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we have just spent 2 fantastic weeks at the beach club at st james.
My husband our 2 children and myself had the most fantastic holiday ever.
The rooms at the beach club all have great sea views and were of the highest standard.
The food was always hot at the buffet at cocos and plenty to choose from, breakfast was a feast, so lunch was quite often a tasty chicken sandwich from the grill on the beach (go easy on suzies sauce). We were able to eat at the docksider and the rainbow gardens once a week at st james but we found the quality of food and the service far better at cocos. Picolo mondo where you pay a suppliment of around £20 per person for 3 courses coffee and drinks was very good but dont be tempted by the lobster it was by far the worst i have ever had, although my husband said his steak was the best he had ever had so dont be put off, also the chocolate rum cake was devine. You are not restricted to local drinks either, my husband quite often had a malt wiskey for a night cap, whilst i sipped a cool refreshing cocktail.
The beach on the atlantic side was bliss with the cool wind blowing most of the day, and the drinks trolley coming around quite often. Our children loved the free watersports, and the various pools to swim in.
The childrens club was great as it ran untill 10 in the evening allowing parents to enjoy a leisurley dinner, in fact our daughter liked it so much we had to restrict the time she spent there.
All the staff were excellent, this is a very well managed hotel.
The entertainment is twice a week with international crab racing and karaoke, although i think st james club has entertainment we never felt we needed it, it was nice to sit and chat in the bar at cocos. We were all so chilled out that we were tired most evenings anyhow. So if you are looking for lots of night life this is not the place to go, but if you want great service, fantastic sea views and a chance to really unwind this is the place to go.
Taxis are relatively good value, a trip to st johns will cost about £18 one way. dont forget shirley heights on a sunday night for calypso and reggae, its a must.
Also look out for elvis selling trips on the beach, they cost about the same as with virgin but there are not so many people on them.
All in all we had a fantastic time and will return in 2007 for the cricket again, my husband and son were there when lara broke his record. And one of the highlights for me was when i found a conch shell whilst snorkelling in the sea opposite our room, the staff kindly removed the conch so i could take the shell home.
The worst part of the holiday was leaving we could have easily stayed another week. It was heaven.........
Thanks to Denise (Cumbria, UK) for this trip report ...