Sandals Grande Antigua
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
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"!
This was our 7th stay at a Sandals resort and may be the nicest one yet. The grounds are impeccably kept, the employees were quiet but friendly, the food was great, the ocean was beautiful but not good for snorkeling, the main pool was clean and bar service was outstanding. Special shout out to Marie-Louise for teaching us that women should always get their drinks first, along with Vanessa & Joy for keeping our drinks filled regardless! Also we were impressed to see Cara a few times on the property and she knew us by name right from when we checked in. There were a number of honeymooners (we are going on our 25th anniversary), which may have led to an overall quieter atmosphere than at most of the other Sandals locations we have visited. Even though it wasn't the biggest party spot, it was still a fun vacation, and it is really hard to go wrong when staying at Sandals.
Our first experience of an all-inclusive holiday - we loved it. Fact is, when you don't have to think about money any more, or anything, life gets relaxed. Some tips: One; The barefoot on the beach restaurant is the best in the evening, but use Deet against the sand flies. Two; If you want to get out for a day, you should, the island economy will benefit. Hire a car, Lion cars are fine. Three; remember, you are visiting a proud, independent country. The locals are the best, they will poke fun at you, don't whinge, they're paying you the compliment of thinking you can keep up. Enjoy!
My husband and I just took our honeymoon there over new years, and loved every minute of it. This was our second time staying at a Sandals, we had gone to Barbados just over a year ago. We were late getting in due to weather and problems at out home airport, but once we got to Antigua everything was great. Check in was a breeze, which was great being that we were hungry and in need of a drink after the travel we had. Being that with was out honeymoon we treated ourselves to the butler serves, and oh man that is worth every penny. The food and drinks were amazing, best food I've had at an All Inclusive and the drinks were not watered down at all. All though we didn't make it to all the restaurants, every one we got to was fantastic. Some of them have their night that they are closed, so just make note of that when planning your dinners.The food and drinks were just amazing, some people think that the drinks at all inclusive are watered down this is not the case here at all. The restraints were all great, for breakfast we many went to Bayside, we did try Eleanor's and had breakfast delivered to the room a couple of time. Bayside is a buffet breakfast, with a smoothy and omelette sand as well. Food was always great as well as service, though there was one morning that the service was a bit off. I recommend making sure that there is something you can leave at the table while you go and get your food, there was one morning that we were seated had ordered our coffee and mamosa's and than gone to get our food and came back to our table had been given away. The hostess apologized and got us a new table right away. Eleanor's does an A la carte breakfast which was lovely, and the breakfasts we had order to the room were great. For lunch we always had our butler bring us our food at our chairs, we mainly had the pizza but did try lunch from the other places and all were great. We didn't make it to all the restraints for dinner, but thats alright the one we missed was one we had been to at the other resort. The food was amazing at all of them, on New Years Eve all the restraints had the same menu. We ate at Eleanor's which was lovely, though the only restraint that has a dress code of evening attire. The only other one I will give mention to is Soy, the food was amazing but the service was overly slow at this place.The property it's self is massive, it's separated into two different sections the Caribbean Grove and the Mediterranean Village. The beach was lovely to sit at and walk along, though you did have people coming up to you trying to sell stuff. The resort has security at all the entrances making sure that no-one gets in thats not supposed to be there, so you might be asked your room number and name when coming back from the beach. Theres 2 swim-up pool bars, the main one and the sports one. I would say that the sports pool is a bit more quite other than the hour or two they have volleyball going on. The one thing their chairs didn't have was a side table, which would have been nice to put your drink or book on. A few of the beach umbrella had a small table attached but not a lot. Our room was nicely located almost in the middle of the property, the rondoval suites which are very nice. Ours had a private plunge pool, we thought we would use the pool more but we didn't. I feel I would have used it more had the water been a bit warmer, there were plum trees around the back so I don't think the sun hit it enough to warm it. The only thing I found a bit hard about the room is theres not a whole lot of free space due to the round shape of the room. All the staff was friendly and happy, and our butlers spectacular.We did a few tours with Caribbean Adventure Tours - Flavors of Antigua Rum Tour, Antigua Rainforest Canopy Adventure, and Best of Antigua Sightseeing Tour. The rum tour was fun, you got to lean about the island and it's rum and have some lovely food. The zip-line adventure is great fun, if you have a gopro they'll let you have that with you while you do the zip-lines but not other cameras or phones. You can buy pictures and videos that they take, we'll make a CD, send an email or do airdrop. The sightseeing tour is a great way to see some of the best spots the island has, from Shirley Heights to Nelson's Dockyard.The New Years party was spectacular, the best New Years I've had. All restaurants had the same menu so you didn't have to fight for a sport at a restaurant. You could be as busy or lazy or as involved as you wanted, with he different things going on. Sandals truly made it a party to remember, who wouldn't want to bring in the new year with dancing in a pool in a warm place!
The beach and grounds of the resort are beautiful. Major drawback is beach vendors. I had fun joking with them at times, but overall they were a nuisance while we were trying to relax. Every request we made to concierge was satisfied without an issue. Overall a great experience.
We stayed over the Christmas and New Years break. Normally stay at a boutique 4/5 star resorts but wanted to see what Sandals was all about.Resort grounds and beach - 5 StarStaff - 5 starRoom - 3 star ( beachfront carribean honeymoon suite club level )Entertainment - 4 starFood - 2/3 star ( tilapia as the main fish served in the carribean??, we ended up leaving for dinner each night and were well pleased with Sheer Rocks and Catherine’s cafe) ask for Sylvester at the front desk as your driver he was great!Place was great and we had a blast. I probably would come back and try other places for dinner, it’s nice to explore outside the resort anyways. I guess they buy food in bulk since it’s such a big place. If the food was fresh than this place would be a homerun! At least serve some mahi or grouper! Check out Nicole’s Table cooking class for sure, it’s a 5 minute drive and you learn to cook Antigua style in a cliff side house overlooking the carribean with great people. Beautiful resort and beautiful beach.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
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
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- 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
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
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