Sugar Ridge

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

In a spectacular elevated setting above Jolly Harbour, Sugar Ridge is a family-owned, independent, boutique hotel set amongst sugar-cane —hence the name! — and indigenous flora providing a beautiful setting — it really is the sweetest thing. Located on 11 acres of sloping parkland surrounded with colourful, indigenous flora and fauna, this certified Green Globe Hotel is fashionable in design and offers unparalleled views over the Caribbean Sea, palm-lined beaches and the headlands to Five Islands Bay. Tiered guest rooms are bright and spacious with stunning views of your spectacular surrounds. Contemporary in style, they’re also elegant, providing the perfect home-from-home experience. Ideal for a relaxing couples holiday, this hotel really does offer the best of both worlds — intimate seclusion with beaches, shopping, dining, galleries and attractions within easy access. Dining at the hotel is a treat with two distinct restaurants. Enjoy stunning sunsets and fine dining at Carmichael’s or discover the more casual buzzy atmosphere of the Sugar Club Restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor dining and live entertainment three times a week. Packed lunches are available for those of you who plan to explore the island. There are no less than three pools to choose from at the hotel and to make sure you're completely relaxed, pool attendants will be there to offer snacks and drinks, complimentary water scented with tropical fruit and refreshing cold scented towels. Bliss.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Horse Riding

Where is it

In an elevated position on the corner of Antigua's southwest coast, just minutes from beautiful beaches and a 25-minute drive from the capital of St Johns. Bustling Jolly Harbour Marina is just 2 minutes away and offers an 18-hole golf course*, tennis* and squash courts*, boating excursions*, scuba diving* and sport fishing trips*. Transfer time from airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

60 rooms tiered on the hillside in 14 two-storey buildings (no lifts) and 2 single-storey buildings. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, LCD flat-screen cable TV, WiFi access, telephone, iHome/iPod docking station, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-fridge, mini-bar*, safe, umbrellas, bathrobes, AVEDA bath products, hairdryer and iron and board. King Room - Plunge Pool sleeps maximum 2 adults and 1 child (up to 12 years of age).

All Inclusive option: includes full English breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, bottled water, local-brand beers, house wine by the glass and regular brands of liquor. Dinner is taken at the Sugar Club. Dinner at Carmichael's Restaurant is included one day a week for each full seven days a guest stays. House wine/beer is served at Carmichael's restaurant. Supplements apply to premier wines from the wine list. Additional reservations can be made at a local charge. Some menu and bar restrictions apply and would have to be paid for separately by the guests. All Inclusive is only available at the Beach Bar from 10:00am-5:00pm daily.

Breakfast option: includes full English breakfast.

Half Board option: includes full English breakfast and dinner at the Sugar Club. Dinner at Carmichael's Restaurant is included one day a week for each full seven days a guest stays. Additional reservations can be made at a local charge.

King Room - Sea View sleeps maximum 2 adults and 1 child (up to 12 years of age).

Premium King Room - Plunge Pool sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child (up to 12 years of age).

  • Booking bonus: book by 31 Jan '20 and save up to 40% on a Bed and Breakfast board basis only for travel between 3 Jan '20-2 Jan '21. Minimum stays apply.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

2 restaurants and lounges: Carmichael’s Restaurant and Bar (fine dining Caribbean fusion cuisine and seafood), Sugar Club Restaurant and Bar (casual all-day dining, tapas and sushi). Room service*. Packed lunches* (on request).

Live entertainment and special events in the Sugar Club Lounge 3 times a week.

3 swimming pools (25 m lap pool, infinity-edge pool and 13 m fun pool). Pool attendant food and beverage service*. AVEDA concept Spa* with 4 treatment rooms, including one for couples. Fitness centre with cardio-equipment, free weights, personal training sessions*, Yoga shed with daily yoga classes, and a Pilates studio. Water sports* include scuba diving, snorkelling and sailboats. A variety of activities* including rainforest walks, bike rental, evening entertainment and movie nights under the stars.

Complimentary shuttle to selected nearby beaches. Complimentary WiFi access. Gift shop. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Newspaper delivery*. Hair salon*.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: child age is 3-12 years.

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Traveller rating

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Jan 9, 2020 TG-Toronto_1

Booked two nights via Booking.com for $380 CAD/night. The night before checking out asked Receptionist to extend for one more night for the same room so I wouldn’t have to change rooms. The receptionist Trevor said I had to wake up in the morning and check then if that’s possible. I explained that the reason I was extending was because I did not… Read more
Booked two nights via Booking.com for $380 CAD/night. The night before checking out asked Receptionist to extend for one more night for the same room so I wouldn’t have to change rooms. The receptionist Trevor said I had to wake up in the morning and check then if that’s possible. I explained that the reason I was extending was because I did not want to wake up early. Trevor was rude and obnoxious. Asked him to contact the manager. Waited for 45 min at the reception instead of going to sleep until Trevor informed me that I could stay in the same room for an extra night, the rate would be $239 USD including taxes, and I had to pay in the morning. Double checked with Trevor that $239 was including taxes. He confirmed with the yes. Came down to Reception the next day to pay. The receptionist would not honour the rate and said I had to pay $369 USD. Had to escalate the issue up to the general manager out of principle to honour the rate which was quoted. That took 45 minutes of my time and added to my aggravation from the previous night. Other than the bad customer service, the resort is meh. Would expect more for that price. The infinity pool is tiny - more like a pond. Only drinks, no food/snacks available at the pool. The Carmichael’s restaurant onsite Carmichael’s (which is apparently fine dining) was a bad experience too. The food was not good at all. Will not come back. Read less
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Jan 8, 2020 slawekcc

We have stayed here literally by chance as our family was scheduled to rent a house down the road, only to learn that the house was not ready and we had to book something last minute and Sugar Ridge was the only spot that had rooms available that matches our requirements. We are a family of four, little kids and we like privacy, cleanliness and… Read more
We have stayed here literally by chance as our family was scheduled to rent a house down the road, only to learn that the house was not ready and we had to book something last minute and Sugar Ridge was the only spot that had rooms available that matches our requirements. We are a family of four, little kids and we like privacy, cleanliness and convenience. Rooms were indeed clean, quite nicely furnished and finished, spacious and offered good amount of privacy in a very nice setting with views of jolly harbour, carribean sea and nearby green ridges and hills. Very picturesque area, especially if you like photography like me. Kids had tons of fun even though the resort is more of an adult place and there werent many kids there. Pool area is beautiful and extremely quiet, clean and conveniently located. We spent most of the time on the beach which, sadly, isn’t adjacent to the resort and you need the shuttle but in all honesty, shuttling was great, no issues and kids actually liked it. It only takes two minutes drive to the all inclusive Valley Church beach also called Nest beach. We did not mind the ride. Beach was awesome, maybe only except the day when cruise ships arrived and it get crowded but it’s not every day and couple days we literally had the beach to ourselves.... ten ppl maybe in total. Chairs are free for sugar ridge resort and umbrellas are usd 10 each so very cheap. The only complaint I would have is speed of service at the resort, for any meal, they are just very slow but then I need to remember I am from Canada and used to instant service and here I am on an island demanding fast service. Just remind them few times and relax, it will come but it may be little frustrating so 4 stars instead of five. We are very happy considering last minute decision. Read less
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Jan 3, 2020 kitsiegirl Columbia, Missouri

The staff at Sugar Ridge define “going above and beyond”. The team at the front desk were so welcoming and helpful and the rooms were gorgeous. However, the most important experience to have while at this resort is the Tony-lada! Tony is an amazing bartender with an even more amazing smile. His Tony-ladas will definitely set the stage for a… Read more
The staff at Sugar Ridge define “going above and beyond”. The team at the front desk were so welcoming and helpful and the rooms were gorgeous. However, the most important experience to have while at this resort is the Tony-lada! Tony is an amazing bartender with an even more amazing smile. His Tony-ladas will definitely set the stage for a beautiful Antigua day! Read less
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Jan 2, 2020 lyn51803 Gillingham, United Kingdom

We found the staff helpful but lots of them lacked training. The place needs a makeover and getting the shuttle up and down to your room a pain again the drivers are great. Carmichael’s restaurant is awful, the chef in the sugar club much better but the menus lack imagination. Sorry to say we won’t be going back.
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Jan 2, 2020 jessiebarks Stamford, Connecticut

Sugar Ridge is just what we desired for our week vacation on Antigua. We love small boutique hotels with amenities - pools, restaurant, bar(s), activities planned - island hike, yoga classes every day. Nestled in the beautiful hillside. JollyHarbor, rooms have been renovated and are lovely, clean, and great AC. The spacious balconies have… Read more
Sugar Ridge is just what we desired for our week vacation on Antigua. We love small boutique hotels with amenities - pools, restaurant, bar(s), activities planned - island hike, yoga classes every day. Nestled in the beautiful hillside. JollyHarbor, rooms have been renovated and are lovely, clean, and great AC. The spacious balconies have amazing views of bay and harbor from second floor units. Plunge pools not really an added upgrade bc on first floor units with views of hillside...and did not spend much time in rooms bc resort so beautiful. The BEST part of hte stay was watching the sunset every night from the Restaurant -bar and infinity pool on top of the mountain ...very few guests there and sometimes just us. Magical sunsets every night from the pool. We are very athletic oriented and actually enjoyed the steep climbs to the rooms and the restaurant pool on top level. Beware if you have physical disabilities as no elevators and tons of stairs everywhere...which we actually enjoyed the workout. Van to rooms and top if needed. Read less