I stayed at the beach club for the last two weeks in October 2009 with my Girlfriend. We booked through Virgin Holidays. We booked a standard room for the two weeks. The room was plenty big enough and as it was a standard room, situated on the first floor of the accommodation buildings. A great view out of the balcony over the beach and the sea. Personally i'm not sure whether paying the extra money for a ground floor room(superior) is really worth it, but that's just a personal opinion. Instead of walking straight onto the beach, you have to walk an extra 30 seconds to the beach!! Rooms were kept very clean throughout and the air con was a god send for us as it was very warm in the evenings. The beaches themselves are very different. Coco's beach was excellent. Nice sand, nice breeze(sometimes strong, mostly gentle but always warm) hardly any bugs and the water was clear and warm too. The breeze was essential for us as Mamora Beach was a total contrast. As it is shielded from the open sea, there is next to no breeze at all which makes it very, very hot. Too much for us, but again down to personal opinion. Calm water but quite a few bugs. Very picturesque and feels more like a lake than a beach by the sea. There are plenty of pools dotted around the resort but we didn't bother with them. Someone on a buggy comes around the beaches bringing drinks to your sunbed. This was usually a guy called Alfred who was superb, a real credit to the resort with his friendly attitude and genuine personality.
Being a Virgin customer we were supposed to have to eat a Coco's for all meals with some exceptions and with drinks from there too, however due to the resort only being around 50% full, Coco's was closed in the evenings and we had the same choice as the St James guests!! We also got to use any bar after 6pm free of charge, quite a bit different than advertised and a bit of a result as to stay at St James was an extra £400 each and we were getting 90% of what they got.
Food was excellent at Coco's for Breakfast and Lunch with superb buffets available. For the less adventurous Brits(and there were many) they could travel the 4000 miles to an exotic place and have burgers,hot dogs and chips at Coco's instead of the buffet! So unimaginative as you could order a burger or hot dog from the Mamora beach grill at any time you wanted during the day, but Hey-ho. Evenings were at the Rainbow Garden or Docksider and the food there was excellent too. We were given a voucher for a free evening at the Piccolo Mondo, the resorts fine dining restaurant, and the food there was excellent. The service was very friendly and mostly excellent. Sometimes it would be a little slow but you're not in any rush so not a problem at all. The dress code was a little confusing. It stated that men should wear trousers and a collared shirt and shoes unless on one of the casual evenings. Most seem to adhere to this but plenty didn't so i guess it is more of a request than an enforced rule. Evenings were very quiet with nothing really going on apart from just chatting with other guests over a drink. Certainly not the place if you are looking for any lively nightlife.
Overall it was a superb resort and good value for money if you are all inclusive. I would definitely recommend this place to other people
- Also Known As:
- The Beach Club Hotel Saint Philip
- The Beach Club Hotel
- The Beach Club Antigua/Saint Philip
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All Inclusive ... more less