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The Beach Club at St James

Warwickshire UK
posts: 48
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The Beach Club at St James

We're a couple of friends booked to go All Inxclusive to the Beach Club in Jan 2007 but the latest reviews cast a big doubt about the beaches. ie both have murky sea water and one is very windy. The windy one could be a bit chilly in January. We have only paid the deposit so far, and Virgin will allow us to change to a different hotel. We've been looking at the Halcyon by Rex resorts. Has anyone been to both the Beach Club and also the Halcyon and if so which do you recommend?

Fallston, MD
posts: 1,868
reviews: 2
1. Re: The Beach Club at St James

"Seallen" .........

This is only my opinion, please keep this in mind, but a very good friend of ours was the GM of the St. James until December, 2004 and we visited there and toured the resort, most recently, in November, 2003. We've visited the island 4 times since then. Our next holiday on ANU will be 30 November of this year for a fortnight.

I've never been on ANU in January ... but have been there in early February. The most recent was February, 2005.

The weather is at the mercy of 'Mother Nature' but I can not imagine it being all that "windy" nor "chilly". "Windy" may be more remotely probable than "chilly" ..... but, the odds of truly "windy" are slim and "chilly" would be absolutely unreal !!!!!

The waters of the bay side of SJC are rarely clear, IMO. The Atlantic side is apt to have some waves ( perhaps as much as 2 feet in height) at certain times. Much has to do with the tides and the moon and the particular time of day that you might be on the beach.

With regard to the Rex Halcyon, I doubt that you'll ever find clear waters there either. The waves will be, most likely, virtually non-existent ... but the water is no where clear enough for proper snorkel adventures. The sunsets, on the other hand, will (weather permitting) be much, much better than at the SJC.

The beach at the Rex Halcyon, which adjoins the Sandals resort, will be far more populated than at the SJC .... no matter what time of the year you may be thinking about going there.

January is in the heart of 'cruise ship season' and I don't know of any passengers on any such ship that have readily gained access to the public SJC beach.

I hope this info helps you and, perhaps, others.

Cheers,

Cardiff, UK
posts: 864
reviews: 77
2. Re: The Beach Club at St James

Been at The Beach Club, St James this June: breeze is beautiful and cooling - not chilly. Water is clearer here than at Mamora Bay at St James Club, and you can snorkel by the side of the rocks and see quite a variety of fish. Some sea weed comes in but it is in shoet strands and easily brushed aside, and is swept up off beach each day. Resort is very private. A beautiful place.

Warwickshire UK
posts: 48
reviews: 8
3. Re: The Beach Club at St James

Thank you Terry and also Beachandsea. I read your replies and found them very useful. I just thought that the wind in January though might be chillier than in the hot summer June July August season.

Still looking for comparisons between Halcyon by Rex Resorts and The Beach Club at St James eg entertainment, food, ambience etc. Judging by the reviews there is nothing in the way of evening entertainment at the Beach Club yet Virgin seem to suggest there is. Anyone been to both?

uk
posts: 216
reviews: 5
4. Re: The Beach Club at St James

we are a group of 6 adults aged around 25 going to the beach club on 5th jan!! I dont think anywhere on antigua is going to be parties every night like ibiza say but I think no matter where you book there will always be some doubts. I too have been a bit concerened by all the bad reviews but to be honest whats bad in their eyes might not be bad in yours

Warwickshire UK
posts: 48
reviews: 8
5. Re: The Beach Club at St James

Thanks Disney for replying.

I have heard that people in your age group head for St Johns to check out the pubs and clubs. My friend and I waved good bye to our twenties in Nineteen Hundred and Frozen to Death so I think we would look a little conspicuous in a night club. That's why we could do with some in-house entertainment, which apparently there is none.

england
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reviews: 6
6. Re: The Beach Club at St James

we were there in august it was excellent

to be honest it was so hot on marmora beach it was unbearable

the warm balmy breeze on the atlantic side was lovely and kept me sane

the whole place is lovely ENJOY!

england
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reviews: 6
7. Re: The Beach Club at St James

we were there in august it was excellent

to be honest it was so hot on marmora beach it was unbearable

the warm balmy breeze on the atlantic side was lovely and kept me sane

the whole place is lovely ENJOY!

anu
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reviews: 48
8. Re: The Beach Club at St James

For the young and the young at heart St James's is just a couple of miles from English Harbour where there will be plently of night life bars etc at that time of year, The yachts will all be in and I can assure you the crews love to drink and party, so break out of the all inclusive and head down to English Harbour for a few evenings.

London, United...
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9. Re: The Beach Club at St James

Have stayed at the Beach Club a few times. Unfortunately, this year I was too late in booking and the hotel was booked for our dates in January 2007.

The hotel itself is situated on the 'windy' beach which is actually quite pleasant in the hot Antiguan sun. If you choose the Superior room, you will be staying on the ground floor with direct access from your large and comfortable terrace with sun loungers onto the lovely beach in front of your room. However, we found the views over the sea much better from the upstairs rooms and at least there wasn't anyone walking and shifting furniture above. The upstairs rooms have wonderful vaulted ceilings, and all the bathrooms are very generous in size and the bath is big enough for two!

We would normally stay on the 'windy' beach in the morning and then after lunch would go over to the other beach on Mamora Bay. There are always plenty of sun loungers, so no need to worry you would loose your seat. Both beaches are served by a drinks buggy and there is also a food and drinks hut on Mamora.

Food is served mostly at Coco's Beachside Restaurant but a couple of times a week dinner is served at the main St. James's Club restaurants, the Rainbow Garden on Mondays and the Docksider on Thursdays. Both of these are buffet style but good nevertheless. There is plenty to choose from both buffet and a' la carte. The food isn't fantastic but it's OK especially the a' la carte dinners at Coco's. The best restaurant on the site is Piccolo Mondo where you can enjoy your dinner at a supplement charge but I would definitely recommend doing that at least once during your stay.

The entertainment, however, is rather low key but, personally, we did not find that a problem. There is the Manager's Rum Punch Party once a week, entertainment at the Docksider on Thursday and must not forget the casino which is open nightly. There is also some entertainment at Coco's including bands, crab racing and even a fashion show.

The hotel is on a far south-eastern peninsula of the island and it is a gated community including time-share villas which can also be rented. Should you feel like exploring the island, then a rental car is a must. The best rental company, with the lowest excess, is Dollar Car and this car be arranged at the Main St. James's Reception. Beware, though, the roads are rather bumpy and there are not many roadsigns to be seen anywhere but the locals are always very willing to point you in the right direction should you get lost.

Antigua is our favourite corner of the world and I am certain you will just love it. We will be also going again this January. It's fantastic, the warm sun, the beautiful sea and the broadest smiles you have ever seen, and all that in the winter. Fabulous!

Wishing you all the best and enjoy :-)

Fallston, MD
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reviews: 2
10. Re: The Beach Club at St James

For: "lingua" .........

Welcome to this forum ! Excellent and well written ( and honest ) review of the St. James' Club.

Cheers,

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