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St. James's Club Morgan Bay - All Inclusive
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Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK
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Reviewed August 11, 2004

Having visited many all inclusives in the Caribbean we thought we would try St Lucia, as we have heard that the island is very beautiful and as we have spent the last two holidays in Antigua, felt we should be a bit more adventurous. Firstly, I read all the reviews which was very confusing because, who do you listen to? Generally, they were positive so we decided to go for it. We have two teenagers - 17 and 14. My son loves to play all sports so it sounded like there was a lot going on for him. My daughter loves to sunbathe!

The hotel itself is very well presented, the rooms are big and very clean and well kitted out (mini fridge, ironing board etc) however, ours were right at the back of the resort as the hotel was full so it took a while to get to the main part of the hotel and beach - some would say not a problem but would be better if we were closer. The food was pretty good although a bit of a 'self service canteen'. The food we have had at other all inclusives was better.

The staff were very friendly and generally speaking, St Lucians are lovely.

The pool was too small for a hotel this size - perhaps when it's not full it's better but we had problems trying to get a spot at the pool (where there is no shade at all). It was full of small children dominating it (and I have children so I've been there)- didn't like the layout of it at all. The adult pool was miles away from the main part and dominated by 'adults' so couldn't go there with our teenagers.

The beach - well, what a disappointment. Very, very small with murky water (not what you expect from the Caribbean) This was our biggest disappointment - if you like a good beach, don't go here, go to Antigua!

Activities, fine if you have small children, they're well catered for but not teenagers. Also, some of it was a bit corny and naff (sorry to sound like a snob but I'm being really honest). Although there was a big voleyball court on the beach, nothing was organised so unless you had friends to play with, there was no volleyball. Water sports were good although, booking in for the waterskiing took a while. My husband was stung by a jelly fish which they very obvoiusly kept quiet although it must have happened before, as they were very quick to take out the vinegar which was available to hand.

All in all, we tried to make the best of it and by day 3 we decided to go. The manager was very helpful and arranged a transfer for us to Antigua (sister company - part of the Elite island resorts)where we stayed for the rest of the holiday and had a fantastic time.

The trip back to the airport was horrible - such a long journey on very windy roads - we all felt sick, just as the reviews say (our driver did drive rather fast though!)

When we got to Antigua we spoke to a couple who couldn't believe that we had changed - they'd been to St James's the year before and loved it! So just who do you believe?

Basically, we're all different and have different expectations and circumstances.

Overall I would say that St Lucia is a beautiful island but if you want great weather, don't go there as it rains a lot (coming from England, don't want that!) Oh yes, nearly forgot, mosquitoes are bad!! Sprayed oursleves every night and they still got us! If you have teenagers, there are better places to go and certainly, if you're after caribbean turquoise waters, they aren't in St Lucia - go to Antigua.

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East Fishkill, New York
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Reviewed August 8, 2004

My husband and I were looking forward to this vacation, and kind of thought of it as a second honeymoon for us. The St. James Club on Morgan Bay in St. Lucia did not disappoint us! The staff was always very friendly, and the amenities were great! Our room was beautiful and the terrace overlooked the beach and large pool. Our room was kept clean and the grounds are very well-tended. The food at the buffet-style restaraunt, Tradewinds, was good and we ate there almost every day. The Palm Grille, a little more upscale, was terrific, and Nicole's was outstanding. The all-inclusive service included drinks, and they were always fresh and delicious. There was always something to do (windsurfing, jet skiing) or nothing if we chose. The adult pool was peaceful and the beach was great! I highly recommend taking Joy's Tour, it was incredible, and we were able to experience everything we wanted (a tour of the Pitons, sulpher springs, mineral baths, snorkling and traditional island cusine). My husband and I treated each other to the services at the spa, and that was very well worth it. They also have tennis courts, and a workout room and sauna. We stayed for 6 days and 5 nights and were not disappointed once. We had great weather, great food and met some very nice people. It was very relaxing, and we would go back there in a heartbeat.

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Reviewed August 1, 2004

This is a family resort which means there will be children around having fun by the pool. There is an adults only pool on the other side of the resort which is certainly quiet, if away from the main hub of the resort.
The air-conditioned accommodation was as pictured in the brochure (we went with Virgin Holidays) and generally clean and comfortable. My husband and I found no bed bugs, just plenty of hungry mosquitos, which is common for this neck of the woods. Repellent recommended!
The food was generally quite good, with the odd dubious menu offering in the inclusive Tradewinds restaurant. However, Nicole's (which is not inclusive) is recommended and the service is good.
The staff were friendly and attentive, and the daytime and evening events were varied in both format and standard.
The water-skiing, hobie catamarans and pedalos are a fun way to get out to the local part of the Caribbean sea.
The excursions, such as scuba diving and snorkelling, run by locals who have desks at the resort tend to be cheaper and just as much fun as the ones offered by the larger holiday corporations.
There is also Gablewoods shopping mall one mile from the resort which has cheaper internet access, pharmacy, supermarket, hardware and other stores.
Generally, much fun was had by all, we do recommend getting out of the resort to experience the rest of the island, and beware of the rainy season. This resort is recommended.

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Reviewed July 29, 2004

We went from June 21-June 28

I've written this review to help others decide on hotels. My only negative was the weather. It rained quite a bit and on the days it didn't rain, it was just too cloudy to tan, but either way my boyfriend and I had a wonderful time.

I will first start out with the room. It was exactly how it looked in the pictures on the web, it was beautiful. We had a deluxe (i think, not sure, we were upgraded) room which gave us a view of the beach and of the main pool area. It also had a nice view of some of the resort. We had a nice balcony with a table and two chairs, it wasn't that big, but it was comfortable for just sitting out there and relaxing. The room had a safe, refrig, coffee maker,iron and ironing board and cable tv. There was plenty of drawer and closet space, and we also had a little area with two comfy chairs and a table. We had a king size bed also. The bathroom was all marble andvery nice, no jacuzi, but it was still nice. Overall the rooms were very well maintained, and it was not just our room, we had made friends with a few ppl who's rooms were the same.
The main pool was a nice size, with a kiddie area and also a volley ball net. The Adult pool was also very nice, but was located on the other side of the resort with the tennis courts and the other activies. We went when there wasn't alot of kids, so the main pool was fine for us. There was also a sand volley ball net, horse shoes and bacci ball (don't think i spelled that right) They also had a ping pong table set up in the area where the main bar was located. This is where they also held the nightly entertainment.

The entertainment was different every night. One night the staff put on a show, one night they had one of st lucia's popular bands come in, they had all diferent types of dancing, and also a fire show. It was great.

Ok now the food...number one, i am the wrong person to ask about any types of food, whereas I and my boyfriend are very very picky eaters. We do not eat seafood, nor will we have meat unless it is burned. But from what others said the food was great. There were three restaurants in the resort, and all day long they had an outdoor buffet with hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken and ribs. The more elegant restuarant Nicole's, there was a 35 dollor fee per person to eat there, and i will say it was defin worth it, we were treated like kings and the food was great. One of the other restaurants was called the Palm Grill, this was a buffet style restaurant that had different food styles every day...we got there on Italian night, that had seafood night, chinese night, and a bunch others. This restaurant was also casual. The website will list all the nights. We ate mostly every night at the tradewinds. Their menu changed every two days and you had to get more dressed up to eat there. That place was alot of fun. And every night there was someone waiting with a camera to take a snapshot of you and then enlarge it to any size u wanted. We picked up one of those too.

Now the bars....drinking all day and night for free was the best. And all premium liquors, and they were not cheap with it. There was a main bar, a juice bar and another bar that was attached to the palm grill. All were wonderful.

Onto the beach, the beach itself was nice, not the greatest of beaches, but it was very nice, there was also a little private beach to the side of it. I would defin suggest going to Pigeon point (i think that is the name) Everyone there raved about that beach. This resort also provided, paddle boats, catamaran's, and kayaks. And there were locals who came up to the beach to rent jet ski's.

Aside from the cloudy weather, we had a beautiful time and the best was not having to worry about carrying a wallet for anything. I wouldn't hesitate to go back there, and have also looked into staying

If anyone decides to choose this resort, please let me know, i wold like you to say hello to our favorite bartender for us! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask or email me at buttrfly26@aol.com

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Reviewed July 28, 2004

There should be a minimum stay requirement when you visit here! Once you arrive you know you are in paradise. Getting to this paradise for us wasn't pleasant, American Airlines appears to be suffering from growth and a lack of support in this market, as we sat in San Juan for 5 hrs waiting for a plane that could pass maintenance flight checks. We arrived at the resort around 11pm, and we were still greeted by friendly and courteous staff. The grounds of this place are both beautiful and well maintained. Our first visit to an "all inclusive" resort, and it lived upto our expectations for what one would be. All top shelf liquors, all top quality foods, excellent selections, and all very abundant. Small things like chilled dispensers with clean clear water, soft serve ice cream all day and evening long, fresh popcorn for snacks too. Our ocean view room was wonderful. I was totally impressed with the water activities that were included. They had water skiing right out front for those so inclined. Nice Hobie catamarans and ocean kayaks, snorkel gear and fins, not torn up either, well maintained and in some cases, brand new. The water around the resort wasn't very clear for snorkeling but all the same was fun and yet another adventure. The pool was nice and large and always busy, even during brief rain showers, the playing in the pool continues. The resort has tennis courts and an adult only pool which we never made use of. There are numerous bars situated around the property to quench your thirst. Please, plan on more than 4 nights, we never left the resort and its cozy offerings, had we spent a week or more we could have ventured out and seen the many sites and offerings the island has. So while we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, I regretted not having more time to have enjoyed more then just the resort. We look forward to a longer return visit in the future to this resort we would eagerly recommend to both the romantic couple and the family travelers.

  • Stayed: June 2004
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