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St. James's Club
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Mamora Bay, Mamora Bay, Antigua   |  
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“Absolutely Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at the St. James Club & Resort from 22 May thru 1 Jun 2013. Unlike other “all inclusive” resorts, you are not issued wrist bands. Whenever you go to a restaurant or bar you are simply asked your room no#, name, and you sign a slip. Nice!

Our initial reservation had been made for a beachfront room; however, after reading various comments here on trip advisor we decided to upgrade to a royal suite. Upon our arrival we were quite pleased that we had made that decision. Previous comments indicated the royal suite was quite like a 5-star accommodation. It is true. The bathroom is tremendous: a walk-in his and her showers, 2 separate pedestal sinks, and a huge 2-man garden tub. We had a king-size bed with plump pillows and quality linens; then a sunken living area with 2 small sofas, coffee table, flat screen tv, a granite mini-bar with sink, coffee maker (with coffee, tea, cream/sugars), actual silverware (not plastic) glasses, ice bucket, and a stocked refrigerator (see “Things to Keep in Mind”).

The grounds are beautiful and maintained daily. If desired, there is a daily power walk (0715) which takes you all over the property (gentle hills and gradual slopes); daily aqua exercise in one of the larger swimming pools, a morning yoga class….no reservations needed, you just meet at designated area. On the ocean side there are plenty of lounge chairs with umbrellas—a constant breeze flows in from the breakers in the distance. Entering the ocean there is not any sudden drop off. The seaweed which comes in from high tide is briskly swept up every morning. There are some smooth rocks in spots as you enter the water—you may desire to wear aqua socks or equivalent. Due to this being a private beach—there are no vendors. Alfred, one of the St. James’ bartenders, drives a small cart and frequents both the ocean side and the bay side to offer guests drinks (alcohol and non-alcohol).

On the bay side the water is calm with no sudden drop offs, and has the same types of chairs & umbrellas…but not a constant breeze. There is volley ball, corn-hole games, and a grill with a bar (hamburgers, hotdogs, rum punches, etc.) There are 4 vendors set up inside canvas-type cabanas selling t-shirts, beach bags, jewelry, paintings, conch shells, etc. They will not approach you as this is against resort policy. We found them all extremely reasonable and typical prices were $10 for a t-shirt, $25 for a huge beach bag, $20 for a local artist’ painting, $5-10 jewelry. They are in competition and prices with certain items can vary, and all are cash-only. You can arrange for a snorkeling trip and there is also an independent dive company for you to arrange a diving expedition. The beach grill is quite good.

There are 5 restaurants (the beach grill, Cocos, Rainbow Garden, Docksider, and Piccolo Mondo); all have bars. In addition there are bars near all the swimming pools, and a lobby bar (Jacaranda) . We ate and drank at all of them. On some nights you must make reservations at the restaurants; and this has to be done either on the same day or day before. The lobby and customer service desk is manned 24x7 so this is NEVER a problem. We never had a problem with getting a ‘time’ that was good for us; however, we were there in the slow season (May). The food is excellent at all the restaurants. There may have been a few things that I personally didn’t care for but it wasn’t due to it being poor quality or ill-prepared. My husband enjoyed everything. Every night had a theme; and you were always welcomed to order off a menu. The drinks were fantastic; highly recommend the mango smoothie (or daiquiri) and the carbonated lime squeeze. Piccolo Mondo is the only restaurant where there is a fee of $35/pp for a meal. Wine by the glass is included but a specialty bottle of wine is additional and will be added to your room. The wine offerings are top notch.

High tea is served off the lobby under a gazebo mid-afternoon for a couple of hours. There is a hot tea, iced tea, and coffee. There is tea sandwiches, scones, cakes, cookies. While the food tends to go quickly; the beverages are there throughout the day. We usually had coffee first thing in the morning before we ever sat down for breakfast.

Be sure to check the lobby for the daily postings of menu’s and other resort activities. Again we learned this from this trip advisor forum! This will help you decide where to dine and what you may desire to do as far as activities are concerned. The day we arrived we saw the next day’s posting for a rum tasting! How fun was this! Thanks to Rodney and Inez for making this a blast! (wink to Rodney! remember: the BIG Tsunami Warning!) Later on in the week we also saw a posting to learn how to Caribbean dance! (wink to Shannan!) Much fun! Since there is an internal cab office; you can arrange to take a personal island tour. Let was our tour guide and he gave an absolutely wonderful tour of Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights, and other nearby spots. His fee was extremely reasonable.

We used the Spa on numerous occasions. Between the two of us we had massages, facials, pedicures and manicures. Nekim (Spa receptionist) is an absolute love! And so is Joycelyn! Highly recommend enjoying any of the Spa services.

The shop inside the lobby has souvenirs, clothing, food, shampoo, soap, diapers, beer, wine, band-aids, suntan lotion, etc. You can charge it to your room or pay on the spot.

There is nightly entertainment (local steel pan bands, jazz bands, vocal bands) but it does end at 10pm. The lobby bar stays open until 1am.

Things to keep in mind….
Our package included a one-time stocked refrigerator (3 bottles of water, 3 bottles of beer, 2 cans each of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale). Check into this if this is your desire.

Please tip the waiters/waitresses. They work hard and while tipping certainly isn’t expected; it’s just a nice thing to do and so very much appreciated.

Sunscreen. Even on a cloudy day you will need it. If you need to purchase it; it is $23-25 a bottle at the lobby store. Keep in mind this is an island and everything is imported—hence the higher cost.

Dress code. For breakfast we saw bathing suits under cover-ups, and normal daytime beach type/resort wear. Same for lunch. For dinner, however, most people dressed and wore resort-type wear. For women this meant sundresses, skirts, dress pants, knee-length shorts with nice tops, and sandals. For men this meant polo shirts (or another type of collared shirt), dress shorts or pants, men’s sandals or shoes. No sneakers or flip flops for either men or women at dinner time. There is only one restaurant that is fairly strict with the dress code (Piccolo Mondo) and they do enforce a night time resort dress code.

Room Tip: Pay extra and opt for the royal suites!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We stayed here had a lovely time. Food was great service was lovely,helpful staff. The water sports guys were great. We took our 9 month old at the time. They were very accommodating for her.the beaches were cleaned every night and a lovely view every morning from our room.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Accrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I would thoroughly recommend St. James's Club, Antigua and cannot fault anything about the hotel & resort.

We will definitely be visiting again soon!

Every day was a day in paradise!

The food, staff & facilities were amazing and any age group would enjoy a holiday at the resort.

When you wished to travel outside the resort the reception would get a taxi immediately from their pool of taxis waiting to go.

There is plenty to see & do on the island and exploring was great fun.

The Antiguan people are fabulous & look after you all the time you are there.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Some rooms are great,but some lack wifi connection. They don't have the best facilities but that's the charm of the Caribbean . The staff are generally helpful and if you are all inclusive it's a hassle free experience. The food and drink is adequate and breakfast is top notch. All the things you could want from an island paradise,views beaches and a laid back attitude. Transport to the rest of the islands delights are easily arranged and food ,drinks are quick and delivered with the local charm.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Just returned from a week stay at St James Club, Antigua - where we got married on the beach. We stayed in a beachfront room overlooking Coco's bay, the room was comfortable and immaculate. We had 2 beach loungers on our veranda, where we relaxed every night looking out to sea. Our party of 22 (6 children) were all very happy with the resort and felt that it's choice of resturants, pools, beaches and activities made for an excellent place for a big group to holiday together. The gardens, beaches and flower beds were beautifully kept. The watersports on offer were easily accessible and varied and gave you the opportunity to explore the terrific views of the bay. Terrific value for a group holiday. We rented a catamaran for half a day, which we would definately recommend. The 3 locals who sailed the boat looked after us very well - even arranging a taxi to pick up someone who was sea sick at a harbour and making sure she got back to the resort safely. Our wedding was well planned, with Paula the wedding coordinator helping with every single detail - all the paper work was done very easily, the ceremony was wonderful, the local flowers and fresh cake were excellent and Jason Pickering the photographer was top notch. Many people in our party used the spa on a a number of occasions (including wedding hair), a glowing report from all. The spa was run by expert and friendly staff. We recommend the hot stone massage! The resturant food is good quality, generous and varied in all the resturants and if you have gone AI it is great value - the service is Carribean style; 'a little slow'. Check in day could have been a little more efficient, as we queued for some time on arrival. In our room, the air con was sufficent but could have been cooler. If you are really keen on high-tech gyms, then you may just find the gym here simply adequate. There are well kept tennis courts that are well lit in the evenings too. For football fans, there is an airconditioned bar to catch up with the latest English Premier league action. From what we saw, most of the rooms have very pleasant views of the beach, coves or the sea. We will miss the calming tones of the whistling frogs at night and the beautiful gardens as we walked back to our room. Our party saw lots of wildlife including birds, turtles, fish and lizards. Every single member of staff you pass smiles and says hello. Our wedding holiday and wedding day was absolutely perfect and we wouldn't change a thing - the staff and resort of St James Club made it so. We would highly recommend it and one day we hope to return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Family of five just returned on 8-23-13, first time to Caribbean. This is also the first time I have felt compelled to post a review. If you are looking for a great location with average (at best) food and marginal staff this is the place for you. The service at the restaurants makes the service in Mexico look exceptional. Regardless of the replies from the resort and other travelers on this blog; a good portion of the restaurant staff would be unemployable anywhere else. The service became a family joke by the end of the trip.
The resort itself is dated but nice and the grounds are kept up, I felt safe letting my children play on the beach or allowing them to walk by themselves to get an ice cream. Don't get me wrong, my family had a great time on this holiday. It is impossible to have a bad time in Antigua, many of the off resort activities were exceptional such as: zip lining, catamaran tour, tour with Antigua VIP tours, unfortunately it only made the staff at St James look worse.
If you choose this resort please consider, this is not a four star resort compared to four star resorts in Hawaii. I guess it really comes down to value for your money and expectations and the resort did not deliver on either.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We arrived from Ireland and planned to have our wedding and honeymoon at the st James club. We checked into a room and the air conditioning was not working. The room was extremely hot and it was uncomfortable to stay any length of time in the room. We informed the staff who sent a cleaner to mop up the water that was draining out of the unit. After two hours a maintenance man arrived and could not fix the unit. We asked to change rooms and we were informed by the duty manager there would be no possibility of changing rooms as there were no other rooms free. Because the room was too hot we packed everything back up and went to reception. They found us another room which was also very hot but they said it would cool down if we left the air conditioning on. They also informed us that we would need to stay in the room and be moving in the room in order for the ac to work. Otherwise it would click off. The temperature in the room actually increased despite us being in the room and moving around to unpack. We again informed the staff . The staff informed us that it would probably take twenty four hours for the room to cool down. The room was too hot to sleep in so we decided to leave the hotel and cancel our wedding at the st James club. In addition to the ac not working, the resort itself is shabby and tired, the staff were less than useless and not all interested in solving any problems. We did receive a full refund from the st James club. I would urge any couple looking to book this hotel for their wedding to book a different hotel. We checked into sandals and had a magical wedding and honeymoon and had a great experience in a luxury hotel with excellent ac.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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GuestAmbassador01, Guest Relations Manager at St. James's Club, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

Thank you very much for your recent feedback on your stay at St. James's Club. We value our guests' feedback as a way to continuously improve the vacation experience.

Not unlike many resorts, in the interest of energy efficiency, our air conditioning units are designed to function with motion sensors and the doors closed. We explain this to guests upon their arrival and ask that they move about the room when entering so that the A/C units initiate. This was further explained by the duty manager who accompanied this guest to the room once again.

The St. James's Club is one of the Caribbean's most beloved resorts known for fun-filled, memorable vacations with some of the friendliest staff in the Caribbean.

We do hope that when considering a sun-filled Caribbean vacation we can welcome you at the St. James's Club.
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Address: Mamora Bay, Mamora Bay, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Paul Parish > Mamora Bay
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:4 star — St. James's Club 4*
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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
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