Our experience with all-inclusives is in Jamaica, not St. Lucia, but I suspect they are similar.The all-inclusives in Jamaica *sometimes* allow walk-in guests for a fee. There are generally restrictions - they can't stay overnight, need to leave before a certain time, etc. Essentially, you are paying to enjoy all aspects of the resort for a day and evening, including food, drinks, activities, etc. We have not done it ourselves, but have been quoted prices of $75 per person per "day". You cannot come on site just for a massage, or just to use the disco. Also, these deals are only offered when there is room, and they can turn you away for any reason.The best way to present yourself is to say "we are considering Sandals for our next visit, and would like to spend a day here to check it out".As for renting a villa, I would *never* do it without talking to someone who has rented the same villa before, either through a contact or message board. I just wouldn't trust a web site, however beautiful. What's across the street? How is water supplied? How do I get around? How far is the beach? A chef is provided, but how much on average will I pay for groceries? Am I expected to tip the maid? The chef? Even as small as the island is, it may be a 45 minute drive to get to the beach because of the terrain. In other words, think about what you really want to do there, then talk to somebody who has been there and see if it will work.
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