We stayed in a room on the third floor of the Secrets St. James. This gave us a nice view of the sea. The weather couldn't have been much better. It was in the 80's each day with very little rain. When it did rain, it would last 5-10 minutes, and it would be sunny again. The hotel is less than 5 miles from the airport, and we took a taxi to the hotel. The cost was $30 plus tip. Being close to the airport was good and bad. The only bad part of it was that you could hear the airplanes taking off from the resort. It sounded like thunder. Eventually, you pretty much get used to it, and don't even notice it, but it could be a complaint for some people. The staff was amazing. Everyone was very helpful, and more than happy to assist. Our favorites were Moya, Twiggy, Leonard, Carlious and Isaac (just to name a few). The food was probably the best that I've ever had at an all-inclusive resort. The Hibachi was great, and entertaining. We also enjoyed the Italian (Portofino) and French (Bordeaux) restaurants. The service at the restaurants is slow compared to US standards, so be aware of that. The buffet was great for breakfast. The jerk chicken on the beach was very good. A guy in a cart (with grill) came around each day around lunch time. There was 24 hour room service included in the cost, so we utilized that quite often late at night. The room was comfortable, and of good size. The bathroom is separated from the bedroom by just a curtain. There were double sinks and a bathtub out in the open, and the toilet and shower had frosted glass doors (which still offered only little privacy). The minifridge in our room never really got cold, so it was pretty much useless. The air conditioner ran constantly and was loud (sometimes made it hard to sleep). Since it's an adults-only resort it shouldn't be an issue, but to warn you, there are 3-4 porn channels on the TV at all times. The ATM was "out of service" the entire duration of our vacation, and we needed more cash to get back to the airport. Luckily our driver stopped at an ATM for us on the way back so we could get money. Don't bother with exchanging your USD to Jamaican money. Everyone takes USD, and they actually prefer it since the Jamaican dollar is so weak. The only times we left the resort were to go scuba diving ($120/pp) and to go on a bike trip (included in resort cost). There were pool tables, table tennis, yoga, kayaking and snorkeling also available free of charge, although the snorkeling was cancelled most days due to "windy conditions". We brought our own gear and went snorkeling, but it was also jellyfish season, so you had to be extra careful in the water. We were told by several other guests that the Secrets resort is the nicest all inclusive resort on the island, so I would definitely recommend it and would stay there again if I were to go back to Jamaica. The $200 of coupons are pretty much a joke. We didn't even use ours since you'd have to spend so much money in order to even use them. The prices at the spa are pretty ridiculous. Same goes for the bottles of wine and the romantic dinners on the beach.
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