St. James's Club, Antigua

Antigua, Caribbean

Virgin rating

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
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

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, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, mini fridge, bathroom amenities, iron and ironing board, 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 Rooms feature garden or partial ocean views and are 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.

Beachfront Rooms offer views of Coco Beach, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suites feature a separate living space, larger balcony featuring garden or sea views, and 1 king-size bed (rollaway bed on request), sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Royal Suites (adults-only) are situated in a private area of the resort with dedicated check-in. The suites have a separate seating area, private wet bar, and a deep soaking tub, with 1 king-size bed 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.

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.

Complimentary shuttle to transport guests around the property. Complimentary self-parking. 

Rainbow Garden (International and Caribbean cuisine, open for buffet breakfast and lunch, as well as a la carte dinner). Piccolo Mondo (fine dining Italian cuisine, surcharge applies). Coco Beach Restaurant & Bar (casual al fresco dining, open for breakfast and dinner on selected days). The Docksider Restaurant and Bar (waterfront dining, serving food and drinks from 11:00am-11:00pm, with live music on selected evenings). Eleven/11 (casual dining with ocean views). Mamora Bay Grill (beachside grill serving light lunches and refreshments). The Reef Deck Bar (poolside bar open throughout the day). Coco Beach Bar. Royal Pool Bar (exclusive to Royal suites guests). Jacaranda Lounge (featuring nightly entertainment, transforming into a nightclub on selected evenings). Mamora Bay Café, (24-hour coffee house). Drinks buggy serving the beach. Please note: restaurants open on a rotation basis due to season/occupancy.

Daytime activity schedule for all ages. Regular evening entertainment. Weekly manager's cocktail party and themed evenings. 

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 yoga and Pilates. 4 tennis courts (floodlit for night play), tennis coaching*. Beach volleyball. Table tennis. Complimentary non-motorised water sports including Hobie sailing, snorkelling, kayaks and pedal boats. Deep sea fishing is also available*. Cooking lessons weekly. Kids' Club with indoor and outdoor activities. 3 Pickleball Courts (daylight use only). Extensive reading library. Nature walks.

Room service* (available 5:00 pm through 10:00 pm. Subject to Covid protocols). Boutique and gift shop. Complimentary WiFi available in public areas. Laundry service*. Concierge.

This hotel has a resort fee of USD $24 including tax per room, per night, (payable locally, subject to change). Please note: a room levy of USD $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.

* Denotes local charge.

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

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

Please note: 2 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.

Please note: activity schedules are subject to change without notice.

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Apr 9, 2024 Neil G St Austell, United Kingdom

Its great. We liked the more expensive royal suites looking west into the bay. Even amongst those the rooms are better views and access to bars and great dockside restaurant and bar plus great up in the trees coffee bar. The best views and restaurant and calmest water is there. The cheaper rooms on the east side looked good too but windier and… Read more
Its great. We liked the more expensive royal suites looking west into the bay. Even amongst those the rooms are better views and access to bars and great dockside restaurant and bar plus great up in the trees coffee bar. The best views and restaurant and calmest water is there. The cheaper rooms on the east side looked good too but windier and wavier there. Also further to get to the great mamora bay beach. They are refurbishing royal suites and actually - the best views are the northernmost royal suite blocks. DEF worth getting those particular rooms if you can. Food in the site is 4 star but large buffet choice in main restaurant and dockside. Always somethings u will like inc big fish choice. If u dont like meat or fish it may not be the place for you. Anyway drinks great. Breakfast superb. All inclusive. Sun goes down behind low hills but the place is beautiful at sunset but go to the marmora bay beach :) docksider restaurant beautiful. Whole place beautiful. Water calm. Not amazing snorkelling but much better at lots of nearby locations and most taxis just 10-20 dollars. All fares regulated and the same whoever u book Loved it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful 10 days at the Royal Suites, St. James Club!

Apr 9, 2024 JonathanG2669

St. James Club is as close to perfect as an all-inclusive resort can be. We stayed in the royal suite area and our room was beautiful! It was great to have our own service counter, Lorraine was so helpful. It is the staff at a resort that can really make your experience memorable and this was the case at St. James. Everyone was quick to say Good… Read more
St. James Club is as close to perfect as an all-inclusive resort can be. We stayed in the royal suite area and our room was beautiful! It was great to have our own service counter, Lorraine was so helpful. It is the staff at a resort that can really make your experience memorable and this was the case at St. James. Everyone was quick to say Good Morning or Good Afternoon (or "are you ok?"), and to ask if everything was going well. We want to mention how hard working the staff are and to especially mention how professional and friendly Louella and Kesha were at the Coco Restaurant. The tuna salad at the Eleven to Eleven was the best! It was fun to watch the fresh fish come in to the wharf on the Fish Tales every morning, and Shaquille was a wealth of knowledge not only about the fish but about the whole resort! Our favorite activity was sailing on the Hobie Cat everyday. Linda does an awesome job at the water sports hut, and we want to especially thank Ken and Owen for helping to make our days so much fun. We only left the resort twice in the ten days we were there: once to go to Shirley Heights for the Sunday night bbq which was AWESOME, and we did the Sunset Cruise with Captain Kelly which was so memorable. We had previously been to Antigua a few years ago, stayed at the Pineapple. It was a fabulous vacation! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Chill, relaxed caribbean vibe, with great facilities, views and staff

Apr 9, 2024 Claire S

St James is a relaxed resort, on a peninsula, so has the advantage of great Beaches. Wathersports all provided with our all inclusive deal on the calmer beach, very safe and sheltered. Tje beach staff were very helpful and accommoding. Our sea view room was bright, 2 windows, and had a lively sized balcony. The food was delicious, we especially… Read more
St James is a relaxed resort, on a peninsula, so has the advantage of great Beaches. Wathersports all provided with our all inclusive deal on the calmer beach, very safe and sheltered. Tje beach staff were very helpful and accommoding. Our sea view room was bright, 2 windows, and had a lively sized balcony. The food was delicious, we especially lived the breakfasts, with an amazing choice of freshly prepared omelette and smoothies. Would definitely return and would recommend this resort highly. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disappointed ☹️

Apr 4, 2024 Elizabeth M

St James is a beautiful resort & I was so excited to return after 10years since my last visit & now with my own children. We was celebrating my mums 60th birthday & 10year wedding anniversary (she married at st James on my last visit) we brought along 20 family & friends telling them how great the hotel was as I remembered how lovely, jolly,… Read more
St James is a beautiful resort & I was so excited to return after 10years since my last visit & now with my own children. We was celebrating my mums 60th birthday & 10year wedding anniversary (she married at st James on my last visit) we brought along 20 family & friends telling them how great the hotel was as I remembered how lovely, jolly, smiling & helpful the staff where back then BUT this time it was VERY different!! Staff are miserable & some rude, in fact there was one member of staff working on reception, her name was Nekeise & she was I could only describe as vile! Rudest woman with a very bad attitude & should definitely not be on a hotel reception! I would like the handful of nice staff to be recognised though so I took note of a few of there names & photos of a few that made our stay better. Amie was the highlight for our group what a lovely young woman, Michael was also a great happy guy! Vincent & Elvis great bar staff, Orlando the only remaining staff member we recognise. Kids club girls where lovely too. Andre chef down at beach bar & Sarafina made my twin nephews birthday & all kids day. Michelina ,Rose & Nicola where a few others. Sad but not sure I would return to this hotel again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely resort, but!

Apr 1, 2024 C5019MKpaulj

Our fourth visit and first since covid. Full marks to the refurbishments but still room for improvement to update the hotel . Service "hit and miss", staff need to be more attentive. I liken it to "manyana" without the sense of urgency. Breakfast I think the most enjoyable meal of the day , Docksider which we used mostly throughout the food can… Read more
Our fourth visit and first since covid. Full marks to the refurbishments but still room for improvement to update the hotel . Service "hit and miss", staff need to be more attentive. I liken it to "manyana" without the sense of urgency. Breakfast I think the most enjoyable meal of the day , Docksider which we used mostly throughout the food can be best described as mediocre. The coffee shop proves to be popular and a great addition to the facilities. I cannot see the reason why it should be staffed 24/7 and between midnight and 0800hrs there is no need for somebody to be present particularly when there is a machine in situ for the occasional sad night bird. My opinion anyway. Watersports as always a great attraction and offering good service. Disappointing regards the use of a courtesy room and the offer is now the one shower at the gym. Although was fully aware the resort fee levied it cannot be justified and leaves a bad taste in the mouth and in particular when one has to pay a tourist tax as well. Taxi fares not a resort problem but now expensive and therefore puts people off using them not as often as one did in the past. Not sure if I will return! Read less