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Sandals Grande St. Lucian Report April, 2006

Author: Host DebbieH103
Email: DebbieH103@aol.com (More Trip Reviews by Host DebbieH103)
Date of Trip: April 2006

I headed back to the room and watched part of Frankenstein reborn until I was sleepy enough to sleep thru basketball.

April 2
The time changed overnight back home. We had been 2 hours off from home but were now only one hour off from home.

We got eaten alive at Barefoot by the Sea on the previous night. We did not know it at the time but felt it by morning. These were sand fleas.

We ordered continental breakfast using the room service ticket that you leave on the door. I picked 8:30-9:00 a.m. They arrived at 8:03 a.m. and seemed surprised we were still in bed. I ordered fruit and cereal. I also ordered juice.

I went walking around the resort. I checked out the hot and cold plunge pools by the spa. They were nice temperatures. I also noted that the showers were in good shape. I visited the fitness center. They had water and towels and a lot of machines with TVs scattered around. It was a good time of day to work out, though there were several others in the center. I rode an exercise bike and used some of the weight machines.

Next, I signed up at the front desk for the internet use in the business center. If you bring your own laptop, it is $40 for your entire stay, though it is on the honor system. If you don't pay, you can get in if it is empty, but if full, I am sure people will be questioning who did and didn't pay (I mean guests will). If you don't bring your laptop, their system is $5 for 15 minutes.

I paid my money and went in. The "center" is a small setup in the administrative offices out by the copy machine, and it is a busy area. Look for the power strip in the floor if you want to plug in your machine w/o relying on the battery.

We had lunch at Bayside. Since our trip last September, they have added fishing line to keep the birds out. Before, they passed out water guns for guests to spray the birds! The birds can still fly in over the top and do, but there are not that many.

We had carved roast beef with gravy. I had mine on a nice hard roll, great bread. We enjoyed this and sampled some vegetables and salad.

In the afternoon, we checked out the lover's pool near our room. They have double loungers with a cabana roof you can raise by tying the rope to the lounger or leave them down for sun. We raised ours, a setup near the ocean in front of the pool. We spent most of the afternoon here relaxing and doing soduko puzzles and watching the ocean.

The lover's pool has a zero entry at one end, and you can easily hop in at the other end. There were never more than 4 couples here, and you can easily get a lounger. The hot tub was plenty warm, but the jets did not move much. They should put a soda fountain or something down there.

We went to the beach briefly and also waded. We later went to the pool behind the waterfall pool.

At 5:30 or so, we went to the happy hour buffet. They had egg rolls, beef kabobs, fried fish, chicken wings, cheese, fruit and veggies. Snacking on this made me sleepy, and I looked at the time, it was only 6:09.

We had dinner at the Italian. We waited 45 minutes. Come here when they open or at 8. I know I'm crusty, but PEOPLE ... if you want to visit with people, sit together. If you meet someone and there is an empty table, MOVE. I didn't enjoy being 12 inches MAX from the 2 Canadian couples that met chatting ACROSS tables next to us that gabbed SO loud that I was pierced. After waiting forever to get in, I wanted to relax. The place was half empty, and there was a table for 4 2 feet further down. Why they insisted to shout across their two tables, I don't know.

I really enjoyed the salad at the antipasto bar. The greens and dressing were lovely. They listed mussels on the menu but instead had raw oysters. We dont eat those.

We skipped appetizers and soup. Todd ordered steak medium rare. It came barely pink and was doable. I ordered veal scaloppini. It was quite good, but I couldn't hold all of it. He also ordered grilled shrimp. They forgot, and he didn't remind him, but when he was almost done, 9 grilled shrimp arrived. He loved them and did his best.

They had disco/retro music in Palladium. Nobody was there, but we should have stayed. We went back to the room to wait for Desperate Housewives to come on. TV was from Denver, and everything was on so late.

About 9 pm, someone knocked on the door with some welcome chocolates, hand molded at the resort. Most were white chocolate. They had a lot of shapes, but most were similar. There was a raspberry sauce and some other fruit sauce, and they brought a bottle of French white wine.

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