Secrets Wild Orchid & St. James in Montego Bay is wonderful! We had a destination wedding there. We had 22 guests attend our wedding. Our family and friends stayed on the St. James side. We stayed in the Wild Orchid Preferred Club. The wedding coordinators- Rocio & Simone were fabulous- very professional and helpful. Rocio was so calming and really helped the day go smoothly. The ceremony was wonderful. Terrence- the minister, was funny and kept us both calm and relaxed. The photographer and videographer (Tony & Oscar) were the best. They took great shots of us and the video is wonderful. The video is well put together and has the music we wanted in the background. The food at the wedding was delicious. Everyone loved it! We had the buffet. The DJ was also great- I think his name was DJ Blue. We sent a list of all the songs we wanted and he played them all! My sister and I went to the Spa for our makeup and hair. Evette did a wonderful job on my hair and make up! I was very happy and pleased with her work. Joyce did my sister's hair and makeup and it was also beautifully done. Our wedding was perfect! Better than I ever could have imagined!
The resort itself is beautiful. All the restaurants are excellent. Our favorites were HIMITSU (Asian Hibachi) and Bordeaux (French Cuisine). At Bordeaux there is a strict dress code- men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. They must also wear closed toed shoes. With our group we found that it was very difficult to get seating for a large group. The breakfast buffet was great. They also had Mimosas and Bloody Mary's ready before you went in and sat down. The food here is great! In the Preferred Club it was nice to have access to snacks and the bar. Room service is available 24/7. The fried provolone was amazing. One order include 2 pieces. The club sandwich was good as well. The food is really good. You will not starve! The drinks are also delicious. We enjoyed the Rum Runners, Rum Punch, Bob Marley, Miami Vice, and of course Red Stripe!
You must try the Jerk Chicken. It was delicious! The best jerk chicken I've ever had. There is a cart in the early afternoon. There is also a cart with fresh fruit and coconuts.
The rooms were nice. The bed was comfortable and the Jacuzzi was nice to relax in. Our view from our balcony was beautiful. We didn't get a chance to use the Jacuzzi on our balcony. The room was always tidy and clean when we returned. The TV shows were great. We got to watch Friends, Seinfeld, sports, and the news.
The pools and beach were great. We spent most of our time on the St. James side since that's where our family was. The pools and beach on that side are more loud and lively. The swim up bar on the Wild Orchid side was great. They guys there made great shots and were very entertaining!
We were able to go on the snorkeling tour at the resort. It was fun- there was a big group of us and they provide all the equipment. It is a long tour so make sure you wear a life jacket. It was tiring even with one on. We did not get to kayak, but our family members did and had fun.
The entertainment was great. We hung out a lot at the Piano bar. That was very nice. The outside stage had live music- PACE band and other performers. We attended the talent show and that was great. First place receives a few nights free on a return trip! We made friends with one of the workers from the Entertainment team- Inches. He was a lot of fun and greatly added to our experience at the resort. We also invited him to our wedding. We had a great time with him!
We were able to do one excursion- Dunn's River Falls and Swimming with Dolphins. That was so much fun! I would highly recommend this excursion. The Falls were not hard to climb. Bring water shoes or you can buy them on the way to the Falls for $10. If you plan on doing this excursion I would buy a waterproof camera and bring it to Jamaica. The camera we purchased in Jamaica was not good quality and broke before the roll was finished. If you go to Dolphin Cove for swimming with the dolphins you have to ask someone to swim with the sting rays. We did not get a chance to go on the small boats or kayak.
Tips are highly appreciated in Jamaica. I would suggest that you bring down a lot of small bills. We heard from family members that the ATM surcharge was very high.
We signed up for Club Mobay at the airport. I would highly suggest doing this if you are flying out on a busy day. We left on Saturday and it was very busy. If you sign up and buy Club Mobay you get to bypass the security line and there is a nice lounge with food, drinks, bathroom, and a Spa. The only thing to keep in mind is the time of your flight and when it will board. They did not announce this in Club Mobay and we were the last two people to board our flight home!
Overall, our trip to Secrets St. James/Wild Orchid was the best! The people of Jamaica are so friendly and welcoming. We will definitely return! You will not be sorry if you come to this resort. It is well worth it. I can't wait to go back!
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