I'd like to start out by saying that I am an avid traveler, and am holding this resort to the highest standards. I honeymooned in the Tahitian Islands including Bora Bora, taken 5 all inclusive trips, and have always looked to stay in the best of the best accomodations. This resort is absolutely the PERFECT couples/adults all inclusive spot. In fact, it is my favorite all inclusive property!
There were 6 people total (3 couples) in our group. We are all in our upper 20s, and were looking for a tropical destination, with amazing facilities, great beach/ocean, great food, romance, and the option to be as wild or calm as we wanted. Secrets St. James in Montego Bay did just that!! Pay close attention to how I would rate the different aspects of our trip...
LOCATION: Secrets St. James is in the perfect location, just look at the pictures on their website. You are off on a peninsula, right on the most crystal blue water of the Caribbean. The resort is about 15-20 minutes from the Airport, and extremely convenient! Most of the great excursions are near Ocho's Rios (About 1hr 15min from the resort), however, if you are like me, you maybe do one day of excursions on an all inclusive trip. If you are looking to hit all of the local hot spots in Jamaica, then you would never do an all inclusive and pay for all of your food and drinks, if you plan to be off of the resort much. The location is clean and breath-taking!
ROOMS: These are without a doubt the nicest standard rooms I've ever staying in!!! They have big flat screen tvs on the wall with a variety of channels (several adult channels), huge comfy king beds, all facing the ocean with huge ocean views, jacuzzi tubs, waterfall shower, double sinks, sitting area, balcony with chairs, etc. They are amazingly nice! The air conditioner worked amazing (freezing every night if you want it to be), and the room was super clean
POOLS: There are wonderful pools at this resort. There are always places to sit and lay if you want, and the pools are big and perfect temperature. One is heated, one is not, and they were about a 5 degree difference, both amazing. There are water polo nets, a basketball hoop, etc if you want to play some games. Playing basketball was very relaxing while sipping drinks and shooting some shots in the pool. Yet, there were only about 10-20 people in the pool at anytime. Sometimes, the swim-up bar section of the pool had 40 people or so and was great! There was jamaican music being played and the vibe was great! The service at the pools were UNREAL!!! We had drinks made for us before we even asked. Waitresses were coming around the pool to serve you as soon as your drink got low. The drinks were strong, huge, and tons of variety! The pool bar was amazing as well. Tons of service, amazing top shelf booze, and just a fantastic ambiance.
FOOD: Food was amazing!!! People who write these reviews are soooooo ridiculous. I live in Philadelphia, travel to NY City, grew up in a huge Italian family, and have eaten some of the best food in the world my entire life!!! This food was outstanding for anywhere, and especially an all inclusive. The variety of options at dinner were unreal, and the ambiance in the restaurants was unprecendented. Dinner was always about 1hr to 90 minutes. This was perfect between appetizers, drinks, main course, desert, chatting and relaxing all the while. Perfect separation of time between courses. We ate at the Jamaican, Japanese/Thai, Italian, and French restaurants. We were ordering 2 and 3 appetizers per person, and often times 2 entrees each for the guys. The Japanese Hibachi show was unbelievealbe with great quality food!! If you like Thai food, they had great spicy Thai soup and some good Thai appetizers, along with the rice, filet, shrimp, teriaki etc at a typical nice hibachi place. French had delicious lamb chops that fell off of the bone, filet that was out of this world, snapper, etc. Italian was delicious with penne in a spicy tomato sauce, manicotti, lasagna, etc. And don't forget the Jerk Chicken carts for lunch!!! Lunch and breakfast had unreal selection of food, and was truly remarkable that people cut on this food. No one had a meal they didn't love, every preparation was 5 star, every dish was perfect temperature.
ENTERTAINMENT: We made most of our own entertainment all day playing by the pool, beach, etc. There are, however, sooo many people and couples that were our age that we met people in the pool, took shots with them, played beer pong in the pool, etc. At night we spent soooo much time at the piano bar. I love to sing and dance and found this to be so entertaining. There was a piano player that came every night at 10:30, handed out song books of lyrics, and had people pick songs for him to play and sing along to. We took turns picking them, and even sometimes went up and sat with him to sing a solo. This was all while smoking a nice cigar and having unreal drink service. The set up is truly outstanding. There was a night club DESIRES that we LOVED as well!! THey played the best dance songs from the 90's and early 2000's, and also mixed in some unreal jamaican songs. We danced a few long nights there and found it was the perfect little night club if ya wanted to get a little roudy. Lastly, we went and saw one show. This show was a group of 4 Jamaican singers called Soul 4 Soul. UNREAL!!! If you have a chance to go see them, please do!!! They are first class!
SERVICE: What can I say, the Jamaican vibe is unlike any other. The people at this resort are so much fun! We loved Dinean at night by the Piano Bar, and all of the waitresses will love you if you sing them a little Jamaican music! I found myself speaking Jamaican slang the entire trip. Yea Mon! Keeping it IRIE!!!!!!!!!!!
OVERALL: This resort is perfect for couples looking to have a first class vacation with eachother, no worries, no hassles, etc. There are no kids at the resort, there are no people bugging you to get involved in stuff if you don't want to, and it can be as lively or relaxing as you want. For a young married guy like myself, or serious couple or group of couples, this is the perfect 5 night getaway. I loved the resort, loved the people, and was absolutely amazed to have gotten the deal that we got for a 5 star all inclusive. Trust me when I say this, If you are looking for a great couples retreat in paradise, Secrets St. James is the place for you. As for me, I'll be "Keeping it IRIE Mon"!!!!!!!
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