East Winds

St Lucia, Caribbean

The hotel

Staying here at East Winds you get the feeling you've joined a secretive, but rather wonderful club. Hidden away down a secluded lane, you stay in unique cottage-style rooms, dotted around the 12 acres of attractive, well-tended gardens that open out onto a wonderfully serene beach. Everyone who stays here rates the friendly, attentive staff and the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. The food is legendary, thanks to the expert chefs, and Champagne is served every night.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Anniversary and special occasions
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Eat Free
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

On a lovely beach amid tropical gardens. 15 minutes to Castries. Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 15 minutes.

Hotel information

30 bungalow-style rooms. All with covered patio, ceiling fan, air-conditioning, tea/coffee maker, flat screen TV and DVD player, fridge (replenished daily with soft drinks and beer), safe, walk-in shower and hairdryer. Superior Cottage Rooms are hexagonal in shape, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (8-15 years) with rollaway bed. 

All Inclusive of: complimentary sparkling wine and chocolates in the room upon arrival. Full breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and four-course gourmet dinner. All drinks including international brands, wines and Champagne. All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated. 

Deluxe Cottage Rooms have a private covered terrace, air-conditioning, TV, DVD player and larger bathroom, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (8-15 years) on a rollaway bed. 

Ocean Front Rooms are located in one wing of a beach house at the front of the property, closer to the beach with sea views from sun decks. Open-air lounge, pantry and flat screen TV/DVD player*, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Ocean Front Suites have a separate sitting area, air-conditioning and unobstructed sea views from a small private balcony, flat screen TV/DVD player*, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

2-Bedroom Deluxe Cottage - comprises of 2 Deluxe Garden Cottages connected via an exterior door on the patio, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children (8-15 years) on rollaway beds.

  • Exclusive private dining experience: all Virgin Holidays guests receive one romantic candlelit dining experience on the Almond Deck per stay. This must be requested in advance and subject to availbility for travel completed between 4 Jan '19-30 Apr '21. 

  • Kids stay free: one child, 8-15 years stays free when sharing a room with 2 adults for travelling between 1 May-31 Oct '20, not applicable when booking an Ocean Front Room.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Honeymooners: receive a complimentary massage for 2, or 2 reserved spaces aboard the East Winds weekly sunset cruise for travel between 4 Jan '20-30 Apr '21.

    Offers may not be combinable.

Flamboyant gourmet restaurant and bar, both next to the beach (serving contemporary cuisine with a Caribbean twist, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Light-bite menu (12:30-7:00pm). Full bar and light-bite service available at beach and pool areas. Beach barbecues and lunch hampers made up for private excursions.

Live entertainment up to six times a week, plus social events including cooking demonstrations and rum tasting. Manager's weekly Champagne cocktail party.

Freeform swimming pool with swim-up bar. Spa Pavilion which provides a specially selected list of treatments* available 6 days of the week. Newly built gym. Water sports include Hobie Cats, pedaloes, kayaks, aqua-boards and snorkelling. Motorised water sports available at nearby beach*. Yoga pavilion (includes complimentary yoga and pilates several times a week). Club House with library and board games. Open air jogging track with exercise stations.

Complimentary WiFi available throughout hotel.

Please note: From the 1 Apr ‘20 a Tourism Accommodation Fee will apply. This mandatory fee will be $6 per person (16 years and over) per night (payable locally, subject to change).

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

3 nights between 1 Apr-20 Dec and 1 Apr-30 Apr.

6 nights between 4 Jan-31 Mar '20, 21 Dec '19-31 Mar '20, 21 Dec '20-3 Jan '21 and 4 Jan-31 Mar '21.

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: shorts and sleeveless t-shirts are not welcome in the evening (but jeans are acceptable). This applies to boys aged 8-15 as well as adults.

Please note: under 8 years not permitted. 

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (925)
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  • Poor (2)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful find, we'll be back!

Aug 19, 2020 Joncul Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

Finding that perfect holiday spot is often a case of trial and error. We've been round many Caribbean resorts down the years and can definitely say that East Winds is our best yet. After a couple of years at the Inn at English Harbour, in Antigua, which is also very good, we decided to try St Lucia. This is where Trip Advisor is invaluable. We… Read more
Finding that perfect holiday spot is often a case of trial and error. We've been round many Caribbean resorts down the years and can definitely say that East Winds is our best yet. After a couple of years at the Inn at English Harbour, in Antigua, which is also very good, we decided to try St Lucia. This is where Trip Advisor is invaluable. We trawled through countless resorts before coming across East Winds. It seemed to tick all the boxes. Small enough not to feel crowded, an all inclusive package, and a beach that came highly recommended for swimming. Then we checked all the reviews. You could barely find anything under 4 stars and the vast majority were 5. Good sign! What really clinched it were all the glowing references for the staff, 'couldn't have been more friendly. 'made us feel so welcome' and so on. We took the plunge and booked. Everything turned out even better than we anticipated. The food was excellent, especially the barbecues, and the fizz flowed freely. Nothing was too much trouble. We asked for a gazpacho (off menu) one day and the next it duly arrived. Delicious! If you like gardening the grounds are a kaleidoscope of colour and exotic vegetation. We enjoyed meeting Sylvanus, the aptly named head gardener, who I photographed with a creepy crawly straight out of a bushtucket trial! Sylvanus kindly lent me his secateurs to take home a few hibiscus cuttings. These have already produced some flowers to remind us of our memorable stay. We'll be back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Delightful

Apr 14, 2020 Chalmondleigh Berkhamsted, United Kingdom

Our first ever visit to St Lucia and we will be forever grateful to our very good friends for picking East Winds. I don’t ever recall arriving at any hotel and deciding within just a few minutes, “yes, we are really going to enjoy this”. The staff are unfailingly helpful and friendly with nothing being too much trouble for them. East Winds is… Read more
Our first ever visit to St Lucia and we will be forever grateful to our very good friends for picking East Winds. I don’t ever recall arriving at any hotel and deciding within just a few minutes, “yes, we are really going to enjoy this”. The staff are unfailingly helpful and friendly with nothing being too much trouble for them. East Winds is clearly a happy place to work as well as visit. Our room was generously sized with plenty of space for our clothes and luggage. The bed was large and comfortable with a choice of pillows. The sunken shower is large and much better than either a wet room or shower enclosure. Food is unfailingly good with plenty of choice and daily variations. Quite the best BBQs we’ve had at any hotel. And of course the restaurant staff; welcoming you with a big smile and professional service. Bar staff are amicably competitive to create new cocktails and guests are invited to taste and judge! Really good fun. The organically shaped swimming pool has a ‘swim up bar’, self service with a recipe book to use if you wish. Lots of loungers around the pool too with both shady and sunny areas. All of which is surrounded by the beautiful gardens. The beach has lots of space and divides roughly into three sections by the restaurant and bar area as well as natural features. No need for a 6am dash to get your towels out on the sun loungers. Well before we were halfway through our stay we had emailed our Travel Agent, Caribtours, to rebook us for 2020. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A real gem

Mar 28, 2020 mikechalkwell Didcot, United Kingdom

My wife and I spent 7 days here in early March. It was our first stay here and our first visit to the Caribbean. This hotel had been recommended by friends in the UK and we had high expectations. We were not disappointed, it is a wonderful place to stay. Unlike some of the large sprawling and frankly rather ugly hotel resort complexes in this… Read more
My wife and I spent 7 days here in early March. It was our first stay here and our first visit to the Caribbean. This hotel had been recommended by friends in the UK and we had high expectations. We were not disappointed, it is a wonderful place to stay. Unlike some of the large sprawling and frankly rather ugly hotel resort complexes in this area, East Winds is a discrete hotel made up of 30 individual “cottages” and one historic home (that used to be owned by the Horlicks family). The cottages are spread around in lovely landscaped gardens, some near the beach, others set further back in the grounds. There is one restaurant building with 2 bars, where all meals are served. Breakfast and lunch is buffet and dinner is a 4 course a la carte experience. The food is truly wonderful, extensive choice, fresh and the dinner menu changes every day. There is also a good choice of wine. Some lunches and one dinner per week are barbecue cooked. What makes this place truly special though, is the staff. They are all so friendly and helpful. They are relaxed in style but work hard to make sure you don’t wait for anything. Many of them have worked here for many years and are clearly well looked after and love their jobs. There is a foundation, which you can support if you wish, to provide assistance for the cost of educating their children. Education is very expensive in St Lucia. There is a daily schedule of activities to choose from including tours to other parts of the island, boat tips, nature walks, cookery classes and shopping trips. There is also complimentary Yoga and Pilates twice a week Many of the guests that we met at East Winds had stayed here multiple times and you can see why. If you’re looking for lots of action this is not a place to stay, but if you like to stay in small, exclusive and individual hotels, with the highest level of service, good food and a relaxed, informal atmosphere, this is the place to come. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still fantastic

Mar 15, 2020 snowdrop67 Ormskirk

After a three year break, we stayed another amazing ten days at East Winds. As well as the very clean and comfortable cottages, there are various items for the energetic, a small gym, Pilates and an exercise trail. Trips are arranged away from the resort,including sailing to the Pitons, and amazing walks around the garden with the head gardener,… Read more
After a three year break, we stayed another amazing ten days at East Winds. As well as the very clean and comfortable cottages, there are various items for the energetic, a small gym, Pilates and an exercise trail. Trips are arranged away from the resort,including sailing to the Pitons, and amazing walks around the garden with the head gardener, a very knowledgeable man. Salads and vegetables are grown on the resort and used for meals. Food always plentiful and well cooked. All the staff are so friendly and welcoming, it could be the same holiday again next year. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A relaxing winters break in the Caribbean

Mar 13, 2020 Wbajesse Warwick

A relaxing winters break in the Caribbean The world is a large varied place and we rarely make a return visit, but East Winds is an exception and this was our third visit spread over thirty four years. Our last visit ten years ago was to celebrate my seventieth birthday. We noticed several changes over the intervening years all for the better,… Read more
A relaxing winters break in the Caribbean The world is a large varied place and we rarely make a return visit, but East Winds is an exception and this was our third visit spread over thirty four years. Our last visit ten years ago was to celebrate my seventieth birthday. We noticed several changes over the intervening years all for the better, the cottages have been refurbished with better shower and air conditioning. Thoughtfully insect spray, mosquito repellent, emergency flashlight and umbrellas were provided. The garden has matured and is a colourful lush environment teaming with wild life and carefully tended by a team of gardeners. There is an abundance of sun loungers comfortably spaced throughout the pool and beach areas with ample shade for those who prefer it. The bar staff are on hand to keep you hydrated or serve something stronger from the bar. All the staff are friendly, discrete, courteous and efficient with no request too onerous. The food is excellent with a buffet breakfast, Pauline will cook your eggs anyway you want them. Buffet and bbq lunches, the lobsters were large and succulent, dinner is four courses with three choice for each course and a couple of wines options each night (red,white or rose) which were changed daily, champagne was always available. For the more energetic there is a small gym, a fitness trail,kayaking and supervised sailing. This is not the place if you are looking for loud music and wall to wall entertainment but perfect to relax in the warm Caribbean sunshine in a small beachside resort with good food and wine overseen by the hotel manager Judith. Read less