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Set on the breathtaking white-sand Long Bay beach, on the eastern coast of Antigua, this resort offers an all-inclusive holiday with an authentic Caribbean ambiance. Dine in the 4 delicious restaurants including the stunning Outhouse, set up in the hill with great views of the Caribbean Sea, where Miss Mary serves her specialities, or savour a cooling drink at the 3 bars. During the day relax on the white-sand beach or enjoy the variety of water and land sports on offer. In the evening the night lights up with live entertainment, evening shows and dancing.
On Long Bay beach, on the north east coast. 30 min to St John’s, Antigua's capital. Transfer time from airport: 30 min.Larger Map
180 rooms on up to 3 floors in 11 buildings. All with air-conditioning, satellite TV, WiFi Internet access*, telephone, tea/coffee maker, safety deposit box and hairdryer. Gardenview Rooms have a communal balcony or private patio with garden and/or partial ocean views. Rooms with queen-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping up to 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.
Oceanview Rooms are set back in the hillside and overlooking the resort, these rooms have fabulous sea views, private patio or balcony, 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child with a rollaway bed (these rooms are not suitable for guests with walking difficulties).
Beachfront Rooms are located right on the beach and have a communal balcony or private patio. With 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.
Tropical Waterfront Rooms are set on the water’s edge and feature private patio or balcony with exquisite views of Long Bay. All rooms equipped with brand-new patio/balcony doors, bathrooms with walk-in shower. Rooms have 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds sleeping 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.
Topaz offers breakfast and lunch buffets and a combination of buffet and à la carte dinner, just steps away from the beach. Chef's Pietro serves regional Italian specialities in a spectacular Caribbean beachside setting. Pineapple Grill offers authentic Caribbean à la carte dishes 4 nights per week. Pelican Snack Bar serves pizzas, light lunch and midnight snacks. Lunch is also served daily at the unique ‘Outhouse’, where, from a stunning cliff-top location, Miss Mary serves her famous barbecue ribs and jerk chicken. The resort also features 3 bars, including a disco bar and a beach bar. Restaurants open on rotation.
2 swimming pools, including 1 quiet adult-only pool. Tennis, beach volleyball, bocce ball, table tennis and an assortment of board games. Windsurfing, snorkelling, Hobie Cats and kayaks. Massage therapy* and beauty services* also available.
Entertainment programme with live music, karaoke, limbo dancing and fire-eater shows, as well as weekly welcome cocktail parties and theme nights.
Babysitting service* and laundry service*.
*Denotes local charge
All meals and snacks, unlimited drinks by the glass, all water and land sports and activities above unless otherwise specified.
Dress code: Smart dress for ladies and collared shirts, trousers and closed shoes for gents in the evenings please, with no shorts, sleeveless shirts, T-shirts or flip-flops when dining in the Pineapple Grill Restaurant or resort casual for all other restaurants.
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This was our 7th visit to this superbly located Hotel with probably the best beach in Antigua. Long Bay Beach is sandy and safe which like the Hotel attracts guests to return. Sadly for many of us... Read more repeaters Sandals in their infinite wisdom have decided to turn the Grand Pineapple into a Beaches resort. This Hotel with its very friendly and helpful staff has a very special feel about it- a certain ambiance. This will be lost when it is developed as a Beaches resort. Through no fault of the Hotel; management there has been a lack of investment in the property and it would seem since our previous visit that there are fewer staff employed as the staff seemed under pressure at breakfast and in the evenings. In spite of the obvious pressure the staff do their utmost to make you feel welcome and they are genuinely pleased to see you and serve you. Sandals has some great staff I hope this will be recognised when the new Hotel opens. We have very fond memories of our visits to this Hotel and we feel that as a Beaches it will not have its unique appeal. Read less
The 3 star rating is for the resort and not for our vacation in general. We just returned from a week at this resort. We visited last February for the first time. Although the resort looked much the... Read more same on this visit unfortunately the service did not. On countless occasions we had to wait for a table at the Topaz restaurant to be cleared and set especially when the 5 of us ate together. One morning during the week the table was set in pieces as we sat there. The whole table took about 10 minutes to be set because first they were waiting for water glasses and then only 3 of us had silverware. The staff seemed very busy so either they are being short staffed by management or they themselves are calling in sick. Since the resort is set to close next spring both of these scenarios were being tossed around by other guests who like ourselves had visited this resort in the past and noticed the sharp decline in service on this visit. To be clear, many of the staff members were in good spirits and very helpful and courteous but unlike last year, we met some less than happy staff members and the kitchen and dining room wait staff in particular seemed over worked. The Topaz is the main dining room and we found that the food was of the same quality as last year and we enjoyed all of the meals that we are there. Unfortunately, all of the meals were buffet style this year where as last year at least two dinners were sit down and ordered off of a menu. Like others have mentioned, breakfast is the best meal of the day with made to order eggs and a great variety of meats and breads and pastries along with fresh fruit and cheese. The Italian restaurant which was open two or three times on our previous visit was closed this year but we did not enjoy our dinner there last year so we were not planning to eat there on this visit anyways. The Pineapple Grill was a big disappointment to us this year. The portions were small and the service was very slow. There was a stark difference compared to our dining experience here last year. My husband waited 25 minutes for a coffee and our daughter was never served her cocktail. The pork loin was not a roast but rather what tasted like a cheap ham with a brown sugar and spice glacÃ© and it was extremely fatty. The pumpkin soup was very good and the crab cakes were tasty but they were served at room temperature. The pumpkin cheese cake and coco-coco mousse and cake dessert were just ok. The meal took 2 hours and although we were happy to have a sit down dinner we were very disappointed with the whole experience. We met many others who had similar experiences this year at the Pineapple Grill. Mary's Outhouse for ribs and chicken was very good and we all enjoyed our two lunches there. It is definitely worth the hike as the view is really lovely from up there. The bar service was about the same, maybe a bit slower than last year but we didn't notice a big difference in this area. We found the evening entertainment better this year and we really enjoyed the three bands and also the fire/limbo performer on Caribbean beach party night. The animated kids movie on the beach was the least attended evening event of the week. Volleyball, beach cricket, water aerobics, bingo, croquet and horseshoes were among the recreation offerings. Our housekeeper was very friendly and efficient and we always had a clean room with towel animals and fresh flower petals. We did receive a few shabby towels that really should not have been given to guests but instead recycled into rags. Our room and our daughter's room needed new night stands and their balcony door was next to impossible to open even after being "fixed" and their phone did not accept incoming phone calls. We reported this when we left so hopefully it will be fixed for the next guests. We found the beds comfortable but all of the pillows were very big and lumpy and bumpy and they were the heaviest pillows that we have ever used. If you have room in your luggage I would suggest that you consider bringing your own pillow. Our rooms were in the 900 building and they provided us with a beautiful view of the ocean, beach and main pool area. It was a bit of a hike up to our room but we enjoyed the location and private balconies better than our beachside rooms with a shared balcony that we had the year before. Our family took advantage of the windsurfing and sailing lessons offered at the resort and ventured out on our own as well under the watchful eyes of the water sports team. The snorkelling down at the end of the beach was quite good with colourful fish and not so colourful coral. The temperature of the water was warmer this year and we had more sunshine so we spent more time on the beach this year both on and off of the resort. Last year I was not approached by independent tour operators or sales people on Long Bay beach but this year they were on the resort property and approached each member of our family on many occasions during our week's stay. We are not ones to lounge on the beach but we did notice that chairs on the beach and at the main pool were often reserved at 8:30 when we were on our way to breakfast. After 4 and on Friday chairs at the beach were easy to come by. I had heard that on Friday passes to Sandals Antigua were free to guests of the Grand Pineapple so perhaps that is why the beach was less crowded on that day. I was told by a resort guest that transportation was not provided by Sandals but the use of the facilities and food and drinks were free of charge. I am not sure if this is offered every week or what the exact times are but since it was the first that I heard of it I thought that it was worth mentioning. Another thing that I read while at the resort is that they will collect and distribute up to 5 lbs per person worth of school supplies to island schools in need of such items. I thought that this was a nice touch and I wish that I had known this prior to our visits. The service at the reception office was also lacking on this trip. We booked a special occasion dinner at the Pineapple Grill through them and our reservation was never received. The manager of the restaurant was very accommodating but perhaps this contributed to the poor service in the restaurant that night.The Internet was extremely slow and almost non existent on two days during our stay and the staff at the reception desk acknowledged this but they did not remedy the situation or offer compensation. We rented a car for 2 days from Big's car rental at the resort and did the circumnavigation of the island on the Excellence motorized catamaran and these days certainly added to the enjoyment of our vacation. All in all we had a really great vacation and we feel that the Grand Pineapple Resort still offers a reasonably priced vacation on a lovely stretch of beach on a beautiful Caribbean island. So if you are booked at the GPR for an upcoming holiday enjoy as it is still a good resort but if you are planning a vacation for next year you might want to wait and read some future reviews before you decide to book. We got the feeling that the moral is on a down slide at the Grand Pineapple Resort. Hopefully, the service will improve in the weeks and months to come because that is a big reason why so many people come to this resort year after year. Read less
YOU MUST VISIT THIS HOTEL My girlfriend and I stayed at GPB last September. It was a last minute idea as we were due to go to Israel but decided against it because of the conflict. So we did what... Read more YOU MUST VISIT THIS HOTEL... My girlfriend and I stayed at GPB last September. It was a last minute idea as we were due to go to Israel but decided against it because of the conflict. So we did what all you guys do, check out Trip Advisor. We wanted somewhere hot with sandy beaches, this lead us to the Caribbean. I had never been before and Hannah had been to Dominican - she didn't like it there. We found GPB through British Airways as we had booked our Israel flight through them and wanted to swap them and add a hotel to the booking. GPB was everything we were looking for, remote, small, all inc, on the beach, with pool and the charming look of the colonial Caribbean. And this is all from the photos we looked on here! When we arrived it was even better than we hoped for. Lets start with the room, we chose an Ocean View. It was up a small hill and a little further away than most of the other rooms from the main part of the hotel but was exactly what we wanted. The view was spectacular (see photo). It was big, with a comfy bed and had good shower (3 things we like in a room). As for the rest of the hotel, it had an old feel to it but in a charming way. It reminded me of the hotels Sean Connery stayed in,in the old Bond films. Yes it was a bit weathered and rough around the edges but that added to the colonial look. We don't like the huge hotels that have thousands of people staying in, with over the top decor and marble everywhere. We like small boutique hotels and that's exactly what GPB is. The Beach - white sand, soft like flour and not overcrowded with plenty of loungers. The water is as clear as crystal, it even had it's own reef for snorkelling.The hotel provides water sport at no extra cost, this includes snorkel gear, canoes, wind surfers and sail boats. There were 3 local men that are beach vendors, one sells bangles, one sells sting ray tours (we recommend that) and the other sells, you know what!!! (not something we purchased) Neither of the men where invading whatsoever, in fact they were all quite friendly, so not something that should put you off. Food - this is a big deal for us, as we are big foodies. The breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets were all very good, with so much choice. On some night the dinner was themed, which made a nice change. One thing we read about were the birds at breakfast and lunch. We wondered how bad could it be! Honestly not that bad, it didn't put us off. You just have to be vigilant with your food. A good tip would be to use your napkin to cover your plate or you will get dive bombed!!! It was quite entertaining watch other guests defend there tables with absolute failure! Our favourite restaurant was Miss Mary's - The Outhouse. True Caribbean BBQ cuisine... the only way to describe it is a shack built from drift wood, old timber and the odd ski. Miss Mary is a delight. When the hotel acquired the land they asked her to stay and employed her and it became one of the hotel restaurants. One thing i will say, if your not a cat lover, you might not like it. There are stray cats everywhere. I'm not particularly fond of them but they just rome around the place looking for the odd rib bone to chew on. Anyway, I hope this help you decide to choose GPB, you won't be disappointed. Read less
We stayed here for a week in February & found that the resort was very kind & helpful with making our vacation a fun and enjoyable one. The beach was very nice with minimal seaweed and the sand was... Read more white and pretty. It's a quaint resort but grounds were nicely done with 2 restaurants and in my opinion the buffets were the best with themed nights daily. There's Birds flying by your table in the daytime which was annoying & Cats waiting to be fed by night, recently Sandals acquired this resort and have plans to make it a Beaches resort, Honestly it needs to be updated. If you're looking for a modern Spa treatments Don't waist your time as the staff are not very good here, also they have a great taxi service on the resort to get you around town comfortably. Overall we just wanted a quick getaway from the snow, nothing Fancy and that's what this is. Read less
we last visited this resort in Nov 2013 and were so taken with the place we booked for Jan this year. This is a Sandals resort but not the 5* bling honeymoon resort you see in the brochures, this... Read more is a laid back place where you can do as much or as little as you want. Having had 6 months of family issue all we wanted was somewhere where we could lie on a sun bed under the palms with a good book and the occasional cocktail to rum punch. We were not disappointed, yes the place is going to be refurbished to become a Sandals Beaches(family) resort but go there while you can and while it still has an atmosphere that will have you so relaxed you will be horizontal for most of the time. Ok some of the rooms do need a but of modernisation but all are kept beautifully clean by the wonderfully efficient and friendly chambermaids, Justina was an angel. It is something to go to a place where the majority of the staff have been there for years, Eddy in the bar serves 4/5 orders at a time aided by Kaylah, Monique and others, they would give the stars in "Cocktail" a run for the money. The food was not quite as varied as last time but all food was of an excellent quality, fresh and beautifully presented, congratulations to the head chef Hemsely Joanne and Winsome for the breakfast service, Delanie, Judith, Goldine and Carolyn in the restaurant, andthye rest of his crew, not forgetting Sherryann in the Pelican Bar, Jules the photographer, Susie and Ariel of the Activities The Pineapple Grill run by Ryan gives you an opportunity for more intimate dining and the chance to try more exotic dishes. Having been there before we were invited by Donovan the resort manager and Barbara his assistant to the Returnees Celebration Lunch and were given a short talk by Donovan and Barbara giving information on the Sandals Foundation which supports local schools and the loyalty scheme. Both Donovan and Barbara are often found in the restaurant having breakfast and lunch and are freely available to take any comments. We went up to see Miss Mary at the Outhouse and she still does the best ribs, chicken and beans we have ever tasted, eaten overlooking Long Bay and the resort and on the other side to the private luxury home on The Peninsular. This place has to bee seen to be believed and is such an iconic part of the charm and uniqueness of this place, ok there are a few cats and mongoose around so there are few lest overs to worry about and Miss Mary is just a wonderful, wonderful lady. This was our 4th visit to Antigua and each time we have felt very safe and were able to walk anywhere without feeling threatened or anxious, I put it down to the sunshine, who could be bothered to do anything else but smile and as many of the locals do sing praises to God for being alive and living is paradise! The only negative comments I heard were concerning "the fogging", the way that the mosquitoes are controlled, these guests had obviously not read the information given on arrival and the lack of choice at The Pelican Bar, come on with all the fresh food on offer why do you need burgers, pizza, fries etc( but they were very, very good), ideal for the youngsters, late night after the disco and like us for a snack before we left mid afternoon. The other complaints we heard were about the birds in the restaurant, we have travelled all over the world and in the majority of hot countries there are birds and restaurants open to the element, who wants to sit in a cold air-conditioned restaurants, ok in places like the Middle East where it is extremely hot, but in Antigua the balmy warmth is what we would love to have back home, who hasn't had a BBQ in the Summer and had to retreat in doors because it's too cold to eat outside? Anyway the problem with the birds is easily solved, cover your water/wine glass with a serviette while you collect food and don't be greedy taking more food that you need leaving easy pickings when you've finished, you can always go back for more and remember seeing these birds in their natural environment is a memorable experience from the high flying frigate birds, the pelicans, the pretty sunbirds and finches and the tiny fluttering humming birds, magic on wings. Why do you go on holiday? most go to get away from pressure and the hum drum of life, so does not having WFI and a weak mobile signal really matter? We spent 2 glorious weeks relaxing, reading , swimming, eating and having the occasional drink recharging our batteries but were still sad when our holiday was over and the time came to leave. We can understand why many guests return year after year and why when you do return they say " Welcome Home" and it really does feel like it. Read less