St. James’s Club Antigua All Inclusive
What We Love
- Rooms have private terraces or balconies
- Pretty beach
- A long list of water sports
What To Know
- Super-laid-back vibe without the formalities or attitude of other Caribbean islands
- Long pants and a collared shirt are required for men in hotel restaurants at night; ripped jeans and bathing suits are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Caribbean nautical. The navy, sky-blue and white color scheme contrasts with sand-colored walls and terra-cotta floors in the guestrooms. Tropical floral pillows, shell wall art and sunset-hued paintings lend an almost kitschy beach vibe to the common areas.
Bed and Bath
All rooms have private terraces or balconies, fridges and coffeemakers. They’re distributed among villas and two-story buildings with roofs the same emerald-green as the surrounding lush vegetation. Bathrooms are understated, with separate showers and tubs.
Tan locals in breezy linens and tennis whites down cold Wadadli, the well-known island beer. Tourists stroll along the beachfront, snorkel in one hand and a sun hat in the other. Antigua is about as laid-back as you can get, and St. James’s Club lives up to that spirit with an easygoing vibe, four casual restaurants, four pools and some of the best water activities in the islands. St. James’s is an ideal choice for families, with a free kids club and items such as PB&J on the menu. Guests can also spot the occasional megayacht docking at the hotel’s marina.
How to Get There
We wanted some winter sun and an activity holiday and this place ticked the boxes.
Took advantage of the hobie cats and really nice sailing in Mamora Bay, also kayaking, tennis and fishing.
The staff were really good, friendly and helpful and made it a really fun stay.
Our room was nice and quiet with a peaceful outlook and privacy and we really enjoyed ourselves. The fishing off the boat jetty was amazing and I caught loads of fish!
The only disappointment to our time there was the dining experience where the restaurants were more like large, noisy cafeterias and very busy. Some required prior booking and working out when and where to eat was important. Also the quality and selection of the food was disappointing compared to other similar places we've stayed at in the Caribbean.
Took a trip to English harbour and Shirley Heights and unless you want to join the masses at the latter then avoid the Sunday party.
All inclusive resort. Breath taking views. 30 mins. from the airport. Great restaurants, bars, and a coffee/pastry shop. They have daily activities planned if you choose to participate. Little market/gift shop on the premise. Outside coordinator if you want to go off grounds for activities: Helicopter, Boat tours, Island hopper tours etc. However, they charge for internet in your room, but free in the public areas. The management is always walking up to their staff and asking how they are doing, very rare that you see that at other resorts. It is definitely a vacation you will remember.
My husband and I spent a week at St. James Club February 3-10th.
We have looked at this resort many times, but always thought it was expensive for a 4 star.
We finally bit the bullet and decided to knock Antigua off the bucket list and booked the week of my 50th birthday.
Although I still think its over priced as you can get many other 5 star resorts in the Caribbean for much less, this resort and its staff were absolutely amazing.
My husband had emailed them ahead of time to let them know that it was our wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday that week so that we could make reservations to Picolo ahead of time, and they were so accommodating.
On the nights of our anniversary and of my birthday, we arrived to our room to find a bottle of champagne on ice, as well as anniversary and birthday cards. it was such an amazing token. We later found out it was arranged by the wonderful Royal Suites Representative Keressa. She was absolutely amazing to us during the whole trip. She followed up on our reservations, checked up to see how our excursion went and was genuinely a great person.
The food was fantastic. Always a different assortment at the buffet and the A La Cartes were fantastic.
Coco's is a must. The food was fantastic. Samantha and Matarah were so amazing and went above and beyond on our anniversary. We were given a great seat, flowers on our table, and a wonderful dessert. Could not have asked for a better meal and better settings.
Same as the meal at Picolo's. Great assortment and worth the $75.00 we had to pay extra.
Meals at the Rainbow Garden were always good. We had breakfast there most days, as well as lunch. Merion was always there to get us our Mimosas and special lunch drinks.
Beaches were great, although smaller than we like, there was always an abundance of loungers and Papalas. No need to ever have to get up early to save a spot.
Grounds were beautifully kept and always very clean. The property is great for strolling. especially if you go to the section where the villas are. The cobblestone roads and positioning of the villas remind me of a mini Greek Island. If you like to hike, I suggest to walk up the mountain and stroll through the residential area. Views are breath taking.
Excursions: Pink Panther Safari tours. A must if you want to experience the culture, see the historical sights and get out for a day. Ask for Joy. She was amazing!!!!
My only disappointments were..
1) Prices are a bit high compared to other resorts. I feel that if they were more competitive with their pricing, they would get a lot more Canadians visiting. Most guest s that we met were from the UK and other European countries.
2) Very quiet on the beach. Beware if you bring a blue tooth speaker as we did. The retiree's will complain that you are interfering with their nap time. Even though we had easy rock at the lowest volume, we still got asked to turn it down or off.
3) No swim up bars in the pools and no beach bars on the ocean side. Although Alfred does come around on his fully stocked golf cart and offer you drinks. By day two he already knew everyone's drinks and names. He over-compensated and made us forget the things that we didn't like about the beach (size, quietness and lack of bars)
Overall, regardless of the few cons, I would still highly recommend this resort. It ended up being one of our favorite islands and we had an amazing time.
Stayed for eight nights. The location was excellent for nearby attractions of Nelson's Dockyard, Falmouth Harbour and Shirley Heights.
The accommodation was spacious, clean and generally good. The resort beaches were great and in particular the water sports on the calmer lagoon beach were excellent. The food was decent and staff were all exceptionally helpful. My only question mark would be that in an all inclusive resort, why do some restaurants have to be booked? This creates hassle when you want to go out for the day and return to find all restaurants, except the buffet, are fully booked.
We loved everything about St James. It was ideal for families. The grandchildren loved the tennis, the water sports and the smoothies and milkshakes at the pool bar. Their favourite restaurant was Dockside which had plenty of choice for vegetarians. We enjoyed Breakfast in both the Rainbow Room and CoCo’s. The position of our room in Mango block was ideal centrally placed for both beaches. We had a ground floor room that went straight out onto the Atlantic Beach which was ideal for the children who want to be free. The coffee shop was a great place to go early in the morning especially on the days jet lag caused us to be up and about very early. We also enjoyed going there for afternoon tea at 4!
Thee staff were always helpful and polite. We had no problem with the lack of free bottled water as St James filter their own water and it tasted fine. We would definitely recommend to others especially families.