Sandals Grande Antigua
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We also just returned from our March vacation in Antigua. This was our third time back! The island is beautiful. We had a room on the Caribbean side with a view of the ocean. We love the grounds...lots of beautiful flowers and lush foliage. What keeps bringing us back to this resort most of all are the people who work here. Everyone from the cooks, housekeepers, and bartenders to top level management greet you with a smile and ask if you have everything you need. We asked several of the workers how they were and all said "I love my job". What a great attitude to have and it shows. The beach is a public beach, but Sandals rakes it every morning. It's beautiful and safe to walk on. The vendors do not hassle you.We received a free catamaran cruise around the island. This is not for everyone as the water gets quite rough when you get to the Atlantic Ocean. If we go back, we will not be taking advantage of this comp. The food was good, but not outstanding. At this time there were several large groups staying there that they closed sections of the resort and a restaurant to accommodate. All said and done, we did almost book again for next year, but decided to try Sandals Emerald Bay instead. We definitely will be returning to Antigua again. It does feel like you're coming home.
Our first impression of this resort was very good. Not too large, but nice size to meet new people.One thing that did not impress us was a couple of the Restaurants. Eleanor's was a restaurant where you had to make reservations. We did, and were quite disappointed in the food. Not good at all for making it a bid deal about having to make a reservation. The steak was very rubbery and chewy. Not anything to get excited about at all. Also. Barefoot By the Sea was not very good. We would not recommend either of those restaurants. Khimono's Japanese Restaurant was just ok. Nothing great. The 2 best places were Mario's, and OK Corral. Mario's has an anti-pesto bar and it was great to have that before the main course. OK Corral had awesome pork ribs. Definitely worth it! Their ice cream parlor was great! Enjoyed going there for some ice cream and crepes.The scuba diving staff was great. This was our first experience diving in the ocean, and it was awesome. Sherman was the Ship Captain, and he was very helpful and a load of fun. Very patient with us and helped us out many times. Couldn't ask for a better captain. The divers - Ivense, Alex, Denzel, Orrins and Fern were great to dive with. Really made it fun for all of us. Great group of people :-)Watch out for mosquitos. We had quite a few bites on us, esp. if you hang around the beach and walk in the sand. Bring your "Off". Disappointed in the entertainment. That is my one main complaint about Sandals. For how much we pay, you would think they could arrange better/more entertainment. Just doing to the Drunken Duck for music is not our idea of entertainment. Couple times they had a singer performing, but nothing great. Would like some actual shows, dances, or other forms of entertainment. All Sandals should have an outside theater in my opinion. Rooms were fine. We were on the Caribbean side and were glad. Little more quiet than being by the main pool and in the big tower.
Nancy Finn with Island GetaWays encouraged us to do our 2nd Sandals trip (1st was to St Lucia LeToc). The beach was spectular and we enjoyed walking every morning. We did 2 snorkel trips (included) and toured the island (our own tour). We both enjoyed one Spa service at the Red Lane Spa, a little too pricey. Otherwise we did what one tourist described as flop and drop! The grounds are beautiful and we stayed in a room on the Mediterranean side. The only negative to the room was in the late afternoon the pool noise became a little louder. The room was on the 5th floor with a balcony overlooking the ocean. The room was gorgeous. Service in all areas excellent. Favorite desserts at Mario's. Favorite meal (surf & turf) at Barefoot restaurant. Overall...our March 8-15th trip was a success!
Once again we just love that culture of excellence that Sandals promote-from the chef, to the bar tender, the groundsmen to the butler. That's why we keep going back and For an island that's only 19 miles long, Sandals has 700 employees mostly from the local community. That's impressive. Our vacation to Antigua was wonderful. My wife and I had an amazing time celebrating our anniversary. Our experience was great because of the amazing individuals we had the pleasure of meeting. The majority of the staff we came in contact with exemplified excellence. Notice I said majority, I also know firsthand that Sandals will weed out the bad apples when they provide sub standard service.Our butlers made our stay very memorable. Dionne, N'kosi, and Romane went above and beyond in every way. Not only did they provide top notch service, but they took the time to connect with us and made sure we had everything we needed. They didn't miss a beat with shift transition, days off, etc...three butlers is a lot to tip but they need to do that to ensure proper time off for employees. Besides, They worked very well together. They made our anniversary one to remember for the rest of our lives with a surprise candlelight dinner on our balcony. We also had a great experience with our photographer named Delmore. Even on a bad day this guy can bring joy. He made us feel like we were the only ones that mattered when he took our photos. He also kept his word as to when he would be coming back to take more pictures of us.Natasha from Eleanor's was very helpful and attentive.Kerry from the Loyalty center. On day 2 of our trip, Kerry took the time to check on us to see if there was anything we needed. He also helped us book our next anniversary trip to Barbados for 2018. How could we not do it again next year!?Few negatives. The vendors on the beach are relentless. There was very little relaxing by the beach, but we understand that it is a public beach not much Sandals can do about that. Our Butlers recommended that we get chairs by the poolside and when we want to go swim at the beach do that and come back to the poolside. That was perfect for us. The Red Lane Spa team. There was constant pressure from the day we arrived to book an appointment. We honestly felt harassed and from speaking to other guests they felt the same. Also, we've noticed that the cost of spa services have significantly increased so I'm not sure a 12.5% service charge is necessary plus a tip. Sandals' model is to pay for your vacation and leave the wallet at home. This goes against that policy and would've been pressured into booking the service if we were not prepared to do so.Overall the island is beautiful, the beach is beautiful, the resort is beautiful.20-27 March 2017
....My husband and I got married at the resort last year and decided to return for our anniversary. We opted for the same package as before - villa with private plunge pool and butler service. We were allocated a villa on the Caribbean side and as we walked out onto the patio, a cat was waiting to "greet" us!! I have a fear of cats and this cat wasn't for leaving! We then realised we were right beside the "Cat Café"....a kennel-like structure with feeding bowls. The next day we were moved to a villa on the Mediterranean side which, in fact, was the villa we had the year before and which we much preferred as it was quieter. Our main concern was dining, particularly at Bayside and especially at Eleanor's where, at one point, we had 4 cats under our table (Eleanor's being labelled as the top restaurant in the resort)....completely unacceptable!! We therefore had to stop eating at the Caribbean side for fear of this happening again. There should be a strict "no feeding the cats" rule as not all guests are happy to dine with them!Our only other criticism was the activities beside the main pool....at certain points, it felt like we were on an 18-30's holiday with Bingo and games being played. They did say if we wanted to have a bit more peace and quiet, then there were other pools around the resort however this pool was right next to our villa and had the best pool bar.Most of the staff were really lovely and in particular I would like to name a couple. Romane - he was our butler last year and although he had his own guests to look after this year, he always made a point of chatting to us and making sure we were being well looked after. Joy was a delight. She also remembered us from the year before and was a ray of sunshine serving drinks around the pool. I would say some of the staff looked as if they didn't want to be there at all however they were in the minority. Having paid $17,000+ for our 10 day holiday, it just didn't feel as classy as the previous year. 4 stars is still good but sadly not exceptional.
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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
- 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 WiFi
- 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
- 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
- Same as above but larger with sitting area
- Mahogany four-poster bed
- In-room bar
- View of gardens and pool
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 AntiguaAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
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Dickenson Bay, St. John's Antigua
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