Thank you so much for posting this review. I have been going back and forwth with Smugglers cove and your review helped put my mind at ease a little more. I love the wedding gazebo and the fact that the Waterside restaurant is next to it. I have several questions about the resort that I would really like to ask you about. Please let me know if that is ok and I will send you my email address. I orginally loved the Windjammer from pictures and reviews but the rates were too high for us to justify for our guests. Thanks again! I was also wondering if you picked a wedding location yet?
Originally Posted by MEve
Hello everyone! So I am back from St.Lucia. Girls, I can tell you, you won't be disappointed! It is fantastic! We stayed at Smuggler's Cove, and visited Almond Morgan Bay and Windjammer. So here it is, for current and future brides!
St.Lucia hotel reviews:
Smuggler's Cove review: we stayed there from April 1st to April 4th. This time of year is considered "lower season", so out of the 4 restaurants, they close one per night on a rotation. One of the restaurant is the buffet (The Cove), so nothing too spectacular, but it's great for breakfast. The dinner there was ok, nothing too fancy and lots of heavy food (fried fish, fried rice, potato/meat/gravy, etc.). Lunch there is better, sandwich bar, limited selection of salads, some other varied dishes.
Cafe Asia is the adult only restaurant. It says on the website to be Thai, Japanese, but the influence is a mix of Indian/Caribbean. Didn't really see the Thai or Japanese in the dishes. The food was good.
The italian restaurant is basic italian food. Pasta, risotto, pizza. Again, not much salads on the menu. (it's just that at some point, you crave some greens...)
The Waterside Grill, well, that was pretty great. Set over the water, with the waves crashing below you, the menu is varied and more high end. This restaurant can be booked for private reception, no matter the number of guests.
The beach is small, but secluded and seemed to be used only by the hotel guests. Nice beach, not too crowded at this time of year.
The rooms are hit or miss (my fiance said I was more picky than him on that, which is rare). The rooms that we had in the 440 range (we were there with friends) were clean, but rough around the edges. It needed some finishing touches. However, we saw the standard rooms that were recently refurbished, and now that I wouldn't be embarrassed for my guests to be at. Also, they have a few oceanview or oceanfront rooms (like 7 or 8) and those are very new inside, with massive bathrooms. They are located in an adult-only area.
In terms of wedding at Smuggler's Cove: we met the wedding coordinator, and she is great. The wedding gazebo is one of the nicest I've seen. White, airy, set on a cliff overlooking the bay (absolutely no chance of getting people in bathing suit on your wedding shots), totally isolated location.
Pros: all-inclusive, the unspoiled look of the beach, possibility of renting a whole restaurant, the intimate location and beauty of the wedding gazebo. Nice professional staff. They seem to be continually working on the property, fixing things once at a time.
Cons: after a week, the food might get boring, need to be specific in the room selection as to not get the older ones.
Neutral: the beach vendors are actually quite fun, friendly and lively. They aren't aggressive or pushy. Only a few are present on the beach each day, so not overwhelming.