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 as above.

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 as above.

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 as above.

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 as above.

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 as above.

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 as above.

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 access to all the Club Sandals amenities and weekly activities.

  • Complimentary honeymoon package: receive a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, a turndown service with flower petals on your bed on your first night, and fresh flowers 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–26 Dec ‘20.

    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.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Bad customer service

Nov 13, 2019 Travel777805 Washington DC, District of Columbia

I don’t often take time to leave reviews but this experience merits for others to know. The resort is in excellent condition, very well kept, except the Mediterranean side. That’s what they call the older rooms which are way outdated and leave nothing to desire. Now, customer service. I’ve been to resorts way less expensive than this and client… Read more
I don’t often take time to leave reviews but this experience merits for others to know. The resort is in excellent condition, very well kept, except the Mediterranean side. That’s what they call the older rooms which are way outdated and leave nothing to desire. Now, customer service. I’ve been to resorts way less expensive than this and client service has been on point, here, however, most of the staff treat guests indifferent and often have an attitude. It’s not all staff but most. There are some like Sasha, who’s an entertainer, that are very very nice (as you would expect) and go above and beyond to please guests. My husband and I are a young couple and went to Antigua for our honeymoon, we stayed at the Veranda suite because most rooms were al ready booked by the time we got to make the reservation, May, 2019 for our honeymoon on November, 2019. The package they include as “honeymoon” isn’t special at all, it includes the same breakfast you can get at any of the restaurant, they just bring it to bed. We chose it for one day and they called the day before and woke us up because they had the days mixed up, again, they don’t pay attention. All that said, the food was good, I wouldn’t say 5 starts but at least 4. Eleanor’s restaurant was delicious, as well as Soy. Ok Corral had good tacos, I was happy because I love Mexican food. Reservations are required for Eleanor’s, Ok Corral, and Kimonos. Making reservations was imposible, we tried as soon as we got there and everything was booked. Tried again the following day and were able to get for Eleanor’s and Ok Corral, not able to get for Kimonos because they were fully booked. Overall, we enjoyed our stay because of the nice big pool and all the time to relax, there is no nightlife, just a few activities that end early. Wouldn’t go back here for sure, not only because we thought it boring but because of the horrible service. My opinion is employees don’t care because they’re not allowed to take tips. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Twice a year, Never disappoints, never gets old, always more special than the last.

Nov 13, 2019 Ginger2124 Staten Island, New York

Sandals Grande Antigua SGA has become a second home to us over the past 10 years. We visit twice a year and each trip has become more special than the previous thanks to the staff. Our most recent trip in October 2019 was extraordinary, as my husband and I renewed our wedding vows. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by countless staff… Read more
Sandals Grande Antigua SGA has become a second home to us over the past 10 years. We visit twice a year and each trip has become more special than the previous thanks to the staff. Our most recent trip in October 2019 was extraordinary, as my husband and I renewed our wedding vows. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by countless staff members that are like family to us. I will highlight just a few of our favorite things and the incredible people @ SGA that make It “Home” to us. Restaurants: Mario’s.. the anti pasta bar is incredible! Coming from NY, we know what good Italian food is, Mario’s does not disappoint! And the chocolate lava cake is a great ending! The hostess Sylvia is warm and welcoming to everyone that walks through the door. Ken, the friendliest restaurant manager, is second to none. He is always happy and has the best smile. You walk in and simply feel happy and relaxed. He is constantly checking on each table to make sure everyone is okay and taken care of. You meet him once and you will never forget him. He is one of a kind. Soy... Hands down the best sushi we’ve ever had! George, the “blackanese” sushi chef (as he calls himself) is incredible. He takes so much pride in his work and always goes above and beyond to make sure everything you order is perfect. He loves to surprise you with one of his own specialties and never disappoints. George has been with SGA longer than almost any other staff member. He is a true professional, a tremendous asset at SGA and an all around, good human being. Even if you don’t like sushi, stop in and say hello. When you do, make sure to say hello to Jessica too! She is such a warm and outgoing person. You can’t help but want to know her better... and if you’re lucky, she might sing while you’re there. Nic is the manager at Soy/Kimonos. She is without question one of the nicest people we have ever met. Always has a smile, holds the door as her guests arrive and makes you feel at home from the moment you step in. Soy is always busy but Nic finds the time to make sure everyone is happy and taken care of. Drunken Duck... Great for a quick dinner or late night snack and has our favorite dessert on property, the bread pudding! Our favorite waitress on property happens to work here too!! Claudine! Always thrilled to meet new people and even more excited to see familiar faces! Makes you feel special every time she sees you. She is part of the fabric of SGA. Cafe Paris... everyone’s favorite pit stop on property! The coffee is a must, the pastries and ice cream are awesome, and the cookies are to die for. For me however, it’s the CREPES that are so addicting!!! I could probably survive on just them for the week! My favorite is peanut butter, Nutella and banana. Give it a try! But the heart of Cafe Paris is Sylvia. Stop in, and take a moment to say hello. You’ll be happier for it. She is one of those people that you meet once and never forget. The world should have more Sylvia’s. The spa... Kayan has been my “go to massage girl” for many years! If she’s not available, Beverly is awesome too. Can’t go wrong with either of them. Both excellent and both sweethearts! Being we were renewing our vows, I decided to have my hair and makeup done for the first time. After researching online, the name “Michelle Mac” came up so many times that I had to request her. Well I’m so thankful I did! She was awesome! I was so happy with my hair, I wish I had her 20 years ago on my wedding day! I don’t usually wear much makeup, so I wanted a natural look. She did exactly what I asked. If you want your hair or makeup done, request Michelle Mac! You will leave happy! Loyalty and travel, previously known as “Soon Come Back” (which I like better) One of our favorite things to do when we are there... is book our next trip! The new countdown is what makes leaving tolerable. And saving an extra 12% (butler category room) if you book while you’re there is a nice perk! Stop in and see Alex or Marcia... they are so much fun!!!! They work tirelessly to find the perfect resort and room that fits you and will do whatever they can to get you the best deal. Just really good people, who love what they do! Butler staff... My husband and I splurged when we booked our first Sandals trip, and booked a butler category room. Well, that’s all it took. We were hooked. While the list of things the butlers will do for you is endless, for us however, it’s simply the saving of the chairs! We don’t like to wake up early on vacation to get our favorite spot on the beach. (We are also creatures of habit so we like the same spot every day) It’s so nice waking up when we want and knowing we are all set up. Chairs, Towels and a cooler filled with our favorite drinks. That’s just what WE appreciate most but the list of what they do for their guests is incredible. I am always in awe at how hard they work, how many rooms they have assigned to them at one time, and yet make you feel like you’re their only guest. Our first butler in Antigua was Hunter and we have been lucky to have had him with us for every trip since then. Hunter is a CUT ABOVE and sets the bar high for all butlers. He will do anything and everything to make your trip as special and memorable as possible. After so many years, you would think that we’ve seen it all but somehow Hunter makes each visit new and comes up with more special ways to surprise us. We were finally able to show him just how much he means to us. My husband asked him to stand as his Best Man, for our vow renewal. In addition to Hunter, we’ve been fortunate to have other incredible butlers throughout the years. Jeneva, June and most recently Laurecia to name a few. These ladies were such a blessing the day of our ceremony. They took on the role of a sister and were with me every step of the way. If you are lucky enough to have any of them assigned as your butler, you are guaranteed to have an incredible vacation. Little secret... June and Laurecia can sing like no other! Being it was our 20th Anniversary, we wanted to renew our vows. It was an easy decision to do it in our favorite place with so many staff members who have become family to us. I would like to acknowledge someone who went above and beyond to make our day extra special, Luana from the wedding department. From the moment we met, we knew we were in the best hands. She took her time and explained exactly how the day would go from start to finish. Luana took her time going over every detail, made sure to ask specific questions to personalize our ceremony and walked the entire resort in the rain showing us every location until we picked the perfect spot for us, which ultimately was the beach gazebo. When the day of our ceremony arrived, Luana was there from start to finish. She knew I was nervous and reassured me that everything was taken care of. She has such a calming presence, which is exactly what I needed. While this may have been the first time we met Luana, it felt like we’ve known her forever. I would also like to mention SGA hotel manager, Leighton. While I intended on walking to the gazebo alone, as the moment approached I was overwhelmed. Leighton appeared and saw how nervous I was, gave me his arm and walked me to my husband who was waiting in the gazebo. I was so grateful and will never forget what that random act of kindness meant to me. He may be the hotel manager right now but I have no doubt he will have the title of General Manager one day! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overall our 5 nights stay at Sandals Grande Antigua was amazing!

Nov 12, 2019 cmplme

The beach and water are fantastic! The drink service was hit or miss but the bar is not too far away. The pools are also great. Two of them have swim up bars. We stayed in a Caribbean Club Level Junior Suite. The location was perfect but the room itself was so-so. Nothing luxurious at all about the room. We also had trouble getting alcohol… Read more
The beach and water are fantastic! The drink service was hit or miss but the bar is not too far away. The pools are also great. Two of them have swim up bars. We stayed in a Caribbean Club Level Junior Suite. The location was perfect but the room itself was so-so. Nothing luxurious at all about the room. We also had trouble getting alcohol that we ordered and getting the mini fridge restocked. We had to call a couple of time to make this happen. The food was great. We ate at Elanor’s, Barefoot, and Mario’s. Barefoot was my favorite. Great atmosphere as it is right on the beach. I had read other reviews that sea gulls tried to get your food from your plate but we didn’t have this experience. I didn’t even see a gull around the restaurant. Outside of Mario’s there is a place you can get pizzas. Monday nights they have a BBQ which was awesome! Plenty of opportunities to get drinks throughout the property. The entertainment is ok. The service was great! Everyone at this resort was super nice and would do anything for you. The airport transfer went very smoothly. We did a few of the excursions. Shirley Heights on Sundays is a must! We also took a shopping trip into St. John’s. The Power 360 Tour around the island was a perfect way to see the sights and they also take you snorkeling if you want. Antigua is an amazing island and I would definitely come back. I would definitely like to try another Sandals property sometime in the future. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not the Best but Not the Worst

Nov 12, 2019 Latrice E Nebraska

We've visited 5 Sandals resort thus far and while this wasn't the worse (Barbados) it wasn't the best. I am currently writing a letter to management about some of the crew and the poor service in the Bayfront restaurant. Please be sure that you understand there is a Mediterranean side of the resort and a Caribbean side. I liked the layout of the… Read more
We've visited 5 Sandals resort thus far and while this wasn't the worse (Barbados) it wasn't the best. I am currently writing a letter to management about some of the crew and the poor service in the Bayfront restaurant. Please be sure that you understand there is a Mediterranean side of the resort and a Caribbean side. I liked the layout of the property just needed a better map to find out where things were it took us 2 days to find out which pool had the pool volleyball. The Caribbean pool is a bit tucked away. I also shared with management about making sure there's more seating for guest. Unfortunately I noticed at every nightly event so many guest standing up due to there not being enough seats. The entertainment staff could be more interactive with all guest and not a select few, from my observation. The food and service was GREAT at Barefoot by the Sea. If you are a returning guest make sure you ALWAYS attend the special dinner they have because I haven't been disappointed yet. Overall it was a fair trip, there is much room for improvement so I will be sure to share all my thoughts with management. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Go diving & visit the duck

Nov 11, 2019 982sheilab Nashville, Tennessee, United States

We visited Sandals Grande Antigua in Oct/Nov and loved it (our 6th sandals/Beaches). As divers, we enjoyed the 2 tank dives the best (M, W, F). The days where we went to the south side were the best visibility and best sea life. The one tank mornings were hit or miss (T, T, S, S) and the afternoon dive is typically to the wreck. The sites close… Read more
We visited Sandals Grande Antigua in Oct/Nov and loved it (our 6th sandals/Beaches). As divers, we enjoyed the 2 tank dives the best (M, W, F). The days where we went to the south side were the best visibility and best sea life. The one tank mornings were hit or miss (T, T, S, S) and the afternoon dive is typically to the wreck. The sites close to the resort, including the wreck had poor visibility when we were there. The absolute best part of diving was Captain Akino, he is knowledgeable, safe, and funny!! Our favorite dive masters were Denzel, Alex, & Travis. As far as the rest of the resort... the sand is white and soft! The vendors were not overly annoying-we just said no thank you. There were a couple days with seaweed floating in, but it was not overwhelming or a problem. If you want a beautiful, white, long Beach, this is a great choice! We loved the Drunken Duck. The best beer is there (different from the rest of the resort) and the best drinks!! Louise is great! She takes the time to make each guest feel special. Our favorite bartender was Olson. He jumps around the resort and we followed him (like where’s Waldo :)) He is a super knowledgeable bartender, he taught us about several drinks and liquors. The thing I truly appreciated most about Olson is his humility-a true gentle giant. We went to Mario’s for breakfast almost every morning and several times for appetizers/dinner. Pedro was awesome! He remembered us each time, he ensured we had a great experience, and I heard him talking with his staff- asking their opinions and preferences. I appreciated the leadership style! The pizzas were fabulous! Eleanors was good, but don’t forget to bring long pants (men). The ribs at OK Corral were good!! The room had several issues, but we did not report them, just because we did not want to deal with the issues! We were in a walkout club in the almond building. The walkout door handle was falling apart, the rug smelled a little, the shower head dripped, and the jets in our tub did not work. There are cats on the resort. Some friendly & some are more snobby. The club team was fine, but we have experienced much better. We are not into the nightlife, so cannot speak to the quality. Overall, a good experience that we would recommend!! Read less