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Set on the breathtaking white-sand Long Bay beach, on the north-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, telephone, tea/coffee maker, safety deposit box and hairdryer. Garden View 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 4 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.
5 restaurants: 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 à la carte Italian specialities in a spectacular Caribbean beachside setting 2 nights per week. Pineapple Grill offers authentic Caribbean à la carte dishes 4 nights per week (reservations required). 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 (day), 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*. Laundry service*. Internet Access*.
*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.
2 nights except 21 Apr - 02 May '16 and 19 Dec - 31 Dec '16 when the minimum stay is 6 nights.
Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance pageCheck Prices Back to top
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It seems to me like a lot of the reviews on here are by people who, like many other Brits want a five star holiday for a one star price! May I point out that there are over 3,000 reviews and overall... Read more the property scores 4 out of 5 overall at the time of writing this review. That should tell you something! It is also important to point out that if you are expecting a Sandals holiday, you wonâ€™t be getting one. Grand Pineapple is owned by Sandals, but operates very much as a budget category when comparing the two. Finally, a new General Manager arrived here in summer 2015 and he is also quickly making changes and stamping his mark on it. He has years of experience with Sandals and will make this place even better going forward. ARRIVAL Itâ€™s about 30 minutes transfer time on some fairly narrow roads, but the taxi or bus drivers take their time because of this. Itâ€™s a scenic and interesting drive. On arrival at GP, we were checked-in in the library which is a small, but well air-conditioned area, we were offered a rum or fruit cocktail whilst we completed the formalities. It was night time and we were taken to our room and the luggage followed a few minutes later. As we were tired, we opted for the buffet in the Italian restaurant and a couple of drinks. Fine for the first night. ROOMS Some of the posts on here really do go too far. The rooms are large and yes the bathrooms particularly need some TLC. That said, you can book and ensure that you get a refurbished room (on payment of a supplement). Blocks 1 and 2 which are the Beachfront rooms and block 5, the Tropical Waterfront rooms have all been refurbished and the other blocks are to follow over quite an extended period of time. The newly refurbished rooms have flat screen television and chrome fittings in the bathrooms, but if youâ€™re expecting boutique style, donâ€™t, itâ€™s still very colonial. We were in block 9 in an Ocean view room and even though the room hadnâ€™t been refurbished, it was clean and was serviced daily. The bed was very, very comfortable and the air conditioning and roof fan a godsend. The initial thought on arrival is boy, this is basic, but after a day or so when youâ€™re used to it having got into the swing of the resort and all it offers, this kind of becomes a secondary concern. The view from the room was stunning! One word of caution for the less mobile, please make sure you state this when booking as there are no lifts here and you would need ground floor accommodation. If you donâ€™t like a climb to your room, avoid blocks 6 to 9, the ocean view category. MEALS Breakfast is the one area where there is almost a mirror image of Sandals. Thereâ€™s always a good choice, the bacon as always in this part of the world is straky and crisp, the sausages were tasty and I took a particular like to the baked beans and the Corned Beef hash! Joanne on the omelette station is a star and works really quickly! At lunchtime, there is always a buffet at Topaz, but the star attraction is The Outhouse run by Mary which offers chicken and ribs of exceptional quality. The drinks are self-service and somehow the beer up there tastes better! The view is exceptional and the added value of the herd of mongoose is a great watch! Remember to take a marker pen to leave a message and sign the wall before you come home! Evening meals could improve. The buffet is always OK, but I would like to see more A La Carte choices as the ones which are there are not open every night. The Pineapple Grill was good, but to be honest when I see the word Grill, I expect to see a steak on the menu â€“ there wasnâ€™t one! The beachside barbecue evening was exceptional! Finally, the great offering at the snack bar, nice burgers and brilliant patties (like small Cornish pasties, but spicy). The only downside with this place is that it closes late afternoon and then doesnâ€™t re-open until 11pm which is way too late as most people have gone off to bed by then (the entertainment ends at 1030). BIRDS AND CATS There are both, but so long as you cover up your water glass or coffee cup when you go for your food, you wonâ€™t have issues. Itâ€™s not as bad as some people have made out, thatâ€™s for sure. BAR A good choice of drinks, not premium brands, but absolutely fine. 2 beers on draught, Wadadli the local brew and Piton from St Lucia. Two bars in the daytime and one at night. Particular praise to Addie, Shonette, Mervin (Mr Smooth) and Emilio. The young trainee Garcia was lovely as well! The bars do sometimes get busy, but they work very hard and everyone is served as quickly as possible. Couldnâ€™t fault their work rate, but I did see some people who werenâ€™t happy, to be honest, the way these people spoke to the staff, Iâ€™m not surprised they had issues. The words please and thank you werenâ€™t evident! ENTERTAINMENT Some nights better than others, but nothing was dire. The steel band were excellent and the group on the Monday night really got things going and it was a great party by the beach! Always over by 1030pm though. Things going on during the day such as quizzes and a really interesting half hour learning the local dialect. Watersports and cricket, volleyball on the beach were also popular. POOLS Many reviewers say they are dirty. They arenâ€™t, they are freshwater pools which never look as clean as the chlorinated ones. The pools were brushed and netted daily. BEACH Excellent white sand. Plenty of seaweed, but the garden team try to keep up with it as best they can. CLIENTELE One of the main reasons I loved staying here was the clientele. In the main, they were down to earth British people, not stuffy in any way. Of course there were odd exceptions to the rule, yes, but if youâ€™re a down to earth Brit, youâ€™ll love it here! WIFI Again, the British disease of wanting something for nothing kicks in! It was $43 for the week and the speed was brilliant! Why should everyone get it for free when some people arenâ€™t interested in using it? If it were to be free, the rates overall would of course go up to cover it. That is unfair on some people. The charge is fine as it is â€“ optional. OVERALL This is a resort which gets going very early, the beach was often really busy at 8am, but at the other end of the day, many retired to bed well before 11pm as well. This is a very laid back place with wonderful staff. We got great value for what we paid. The resort in its current format is three star plus, but once the renovations are complete it will be four star. I feel so sad that so many people have low marked this resort, what exactly did they expect for what they paid? Iâ€™ve paid more for a week in Tenerife and I know where Iâ€™d rather be. Stunning scenery, great staff and from what I saw well managed by a caring team. The resort going forward will carry on building on its recent improvements. The four out of five overall rating on Tripadvisor is bang on, but as said before, the most important thing here is to make sure you ask your travel arranger to book the right room type for you and if you want the more up to date rooms, pay the supplement for that room type. Finally, once again, please remember that you are not going to Sandals, you havenâ€™t paid for a Sandals resort, so please donâ€™t expect one! Read less
If your looking for a beautiful setting and scenery grand pineapple beach is the hotel resort to choose for your stay in Antigua. Myself and now fiancÃ© thank you to the romance build in Antigua we... Read more stayed there for 10days and couldn't fault a thing about our stay. This is a island of romance and that soon proved when my partner proposed to me on the cliff side under the gazebo with the sea and sunset it's rather dreamy I know but we will return to either marry here or renew our vows. The food was delicious and service was spectacular. The only let down is if you aren't a cat person you may need to change that before you go. They can become a pain but once told to leave you alone they don't reappear. It isn't enough to spoil your holiday so don't let it. The hotel itself is beautiful, laundry services, room services, towels etc changed regularly. I do wish our room had a fridge with bottled water but this wasn't to much of a problem as we took drinks back to our room in the evening and the water is safe to drink there but like any foreign country stay aware. The hotel has a taxi service right outside and was used greatly. The service from the taxi guys was great. And it's only polite to leave a tip. We went to St. John's which is the main city of Antigua, the locals are lovely the only haggling we had was in the market place, everywhere else seemed to let you get on with browsing and buying. Weather was great we had a lovely rainstorm for two nights which was impressive. Wasn't bitten by mosquitoes as the guys who maintain the hotel blow diesel around the plants trees etc which cause these horrible insects to die. I found that when I left the resort for a day trip I had a small bite. But retuning to our hotel I was fine. The signature of Antigua is rum and on our delightful arrival we were greeted with a chilled rum punch which I may say went down well to begin our holiday. We travelled around the island learnt the history visited nelsons dock yard and went by boat around the island and I must say the scenery is to die for. And the history behind it all is very interesting. Swimming with the sting rays was a highlight also :) (but not at first) hope this review helps you to choose your future holiday to Antigua. Good luck and enjoy ! ðŸ˜Œ Read less
We stayed here in October for 10 nights for our honeymoon. We initially picked here as we wanted a rustic hotel not an all chrome and marble one that could be anywhere in the world. We knew it was... Read more sandals owned but certainly weren't under the impression it was a sandals! We arrived mid afternoon to an iPad check in, cold towel and run punch. I didn't like rum but I do now! We had a tropical waterfront room 527, and although we had stated by email and paperwork we were on honeymoon this wasn't acknowledged till we raised it again later in holiday. Our room was fab! Brill air con, comfy wide bed, more than met our needs. The food places - we ate at them all were good- the Italian night at Pietro was a slight let down. Enjoyed the pineapple grill, and the topaz choices were good! But Mary's outhouse was fab! Best food ever! And worth the walk up to it. Every member of staff was friendly! And very helpful. We loved the laid back feel if the hotel, amazing beach. At far end of beach there's some beach huts selling tourist tat. Then past these people went snorkelling- take some bread and even if your not a snorkel let- I'm not- you can go knee deep and still see lots of fish- we even saw a 3ft barracuda one day! The hotel does need some repairs and we could see there was some repair work happening daily. The courtesy check out room deffo needs to be overhauled- that was poor! The bar did run out of glasses during our stay as the hotel got busier! This shudnt be happening! We ended up with disposable cups! But the bar staff and the cocktails were fab! Put the cocktail board back on the wall tho! And try them all plus get lads to make you bob marleys! Omg! We booked trips through marvellous marvin on the beach- you can't miss him- friendly buffed gym lad always in shades cap and polo top near watersports hut- a full day island tour with Joseph as driver- fab day- we saw all the island and you can tell Joseph is proud of it- fab prices- better than hotel, then another trip to Shirley heights on Sunday night thru marvin with Greg as driver- must do trip ( fab bands and atmosphere- food bit expensive) and finally a trip to St. John's again with Greg. We bought aloe Vera off beach lad- don't pay more than $10! He will try! Lol Or go and ask gardeners and they will cut you some- this helped our sunburn even tho we stayed in the shade! The entertainment was hit and miss. Some nights it was poor and it needs more acts bringing in. Karaoke was good, the tall lady singer with red hair was fab! There was plenty of water sports but we didn't participate, we could always get a sunbed around pools or beaches whenever we wanted. The music system needs to be at both pools please!!! The Caribbean street party night with dinner on the beach was fab. And breakfast was always amazing- Joanna you make the best omelettes! There is cats and birds but it's an open air restaurant- so do you want this or a closed room restaurant? Just cover your drinks, don't feed them, and the staff clear away as quick as they can! The hotel acknowledged we were honeymooners with fruit and wine and a card after our rep brought it to their attention again- thanks Bev! There was a problem with two rooms next door to us for several days- plumbing I think as water was pouring out of their rooms and guests needed to b moved- luckily this didn't affect our room and was fixed. I do think the wifi should be included- at $43 it was slow but did work everywhere including the beach. There's isn't anything outside of hotel unless you go on a trip. It's just local houses. The shop onsite is slightly on dear side. Library was good, we didn't use the gym or spa. We had a couple of pictures took and we bought them as souvenirs. But the photographers did seems to go to the same guests each day. As we were honeymooners it could be said we might have a different perspective to other holidaymakers, but I do try and give a honest opinion of anywhere I go, yes there are some minus points, but there are also lots of positives. If you want laid back - this is heaven- if you want sandals this isn't! Go with an open mind and decide for yourself. It won't be to everyone's taste! I do hope the hotel isn't closed or changed into a sandals/ beaches as planned but just make it back to the lovely hotel I can imagine it once was. We will go back. Read less
Stayed here for 10 days in October. We were aware that it was not going to be marble and chrome like other resorts we have been to so were not surprised when we arrived as some seemed to be. The... Read more beach is beautiful and the staff very good but something needs to be done about supplies to the restaurants and bars. We experienced them having no coffee at breakfast and bars running out of beer, wine and Sprite on occasions. I must commend one of the bar staff though who volunteered to fetch a bottle of Jim Beam he knew of in another bar. Food did become repetitive with the a la carte leaving a lot to be desired. Entertainment so so. I know many people return to this hotel time and time again and we might do in a few years if and when Sandals decide exactly what they are doing with it. Read less
Mixed thoughts on this one! Pretty much echo all that has been said before, staff great (in the main), rooms are a bit tired, evening entertainment hit and miss. Lots of seaweed on beach, the guys... Read more were fighting a losing battle trying to keep it clear! (I appreciate the hotel are not responsible for the seaweed). Only got to Pineapple Grill once in 7 days as it was either not open or we had missed booking due to not being at the desk at 11am sharp! Food options for a vegetarian are limited and by far the best meal of the day was breakfast. Birds and cats are not a huge issue and staff shoo birds away and cover unattended drinks as best they can. For a reasonably priced Caribbean break it ticks all the boxes, you pretty much get what you pay for! Read less