Why We Recommend It:
Guests here have access to the myriad facilities of the broader resort along with Hideaway’s exclusive facilities – a very nice infinity pool, a section of private beach and a restaurant and bar.
The Royalton is part of the Marriott hotel group’s foray into the all-inclusive market and you’ll find standards very high on all fronts.
Rooms & Suites:
Standards at the Hideaway are particularly high on the accommodation front, more so than The Royalton resort in general.
Their entry-level accommodations are the Junior Suites, some of them swim up with semi-private pools.
At 600 sq ft they are spacious and come with seating areas/work areas, sofa beds, balconies or terraces, and beautiful bathrooms.
Then your choices go straight to the Presidential Suite and Penthouse level which might be some of the best accommodation on St. Lucia.
They share the same amenities as the Junior Suites, though some also come with jacuzzis, but they are larger obviously, more than double the size in fact. They also come with the best views.
All the accommodation is kitted out with the best of modern amenities: Bluetooth sound systems, smart TVs, Royalton’s signature DreamBeds, minibars, coffee makers, aromatherapy menus, and in the opulent bathrooms: bathtubs, double sinks, rainfall showers, and luxury bath products.
The accommodation also has a choice of Diamond Club or not. Going for the upgrade allows access to VIP lounges, pools, a section of beach (and beach bar), and enhanced room service including the services of a butler for the duration of your stay.
Food, Facilities & Things to Do:
This is a luxury all-inclusive and the food here is excellent. As mentioned guests at the Hideaway have access to all venues of Royalton Saint Lucia, all but one a la carte, and, very happily, none of them require reservations.
These include Armadillo which serves Tex-Mex, Marché the all-day buffet restaurant. Zen does Japanese sushi and teppanyaki. Grazie is an Italian Trattoria and Calypso does West Indian.
The Score Sports Bar & Grill also does pub comfort food and opens until 2 am. Rounding off the list is The Hunter Steakhouse.
The culinary highlight of the resort is not part of the all-inclusive but foodies will find it certainly worth the extra fee. This is the seven-course Chef’s Table menu, where a personal Chef guides you through each course along with paired wines and even paired music.
All the above are in the broader resort while The Hideaway has its own restaurant, Dorado, which has a lovely beachfront setting and serves seafood, grills, and more, both buffet and a la carte all day including an a la carte breakfast.
There are also bars in the Hideaway Lobby and on its private section of beach.
More bars are to be found in the main resort including two beach bars, one of which is for Diamond Club only, the aforementioned sports bar, two pool bars one of which is a swim-up, and a busy lobby bar.
Guests at the Hideaway also have their own very nice infinity pool plus that private section of the gorgeous white sand beach.
Hideaway guests also have an expanded room service menu available 24 hours.
They have very good gym facilities at the Royalton with some fitness programs and classes all inclusive including Zumba, pilates, and yoga. Sports include tennis, beach volleyball, and ping pong.
All-inclusive non-motorized water sports are available too and one scuba diving lesson is free. More scuba will cost extra as will motorized water sports.
The resort’s award-winning Royal Spa has a hydrotherapy circuit and a full range of massages, body and facial treatments.
Off-site a whole range of excursions, tours, and activities are available for extra fees, and St. Lucia’s only 18-hole golf course is right beside the resort.
Hideaway is in Cap Estate in the far North West of St. Lucia about a ten-minute drive from both Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island.
George F. L. Charles International Airport is around 15 minutes away while Hewanorra International Airport is about an hour and a half away at the southern end of the island.
Some Guest Reviews:
“I loved this resort. It was clean, the grounds are beautiful and the staff was really nice and accommodating. We loved the pools, swim up bars and the beach. The service and food was great. Our room was really nice and I loved sitting on the balcony of our beach front room having drinks with my husband in the evening and coffee early mornings…..”
“The Hideaway at the Royalton was amazing. While it’s adults only, most of the dining and entertainment happen on the family side so if you’re really set on avoiding the kids you’ll have to eat at one restaurant (Dorado) use one pool, bar and the sectioned off area of the beach. But overall the hotel was amazing! The views, the staff (we had a personal butler) the restaurants and DRINKS, we loved everything. They offer different water sports, have entertainment and gym with classes……”