Secrets St James Montego Bay review from a local Jamaican that stayed at this hotel recently for a birthday getaway. The staff, amenities and room service of this Montego Bay resort left a great impression on me.
My two-night stay at Secrets Resort Montego Bay was amazing! Especially since I have now dubbed it my
Secrets St James Montego Bay Amenities
For the quick rundown of exactly why it has taken the top spot, here yah go:
- adult only all-inclusive beachfront resort
- top-shelf liquor inclusive
- pristine beaches
- delicious a-la-carte dining options
- a very lovely, cozy room
- premium adult channels
- non-corny entertaining nightlif
Also, the property is pristenly kept and absolutely gorgeous. Love the peacocks walking around on full display too.
There’s a bed hanging from a tree hammock style just off to the right of this picture that came in so handy after one too many scotch on the rocks while hitting the piano bar.
I arrived just in time for lunch and opted to hit the buffet instead of the poolside grills.
The Food at Secrets Resorts Jamaica
I know from previous experiences that poolside grills serve pizza, burgers, hot dogs and jerk chicken. That wasn’t so for this property, but more on that later.
At the buffet, I had shrimp, chicken
I have never been a fan of the food at all-inclusive hotels. It can all kinda taste like mass-produced canteen food.
Hedonism changed that perception for me and Secrets has now totally surpassed that.
After lunch, a quick walk around the property was necessary and as I began to explore I was able to take in the sheer beauty of the place. I wondered if it was a new property as it was certainly well maintained.
At the end of my walk it was just about sunset time and although the clouds prevented what I know was a spectacular one, it was still perfect. Sitting out just over the ocean view with a single malt scotch on the rocks was heavenly.
At dinner time, I realised that the buffet was not an option, a la carte dining only. Don’t mind if I do. We chose from the restaurants available, French, Italian, Jamaican and Japanese. I chose French.
I’m so glad I did. The food was outstanding and the wine was served in humongous Olivia Pope-
It also set the tone for the evening. I went dancing under the stars to the house band and then sat at a piano bar and sang songs I didn’t know with the handful of other guests all night long.
I had an amazing time which says something about what I’m used to from all-inclusive resort entertainment. I left there looking something like this.
But hey, my hair looked great! That rainfall-style shower in my junior suite did wonders for my wash and go.
Yeah, it’s never pretty but always so yummy. Absolutely nothing green, SMH. There’s usually a mountain of bacon and French toast so these minimal servings was me trying to not completely fall off the 7 day meal plan.
After breakfast, I went and posted up on the beach with a dirty banana. I did not want to move. The beach was so so perfect! I laid out right at the very edge.
It could not have been a more perfect day out.
That sailboat off in the distance behind me ended up capsizing and they had to race out there on a dingy to go help them.
Adventure and excitement for my viewing pleasure. At about
Then at around
Remember how I was saying I don’t trust poolside grills? Yeah. This is one side of the menu that I ordered from. There was more. What did I get? Oh… everything…
I’m not gonna show you dessert. I gotta draw the line somewhere! And of course, with nothing else but laying out on the beach on my agenda, I did nothing to work all this food off so by the time dinner rolled around I was absolutely not gonna make it.
I went down to the Italian restaurant still, surely I had to try the lasagne, but I decided it wasn’t worth finishing and so I hit the dance floor instead.
There was bonfire dancing and then there was in the club dancing. I’m so happy the grill is open for you to catch a bite to eat on your way to your room after hours.
I chose to sleep in the next morning and had a shrimp salad and a reggae wrap that was absolutely delicious for lunch. I was trying to take it down a notch from all the overeating. Something.
The upgraded experience made me wonder about my future travel plans. I was just on Twitter having a discussion about budget travel.
I’ve been following a few travel blogs, drawn to the idea of backpacking through Europe or Asia but I’m not completely sold on all the way low-budget.
You’ll never catch me in a hostel, think I’m over that… generation? Maybe a villa or a guest house type scenario. But I don’t think I want to travel on a nickel and dime budget when I do.
Secrets St James Montego Bay Review
All this to say, my Secrets St James Montego Bay review is a 5-star! Put in on your list of places to stay in Jamaica.
My weekend there was fun and I shall definitely return. Matter of fact, if I go to another country where the chain is I may be enticed to stay there. Have you been? What’s your
And do you prefer budget or luxury travel?