The tropics are calling your name and now you have to answer the call. Do not fret, because St. James Montego Bay Resort is just waiting for someone like you! St. James Montego Bay Resort in Jamaica has white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and breathtaking views of natural scenery. Here is everything you need to know before you book your ticket to Secrets St. James!
I’m writing this blog post from a luxurious, adult only, all-inclusive resort, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It’s my second day here and I’m already starting to feel extremely relaxed. I’ve spent hours at the breathtaking beach and I’ve had several drinks at the pool. There’s even a spa on site, which means that I can get pampered without leaving the property! However, if you’re looking for more adventure, there are plenty of free things to do nearby such as, kayaking, paddle boarding, and…the list goes on and on! I’lltalk more about that in a minute.
Two Connected Properties
Secrets St. James, offers visitors a more peaceful and relaxing retreat, while Secrets Wild Orchid is the place for those looking to party. Guests of either resort have “free flow” access that allows them do explore both properties at will! Both share the same restaurants and shopping centers. For the record, I did not see a difference between the Wild Orchid side verses the St James side. We spent most of our times at both pools and both were equally beautiful. I did notice the crowds at both resorts seem to be around 50 plus. I do believe these resorts are geared towards older couples who are expecting a relaxing vacation. This is 100% my perception, and as a travel agency owner I will let my clients know my perception. Not everyone wants to hang out with the young party crowd and vice-versa.
The rooms are exactly what you would want in such an upscale establishment. They are spacious yet cozy, with all sorts of modern amenities for guest convenience; including complimentary WIFI, which works best in your room. Sadly, the WIFI can be spotty throughout the resort. However, on a brighter note, there isn’t anything more relaxing than sitting on those balcony chairs, while sipping some coffee in the morning; enjoying amazing views of the emerald green water. You can’t help but feel like a king or queen after taking luxurious bubble baths with views of the ocean. I thought the rooms were stunning. Check out my video.
Most importantly, the rooms come with a fully stocked fridge, coffee maker with coffee/tea supplies, and steamer for clothes (jack pot). Unfortunately, the room did not come with robes, which is strange considering the resort is considered a “luxury resort”. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the room was cleaned everyday, which is extremely rare post-COVID, because it seems like most resorts are trying to save money by eliminating daily house cleaning. Boo!
The beaches at this resort in Jamaica are stunning! I love how calm the clear water is along with all of the amazing views of the mountains! The hostess will continue to provide you with free drinks, so don’t forget to sit back and enjoy them! Also, on a rainy day, you will see clear jelly fish swimming around. but do not fear! Those Jellyfish do not sting. We even saw the life guard pick up a jellyfish to prove to us it was 100% safe. On a side note, the benches on the beach are not as comfortable as the ones at the pool. If you are looking for comfort, I suggest relaxing on a pool bench at one of the two pools on property. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the music and fun atmosphere. Do not worry, it never gets too wild or crazy.
The food is included, hence “all-inclusive” resort. The two resorts share the same restaurants and they have several resturants to select from, such as: Seaside Grill (by the pool), Bordeaux (French), Blue Mountain (Jamaican), El Patio (Mexican), Portofino (Italian), and World Cafe (buffet). There is one restaurant that requires a reservation in advance, which is the Himitsu (Asian). Sadly, we tried every restaurant and I starved most of the vacation. I spoke with several friends on the vacation and they LOVED the food. I wouldn’t say my standards are super high, but I prefer savory food. I couldn’t find one restaurant or one good “go to item” on the trip. I was told maybe the food was bad because it’s in Jamaica. Nope, I’ve been to Jamaica and the food has always been excellent. As far as “dress code” we wore shorts and flip flops almost every night. Most all-inclusives are extremely picky with their dinner dress code, but we never had that issue at this resort. For those of you who do not want to dress up for dinner every night while on vacation, this spot is for you.
There are several free activities the resort offers, such as: guided snorkeling, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, and wind surfing. There are on-site activities that cost a small fee, such as: parasailing, tubing, knee boarding, waterskiing, banana boating, glass bottom boats, snorkeling trips, bottom fishing, and deep-sea fishing. I was disappointed, because several of the items listed above are complimentary at most comparable resorts. The evening activities have a laid-back piano bar feel.
Coffee with liquor!
This was one of my favorite spots and the coffee is free. This is literally a coffee bar! Yummy!
Entry & Return Requirements
All you need is an Antigen Test ($50) 3 days from date of travel and to complete a Travel Authorization ($0) at www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/. It’s that simple and no vaccine is required. You must have a PCR test completed before returning to the USA. However, this resort has a Covid testing center onsite and results are back within a hour. “If there’s a will, there’s a wave”.
It is time to relax in the sunshine! Secrets St. James Resort offers all of that and more with its pristine beachfront location, nice amenities, and endless opportunities for relaxation. Escape your busy life at work or home by booking a trip to a resort today! Let Glam Escapes Travel Agency book it for you so you can sit back knowing everything has been taken care of from start to finish. You and your friends deserve some me-time after all!