Sandals Grande Antigua
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We stayed at Sandal Grande Antigua for 8 days in November. This was our 5th Sandals stay and a very close 2nd to our favorite Sandals which is Sandals Barbados. We arrived early and our room wasn't ready yet but we had a bite to eat and some drinks then our room was ready. We had originally requested not to be on the ground floor and when we were taken to our room we were on the ground floor. They immediately fixed it and gave us a perfect room on the 2nd floor. Brianna at the front desk was so patient and kind with us and Lucy the intern was wonderful! Everywhere we saw Lucy she asked how our room was and if we needed anything. Very impressive for an intern! We keep going back to Sandals as we know that there will be a certain level of quality and service. We did "the learn to dive" class which was great and our dive instructor never left our side which was great since we were first time divers. We both felt very well prepared after spending 3 hours in the pool before our 1st open water dive. Marcus was our dive instructor and he had a great personality and was very knowledgeable. The only negative, which has been a constant throughout Sandals is how the Butlers take all the good beach spots before 7am. Many times these spots sat empty the entre day. This is the only area where Sandals needs to improve. After our 5th Sandals stay I can say with confidence that Sandals never disappoints! We booked Whitehouse and Grenda before we left!
We were looking for somewhere special to spend our 10th Anniversary and choose Sandals Grande after speaking to friends who stayed at the resort. After discussing with my husband we decided to do an Island hop and choose Antigua Grande and St. Lucia La Toc. Great choices! Upon arrival at each resort we were greeted by a staff member with a nice cold scented wash cloth (which was totally appreciated on a hot day) and a glass of Champagne. We were then escorted to Club Sandals Lounge and given or welcome package. Both Resorts are Absolutely Amazing! Antigua Grande the view from out – our ocean front room was breathtaking. The resort is absolutely beautiful and well maintained the white sand beach and clear aqua warm water is beautiful. We took a liking to the large chaise lounge with the fire pits in specific parts of the resort. over the resort is such a nice touch and after a couple glasses of wine (on the first night) my husband and I fell asleep on one of the chaise lounge fire pit.The Resort staff is warm; friendly; engaging; helpful and always with a smile.The food is delicious Barefoot by the sea Surf and Turf was on point as well as the Blackened Salmon Filet; we especially liked Eleanor’s Caribbean Cuisine; for breakfast the French toast is a must have; for dinner the Pan-Seared Crab Cake; Pimento Marinated Chicken Salad; Rosemary Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops and the Peppered Reef Shrimp - Signature Dish; my husband loved the Pan-Seared Snapper. We would especially like to thank Kia Govia and the ladies at Eleanor’s for being such a gracious hostess and for treating us as though we were family.We loved theme nights – my husband and I was part of a dance off contest on White night we did not win but had a blast . For our Island tour adventure we choose Island Routes Power 360 a day trip to the Island of Barbuda. The water was a bit choppy (my husband got sick) and missed most of the ride to the Island but once there it was amazing - the water was warm and inviting by far the most beautiful Turquoise water and pink sand I have ever seen anywhere. I was able to get a bottle of pink sand with pink shells to bring home.Overall we had a wonderful anniversary and definitely plan on returning to Sandals Grande Antigua. I highly recommend it.
We are at the resort now, towards the end of our stay during which we have been married here. I had such high expectations which haven't unfortunately been completely met and I probably wouldn't return here.The positives:-The grounds are immaculate and beautiful-Gorgeous beach-Friendly staff and service-Our wedding was perfect and the wedding planners and bridal spa services amazing-our room (Mediterranean club walkout) was huge and beautiful.Not so good:-The food is far from gourmet. Lots of options and the salads, sandwiches etc at lunchtime are all fine. But the supposedly fine dining restaurants in the evening were really disappointing eg the chateaubriand in Bayside was two tiny and thin (half centimetre thickness) overlooked slices of meat served with a spoonful of watery and almost raw potato dauphinoise, the Mahi Mahi at Barefoot was dry and overlooked. The prawn appetiser at OK Corral was too hard to eat etc. The best thing we ate was the scallop appetiser at the Drunken Duck.-the resort is at full capacity and it shows-pool areas really busy and at times noisy and rowdy, queues for drinks, few sun beds with shade etc. Certainly not a quiet, romantic atmosphere.- our luggage was lost for two hours on arrival (they had put it in someone else's room) which meant we could not leave our room to go for dinner etc. We received no apologyOverall we have had a nice time but it wasn't what I had hoped for. .
Most people already know that Sandals is pretty top notch when it comes to all-inclusive vacationing. I just returned yesterday from my honeymoon where I spent a week here, and this was my third all-inclusive hotel stay - first Sandals. Since most people already know about the GOOD parts about Sandals, I'll give my tips for the newcomers as to the BAD parts.THE BAD: "The towel game." I call it this because guests (the opposing players of the game) use towels to reserve ALL of the chairs at the resort. Not most. ALL. There are nowhere near enough pool or beach chairs at this resort. Every morning, what seems like the 45+ year old population of the resort wakes up anywhere from 6am to 7:30am and places towels and clothing on just about every single chair in the resort. If you don't wake up this early, you can pretty much guarantee you're not sitting under an umbrella - or even near where you'd like to be - for your entire trip. I've seen this game played at one of the other resorts I visited and thought it was disgusting. People place a towel there and sometimes never even go back to sit in the chairs, but you better not be caught dead moving a towel!!! One resort I visited only allowed 1 towel at a time per guest and didn't allow chair saving. Use it when you're there, then be nice enough to remove your personal items so other guests may enjoy it. This seems petty, but when all you want to do is relax and not wake up at 5am, it's a huge inconvinience to walk around every pool for an hour and not find a single place to sit or put your belongings down so you can go in the pool. Ugh. It's enough to make or break our decision for a second Sandals visit. Easiest solution - pay for a butler. Butlers also reserve seats early in the AM. I hate to say you gotta spend the extra just so you can get a good lounger, but for us we felt that it was extremely inconvinient to have to wake up so early to reserve a chair, only to see half the ones around us reserved all day with absolutely not a single person ever coming to sit down in them - what a waste!AS GREAT AS SANDALS IS, THE TOWEL GAME WAS SO BAD IT WAS MY PRIMARY CONCERN FOR WRITING A REVIEW. SANDALS - FIND A FIX!!!Bad # 2 - And not Sandal's fault, but since the beach is public, there are people harassing you all day if you sit on the beach. We chose not to spend a day at the beach for this sole reason. Even walking along the sidewalks, tour salesman and local crafters hang over the property fence and try to call you over to sell you things. Annoying. But the resort does a good job of keeping them off the property, with security at every entrance 24/7. We would pick a Sandals with private beaches in the future.Now, onto the GOOD/GREAT!Room:We stayed in Room 102 - beach level walkout. Well it wasn't a beach walkout, but the Caribbean Village rooms are quiet and have two quiet pools which are never crowded - we loved this and found it was the perfect combination of being close enough to walk to things, but away from the craziness of the main pool & drunken duck area.Housekeeping/Bar Stocking:We could not believe how nice the housekeeping staff was, and how great of a job they did with our room. Room cleaning was well above expectations every day, and turndown service was just that little extra at the end of the day. They put soothing music on the alarm clock to fall asleep to, and refold/replace all of your towels. The bar in the room (we had club level - WORTH IT!) was always on top - and if you want extra anything - beers, tonic, juice, etc - leave a note and it's all there the next day. The room service was so thorough and above our expectations, I already commented to the company thanking our housekeeper and the other staff. Not something I have ever done at any other resort.Pools: This resort had many pools to choose from which was great. Our room had a pool just outside of it, right near the beach. Quiet and small for the quiet days. And another pool just behind our room with a hot tub. Also very private, never crowded, perfect for a late night dip! The two main pools were large. The main pool itself is huge, plenty of room. Other than chairs, it was never crowded in the water. Huge hot tub. Pool bar staff was fast! The quiet main pool was great. No music, another swim up bar, and another huge hot tub.Entertainment staff: Unfortunately, we rarely made it out past 10pm which means we missed out on most of the entertainment :( On our last night, we stayed up and watched a fire breathing limbo guy who was great and got the crowd involved in his act. Concierge: We had club level concierge. Not much to say about it other than super convinient. Especially during check-in, the other guests who came with us waited in the lobby when the shuttle dropped us all off, we were immediately whisked away to the club lounge which is air conditioned. We received cool towels, a snack, and champagne while we checked in. Luggage was at our room as soon as we finished.Tips: I feel incredibly strange not tipping - it was almost painful - but nobody accepted tips from us. The rumors are true!Party atmosphere: I'm not sure if I'd come here with a group of friends. There is no nightclub, and not a ton of late night activities. This is perfect for couples. It was mostly quiet, but there was enough to do that if you met other couples, you wouldn't be let down. We especially liked the many fire pits around the property at night to sit by!Overall, we loved Sandals. We would love to thank the staff for all of their hard work. Hope this was helpful!
Fanastic. Clean, comfortable, will surely be back. The Beach is so clean and safe.Loved not having to carry money around.We met some wonderful people from around the globe.We hope Sandals can can figure out a new policy on chairs (beds) by the pool. You need to get up at 6am and save a place at the pool.
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- 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
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- 2 tennis courts (2 lit) on-site
- Souvenir gift shop
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- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
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- A range of watersports available
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- King-size bed
- Amenity kit (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, aloe vera and liquid soap)
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Sandals Grande AntiguaAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
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Dickenson Bay, St. John's Antigua
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