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Voted ‘World’s Most Romantic Resort’ for 15 years running, and tucked amidst riotous tropical gardens on one of Antigua's best beaches, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa offers 2 holidays in 1. Choose from the charming Caribbean Grove hidden in lush gardens or the all-suite Mediterranean Village with great ocean views. For optimum privacy stay in a Romantic Rondoval in the Caribbean Grove, intimate circular suites with cone shaped roofs and exclusive Butler Service. So, the choice is yours — the delightful, cosy cottage ambience of the Caribbean Grove or the cutting-edge amenities of the Mediterranean Village.
On a lovely white sand beach at Dickenson Bay. Transfer time from airport: 15 min.
373 rooms and suites within 2 villages. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, coffee maker, amenity kit, safety deposit box, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and king-size bed. Caribbean Deluxe Rooms — All located in 1-storey cottages in the tropical gardens of the Caribbean Grove.
Caribbean Premium Room — these rooms are as the deluxe rooms but are located in the Hibiscus building with pool and garden views.
Caribbean Grande Luxe Poolside Room — located on the 1st floor of the Flamboyant and Oleander buildings, these rooms have a 4-poster king-size bed, separate seating area and balcony overlooking the pool and gardens.
Caribbean Honeymoon Grande Luxe Poolside Walkout Room – these rooms are as above but located on the ground floor with walkout patio to the pool.
Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Luxury Club Level Room — large rooms offering panoramic views of Dickenson Bay, the gardens or the main pool. All rooms have a balcony.
Sunset Bluff Luxury Poolside Walkout Club Level Room – these rooms are as above but located on the ground floor with walkout patio to the pool.
Caribbean Club Level Veranda Suite – large rooms with 4-poster mahogany bed and balcony with garden and pool views.
Caribbean Walkout Club Level Veranda Suite – as above but on the ground floor with walkout patio.
Caribbean Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level Room / Caribbean Honeymoon Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level Room - Newly refurbished room with 4-poster king size bed. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the ocean, pool and beach.
Caribbean Beachfront Grande Luxe Walkout Club Level Room/Caribbean Honeymoon Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level Room – as above but on the ground floor with walkout patio.
Caribbean Honeymoon Seaside Butler Suite — expansive suites with garden views, bedroom and living area incorporated in one area. Located on the ground and 1st floors of the Poinsettia building, all rooms have a balcony or patio with garden views.
Caribbean Honeymoon Beachfront Butler Suite – these rooms are as above but located directly facing the ocean with stunning beach and ocean views.
Caribbean Beachfront Butler Rondoval — Exotic suites in individual circular buildings with cone- shaped roofs, patios with ocean and beach views and Butler Service.
Caribbean Honeymoon Butler Rondoval with Private Pool Santuary - Exotic suites in individual circular buildings with cone- shaped roofs, patios, private plunge pools with garden views and Butler Service.
Mediterranean Club Level Suite – located on the 1st and 2nd floors, this suite is furnished with a sofa, a writing desk and a 4-poster, king-sized bed. The bathroom has twin wash basins, a whirlpool tub and separate walk-in overhead rain shower. The suite is fitted with a large, 42” flat-screen TV and has a balcony.
Mediterranean Walkout Club Level Suite – these suites are as above but located on the ground floors with walkout patio and Concierge Service.
Mediterranean Honeymoon Oceanview Club Level Suite – Overlooking the pool, ocean and gardens from the balcony, these suites are furnished with a sofa, a writing desk and a 4- poster, king-sized bed. The bathroom has twin washbasins, a whirlpool tub and separate walk-in overhead rain shower. These suites also benefit from Concierge Service.
Mediterranean Oceanview Grande Luxe Club Level Suite – These suites are unusually large with an incorporated sitting area containing a sofa and two armchairs. The suite is furnished with a four-poster, king-sized bed and a writing desk. The bathroom has twin wash basins, a whirlpool tub and a separate walk-in overheard rain shower. The suite is fitted with a large, 42” flat-screen TV and has a balcony and Concierge Service.
Mediterranean Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet Oceanview Penthouse One Bedroom Butler Suite – These suites offer panoramic views of the Mediterranean Village pool and gardens, Dickenson Bay and fabulous sunsets. The living room and bedroom both lead out to an oversized balcony with chaise lounges. The living room is furnished with a sofa, chaise and writing desk. This is complimented with a hidden microwave and wet bar. The bedroom has a King-sized, 4-poster canopied bed. The bathroom has twin wash basins, a roman whirlpool tub and a separate walk in overhead rain shower. These suites also benefit from Sandals Butler Service.
Mediterranean Oceanview Penthouse One Bedroom Butler Suite – These penthouse vistas offer penultimate views of the Mediterranean Village, Dickenson Bay and fabulous sunsets. The living room and bedroom both lead out to an oversized balcony with chaise lounges. The living room is furnished with a sofa, chaise and writing desk. This is complemented with a hidden microwave and wet bar. The bedroom has a king-sized, 4-poster canopied bed. The bathroom has twin wash basins, a Roman whirlpool tub and a separate walk in overhead rain shower. These suites also benefit from Sandals Butler Service.
Mediterranean One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary - This is a true 1-storey villa in paradise. Each villa has an expansive private pool deck which leads to the plunge pool & whirlpool. The living room, which is furnished with a sofa, a love seat and a writing desk, looks out onto the pool deck. The bedroom is furnished with a king sized four poster canopied bed. The bathroom has twin wash basins, a roman whirlpool tub and a separate walk in overhead rain shower. Complete with Sandals Butler Service, this villa offers total romantic seclusion.
11 dining options: Bayside (International), Mario’s (Italian), Kimono's (Teppanyaki), Soy Sushi Bar, OK Corral (Southwestern), Eleanor’s (Caribbean), The Cricketer’s (British Pub), Barefoot by the Sea (gourmet seafood), Café de Paris (pâtisserie), Bella Napoli Pizzeria (wood-fired pizza oven) and Courtyard Bistro (grilled specialities). 7 bars, including 2 swim-up pool bars. Weekly late night chocolate buffets and sparkling wine breakfasts are also available.
6 swimming pools, 1 scuba pool and 6 whirlpools. Tennis, table tennis, volleyball and bocce ball. Red Lane® Fitness Centre with free weights and exercise machines. Red Lane® Spa (treatments*). Scuba-diving (free for certified divers, fee applies to others), windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaks, aquatrikes and Hobie Cats.
Nightly entertainment with live performances, beach and cocktail parties, theme nights and karaoke nights.
DRESS CODE: Smart casual for dinner please. Gentlemen must have collared shirts, trousers and shoes.
Two people in love over 18 years only.
* Denotes local charge.
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I am sitting in my warm Sandals Grande Antigua hotel room right now writing this. It is warm because the A/C doesn't blow cold air. It uses something called a chilled-water system that apparently... Read more needs a lot of improvement. I don't have a thermometer, but I am guessing its around 80 in this room at 11PM at night! This is the second room they have placed us in in two days. I guess I should be grateful that the A/C is the only issue with this one. The first room had the same A/C issue, as well as: a refrigerator that didn't actually refrigerate, a broken patio door that could easily be pulled open from the outside when locked, a trail of at least 100 ants crawling up the exterior of our patio, and about 30 of some kind of gnat-like insects that were IN the room attacking a cookie plate that was brought by shortly after arrival. The staff seems disinterested in helping. The staffer who brought the can of Raid and sprayed the ants rolled her eyes at us and told us to "expect ants. We are in the Caribbean." Yeah, there are ants where I am from too, lady. But a whole trail of them isn't climbing up the walls of my house. We have been to the front desk half a dozen times. The first time, they told us we couldn't move to another room. The second time, I had the concierge come to the room to show him how awful it was. They did move us and now the only real issue is the A/C doesn't work. Maintenance came by and essentially told us that there really isn't anything they can do. It is essentially an issue with the complete A/C system in this section of the property. The beach is nice but there are assorted vendors who pitch you their junk at least 3-5 times an hour until they finally realize you don't want it. I saw one guy actually yelled at a woman who told him no. NICE! The food is decent, but not stellar. I had a hamburger at a grab and go stand that I really enjoyed. They only offer local beer. One is a Heineken knock-off, the other tastes like watered down Miller High Life. At least 25% of the employees don't like you and don't mind acting like it. It took 2 hours for the bellhops to bring the luggage to our room upon arrival after insisting that we not just carry it ourselves to the room. One of the staffers lied to me about a small detail regarding my dinner. The Wi-Fi connects at about 180kbps (about three times faster than dial-up; about 100 times slower than my Wi-Fi at home). If you are thinking of booking here, DON'T. You will regret it. If you stay here, you will get the sense that NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE PROBLEMS YOU HAVE WITH YOUR ROOM!!! We have stayed with Palace Resorts and Riu on other vacations. I don't recall having an issue at either of those resorts. We thought Sandals would be a step up, but it's a huge step down. Read less
I am typing this on the aircraft back to New Jersey because I am too upset to wait til we get back home to get started. Let me begin by saying our home was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy... Read more last year. We were devastated by the loss. This past year has been the most trying time in either of our lives. And most unfortunately it occurred only a short four months after our wedding. We had just began our lives together and then it was shattered by the storm. We vowed to rebound and decided to save up for a nice anniversary trip to try to put it all behind us. We had stayed 10 days at the Grande in St Lucia for our honeymoon. At that time, we had wanted a week in a rondoval but only 3 days were available. So we decided what better way to treat ourselves after such a difficult year but at another Sandals and this time, a full week this time in a rondoval. So we called our travel agent at Libert Travel and booked our week in Antigua. Upon our arrival, we had expected a private car. The same private car we had gotten in St Lucia and was told came with the butler suites here as well. We did not get a private car. We brushed it off as 'no big deal', it was only one simple thing is what we told each other. We would just mention it before leaving to make sure we got the private car on the way out. Next we enter our room and it is lacking what the same priced rondoval in St Lucia had. There was no hot tub, there was no outdoor shower, there was no indoor shower area like in St Lucia. The only shower was a small shower head in the ceiling that had no curtain or glass wall to keep the heat or water inside the area so showers were very uncomfortable. There were no cushioned chairs, couch, or coffee table. And even at this point, we were disappointed, but still tried to be happy that we were on a nice island and that we should be grateful for the opportunity. I know the travel agent mentioned that these were the original rondovals but such a considerable difference should have been mentioned. Day 2 ended terribly. We went to the Reggae Fest in town. When we got back to Sandals, we had dinner at the Drunken Duck with some friends we had met at the resort. After dinner, my wife left her purse at the table and we went dancing. We returned to find the tables separated and her purse missing! Inside her purse was our camera with pictures of our house from the storm, my wallet that was a gift from my mother who is deceased, our RayBan sunglasses that were our wedding gift to each other, and my wife's wallet with over $600 in cash. We looked all over for the purse. My wife went to Lost and Found to see if anyone had dropped it off but no one had. We both were extremely upset and distraught that this would happen. We were supposed to feel safe. We spent a lot of money to be there and we wouldn't have if we knew how little security there was. The next day we spoke to the front desk. We told them what happened and disclosed that we were so upset that we didn't even want to be there anymore. Shelly brought us to her office and we told her the whole story. She informed us that there are no cameras in the Drunken Duck. I could not believe there were no cameras in the place they should most be. How are people to feel safe from fights and thefts in a bar?! She also informed us that the staff is searched prior to entrance as well as departure. A policy that I hardly feel is rock solid in confirming that it was not one of the staff. And I truly don't believe a guest who paid a considerable amount of cash to stay at Sandals would have the need to steal a purse, but that is just my opinion. Shelly let us attempt to reach our banks by phone to cancel the cards. Next a female security officer came in to take our statement. I had to repeat myself multiple times which was not only frustrating but lower my expectations of the report being done correctly or of anyone finding the purse. She would ask a question like, what time? I would reply, 7pm at the Drunken Duck. Then she would ask me where? And I would repeat, the Drunken Duck. We had pretty much given up on finding it at this point but Shelly said to not lose hope. Things just never got better. The next day we returned to our room, after a day at the pool, to change for dinner. For the second day in a row our bed was not made. There was a cheese platter still there from the night before, a towel still thrown over a chair, and the shower had no hot water. For the money we paid for a room. It better have hot water. That was the final straw. In St Lucia, the butlers left nice love notes, towel animals, and flower petals. We noticed this wasn't happening in Antingua. Another annoyance but we thought we could let it go. The first day the bed wasn't made and my wife called down to tell someone, their response was "so?" So?! My wife immediately said, 'Well let me speak to someone who actually cares then.' We paid A LOT of money for that room. The last response we expected would be 'so'. So back to the final straw with the room a mess again and no hot water. We had put up with minor incidents for long enough for how much money we paid. A call went out again and Sandeep came to the room. My wife was in tears at this point. I discussed the issues with him, showed him the hard cheese plate, the towel, the cold water, the unmade bed, etc. I discussed our expectations from our previous stay including the butler messages, the little desserts that we weren't getting either, etc. He was very nice and also concerned. I will admit that the next day we saw a major turn around in the housekeeping and butler treats. However our trip had already been soiled. We kept hearing that security would talk to us about the missing purse. I got a phone call at 830am late in the week asking if we had travel insurance. That was it. I had expected more. I was anticipating a conversation would happen the absolute latest at check out, but that didn't happen. In fact, insulting enough, I had asked our butler, Cecil, if he had heard anything new about the purse. He said he didn't know anything about it in the first place. Shouldn't our butler know our things were robbed? And this was as he was wheeling our luggage out to depart. As the trip went on after the final straw, we heard other things from guests that really irked us. One guest had said they were picked up in a private Cadillac because they had written an email about the roads. One guest showed us there room that they had been upgraded to and the room had separate shower and a tub with jets, two sinks, and a cushioned couch/chair. I would almost say their room was nicer than ours and we paid A LOT more for ours! It was just one thing on top of the next of disappointment and upsetting news and events. Even our last night, for our last dinner we ate at the OK Corral. A cockroach ran down the wall and onto our table, the slipped in the cracks of the table, to which I had to try to attack him through. I finally got a piece of him enough to knock him down and he scurried away. After a long, miserable week we just didn't even get phased at that point. It just seemed common for Antigua's Sandals. At departure I asked Cecil if we had a private car. He looked surprised I would ask that and I told him about St Lucia. He informed me that it was a courtesy of other Sandals but the Antigua one doesn't really do that. He did get us one, which was nice. But all in all our trip was so miserable. My wife and I actually discussed last night not even bothering going on another trip anywhere because our experience here was do miserable. Even on our last full day, we had wanted to eat at the Barefoot Grill. Well wouldn't you know it was shut down for a private function. A private function for travel agents who didn't pay to be there. We had PAID to be there and we didn't get to eat there. My wife had wanted to get two massages and do some excursions. We couldn't do any of that because we had no money and no cards. I am absolutely appalled that this trip went this way. We had planned it as a well deserved reprieve from the pain of our loss, but in turn it became a misery journey. We even saw a couple who said Rachel Ray paid for their trip because of Sandy. This wasn't our case. We PAID for our own trip. Which is why this experience is that much more hurtful to us. We saved up over a year to end up getting robbed and terrible service. I would NEVER let anyone tell me they are planning to go to Sandals without talking them out of it. In fact anytime someone mentions travel, this story is going to come out to then about Sandals. If anyone has questions, feel free to email me email@example.com Read less
Arrived at sandals on the 9th of november for 12 nights after having a very good flight from gatwick with virgin atlantic and here is my honest review in categories. Rooms:we were on the Caribbean... Read more side in a honeymoon grande luxe poolside walkout room in the anthurium building which actually didn't walkout on the pool but was down by the side of the pool and which i preferred as it was more quiet.I would like to thank sandals for upgrading us to concierge service which meant we had free wi-fi and mini bar which was stocked up. The room itself apart from a lovely comfortable big bed was pretty average in comparison to other resorts i have stayed at. Restaurants:This is where sandals excelled in my opinion.We dined in all the restaurants except for the sushi one and never had a bad meal.I don't want to right a long essay about every individual one but just to say the baby ribs at the ok corall are to die for also the takeaways in the day time were very good. Drinks:Never seen such a bigger cocktail list and i tried most of them,my favorite being a bbc(banana,baileys and coconut).They had all the top brands of spirits,the house wine was very good and you could have champagne any time if you wanted. Pools:We stayed mostly around the main pool and it was very nice with the swim up bar(why is it so called when it's just in a couple of feet of water?).The issue though with all the pools at the resort is the old one of having to get up at the crack of dawn to guarantee a sun bed,although i do not have a problem with the butler service i do think it's a bit unfair of them reserving the best beds for people and then them being unused all day Beach:Where ever we go on holiday we much prefer the pool to the beach(except the maldives)and we only walked the beach a few times and never stayed there for long. I was amazed to hear it had been voted the 4th best beach in the world as it was quite narrow and down the other end by the halycon cove not very nice and crowded. Entertainment:Entertainment i thought was good,you always had a good band in the courtyard with a few people getting up and dancing.The only thing was that they all finished too early in the evening.Over by the drunken duck they also had thing going on outside every night and it stayed open until 2am with occasional karaoke nights. Staff:Could not complain about the staff at all,always acknowledged you with a smile or hello and nothing was too much for them. Overall a great holiday(and i'll save the story about the tarantula i found on my door for another time!) Would i go back?....yes but not sure when as there are still other places in the world i would like to see. Read less
Travel on Oct 29-Nov 7th 2013. We had a good time on our honeymoon. In Nov it is considered rainy season, and it really was. It rained about 6 out of the 10 days we were there. Because it was our... Read more honeymoon we didn't really care. We stayed in the Mediterranean Village side in the Mediterranean Oceanview Grande Luxe Club Level Suite. I was happy we got a room that was a bit bigger for that long of a stay.There were two downfalls to our room 7315- it was it was right beside the ice machine - every morning at 9 someone (I think that worked there) came and took the ice out and it was loud. And the bed was sinking towards the middle causing sore backs! First thing I will say in case you don't make it to the bottom of this novel is that this is supposed to be the most romantic place to stay in the world. I wouldn't say that this is 100% true, however maybe 70%. BUT don't go thinking you are going to get upgrades or special treatment because EVERYONE is there on their honeymoon. The hotel is really cute in giving you champagne and nice cards etc but nothing was differentiating us from the couple next door also on their honeymoon or anniversary. There is nothing wrong with this, it kind of makes for a lot of love around, but your honeymoon is supposed to be about you and you have to make it that way for yourselves! Moving on....Everything was very beautiful and the people that worked there were SO nice! The only thing I think that could have been better was the food! We were kinda disappointed in this part. We did a few excursions that were fun,: the sunset cruise, the ATV tour (recommended), and the shopping trip (recommended only because the cost was cheap enough). The beach was really nice however we weren't there much due to the rain. There were lots of vendors but they were respectful. Unfortunately there were a few guys there everyday and they offered us drugs. The hotel had a note saying that anyone offered drugs should report it but we did not. We just minded our own business and it was fine! There were some boats really close to shore so not a lot of free wading space, but the bottom was all sandy - no coral or rough patches or gross seaweed. Overall I would definitely recommend. Read less
Just spent the week of Thanksgiving at Sandals Antigua and had a wonderful time - the food was excellent and I agree with the last rater that being all inclusive sometimes means sacrificing quality... Read more but that was not the case here. Omarie was our concierge and he went out of his way to help us customize some trips and events with what we wanted to do. That differed greatly from what the ordinary tourist does! The ladies in the French Café were awesome and a pleasure to see first thing in the morning (that's why I'm here because I normally wouldn't do this either!) The island folks are great - even those on the beach selling whatever they can like Kenny! Loved the room - we stayed at the Mediterranean and the room was top notch. Read less