We just got back from this wonderful resort & had a great 7 days. Keep in mind that St. James & Wild Orchid are all 1 resort with different room styles. They share all the same bars, restaurants,pools & other facilities. I did not see a real advantage to getting the room upgrade. The beach & pool areas that came with the upgrade seemed equally occupied although I think the upgrade areas had nicer pool & beachside chairs. We were not pressured to change our room status.Check in was a breeze & we were greeted with cooled refreshing towels & champaign. Food & restaurants were outstanding. Room was clean & comfortable. Furniture was nice & well maintaned. One almost funny feature of the rooms were some post construction ammendments: the shower will leak if you don't close the door just right. It looks like they may have installed extra sealers around the door to address this, but it is hardly a reason to complain. Also, there was a sliding glass door to seal off the bathroom from the rest of the room. There must have been some problems here as well because 1/2 of of the door is now solidly immovable & the other half has been removed. Again, not a big deal. The grounds were beautiful with ever present peacocks,parrots (& geckos). The beach is plenty long & again well maintained. You won't find any empty glasses, tobacco butts or seeweed on the beach or around the pool (more on that topic later) They do not have alot of activities during the day but lots of evening entertainment. (My wife & I are never big on this, nor do we bar hop much) The Staff & management could not have been better !!! Some were friendy & effusive, others quiet & efficient. None were rude. All were professional. Bar service was very good. Drinks seemed fine to me with not a hint of cheap booze, except for the beer where I am admittidly a snob. Attention management: please get something on tap that is high end : Sam Adams or Blue moon. Change it up every so often. Red Stripe & Miller Light are well below this excellent resort's standards. Also the gym should be at least twice as large. There was not enough equipment & wait times were to long. The only downside to this resort was actually some of the guests themselves. Apparently this resort attracts a higher than average number of entitled demanders, shrieking harpies, whiny malcontents, drunken louts & 3 ppd chain smokers.It started almost as soon as we arrived & from then on the atrocious behaviour never stopped. I often felt bad for the staff & found myself looking for a hole to crawl in. Smoking is only allowed outside, but it will bother you if you have clean pink lungs. It is to bad they don't have smoking & non-smoking beach & pool areas. At least 1/3 of the guests smoked so if you don't , this may not be the resort for you. We will be back & still consider this a favorite resort.
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