We got married at the hotel and we seemed to spend our first week waiting around for the Wedding Coordinator, and the Registrar so we felt our first week was a bit wasted. Saying that the Wedding went well, because the weather wasn't that great they moved us from the garden to Morgan's Pier. Which was a nice venue, the Steel Band were great and Kendal and Jessica were very helpful. The Hotel also upgraded our room to an Ocean View which was really nice, and decorated the bed after our Wedding. Unfortunately our room flooded through the window everytime it poured and we were left having to put towels down to dry the floor otherwise we where slipping and sliding everywhere. Apart from that the room was spacious, clean and comfortable.
The Reception staff were helpful and friendly, but watch the Jewellery Shop as they try to make out you have grabbed a bargin, when it is not a lot of difference from home prices.
First week was good, no getting up at the crack of dawn for sunbeds at the pool or the beach. It got a bit confusing over having to book for dinner in the evening as they wanted 3 days notice, we couldn't understand that one as the hotel was only 30% full. The Palms and Bambou were the best restuarants. Morgan's Pier forgot our order and made us wait 40 mins, before they realised they had forgotten us. A couple of times at breakfast we had to keep asking for some water/tea/coffee but otherwise the staff were friendly. It would have been nice in the evening if they kept one of the resatuarants either The Palms or Bambou as a buffet, where you could just help yourself. They would have been able to deal with the amount of people easier.
The second week things changed ....it suddendely became very busy. We found out that they had shut the Smugglers Cove (sister hotel) due to poor hygiene, and all the people had been sent to AMB. We were talking to one couple who said that main restaurant had burnt down three months ago and they had been shipping food in from somewhere else lukewarm. Plus there was mould on the walls of there room.
AMB had completely changed, we heard that some people had been queing for breakfast as they only had one restuarant open to deal with all the extra people. Then they had run out of clean plates and cutlery.
Plus the place had turned into Lager Lout city, it seemed to be who could drink as much as possible, and ignore all signs for not jumping or diving in the pools, and watch football in the Sunset Lounge during the day. So many people had England football shirts and were really loud/drunk. It also seemed to turned into a massive Kindergarten, I don't know where all these kids had come from, but I think the review earlier on Trip Advisor was right about it being the "Butlins of the Carribbean". There were screaming brats everywhere, and the parents didn't seem to have any control (or didn't want to!) over their brats! One night in The Palms there was a kid playing his recorder (out of tune) while everyone was eating. No consideration for anyone else, the parents didn't say anything to him!
You had to be up at 07.00 hrs to guarantee getting a sunbed both on the beach and by the pools.
We also found it incredible that we couldn't eat in the restuarants before 20:30 hrs in the evening as all the places had gone. As we are quite earlier eaters at home by the time 20:30 hrs came we were not hungry anymore. The one night we did eat in Le Jardine (at 20:30 hrs), there was no table available for us even though we had booked, so we had to wait for a while. Our starters came and went then we were waiting nearly an hour for our main meals to turn up. When I questioned the waiter about where our food was, he said that ours was coming after they had served the table next to us. When it did turn up it wasn't very nice. After that we decided to eat out in Rodney Bay, as we couldn't be bothered with the hassle.
We do reccomend the Buzz Restuarant in Rodney Bay, and if you get fed up with the Hotel food there are quite a few restuarants there which cater for everyone. Watch out as my husband got proposition by a very "friendly lady" looking for business. She was harmless and left us alone after saying "No thanks!"
Also on our last day, it says you have to be out of the room 12:00 hrs, we were hassled by the cleaner from about 09:30 hrs to be out, so she could come in and clean it.
Otherwise St Lucia is a beautiful island with lots to see and do. We did the Dolphin and Whale trip and were lucky to see 20 Pilot Whales and loads of Dolphins swimming with our boat. We did the Jeep Safari, and the Zip Line in the Rain Forest, it was good even though I am scared of heights, I managed to do the 80ft zip. It is very safe and the guides are very helpful and will tamden down with you if gets too much.
We also went to "Jump Up" (which is the local street party)which is held on Friday nights in Gros Islet, the locals were friendly enough but watch where you buy drinks from as some people got a bit ripped off. Some of the locals and lots of dogs were begging for food, it made me feel really awful, but these people are very poor compared to us and I suppose it is a way of life for them. Also watch as some of them hassle you to buy drugs from them!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape from reality at the four-star St. James's Club Morgan Bay, Saint 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 to choose from. Guests can relax and enjoy terrific garden view, beachfront, ocean view and 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