As you may already know, for my honeymoon I went to the stunning Caribbean island of St Lucia. We stayed at St James’s Club Resort & Spa.
A stunning, family-friendly all-inclusive resort set in its own little cove on the north-west side of St Lucia. They have a brilliant range of activities, fitness classes, excursions, and spa treatments so they really do cater for everyone. It certainly wasn’t cheap, but it was one of the more affordable all-inclusive resorts on the island. Especially compared to some of the other popular ones in St Lucia (COUGHSandals/JadeMountain).
When booking, we did actually look at Jade Mountain. But for the same price we paid for 11 nights at St James’s Club, we would’ve only had about 4 nights at Jade Mountain. That put it into perspective a bit so it seemed like a no brainer. One thing that was really good about St James’s Club is that it was completely all-inclusive. (Aside from the excursions and spa treatments of course). In a lot of other resorts in St Lucia, there are varying board levels which involve wristbands. But because everything at St James’s Club was included there was not a wristband in sight!
St Lucia is an absolutely gorgeous island, however, I couldn’t help but notice the vast extremes. It’s one of those places where you have either the stunning, rich resorts and houses on the west coast or the very poor, shanty towns and huts, with not much in between. St Lucia’s main airport is on the south of the island, so I remember on the transfer from the airport to the resort things to myself “Why have we come here?”
We’d booked one of St James’s Club’s Deluxe Ocean View Rooms. My husband told me he’d booked a garden view, so it was a lovely surprise when we checked in and we arrived at our gorgeous ocean view room. These rooms are all located at the top of the hill, which I have mostly mixed feelings about. It gave a truly spectacular view over the rest of the resort. The turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea and the twinkling lights of Castries was just magical. But it was an absolute bitch of a climb up from the beach, pool, and lounge areas. (Although saying that, if I hadn’t had to do that climb at least twice a day for almost two weeks, I probably would’ve left two stone heavier after all the food and drink I consumed).
So the location of our room was probably a blessing in disguise!
These rooms may not be ideal for anyone with mobility problems, however. You can go to reception and they’ll take you up to the room in a buggy so there are ways to get around it. But knowing how many times a day we went to and from our room it may not be the most practical solution.
Our room was spotlessly clean and spacious with sliding doors and a small terrace looking out over the ocean. It had air conditioning, a fridge, and wifi access so it really had everything we needed. We were lucky enough to be on the ground floor so we were able to go in and out of the sliding doors instead of going all the way around to the front door. (Even though you’re not supposed to do that.)
Food & Drink
St James’s Club has six amazing restaurants, five bars and a lovely little cafe. The food and drink were so delicious and one of my favourite parts of our stay – surprise surprise.
Honestly, we were so well catered for that by the end of our holiday I’d genuinely forgotten what being hungry felt like.
Five of the six restaurants at St James’s Club required a dinner reservation. On the first night, we ate at The Palms which offers a different style buffet every day. The Palms was also one of the two restaurants which served breakfast. (The other being Bambou). The Palms also served lunch while we were there. We went to St Lucia in June which was during the rainy season, so it was very quiet.
Bambou was probably my favourite of all their restaurants. The food was gorgeous and the beachfront view was to die for. The food was ‘fancy’ enough to give an upscale experience, but there was still enough choice to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
I also loved Morgan’s Pier because it stretched out over the ocean which gave it such a romantic atmosphere. The food at Morgan’s Pier’ was mainly fresh seafood which is great for seafood and fish lovers. But, if you’re not into that you may struggle to find something to your taste on certain nights.
The other restaurant which we ate at was Treetops which serves Italian Pizza and Pasta. Right up my street!
There was also an adorable little family of kittens just outside Treetops which obviously brought me an irrational amount of joy)
They do have another restaurant called Le Jardin which was a more upscale, fine dining restaurant. This one wasn’t included in the all-inclusive and so they charged $35 per person. We chose not to eat there because even though it did sound delicious, the food in all the other restaurants was so good and we decided we’d rather put that $70 towards a spa treatment or an excursion.
Finally, they have the Plum Tree Grille which serves light snacks and is located by the family pool. Honestly, that was exactly the reason we didn’t go there. We were on our honeymoon and we wanted to stay in the adult parts of the resort, but it would be a great option for families.
Most of the restaurants require a reservation (apart from The Palms). To make a booking you need to go to the dinner reservations desk in the lobby every day. When you first arrive you can book your dinners for up to a week in advance. After that first week, you need to go back each morning and book for that evening. This is so that all new guests get a chance to try each restaurant at least once. Although, it was so quiet when we were there it was never a problem.
Also, some restaurants were closed on some evenings and the menus rotated every couple of days, so it was good to go to the desk anyway so you knew all the up-to-date menus. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t know what I’m going to be in the mood for in three days time, so I was fine with having to book on the day.
Here are a few of the sample menus at St James’s Club.
Now onto the bars, and hands down my absolute favourite of them all was the Lazy Lagoon Pool Bar. Ordering a drink from a swim-up bar has been on my bucket list for the longest time. And I have absolutely no shame in telling you that on our first morning I was there at 10 am waiting for them to open so I could finally tick it off my list.
To be fair it wasn’t just the first day I was there at 10 am…
The Hilltop Pool Bar was also great as it was an adults-only bar, and it had a stunning view over the beach and the ocean. I loved this bar in particular because it was so peaceful being so far away from everything else (and it had wifi).
Oh, and how could I forget the Tiki Bar! Picture this, you’re on the beach working on your tan, and you’re in dire need of a cocktail. But the thought of getting up is just too much to effort to muster right now. All you need to do is hold up one of the red flags they give you, and someone will bring your choice of drink directly to your sun lounger. Why is this not a thing everywhere else? Can this be a thing, please!? I could’ve definitely gotten used to that.
They also had the Sunset Bar & Lounge, which was great in the evening because every night there was some form of entertainment. The Choc Bay Cafe which wasn’t so much a bar but a nice place where you could get a tea & cake in the afternoon, and the Plum Tree Bar at the family pool.
They have a pretty extensive cocktail menu which I certainly did not hesitate to plough my way through. I’d recommend the PBC (Passion Fruit, Banana, Coconut Rum), BBC (Banana, some kind of Irish Cream (Baileys?), Coconut Rum), Mango Schnapps, Passion Fruit Mojito, and their famous Bob Marley.
Oh, what I’d give to have another PBC…
Another thing worth mentioning here is the BBQ which is held on the beach every Wednesday night. I really wish I’d known about this before we went, so we could’ve made sure we were there for more than one Wednesday because it was just incredible. All the restaurants close for the night, and they move all the chairs and tables out onto the beach. They serve a buffet of all kinds of meats, fish, and salads and they also do a hog-roast and a Mojito bar. Then after the food, there are performances from stilt walkers, Caribbean dancers and fire eaters which was so cool! It was so entertaining and the night as a whole had such a great atmosphere. I’d definitely recommend making sure you’re there for at least one of these amazing nights!
At the time, I wasn’t a vegan. I wasn’t even a vegetarian. So, I had no problem finding things to eat because I had no restrictions. They do cater fairly well for vegetarians, but at the time there were very little vegan options available. I think if I went back now, I’d struggle to find things to eat unless they’ve improved their vegan selection since 2017.
Everyone knows I love a good spa treatment. I always complain to my husband that I have what I call “chronic life-ache” (which actually turned out to be Fibromyalgia). There’s nothing I love more than a massage in order to completely relax. The spa was conveniently located in the same part of the resort as our room was (it’s like they knew!).
It is a bit of a climb up to the top of the hill from the pool area, but in my opinion, it just makes any treatment you have better, in a weird way? Like you have to really earn your massage. It was just the best feeling to be a completely knackered and sweaty hot mess from climbing up that awful hill, then enter the threshold of the beautiful, air-conditioned spa. That must be what it feels like when you walk through the gates to heaven.
Also, it’s nice that the spa is out of the way of the pool and beach so it makes for a really peaceful experience.
The spa has a wide range of treatments from massages to facials, nails to body wraps, and hairdressing to waxing. They also offer an early bird special every day. If you book either a Classic Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Exotic Sea Salt Massage, or an Aroma Stones Massage between the hours of 9-11 am, it would only cost $87 instead of the normal price of around $115. Because I struggled to get used to the time difference, I was always up early anyway so that was perfect for me. First I had a Swedish Massage with Anika which was amazing. It was probably one of the best massages I’ve ever had. She also recommended the Exotic Sea Salt Massage, which was a Sea Salt Body Scrub followed by the Swedish Massage. I booked that to have on my penultimate day with Anika again because she was just fabulous.
If only the treatments were all-inclusive then I kid you not, I would have had every single one! Note that if you are sunburnt DO NOT HAVE A BODY SCRUB BECAUSE YOU WON’T HAVE ANY SKIN LEFT AFTERWARDS.
Activities & Entertainment
You’ll never be bored at St James’s Club, that’s for sure. Every day they have a different list of activities displayed on the board in the sunset lounge. The various activities are a great way to have fun and also meet a lot of the other guests. They do table tennis tournaments, salsa dancing, corn toss, water volleyball, and a range of fitness classes like aqua aerobics, yoga, pilates and a lot more. You can get most of the sports equipment on www.tennisracquets.com/collections/volkl-racquets. I didn’t actually do any of the classes because I would have been less than useless. But my husband did play water volleyball a few times which he really enjoyed.
There’s also a water sports shack located next to the beach, where you can sign up for one of the many water sports they have to offer. I’m not a very good swimmer so I didn’t do many of them. (Basically, I was being a huge baby). But my husband did quite a few of them. He went snorkelling there which he said was good, but there was so much more to see when we went on Joy’s cruises and he went snorkelling between the Pitons. So, if you’re really into your snorkelling I’d recommend doing that instead.
We also hired out the kayak’s a couple of times, where
we rowed he rowed us out to a tiny beach nearby which was only accessible by water. It was lovely just to stop there and chill out on the sand by ourselves for a little bit.
They also do water skiing which he tried but it’s a lot harder than it looks!
Every evening (aside from the Beach party on Wednesdays) there was some kind of entertainment in the sunset lounge which was great fun. They would have live music, DJ sets or karaoke which was so funny to watch. It was a great place to go after dinner for a few drinks and to unwind from a very stressful day of sunbathing and eating.
There are so many amazing excursions on offer it was just a shame we couldn’t afford to do them all! Visit the tours desk in the main lobby and you’ll be completely spoilt for choice at which excursion to take. Some of the tours they offer include water tours on their own Catamaran called the Calypso Cat, Zipline Adventures, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Deep Sea Fishing, Tropical Jeep Safari, Rainforest Skyrides, and so many more.
One that we really wanted to do was called Martinique Splendour, where you cruise to the nearby French island of Martinique for the day. It sounded amazing but it was about $200 each so unfortunately, it was too expensive. We did meet another couple who went and said it was amazing, so if you have the budget for it then I’d definitely recommend it.
One excursion we did do though was the Lover’s Rock Sunset Cruise.
The Lover’s Rock Cruise was $60 each and quite honestly this was my highlight of the entire trip. This cruise is only available on Fridays, so make sure you make time for it. You are picked up in the lobby at 4 pm and driven to Rodney Bay where you board the Calypso Cat. Then you slowly cruise down the west coast of St Lucia towards Marigot Bay, listening to romantic music, enjoying champagne and canapés, and taking in the beautiful scenery with your loved one. Once you arrive at Marigot Bay they take you on a quick tour around the Bay and explain what’s there. (They also tell you about all the celebrity houses that are there). Then you head back out to watch the sunset.
At the beginning of the trip, it was so cloudy and we just assumed that we wouldn’t get much of a sunset. But then when the sun actually went down we were treated to the best sunset of our entire honeymoon.
Another wonderful thing that St James’s Club offers is packages for weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals, and anniversaries. They have a number of wedding packages available, and you can either get married in the beautiful gazebo overlooking the ocean or on the beach itself. St Lucia would make for an absolutely stunning wedding destination. Their bolt-on honeymoon package sounds lovely too if you have the budget for it. You’ll get a bottle of champagne and commemorative glasses, a 50-minute couples massage, a celebration dinner for two, a room upgrade (subject to availability), and more. You can also book a private dinner for two either on the beach or in the beachside gazebo. I can’t remember how much it was off the top of my head but I seem to remember it was fairly expensive.
- The Wifi in the public areas (lobby & sunset lounge) was actually very good. I’d read online that it was rubbish but I never had any trouble with it.
- Every staff member we met and spoke to was so friendly, and they couldn’t do enough for you and you could just tell they loved what they do.
- The gift shop was great and sold a great variety of essentials and souvenirs.
- The Welcome drink on arrival gives a great start to your holiday!
- They often showed sports on the TV in the lounge area.
- The hairdryer in the room was pants – take your own.
- There was no plug near the mirror, so I was unable to use my hair appliances for most of the trip.
- There were a couple of shady characters lurking around the public beach on a couple of the nights, I think they may have been trying to sell drugs.
- We could still hear the entertainment from our room late at night. It wasn’t too much of a problem for us but for anyone with a young family it might be more of an issue.
If you’ve actually made it this far, you’re a hero and you deserve a bloody medal! If you want to read about what else I got up to on my honeymoon in St Lucia, click here.
I hope you’ve found this review helpful if you’re thinking about booking this resort and have any questions then get in touch!
Have you been to St Lucia?