Sandals Grande Antigua
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My husband and I honeymooned at Sandals in Antigua 20 years ago. We decided to return for our 20th anniversary. The resort has grown quite a bit since the last time we were there, but it hasn't lost of of the charm, the romance, or the fun. This resort is the perfect place for couples to party with friends or just have a romantic getaway for two. The staff, for the most part, truly aims to please. We did a last-minute upgrade for a beachfront walkout room with club concierge (included room service and in-room mini-bar with alcohol and a wide assortment of mixers). We thought it was worth the extra couple hundred dollars. We loved being able to have mimosas without going to bar, having breakfast delivered to our door, and having a late-night in-room snack. We had a great time relaxing, swimming, sunning, working out at the fitness spa, eating great food, drinking at the swim-up bar, dancing at night, seeing great live nightly entertainment, zip-lining and kayaking with a tour, sailing, meeting fun new people and more. We have already booked our next visit there - why wait another 20 years?!
My husband, my sister, her husband and myself are currently visiting Antigua and staying at the Sandals Grande. We were so excited for this vacation however when we arrived and saw our accommodations (Mediterranean Honeymoon Oceanview Club Level Suite) we were VERY disappointed to say the least. The rooms are not very clean, dusty and worn. We have been to 4 restaurants and the food has been ok. We are still waiting to be "wowed"! Definitely, not what you expect from a "luxury" resort and for the cost. On a positive note, the beach is beautiful and the service was outstanding.Needless to say we not be returning to a Sandals Resort again.
I wanted a vacation where I didn't have to do a thing if I didn't want to. It was my first time to a Sandals so I had lots of expectations considering all the advertising you see about them. I thought the hotel was nice, we stayed in the Caribbean Village and we had a Club level room that overlooked the volley ball court. I was glad I wasn't in the big apartment complex tower. I found that trying to find a shady location on the beach was difficult as the Butler Service people had already claimed all the spots. There were five sun beds near the beach which were usually empty but were in direct sunlight. I asked if we could get an umbrella moved from the pool area and was told it was too windy. But the umbrellas were up at the pool area and the security guards had their umbrellas up at the beach so I was not impressed by that.The food was good , the Japanese Soy being one of our favourites. The other Japanese was also good. I enjoyed the Barefoot restaurant. One of the best spots was the Café de Paris where you could get great crepes, ice cream and specialty coffees. It was usually our go to place after dinnerThe entertainment was enjoyable.The Beach party was not on the Beach so maybe they could think about doing that in the future.All in all it was a good vacation but I'm not sure that you couldn't get just as good a vacation at another five star resort for less money.
We stayed in a Rondoval with private pool sanctuary, number 308. I was thrilled with the pool- it got sun almost all day so it was always warm. You get quite a bit of foot traffic passing by, but they have hung view-blocking panels on the fence for added privacy. We had a rainfall shower over the huge tub, with no door or curtain, so don't forget to hang your do not disturb sign and lock the deadbolt! There were lots of mosquitoes early in the morning and evening. They do fog the resort, but it doesn't seem to help much. Our Butler team was Wendell, Sheldon, and Geoffrey. I believe they usually work in the Mediterranean section, but our travel agent requested their services, so they were assigned to us. They made sure we had our fruit and cheese plates in the afternoons, arranged our tour and delivered dinner from Eleanor's on a night when we felt like staying in. We were surprised by frozen drinks and chocolate lava cakes, and they personally delivered my husband's guava pineapple juice when our stock ran low. There was even a case of Red Stripe beer waiting for me when we arrived. (A careless choice on my part with the Butler preferences- the local Wadadli is delicious). Wendell took the time to give us a tour of a Mediterranean suite with a private pool. This room was absolutely gorgeous!! It is quite a bit more expensive than our room, and I would book it in a heartbeat for future vacations, if not for the close proximity to the Mediterranean pool. There were several nights where we could hear the Mediterranean section entertainment from inside our Rondoval, and I can only imagine how loud it would be from those rooms. As for food, we had great and not so good meals at OK Corral, Barefoot By the Sea, and Courtyard Bistro. Bella Napoli pizza was always good. We didn't visit any restaurants that required reservations, our Butlers made the arrangements for us but we ended up canceling because we don't like scheduling on our vacations. Truth be told, as long as we are fed when we need food at Sandals, we are pretty easy to please. I work in the food industry and understand differences in cooks and that everyone has tough days, including wait staff. No one is at the top of their game 100% of the time. The vast majority of workers we encountered here seemed like they loved their jobs, which says something! In closing, we would definitely return here again. We were told the resort was at full capacity, yet it never seemed crowded. Most days it was very quiet. Just what we look for in a vacation!
As always Sandals is a good experience for someone who wants to relax with no preoccupations.Our room at the Mediterranean " tower" was a good one with a lot of amenities. But the all resort with the exception of the new area is needing renovation. Looks like those resorts of the sixties with concepts of more than 50 years. The reception area and all the places, restaurants included needs to be up dated.The beach support you must forget! Doesn't exists. Some " educated" clients go early morning to the beach and put towels on a big part of the chairs and if you arrive later.... No place. Despite the warnings( that you cannot do that nobody controls. No beach guard from the resort.
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
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- 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 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.
Resort Location Map
Sandals Grande AntiguaAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Dickenson Bay, St. John's Antigua
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