PHOTO: Sandals Halcyon Beach. (Courtesy Sandals Resorts)
Everyone can look back to a time in their life that they would describe as their halcyon days.
By its very nature, the word halcyon is defined as “a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.”
But why do halcyon days have to be in the past? Why not create some new halcyon days with a stay at the all-inclusive Sandals Halcyon Beach in Castries, St. Lucia?
Perhaps no other resort so perfectly epitomizes the concept of tranquil days spent enjoying a pristine beach while gentle waves lap at the shore than this Garden of Eden in the Caribbean.
Accommodations: The resort offers 169 well-appointed rooms, many of them recently renovated but each decorated in the Colonial style with mahogany furniture and light colored linens that evoke the feeling of warm tropical breezes. Rooms come equipped with a balcony or private patio, cable and free WiFi and laptop-compatible safes as an extra touch.
Dining. With six restaurants and seven bars on site, guests of the Halcyon Beach will never want for a delicious meal or drink. Kelly’s Dockside offers a unique over-the-water dining experience while offering up fresh seafood and Creole dishes. Guests hankering for classic Italian fare will want to stop by Mario’s, while those in the mood for Asian-influenced meals will enjoy both Kimonos and the Soy Sushi Bar. Bayside, with its beachfront location, offers international fare during the day and a French Brasserie in the evening, while the Beach Bistro offers up casual fare and cocktails.
Activities. Do as much or as little as you like. Sandals Halcyon Beach has something for everyone. Guests can take advantage of unlimited access to land and water sports, including scuba diving, and take advantage of two pools (one free-form and the other a quiet pool for those seeking a bit of tranquility). For those who love their fun on the high seas, the resort offers canoes and kayaks, snorkeling gear, Hobie Cats and windsurfing boards. Landlubbers can take advantage of such activities as table tennis, a state-of-the-art fitness center, beach volleyball and more. The nearby Sandals La Toc offers up a spectacular 9-hole course for those looking to improve their game, and of course, a full range of island tours can be booked.
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Red Lane Spa. Enjoy a special mind-body experience at the Red Lane Spa, which offers European-inspired treatments with a unique Caribbean flair. Guests can treat themselves to relaxing lavender-infused body or scalp massages, among others, or the “In Good Spirits” body scrub or massage, which leaves skin glowing thanks to a custom blend of shea butter and antioxidant-rich oils.
Couples will no doubt enjoy two new massages: the Night Blooming Jasmine Massage and the Neroli Jasmine Candle Massage. The former, done after hours at a location of the couple’s choosing, involves a paint brush and aromatic massage oils, while the latter treatment begins with a citrus blossom warm oil treatment and ends with a massage-oil candle that couples can take back to their room to continue the experience in private. The spa also offers a full range of mani/pedi services, facials and wraps.