We spent two weeks at Secrets St. James from 13 July and had a wonderful time. I'll keep my review short as I agree with all the other reviewers' complimentary comments regarding the staff, entertainment, drinks, food etc. and will just focus on a couple of things that don't seem to have been mentioned previously. Although it was July the resort didn't seem too busy, there was no need to get up early to put towels out, you could easily get a bed up till about 1130 every morning. St. James pool area is definitely quieter than Wild Orchid, which was great for us. Cocktails at the pool bars were very weak, I think that might be deliberate, to ensure guest safety in the pool! Just ask for an extra shot of rum! The best drinks are served in the lobby bars at both st James and wild orchid, all top shelf and pretty strong! Although we weren't in the preferred area we still managed to pick up free wifi so that was a bonus. With regard to the restaurants, we enjoyed Bordeaux the best, The Japanese was a disappointment but that's just personal taste. One area for improvement is definitely the air conditioning in the restaurants. If you decide to dine outside in Portofino or Bordeaux be prepared to eat in the dark! Once the sun goes down there is no lighting whatsoever, this could easily be rectified by stringing up some outdoor lights, don't understand why they have not done this. Although I have mentioned a couple of things that could be better we still had an absolutely amazing holiday, Brits are definitely well outnumbered by Americans but that is to be expected! If you are hesitating about booking, please just do it, you won't be disappointed. One bit of advice I strongly recommend you take is to book Club Mobay meet and greet service. We arrived on a Sunday to face a huge queue for immigration but were whizzed through and at the hotel within 40 minutes. It cost 50 dollars and was money well spent. All in all a truly amazing holiday and I wish we were still there!
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