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Shirley Heights
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Mamora Bay, Saint Paul Parish, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

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Jeff B
Kansas City, Missouri
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“We'll be back for sure!!”
Reviewed 30 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Just returned from a 2-week stay at Villa 423 in St. James Club with our 3 girls ages 4, 6 and 9 and wish we were still there!

To echo other reviews, Joanne was professional and helpful throughout the booking process and during our stay. We had a wonderful time and will for sure be booking this villa again in the future. We count on these TripAdvisor reviews when researching vacations so I'll try to contribute some helpful info for others doing the same in the future...

First, the villa itself... it has plenty of space and a fantastic location. Being in your own 3-bedroom villa, but on a property like St. James Club gives you the best of both worlds... privacy with your own space, but the security of a larger property and access to all the amenities. The villa itself is adequately appointed (we weren't blown away by the furnishings, decoration, or anything like that), but the layout is great, it has everything you need, there's plenty of space and the views are AMAZING! The private pool was also FANTASTIC and is much larger than it appears in the pictures... our 3 girls absolutely loved it. Wi-fi was fast and reliable, and they have a cable package that had just about all the same channels we get at home. Did I mention the views were AMAZING?? Wonderful breezes day and night and lots of outdoor living space on the patio and very large balcony... oh, and GREAT VIEWS!!

Some helpful tips, recommendations and things we'd do differently on our next visit...

Rent a car from the hotel rather than at the airport, and have a cab take you to and from the airport with your luggage... especially if you're from the US and not used to driving like the Brits do on the "wrong" side of the road!! There's not a road sign on the whole island, and I'm using the word "road" generously here... everyone in Antigua was very nice and helpful and we felt safe the entire visit, but the first few days driving around added stress we didn't need. You can rent cars on site as you need them at comparable rates once you're settled in, and you'll want to if you plan on leaving the resort often because cab fares are expensive. Pretty much everywhere you go you can count on a $50-100 round trip cab fare added on to the price of whatever you're doing or wherever you're going... so we'll schedule excursions and visits grouped into 2-3 day periods next time and rent a car only for those days.

Definitely schedule visits to some of Antigua's other beaches... they're worth it, and we felt safe everywhere we went on the island. We spent a day at Pigeon Point Beach not far away and wished we'd had a chance to visit a few more.

Don't miss Shirley Heights on Sunday nights... and be sure your cab driver takes you on a tour of the entire Nelson's Dockyard area on the way up so you can get out and see the views which are absolutely stunning. The food at Shirley Heights was also great... casual grill fare and salads, drinks, a steel drum band and a scenic backdrop that you have to see to believe. We also loved Stingray City and the Rainforest Canopy Tour (zip-lining) and would highly recommend those excursions... we've done similar excursions in the Caribbean and these were top notch.

The snorkeling tour you can take at the resort was also worth it and the guys from the water sports area at the resort were so great... they dove for conch shells for each of our 3 girls and treated them like royalty which made for a fun time... say hello to Sean for us when you see him!

I'd say we were under-whelmed at the restaurant options at St. James Club, but that's to be expected at an all-inclusive... mediocre and overpriced food with very slow service... so skip them, they're not worth it... and head into English Harbour (we had great food at Trappas and Life) or plan on cooking your own meals in the villa... there's no oven in the villa, but it was nice to have a charcoal grill outside and the convection microwave was handy in preparing meals as well. If the resort is having a Caribbean Night while you're there it's worth going to... we skipped it and regretted it, the food looked great and there were dancers, fire-eaters and live music... we'll go next time.

If you're going to travel there in the off-season like we did, be aware that almost all of the businesses and restaurants across the whole island are completely closed, including those in English Harbour near the resort... and I mean like shuddered shut for the season closed, not to re-open until the fall... so, either plan on cooking meals at the villa or plan on eating at the same place every night. This didn't bug us a bit as the resort was only 1/3 full so there was no waiting or claiming beach chairs early in the morning and we never saw a crowd anywhere we went... just be prepared on the food and meals front if you're traveling from Jun-Sep.

All in all we just loved this place and had a wonderful time... we've taken this type of trip in the Caribbean before and this was our best experience for sure!!

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Reviewed 13 March 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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Reviewed 7 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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Reviewed 3 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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Reviewed 3 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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