Check out our new Wedding Registry!
This has been a very exciting month for us over here at Bay Gardens Resorts! One of the things we’re most excited about is our new wedding registry. Our gift and wedding registry will allow friends and family members of wedding and honeymoon couples staying at Bay Gardens Resorts to conveniently select fitting gift options for them. Options range from spa treatments to private cooking classes with our chefs, dinners, room upgrades and more from all three of our properties.
What makes this feature great is its simplicity. With a few clicks the gifts can be purchased and reserved in advance of the couples’ arrival. Now, just about anyone can jump in and make it an even more special time for the couple with gifts that will truly enhance their wedding/honeymoon experience. Even friends/family that can’t make the trip will be able to show their love.
Take a look at our Wedding Registry here and look out for our general vacation gift feature coming soon!
Our Apps have Officially Been Launched
You might recall our mention of our two apps on the verge of being launched in last month’s newsletter. We’re very happy to inform you that since then (in a few weeks with a lot of work) we officially launched the Bay Gardens Resorts app and our Stampt Loyalty app last week.
Our full feature Bay Gardens app puts so much functionality in your hands, it’s amazing! The app can be used pre-arrival to make reservations and check activities, see menus and get general information including weather, driving directions and so much more. In-house it can be used to order room service, see menus, activities and access spa treatments.
The Stampt Loyalty app is just a bit different and all about getting rewarded – who doesn’t love that? Similar to the punch cards of days old, Stampt allows our guests to benefit from food and beverage and even spa special offers. The more you purchase, the more you save!
Farm to Table… As Fresh as it gets
For as long as we can remember, we’ve tried our best to source the freshest local ingredients from farms on St. Lucia owned by St. Lucians. As a St. Lucian owned and managed resort group we feel immense pride that we’re able to do this.
Now, we’ve put together special “Farm to Table” menus at our hotels that highlight menu items with main ingredients that have been sourced locally. From local favourites like Country Style Callaloo Soup which features vegetables sourced straight from farms not too far away the day before. Even our local fishermen have a hand in bringing this menu to life – take, for example, the Fresh Catch of the Day; an always fresh and nicely seasoned fish option right from our neighbours, the fishermen of Gros Islet village.
It’s a conscious push from us, not only because of our fast progressing move to becoming Green Globe certified once more, but because we believe it’s the right thing to do. We’re significantly reducing the number of food miles (the miles over which a food item is transported from producer to consumer, as a unit of measurement of the fuel used to do this) and supporting organic farming methods.
So the next time you’re here, try out some fresh local favourites and feel good about it too. Click here to check out our Farm to Table menus at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa and at the Bay Gardens Hotel
Stay and Save – Summer Through Fall. Now with Free Return Airport Transfers Included!
Allow us to remind you of the obvious, summer is officially here. A time to relax, unwind, rejuvenate and now…a time to save! On top of our already reduced summer rates, we’re offering you up to 35% off your accommodation when you book a stay with us through summer and into fall.
Coming soon for fall stays, we’ll include taxi transfers when you book a stay above five nights on our website. This would be in addition to the discounted rates available, of course. You will enjoy these free return transfers whether you’re flying into the nearby George F.L. Charles (SLU) airport or the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF). One less cost to worry about! BOOK NOW!
Don’t forget about these Great Packages
Not too long ago we introduced a couple of great packages…or experiences as we like to call them. We feel that a reminder is in order, so here goes…
Discover St. Lucia R & R Experience:
We teamed up with the folks over at the very lovely, very green Fond Doux Plantation on St. Lucia’s picturesque west coast. The experience includes three nights’ accommodation at each resort, with free breakfast for two persons, welcome gifts, a Pigeon Island tour, Fond Doux Plantation tour, non-motorized watersports at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort and transfers (return airport transfers, plus transfers between the resorts).
If you’re making Summer/Fall travel plans now, why not get a bit more vacation for your buck! Summer/Fall rates start at US$1897. Learn more here.
Dine Around Experience:
Rodney Bay is home to a number of fantastic specialty restaurants that can really enhance the culinary aspect of any vacation. If you’ve booked an All Inclusive or Modified American Plan (MAP), for an additional US$20 (per person, per restaurant), you have the option of dining out at four different restaurants for up to three out of 7 nights. We’ve even included the cost of transportation to and from the restaurants. Participating restaurants include Fire Grill, Star Fish Deli, Buzz and Spice of India. Learn more here.
Community Corner: A Helping Hand from the Gordon Family
The entire team at Bay Gardens Resorts knows the Gordon Family very well, particularly their patriarch, Mr. Malcolm Gordon – a three time repeat guest. When Malcolm decided to celebrate his 70th birthday there was no doubt in his mind that the Bay Gardens Beach Resort was the right place. The grand celebration, under the theme ’70 not out’ (cricket fans will totally get it!) saw Mr. Gordon and around 50 of his family members engaging in two weeks of fun filled activities.
A philanthropist at heart, Mr. Gordon had one request for his family members – no gifts. In lieu of the gifts, he requested that they make monetary contributions which he would use to donate to a St. Lucian charity. His family obliged and EC$5710 was raised toward that goal. The funds were handed over to us for safekeeping and to source a local charity. After much consultation with the Gros Islet Village Council, the newly constructed Gros Islet Preschool was suggested as a worthy recipient. A site visit by the management team and Mr. Gordon cemented the decision.
On June 16, senior management of the resort visited the school to make the donation of a number of practical items including, a much needed washing machine, microwave oven, an electric kettle, stationery, laundry supplies, utensils and much more. The donation was made to a full group of smiling students and caregivers from the school.
We also pledged our continued support to the school, which will be the second under our care.
Thank you Gordon Family!
Stay & Play 758: Staycation and Resort Playpass
We love the chance to let our fellow St. Lucians experience what so many have come to enjoy from the world over. When we created our Stay & Play 758 packages, we kept them in mind. The goal was an affordable vacation experience right here in beautiful St. Lucia.
Our Staycation allows for quality accommodation at any of our hotels for the incredible rates starting from US$89 per night inclusive of breakfast and taxes/service charge. The experience gets even better when three nights are booked with these bonuses:
- FREE non-motorized water sports activities
- A $50 resort credit towards Food and Beverage
- 10% off Food and Beverage
The Resort Playpass starts at US$70 and gives access to the facilities from 10:00am through 6:00pm that day. The inclusions here are:
- All the perks of resort life
- A yummy two-course lunch
- Four beverages per person
- Your choice of a ½ hour massage OR two water sport activities
- A courtesy hotel room for the day (based on availability)
Learn More about Staycation and Resort Playpass here.
Team Member Profile: Helena Alfred
It would be hard to find a past guest of the Bay Gardens Hotel who wouldn’t instantly recognize her smile, her voice… and her dancing. For over fourteen years, Helena Alfred has provided dedicated service with an unfading smile and a warm, welcoming personality that stands out from the moment she says hello.
As a restaurant supervisor at Spices Restaurant she deals directly with nearly all of our guests…they all have to eat right? She enjoys every aspect of her job and takes the most pleasure in learning from everyone around her, meeting guests and catching up with returning friends and passing on that contagious smile.
She admits to being a bit of a perfectionist and ensures that every task handed to her is done to the best of her ability. Her handy work can be seen throughout the hotel as she doubles as our decorator too! If you’ve gotten married with us, Helena more than likely setup your dream décor.
Her secret to longevity in this industry is seeing everyday as an opportunity to excel and grow. She keeps it light and works hard. She’s been rewarded for her exceptional service many times over the years, including her most recent ‘Best Supervisor’ award at the Bay Gardens Hotel’s Quarterly Staff Awards ceremony last month.
Keep doing what you’re doing Helena!
Recipe of the Month
In her short time with us, Chef Pat has really taken the already well established culinary reputation of Bay Gardens Hotel to new levels. We’ve gotten her to share some of her secrets so you can try them out at home and impress everyone! Try this one out and let us know how it turned out. Click here for the recipe.