As you scan through the reviews it's a pitty a few of them cast a doubt in your mind before you get there!..have we made the right choice?..what if the stories are true?.. some slightly negative reviews tend to be our American cousins!..(they need to chill..relax!)
However..after an 8 hour flight...just before landing at Antigua the plane circles & turns over the island you catch the beaches out of the window if you are lucky.. & you know you are in for a relaxing treat so ignore the negative reviews!
My wife & I stayed at St.James Club, we booked a premium room, flew virgin Premium econ (not worth the extra cost for the day flight..overnight yes!) went by one of the many mini vans to the resort..through little hamlets of weatherboarded houses.. then after 30mins.. approx we then saw the resort in the distance & the closer we got the better it looked!
Everything was clean, gardens spotless, staff very warm & friendly..even the buggy drivers! check in was no problem, our first room had a leaky loo... no problems to change there too! we asked for a fridge in the room..no problems..it was there.. extra towels.. no problems!! the staff look after you very well indeed!
The resort is split into three sections. The main hotel complex, the beach club & the villa section (some of these on timeshares) There are two beaches.. atlantic side.. breeze.. beautiful but beware the sun gets you! the lagoon...is like a pond, no breeze..just very calm & VERY HOT!! plently of sun beds & shade!
We went room only..hired a car to explore the whole island & found lots of very nice restaurants scattered around English harbour & about 2 mins from the hotel = The hideaway (book in advance). Prices good in all the restaurants on the island.
We ate at the Rainbow for breakfast only (cost for two per day room only = $36)..good buffet..plently to eat & great banana cake! we dined at piccolo mondo & never thought it was exceptional..the atmosphere compensates. The dockside restaurant looks great..we had drinks there & everyone on all inc seemed to be well fed.. its a shame though going AI as there are so many restaurants to select from on the island.
The island itself is tiny... you can easily cover in the day. St.Johns is ok.. safe, very busy, not many great shops..ok ones scattered around the dock. Around the island plenty of beaches to admire..they say there is a beach for every day of the year... there must be a pot hole for every person on the planet! Go to jolly beach & Darkwood Beach via Fig tree drive.. beaches amazing. Halfmoon bay is deserted..so if you want to escape from the crowd head there. Shirley Heights looks good.. went there Sunday eve for the sunset.. along with half the island! Nelsons dockyard worth a visit..very quaint... though try to avoid the cruise ship brigades!
Oh we hired a car from a firm called TITI in Falmouth Harbour (excellent service) look them up!
One other good thing.... we ventured to the NW of the island & looked at Rex "wreck" resort and Sandals "Scandles" ... with st.james you've got a great place to stay! Both the mentioned hotels were terrible, went into Rex & it was like a run down 1970's butlins hi di hi camp... phew... glad we never went there... it would have been virgins 'check in check out' with me! and the sandals place... well check for yourself... its not what its cracked up to be!
Ok.. well whoever reads this..enjoy yourself..it's a great island, we've done a few Carib's now (St.Martin still the best) but you have picked a great resort, in a very lovely spot on a very quaint and attractive island with people who make the island very friendly!
As virgin say.."check in & chill out" we did & hope you do too!
Oh.. finally... one negative... the telly in the room is either CNN, CNN, a movie channel, a sci fi channel or gospel channels galore! still the americans are happy! praise be! ;-)
- 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