Talk about paradise! My wife and I chose Secrets for our honeymoon based on value, recommendations and the 'no kids' policy. We feel like we chose well.
The first thing we noticed was the BEAUTIFUL landscaping. Everywhere you look is blooming local foliage and an island's worth of palm trees.
Then we went to check in and got our first taste of the friendly service. The front desk was busy, so we were escorted to the lounge for drinks until we could be helped. And the staff only got better from there. Everyone had a smile and a kind word at the least (and there's a small army of staff here). In particular, Owayne at the pool bar making us drinks and Alex keeping the entertainment flowing made our visit better than we could've imagined and made us feel like the whole resort was catering just to us. We would return just to see them again (and get our fill of Owayne Specials)! The room service and housekeeping are also spot on, leaving you alone when you wish and keeping the room supplied and spotless.
The food was very good, probably as good as can be expected at an all-inclusive. There are more dinner options than you can try in a week, and the Bordeaux in particular has world class meals. We did lament the lack of breakfast and lunch options a bit, and we'd recommend avoiding the burgers. That said be ABSOLUTELY SURE to get the jerk chicken from the roll-out grills at noon (just wow)! As far as drinks go, they've got rum, and the bartenders know how to use it! Most bars have just the rail liquor (which does include the local Appleton Estate rum), but you can find top shelf drinks once you know where to look. I would've appreciated a larger beer selection, but the local Red Strip and Lite version are very good.
The only reason I wouldn't recommend this place to someone is if they are looking for a stunning beach. It's very narrow, a bit rocky, and there are beds of seaweed close to shore. The clear water and coral reef right off shore make up for this in my opinion, but my wife was unimpressed.
I highly recommend Secrets St James. For the price you pay, I'm not sure you could get more. The atmosphere, staff and facilities couldn't be better. There's something for everyone and always something to do. It's a beautiful resort and deserves this rating. Just go already!
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