Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

Voted ‘Caribbean’s Most Romantic Resort’ year after year, and tucked amidst riotous tropical gardens on one of Antigua’s best beaches, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa offers couples two holidays in one. Choose from the charming Caribbean Beachfront Grove hidden in lush gardens, or the all-suite Mediterranean Ocean View 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.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Night Club
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access

Where is it

On the most beautiful and longest white sand beach in Antigua — Dickenson Bay. Transfer time from airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

373 rooms and suites within 2 villages. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi access, coffee/tea maker, amenity kit, safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and 1 king-size bed. Caribbean Deluxe are located in one-storey cottages in the tropical gardens of the Caribbean Grove, with a walkout entry garden patio.

All Inclusive of: Sandals resorts are Luxury Included®; from deluxe accommodation, fine dining, unlimited premium-brand drinks, transfers, tips and taxes, to a huge range of sports facilities and entertainment — it's all included!

 

Caribbean Grove:

Caribbean Honeymoon Deluxe are located in one-storey Cottages in the tropical garden of the Caribbean Grove, complete with private patio.

Caribbean Premium are located on the ground floor, with private patio overlooking the gardens and main pool.

Caribbean Honeymoon Premium are located on the ground floor, with private patio overlooking the gardens and main pool.

Caribbean Grande Luxe Poolside Rooms are located on the ground and first floors, and have a private balcony or patio offering pool and garden views.

Caribbean Honeymoon Grande Luxe Poolside Rooms are located on the ground and first floors, and have a private balcony or patio offering pool and garden views.

Caribbean Honeymoon Grande Luxe Poolside Walkout Rooms are located on the ground floor and feature a private patio opening out onto a quiet cottage pool and gardens.

Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Luxury Club Level Rooms are large rooms offering panoramic views of Dickenson Bay, the gardens or the pool.

Sunset Bluff Luxury Poolside Walkout Club Level Rooms are located on the ground floor with walkout access to the resort's pool.

Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Luxury Poolside Walkout Club Level Rooms are located on the ground floor with walkout access to the resort's pool.

Caribbean Walkout Club Level Veranda Suites are located on the ground floor, and have private patio with views of the gardens and direct walkout access.

Caribbean Honeymoon Walkout Club Level Veranda Suites are located on the ground floor, and have private patio with views of the gardens and direct walkout access.

Caribbean Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level Rooms are located on the second floor and overlook the northern edge of Dickenson Bay beach.

Caribbean Honeymoon Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level Rooms are located on the second floor and overlook the northern edge of Dickenson 

Caribbean Beachfront Grande Luxe Walkout Club Level Rooms are on the ground floor with walkout patio directly onto the beach and pool, and complete with views of Dickenson Bay.

Caribbean Honeymoon Beachfront Grande Luxe Walkout Club Level Rooms are on the ground floor with walkout patio directly onto the beach and pool, and complete with views of Dickenson Bay.

Caribbean Honeymoon Seaside Butler Suites are expansive suites located on the ground and first floors with garden views, bedroom and living area incorporated in one area. The bathroom comes complete with whirlpool tub and overhead rain shower and double vanity.

Caribbean Honeymoon Beachfront Butler Suites are located on the ground and first floors, with views over Dickenson Bay from the patio or balcony. The bathroom comes complete with whirlpool tub, overhead rain shower and double vanity.

Caribbean Beachfront Butler Rondovals are located just steps from the beach, and are individual circular buildings with cone-shaped roofs and patios with ocean and beach views. These Love Nest Suites® also feature a bathroom with a bathtub/shower combination and marble vanities.

Caribbean Honeymoon Butler Rondoval with Private Pool Sanctuary are in individual circular buildings with cone-shaped roofs, and feature a private plunge pool. These Love Nest Suites® also feature a bathroom with a bathtub/shower combination and marble vanities.

Mediterranean Village:

Mediterranean Club Level Suites are located on the ground level and 1st floors, and feature either a private patio or balcony with garden views, and bathroom with walk-in rain shower and separate whirlpool tub.

Mediterranean Walkout Club Level Suites are as above but located on the ground floors with walkout patio out to the gardens.

Mediterranean Honeymoon Oceanview Club Level Suites feature a private balcony overlooking Dickenson Bay, the Mediterranean Village pool and the gardens. The bathroom comes complete with his and hers vanities, a whirlpool tub and separate walk-in rain shower.

Mediterranean Oceanview Grande Luxe Club Level Suites are large suites with private balcony or patio with ocean and beach views. The bathroom comes complete with his and hers vanities, a whirlpool tub and separate walk-in rain shower.

Mediterranean Honeymoon Romeo and Juliet Oceanview Penthouse One-Bedroom Butler Suites are located on the top floors, with panoramic views of Dickenson Bay, the gardens and pool from the oversized balcony. These Love Nest Suites® also feature a living area, and bathroom with marble wash basins, a Roman whirlpool tub and separate walk-in overhead rain shower.

Mediterranean Oceanview Penthouse One-Bedroom Butler Suites boast spectacular views of Dickenson Bay from the oversized balcony. These Love Nest Suites® also feature a separate living room, and bathroom with two marble wash basins, a Roman whirlpool tub and separate walk-in overhead rain shower.

Mediterranean One-Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary have views over Dickenson Bay from the private patio, which comes complete with plunge pool and whirlpool. These Love Nest Suites® also feature views of the private pool from the bedroom, and a bathroom with a Roman whirlpool tub, separate walk-in overhead rain shower and two marble wash basins. 

Club Sandals Service:

  • Dedicated Club Sandals Lounge accessible 24-hours with Club Sandals concierge available 8:00am-10:00pm daily to assist with excursions, restaurant reservations, spa bookings and anything else you may need
  • Preferred Club Sandals Lounge check-in with chilled towel and Champagne upon arrival
  • Weekly hosted activities such a cocktail parties, martini evenings, wine tasting and snorkelling
  • In-room stocked mini-bar with a selection of spirits, beer and wine as well as soft drinks, juices and water
  • Room service available from 7:00am-10:00pm daily

Sandals Butler Service:

Providing you with uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers. Beginning with lemongrass-scented hand towels and welcome cocktails and culinary treats upon arrival, a private resort orientation and a luggage unpacking service you will then be supplied with a personal mobile phone to reach your Butler when needed. Your wish is their command! In addition, butler guests will also have 24-hour room service and access to all the Club Sandals amenities and weekly activities.

  • Complimentary honeymoon package: receive a bubbly welcome, a romantic turndown service on your first night, and breakfast in bed one morning of your choice.

    To qualify for the Luxury Included® complimentary honeymoon package, all you have to do is check in online at https://www.sandals.co.uk/honeymoons/free/after booking your honeymoon. Offer valid for travel within 30 days of your wedding date. Terms and conditions apply. 

  • Free anniversary night:receive a free night in celebration of your anniversary when staying a minimum of 7 nights in a Club or Butler level category for travel between now–31 Dec ‘21.

    To qualify for the free anniversary night, all you have to do is provide proof of marriage licence within 14 days of booking. Either visit us at your local store or call our Service Team on 0333 355 8179 who will be able to process this for you. Bookings will then be adjusted to reflect the free night. Offer valid for travel within 30 days of your wedding anniversary date. Not applicable on any Over-the-Water Suites. Terms and conditions and black outs may apply. 

  • Free wedding: minimum stay 3 nights. Government and documentation fees at extra cost. Conditions apply. 

5-Star Global Gourmet™ at Sandals Resorts brings new sights, sounds and tastes to all guests at each meal — of course, all included! 11 dining options: Bayside (International; buffet for breakfast and lunch, French Brasserie for dinner), Mario’s (buffet breakfast and à la carte Italian for dinner), Kimonos (Japanese Teppanyaki, reservations required), Soy (Sushi Bar), O.K Corral (Tex-Mex), Eleanor’s (Caribbean; open for breakfast and dinner, reservations required), Drunken Duck (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 buffet.

Nightly entertainment with live performances, beach and cocktail parties, theme nights and karaoke nights.

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*. Scuba-diving* (free for certified divers, fee applies to others), windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaks, paddle boards, pedaloes, sunfish sailing and Hobie Cats.

SnapShots photo shop* and gift shop. Complimentary WiFi access in all room categories and public areas.

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

2 nights.

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: evening dress code for gentlemen states that smart trousers or jeans, long or short sleeve dress shirts (with or without collar) and dress shoes or sandals must be worn. Shorts, t-shirts, sleeveless shirts, trainers, flip-flops, hats and caps are not permitted in the evening.

Please note: two people in love over 18 years only.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating very bad service

Jul 28, 2021 V5953FImarinam

My stay at Sandals Antigua was far less than I expected, after seeing so many mixed reviews before booking, we decided to try and give a shot for Sandals Grande Antigua. Unfortunately only room accommodation at the time of booking was available was Honeymoon Grand Luxe Pool Side room, we did not know that pool side room will be in the back of… Read more
My stay at Sandals Antigua was far less than I expected, after seeing so many mixed reviews before booking, we decided to try and give a shot for Sandals Grande Antigua. Unfortunately only room accommodation at the time of booking was available was Honeymoon Grand Luxe Pool Side room, we did not know that pool side room will be in the back of Chinese restaurant kitchen and not pool side. We ask if we can be moved to correct room that we booked, we were told nothing is available. When we arrived on Saturday, to check in, the desk staff rudely informed us that our room was occupied by someone else. > Almost immediately it became very obvious that if you were not a Diamond Club Member you will have practically no service. This resort should have advise on their website resort room description "Be Aware limited service if you not a Diamond Club member" you meant nothing to the staff at this resort. In front of me, they treated diamond club members with kindness and respect, offered basic amenities, and waited on them hand and foot. > while to me I was denied basic services like pool chair or umbrella to cover from sun exposure, this basic is standard at All inclusive resorts I’ve stayed at. It was unacceptable and disappointing service, to my husband and I. The resort was also informed that this was our wedding anniversary — a hotel manager called our room on the day of our anniversary and asked if they did anything for us, to which I said no. That night they quickly set up a table with candles for our dinner reservation at Eleanors, which was nice. However, the card was printed upside down. The hotel did not seem to care about any part of our reservation, and in an attempt to avoid a negative review they quickly put something together. The effort was appreciated, but FAR LESS than any other resort we have stayed at in the past. > Finally, at Eleanor's dinner, I alerted the waitress that there were many ants on our table and near our food. She came over and sweeper them off the table and said “it’s okay.” The following day, Wednesday, I became incredibly sick with food poison which ruined the remainder of my trip. I had to utilize the doctor services on the resort, which was my most positive experience of the entire stay, as the doctor and nurse were both kind and helpful and made every effort to help me. The nurse also checked in on me next day. Meanwhile the remainder of the hotel staff denied our request to cancel or reschedule massages and excursions we have planned. They denied bringing me tea or water through room service, because I am not a Diamond Club Member. My husband was forced to do all of these things by himself because I was so sick from the ant-infested meal I had earlier in the week. To add another point to this, while I was sick I kept the “do not disturb” sign on my door, yet every day the cleaning staff came and banged on my door (despite me yelling “no! Not today!” over and over again) until I finally answered. Each day, when I pointed out the do not disturb sign, they pretended not to have seen it. > Being that Sandals Resorts come highly recommended for their service and amenities, I had high expectations for the money I paid for this anniversary trip. After this experience, I will never stay with Sandals again or recommend them to friends or family. I was incredibly disappointed by their lack of customer service, respect and cleanliness. Read less
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Jul 27, 2021 zachhinojos Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

This was my second sandals resort and by far my favorite!!! The resort is absolutely beautiful and very well kept. The beach is long, very pretty, amazing white soft sand. It is a public beach so there are vendors, but that’s okay with me because they are usually cheaper, and if you are nice to them, they are nice to you. If you don’t want to… Read more
This was my second sandals resort and by far my favorite!!! The resort is absolutely beautiful and very well kept. The beach is long, very pretty, amazing white soft sand. It is a public beach so there are vendors, but that’s okay with me because they are usually cheaper, and if you are nice to them, they are nice to you. If you don’t want to buy, be nice, tell them no and everything is okay. The food was GREAT. I was skeptical to eat at barefoot for dinner but it was one of my favorite meals. Soy, kimonos, and Eleanors were our favorite. We did a private dinner and upgrade to the tour that over looks the pool and beach for 50 dollars more, well worth it!!! The staff was extremely friendly!!!! Housekeeping was so friendly, they even came by on our last day, just to tell us bye! The entertainment team was amazing. Ron and Shenika were so much fun! Knew our names by day two, and always asked how we were doing and went above and beyond to serve us!!!! Ronel, the chef at kimonos was so entertaining and a great cook. I highly recommend this resort and I will definitely return!!!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful experience - would rate a 4.5 if that was an option.

Jul 26, 2021 John H Jamison, Pennsylvania

My wife and I celebrated our 30 year wedding anniversary and exchanged our wedding vows with our family present (10 people total). Really enjoyed the "Sandals experience" - many employees felt proud to work for Sandals and like to tell us about the customer experience training they receive. The Antigua property was 100% full but so large you… Read more
My wife and I celebrated our 30 year wedding anniversary and exchanged our wedding vows with our family present (10 people total). Really enjoyed the "Sandals experience" - many employees felt proud to work for Sandals and like to tell us about the customer experience training they receive. The Antigua property was 100% full but so large you never felt crowded and where largely able to do what we wanted but had to be flexible on dining times. Staff was overall friendly and very helpful. Food was good to very good but certainly not consistently excellent (what I would expect). Very good overall value. I would highly recommend the property for those who want this type of experience! Read less
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Jul 25, 2021 JeannieReynolds

This is the first time we have been to Antigua, also our first time at a Sandals resort. We could not have asked for a better trip. We felt quite blessed to be somewhere so beautiful. We were picked up immediately from the airport by a kind taxi driver. He drove us along the coast so we could get excited about our trip. We were greeted by… Read more
This is the first time we have been to Antigua, also our first time at a Sandals resort. We could not have asked for a better trip. We felt quite blessed to be somewhere so beautiful. We were picked up immediately from the airport by a kind taxi driver. He drove us along the coast so we could get excited about our trip. We were greeted by wonderful people at Sandals. We were a part of "Club Sandals", which was supposed to be an upscale concierge service for us. They assisted us in making dinner reservations, which is the one part that had a few issues. We made reservations for a restaurant on the resort each night. When we went to the restaurants, most of them did not have our reservation. They all were eager to get us seated, so it was not a problem, until we went to our private candlelit dinner on the beach. This was also not scheduled. We were quite frustrated, but thanks to the managers on staff (Martin and Stanley), we were still able to have the perfect romantic dinner we'd hoped for. We cannot say enough about them and their eagerness to help us and correct the issue. They promised to look into what caused those issues and correct them. Hopefully, no one else experiences this small glitch. That being said, the food was amazing, especially thanks to the chef, Juleen. She personally came to our table to greet us and make sure everything was perfect. In fact, the entire staff is amazing. Everyone greets you with a smile and a kind hello. We had spa treatments (facials in the salon and massages on the beach - highly recommend!!). They were over the top. We enjoyed so much of our trip. It was easy to meet other guests with the wine tasting and cocktail party. They had trivia about Antigua, so we were able to learn more about the island and its people. The bartenders, wait staff, front desk staff, photographers, and janitorial staff were all worth praise. A few stuck out in our minds. Carol Aaron kept our room perfect and always had a smile for us. She was so kind and patient with us when we happened to be in the room when she came by to clean. She even stopped by on our last day to say good bye and to thank us for coming. We cannot say enough kind words about her. We also have to give a big shout out to Delmore. He is a photographer on staff. He has an amazing eye and is full of useful info about the island and resort in general. We will definitely be back! Read less
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Jul 25, 2021 tracig2

This was our 2nd Sandals in 20 years and honestly nothing has changed as far as quality. The resort grounds are beautiful as is the beach. However, the rooms and common areas are not maintained as far as cleanines. We has anrs in our suite throughout which we contacted our butlers and housekeeping came and sprayed only to have the issue again… Read more
This was our 2nd Sandals in 20 years and honestly nothing has changed as far as quality. The resort grounds are beautiful as is the beach. However, the rooms and common areas are not maintained as far as cleanines. We has anrs in our suite throughout which we contacted our butlers and housekeeping came and sprayed only to have the issue again the next day. I believe the reason for this was that there was a gap at our front door and the hallway in the Mediterranean towers were not cleaned as ther there was room service dishes and drinks constantly being left in the hallways for hours therefore attracting insects. We never saw the personnel clean the common areas (i.e. tables, chairs) around the property as there were always dishes, garbage and glasses left by guests. With covid you would think that the property would be more cleaned throughout the day. Our butlers, Sean and Niecer were great and we loved them. The only disappointment we had was we there to celebrate our 26th Anniversary and nothing, I mean nothing was done for us. No decorations no special celebration jesters. The resort, our TA and butlers all knew we were here to celebrate our anniversary and nothing. On our butler preference form, we were asked what kind of snacks we would like and we let them know only to get nothing. I requested fresh flowers in our suite and again nothing. We had hordevors the first 2 afternoons and 1 bath drawn and then nothing. Butler service was nice, but we did not get what was advertised or promised. As far as the restaurants, the only good place to eat was Soy and Barefoot Grill. All others not so good, especially Marios. The staff there for both breakfast and dinner were extremely rude and acted like you were putting them out. No personal service whatsoever. O.K. Corral we watched the chefs and servers fight constantly when we had dinner which was unpleasant. Overall the food was mediocre. George and staff at Soy were personable knew what we liked when we came in, especially for me it was great as I don't like sushi, but George always had my edame and ginger salad waiting for me. We did a couple massage at Red Lane and even though the massages were the best we ever had, there was no spa experience. We checked in, changed into our robes and sat us in a hallway on chairs. No relaxing music, scents, fruit water, etc to be offered. Just sit and wait. After the massage I gave the spa attendant a tip fir the 2 of them and her comment wasn't his is for the 2 of us?" Indicating the tip was not enough, so my husband went back to our suite and got more money which amounted to 40% tip. We have been to many Secret Resorts and the spa experience there is something that Sandals needs to take tips from. Overall, we are glad we went because it was a vacation well needed, however things could have been better. This chain needs to work on there customer service, condition of properly and live up to the 5 star rating they advertise. I doubt we will ever do a Sandals resort again. We will stick to Secrets and try Excellence resorts next time. I wish it was a better review. As stated, we did like Sean, Niecer and George as well as the grounds and beach, but that was it. Read less