Went to Secrets St James (pref) Feb 18 thru the 25th. On a "10 " scale:
Service/Staff-10. Rooms-10 Check in/out 10. Resteraunts- All 10s with the exception of the Italian, which rates about an 8, and Oceana, which rates about a 8 also. The wife gave the spa a 10. Ok- Now the review. Prior to going , I read all of the reviews, discarded the most negative and the ones that were all glowing. Some of the negatives I read that the property looked "dated' even though it was only 2 yrs old. Thats absurd. They were out at 9-10 pm scrubbing - scribbing the walkways with scrubbing machines and buffers. There were negative comments on the food. Was it 5 star restaurant quality. No. But the Blue Mountain was a top notch place, with its Jamaican menu. Both the French and Japaneese places were very, very good. On Fridays, they have surf and turf, buffet style. Give it a 8.No reservations needed at any of the restaurants other than the Japaneese. Long pants are required, with a collared shirt- if you want to eat inside. They will allow dress shorts out on the terrraces. Much better ambiance. Finally- the staff. None better. From check in and check out- top notch. Our consierge was a young lady named Diedre, who was fantastic.I will give a "shout out" to one particular waiter at the Blue Mountain by the name of "Ceymar" Excellant waiter. We went "Preffered Club" I cannot tell you if it was worth the extra money because I had nothing to compare it to. The St James end was much quieter. Reserve( towels and a personal item) chairs both at the pool and beach by about 8 am. And lastly, to the people that b--tch on this site about tipping.Minimum wage is about $50 per week(US) I realize that it is an all inclusive, but to me- that means, drinks, room ,food and incidentals. You are paying over $5-$6 thousand dollars a week per couple. You are going to begrudge giving a waiter who serves you breakfast $`1 or $3 or $4 at dinner and a couple dollars a day to the person who cleans your room? really?
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