I am sure in writing this reveiw I will miss so much out....but everything about Secrets is fantastic...We have previously stayed at Secrets Silversands in Cancun, so had an idea what to expect from a Secrets resort, and certainly were not disappointed. We stayed in the Preferred Club, and were so glad, as its a much quieter area of the resort, further from the restaurants and bars, but we enjoyed the stroll...the check-in was smooth and quick, with lovely pleasant staff, and goergeously chirpy bell boy, the preferred pool was quiet with plenty of beds, unlimited towels, and plenty of shade, only downside, quite a few non preferred guests sneeked in, and it seemed to go unmonitered. The waitress at the pool was quick, efficient and delightful. The Preferred lounge was fully stocked with every beverage imaginable on a help yourself basis, and snacks were available all day, again just help yourself.
We also appreciated the free unlimited wifi.
There was a cheese platter and bottle of red wine in our room on arrival, lovely touch.
The room was fabulously spacious and fully equiped, (loved the proper full size hairdryer!!) the mini bar was restocked daily, there is a choice of spirits in the room, but we were never there long enough to drink them!!
The resort was fully booked when we arrived, so we sometimes had a little wait for a table at the al la carte restaurants, they provide you with an electronic buzzer, to let you know when your table is ready, so you can sit and enjoy a few drinks at the bar while you wait, so its no great hardship. We loved the Portofino and Bordeaux, but didnt have a bad meal the whole week we were there, they could however offer a better choice of house wines.
The entertainment was great for an all inclusive.
Great choice of bars, we loved the concept of a separate coffee bar, and went every evening for a "Secrets Coffee" absolutely delicious....it was amazing to get iced coffees and decent expressos, my husband even preferred the jamaican rum to the courvoisier!!
We loved the location,beautifull beaches, and a lovely walk around an estuary with beautiful inland views over the water.
We are not great joiners of the daytime entertainment, and found the St James pool noisy, but fun to visit for an hour or so, and chat at the swim up bar. However, we were there for Easter Sunday, and what a parade they put on, with "playboy easter bunnies" and chippendales and lots of games, beach buffet, marching band, it was great.
And must mention the barefoot grill, so many jamaican snacks including vegatable fritters, they were amazing...ooooo and at luchtime a man comes round with a bar b que cart with fresh jerk chicken, there is also a fresh fruit lady, and an adorable man serving fresh coconuts to drink.
We never felt tipping was expected, but the staff were so absolutely lovely, we tipped more than anywhere else we have ever been.
We were amazed that they sprayed the resort every night to keep the mosquitos at bay.
The resort was also spotlessly clean
You can make this resort as lively or as quiet as you want, we personally had a beautiful, relaxing, romantic holiday.
Just wish Secrets Resorts were in more countries, as we would always pick a Secrets Hotel.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with BookIt.com, Hotwire, Booking.com, Despegar.com, Travelocity, Expedia and Hotels.com so you can book your Secrets St James reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Secrets St James Hotel Montego Bay