St. James's Club, Antigua

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

This lovely hotel sits on its own 100-acre peninsula at the southeast point of the island, just a 10-minute drive from Nelson's Dockyard with its historical buildings, museum and bars. There are two beaches, one for non-motorised water sports and the other for enjoying refreshing ocean breezes. The resort boasts five open-aired restaurants and one grill; most fêted of these is Piccolo Mondo, the resort's fine dining Mediterranean style restaurant in the village section, while the attractive waterside Docksider does a great Caribbean buffet each Thursday in alfresco surrounds. For a real treat, Royal Suites feature a king size bed with sunken living room, glass sliding doors to a private balcony and expansive bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and his and hers showers! A boardwalk also takes you from the suites right into the heart of Mamora Bay, perfect for strolling along in the moonlight! If plenty of home-from-home comforts appeal, choose a villa instead of a hotel room at St James's Club. Cheerful and bright, they feature warm Caribbean tones and terracotta tiles throughout. They're also very generous on space so are ideal for families and groups of friends.

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Babysitting service
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment

Where is it

On the south east side of the island, with two beaches. 10-minute drive to Nelson's Dockyard and Shirley Heights. Transfer time from airport: approximately 35 minutes.

Hotel information

248 rooms on ground, first and second floors with no lifts. All with air-conditioning, TV, WiFi access*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. Standard Club Rooms are located on the ground floor with balcony or terrace, full garden view and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: all meals, including afternoon tea and drinks (including sparkling wine and some premium brands) by the glass. All activities above unless otherwise stated. Bottled water not included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premium Ocean View Rooms are as per Club Rooms but with garden or partial ocean views and situated on the ground, 1st and 2nd floors, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Please note: 2 double beds are on a request-only basis.

Beachfront Rooms have either balcony or terrace and enjoy direct access to the beach if they are ground floor rooms, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suites are new, and feature living space, large private balcony with garden or sea views, 1 king-size bed and 1 single day bed (on request), sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Royal Suites (Adults-Only) offer guests private check-in and an exclusive weekly cocktail party. These suites are more luxurious with 1 king-size bed, sunken living area, deep soaking tub with his and hers showers and a wet bar, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

2-Bedroom Villas have a spacious living area and 2 bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms. An excellent choice for families as they offer a kitchen and large inside or outside living and dining areas with balcony or terrace, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 2 adults and 3 children with 1 king-size bed in master bedroom, twin beds in 2nd bedroom and using existing double sofa bed.

Royal Spa Suites have the same benefits as Royal Suites plus the added bonus of five 45-minute spa treatments per person per week, (not including the day of arrival or departure, minimum stay 7 nights, treatments are non-transferable). With 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 2 adults.

3-Bedroom Villas are as per 2-Bedroom Villas, but with an additional bedroom, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 2 adults and 4 children.

Please note: Standard Club, Premium Rooms and Junior Suites have no space for a rollaway bed*.

Please note: no children permitted in the Royal Suites.

5 restaurants and 1 grill: Rainbow Garden (buffet-style breakfast, lunch and both buffet and à la carte dinner. Reservations required for à la carte dinner). Coco's Restaurant and Bar (open for à la carte style breakfast including a continental style buffet and dinner consisting of Caribbean delicacies served tapas style. Reservations required). The Docksider (buffet restaurant, including seafood and Caribbean cuisine). Piccolo Mondo fine dining restaurant (Mediterranean style, reservations required for dinner, All Inclusive guests pay US$40 per adult or child, towards meals. Payable locally, subject to change). Eleven/11 local tapas style menu with casual Caribbean ambiance with an all-day dining menu consisting of pizza, pasta, paninis, salads and burgers (open from 11:00am-11:00pm). Mamora Beach Bar and Grill, serving a variety of burgers, perfect for a lunchtime snack on the beach. 6 bars. Mamora Bay Café, a new coffee house close to the lobby (open 24-hours). Drinks buggy serving the beach. Please note: restaurants open on a rotation basis.

Regular evening entertainment including full moon Caribbean beach parties. On-site Diamonds international shop.

6 swimming pools including a designated kids pool and 3 adults-only pools. Tranquility Spa (massage and beauty salon)*. Gym with extensive list of exercise classes including early morning stretch and Pilates. 4 tennis courts (floodlit for night play), tennis coaching*. Daily complimentary activities programme for children and adults. Complimentary non-motorised water sports: windsurfing, Hobie sailing, snorkelling*, kayaks and pedal boats. Scuba-diving and deep sea fishing is also available*. Kids' activity programme (4-11 years). Cooking lessons weekly. Kids' Club (currently closed). Teen open air games room. Cinema movie nights. 3 Pickleball Courts (daylight use only) and an extensive reading library. Activity schedules subject to change without notice.

Babysitting*. Room service*. Boutique*. Complimentary WiFi available in public areas.

This hotel has a resort fee of $24 including tax per room, per night, (payable locally, subject to change).Please note: a room levy of $5 per guest, per night applies to guests aged 6 years and above (payable locally, subject to change).

7 nights between 21 Dec-2 Jan and 1 Feb- 28 Feb.

2-Bedroom Villas 10 nights between 21 Dec-2 Jan.

Royal Spa Suite minimum stay is 7 nights at all times.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: You must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 upon check-in (applies to guests aged 12 and over only). You’ll be unable to check in if you cannot provide this information.

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Dress code: in the restaurants, shoes should be worn and bathing suits covered. After 6:30 pm, men need to wear slacks and collared shirts with short or long sleeves (no t-shirts or tank tops). Women need to wear dresses, skirts, slacks, culottes or tailored Bermuda-length shorts (no "short shorts" or cutoffs). No flip flops.

Please note: rollaway beds are charged at $20 per night (payable locally, subject to change).

Please note: local prices are subject to change.

Please note: child ages are from 2 up to and including 11 years.

Please note: guests are required to present a valid form of ID (passport, driving license, ID card) along with a valid credit card at check-in. A USD$350 pre-authorisation will be processed on the credit card at check-in to cover for any incidental purchases or similar expenses. Incidental purchases may include tours, excursions, gift shop purchases or dining in the speciality restaurant. We understand that not all guests incur additional charges during their stay, but this process assists the resort with fraud prevention. Upon check-out, the pre-authorisation is released, assuming there are no charges made.

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Dec 1, 2021 Mark E

Hi My partner and I have just returned from 2 weeks staying in the Royal Suites at St James Club. I think I’ve only ever written two reviews in my life, but I couldn’t not after this stay. I don’t want this to come across as ‘another moan’ so have tried to assess the good and bad, unfortunately the bad far outweigh the good: GOOD: The grounds are… Read more
Hi My partner and I have just returned from 2 weeks staying in the Royal Suites at St James Club. I think I’ve only ever written two reviews in my life, but I couldn’t not after this stay. I don’t want this to come across as ‘another moan’ so have tried to assess the good and bad, unfortunately the bad far outweigh the good: GOOD: The grounds are kept immaculate, with even the bay side mini beach (man made I suspect) by the Royal Suites raked every morning. The rooms are very spacious. We stayed in the Royals, but I understand from talking to others that, irrespective, the rooms are decent size, especially the bathroom, which had his and hers sinks, his and hers showers and a sunken bath. Some (I must stress ‘some’) of the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. Special mentions to Vincent at the pool side bar, Lemuel, Trevor and Burdette in the Rainbow Garden restaurant, Ramise and Slevin in the Jacaranda Lounge and Gary in car hire. Marsha (the manager) is also really helpful, unfortunately she isn’t getting the backing off all her staff! The amenities are superb - if you want an active break! Excellent air-conditioned gym, numerous high-quality and floodlit tennis and pickle ball courts as well as a good range of water sport options. There are so many places that you can sit and relax / read / soak up the sun. The set out is well thought out for you to get away from people if that’s what you want. Unfortunately, for me, that’s where the plus points stop…except of course that the club is in Antigua, which is a beautiful island. BAD: The majority of the staff are young - we understand that they have had a large turnover post Covid - and with their youth comes the worldwide (it seems) arrogance and ‘I’ll do the basics and no more’ attitude. I can honestly say that if many of those staff members worked for me, they’d be looking for a new job tomorrow! The food is all over the place. Breakfast in the Rainbow Garden is pretty decent, although it becomes a bit ‘samey’ after about five days. Lunchtimes are reasonable here too, as they are in the Docksider. But in the evenings, wow! The Docksider is appallingly bad. The 11-Eleven hit and miss and the Rainbow Garden ranges from brilliant to tasteless and the cold side of tepid. Truthfully, in the 13 nights we ate on site, I would say we had three great meals, five average and five appalling. There is a fourth restaurant but at $37.50 per head surcharge at an all-inclusive, I really couldn’t bring myself to spend that extra. I did hear from three couples that the food there is decent but the service is as bad as everywhere else. By the way, don’t expect decent portion sizes either. Even the buffets are being waiter-served due to Covid and the staff seem of the opinion that the less food they put on your plate, the more you might tip them! Ask for an adult portion and you get the usual surliness. I was served TWO potato wedges with my chicken curry and when I requested more, I was reluctantly given ONE more!! The cleaning is interesting. Rooms are cleaned once every two days apparently, although once every three days is not unusual…unless you complain. In which case it becomes daily…at 5:30pm just as you are getting ready for your evening out! As for the standards of cleanliness, they certainly differ from my understanding of the word. Don’t bother upgrading to the Royal Suites unless you really want to pay that extra just to have a little seating area in your room. There are no other benefits! You get two private pools but one is so small that you can swim across it with one stroke and it has no bar. The other is slightly bigger - circa 10m wide - with a bar. However, don’t expect poolside service. Vincent is a lovely guy, but very rarely brings a drink, you are expected to go to the bar. I’d get it if it were busy, but I don’t think there were more than 12 people maximum there at any point during the two weeks. The entertainment is ok, albeit very ‘samey’, except for the fire-dancer. But it’s not communicated well. You tend to find it by accident if you happen into the Jacaranda lounge in the evening. Their are numerous ‘stealth taxes’ in operation. There’s the local charity added to your bill without discussion - although you can have this removed, if you don’t mind being stared out for the temerity. There’s the government tax, which is ok I guess, but then there’s a current $24 per night ‘additional cleaning surcharge’. When asked what this was for, we were advised that it was to clean all surfaces touched by human hand regularly. Well not once did we see a table, a chair, a sunlounger, a door handle or anything else cleaned. Honestly, it’s just a way of trying to get back some of the profits lost during Covid. So, in summary, no, this is not an elite resort although it continues to claim to be and to charge elite prices. I really feel for Marsha as she’s trying her best, but this is a resort that is on the slide…and fast. Even the decor now looks really dated, which you’d not notice if it wasn’t for all the other negative stuff. Nor is this a resort on the Caribbean Sea as it tries to imply. One beach is on the cooler Atlantic side, with the usual sargassum problems. The bay side is also clearly fed primarily from the Atlantic as it is that darker colour and cooler. There is far less sargassum in the bay, but there is some. Would we go to Antigua again? Yes, like a shot, in fact we are looking at maybe buying a place on the island. Would we go to St James Club again? No, not while our backsides face downwards! This is a 2 to 3 star resort, charging 4 to 5 star prices and trying to get back to former glories…but failing Read less
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Nov 26, 2021 LAC66 Brighton

This was out first time at St James club and I was a little apprehensive after reading a few (unfounded) 1 star reviews. We need not have worried-we absolutely loved it here! On arrival we were quickly taken to our rooms and our request for adjoining rooms for our group had been actioned. We booked a Premium sea view room with 2 double beds for 3… Read more
This was out first time at St James club and I was a little apprehensive after reading a few (unfounded) 1 star reviews. We need not have worried-we absolutely loved it here! On arrival we were quickly taken to our rooms and our request for adjoining rooms for our group had been actioned. We booked a Premium sea view room with 2 double beds for 3 adults but be warned, the double beds are not big enough for 2 adults so we requested an extra bed which was brought up within the hour. The rooms were very clean and although traditional in decor, very comfortable. Lots of storage in the room ever for 3 ladies with lots of luggage! The staff are what make this resort so special, they are just so lovely and friendly. Nothing is too much trouble and they really could not do enough for us. Any request was dealt with in an efficient manner. The food-I can't believe what I have read on other review's as this was not the experience we had. All of our meals were top class, no waiting for food or drinks. We ate at the buffet in the Dockside 3 nights and it is a different theme every night. The Bollywood theme was just amazing, proper Indian food. We ate in the Rainbow rooms twice, both times the food and service was incredible. Coco's was out favourite for breakfast, those poached eggs are to die for! Super friendly service here too. We only found 11/11 on the last day so enjoyed a tasty lunch. Agree with another reviewer, fancy scoring a hotel down because of seaweed! It is a natural occurrence and the hotel do all they can to clear it daily. There really wasn't much while we were there but we spent all of our time at the beautiful Mamora bay beach which is stunning. There is a pool bar close at hand or the beach bar further along. A lovely friendly guy drives along the beach delivering rum punches and shots..he's great! There are plenty of activities, 6 tennis courts with a pro on site, paddle boarding, kayaks, spa, a well quipped gym plus more. We spent a few evenings in the Jacaranda bar where were listened to some great lie music one night. Everyone was up dancing, the atmosphere was so good. We booked a half day boat trip on the Calypso Cat which was amazing. Highly recommend this trip. All in all, what a great time we had. Thank you to all at St James Club, I will be back! Read less
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Nov 25, 2021 E2877SGjamesh Esher, United Kingdom

This is our 3rd trip to Antigua and 2nd to St James's Club. We were sceptically about travelling due to Covid and some of the reviews, but we are so pleased we pushed ahead. We went in October half term for 10 days as a family of 4 (2 teenage girls). We all felt the hotel had smartened up since we were last at the hotel in 2019 - everything seemed… Read more
This is our 3rd trip to Antigua and 2nd to St James's Club. We were sceptically about travelling due to Covid and some of the reviews, but we are so pleased we pushed ahead. We went in October half term for 10 days as a family of 4 (2 teenage girls). We all felt the hotel had smartened up since we were last at the hotel in 2019 - everything seemed alot cleaner and they were obviously working hard to ensure that the resort stayed in the best possible shape. Fortunately all the bars and restaurants were open and I thought the food quality was excellent. We ate in multiple restaurants and mixed it up to ensure we looked forward to every meal. We had very few issues with having to wait for drinks/food and the staff were always delightful. I do always love it when a waiter/waitress gets to know you and brings you your drink of choice as you sit down without even having to ask!! The hotel was probably about 80% full in our second week which was great to see and the hotel dealt with the numbers exceptionally well. There were a few queues that formed at dinner time but nothing that wasn't sorted quickly. All in all another excellent family trip and I am sure we will be back very soon. Read less
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Nov 21, 2021 H3102JKsusanw Wading River, New York

This was booked as a last minute get away and I was skeptical after reading some latest reviews. But since we have been here twice prior I has background knowledge of the resort so we went ahead and booked. I always call the Elite travel agent to book located in Florida. They are extremely friendly and helpful. I was able to ask questions about… Read more
This was booked as a last minute get away and I was skeptical after reading some latest reviews. But since we have been here twice prior I has background knowledge of the resort so we went ahead and booked. I always call the Elite travel agent to book located in Florida. They are extremely friendly and helpful. I was able to ask questions about the resorts and what was recommended. I was made aware of all fees. We grabbed a cab at airport and flat fee was $48. He was nice enough to stop at a grocery store for some Coors. The beer at the resort is Carib - not a favorite of my dear husband. Resort grounds looked beautiful upon arrival Check in was seamless at at 3 PM no other guest in lobby. We were in our room by 3:15 and enjoying a complimentary bottle of champagne at 3:30. :) We were in Hibiscus overlooking the beach. Exhausted from our trip, we relaxed a bit and headed to Eleven-11 for and early dinner and some rum punch. View is spectacular. Their burgers are good and their little pizzas hit the spot! We walked around resort a bit and made reservations for piccolo mondo for the next evening as the phone in our room was not working. Breakfast buffet was as I remember except Covid protocols in place. Masks are required in restaurants until seated. Glass shields are in front of food and A server scoops helps you select. No wait to be seated. Some times you wait for an omelette. Dinner at the Mondo was excellent.Dessert there was fair but perhaps I picked the wrong thing. Didn’t care really. Register for your return Covid test. There was a big group in the lobby waiting at the appointed time and it could have been more organized. However, it took less than 25 minutes before we were back on the beach. The rest of our trip went smoothly and we totally enjoyed our stay. Pros: 24 hour coffee shop! Location. Friendly staff. Dockside lunch. Main pool was beautiful and cocktails were flowing. WiFi excellent in rooms Cons: phone was finally repaired after 3 days. We ran into head of maintenance who said he was very aware of the report. Phones are serviced by an outside vendor. Rooms received maid service every other day. Ours was not. Supervisor came by and apologized even though we did not call or complain. She provided us with a few items and the next day it was cleaned completely. The report of seaweed on a previous review was a bit ridiculous. We are at an ocean resort. Washed up Seaweed was taken away daily. My husband and I live 2 miles from the ocean - it’s just nature! Thanks again for a lovely visit! Read less
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Nov 20, 2021 Louie-MaeB London, United Kingdom

Went her with the hubster for 10 days. All in all a good resort. There are many restaurants to eat at, but you do need to get your head around what one is open and when, or needs booking! Although there is one open all and every day, so that’s the fail safe! We didn’t have one bad or naff meal the whole time and there’s a lot of choice.… Read more
Went her with the hubster for 10 days. All in all a good resort. There are many restaurants to eat at, but you do need to get your head around what one is open and when, or needs booking! Although there is one open all and every day, so that’s the fail safe! We didn’t have one bad or naff meal the whole time and there’s a lot of choice. The Italian that you can reserve at that comes with a $75 surcharge pp isn’t worth it. I mean the food was fine, but it was the same standard as you’d get in any of the other restaurants on the resort, although this does have a nice feel to it. Make sure if your hot and bothered, you can just call up reception and they’ll send a golf buggy to come get you and drop off etc. None of the pools we went to were over crowed so that was great. I LOVED the coffee shop and we went there everyday. (It’s pretty much like a high street coffee shop with all the types of coffee and teas plus iced and slush drinks, with cakes, and afternoon style sandwiches). Open all day and everyday and included in the price. Excellent and VERY easy booking for pre departure Covid testing. They do it all, no faff whatsoever and make sure you have all the paperwork you need before getting your flight home. When we checked out I went to pay the bill and an automatic charity charge was added, plus $24 a day for covid cleaning(!). I wasn’t impressed at all. That’s an extra $240 for our stay that I had no idea about. After stressing and getting flustered the duty manager came and removed 50% the charges. It wasn’t an affordability issue, but seriously?!?! They should have this when you book the holiday as an upfront charge. Read less