St. James Club
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In fairness we've been staying here for 15 years; naturally we've seen changes over these years but the one thing that never changes is the genuine warmth of the staff - if you make the effort to engage, your holiday will feel like you've been enveloped in a warm and sunny caribbean hug!We stayed in the fab Villas on Mamora Bay side which are all really spacious with fantastic views of the bay and a unique sunset everyday. I know how the Queen feels now - everywhere we went in the resort was the aroma of fresh paint, the caribbean equivalent of painting the Forth bridge! As a result the setting looks well cared for and there is an obvious attention to detail from the grounds and maintenance staff. The villa was clean and my one issue of not being able to release the main bathroom sink plug plunger was rectified by maintenance within minutes. (Wish I could get that response back in the uk!) it is well stocked with practical toiletries and not in those ridiculously tiny bottles either anymore.The new chef has already made an impact on the restaurants. Breakfast in now a la carte in Cocos - a civilized haven with a view to die for. In the evenings it becomes a caribbean theme, with conch curry and beef rundown. Yes you get bored of the menu in all of the restaurants after a while but in honesty we all tend to cook the same dishes at home and rotate them so what's the difference? I'm just glad someone else is doing the cooking and washing up! Not quite sure about the identity or consistency of Piccolo Mondo, had one decidedly average meal there and one that was fabulous. Docksiders buffet has improved dramatically, the Tex Mex on a Wednesday is a firm favourite!Inconsistency is a bit of a theme when it comes to what is stocked and served in the bars, Mamora bar is undeniably the poor relation of the Reef deck or Royal bars. I'm assured this is being looked into currently. Bar staff are brilliant, Kerian, Teba, Criseida, Roan, Justin, Derrick to name but a few - all bring their own vibe to the bar. We even created a new drink this time, a Dizzy Gillsepie which became a firm favourite with many guests. Waiting staff throughout the restaurants also forge relationships based on warmth, humour and the widest possible smiles, chefs engage with you at the cooking stations - guests feel included in the resort, and that's really important to us.Great cocktail parties on a Monday and Wednesday night are a good opportunity to meet people, in a resort that is spread out your experience becomes totally different once you've met a few other guests. Beach parties every Thursday, Full scale full moon parties, Christmas, and New Year's parties - we're exhausted, but what brilliant evenings!Activities with Super Dave, Mojo, Tamara, Johnny and Rashid valiantly got us all moving during the day - again we felt part of the classes not the sweaty beginner unsure of left and right! I actually enjoyed water aerobics every day!! Entertainment can be a bit "safe" at times, however I love the Axes Band when they play their Shirley Heights set (usually at the beach parties). I had a couple of trips to the Tranquility Spa - Jocelyn works magic in that haven on the hill. I'm heartened to see the owner is very evident early each morning, patrolling the beaches for abandoned cups etc, it shows a level of commitment and a great hands-on management ethos. Improvements are being made continually while trying to hang onto the reassuringly traditional elements of the resort. There is a really high percentage of repeat guests at the resort and I fully understand why. It's not perfect, it has it's quirks and irks but St James' never rests on it's laurels. We even learned a little about the resort's commitment to some of the less fortunate living in Antigua, a much needed programme for the island.Remember the Cheers theme tune "where everybody knows your name" that's what it's like at St James, and not just because we've been here lots but because the staff genuinely and actively want you to experience a great vacation in a wonderful setting - we will be back!!
This is a fantastic hotel, but with a few things travellers should know before booking:1. It's used by Saga holidays and has a real retirement home atmosphere about it. 2. The staff are fairly abrupt, but this is fairly typical of customer service across the Caribbean. 3. The complimentary water sports are fantastic. 4. The views at sunset are stunning. 5. Avoid the Coco's restaurant for breakfast. Food was cold and unappetising. 6. There is a full moon party on the beach (once a month - unsurprisingly) which is good fun. 7. I wouldn't say this is particularly great resort for kids.
Ahhhhh. That's the sound of my sigh as we crest over the hill & view the beautiful calm of Mamora Bay. My husband & I got married here 2 years ago & we went back for my father in laws 70th birthday (10 family members), Xmas, NY & our 2nd wedding anniversary. In the 2 years since I've been, the hotel has been redecorated, however the overall feel of friendliness, quite elegance & just relaxing whilst the staff look after you has not altered. New additions include the fully equipped gym & the fitness lessons of yoga, Pilates,stretch were all taken full advantage off. In fact Tamara, Jonny & Philip made the work outs a pleasure, gently killing you with a smile!The food has if anything improved, we used all the restaurants at different times, wanting to be either full family mass at Docksiders or a simple Anniversay dinner at Piccalo Mondo. Albert is still everyone's favourite barman, driving his drinks cart around the beach, always seeming to time his arrival with your last sip on the last rum punch he delivered. The party on the beach at NY is fantastic, Santa arriving by speed boat on Xmas day, all of these occasion make you feel welcomed & looked after. Some of the staff even remembered, our wedding! If I was to complain about anything, it would be that unlike last time, it rained for at least 10 minutes everyday, & one day for an hour! Now if only the management could work out a way to control that it would be perfection.
Reaching a standard of quality like St. James Club doesn't come easily but it's not just the property, which is stunning! It's the people! The Antiguan people...not just the resort staff, though they are awesome. No matter where you travel on this island, it feels like you belong and not in a false or contrived way. It's a bit hokey, but there is nowhere on the planet I have travelled where it feels like home. This is a must visit destination.
Being a seasoned, and somewhat picky, traveler and having a toddler I always book to book quality vacations. I do my research and spend some time reading all the pros and cons. I never wrote reviews but going to start now as I hope to be helpful to others and also help to preserve my own experience. Here are my pros and cons about this one: Pros:Safe, Nice shallow beach with plenty of shade and chairs (great for kids) Nobody got sick (again huge for people with toddlers who tend to put everything in their mouth)Beach front rooms have a gorgeous view and exit right onto the beach (keep in mind one of the beaches is so windy and rocky - it is not usable at all) - but great for sitting on the balcony enjoying the viewCons:Ironically enough the place is NOT super child friendly. there are no ramps or elevators so if you have a stroller - you are out of luckService: Honestly, mediocre to be generous... Stuff is acting like they are doing you a favour by assisting you....got to the point that I had to address the manager due to some completely outrageous behavious by one of the restaurant ladies...there are definitely some nice people but it is not consistent which is disappointingEntertainment - nothing but one beach party and live band by the restaurant bar..no shows..no kids activities..nothingRooms - outdated with awful beds and super think walls so when our neighbours moved in at 3 am and had a crying baby all night -we were up with them.All in all a OK property not sure that it is worth the price!
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- 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.
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St. James ClubAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
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Mamora Bay, Mamora Bay Antigua
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