Sandals Grande Antigua
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Beautiful rooms, excellent service and world class dining. Like most of the Sandals Resorts, the Grande Antigua is top notch and treats its guest with only the best in hospitality. It is not surprising that this resort has been awarded a Six Star Diamond Award for hospitality. Great for couples.
Please note: Sandals Grande Antigua will be closed for maintenance work beginning late September 2017 through the winter.
Voted The World's Leading Honeymoon Resort, the Sandals Grande Antigua boasts a dazzling array of inclusions. Imagine champagne breakfasts - in bed! Beach valets to offer misting bottles of fragrant water for instant refreshment. A restaurant with white glove service, and a late night Seafood and Caribbean experience. No wonder they call Sandals the "ultra all-inclusive resorts"!
Check in - painful it took too long the concierge messing around with the IPad asking us to fill in details? Rooms - We stayed in the villa with pool butler suite - it was a nice suite comfy bed and cleaned to a high standard Food - Average really nothing special the kitchen in the Italian was also very dirty - our favourite was the beach restaurant Pools - lovelyBeach - beautiful the butler service was great as we always got a bed and drinks Staff - very accommodating annoying that you can't tip Overall I was really disappointed I expected Luxury and it's not that - very overpriced for what you get The beach does have hawkers selling goods but they are very polite - just remember it's a public beach
After reading all the great reviews and seeing this hotel was voted the most romantic hotel in the world, I thought this would be the perfect place for a bit of R&R with my partner. The reality however was very different. Don't get me wrong, the hotel itself, the facilities, food, rooms and service were excellent. Our issues were more with the kind of guests that stay here. With it being an adults only hotel, I naturally assumed we were in for a quiet relaxed time. However within 5 minutes of walking down to the main swimming pool area, seeing the rows and rows of sun loungers, the giant speakers pumping out unbelievably loud music, people playing beer pong, volley ball etc etc, myself and my partner looked at each other with a silent "Oh no what have we done" smile. As a result neither of us used any of the 6 swimming pools during our week's holiday. The 2 biggest pools either had shouting drunk people playing volley ball, or music so ear deafeningly loud we couldn't stand it. The other 4 pools are very small and secluded with no views, so we didn't really see the point of hiding in a complex of apartments rather than have the views of the ocean. Thankfully we always managed to find a couple of sunbeds, but you do have to search for them. A lot of the clientele seem to be out at 7am and finished by about 1pm, so if you're like us and like to have a lazy breakfast, followed by a trip to the gym, a game of tennis or a scuba dive, then you'll be fine. However if you're there to laze by the pools or on the beach all day, you'll have to get up early! We stayed in the Mediterranean Club section on the ground floor right at the end. Our room itself was very spacious, the terrace was only big enough for a small table and 2 chairs. Next door had a bigger terrace with sun loungers, but not sure if this is a grade of room higher than ours. The mini bar is great and stocked with full sized bottles of spirits and wines, including sparkling wine, replenished every day. The bathroom is huge, with a big rain shower cubicle, jacuzzi bath, large bottles of toiletries, bathrobes etc You really can't fault the rooms, however in the unlikely event that I return here, I'd go for the Caribbean section. The Med is just a ginormous hotel block, the Caribbean section are little bungalows or 2 storey blocks, which look much nicer, they're also closer to the beach and away from the main pool with all its noise. As an aside, if you book a villa with private pool be aware that some of these are right next to these giant stage style speaker/amplifiers that start with the terrible music from around 10am, so no chance of a lie in for those poor people.Whilst there we used the gym and the tennis courts, which were great. I'm PADI qualified so dived for 3 days. Word of warning, you need your actual licence card, they seem unwilling to look you up on the PADI site if you forget it. The dive boat is very good and you'll go mainly wreck diving, however another word of warning. I've been diving for 20 years and never seen beginners treated in such a bad way. On my first dive there were 3 people doing the Discover Scuba course, not one of them actually made it on the dive. Speaking to them afterwards they said they weren't even told they would have to jump in from a boat! They were left to set up their own equipment (1 woman nearly jumped in with her air off), so 2 go in the sea and came straight out as they were so panicked. They weren't told how to descend slowly, this resulted in 1 poor chap shooting up and down top to bottom of the sea 3 times before he gave up and got out. On my second dive 1 man ascended too quickly after his regulator came out and got the bends, he was taken to hospital as soon as we got back. So if you do want to dive here, I'd recommend qualifying elsewhere before, I wouldn't let my partner, who has done 3 Discover Scuba dives, use these facilities.So to the restaurants. All the food is good and you only really have to book at the Teppanyaki restaurant. The best food we had was at the sushi place, we hadn't booked so sat at the bar and watched everything being prepared in front of us. We also loved the beef ribs at the Tex-Mex place. I found the Teppanyaki restaurant only ok, to be honest the chef was really irritating whilst trying to put on his show. We'd have preferred it if he just kept quiet and cooked! However they cater for a certain clientele at this hotel and I'm afraid we weren't it! All the restaurants seemed very quiet in the evening, we presumed most of the guests got so drunk during the day they just ordered room service.Now to the bit I've been avoiding. The reason we didn't find this hotel at all relaxing is because we are not Americans. There, I've said it! I'm used to Brits abroad being the embarrassing, loud ones, however our American cousins have taken it to a new level. It was like being on Spring Break with a bunch of 50 year olds. They started drinking at 7am with breakfast, their volume level was maybe at about 5 at this point. Not known for their drinking ability they seemed to persevere and by 7pm their volume had been turned up to 11. You could clearly hear their conversations from 100m away in the sea. They even brought their own thermos flasks so the bars could fill them with cocktails. Don't get me wrong, I love a good drink, but this was insane. The whooping, shouting and drinking games were just surreal. I've never been to a Sandals resort before, and I'm afraid to say that if this is the reality I won't be going to another one. The philosophy seemed to be why talk to your spouse when you can scream in their face. Oh and FaceTime behind someone trying to read a book rather than do it in your room. It drove us mad and there was no escaping it sadly. On leaving the hotel you have to plan your pre departure shower carefully. We allowed 90 mins and glad we did because there are only 3 showers in each changing room and they were all being used by STAFF! Who certainly didn't rush. It was dirty, there were no towels and no shampoo or shower gels left, so take everything with you. I was livid! So much for a relaxing shower followed by a quick final cocktail. So that's why this review only has 3 stars. It's a good resort run with military precision, but not at all quiet and relaxing, if you want a sun bed before lunchtime forget it, unfriendly dive instructors and staff using guest facilities. Not what I expect from a 5 star hotel.
What a great vacation in a truly fantastic resort.The airport shuttle was very comfortable and the ride over is quite quick.Restaurants and meals are top notch. Lots of food choice! You have to do at least one dinner at the Japanese restaurant.The staff is amazing and so helpful!! Within 2 days the staff at the coffee shop knew how I liked my tea latte and for the rest of the vacation, I would just walk in and they would start making it for me. Now that makes a person feel special!The resort is large enough that we could go for walks around the grounds...but small enough that nothing is more than 10 minutes away.We took advantage of the room service for a breakfast and one dinner...and of course a daily bottle of wine... always quick and friendly.I swear our room was the one from the website. It was exactly as shown with the same balcony view.Loved the pool area, but we ended up spending more time on the beach as the week went. The locals selling their stuff didn't bother us and they are actually amazing folks to talk to. We had planned to do some excursions, but in the end didn't go anywhere...could not get enough of just being pampered.One of the most enjoyable nights was meeting other guests, having a few drinks and singing around the "Piano Man"!We took advantage of one of the romantic moonlight dinners on the beach where I proposed to my girlfriend. It was the most memorable experience proposing on the beach while being served wine, steak & lobster. The resort sent out a photographer and we got some pictures there on the beach that we will always cherish.Sandals Antigua will always hold a special memory for us and I look forward to going back for an anniversary in the future!If I had any complaint, it would be that you need to wake up around 5:30am if you want to reserve good chairs with an umbrella by the beach or the pool. For me I had no issue with this as I loved walking the resort in the early hours with the lights and sound of the ocean.
We stayed for 9 nights in September, came back the week before the hurricane hit so we were quite fortunate. We were a little nervous what we would find given the imminent closure but we needn’t have worried as we had the most perfect time. We had a lovely suite which was first class in every way, litre bottles of spirits and butler service.Can not fault anything about the whole Sandals experience, yes it’s quite expensive but you get what you pay for. We are looking at another Sandals experience next year, perhaps St Lucia.
We were at the resort the week Hurricane Irma hit Antigua and Barbuda. Fortunately Antigua did not take a direct hit, but was pretty close. We praise the entire Sandals management team and staff for keeping us informed, safe, and as comfortable as possible during this severe weather incident. This was our first Sandals experience and we will be going other Sandals resorts in the future. The resort is very nice with great restaurants and beach. Staff are incredibly friendly, welcoming, and accommodating.
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 meals daily
- 24-hour room service
- All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10:30am - 2am)
- Non-motorized water sports: Sailing, Hobie Cats, Sunfish Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Pedal Boat
- Boogie Boards
- Scuba diving for certified divers
- Tennis with instruction
- Exercise classes (Aerobics, Step aerobics, Water aerobics )
- Language lessons
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- Manager's cocktail party
- 193 rooms in thirteen 2-storey buildings & 17 cottages
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants (International, Grill/BBQ, Japanese, Italian)
- 4 bars including Swim up bar, Piano bar, Main bar
- Shuttle to nearby Casino
- 5 outdoor pools
- 18-hole golf course 5 minutes away
- Meeting facilities
- 2 tennis courts (2 lit) on-site
- Souvenir gift shop
- Complimentary property-wide Wi-Fi
- 5 Jacuzzis
- Fitness facilities
- Exercise classes
- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
- Dive shop on-site
- A range of watersports available
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- Outdoor Wedding Location
Deluxe Room includes:
- King-size bed
- Amenity kit (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, aloe vera and liquid soap)
- Private bath and shower
- In-room safe
- Clock radio
- Satellite TV
- Coffee maker
- Iron & ironing board
- Patio with garden view
- Max occ. 2 persons
Honeymoon Grande Luxe Room:
- Same as above but larger with sitting area
- Mahogany four-poster bed
- In-room bar
- View of gardens and pool
Romance Bonus - Honeymooners staying in Luxury (or higher) category receive a 20 piece starter set of Nantucket Basket everyday china by Wedgwood or 20 piece starter set of Kilbaryy Platinum Waterford China or 16 piece set of Vintage Marquis by Waterford Crystal or 12 piece set of Brookside Marquis by Waterford Crystal. Minimum of 6 night stay. Request when you book. Requires proof of marriage.
Special Bonus - Guests booking a Luxury Beachfront Rondoval, Oceanview Honeymoon Suite, or a Garden Honeymoon Rondoval receive personalized butler service.
Wedding Bonus - Wedding packages available, please inquire for details.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Resort Location Map
Sandals Grande AntiguaAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Dickenson Bay, St. John's Antigua
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