Let me first say that we were booked at the Secrets St James. We arrived late due to airport delays, so when we got to the St James and used our UVC upgrade, we were taken over to the sister resort of Wild Orchid. This resort is fabulous! It was our first time at a Secrets; our first time at an adults-only resort. The grounds are stunning, right down to the resident peacocks who wondered the grounds. Our house-keeper was Arla. She took great care of us, made us feel at home. We accidently left our safe open one morning and she stayed and kept watch until she could let us know, so we could lock it up. This is integrity at its highest! We applaud Arla and the Secret's staff, who called while I was in the room to confirm everything was good to go.
ROOM - we were put in to a main floor suite that opened up to the main Wild Orchid pool. We only had to walk a few feet out from our patio each morning to get to the pool.The room itself was great. I enjoyed the fact that they have several NY TV channels, plus ESPN. I know, we're on vacation, but its still a nice touch. The swim-up bar right outside of our room was the Sugar Reef, where Harry, the best bartender at Secrets!, kept us happy with Mango Tango's the whole week. I found out that the staff rotates around, but if you get a pool-side server named Kedeshia (hopefully I spelled that right) you will never have to leave your chair for a drink and will never go thirsty. Service at Secrets is top priority.
FOOD - DON"T pass up on the jerk chicken cart! This stuff is awesome! The cart goes up and down the main sidewalk between the pools and the beach, from one end of the Wild Orchid side to the other end of the St James side from about noon until 2-3. We tried all of the restaurants, couldn't fault any of them. Our favorite meal was at the French place... the beef tournadoes were melt-in-your-mouth. I won't go into great detail, since food is so subjective, but will give one piece of advice. If you're the type who wants to "get in and get out" for a meal, you may find the service a tad slow, as I'd seen in some reviews prior to going. For me the service was spot on. We go on vacation to relax and enjoy - the servers do everything in their power to make sure you have a fantastic meal. All of the servers we had were great... Donna, at El Patio, was wonderful.
Entertainment- The entertainment staff here is really great. I wish I could remember all of their names, but I'm sorry to say the names aren't coming to my mind while I write this review. Especially sad as the young man with a french sounding name starting with "M" was absolutely the best I've seen at the 3 resorts I've been too. He kept us laughing all the time - We even talked him into jumping into the pool fully clothed one afternoon. Someone got it on camera, hopefully its hit FB by now =) We didn't stay up for a lot of the night-time entertainment as the sun and the alcohol had us in bed early. But, we did hear the steel band one evening. They put on a great show.
TIPS for your trip - For some reason I only booked our shared transfer ride one-way from the airport. Jaital transfer company is very good and prompt. Book both ways when you book, or book your return trip as soon as you've checked into the resort or you'll pay a hefty rate for a taxi back to the airport. FYI - for your return, make sure you allow a good 3 hours before your departure time. We only allowed a tad over 2 hours and had very little time to shop at duty-free.
TIPS in general - the cosmos at the piano bar between the restaurants are AWESOME! and the guys there who play the piano, and one sings too, are a real treat. This bar does all types of martinis as their specialty. Its a nice change from the frozen drinks we enjoyed at the pool. Get there early, 6ish, to get a spot at the bar. You can get a beeper if you have to wait for dinner. Its well worth the wait.
Lastly, we are Unlimited Vacation Club members - we booked a regular suite and used our membership to "upgrade" our room and to get the free wi-fi. When we looked at the rates for wi-fi we realized that alone saved us $90US. Its a really nice perk. Could we have lived without it? sure! But, it was nice to have. Also, a nice shout-out to Navarro at the Preferred Club - he was there to help me anytime I had questions. Colleeta, over at St James was our UVC concierge. She reminded us we were there to be pampered. And boy did they do that!! This was our first time booking through UVC and let me tell you it was everything we were told about during our membership sign-up. We couldn't be happier with our membership. We were thrilled by all of the employees at this resort, who, welcomed us home! Thank you all! We loved Secrets Wild Orchid- you all do a fantastic job!
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