First, let me say that I wanted to write this review back in June, upon return; however, since I had just written a (very belated review) from my last year's trip to Secrets St. James, trip advisor made me wait until August before writing this one.
Now, onto the good stuff: GO HERE. This place is AMAZING! We arrived on 6/3, and stayed until 6/9/16 (our 2nd time here), I traveled with a male friend. There are a lot of couples (honeymooners, etc); however, that never made a difference in the fun and awesomeness of this resort, nor did we feel a bit out of place or awkward, being that we are "just friends". I have read prior reviews of a few people who were not as enthusiastic about Secrets St. James- not sure exactly "what" they are accustomed to, but I have stayed in 5 star resorts, and this one is TOP NOTCH. Nice people, great food, EXCELLENT, friendly service. From the moment we arrived to the moment we departed, nothing, and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING was too much to ask. Ex: our safe in our room battery was 'low', and within less than 30 minutes, it was replaced. Extra towels? NO PROBLEM! Fridge restocked? NO PROBLEM! Jamaican apples? NO PROBLEM! Try them!! Restaurant food was superb! I especially enjoyed the French and Italian fare. My friend enjoyed the Jamaican fare (especially the oxtail). We BOTH thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast at the One World Cafe'. Staff: from the front desk to maintenance, to housekeeping to restaurant servers, water sports, bartenders alike, were nothing less than professional, friendly (A BIG shout out to O'Neill at the lobby bar!). Great team of employees here! We even hired a driver from the resort to take us to the Progressive Market to get a few local items (peppercorns, rum cream, hot sauce, chocolates) I enjoy bringing back to the states. Nice guy! EXCURSIONS: My only disappointment was not being able to take a "reading road trip" excursion this time, as they only do this once weekly, and we were not there on that particular day. This is an excursion through the Sandals Foundation, and it takes visitors to local schools to read to the children. All they ask is to bring a book- no big deal. What a great way to contribute to this wonderful country, children's literacy and education! Definitely want to do this next time. We did go snorkeling at the resort, and this was another wonderful experience. PREFERRED SIDE: we had full access to this side, and I highly recommend this. The level of quiet is just what I wanted; again, great service from the staff. The peacocks were nice to see, as well as the few cute resort kitties. There are 'small bites' of food to enjoy right inside of the lobby from the pool on the Preferred side, all day. However, if I wanted some more 'action', I just walked around to the other side of the resort pool where I engaged in trivia games and fun interaction with guests & staff alike. We also took part in the Jamaican Cooking Class on the beach- very fun and interesting! NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT: pretty good. Met some nice people from the East Coast and ended up at the Disco dancing and hanging out. Great memories!! THE SPA: WOW! WOW! WOW! All I have to say is: this resort is worth going to for the spa alone!! The treatment (I had an 80 minute massage-ahhhh!), and went through the entire hydrotherapy circuit. We stayed for about 3.5 hours enjoying all this spa had to offer. One of favorite parts of this trip was the Chocolate Party on Wednesday night!!! OMG!!! THIS party: crepes, chocolate martini's, toast your own marshmallows, 2 large chocolate (white & dark), fountains flowing, cake pops, brownies, pastries galore!!!! YUM!!!! Total Chocolate Seduction!!! Loved it! They also had a Rum Tasting event going on that evening- great time! COCO CAFE: deliciousness!! My fave drink there is the White Chocolate Satin. Do NOT miss this and the pastries, mini sandwiches and the soft serve ice cream machine. Enough Said. ROOM SERVICE: excellent and timely. I love the little butler door to put our dishes when done with them; Great concept! The beach: very comfortable chairs, and enough trees for shade if you so desire. They are building a new resort across the street called "Breathless"; most likely will be checking this one out. THE ROOM: Noise level? NO PROBLEM! We had a beach view on the 5th floor, so we never heard any construction jackhammers or loudness. The beds were THE MOST comfortable; so much that I wished I could've taken mine home! Nice soaking spa like bathtub. Good closet space. We did ask for extra pillows and clothes hangers. Once again, NO PROBLEM!! Basically, we felt so pampered, it was truly a pleasure to hand out $$ tips to these folks. They work hard, and it shows. These employees are superior representatives of the AMSTAR name and corporation who own Secrets St. James, along with many others; and they should be very proud of each and every one of them. Extremely personable people! I even had the opportunity to speak with the food and beverage director, as well as the GM of this resort; nice down to earth friendly and professional people! This is an adult-only resort, and it is just what we were looking for in a luxury, pampered, fun, relaxing vacation. Keep in mind that your vacation is WHAT YOU make of it! BOTTOM LINE: I cannot say ENOUGH about this resort. I do know that I am already planning my next (yes, my 21st) trip to JA; my 3rd stay at Secrets St. James.
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