6 day vacation at SJC, Januray 28 to Feb 3, 2012. Very nice resort - beautiful grounds and multiple venues within the resort so it is NOT the same beach, same restaruant, same pool every day. Food was average which is what you get for all inclusive at this price - one night the buffet was fine(sea food) and one night very dissapointing (oriental). Pay the extra $35 and eat at the italian restaruant Piccolo Mondo at least once - we ate there twice. Lovely setting and very good food. Do not miss the lobster (lime and butter sauce).
Had a very bad experience checking in - we specifically requested a second floor room in the Mango building - one of three right on the ocean beach. When we arrived we were placed in a first floor room. When I explained that we had very clearly requested a second floor room and we were assured we would get one by the reservation person - the women at the reception desk said it was not printed on our confirmantion and basicly told us tough nails. She made no attempt to search for avialabitiy the next day, just politely said tough. So we went to the room - DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT stay in a first floor room on the ocean beach. They are poorly furnished, they have very low cielings, poor lighting, the sliding door was rusted and the room had a terrible musty smell (room 359). It was depressing. Next day my wife found a very helpful person at the front desk (Collette) and we moved to a second floor room in the Mango building. Room was great no complaints. Vaulted cieling, nicely furnished, nice bathroom and shower, great patio with a terrific view of the ocean. Hard to believe they charge the same price for first and second floor ocean beach front rooms.
Quality and beauty of beach is important to us. Ocean beach is lovely and the view is spectacular. Beach is nice for swimming but no coral reefs to snorkel. It was very windy for the first 4 days and this limited the use of the ocean beach. Nice thing is they have a bay beach a very short walk from the ocean beach. And well protected from the ocean winds. Very nice beach but it is a bay - no aqua blue water, muddy bottom 20 feet out and no coral reefs. For two days wind reduced and we really enjoyed the ocean beach. There is also a pool adjacent ot the ocean beach - very nice - and a place to eat lunch just above the pool. This is what I mean by multiple venues - ocean beach is one, bay beach another (also with a pool just up the hill and a very nice little beach grill), bluff overlooking bay and ocean another with two pools. Also with the exception of the front desk women when we checked in the staff were very nice and very helpful.
Played a round of golf at somthing Valley (cannot remember the name),. Course was oK.
Enjoyed Shirely hights on Sunday - yes lots of tourists up there (including me and my wife!!) but I liked it, great party atmosphere and great steel band.
We did eat at a restaruant called EAST at Carlisle Bay resort (super upscale resort - about 1500 US a night vs 600 at SJC). Excellent food. Expensive cab ride (as are most because SJC is at the far end of he island). Should have explored he island a little more - there are some great beaches arond the island - but we were not up for running around.
So to sum it up - if cost is a big factor this is the place to stay. If you can afford more I woudl suggest you take a step up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the All-Inclusive St. James's Club & Villas, Antigua's most famous address. This beautiful resort is ideally located on a private, 100-acre peninsula. You will love our two white sand beaches, water sports, tennis, four restaurants, indoor and outdoor bars, beach bar & grill, luxurious spa & salon, freshwater swimming pools, supervised Kids Club, wide array of water sports, Scuba diving, and so much more. One of the Caribbean's most popular all-inclusive resorts. Excellent for couples, honeymooners, families, and friends. Located just minutes from major attractions like English Harbour, Nelson's Dockyard, and the lively Shirley Heights. Our warm and welcoming staff and management team will make your stay wonderful and memorable. We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. James`s Club Hotel Mamora Bay
- St James Club Antigua
- St Jamess Hotel
- St Jamess Resort
- St James Antigua
- St Jamess Club Antigua