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

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"!


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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • ShayWal :
Just Pretty Good for a Sandals

I am late reviewing this. Please note we stayed in January 2016. I believe they have updated this resort since we visited.We have vacationed at two other Sandals resorts in Jamaica (South Coast & Ochi) which we absolutely loved. We wanted to stick with Sandals but wanted to try a different island so we chose to visit Antigua. We chose Antigua because of the convenient travel options and the reasonable cost. We stayed in a club level room which is always perfect for us. It always feels like a good middle of the road option with upgraded service and amenities without too much extra fuss. Our room was in the Sunset Bluff section in the building that faces the garden pool and the volley ball court. It seemed fine at first, bit outdated and not as lavish as other club rooms we have stayed in, but fine. However, we quickly learned we would not be getting any rest in that room because it was SO loud at night. Now, we like to go out in the evening and we don't go to bed at 8pm BUT the band stand (nightly entertainment) was directly behind our building. Our windows were completely open with only a slatted shutter covering it with no way to completely close the window. Even if we were able to close the windows it was still way too loud because the music was directly behind our building with only a couple of trees separating us from the speakers. Sure, we like entertainment but some nights we wanted just want to relax in or around our room. We decided we couldn't spend a week like that so we asked the club level concierge if we could switch rooms. It took about a day but once they had availiability they were happy to accommodate us. They moved us to the Oleander building which was much quieter and there was a little pool and hot tub nearby that was convenient. The bed was just ok. Kind of hard and creaky. The room overall was just average. We expected a little nicer room for club level but we weren't so disappointed that we wanted to move...again. Ironically, we ran into a couple later in the week that ended up getting our old room. They confessed to being party goers but they agreed that the room they got that backed up to the entertainment was obnoxiously loud. They asked to be moved as well but they could not be accommodated due to capacity issues.They were disappointed. Almost all of the restaurants were good. We are big sushi fans so Soy was our favorite. Amazing sushi chef and nice atmosphere. Breakfast at Bayside was lovely with beautiful views (could use a few more umbrellas for sun protection). The OK Coral was our least favorite. The wait was very long, service was slow and the seating was cramped and awkward. The food was just average.Unfortunately, this resort felt much smaller and much more outdated compared to the two other Sandals we visited. The biggest con was that we had an extremely difficult time finding chairs buy the pool or on the beach. It was very discouraging. Of course the butter level rooms get reserved seating which is understandable but non-butler guests were going out as early as 5 a.m. to reserve chairs with their personal belongings. We felt like it was a race to get a seat every day. There are signs that say that you can not reserve chairs and that personal belongings would be removed by the staff but this was NOT enforced at all. We saw two big arguments between guest over seating while we were there. We didn't have this problem at the other Sandals we visited. We ended up staying near our room with the small pool just so we could have a place to sit for the whole trip. We got so tired of trying to find a spot to sit on the beach day after day that we finally just gave up and never got to enjoy the beach except in the evening before dinner when everyone left.We also found that this resort was lacking a true entertainment auditorium. The nightly entertainment was being held was out in the open. You were going to hear the music and shouting over the microphone whether you wanted to or not. If you did want to see the entertainment there weren't many places to sit (plastic chairs) so many people stood. The location was congested because it is situated right in the middle of a crowded, walkway area. If we had to do it all again we would try to get a room in the Caribbean Village, ocean front which looked relaxing or the Mediterranean Village, which appeared to be more modern and more like the Sandals we have experienced in the past.We were able to take a tour while we were there. We really enjoyed seeing the sailboats and the scenery. Our tour guide was terrific and we set it all up at the Sandal's tour desk which was quick and easy to do. Well worth the money to explore the island and learn more about the culture and people. Highly recommend.Overall, this was just a good Sandals, not great. Not our favorite by far because of the smaller size and outdated feel. It just didn't have that luxurious Sandals' touch. The pros were the travel convenience and the affordability. The grounds were well maintained, the people were nice and the weather was good. All things being equal though, we'll choose a different Sandals location in the future because we know there are better ones out there.

  • TheUrbanExplorer77 :
Perfection

Could not ask for a better stay.I was here in 2011 beaches were amazing hotel and resort were fabulous.The variety of food on offer is incredible which is all included no hidden costs.I can’t wait to visit some of the other sandals resorts made lots of friends out here that I’m still in contact with to this day.

  • Sean G : West Orange, New Jersey
Honeymoon!

We got married on July 2nd, 2017 and then left for Antigua for 8 nights. We are both beach bums and this was the absolute perfect place for us to be! The weather was beautiful every single day we were there. We stayed on the Caribbean side, which is closer to the beach and what we wanted. I did have to wake up early to make sure we had a tiki hut for shade, but it wasn't that big of a deal, and nobody tried taking your spot if you weren't there. I was surprised there weren't more people on the beach each day! The pool was awesome with the swim-up bar and all, but I'd still take the sand and the beach over that! Every once in a while somebody would come around to see if you wanted a drink, but it wasn't that often, so if you are looking to always have a drink in your hand, the swim-up bar is better. It's also not far to walk to the main bar and order something. We tried all the restaurants during our time there and they were all very good Our favorite restaurant was Mario's, the Italian restaurant. They have an extensive antipasto bar which was delicious. The breakfast buffets were good. Barefoot on the Beach was a good restaurant for dinner, if you go for lunch, beware of all the crazy birds! Night time entertainment was alright, but honestly, that's not what we were there for, and we appreciated the fact that their entertainment team didn't harass us to get involved in every little thing. We did the Power360 tour of the island and that was a lot of fun! We snorkeled off one of the coasts of the island. We also did the zipline excursion which was scary and thrilling. We also took a sailboat lesson and had access to that the rest of the time we were there. I love how free they are with using them, like we had no clue what we were doing and somehow we were sailing in the ocean! Overall, we had the best time there and couldn't have been happier with our choice of Sandals in Antigua. We would definitely go back again but also would love to explore other Sandals resorts in the future!

  • GA94 : Leigh, United Kingdom
Disappointing

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

  • JLCD2010 : Wokingham, United Kingdom
Not quite the relaxing holiday we were after...

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.

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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
  • Tennis with instruction
  • Volleyball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • 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
  • 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 Wi-Fi
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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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