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Sandals Grande Antigua

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Our Opinion
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.

Overview
Voted The World's Leading Honeymoon Resort, the new Sandals Antigua boasts a dazzling new 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"!
 
Location: On Antigua's beautiful 2-mile beach at Dickenson Bay, 20 minutes from the airport and a 10 minute drive to St. John's.

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  • nycbaby2012 : New York City, New York
Beautiful

I got sick during my stay (also, met another couple who was sick as well in the nurses office). But nevertheless, I want to talk about the resort and how beautiful it was. The water is beautiful. One of our new favorites. We had to get up early in the morning around 630AM to get a beach cabana. If not, there wouldn't be any shade. It is very hot and it did not rain during our stay. I cannot say much about the food because I did not get to eat much. My husband liked Bayside Restaurant (good variety) and he enjoyed the burgers/philly cheese steak at Courtyard Bistro. We had Mario's the first evening and I got sick. I was able to try the dinner in Barefoot and it was my favorite (great surf and turf). Kiminos was alright...it was just really fried rice and entertainment. The restaurant was beautiful and they had a different variety of alcohol. My husband enjoyed their drinks. We met some great individuals that night though! I went to Soy to have just an avocado roll and California roll due to my stomach issues and if I could eat, I would of definitely enjoyed this place the most. Ok Coral for dinner wasn't bad, beautiful view though. My husband enjoyed the appetizers, he loved the tacos. I wish there was more service in the beach, 90% of the time my husband went to get his own drinks. There was locals trying to sell us things everyday and it was annoying. The beach is public. We went snorkeling around 11am and the trip was 1 hour and well worth it! The outdoor restaurants had seagulls and birds savaging the tables for food. During our stay, we experienced one family who brought their daughters with them (under 21). One of them was complaining in the pool constantly. The resort is beautiful and I was able to enjoy the beauty of it despite my illness. Oh, if you have upset stomach do ask for ginger tea (they made it with fresh ginger for me and it helped). Gus was very helpful, thank you. We enjoyed our experience at the Red Lane Spa. We had a couples massage. The wifi in the room is terrible, it was the best inside club sandals.It is with a relief to say that I am so happy Sandals had a nurse because I got sick during my stay. Below is the email to GENERAL MANAGER (Gaura v Sindhi). Good Afternoon, My husband and I was a guest at the Sandals Antigua resort from 06/13/17-06/18/2017. I had dinner at Mario's on the night we arrived and I was severely vomiting all morning/during the day. On 06/14/2017, at 7:30am I contacted the nurse, Malika. She advised me to have toast and to rest and I followed her dietary instructions. During the next few days, I would call her early in morning (before 7AM) because I woke up with stomach pain, and a swollen lip. I was fearful and was in significant distress and the situation I was in for a few days, disrupted and disturbed my daily routine. On the night before my departure, June 17th I requested to see a doctor because every time I would lay down I had heart palpitations, and tingles all over my body (I never experienced this before). Around midnight, I called the nurse and advised that I would like to see the doctor in Antigua. She advised me of the cost ($350) and went to see me at the lobby immediately. From the moment I saw her, I was comforted and my anxiety disappeared. We went to my room to discuss my options and I asked her if she could take a walk with me outside. We took a walk in the resort and she reassured me there is nothing to be afraid of, and to encourage me to breathe. We breathed in and out together. She had an engaging conversation with me and lured me away from the feeling of panic and fear. She stayed by my side no matter what time it was. It was close to 1am when she walked me back to my room. I want to give a heartfelt, thank you to nurse Malika. Her dedication and her commitment to her job is immensely appreciated. Nurse Malika is kind, considerate, empathetic, and went above and beyond to help me. Above all, she is a valuable asset to Sandals. We want to thank her for being a rock when waters get rough.

  • Rick N :
A Week to Fatten Up and Relax

Just returned from a week in the beautiful island of Antigua at our favorite Caribbean resort, Sandals. After missing our connection the resort and Sandals were kind enough to allow us to stay one day later with no additional cost even though it was an AA airline error. We are veteran Select members and had never been to Antigua. We were taken from Airport for the 10-15 min taxi drive to the resort where we were checked in rather quickly. We were starving so we had a quick lunch at the Barefoot on the beach which we had two more lunches and it was delicious. Birds are everywhere but location near pool and beach on the sand was ideal for a food stop. We also loved their dinner at Barefoot as they were really the rare place that had decent fish. We only went once though because we didn't know the dinner was going to be so good. I will go over the food places first to assist you when arriving as it is important. Eleanor's the only reservation other than Kimonos was our second dinner and we were disappointed. I would say go with the rack of lamb as that was the only thing I can recommend there. We ate dinner at Bayside (French cuisine) and liked it enough but not the best but their breakfast and lunch buffets were frequent stops over the week. We loved Mario's for buffet breakfast and dinner was very good. The best antipasti bar I have ever experienced which could of been dinner alone. Steak looked OK too. We actually went back on last night for this antipasti bar alone before dinner somewhere else. We loved the OK Coral where we ate twice. They have a rib eye which was good once and fatty and tough the other time but we liked the baby back ribs as well. Also a great chicken fajita there. Kimonos was horrible and not worth even bothering in my opinion. It is at every Sandals resort and food is random on being good or not and not good here. You do get to talk to other guests at the tepanyaki seating. I would say go to Soy's and have the Sushi there which is great even if you want as appetizers before hitting another restaurant. You will gain weight on this trip as I have no idea with the amount of food available how one can't on a vacation. The food was a 6 or 7 in terms of the Sandals resorts we have been but good enough to enjoy something everyone might like.I still recommend the resort though. It was not a deal breaker. The resort is large and you do have to walk a ways to get around. We stayed in a the Mediterranean side on the 6th floor (7610) for a great pool and beach view. The rooms here are away from beach but have views of ocean. Room was great, clean, comfortable beds, and well stocked with alcohol and champagne. We loved the room. The restaurants near our room were Mario's. the Drunken pub (British food) we did not have dinner there but had drinks many times there. They have darts and pool tables there for fun if you like. Barefoot and the pizza place for 20 min pizzas while at the main pool were there as well. Pizza was only OK. The walk to the Caribbean side which was once another hotel is where everything else is including the spa and other main bar near the ocean we liked. We had dessert at the Paris cafe nightly so that will kill your weight control as well and the pastries and ice cream are delicious. One night they had a chocolate night with decadent chocolate drinks and all chocolate pastries and candy in one of the squares where entertainment was. It killed me being a 10 pm eating of sweets:We didn't love the entertainment here but some of the lady singers were good. Piano bar was open twice and a disappointment, too spread out. Drunken bar is open for the young honeymooners who like to drink late till 2 am. We were exhausted by 11 pm nightly We found the woman at the resort to be very direct and not the nicest at times but we got used to their style of communicating as they are all over the resort as bar tenders and waitresses. They are not as nice as the other Sandal resorts we have been but it did not really bother me.The highlight of this resort is BEACH BEACH BEACH. It is just beautiful and we ended up spending almost everyday there once we reserved our huts by 6:30 am every morning as the shady spots go quick even when the resort is not full. Pool the same you must get up early to reserve. it is the Sandals way.The main large pool was irritating hearing that loud music all day and we only lasted there one day. But we loved going to the main pool around 4 pm each day to bob on the rafts and drink heavily an assortment of tropical drinks like the chocolate monkey, love in a cup, and my fav was fresh banana daiquiris with estate 12 year Appleton rum, not too sweet but lot of calories. We would stay daily till almost closing time of bar at 6:00 pm.We loved Shamika our sandals select person. We booked our next discounted Sandals trip with her and she was helpful to us throughout the trip. They do not harass you for activities and we actually did not play volleyball this trip or snorkel on their local boat as others said snorkeling was average at best. The volleyball was not on beach either but I did see people play pool volleyball at the smaller quieter pool in the middle of the resort and they had a swim up bar as well. I do recommend the power 360 tour which was an all day blast and we snorkeled at an island where I saw sea turtles, stingrays, blow fish, and other fish in a 1 hour snorkel excursion. This boat ride around the whole island was amazing fun but the sea was rough for those inclined to sea sickness and you get blasted by the sun. The crew was very fun,and drinks all the way back after a great lunch on the ship, It was a 5 hour excursion. We hired a tax from resort desk, King Jango who took us on a 4 hour trip around parts of island and it was a nice break in the week for around $60 a person. He was a real character and we learned a lot about Antigua from him.So the week is done and I am 5-6 pounds heavier which I will lose fast ughhh but upon reflection it was another great Sandals trip with another couple and remember if you love the beach this is high up on the list to enjoy. The photography session too they offered gave us some great sunset pictures as well as the Dickerson Bay has a great Sunset around 6:30 pm in June if it is clear out. Also they have great trade winds which kept the weather bearable and the bugs were not horrible at this resort but they are there. Also once at the beach take a short 5-10 min walk to the cliffs and you will see a stunning ocean like lagoon (calmness) with colors that were stunning and very nice swimming area as well. The water was like a BATH and beaches are all public so one must see this area too. Enjoy Antigua if you go there and hope this helps someone. Last thing is best free WiFI at any Sandals resort we have been which was nice as it was strong almost everywhere on the resort so keep in airplane mode and save money. .

  • larissasemegen : New York City, New York
Wonderful trip at Sandals Grande St. Lucia!

This review is a little bit delayed but my fiance and I, along with another couple, stayed at the Sandals Grande St. Lucia last May. The trip was amazing and the resort was absolutely beautiful. We stayed in the Mediterranean village and it was amazing. It looks like it was recently renovated or built and all of the rooms/facilities were in great shape. The Caribbean village looked a little bit more dated, although I can't comment on the rooms since we did not stay in that area. We mainly stayed in the Mediterranean area and used that pool the most. The pool is huge with a big swim up bar. The service was good and we liked the music that they played. If you are looking for a quiet pool, this is definitely not it and I would suggest heading over to the Caribbean side for a more calm environment. The beach was beautiful and clean. The only complaint I have would be the vendors on the beach. They can get a little bit annoying since the same vendors will ask you the same question over and over again. The island is stunning so if you do have a chance to do some exploring, I would recommend the Island Circumnavigation through Island Routes. We got it for free with our package that we booked and it was a great way to see the whole island. The food at Sandals was also so good. OK Corral had one of the best steaks we ever had. Eleanor's was amazing as well. Mario's was the only disappointment. All in all it was a wonderful vacation and we would definitely go back!

  • Isabel O : Toronto, Canada
Good overall

We just got back from our first time at Sandals and I was expecting so much more after hearing reviews from friends and TripAdvisor. The overall resort is very beautiful and the beach was spectacular. The staff was really friendly especially Kadesha (waitress on the beach) and Violet who always had a beautiful smile every morning at Eleanor's restaurant. I'll give my opinion on pros and cons of the resort:Pros: Staff - very friendly, Food - exceptional, beach - amazing, drinks - top notch.Cons: I had to get up at 6am every morning to save an umbrella hut at the beach. I didn't know that we had an option of a butler who did this for guests. Essentially if you don't get the butler service you are on your own for chairs on the beach and the pool. On the beach there are so many vendors. I know this is common in every resort because I have travelled to a lot of islands but this resort was the most I have ever seen. The beach is a public beach so the resort couldn't tell them not to sell and they became annoying after day 2. We were there to relax and every 5 mins (even if I was sleeping) they would interrupt us. At other resorts if the vendors see you sleeping they just move along, not here. They purposely wake you up. Apart from the 2 cons listed above we really did have a good time but I'm not sure if I would return to this resort.

  • MarknJulie51212 : Connecticut
Good Time!

We were in Antigua celebrating our 5 year anniversary back in May and we had a really good time! We only have St. Lucia Grande to compare to so here are my thoughts:Resort- Really beautiful and clean! They fogged for bugs every afternoon and everything was very well maintained. The fire pits were great at night and seeing all the cats wondering around were really neat too. We really felt safe on the resort even at night with all the security guards around. Room- We stayed in the middle of the resort in those duplex houses in the garden. It was a decent room and was good enough for what we needed since we weren't really in it anyway. We were right near the second to largest pool so it was really the perfect spot. Pool/Beaches- The pools were great! We used the 2 largest pools only. They were clean and there were always rafts available to use. But as everyone says, people get up early to reserve seats but we did the same thing so it worked well for us. But there always seemed to be spots available with people coming and going. The beach was great too! We used it around 4pm to avoid vendors and it worked well. It wasn't shaded enough for us to use the whole day. No waves and soft sand. We went kayaking once and it was pretty windy. We were paddling against the current to get back and it was tough. Food/Drinks- We didn't eat at every restaurant but the food was amazing! We don't eat food like this at home so we loved it all! My favorite place was Mario's with the great antipasti bar and chocolate lava cake for dessert- to die for! We also loved the pizza and ice cream cones. The drinks were really good too! My husband drank the island beer and had mixed drinks at night which were pretty strong. I drank all the frozen drinks and I loved those- my favorite is always a BBC. Excursions- The only one we did was the trip to town to shop for 2 hours. Luckily there weren't cruise ships there so it was very quiet. The duty free stores were ok, nothing great. They had more local stores on the outside streets, we started to walk up and down but just got nervous due to some sketchy people so we just hung around the main area. I wouldn't do that again even if we docked there on a cruise ship in the future. Entertainment- Seems to be lacking for me again. While I noticed the same thing in St.Lucia, I find myself bored at night. While there was plenty of music and small shows that go on, it wasn't enough to make me say wow. Cruise ship entertainment is by far so much better. I'm not sure exactly what I am looking for here but we found ourselves sitting by the firepit, walking the beach, and playing pool. I think that's about it. While I loved coming to these 2 resorts, I feel like for the amount of money we paid for it, we could use it towards 2 or 3 vacations with more to offer in the week.

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  • 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
  • Snorkeling
  • Boogie Boards
  • Kneeboarding
  • Scuba diving for certified divers
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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
  • Disco
  • 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 WiFi
  • Sauna 
  • 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:
  • A/C
  • King-size bed
  • Amenity kit (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, aloe vera and liquid soap)
  • Hair-dryer
  • Telephone
  • Private bath and shower
  • In-room safe
  • Clock radio
  • Satellite TV
  • WiFi
  • 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
  • Bathrobes
  • 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.

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Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
Dickenson Bay, St. John's Antigua

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