Secrets St. James is probably the best all-inclusive resort one could find. This relatively new resort is located about fifteen minutes from the airport in Montego Bay, on a peninsula with fantastic views of the ocean and the Jamaican hillside. Check out the photos in the resort website or the ones posted on TripAdvisor for an idea of its beautiful location and facilities.
Our late-afternoon check-in was smooth: the staff made us feel welcome, and provided us with lots of information. Somehow, we signed up to participate in a vacation-club presentation, to be held two days later. As it turned out, the salesmen at the presentation were not high-pressured, and, upon later checking reviews of the club on line, we were glad that we had turned down the opportunity to invest seven to fourteen thousand in this vacation club. We did, of course, appreciate the "gift" for having participated.
Every positive comment that you may have read on TripAdvisor about Secrets is true. The rooms are modern, spacious, and clean. The service is outstanding. The beaches, although not long, are clean (and the water was crystal-clear and warm). The pools with their swim-up bars are relaxing and fun. Five a la carte restaurants (which do not require reservations) provide lots of variety in dining choices. We really appreciated the opportunity to eat outside, especially in the evenings when the weather was always mild, and the lights on the hillside across the bay added to the ambiance. Breakfast and lunch were available at the buffet, where outdoor seating was also available. Three additional grills were open during the day for lunches or light snacks.
Entertainment consisted of shows most nights in the theatre: these we found not to be the best we have seen at resorts, although the two house bands were outstanding. The Piano Bar was always a busy venue in the evenings and a relaxing and entertaining place to end your day (again, with indoor or outdoor seating).
The staff at the resort were wonderful: always friendly and helpful, whether they were serving food in the restaurants, providing bar service on the beach, cleaning the suites and grounds, or providing assistance at the front desk. Being greeted by name by the front desk people through out the week gave us a warm and welcoming feeling.
We would highly recommend Secrets St. James or the adjacent Wild Orchid to anyone wanting the best of a Jamaican holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Secrets St James Hotel Montego Bay