St. James Club
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
We just returned from an 8 night's stay at the St. James Club. We stayed in a Royal Suite on the Bay side of the property. This offered beautiful views and mild breezes, rather than the heavier winds on the ocean side. Pros:Rooms: Our Royal Suite was large and offered a beautiful view from our balcony. They face west allowing for beautiful sunset views. Ask for a second floor suite which offers the vaulted ceiling and more privacy from the walkway below. They don't guarantee this but if you can get one second day, it's worth the change of rooms. The maids clean daily and also offer turn down service in the evening. Concierge: Upon arrival, those staying in the Royal Suites are given a cold drink and driven away to a private check in lounge. Our VIP Suites Coordinator, Margaret Meyer, was wonderful. She handled all of our needs and is a true asset to the St. James Club.Spa: They offer Royal Suite guests staying 7 nights or longer, two 45 minute massages at the spa. We booked a side by side couple’s massage on the open deck inside the spa. The girls who took care of us were highly trained and we really felt pampered. I recommend taking advantage of the spa while there. Weather: The weather was perfect and we could not have asked for a better week to be here. This is the dry season for Antigua. It did rain (sun shower) one morning for approx. 5 min. and that was it. The water was warm; however, if you want to swim on the ocean side, I would recommend a pair of water shoes for more sensitive feet.Cons:Food: Food throughout the property was just okay. I have been to many all inclusives that offer a much larger selection. We did try Piccolo Mondo, which was given free as part of our Royal Suite Package. The food and service was good. You can request a ride up the hill if needed. Beach tables: Most areas on the beach do not have a table in-between the beach chairs; however, they are supplied around the pool areas. Pool Party: The pool party on Thursday evening was quite unorganized. Everything else is closed accept Coco's on the lower level if you don't wish to eat at the pool party. There was no place to sit and no one offering to give you suggestions. The Rainbow Restaurant, where the party is held outside by the pool, was not set up with silverware. Apparently I did not see plastic silverware outside as others have mentioned. We eventually went inside, found an empty table and searched for silverware. It was hard to get someone's attention in order to help you figure things out. It was windy outside and overall just a bad night for dinner. It may have been better if more organized but they didn't seem to care.Be mindful of the meal times as breakfast in the Rainbow Garden is over at 10:30 and most dinner venues last until 9:00 – 9:30 pm. Since we were on vacation, we enjoyed having coffee on our balcony, but didn’t like having to get up and out so early just to make it in time for breakfast. You can always head over to Coco’s, which is open from 11am – 11pm. We had lunch there most days and enjoyed the view while eating. Friendliness around the property is hit or miss. Some of the staff are very nice and offer plenty of free smiles, and then there are others who act like you’re not even there. Not sure what their incentive is to enjoy what they do. We did tip everyone, including daily maid service, but felt we were among only a few who seemed to tip at the bar or restaurant areas. Final Thoughts: Although this property caters to many couples or time share owners, there are children. They do offer the use of sail boats, paddle boats, canoes, etc., and I did notice a small kids club but cannot comment. It is more of the relaxing type of vacation where you sit and read a book or two and go sailing, etc. If you choose to go off property I'm sure that's another option for more entertainment. They did offer a sunset cruise (for a fee) on Wednesday night, which we missed. We spoke to another couple who said it was a lot of fun and I believe it was from 4-6pm.Bring your own insulated cups. They have no problem refilling them for you. In the heat it definitely keeps the drinks cold (we invested in two 16 oz. Yeti cups and they did not disappoint). We take them everywhere.
As a timeshare villa owner's we are returning guests ..... As we come every year we must enjoy it ! The resort isn't perfect but it is clean ,comfortable and incredibly friendly . Yes there are small niggles it always seems to take an age to check in and as we stay in the villas the kitchen equipment is poor but we do manage. This year the Full Moon party party was complimentary to non all inclusive guests which was a lovely surprise . On that note in reply to a previous reviewer who seems to think that timeshare owners are eating and drinking the owners profits away and never paying I can assure you that even though we know the staff after many years we are always asked to sign for food and drink if we aren't using the all inclusive option . I have never knowingly been given anything for free ! All in all St James is a good all round resort with friendly staff and beautiful grounds .
Stayed during the week of half term with my 7 year old daughter. Hotel is set in a beautiful location and overall a great place. I struggle to be in a place like this and not be happy! The beaches are great you have best of both worlds calm bay with lots going on and slightly rougher beach less busy. We used both and liked both. Read lots of reviews about staff not being friendly this just isn't true. They were all lovely and very accommodating. I liked that the resorts was big and spacious but you didn't get lost in it. My frustration was the restaurants and food. The dockside restaurant has an amazing location on the beach but is buffet but yet Cocos and rainbow are a la carte. Wrong way round as dockside is the place you want to spend dining enjoying the views. I don't want to go to the Caribbean to eat Buffett food which is very average that I could eat in the UK. Entertainment was great at dockside singers really good but finished at 10pm! Way too early. The entertainment by the pool was hit and miss. One night fire dancing etc next night ping pong competition! Entertainment needs to cater for all and not just for the returning 'older' guests. They did one kids party/disco this needs to happen every night. Drinks were good if you ask for premium brands like Smirnoff vodka etc they happily give it to you. But you need to ask. I also found the white wine ok. In summary so much potential to make this an amazing hotel rather than good. These comments seem to be consistent so maybe management in the hotel should take note and make changes! Why be good when you could be amazing. If these changes happened I would return.
we have stayed here quite a few times and really like how chilled everything is. We have never found the staff to be a problem - unlike other reviewers!! in fact, some of the cleaning staff and kids club staff remember us from previous visits and are always so happy to see us again. Once again, the welcome upon arrival is lovely - yes you get a rum punch, but your on holiday...so why not?? we've always had a buggy to take us and our luggage to our villa and I'm sorry, but who's ever heard of filling out 'hotel paperwork' in your room?? WTAF??? Its really not that much of an issue, and if you arrive at the hotel off of your own back and not on a coach/package tour then this section is truly speeded up!! If your all inc the food is fine, although I found it can get a bit samey - but I think that is so in most hotels of this calibre. There's 2 beaches - hot beach and windy beach - I think their names are self explanatory!!Theres also free wifi dotted around the whole area, and if your lucky enough to be staying in a villa by a pool, you can quite often pick up the free wifi - (boom, lucky find for me last time) The kids club has loads of activities, my 2 seem to love it.In general, its very clean, the grounds are maintained nicely, you can always get a sun lounger and fresh beach towels. There's a drinks cart that goes round, so plenty of chilled refreshments during the hot sunny days. Don't forget your factor 50 and your'll have a fab time <3
My wife and I went on holiday without kids (at university) for first time. We have been here 3 times before and its pretty much same good stuff, same bad stuff as ever. Its a great location, with a very quiet sheltered beech and one that is not.You will arrive after a fight and transfer and probably think you can just check-in. This is first detail that is not great. Check in will take 20 to 30 minutes. Not sure why it should and you probably just want to get to the room but you will get welcome drink (you, really will, want one or not), you will queue as there are never enough receptionists, and they will go through a lot of paperwork (which you could do in your room and bring back), There will also be no porters to move your luggage. This is the 'welcome'. The good news is that rooms are comfortable and you get what you pay for. We went for a middle tier and it was great. Staff very helpful with any issues you have. Do though ask how to open the window to the balcony/patio if you have one as its not obvious. Food is fine - usually a buffet or a la carte included for breakfast, lunch and dinner in all inclusive or you can pay extra to go to the Italian restaurant for dinner (which is not worth it). Food is fine for a high volume throughput venue - it is not haut cuisine. But plenty of choiceDrink on the other hand - pretty much anything and everything.Water sports are plentiful, though the nearby reef was very damaged with limited coral and fish to see compared to our last visit. Pools are fine though small compared to other locations but the sea in the cove area is always calm due to its location. The sea on the main coast is invariably windy and rough. The beeches are sandy. Plenty of sun loungers. There is a very well equipped gym and free sessions of pilates/aqua aerobic ...Other poor detail is WiFi is free in the reception area but charged for in the room. Why? Just annoying. I did like though that no phone calls permitted by pool or on beach. Last 'poor detail' - for some reason, guest services seems to be populated by the most unfriendly, unhelpful staff - 2 are required per guest for any query and each request will take 10 minutes, even to book a table at an internal restaurant. Not sure why but it just. All the other staff themselves are great. So, if you brace yourself for the annoying items (and they will get to you regardless of how chilled you try to be because the rest is so good, the poor aspects jar immensely). then its a great holiday option.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 meals daily
- All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10 am - 1:30 am)
- Non-motorized water sports: Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Pedal Boat
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
- Exercise classes (Aerobics, Water aerobics )
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- Manager's cocktail party.
- 170 and 72 villas rooms in six 2 and 3-storey buildings
- 2 buffet restaurants
- 2 a la carte restaurants (International, Italian, Caribbean)
- 5 bars including Beach bar, Lobby bar, Pool bar
- Disco (fee)
- 4 outdoor pools
- 18-hole golf course 40 minutes away
- Meeting facilities (fee)
- 6 tennis courts (4 lit) on-site
- Beachwear shop
- Fitness facilities
- Exercise classes
- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
- A range of watersports available
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- Free WiFi in lobby
- Ceiling fan
- 2 doubles or 1 king bed
- Cable TV
- In-room safe
- Bathroom with tub and shower
- Bathrobes and hair-dryer
- Balcony or patio with garden view
- Max. occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children
- Similar to above, spacious with 2 doubles or 1 king bed
- Partial ocean view
- Max. occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child
- Same as above with 2 queen or 1 king bed
- Balcony or terrace
- Beach or ocean view
- Max. occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child
- 1 king bed
- One bedroom suite with separate living room
- Oceanview or bayview
- Max. occupancy 2 adults
For the Kids - Kids 2 to 12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' club, Babysitting service (fee), Kids' menu, Playground, Kids' pool.
Wedding Packages - Wedding packages available, please inquire for details.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Resort Location Map
St. James ClubAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Mamora Bay, Mamora Bay Antigua
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.
Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.
Escapes.ca makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. Escapes.ca is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.