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. If you're a tennis fan, this is a great place to come — four tennis courts are available for guests and there's a tennis pro available for coaching*. 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. Both bedrooms are conveniently en-suite, so there's no queue for showers in the mornings and there's a lovely furnished patio for sitting and admiring the views, cocktail in hand of course! A ceiling fan and air-conditioning keep things cool and the dining table is set right beside the sliding glass doors, making the most of those sunsets.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Eat Free
  • Children's Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

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 plus tax per room, per night, (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.

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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.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Aug 4, 2021 Karen T

Had a wonderful stay at SJC. Safety was a top priority on the resort, with masks and sanitising being enforced well. Stayed with 2 friends, and we got an upgraded room on arrival to a King Suite which was super spacious with lovely ocean views. Food overall was quite good. and there was a good variety of cuisine and range of restaurant… Read more
Had a wonderful stay at SJC. Safety was a top priority on the resort, with masks and sanitising being enforced well. Stayed with 2 friends, and we got an upgraded room on arrival to a King Suite which was super spacious with lovely ocean views. Food overall was quite good. and there was a good variety of cuisine and range of restaurant options. Try Coco’s for breakfast if you want a quieter experience and a change from the Rainbow Restaurant Buffet. The Coffee shop has a good selection of coffee and is also a great spot to relax. There were lots of activities on offer for families. The beach was sadly taken over by sargasssum and couldn't be used which was disappointing but Watersports were available in Mamora Bay. Special mentions to Vellie at Docksider, Chef Andy for our specially prepared breakfast, Marcia – our house keeper who brought special local treats for us, Collette and Syr at Reservations for their patience, Majani for always taking good care of us, Naomi who did her very best to help us with our excursions, Marsha, the very hard working and amazing resort manager, and everyone else who made us feel extra special during our wonderful stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Service, Great People! Just need better beaches. 4.5 stars

Aug 2, 2021 jasonwJ4025XB

Stayed 25-31 July. Myself, my wife, 20 year old daughter and 15 year old son. Positives: 1. The resort is large and quite beautiful. Grounds are well kept and there is plenty to do. Check-in was very easy and quick. I asked for two beach front connecting rooms and emailed a couple of weeks prior just to ensure we had that request in our… Read more
Stayed 25-31 July. Myself, my wife, 20 year old daughter and 15 year old son. Positives: 1. The resort is large and quite beautiful. Grounds are well kept and there is plenty to do. Check-in was very easy and quick. I asked for two beach front connecting rooms and emailed a couple of weeks prior just to ensure we had that request in our reservation. Upon check-in, I was informed that we were upgraded to a two bedroom villa so we “could keep the family together”. Was a nice surprise and much appreciated. Took maybe 15 minutes from check-in until Orlando escorted us to our villa and gave us a quick tour. Orlando was awesome! 2. The villa was very nice, large outdoor patio’s on both floors. Spacious bathrooms and plenty of room in the living area. Beds were a little hard and sheets a little rough but overall very pleased with our accommodations. 3. Plenty of activities on site. 4. Food was very good at all the restaurants. Eleven/11 was probably our favorite but the buffet was very good as well. Rainbow Garden was our least favorite for dinner but breakfast was very good. Coco’s was great as well. Service was NOT slow but you could tell some of the employees appeared to be learning on the fly and they did an exceptional job. Coffee shop is excellent. Beverage service was all very good. 5. The EMPLOYEES here are what made our vacation exceptional. Every employee was awesome. They all greeted you with "hello" and "good morning", waves, smiles, etc. They did the very best they could to make the stay welcoming and enjoyable. The buffet managers were always coming by to make sure we were happy. I cannot stress enough how amazing the employees were during our visit. It was truly great to feel welcome and I thank all of them for their efforts. I wish I had all of their names to share. The people on this little Island were all wonderful from the Taxi drivers to the little lady at the fruit stand on our way back from Darkwood Beach. We could learn a lot from the kind hearted Antiguans. 6. The tours were great. Pink Panther tour and Kamesha was exceptional; such a great tour. Capt. Noel and Andre were great on our fishing trip. Andre was on our Snorkeling trip along with Danielle and Capt. Amos. That was our favorite day of the week. You must do this trip. Dancing, drinking, eating, swimming, snorkeling, a little sightseeing, and plenty of laughter. The boat ride is a lot of fun but seas can be very rough (at least for those that are used to calmer Gulf of Mexico waters) so just be prepared for 6-12 foot seas all the time. Naomi helped us pick out these trips and she was spot on. Negatives: 1. St. James is unfortunately in the path of the sargassum. It is nothing they can control but you need to know before you go. The smell is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It’s not constant but every so often, it hits you like a freight train. Workers worked mercilessly from sun up to sun down, all day every day but that beach was unusable during our stay. The water is beautiful past the seaweed. The Mamora bay side is a nice beach but the water is not crystal clear like you want to see in the Caribbean. Plenty of water activities if interested. If you want spectacular beaches, I would recommend Longbay Beach and Darkwood Beach but there are so many others. Amazing water and not over crowded. 2. I would have liked to have water, soda, or alcohol in the room. We ended up having to buy drinks and a bottle of wine to bring back. Otherwise you would need to walk over to a bar to get a drink. Not a deal breaker but just something that would have been appreciated at this price point. Other than that, there is nothing else negative I can say about this place. It was truly one of the best vacation we’ve done. A little more: The Covid testing was well planned, professional, and very easy to complete with results the next morning. They are strict on mask wear but not overly strict. All of the restaurants are open air dining and all come with a view. If the wind isn’t blowing right, they can be a little warm but not unbearable. Do not come here thinking you will be waited on at every second of the day with your private butler; it’s not that kind of resort. However, the service we received was far and away better than most places we’ve visited anywhere. Did we tip? Yes. Did it help? Maybe. Either way, I would gladly tip for the service we received. I wish I could give them more. The roads in Antigua are very narrow and very rough which make your taxi rides a little frightening at times. The ride to the airport is 30-40 minutes long. Antigua is a wonderful place with beautiful scenery. Getting off the resort is a must to truly appreciate this island. We will 100% be back to Antigua but not 100% sure it will be at St. James only because we may want to experience a different resort in a different location of the island. With better beaches, this is a 5 star resort, easy. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great food and service😃

Aug 1, 2021 299leighn Nevern, United Kingdom

45 min drive from airport, driver very nice.When we got to hotel our room wasn’t ready , we had booked this several months before and wanted block 1.7 because I’m asthmatic with a heart problem , and my wife is disabled, told not available . Now we were worried talked to the manageress Marsha a great person who said don’t worry call a golf cart… Read more
45 min drive from airport, driver very nice.When we got to hotel our room wasn’t ready , we had booked this several months before and wanted block 1.7 because I’m asthmatic with a heart problem , and my wife is disabled, told not available . Now we were worried talked to the manageress Marsha a great person who said don’t worry call a golf cart be there in 2 mins. This believe it or not was true unless they were very busy. Good bits service very good Andre amazing , Termica always got drinks Before I asked , isn’t that amazing,Samantha 11-11 always looked out for us , if food was alright etc Chefs spot on as well as Sylvester Romulus brill steaks amazing, others now Luella Josette Burdette Shamal, and special mention for Relina main desk and COVID test this is a special lady who looked after us specially with our COVID tests.Beer and spirits top end order 2 at time do not wait, water make sure you get plenty of ice as gets warm quick. Breakfast warm , get them to stir beans as heats up the rest 11-11 the best restaurant for Hot food every other restaurant is warm. Ask for Icecream as not generally on menu . Only negative rooms a bit dated aircon good and fan , beds comfy and bath big. On the whole beautiful place to go staff on the whole brill. Last negative give people a time to go not just all at once as never seen so many people at once since COVID started , felt scary.Best good and drinks package we’ve ever had. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Dockside and coco’s

Aug 1, 2021 getsetg2021

The staff and food in the dockside restaurant has been excellent during our stay, lots of choice and the restaurant manager made each meal special. Coco’ for breakfast is a must, table service with a smile, again very well run by the manager there, she organised her staff brilliantly and the food was very good. Dunita at the Royal suites pool bar… Read more
The staff and food in the dockside restaurant has been excellent during our stay, lots of choice and the restaurant manager made each meal special. Coco’ for breakfast is a must, table service with a smile, again very well run by the manager there, she organised her staff brilliantly and the food was very good. Dunita at the Royal suites pool bar is wonderful, happy to service, always smiling and dancing along to the music, nothing is too much trouble. We enjoyed our stay, the royal suites rooms were very nice, unfortunately the seaweed was a little bit of an issue but the staff worked hard to clear it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing family vacation

Jul 31, 2021 Dazlambo Leyland, United Kingdom

We only booked this holiday fairly last minute due to Antigua having green status that allowed us to travel here. We would normally have done our homework, and probably wouldn’t have come here after reading many negative reviews just before travelling. Saying that, we came here with an open mind looking forward to our family holiday. On arrival,… Read more
We only booked this holiday fairly last minute due to Antigua having green status that allowed us to travel here. We would normally have done our homework, and probably wouldn’t have come here after reading many negative reviews just before travelling. Saying that, we came here with an open mind looking forward to our family holiday. On arrival, we were seen fairly quickly at reception, who despite other reviews, were extremely helpful and very friendly. Our rooms were junior suite ocean facing. The room was spacious, very clean with spectacular views. So far so good. Room service was every 2 days which didn’t bother us too much as towels were plentiful around the pool areas if we wanted fresh every day. We spent most of our time around the fairly large family pool area. The pool bar was great and we never waited long at all for drinks service and this was always with a smile. I don’t know where people get in reviews that service wasn’t good. I did see many people being extremely rude to staff however which is unacceptable. We booked as advised our sit down evening meals the day before and always got the time we asked for. Also, for our son who is super fussy with eating, we could pre order a meal that he could eat at the time of booking the table. The other option was a walk in buffet which we found really good with many varied choices and themed evenings. Many reviews are rightly talking about the stinky seaweed problem which renders one of the beaches unusable. I would not stay in a beach front room which faced this. In my opinion these rooms should not be occupied. The hotel is working tirelessly to remove the seaweed, but it seems to be coming in from the ocean as fast as it’s being removed. This is an ecological problem and not the hotels fault. There is another perfectly fine beach that has water sports which are all free and fabulous. My wife has always been bitten by mosquitoes wherever in the world we travel but came away from here with not a single bite. That was just fantastic. In summary, yes there are problems with the beach with seaweed but we had a fabulous relaxing and stress free holiday. The staff are brilliant with a lovely smiling attitude. Yes, some are new and learning but so what. We all have to learn don’t we. Thanks to all the staff at St James Read less