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“Beautiful Resort lacking in all-inclusive”

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St. James's Club Morgan Bay
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Gros Islet
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Resort is lovely with 3 different pool locations and a private small beach. The sunsets are truly amazing. The resort is lacking in the all-inclusive by not having any drinks stocked in the mini-fridge; not even water or soft drinks. These you need to buy at the gift shop. There is only one restaurant which does not require reservations and they only allow reservations 3 days in advance. Definitely worth making reservations to Morgan's Pier, Tree Top and Bambou. If you're flexible with day and time, not a problem. Unfortunately the elevator was under construction in the 900 building. Book the Bean to Bar tour; definitely worth it $140. They take you on a catamaran to Soufriere then hop on van to Hotel Chocolat to learn how to make chocolate which includes a lunch at the hotel restaurant. which food items include some form of chocolate. Afterwards its off to the mud bath which is an experience in itself, followed by van return to catamaran which will take you to a beach for swimming and snorkeling. The return on the catamaran is around sunset and they offer hor devours and drinks and basically is a party back to shore. Tip - buy a round trip airport transfer prior to your arrival in St.Lucia. Much cheaper for solo travelers. Expedia offers it at a price of $100 round trip but the representative in St. Lucia will not allow you to book it there. If you do not purchase ahead of time the cost is about $80 - $85 each way.

Room Tip: Choose a room in the 1200 area and high floor. There is only 5 floors. This is up a hilly area but...
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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5  Thank M E
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

This was my first time in St. Lucia and it was a wonderful experience. This resort was recommended to me by a friend of mine who comes here very often. My twin sister and I were celebrating our 25th birthday and decided to stay here for 7 days. We paid for a Round-Trip Airport Transfers to avoid hassle on trying to find a cab to our hotel and I will recommend that, plus from what I heard from other travels, taking a cab is more expensive. It is about 1 hour to 1 hour and a half drive from the airport to your hotel, which I really didn't mind because you really get a nice feel of the South side of the country. I saw it as a mini tour before arriving to your hotel.
When we entered our room a delicious piece of cake and a birthday card from the general manager was waiting for us. That was sweet and we really appreciated that.
The food and drinks were AMAZING. I particularly loved the Mojitos and BBC. At times when I wanted a non- alcoholic drink, Pretty eyes and another drink made with cranberry juice, sprite, and a sweet and sour mix was my choice.
The staffs were all very welcoming. We enjoyed the night entertainment and dancing with the staffs and travelers. The performers like to get the audience involved, which I liked. We also did Joy’s land and Boat Tour and had a blast. Despite the rain, we danced and laughed in the rain while on the boat and had a good time. One thing you cannot control is the weather so you might as well make the best of it. I would recommend doing Joy’s tour.
There are a lot of water activities and we took advantage of it. We did the banana boat for the first time and OMG it was scary, since we don’t swim even though we had a life vest on, but oh so much fun at the same time. We did it twice. There’s so much to do on the resort.
The beach is nice and waiters give you a red flag to stick on the back of your chair if you would like another drink.
Thank you so much for making our stay here a memorable one. We definitely plan on coming back here in the near future.

PS don't forget to bring your OFF spray.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Juliette B
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

I stayed at St. James Morgan Bay with my wife for an anniversary trip all last week. The resort has a local feel to it with open air concept dining, bars, and lobby. My excursions are what made the trip for us. We snorkeled at Pigeon Island, dove with Scuba Steve (highly recommend), and Joys Cruise.

The food was a disappointment for us. This is the first all inclusive I've ever been to that you actually had to pay extra just to get a steak. My wife and I got the Kebobs thinking the steak pieces on that would suffice but it was all fat. Luckily we found the Italian Restaurant, "Tree Tops" that we were able to get normal tasting food for the rest of the trip.

The room was great. We were in building 12 and were upgraded to a suite in the same building. The view from building 12 and 11 are fantastic. Night entertainment is loud right up until 11 and sometimes over so being high up on the hill really helped.

The entertainment was weak. The resort is very boring if you are not content with reading a book all day. And yes, I know the concept of an all-inclusive resort but I've been to other resorts where the the thought of boredom never crossed my mind.

The beach was not white sand and the pier restaurant cuts the beach space down considerably.

Overall, it just doesn't provide the "Wow" or "Now this is a vacation" moment" moments . You get the feeling like they are making strides to be a great resort but they are still and long ways away from making that a reality. I would suggest going to one of the three Sandals resorts on the island instead.

Room Tip: Anything in Building 11 or 12
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Zach C
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

This resort is a very relaxing and enjoyable place to be; whether you are alone, with your partner or family. It is essentially a home away from home.
My personal jingle for St. James Club (SJC) is "Excellent service + Excellent cuisine + Excellent accommodation = Excellent vacation." I would recommend SJC to anyone because its the perfect getaway.

Room Tip: It really doesn't matter which room you are at. as long as you are on the compound of SJC you wi...
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Darin S
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

St James Morgan bay gros islet is a nice place to stay for the price. (If you can afford Sandels then go to Sandels but this place was fine for our budget). It's not a brand new resort but it is clean and they are updating the facility, food was very good at bamboo for breakfast and dinner, plum grill was good for lunch, tree top was good for Italian and they have gluten free pasta. Beach front in 500 block was true beach front. 600 & 700 blocks are more pool view and noisy from pool and nightly entertainment. 1200 & 1100 blocks are up a hill but true ocean view. The staff are fantastic, funny and very friendly! Swim up pool bar is great. Water sports were fun but have to sign up early in morning especially if a beginner. Also Water is not turquoise but very clean and nice to swim in, so plan on st Thomas or other island if expecting turquoise water.

Also I would recommend using St Lucia airport shuttles. Janus was very helpful with the transfer from the hotel and cheaper than using our hotel. If you can afford the helicopter to resort... do that!!! The road are falling apart and missing in a few sections from previous storms. If you go by car it's a long drive after a long flight!

Would also highly recommend doing Joy's cruise to volcano, waterfall, lunch, very good snorkeling and rum drinking on speed boat for one of your day tours!!! That was the highlight of our trip.

Zip-lining was good for a rainy cloudy day. Wear an old dark color clothing though! Must be able to climb stairs.

Also I would say bring small dollar bills $1,$5, $10 with you for tips and smaller bartering purchases around the island. It's hard to get small change in us money if you come with $20. You'll also end up with a lot of Caribbean money that way.

Rum tour was only worth going to find which types of rum I prefer. If you know which you like then save your money and spend the day at the beach and just buy duty free at uvf airport before you leave!!! We also purchased admiral Rodney aged rum recommended by tour guide. Can also get vanilla essence/spices at airport gift shop for a dollar more than what I bartered in the Castries market.

Fun time, hot & humid, buggy in some areas away from resort..bring bug spray. Most buggy was Marigot bay.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
3  Thank Dawn H
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Excellent complex, food, drink, activities and most of all the staff were brilliant. We will go back for sure. The restaurants where all quality in there own right. Great place for families and couples.

Room Tip: Request the higher floors for better view of the sea.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank podgey36
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

This is your typical and affordable get away for family with kids. The resort boasts of 6 restaurants, 6 bars, 4 pools and 1 beach. Ideal for teenagers, kids and parents in need of alone time. The rooms are clean, food is tasty and the staff is outstandingly accommodating and very friendly. There is a kids' club, kids' play park with kids' pool with never ending stream of food and drink.

Parents, this is your home away from home when traveling with kids.

Room Tip: The hilltop rooms provide the ocean view but are generally too far away from the main entertainment...
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Chela B
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Address: Choc Bay | St. Lucia, Gros Islet, St. Lucia (Formerly Morgan Bay Beach Resort)
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Gros Islet Quarter > Gros Islet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 Luxury Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 Family Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 Romantic Hotel in Gros Islet
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Gros Islet
Price Range: £190 - £534 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — St. James's Club Morgan Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 345
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape from reality at the four-star St. James's Club Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia - A fun, relaxing, and casually elegant Caribbean beach resort famous for its friendly staff, amazing tropical gardens and great service. St. James's Club Morgan Bay is an excellent choice for couples, families, weddings, honeymoons, family reunions and more. This resort has 345 rooms in total for its Caribbean vacationers to choose from. Guests can relax and enjoy terrific garden view, beachfront, ocean view and suite accommodations. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Morgan Bay Beach Hotel Gros Islet
Almond Morgan Bay Beach Hotel
Almond Morgan Bay St Lucia
Almond Bay St Lucia
St. James's Club Morgan Bay St. Lucia/Gros Islet

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