Now that my wife and I are semi-retired, it frees us up to travel more. We had to turn down past offers to visit some of the finest resorts in the Caribbean but this time, we selected St. James Club. They had closed for a couple of months to renovate. We were curious to see the improvements made during the shut down.
Upon check in, my wife and I were upgraded to a Jr. Suite in the Poinciana building. They remodeled many of the rooms by replacing the flooring and updating the bathroom. The view from our room was perfect. The Rainbow Garden restaurant received a complete makeover as well. The Jacaranda Bar and Lounge had a moldy smell but was supposedly “redesigned”.
You can sense how proud they are of their property. The staff was exceptional. The grounds are well maintained. The quality and variety of food was excellent. Our british friends said the Piccolo Mondo was not worth the extra price and was “average” Italian fare. We didn’t see a need to pay the $40 US per person when the Coco Beach Restaurant, Rainbow Garden, Docksider and Eleven/11 were more that sufficient.
On the downside, free WiFi is only available in the lobby, Rainbow Garden and is spotty at best. You have the option of paying for WiFi if you would like internet access from your room, but we were not there to work!
Also, we felt slighted when we found a “No Children” pool close by. We were not welcome to use any facilities in the Royal Suite area, although the next closest “No Children” pool is a ten minute walk away. Patrick, the concierge, bemoaned to a guest how hard it was to keep the resort guests in the non-royal area from using the Royal Suite facilities. He may want to consider wristbands for the “royals” or specially colored towels that would identify them.
Overall, St. James Club is a wonderful destination for a romantic getaway and Antigua is a fantastic destination you must experience. Kudos to Elite Island Resorts!
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