East Winds in coming years.
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Room Types

Superior Cottage

Located near to the swimming pool and restaurant, your room is hexagonal in design, with a large king-size bed. Outside there isa semi-circular shaded patio, perfect for relaxing on and taking in the views of the tropical gardens. Twin beds are available on a request basis, please speak to one of our destination specialists. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Internet
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone

Deluxe Cottage

Your spacious semi-detached cottage has a kind size bed and a spacious bathroom with his and hers basins and a large semi open-air shower. Connecting rooms are available, these are linked via doors on the large covered patio. Twin beds are available on a request basis, please speak to one of our destination specialists. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Internet
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone

Ocean Front Room

Just a few steps from the beach, your Ocean Front Room has a separate living room and large outdoor patio with outdoor shower. Modern amenities include iPod® docking station, complimentary Wi-Fi and flatscreen televisions. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Deluxe Two Bedroom Garden Cottage

Connecting cottages include a host of amenities including; air conditioning, personalised minibar, with a king-size bed and two twin beds. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
East Winds

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