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
This was meant to be a dream holiday paid for by my late Mother. Sadly it was anything but. The accommodation was sub-standard , it took all of our first day to get moved. The put-up bed was delapidated and not fit to sleep on. The nicest restaurant was occasionally closed due to low occupancy and meals were served in the breakfast area which was canteen-like. The service overall was very slow,. It wasn't unusual to wait an hour for food. One waitress tutted when I asked to be seated saying "alright alright I'm coming.." She had a row with another guest who objected to her manner. This was not an isolated incident. The bars serve anyone who looks old enough with no procedures in place of checking to see if they are of legal age. My daughter was slapped in the face by a 16 year old boy she'd never met before who who was clearly drunk and not supervised by an adult. we witnessed teenagers being given drinks despite being underage. . The night club was supposed to be adults only but allowed children in, albeit with parents. The coffee shop closes at 11 and this became the hang out for a group of rowdy, unsupervised kids of an evening. Sadly this was one of the few places to get half decent wifi. I am taking all this up with Virgin. I'm sure this will get a very polite response assuring readers that these matters are isolated incidents and have been observed and improved on but we all know that's a standard way of trying to protect their hotel's reputation.
One of my favourite hotels in the Elite Islands resort group. A really good 4* hotel with very friendly staff. We have been there many times and eventually bought a timeshare as many do because it just feels like home. Watersports and fishing are good if you like that kind of thing which I do. Lots to join in with during the day if you like that kind of thing but no pressure of you don't. Mainly British American and Canadian visitors as one would expect.
What a beautiful resort. The grounds are very well kept. The staff kind. The food excellent and plentiful. When you order an alcoholic beverage, you get a healthy sized pour. JW Black was my choice, and it was always a good unadulterated dram. Kudos to Farika and Sabyna at the RS pool bar. Great people with infectious smiles and sparkling laughs.
We really liked that we had choices of a calm, very warm bayside beach or pool, or a breezy oceanside beach or pool. There was a bit of seaweed on the Atlantic side but they keep it raked up and the amount wasn't bothersome.
RS was very quiet. I would suggest if you like to go to bed early, ask for a suite away from the Docksider. Music ends at 10PM and it's not overly loud but it can be heard. Personally, we enjoyed sitting on our balcony and listening to some of the beautiful voices.
Picollo Mondo was delicious and well worth the extra $$. All the other food was delicious too.
Some have written that the service was slow but we found it always a nice relaxing pace. We never felt rushed to finish and get out for the next guests.
We didn't partake of many of the outside activities preferring to just sit by the pool or beach and read, so I'm afraid we can't help much with that aspect, although the other guests we chatted with seemed to have enjoyed the excursions.
Strongly recommend you bring your own refillable water bottles. Again, Kudos to mgt. for reducing waste. Also, paper straws go mushy so you might consider your own reusable metal straws.
We would definitely consider returning to St James Club, maybe a villa with the family next time and wendefinitely have to go back to Antigua and see it more. I apologize to the good people of Antigua for not doing the island justice but we really needed the time to unwind.
If you go, do so with an open mind and empty stomach and you won't be disappointed.