The Verandah Resort & Spa

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

This wonderful hotel is in an idyllic spot, up on the secluded Northeast coast, and everyone gets a well-appointed, lovely suite with its own oversized, furnished verandah. The rooms are all in single-storey, open-planned suites scattered throughout the beautifully landscaped, 30-acre resort which leads down to two sandy beaches. Natural materials have been used in the suites' classic Caribbean design, with gabled roofs and timber-clad frames. Learn Hobie Cat sailing, enjoy beach volleyball, explore the nature trails of the national park or admire the limestone formations of Devil's Bridge.

Amenities

  • Children's Pool
  • Children’s Playground
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Restaurant
  • Snorkelling
  • Anniversary and special occasions
  • Families

Where is it

On a bluff on the northeast coast of Antigua, fringed by two white sand beaches and next to a national park with nature trails. Transfer time from airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

186 open-planned suites and villas all with spacious, furnished terrace, living area with pull-out sleeper sofa, air-conditioning, satellite TV, WiFi access available*, tea/coffee maker, kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, kettle, safe, iron and board and 1 king-size bed. Hillside Suites sleep maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, using existing queen-size sofa bed.

Please note: Suites are open-planned, there is no separate bedroom or living room but instead, there are sleeping and living areas.

All Inclusive of: All meals, drinks by the glass and snacks (additional surcharge to dine at Nicole's Restaurant payable locally, subject to change). All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated.

Waterview Suites have partial sea views, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Waterfront Suites include all the above and are directly overlooking the bay with unrestricted views, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Interconnecting external terrace doors mean up to 8 people can be accommodated on request (subject to availability).

Superior Waterfront Suites overlook the beautiful Lovers Beach, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Waterfront Spa Suites sleeping maximum 2 adults. Includes five 45-minute treatments per person per week. (Not valid on day of arrival or departure).

2-Bedroom Villas (no pool) have a kitchen and dining area, spacious living area with flat-screen TV, pull-out queen-size sofa bed, 2 balconies and 2 bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms. An ideal choice for families, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 2 adults and 4 children.

2-Bedroom Villas with individual plunge pool have a kitchen and dining area, spacious living area with flat-screen TV, pull-out queen-size sofa bed, 1 balcony and 2 bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms. These Villas feature a plunge pool and a 180˚ view of the ocean. An ideal choice for families, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 2 adults and 4 children.

Please note: Rollaway beds are available for a local charge.

Please note: Suites are open-planned, there is no separate bedroom or living room but instead, there are sleeping and living areas.

  • Honeymooners: Honeymooners receive a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit plate in room on arrival and 25% discount off full price spa treatments (not applicable in the hair salon) when staying a minimum of 5 nights.

    Offers may not be combinable.

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here 

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 28 Feb '20 to receive up to 35% off the accommodation for stays between 3 Jan '19 – 2 Jan '21.

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

  • Kids stay free: up to 2 children, up to and including 11 years stay free when sharing a Hillside Suite, WaterView Suite, WaterFront Suite, Superior Waterfront Suite, 2-Bedroom Villa or a 2-Bedroom villa with plunge pool with 2 adults for travel between 9 Oct-22 Dec '19 and 4 Jan-22 Dec '20.

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

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Spacious accommodations scattered throughout a beautifully landscaped resort

Fantastic for couples and families — there’s a kids’ club for the children plus for the adults, a spa, recently upgraded gym and adult-only pool

Plenty of choice of water sports available from kayaks and sailing to scuba-diving* and snorkelling

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • 25% discount on your first full price spa treatment taken during the first week of your stay
  • 10% discount at the hotel shop
  • Free bottle of Rum

4 Restaurants: Seabreeze, the main restaurant (International cuisine; buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Nicole's* (fine dining à la carte offering Caribbean-fusion cuisine, open for dinner - surcharge applies, subject to change, reservations required.) Buccaneers (International à la carte with a Caribbean flavour, open for dinner only - reservations required) and The Beach Bar and Grill (light lunch, snacks and evening grill menu - dinner reservations required). Afternoon tea is served adjacent to the Main Pool Bar from 3:00pm-5:00pm daily. 4 Bars: Rasta Bar (beachside), Main Lounge Bar, the new Wadadli Snack Shack (serving light lunches) and the Beach Bar and Grill with additional seating. Reservations are required for dinner at Buccaneer, Beach Bar and Grill and Nicole's restaurants. À la carte restaurants and bars open on rotation.

Regular live evening entertainment. On-site Diamonds international shop.

2 swimming pools, of which one is adult only, plus children's splash pool at the kids' club. Non-motorised water sports including kayaking, pedalos, water hammocks, Hobie Cat sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and snorkelling. 2 tennis courts (lit for night time tennis). Beach activities including volleyball. Fitness centre. Spa Tranquility* and salon* offering beauty and body treatments plus an 'outdoor' treatment room. Kids' club for 2-12 years (must be potty trained) and playground. Teen Centre equipped with pool table, table tennis and shuffle board. 18-hole mini-golf. Scuba-diving* at sister resort, St James's Club & Villas.

Gift shop. Golf cart shuttle service (there are no vehicles within the resort). Complimentary WiFi in lobby and main pool/bar areas.

5 nights 3 Jan-31 Jan '19, 7 Mar-20 Dec '19, 3 Jan-31 Jan '20 and 7 Mar-20 Dec '20.

7 nights 1 Feb-6 Mar '19, 21 Dec '19-2 Jan '20, 1 Mar-6 Mar '20 and 21 Dec '20-2 Jan '21.

7 nights required in the Waterfront Spa Suite at all times.

10 nights required in the Villas between 27 Dec '19–2 Jan '20.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: Child ages between 2-11 years.

Please note: Rollaway beds are charged at US$20 per night (subject to change).

Dress code: Day time – In the restaurants, shoes are worn and bathing suits are covered and dry. Evening time (after 6:30pm) — The following applies to Seabreeze, Nicole’s and Buccaneers’ restaurants plus Manager Cocktail Parties. Resort Island Casual — Long trousers, stylish jeans, dresses, skirts and dress shorts are permitted. Dress shoes and dress sandals are allowed (no flip flops or tennis shoes in the evening). Short or long-sleeved collared shirts (no T-shirts or Tank top/sleeveless shirts).

Please note: guests are required to present a valid form of ID (passport, driving license, ID card) along with a valid credit card at check-in. A USD$350 pre-authorisation will be processed on the credit card at check-in to cover for any incidental purchases or similar expenses. Incidental purchases may include tours, excursions, gift shop purchases or dining in the speciality restaurant. We understand that not all guests incur additional charges during their stay, but this process assists the resort with fraud prevention. Upon check-out, the pre-authorisation is released, assuming there are no charges made.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful "Parentmoon" vacation

Nov 12, 2019 michiganbrit Northville

We have just returned from a wonderful 11 days at The Verandah resort with two other couple from the UK. We went after our son got married as a sort of "Parentmoon" .. We had always wanted to visit Antigua and loved the island and the people. The Verandah is a gorgeous resort and the cottages are perfect. Nearly every single one of the staff are… Read more
We have just returned from a wonderful 11 days at The Verandah resort with two other couple from the UK. We went after our son got married as a sort of "Parentmoon" .. We had always wanted to visit Antigua and loved the island and the people. The Verandah is a gorgeous resort and the cottages are perfect. Nearly every single one of the staff are excellent and very friendly. The food is good, although we have had better at some Mexican All Inclusive resorts. We did go to Nicole's which was good, but obviously an additional cost. The beach bar was by far our favorite place for lunch and dinner. The beach's are in nice coves, so never got rough and we were able to take out the boats and windsurfer. The drinks at all the bars were excellent. The room, although a little dated, feels very Caribbean. We loved playing the mini golf. We did go to the Pineapple Resort for the day and did not like it as much, although the lunch shack up the mountain is fun and the ribs were great. Another thing we liked, was that there was never any "Timeshare" or "Trips" pressure sales from anyone, something which you usually experience at other resorts. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful location, friendly and relaxing atmosphere!

Nov 12, 2019 Chi11ed Kenilworth, United Kingdom

This was our first visit to Antigua, having spent a few holidays in various locations in and around the Caribbean, we looking for somewhere different to try. The hotel was around 30 minutes drive from the airport and was glad we had a taxi driver who knew where the potholes were! We were welcomed with a rum punch and cold towels and then taken to… Read more
This was our first visit to Antigua, having spent a few holidays in various locations in and around the Caribbean, we looking for somewhere different to try. The hotel was around 30 minutes drive from the airport and was glad we had a taxi driver who knew where the potholes were! We were welcomed with a rum punch and cold towels and then taken to our room by golf buggy. Most of the rooms were semidetached bungalow's and have varing views over the two bays that makes up the resort. The resort is built on hilly outcrops and so the bungalows are at different levels, but most will have a sea view of some description. Access around the resort is fairly easy, most of the activities and restaurants are around the main pool area, where there is free WiFi reception. There is a gym, a large buffet restaurant, the Buccaneer restaurant that has to be booked as well as Nicole's fine dining restaurant, for which there is an additional charge. There are a couple of other smaller pool areas, on of which is adult only with it's own small bar. The beaches are really safe, with gentle gradients, the main sports beach has Hobie Cat's, canoes, windsurfers, paddle boards and pedalos, the whole bay is well protected by a reef and gives the two inlets a very safe environment to participate in which ever activity you wish to have a go at! The rooms are spacious, the usual facilities are offered, with the addition of a microwave and fridge. Sliding doors open on to a balcony with table and chairs. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Consistently Inconsistent

Nov 9, 2019 Lori M London, Ontario, Canada

We have been here twice and also Pineapple Resort in the last 9 months. If you are a couple without kids trying to decide which resort to stay at, we suggest the Verandah for these two reasons: 1) the cottages are spacious and have gorgeous views of the bay and ocean, and 2) you dont have to line up at 8 am to make dinner reservations and save… Read more
We have been here twice and also Pineapple Resort in the last 9 months. If you are a couple without kids trying to decide which resort to stay at, we suggest the Verandah for these two reasons: 1) the cottages are spacious and have gorgeous views of the bay and ocean, and 2) you dont have to line up at 8 am to make dinner reservations and save lounge chairs on the beach. We refuse to line up for food or set alarms for places to sit especially while on vacation! Both resorts have good food but sometimes hit and miss, hence this review title. We did notice an improvement in service and did not have to wait as long for dinner this last time. Nicole's was okay but not as good as the Pineapple Grill if you plan to upgrade your dinner. Definitely will return for some more R&R and maybe to the new Hammock Cove sometime too. Read less
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Nov 9, 2019 Lindalwb Uckfield, United Kingdom

This resort is very well planned with ‘suites’ built all around the bay. Giving all accommodations view of the peaceful bay or Beach. Yes there is walking involved to the main pool/ restaurant areas but You can order a golf buggy to take you wherever you need to go on the resort. Fantastic resort for children. A kids club many activities… Read more
This resort is very well planned with ‘suites’ built all around the bay. Giving all accommodations view of the peaceful bay or Beach. Yes there is walking involved to the main pool/ restaurant areas but You can order a golf buggy to take you wherever you need to go on the resort. Fantastic resort for children. A kids club many activities available. There is a quiet adults only pool although the only disappoint was the bar for this area was poorly stocked . Food very good , the buffet giving a different culinary choice every evening, Italian,Mexican, Asian etc etc. TheBeach Bar & Grill was fabulous With relaxed dining and fantastic views. All the staff very attentive,friendly and so helpful. We will be back, Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fun chilled out place

Nov 8, 2019 Dave001-11 Holywood, United Kingdom

Really enjoyed our week here at Halloween- beaches were, while small,were quiet and beautiful (can also go to long beach next door for a bigger beach if you want), restaurants/beach bars were good with good food (even the buffet), bars were good with a nice chilled out vibe. Whole resort was friendly- staff & other guests. Rooms while not fancy… Read more
Really enjoyed our week here at Halloween- beaches were, while small,were quiet and beautiful (can also go to long beach next door for a bigger beach if you want), restaurants/beach bars were good with good food (even the buffet), bars were good with a nice chilled out vibe. Whole resort was friendly- staff & other guests. Rooms while not fancy were Caribbean in style, bright, spacious with a good shower & comfy bed. It was low season and there was no problem getting sun loungers or golf buggy lifts. A nice touch is the music, at the bars and pool there was great music played, added to the atmosphere and chilled out vibe of the place. Even enjoyed the evening entertainment and I can’t often say that! Also enjoyed the Calypso Cat snorkelling trip- the boat crew were great fun and really friendly. I have been to fancier, posher resorts on holiday but would take The Verandah’s relaxed friendly vibe over them any day. The resort was perfect for a family holiday, especially with the water sports equipment and top notch mini golf for a bit of variety with the kids. Everyone staying at the resort was really friendly which was nice, English, Irish, Canadian and American predominantly. We will definitely be back, loved it! Special thanks to Sandra who was very friendly and the staff at the beach bar and entertainment staff who made such a fuss over r daughter’s 12th birthday - you women can really sing! It made her night. 😊 Read less