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St. James's Club & Villas
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mamora Bay
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“it was just as i Imagined”
Reviewed April 4, 2004

We spent 10 glorious days (3 ?13 march) at the st James club to celebrate my sisters wedding that was held at the st James s club. There were 13 of us ages from 80 to 5. I can quite safely say there was something to entertain all ages. I can tell you as a father of 3 boys (9 to 5) my boys loved the kids club .The kids to adults ratio was around 5 to 1 if more kids arrived more staff turned up. It was open till 10 pm and they even fed them at 630pm if you wanted to. The staff are truly brilliant you get to odd one who is not on top form but could you be 100 percent all the time when every one around you is on holidayIt was nice to ?smarten? up for the evening it was a shame there were quite a lot of teenagers there who frequently flouted the evening dress code. I wish the staff enforced their own dress code better. The casino is huge fun .the staff apart from one is more than pleased to explain how to play with out making a novice feel stupidI love good food, love to cook. I was very impressed with the quality and variety of the food.All drinks were all named brands the coctails were fabulous so my wife says mined you most of the time all the ? girls ? were on glasses of champagne The kids loved the non-alcoholic coctails to try the ? coconut crush?The accommodation in the premium room is spotlessly clean and well decorated but plain. Beds are comfy the air conditioning is very new and quiet. But???.. The bath room is ?dated? need a bit of a re vampThe grounds are fantastic and beautiful spotlessly clean, lots of birds and flowersThe to beeches are brilliant the coco beech is the better beach in my option. The sand is soft and has a nice breeze. The sea breaks on the reef before it gets to the shore so calms down. The seaweed gets raked every morning and there is not much of it at all. This is the best beech for snorkelling. The first few days there the sea was a bit murky due to some windy whether then it was wonderful, plenty of lovely fish to see. The water sports team tried there best to suggest that at 3 pm there wasn?t enough time to snorkel be fore the closing at 4pm. There is!!!!!!! I felt this should be extended till at lest 5 pmApart from the odd hiccup /mistake, as with all weddings it is a lovely setting for the wedding, the back drop of blue sky against blue sea breaking on the reef (even I almost cried). My sister booked the piccolo mondo reasuratnt for our exclusive use. The wedding coordinator, Monifa, is wonderful lady. I know my sister is very happy with the perfesonalisum of all the staff.Would I go back? If I wanted to spend this much amount of money again I would. It is a lovely place and a good family holiday with kid?s . I have impression it will just get better and better.

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Reviewed March 28, 2004

We have been travelling in the carribean for twelve years or so and although we enjoyed our holiday we were disappointed by St James. The hotel and grounds are clean and well kept, the food and staff are great but the resort is large and lacksany carribean atmosphere. The beaches well kept but very few people swim in the sea as it is full of sea weed and unclear. My children and husband had great fun every day sailing the hobbies but you do have to book these early in the day. When we were there at half term the hotel was full and the staff struggled to cope. In theory we should have been able to eat at any of the restaurants. A time was allocated daily after which you were allowed to book and about 45mins before this a large queue would snake around the reception area. Very few people achieved abooking at the Piccolo or the Docksider as only a few booking were taken and it became apparent that bookings were taken before this time. Many residents became extremely cross but management became unavailable and left the front desk staff with a problem that was not their fault. The third restaurant Coco's desk staff told us was kept for the residents of the village as it was the only one they were allowed to use. The hotel was full and so most of the roughly 800 people were left to the two sittings in the Rainbow which was a similar to an aircraft hangar and sounded like school dinners as a result. We secured a booking at Piccolos once and Docksider twice and they both were good - Piccolos was excellent. There was one pool to use-one was for adults only, the child only pool was tiny and well away from the hotel and the third not very nice. As a result it was difficult to find anywhere to sit and was full to capacity of very noisy children. It seems many people who enter reports on this site return year after year to the resort. I can only assume they have never been anywhere else and would urge them to spread their wings a little, there are far better places to go many of which are also less expensive.

  • Stayed February 2004
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Reviewed March 24, 2004

This was my first trip back to Antigua in twenty years and fortunately
it remains as lovely an island as I remembered. It is mountainous,
green, and uncrowded with countless gorgeous beaches. The natives are
very polite, very friendly and seem to enjoy interacting with tourists.
Although Antiguans officially drive on the left, they also drive on the
right and in the middle of the road with frequent passing. This is one
island where you will be more comfortable with a taxi than a rental
car.

The St. James's Club is a lovely 4 star hotel set off on its own gated,
palm-laden peninsula on the southeastern Atlantic side of the island.
We were there in mid March for Spring Break. Half the guests were
British and it seemed as though the remainder were from suburban
Connecticut making for an interesting mix. The resort is spacious and
lovely; the landscaping is lush and well-groomed. The staff were always
extremely helpful and friendly. Meal were often buffet and the food is
excellent. Management takes their long pants to dinner dress code
seriously and my fifteen year old son was sent back twice to change out
of shorts.

We stayed in a very spacious 2 bedroom 2 bath villa with LR/DR/kitchen on 2 separate floors and an upstairs deck overlooking sailboats in the bay. Although it was somewhat dated in appearance, it's size more than compensated. The ocean beach was scenic and breezy but not really swimable because of an overgrowth of seagrass in the shallows. The bay side was perfect for sailing, kayaking and swimming but had more the murky color of the North Atlantic than the Caribbean. If you require gin-clear aquamarine water pick a resort on the west side of the island or in Aruba. That aside, my wife and two teens kept very busy the week we were there and I would have no hesitation to return.

  • Stayed March 2004
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Reviewed March 14, 2004

Our wonderful travel agent, Annette, told us about the St. Jame's Club.
We owe her BIG time! The St. Jame's Club is by far the nicest resort we have stayed at. We have travelled the Caribbean many times (Aruba, Bahama's) as well as Riviera Maya in Mexico. The first wonderful thing about the resort, by far, is the staff. From the minute we stepped out of the taxi from the airport until we were sadly departing, we were given nothing but exceptional service the entire 10 days we were there.
Secondly, the food was phenomenal!! Each night we ate at a different restauarant (and the St. Jame's Club does not limit you on how many restaurants you can eat at on the resort, like some all-inclusives) and were surprised each and every night, they have 4 wonderful restaurants to choose from. The Piccolo Mondo was our favorite (only because it was a little more upscale and more intimate). Whether the menu was ala carte or buffet style - it was delicious!! The grounds of the resort were beautiful. It was nice being away from the other large resorts and be on our own on our own little peninsula. You had your pick of the Atlantic Ocean-side beach, the Mamora Bay beach, or one of 4 pools.
There were plenty of shaded areas for those who don't like to be in the sun all day. We loved the St. Jame's Club because it was an ideal place for us to go relax, and do whatever it was we chose to do for that particular day. People who travel to the Caribbean need to realize that the island resorts are not like the large Hilton's and Hyatt's of the big cities. These resorts are made personal by the staff, the grounds, and the individual island you are visiting. Each resort is so different and it's important to find one that fits your needs. If you are looking for a lot of activity, loud motor sports, lots of partying, then St.
Jame's Club is not for you. That's not what we were looking for in a vacation, so that' why the St. Jame's Club was perfect for us! Can't wait to return and reunite with the wonderful friends we made: Maureen and Terry, and Sarah and Mike. Thanks St. Jame's Club for a perfect, wonderful getaway!!

  • Stayed February 2004
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Property: St. James's Club & Villas
Address: | Mamora Bay, Mamora Bay, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Paul Parish > Mamora Bay
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) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mamora Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — St. James's Club & Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the All-Inclusive St. James's Club & Villas, Antigua's most famous address. This beautiful resort is ideally located on a private, 100-acre peninsula. You will love our two white sand beaches, water sports, tennis, four restaurants, indoor and outdoor bars, beach bar & grill, luxurious spa & salon, freshwater swimming pools, supervised Kids Club, wide array of water sports, Scuba diving, and so much more. One of the Caribbean's most popular all-inclusive resorts. Excellent for couples, honeymooners, families, and friends. Located just minutes from major attractions like English Harbour, Nelson's Dockyard, and the lively Shirley Heights. Our warm and welcoming staff and management team will make your stay wonderful and memorable. We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
St. James`s Club Hotel Mamora Bay
St James Club Antigua
St Jamess Hotel
St Jamess Resort
St James Antigua
St Jamess Club Antigua
St. James's Club & Villas Antigua/Mamora Bay

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