As hotels go this is quite quiet due to their being few no young teenagers or singles, just a few smaller children, and there is little or nothing for youngsters to do anyway. Mostly Americans and Canadians. So if you like a quiet restful place at a reasonable price perhaps this is for you. The buffet style food is by and large very good with about 2/3ds of the menus consisting of fish based dishes. It was not made clear to us when we arrived that tables have to be booked for all evening meals. This means that there is no lengthy 'rush hour' queues and most dishes are always available and fresh. However we found that it was not always convenient to plan our mealtimes 2 or 3 days ahead and you have to book early. When you get used to it it works well.
Although the local currency is ECD, everybody everywhere uses US dollars.
I found only a couple of downsides to this resort. First the beach is far too small (about 100 mtrs long) making this and the pool area seem quite restricted. secondly it is difficult to get out into the neighbouring beaches. A few yards north in a small and usually deserted beach accessible by a small path or swimming round some rocks. To the south is a beautiful long (about 3/4 mile) clean beach with plenty of shade, running right down to one of the Sandals resorts. To get to it one has to go to the south end of the grounds, climb down a small wall, walk a few yards along some shingle and rocks, climb up a little cliff, difficult when wet, and down the other side where a stream enters the sea. Here are mangroves, freshwater pools, a wooded area and some rough grazing for a few cattle. There is some excellent birding here, I wish I had found it earlier, but make sure you wear good trainers or shoes because part of it used to be a dump and there is a lot of broken glass and rusty metal in places. The beach is pristine however.
There are over 165,000 inhabitants on this small island and there are few places where one can go out for a walk and and explore the countryside (in the north anyway) because there is almost continuous housing along every road between one village and the next. There is no litter anywhere, all credit to the locals, just rusting old cars.The government owned wildlife reserves are free of any development and are excellent but some way off.
Taxis are more expensive than in the UK but the local buses (minibuses) are frequent and so cheap although usually full but good fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape from reality at the four-star St. James's Club Morgan Bay, St. Lucia. A fun, relaxing, and casually elegant Caribbean beach resort. Famous for its friendly staff, amazing tropical gardens, and great service. St. James's Club Morgan Bay is an excellent choice for couples, families, weddings, honeymoons, family reunions, and more. This resort has 345 rooms in total for its Caribbean vacationers. Guests can relax and enjoy terrific garden view, beachfront, and ocean view suite accommodations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Morgan Bay Beach Hotel Gros Islet
- Almond Morgan Bay Beach Hotel
- Almond Morgan Bay St Lucia
- Almond Bay St Lucia
- St. James's Club Morgan Bay St. Lucia/Gros Islet