St James's Club, Morgan Bay

St Lucia, Caribbean

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 7041 reviews

The hotel

The St James’s Club Morgan Bay encapsulates everything typically Caribbean boasting a wealth of activities and a great choice of restaurants in a vibrant and refreshingly casual setting. With plenty of great on-site facilities to keep the whole family entertained, the kids' club, four pools, beach games, sailing and water-skiing make for a fun day; and we all know – happy kids equal happy parents! They too are well catered for, with fully equipped gym, daily activities, fitness classes for adults and the Tranquility Body & Soul Spa, you’ll always be spoilt for choice in and around this beautiful ‘Eden of the Caribbean’ island. If you do decide to venture further afield, on your return don’t forget to take advantage of the great selection of distinct restaurants and evening entertainment and of course, the weekly Fete Bor la Mer beach party every Wednesday; which includes local entertainment and traditional dishes, at this lively All-Inclusive resort. Then just sit back, relax and embrace the chilled, Caribbean pace of life.

Amenities

  • Children's Pool
  • Children’s Playground
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Babysitting service
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling

Where is it

On a lovely secluded bay beach on the northwest coast of St Lucia, 10 minutes from the capital, Castries. Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Hotel information

334 rooms on 4 floors in 12 buildings. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, tea/coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, iron and board and some with ceiling fan. Garden View Rooms with a terrace or balcony and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive of: All meals and snacks, including afternoon tea. All local drinks by the glass. Wine with lunch and dinner. Bottled water is not included. All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated. Beach towels are included. Reservations are required for all restaurants (except for the buffet restaurants).


Ocean View Rooms with full or partial ocean views from the patio or balcony and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premium Double Rooms with a balcony or terrace and 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Beachfront Rooms are closest to the beach, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Deluxe Oceanview Rooms with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

1-Bedroom Garden Spa Suites are set on a hillside, overlooking tropical gardens and have 1 king-size bed in the bedroom, sleeping maximum 2 adults. All 1-Bedroom Suites categories have WiFi available at US$10 plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change). This room type includes five 45-minute spa treatments per person per week. (Does not include day of arrival or departure, minimum stay 7 nights).

1-Bedroom Ocean View Suites are set on a hillside with sea views from a balcony or patio the entire width of the suite, spacious bedroom with 1 king-size bed and adjoining living room with pull-out sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

2 Bedroom Family Suites offer two spacious bedrooms each with private bath, adjoining living room with pull-out sofa bed and two private terraces or balconies spanning the entire width of the suite, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 2 adults and 4 children.

Please note: If a rollaway bed is requested as guests do not wish to share a bed, a charge is payable locally at approximately US$25 plus tax, per night, subject to change. Rollaway beds are not permitted in the Deluxe Ocean View Rooms, 1-Bedroom Ocean View Suites or 1-Bedroom Garden Spa Suites.

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here 

  • Honeymooners: receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) and 10% discount on spa menu and photography packages when staying a minimum of 5 nights.

    Not combinable with free wedding packages.

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

The wide range of onsite activities makes this hotel a favourite with both families and couples alike

Morgan’s Pier offers dining with a difference, set upon a rustic pier over the Caribbean sea, 1 of 6 distinct restaurants on site

Children will love the kids’ clubs on offer, with plenty of action to keep them entertained

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • 15% off all in-resort spend within the hotel including in the spa, laundry and telephone calls, gift shop purchases and bottled wine or Champagne
  • A bottle of rum on arrival

6 restaurants and 5 bars, plus the new Choc Bay Café. The main restaurant is The Palms offering a wide variety of dishes buffet style, with changing daily themes including French, barbecue, seafood, Italian, Middle Eastern, Oriental, Indian, Tex-Mex, Mediterranean, Sunday Roast, Caribbean and International themed nights (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Bambou has waterfront views offering contemporary Caribbean Cuisine for dinner with a lunch time menu of lighter meals (dinner reservations required, open for breakfast during peak periods). The relaxed Morgan's Pier is set on its own pier over the water offering seafood and grilled classic dishes (reservations required, open for dinner only). The latest restaurant is the open air Tree Tops serving homemade Italian dishes such as pasta, salads and pizza made in the authentic pizza oven. The Plum Tree Grill's menu offers snacks including burgers and hot dogs. The new addition Choc Bay Café is a relaxed open air cafe to enjoy barista style coffees, speciality teas and homemade cakes all included in the All Inclusive board basis. Le Jardin's fine dining restaurant with an indoor intimate setting (fully air-conditioned) specialising in French/Creole cuisine including steak and lobster (reservations required, US$35pp including tax, payable locally, subject to change).

Daily activities for adults. Regular evening entertainment including live floor shows at Fete Bor la Mere. Varied daily entertainment in the kids’ clubs.

4 swimming pools (two beachfront free-form pools, one with swim-up bar, family pool with slides and shallow wading areas, and secluded hilltop adults-only pool with panoramic views). Windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, Hobie cat sailing, water-skiing and paddle boarding. Volleyball, 4 tennis courts (2 floodlit). Newly expanded Fitness centre and Hilltop spa* with 8 treatment rooms and hair salon* offering a range of treatments including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Extensive activities list including stretch class, pilates and tai chi to name a few. Complimentary kids' pilates and cooking classes held Mon-Fri 9:30am-10:30am for ages 4 years and over with expert tuition from the resident pro. Kids' water sports available from 8:30am-5:00pm on the beach for children over the age of 9 years old including, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and peddle boats. Children under the age of 9 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Kids' Club for children aged 2-12 years. Toddlers 2-3 years must be potty trained and able to communicate. Activities include, story time, recycle art, pool paddle and music painting, singalong music and more. Kids' Club for ages 7-12 years, during morning and afternoon sessions. Activities include pirate games scavenger hunt, fun in the pool, nature walks, Calypso dancing, face painting, computer games, arts and crafts and karaoke. The resort also offers babysitting services within the hotel room for children aged 0-12 years and evening supervision for children aged 4-12 years at an additional cost. All supervised by the resorts experienced staff.

Complimentary WiFi in the lobby and Sunset Lounge, also available at a charge in 1-Bedroom Ocean View Suites and Deluxe Ocean View Rooms. Day Passes available locally* for visiting friends and family. Newly extended gift shop. Room service* available from 12:00-8:00pm. Late check-out available* for either a shower room or to keep your room (subject to availability). Babysitting service*.

5 nights between 22 Feb–20 Dec ’18, 3-31 Jan '19 and 1 Mar-20 Dec '19.

7 nights between 21 Dec–2 Jan ’19, 1-28 Feb '19 and 21 Dec '19-2 Jan '20.

1-Bedroom Garden Spa Suites have 7 night minimum stay at all times.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: St James's Club Morgan Bay requires a security deposit of US$350 upon check-in for incidentals. This can either be paid on Credit card (funds will be held until check-out) or with cash.

Dress code: Cool and casual, relaxed resort and beach attire is welcomed for breakfast and lunch. In the evenings, island appropriate attire such as dresses, trousers or tailored shorts, and collared shirts are preferred. Dinners at Le Jardin Restaurant require casually elegant attire (no cut-offs, short-shorts, or t-shirts). Shoes are required in all restaurants

Please note: Rollaway beds are charged locally at US$25 plus tax per night, subject to change. 

Please note: Restaurants open on rotation.

Please note: This property may be unsuitable for guests with limited mobility as it has hills and several floors with stairs.

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.

Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 7041 reviews

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Feb 18, 2019 hollisp2014 Westampton, New Jersey

We were looking for an all inclusive resort in St. Lucia for a reasonable price. St. James Club more than delivered. Here are my impressions and tips. 1. Rooms: clean, bright, comfortable beds, plenty of towels and toiletries, and a mini fridge. We booked directly with the resort and got a better price than the on line websites, and a free… Read more
We were looking for an all inclusive resort in St. Lucia for a reasonable price. St. James Club more than delivered. Here are my impressions and tips. 1. Rooms: clean, bright, comfortable beds, plenty of towels and toiletries, and a mini fridge. We booked directly with the resort and got a better price than the on line websites, and a free upgrade to a room looking right out to the bay. If you have mobility issues, make sure you request a ground level near the pools. There are steps and elevation changes. 2. Food: Think Western Caribbean and British fare. There is a good variety. As I would rate this a three star resort, remember, you won’t get giant prawns or prime cuts of beef included on the menu. If you are a “foodie”, you will be disappointed. The food in the specialty restaurants is noticeably better than the buffet. Three of these restaurants are included in the all inclusive dining. There is a fourth that has a $35.00 per person up-charge. When you arrive, make your dinner reservations ASAP. The first night you must dine at the buffet. After that evening, you are allowed the three included speciality restaurant reservations. The first day there is a brief orientation, try to make your reservations before attending. Once you have your reservations, you can check back on other days to see if anything is available for the evening. There are hot dogs, hamburgers and some buffet items available on the beach, an ice cream man, and a coffee shop with pastries and a few savory items. You won’t go hungry. Drinks are everywhere and such a treat to sample many different cocktails at an all inclusive! 3. Staff: From the housekeepers, to the servers and waterfront employees, everyone was pleasant, helpful and efficient. They are obviously well trained. 4. Beach and pools: lots of chairs, you can find shade, many water sports are included in your package. 5. Don’t miss the beach party on Wednesday nights. Food stations, live music, entertainment, and a bonfire. Great fun. Enjoy your vacation! Read less
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Feb 16, 2019 Shellsown Toronto, Canada

We had a great time, the place was beautiful, the staff were very friendly, food was always fresh. Shout out to Joy (on the beach), he offered great excursions (cheaper than the hotel) and very accommodating. I do have a few constructive criticisms. 1) Provide entertainment, I don't mean the two guys playing instruments and singing or karaoke… Read more
We had a great time, the place was beautiful, the staff were very friendly, food was always fresh. Shout out to Joy (on the beach), he offered great excursions (cheaper than the hotel) and very accommodating. I do have a few constructive criticisms. 1) Provide entertainment, I don't mean the two guys playing instruments and singing or karaoke night, basically the only entertainment was the Wednesday night beach show. 2) Have a real snack bar, the Choc bar is mostly desserts and usually by early evening has little left. You need to offer a 24 hour snack bar with food, hamburgers/hot dogs, fries, pizza, nachos etc. 3) The bar should stay open until st least 1:00, not close at 11:30. I would recommend this resort to people looking for mostly R & R, not for anyone looking for an exciting nightlife. Read less
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Feb 16, 2019 midgers Saffron Walden, UK

After our first couple of days here I was all set to slate this resort as being too large, too chavvy and too regimented. Then some of the good points started to assert themselves and by the end of our week we felt much more sympathetic to the place. On the negative side, it is a large resort, though apparently not as large as some. It was very… Read more
After our first couple of days here I was all set to slate this resort as being too large, too chavvy and too regimented. Then some of the good points started to assert themselves and by the end of our week we felt much more sympathetic to the place. On the negative side, it is a large resort, though apparently not as large as some. It was very heavily patronised by Americans (who, to be fair, may not like English cricket supporters either). Nobody seems to be in overall charge of the ‘guest experience’, which creates the impression of a number of different empires each run for the convenience of its staff. For example, in an effort to manage demand for restaurants and prevent Teutonic beach towel style block-booking, they have a restaurant bookings desk staffed only between 8 and 3. These are not ideal hours when you are out watching cricket, so a large queue forms each morning. Reception is chronically understaffed, which means that the staff are forced to operate with all the charm of receptionists at a busy GP’s surgery. If you need cash it’s probably cheaper to take a taxi to an ATM in Castries than to use the hotel, where they fleece you twice – once on the conversion between USD and ECD and then again with a whopping 10% commission. Generally, the whole place looks in need of a lick of paint and some upgrading, not least in the scandalous lack of WiFi in the rooms, forcing guests to congregate in the lobby every morning like war correspondents trying to file their copy. The positives include delightful staff (reception excepted), a superb location with sandy beaches giving easy access both to swimming and free watersports, two good pools and a pool bar, and several good restaurants. We couldn’t face queuing to book but were able to sample most of the offerings by just turning up hopefully and asking. Pick of the crop is the a la carte Pier restaurant where you eat fresh fish and other dishes looking out over the water. The Palms restaurant (the default if you haven’t booked, and which we unkindly nicknamed ‘the canteen’) does a differently themed buffet each night of the week and is actually pretty good. The Bamboo serves much the same food but a la carte and there is also a pizza/pasta place. There is also a coffee shop which, if you are wise, you will visit en route to breakfast. On Wednesdays the size of the place comes into its own when they organise a lively beach party with food stalls, barbecues, rum shacks and lots of live music, stilt dancing, fire eating etc – this has quite an authentic feel but would come across as tacky in a smaller place. I don’t have enough experience of all-inclusive beach resorts to know where this sits. It certainly isn’t at the top but I suspect there are many worse, so I suggest that it all comes down to the deal you negotiate. Read less
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Feb 15, 2019 kkm15 kkm15

My first day here, only hope it gets better - the bell boy told us to get our own luggage! ha okay, not a problem, so why are you here? Not sure his purpose other than a body in the way of our luggage. We had to make our dinner reservations- the old librarian mean person litery said to us I will tell you what time you can go to the restaurant. … Read more
My first day here, only hope it gets better - the bell boy told us to get our own luggage! ha okay, not a problem, so why are you here? Not sure his purpose other than a body in the way of our luggage. We had to make our dinner reservations- the old librarian mean person litery said to us I will tell you what time you can go to the restaurant. Wait WHAT ! So I cant decide when I want to eat dinner - am I confused- did I just pay over $4000 to freaking be here. We had to pay for wifi in our room. we have a tiny frig in our room - we asked for water and beer in it - best response yet - go to the grocery store to fill it. I can only hope I wake up tomorrow and it gets better because honestly this has to be the worst experience I have ever delt with. So St Lucia might be a great island but I would advise this resort for consumer service is horrible. Read less
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Feb 15, 2019 geb11 Toronto, Canada

St James was a great experience and a fantastic New Year holiday . The staff were truly accommodating and friendly without exception. The food was very good, from the buffet restaurants to the a la cartes. We enjoyed virtually each offering and would not hesitate to endorse. The New Years celebration was incredibly well done and for the size of… Read more
St James was a great experience and a fantastic New Year holiday . The staff were truly accommodating and friendly without exception. The food was very good, from the buffet restaurants to the a la cartes. We enjoyed virtually each offering and would not hesitate to endorse. The New Years celebration was incredibly well done and for the size of the resort was amazing. I would say they need to continue to refresh tiles, fixtures etc. but if you come in expecting that it is not brand new, the experience outweighs this. The buffet breakfast was a family highlight and the baked roasts (a type of English muffin) are the best. The coffee shop was a hit as well. A bit removed from the airport but worth the trip for a quiet family vacation.The rooms and grounds were immaculate and always being cleaned, as was the beach. While the ocean is as some described as cloudy, the water was great, and the pools were crystal clear. Overall a great experience and I would not hesitate to recommend. Read less