My wife and I spent 3 nights at CJ.
Rooms: Excellent, we stayed in the lowest category (which is not cheap by any means) but we were delighted. Lovely ocean view from the 1st floor, big comfy bed. Not much too complain about other than some minor issues trying to adjust the water temp in the shower. This category room doesn't have a tub.
Location: Excellent, direct access to a beautiful Maundays Bay Beach. Nice comfortable chairs and very quiet. There isn't anything to eat within walking distance, other than Blue (the resorts lunch/breakfast spot). It was a little too quiet for me, not much going on at the resort bars. Most of the people really keep to themselves.
Activities: Excellent, they offer all the water sports as advertised on there website, but at least while we were there we saw very few people actually doing any acitvities.
Staff: Everyone was very nice and helpful.
Food: Here's where I thought the resort is really lacking
Breakfast (730-10): They offer a complimentary continental breakfast, my wife and I both thought it was average at best and not in line with this type of resort. It consisited of some melons, criossants, breads, juice and coffee. They did offer a full breakfast menu, but again I thought it was average and considering the prices not a good value at all. Tried the coconut crusted french toast, sounded great, but what I got was some bland pieces of brioche topped with a sprinkling of coconut and some bananas drowning in sugar and butter. Regardless we had breakfast here twice because it was convenient.
Lunch (12-3): Lunch was better, but again not up to par with this type of resort. After eating lunch around the island at places like DaVida, Strawhat, Blanchards Beach Shack, Mangos and even Sandy Island, the lunch at CJ couldn't compare with any of these places (maybe Sandy Island).
We ate lunch at Blue one time and moved on, luckily we had a car.
Note: I wrote the times in because from 10-12 and 3-630 you have to call room service if you want to eat. We didn't have any issues since we were only there for 3 days but I thought it was rather inconvienent that a resort of this caliber basically shuts down there only daytime restaurant for several hours each day. Considering the amount of money your paying to stay there I think they could afford to keep there only restaurant open all day!!!
Dinner: (630) Pimms- very dissapointing, maybe we caught them on an off day but I tried the corn soup (didn't have much flavor) for entrees we had the jerk mahi mahi and the blackened swordfish (per the waitress recommendation). Remarkably both of the fish entrees were overcooked, the mahi was ok and the swordfish was way below average. We forced it down and never returned. There are way too many good restaurants on the island, we tried Coba, Sunset Grill, Tastys, Dolce Vita, Da Vida, Mangos and Strawhat. Pricewise they are all pretty expensive and I don't mind paying, but Pimms is the only one we wouldn't return to.
Its a shame, a place like CJ has so much going for it, but on an island considered to be one of the culinary capitals of the carribean they are far behind in the food department.
What makes this place great is the beautiful beachfront location. People who want plenty of privacy and quietness will feel right at home. Not so great if your expecting extraordinary cuisine and a lively atmosphere.
I'm in no rush to return, there are other beaches and resorts on the island that can give CJ a run for there money. We spent the first four nights of our vacation at Frangipani and loved it.
We also spent a lot of time at Viceroy. The resort is unbelievable, very modern and beautifully decorated/designed. The food was also excellent here and the views from there clifftop location were unbeatable.
I don't think CJ deserves any less than four stars but it is very difficult to give them more than four. In the end it really was the food (cost, choices and quality) that hurt them in my point of view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Insulated from the outside world, yet only minutes by air or motor launch from St. Maarten, Cap Juluca resort is a private self-contained enclave along two miles of the best pristine white-sand beaches in the Caribbean. Spacious Moorish villas, five-star restaurants, exotic landscaped tropical gardens, and friendly and abundant service professionals provide an unparalleled level of luxury. Cap Juluca features a comprehensive array of entertainment amenities, including a fully equipped fitness center, private golf carts andbicycles, aqua golf driving range, bunker and putting green, croquet lawn, Junior Olympic-size swimming pool, a library, tennis courts with a full-time resident pro, and water sports, including snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing, and sailing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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