The Verandah Resort & Spa
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- All Inclusive Features
Our main reason for staying here was the ability to opt out of the all inclusive. The resort is clean and well maintained. It's a little out of the way, buts there's not a lot to due and it's a small island. We rented a car from Dani Clarke, firstname.lastname@example.org. She is a wonderful lady and will deliver the vehicle. 50 us a day, but they are clean and newer. Very reasonably priced. We ate at the restaurants twice and the food was good. 75 us per person. But it's all you can eat, not a buffet, so you just have to keep ordering. The beaches are nice and the pool is good. It's not the Marriott, but as I said above you can opt out. The all inclusive is 86/per person,per day. The buffet is what's included. It ain't all that. We were attracted by the cleanliness and would return.
Just back from a 2 week holiday here and loved every minute of it. The place itself is great with lots to do and the staff where all very friendly.Took a trip to Stringray City amazing day out would highly recommend it!Also got the local taxi driver Neil to take us on a tour of the island.... brilliant!
Just returned from 5 days in paradise.....great resort, great location, great staff, great food!! Let me start by saying prior to my trip I contacted Mrs Myriam Brown, Division Manger, about my upcoming trip. Without going into specifics, she went out of her way to insure that our trip was absolutely perfect!!!!! If you like margaritas like we do you have to see our bartender O'Niel, what a great guy, even when he wasn't working the bar he would run behind the bar and make the perfect drinks!!! Not once but the whole time we were there......Make sure you try Nicole's for dinner...nice quiet atmosphere........great meal....never felt rushed, we sat for almost 2 hours enjoying our meal....and wine!!!!!! Our waiter Chad obviously was a big part of the experience.......Best Waiter I've had at any restaurant in a long time!!!!Room (Superior Oceanfront) was clean with a great view....perfect for a romantic getaway!!!Overall you can't go wrong with The Verandah Resort!!!
So with our 2009 and 2011 visits fading in the memory banks, we felt it was time to revisit the resort. And it didn't disappoint. We have chosen Elite islands resorts on Antigua for many many years and alternate between here and St. James Club. The Verandah is set in superb grounds that have matured a lot since our first visit. Obviously, there are signs of it's age in places but they are working hard to address this and we were advised that shortly, it will be closed for 6 weeks for refurbishment. This is great news and proof that they are striving to keep this place at the top of it's game. Firstly the two beaches. We felt on both our previous visits that not enough was made of the Rasta Beach which is up by reception. This time, we were pleased to see the bar in full operation along with a snack bar serving daily. Only basic food but it's all that's needed at lunchtime. Its a truly great location with plenty of shade and a nice breeze. The second (larger) beach is up at the pool / main area of the resort. It's much busier and has the watersports on site. Again there is plenty of shade, be it under an umbrella, sail shades or palms. It's close to the beach bar and grill which is up a number of steps. from the beach. Both beaches are very clean. Next the bars and restaurants. I've already mentioned the Wadadli Snack Shack at Rasta Beach and the Bar is great. It's right on the beach and the cocktails are good. The main beach Bar and Grill gets very busy lunch times and waiting times can be a bit lengthy. Food is good and the drinks likewise. The views over the beach are stunning. Worth a mention here is IRAN, one of the waitresses. A great long term employee, always has a smile for you and chatty. The restaurant is also open some evenings. Ensure you book early as it's a lovely ambiance and has a different menu in the evenings. The main bar for the whole resort is situated at the main pool area. This is where it all happens in the evening. They will make whatever you want but the mention here goes to ANDRE. Nothings too much trouble for him and he introduces you to different drinks that you've never heard of. Ask him to surprise you!Upstairs are the 3 main restaurants. The Seabreeze is open for breakfast and if you cannot find anything you like you must be too fussy. It's also open for lunch and again has a great selection of food. Evenings it hosts a buffet with different nightly themes. However, it is best we find, to ENSURE you book alternative restaurants in advance at guest services. This ensures you won't get bored with the same old scene very night. Buccaneers is A la Carte and is not open every night. It alternates with the beach bar and grill. Menu is varied but didn't change in the two weeks we were there. Personally, I feel it would be better if they changed the menu weekly. Nicoles is the fine dining option and does cost in addition to your all inclusive package. BUT, it's worth it! The food is superb, the steak and the lobster being especially good. Once a week they hold a party night where they BBQ either at the pool or on Rasta beach. It's a superb night with great food.There are 3 pools, the main pool is large and has enough sunbeds for all. Shade can be difficult to find here so get positioned early. The second pool is small with a waterfall and is adults (over 18) only. The third is a small pool located within a cluster of villas.Now to the rooms. Get a water view room if you can. Rooms are spacious with a huge bed (very firm) and a sofa bed. Here's were we do have a bit of an issue. The sofa bed is really not suitable for an adult. Both in 2011 and this year we had to speak to guest services as our 17 year old daughter simply couldn't use it as it was. They put two mattresses on it and my daughter slept perfectly. Bathrooms. I hope the aforementioned 6 week closure addresses the dated bathrooms. They are clean and very usable, but they have a huge bath with an overhead shower. This is now dated and they could delete the bath and put a walk in shower in. Overall, the rooms are still nice but the bathrooms are showing slight signs of age now.Wifi. Free at the guest services building at the main pool and at reception. Chargable in the rooms. It's not that expensive to be honest at $50us for 10 days and it's good for 4 devices. But I have to ask why, in these times where wifi is so essential to people such as business owners, why it's chargable at all. Reception is great. The girls are helpful and always have a smile. Checking in sees a cold towel and a rum punch / fruit punch to start you off. Shop is in reception. It is very expensive but is handy for essentials. There is NO cash point on site. Ensure you have $US for taxis into town and a walk along the vendors shops on Long Bay. Long Bay is one of Antigua's best beaches. Take a right turn out of the resort and utilise it / enjoy it. Mix with the locals and enjoy the crystal clear water. I have still rated this as 4 on the rating scale. I've dropped it one spot for the dated bathrooms and the chargable wifi. BUT, it's still a great resort for that quiet getaway. Entertainment is typical Caribbean but is enough for us. There's none of that irritating "LET ME HEAR YOU MAKE SOME NOISE" and staff don't not pester you round the pool to join in with pointless games,. If you want any of that, this will not be for you. We will be going back. Thanks to all at the Verandah for yet another enjoyable vacation.Worth noting that they have just acquired the opposite side of the main beach and will be erecting further accommodation and expanding the resort. Proof that it's still as popular today as when we first visited in '09. They also place a small charge dally for the wishing well foundation to help under privileged kids on the island. You do not have to pay it but it's a very worthwhile cause.
After getting married at Antigua Village in Dickenson Bay we decided on Verandah Spa as a luxury for our second week/honeymoon! We have 2 small children and wanted our oldest to benefit from the kids facilities! First of all when we arrived and got to our room I couldn't believe the size for a family there was no separate bedroom from living space, we have stayed a many resorts and have always had this separate space. We asked for an upgrade which we had to wait 7hrs to be moved and eventually got to your rooms 9pm with a very tired 1yr old. We were made to feel this was just a hassle and not just newly married couple! Staff was very unpleasant!! Food selection at seabreeze for children very poor no ice cream for kidsetc... beach bar and grill more accommodating! Pools also very deep for our 5yr old no shallow swimming and nothing to play with in pools for kids slides etc.. kids club great and play area outside fantastic but nothing for them at night except a film. No kids club disco or entertainment. Rasta beach only access to a beach for buggy or disabled main beach has steps down to it which could benefit from a ramp for families to access. Shop in lobby found staff to rude and had attitude when asked for anything and made out as tho i was a difficult customer! Resort is beautiful and buggy staff at lovely and always chatty and friendly just needs to work on a few things! Won't be back in a hurry and definitely not a luxury honeymoon!!
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- Breakfast Daily (Buffet)
- Lunch Daily (Buffet,¬†a la carte)
- Dinner Daily (Buffet,¬†a la carte)
- Domestic alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and selected International drinks
- Sunfish sailing
- Hobie cats
- Evening entertainment on some nights
- 200 rooms
- Buffet restaurant
- A¬†la carte restaurant (International)
- 2 bars, including: Pool bar, Beach bar
- 2 pools
- Fitness Centre
- 2 tennis courts
- Beauty salon
- Children's playground
- Gift shop
- Meeting facilities
- Internet Cafe
- 1 king-size bed and 1 queen-size sofabed
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Satellite television
- Hair dryer
- In-room safe
- Internet access
- Iron and ironing board
- Kitchenette facilities including Mini fridge, microwave, coffee and tea facilties
- Max occupancy 4
For the Kids - Mini-Club available for children 4 to 12 years old.
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The Verandah Resort & SpaAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
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Indian Town Rd, Saint Philip Antigua
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