East Winds, an authentic luxury boutique resort bordering Labrelotte Bay in the north of the island, is all-inclusive but the good news is that those not staying there are still welcomed and treated like guests. Whether for a causal lunch, a special dinner or the entire daylight hours, this is a charming oasis where you will feel at one with nature.
East Winds occupies twelve acres, only four of which are developed. With just thirty cottages, the beautiful tropical gardens take centre stage – a horticulturalist’s delight; a colourful, tranquil setting for you to relax and share time and space with the plants, trees and birds that are native to Saint Lucia. Take a walk through the gardens and learn about over 100 species of flora, some of which you will find elsewhere only in the rainforest; or sit in gazebos dotted throughout the garden and on the beach, listen to the birdsong and the sound of the waves, and savour a day in the Caribbean.
Day guests to East Winds can use the gym and pool, and take advantage of all non-motorized water sports: sailing (there are two qualified instructors), canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling on the two nearby reefs. There is even a pedalo! Those who wish to simply lie on a sunbed will appreciate the beach and poolside drinks service. As well as walks – independent or guided – through the officially registered tropical garden, there is a 1 km ‘Fit-Trail’ amid undeveloped gardens, with stopping stations where particular exercises, detailed on signposts, can be performed. The trail passes the ‘Banana Grove’ – a living museum with an example of all nineteen types of banana and plantain that are grown in the Caribbean.
The only Steinway piano in Saint Lucia is at East Winds. Carefully protected when not in use, the instrument is brought to life in the evening by the classical pianist. The resort is also proud to promote traditional Saint Lucian music: every Friday night a ‘shak-shak’ band plays local creole tunes at the Land and Sea Bar-B-Q. On Wednesdays a steel band sets up on the beach to entertain lunchtime diners.
DINING OPTIONS FOR NON-RESIDENTS
The cuisine at East Winds is of the highest standard. The resort works closely with local suppliers and farmers to source fresh fish, vegetables and other locally-grown produce, thereby assisting the local economy. It also has its own kitchen garden growing vegetables, salad stuffs, herbs and spices, and guarantees that every meal incorporates an element of ‘garden to table’.
With its beautiful beachfront restaurant, East Winds is ideal for a casual lunch.
A day pass permits entry in time for breakfast and includes lunch as well as afternoon tea. If a cottage is available, the resort will allow day guests use of a room.
With a dinner pass you are welcome to ‘join the East Winds family’ and commence the evening with the champagne and cocktail social events held before dinner. There is live music every night; Wednesday and Saturday are ‘party nights’ with entertainment and dancing after the meal.
Tel. (758) 452 8212