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Sandy Stories
Awards and Applause   |   Animal Sightings   |   Resort News   |   Resort Upgrades   |   Giving Back   |   Notices
With the foreshore waves crashing onto the rocks with a splattering roar, golden beaches stretching along the coastline and sun glimmering through the cloudy skies – we pause for a moment to appreciate Sandy Place’s picturesque surrounds. With 2019 coming to an end, there are many stories we want to share with you about Sandy Place’s thrilling year. During the winter months, with the winter sun setting over the shores, St Lucia was fortunate to have Humpback Whales visit the Elephant Coast, to give birth to their calves, while a rare and exhilarating sighting of Orcas was spotted just off the Maphelane mid-sea waters.
St Lucia is renowned for Hippos wandering through the streets each dusky evening and your home-away-from-home Resort-town still has several hippos dawdling along the streets, “window shopping”, at night. The Fisherman’s Paradise did not disappoint and during the annual Snoek Derby in June, the fishing charters had plenty to smile about, with prolific Natal Snoek and Yellowfin Tuna in the waters. With many happy holiday memories made through the year, read the exciting ‘Sandy’ Stories, filled with treasures, set in the heart of St Lucia.

Everything your favourite ‘Sandy’ Resort has been up to...

Awards and Applause
RCI Silver Crown

Sandy Place holds RCI Silver Crown Resort status and at the 2018 RCI OSCAS Awards Ceremony, held earlier this year, was awarded 4th place in the Top Silver Crown Resort - small category.
Well done Team!

Top 5 Animal Sightings
by Sandy Place Visitors:


A special moment captured in time: A pod of Orcas was spotted (and photographed) just off the Maphelane mid-sea waters during August.

Humpback Whales
The mighty Humpback Whales migrated to the
St Lucia coastal waters, to give birth, during the winter months – what an extraordinarily wonderful event!
St Lucia, being synonymous with Hippo sightings in town, was not a let-down this season. Several Hippos still wander the streets each night, routinely “window shopping”.
In November, the Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles came ashore on the beaches of St Lucia Turtle Sanctuary, to lay their eggs.
Fish-a-plenty! Fishing – be it from the beach, with bait, or with the increasingly popular spinning/light tackle, or artificial lures, deep sea charters, or from the much acclaimed Mission Rocks.
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Snoek Derby

The annual Snoek Derby, which took place from the 14th to the 17th of June 2019, was yet again a fan favourite. With screaming reels and back-breaking retrieves, the fishing charters had plenty to smile about. Great catches were listed throughout the weekend, ranging from Natal Snoek, Yellowfin Tunas and a few exceptional Dorados.
Well done, Velia Tonkin! Velia caught an amazing Yellowfin Tuna weighing in at 43.71kg during the Furuno Snoek Derby 2019. What a proud moment for this empowering female angler – fantastic!

Harley Davidson Rally

The annual Harley Davidson Rally took place from the 14th to the 17th of June 2019. There were an estimated 350 motorcycles in the town. Several guests and visitors took photos of the smooth tourers or monster-like machines. Roars could be heard from miles away, as the rally-goers entered the town in the evening.

The Rally, being the longest-running Harley-Davidson rally in South Africa, with the first St Lucia Rally taking place in 1996, is loved by many Harley Davidson enthusiasts and is a not-to-be-missed event.
Gideons Bibles

We want to thank the personnel from Gideon’s International – they offered the Resort a set of new Bibles, which replaced the old ones in the units. In addition to that, they also offered each staff member a Bible.

Heritage Day

The NSRI hosted a Fun Run on Heritage Day, which was open to all of St Lucia’s locals and visitors. A variety of races were on offer, ranging from the 6km fun run/walk to the more strenuous 21km run. The day was topped off by embracing National Braai Day with a braai in the park. All proceeds went to the NSRI.

NSRI is a charity staffed by volunteers who are on call, day and night throughout the year. Their goal is to prevent drowning through education, preventative measures and rescue. 

In the Know with Sandy Place Upgrades!

Jungle Gym
Jungle Gym
The old Jungle Gym was replaced with a recycled plastic Jungle Gym. How awesome is that?!
Outdoor Shower
Outdoor Shower
The new Outdoor Showers are embellished by a surf theme, boasting homemade ‘surfboards’ and Sandy Place “custom artwork”.
Resort Library
Resort Library
The Resort Library has expanded and is a feature that is proving very popular with Shareholders and guests. We encourage all our guests to exchange or donate books, for fellow readers to enjoy.
Swimming Pool Umbrellas
Swimming Pool Umbrellas
New addition: The Swimming Pool area has new umbrellas.
The Trampoline received a new paved border around the artificial grass.
The palisade fencing at the D Block / Estuary view units has been replaced with mesh fencing, providing a clear view.
Keep the Good Times Rolling...

Each year brings with it a host of fun days and special holidays to be enjoyed and celebrated; Sandy Place loves creating a unique experience for our guests to enjoy.

Father's Day
Father’s Day
Father’s Day was “geared-up” to welcome our super dads and fantastic-fishing-fanatic-fathers with a fishing tackle display sponsored by Wave Dancer Fishing Charters and Tackle Shop. The reception was kitted with motivational quotes, posters and banners in celebration of Father’s Day. All of the dads received a bottle of Homemade Peri-Peri sauce, as a Father’s Day gift, from the Resort. We are sorry to say though, that the recipe is not for sale, much to our fiery mouthed guests’ displeasure. But you are welcome to come and try it out at your favourite Sandy Resort!
Woman's Day
Women’s Day
For Women’s Day our Reception was “Dolled-up” for the celebration of all the special ladies, with the welcome gifts used as a display. All our lady guests received a hand-painted photo frame with an inspirational quote, as a reminder of their most treasured moments. A High Tea sweet stand, stacked with delicious goodies, was provided for our guests to nibble on, on arrival.
Spring Day
Spring Day
Spring Day celebrations provided for each guest receiving a complimentary Hluhluwe pineapple, from the Resort.
Fun Fact
: The pineapple once represented unreachable wealth, but the fruit now represents warm welcomes, celebration and hospitality. Pineapples take up to 3 years to reach maturity.
Heritage Day
Heritage Day a.k.a. Braai Day
Heritage Day a.k.a. National Braai Day, was “Fired-up” for a weekend filled with braai memories. The braai accessories on the scene were sponsored by Banana Box General Dealer a.k.a. the St Lucia “One-Stop” Shop. Each guest was treated to a welcome gift from the Resort: Jumbo Lion Match Boxes and a Marinade Set, in celebration of National Braai Day. Reception offered an array of braai equipment for guests to rent, from potjies, to “toe-knyp roosters” and rotisseries.
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Giving Back Projects

Sandy Place took part in some exciting projects as part of our 'giving back' initiatives, to ensure a better experience for you and for the community which we are a part of. Here are the latest projects we took on:

International Beach Clean-up

International Beach Clean-Up Day

Sandy Place, a proud supporter of International Beach Clean-Up Day, participated in this international initiative on the 21st of September 2019. An appreciative applause to all our visitors who joined us to clean our beaches and oceans of plastic and debris.


It’s here, the Resorts very own nursery! It's small, but so are the prices. The nursery has been set-up in aid of African Blessings and Jochebed Children's Home, to whom all profits will be donated. The nursery has only started, but already has small bamboo palms and Euphorbia tirucalli, better known as “Firesticks”, on offer. Guests can make an offer per plant, with the minimum cost being R10 per plant.
Important Notices
2020 Timeshare Calendar >
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2020 Instruction letter >
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VRS Options

VRS Options

VRS Options allows you to exchange your fixed holiday for availability at various resorts, for alternative dates or unit sizes. We’ve secured you a multitude of destinations through some of our partners to give you more holiday options.

(Please note that the exchange fee will increase in 2020)

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In Closing
As this year comes to an end, with many beautiful holiday memories made, massive highlights; we only see even more greatness for the year ahead, and we, as always are grateful to be along on this journey with you. As the

sea breeze whistles by and the golden sands of the
St Lucia beaches glisten like diamonds in the sun; your favourite ‘Sandy’ Resort is ready to take on the next chapter – and we are grateful to have you by our side.

Festive greetings to you and your family!
Warm Regards
Marjorie Forssman
VRS – Managing Director 
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