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St. James's Club Morgan Bay
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Gros Islet
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Heaven in St. Lucia”
Reviewed January 2, 2006

We were half excited and half dreading our arrival at Almond Resort on December 25th based on earlier comments, and were just amazed by our first week to the island and this resort. We traveled with our 6-year old who had a wonderful time, and my husband and I agree with her, that ths was one of the best places we have visited, and we've easily done over half the Caribbean.

The grounds were far better than what I expected to see; beautifully manicured all-around, and will be spectacular in a month or so with some time to fill.

Our room was great - all new everything. We had a couple very minor problems in our room (some condensation leakage from the AC unit) but it was swiftly and easily managed by maintenance staff and the front desk called to confirm that everything was OK.

Food was EXCEPTIONAL, the best we've had at an all-inclusive, including the two "buffet" evenings we did. Water sports were wonderful. Drinks were not the standard all-inclusive fare - and kids' drinks were so healthy and good. A daily activities sheet was available each morning and excursions were expertly booked at the Tour Desk. Midnight fireworks and staff that made my 6-year old feel as special as me were incomparable.

If Almond was available at every destination we could make it to, I'd never stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2006

My family and I (11 people) stayed at Almond from Dec.11-18th. The resort was almost fully operational but about a quarter full. The food was good to great...when you finally got it. This was the biggest gripe of most people. Average wait between appetizer and entree was 45 minutes. Usually lost our appetite by the time the food arrived. Also, despite childrens menu, food was very limited and not enjoyed by them.
Rooms were very nice and clean. Nice to have a fridge. Watersports were superb. Grounds will be lush in time. Staff were friendly but often absent-minded.

My greatest concern is how functional this resort will be when it is full, especially when it comes to meals. Also, the beach is very small and there is limited seating around the pool.
If you took this resort and put it in the Dominican Republic it would only get a 3 star rating.

  • Stayed December 2005
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kent england
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Reviewed January 2, 2006

I got married at this resort in January 1998 when it was called Wyndham Morgan Bay Resort. It was fantastic then from the beautiful rooms,great food and very friendly staff. I can only think that they will have to go some to improve on the time we had there!!! Glad to hear Joys trips are still going.
Hoping to return in January 2008 for our 10th Wedding Anniversary if not before.

  • Stayed January 1999
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kent
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Reviewed December 29, 2005

We stayed at St James for two weeks in february and had a lovely time. The rooms were spacious and clean with lovely views of the garden/ocean.
The food was nice, with a great choice, you must have an omlette for breakfast they are delicious. The staff were friendly and very helpful.
Its a family resort with lots of things for the kids to do, we spent most days by the adults only pool, its nice and quiet and very relaxing.
There were loads of free water sports on offer,including water skiing! The beach overall was dissapointing, not the turquoise waters you imagine you'd find in the carribean.
Quite often the beach was closed for swimmers due to rough seas, on the days that you could swim you couldnt see the bottom,because the waves had churned up alot of the golden sand. There were masses of seaweed to negotiate before you could get out deep enough to swim. It was a big let down for us as we love snorkeling. The locals told us Morgan Bay used to be called choc bay because the water looks like chocolate!

However we did get to snorkel on several trips, you must go on JOYS TRIP it is fantastic and the snorkeling amazing!

Overall we had a nice relaxin holiday, St Lucia as an island is beautiful and we would visit again, but probably not back to St James.

  • Stayed February 2004
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Lancashire, England
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Reviewed December 28, 2005

My wife and I stayed at this resort from the 12th December to the 19th December 2005. The accommodation, restaurants, entertainment, facilities and staff were all fantastic, so much so that we will be returning in 2006 (with our children, 10-15).
Whilst we were there we tried a number of excursions and tours (all good) the most memorable being a trip along the coast with Joy’s Tours. There were some building works going on during our stay, but nothing to disrupt your holiday. Overall we found the resort to be excellent and I would certainly recommend this resort as I’m sure you will too!

  • Stayed December 2005
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Tulsa, OK
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Reviewed December 27, 2005

I read the reviews and still traveled to St. Lucia Nov. 30 - December 6th to see the new property. As others have said, there were problems.... but what many did not see was the resolve of the hotel and management to rectify the glitches involved with opening a new property. Remember that this property has been completely renovated since last May.

I wanted to say that the rooms were light, airy and attractively decorated. Maid service was great - as was the entire staff, especially in their desire to please and meet the needs of the guests. The St. Lucians are a very gracious people.

The fare in the restaurants was WONDERFUL - especially the French Restaurant. Also, the gentlemen working the boat area were phenominal.

Book this property with no qualms - it will live up to your expectations! One of the best reasons to visit this resort is the diversity of the visitors.
We met many wonderful people visiting from all over the world.

My daughter is getting married in May - and it looks like Almond Morgan Bay will be their honeymoon destination. What better recommendation can I give than that?

Note: the only caveat would be to make sure that there are no concerts being held next door during your stay.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Essex, England
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Reviewed December 23, 2005

Before I begin my review can I say that we are not travel agents or associated in any way with the holiday industry but just an couple with a small son looking for the most enjoyable holiday. Despite the apalling reviews and reports (whether fact or fiction) about the conditions at this resort we decided to go anyway - with open minds.

Check In - The Lobby of the Hotel is lovely - spacious and beautifully furnished. As soon as we arrived at the Hotel we were greeted by "Chester" who firstly provided us with Rum Punch, took our details and very swiftly returned with our room keys. He then summoned a "cart" and we were whisked off to our room.

Room - This was very spacious - containing a massive "King Size" bed for us and a single bed for our son. There was an iron/ironing board, safe, fridge, tv, coffee/tea maker, ample storage for clothes. We had a balcony, small but adequate with two chairs and a nice view. The bathroom contained loo, bath with shower and again was spacious. The maid service was excellent the rooms cleaned daily and to a very good standard. The tea/coffee were replenished daily also. The rooms are laid out in 3 storey blocks. Two points to note: We were in Room 146 and this block (and several others) was set on quite a steep slope so not for those with trouble walking. We found the "Entertainment/Music" very loud and we could quite clearly hear it at night when we were in our room.

Restaurants - There were three fully operational restaurants when we arrived and the kids restaurant opened whilst we were there and the Morgan Jetty (pier) restuarant/bar was opened the day we came back.

Bambou - This was open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and operated buffet style (although some dishes could be ordered). It had a very wide variety of dishes to choose from (smoked salmon for breakfast yummy!!) and we breakfasted there most days. I should add that here as with all the restaurants the staff could not be quicker, more polite, helpful and certainly not more friendly, some were even greeting us by name after a few days.

Palm - This was my favourite - a la carte Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and what lovely food (a kids menu was also available) - again staff brilliant - wine topped up before you'd even finished.

Jardin - Adults only restaurant - open for Dinner only - we left Marc in the Kids Club one evening and had one of the best steaks we had ever eaten here - definitely worth a visit (or more).

Bars - There were three bars running whilst we were here - the Morgan Jetty bar opening as we left. The Sunset Lounge was the main bar, it was covered and was located very close to one of the pools and was also where the evening entertainment took place. There is a pool bar and also a swim up bar. All the bars are fabulously stocked and the staff very quick to serve - cocktails galore!!!

Pools - There were two pools when we arrived - another pool opened before we left. One of the pools was 4' deep throughout which was ideal for our Son - the other pool was of varying depth and contained the swim up bar. The pools were beautifully clean and at least two staff members were employed purely to take care of the pools (checking ph levels etc).

Beach/water sports - the beach is only a very short walk away (it is not large but more than adequate) - it is cleaned daily and is very well stocked with beds, it is sandy. Because of the abnormally high rainfall in November the seabed (and local rivers etc) have been stirred up, whilst the sea is clean it is sandy and therefore sea at the Almond is not suitable for snorkelling at the moment although obviously this will clear given time. The watersports are great - water skiing, banana boat, peddle boats, windsurfing, sailing all no charge. We loved the banana boat - the first time we were surrounded by thousand of sardines, in our hands, feet all over!!! - quite an experience!!!! The guys who run the water sports centre, again, couldn't be more helpful.

Kids Club - Brilliant!!!! - There is a babies club - 5-12's and a teens club (which opened while we were there). We used the 5-12's - Marc could go in there from 9 in the morning - if we wanted they would take him to lunch at 12.30. They were only closed for half hour at 5.00. We could take him back at 5.30pm and they would keep him up to any time until 10.00pm. They had stacks to do - they would take the kids to the beach, scavenger hunts, you name it they did it - in the evening after dinner they could watch a film if they wanted. It was very well staffed and in fact we had to persuade Marc he didn't want to go all the time - he might like to spend a bit of time with Mum and Dad!!!!!!!

Gardens - These were being planted whilst we were there - when they are more mature they are going to be beautiful - they look pretty good now!!! - there were quite a few workmen planting etc. but they were so polite and friendly and caused no disruption to us at all.

Conclusion - We are so glad we came here - it is a lovely Hotel - yes initially we had a few teething problems but these were sorted swiftly and efficiently - the staff are the friendliest we have come across anywhere - yes there is still some work going on but they are working flat out to get everything done - when it is, this is going to be one fantastic hotel and one that we would gladly come back to.

If you have any questions or would like some photos please email me Please note I shall be off-line between 29th December and 13th January but will answer all questions before or on my return.

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60 Thank susie3kids
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Property: St. James's Club Morgan Bay
Address: Choc Bay | St. Lucia, Gros Islet, St. Lucia (Formerly Morgan Bay Beach Resort)
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Gros Islet Quarter > Gros Islet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 Spa Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 Family Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 Romantic Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Gros Islet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — St. James's Club Morgan Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 345
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

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