To be sure, no two Royalton resorts could ever be identical. After all, progress in engineering and in design never stops moving forward. Moreover, the terrain upon which any resort is built inevitably affects its layout.
That said, this 456-room property at the north end of Saint Lucia has many of the amenities Royalton fans expect, including the monumental stone facade; spacious, earth-toned rooms and suites, some that are swim-outs and many that have freestanding jacuzzis just a few feet from the beds; and free WiFi and phone calls to North America. Beyond the rooms, there’s a splash pad park, separate activities and facilities for kids and for teenagers, and 24/7 room service. There’s a Hideaway section for adults only, a Diamond Club section with extra perks (e.g. reserved pool and beach lounges), nonstop sports and activities, nightly entertainment, and nine Royalton restaurants, including the surprisingly sophisticated Grazie Italian Trattoria and C/X Culinary Experience Chef’s Table (extra charge). This Royalton even has an escalator to the beach level, as in Negril. However, this Royalton also has something none of its siblings have: It’s on Saint Lucia, which means excursions to the Pitons, charming villages, the Tet Paul Trail, cacao plantations, and other highlights of this island.
For one couple staying at the Hideaway Jan. 12-19, all-inclusive rates start at $3,380 per week. Families are more likely to go in summer, so for two adults with kids ages 7 and 10, rates at the Hideaway in July start at $4,330.