The Verandah Resort & Spa

Antigua, Caribbean

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 4284 reviews

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

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Eat Free
  • Children’s Playground
  • Children's Pool
  • Room Service
  • Evening Entertainment

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 

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.

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.

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 4284 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The time of our lives

Feb 17, 2019 Sherry L Geneva

What a beautiful and peaceful place. They entire staff from the grounds keepers to the EVENT STAFF,and mamagers,bartenders. Everyone goes above and beyond. The food is good ,and Nichols is a fantastic restaurant. . The beaches are absolutely Devine. You will love it so much you will book your next vacation back before you leave. This island is so… Read more
What a beautiful and peaceful place. They entire staff from the grounds keepers to the EVENT STAFF,and mamagers,bartenders. Everyone goes above and beyond. The food is good ,and Nichols is a fantastic restaurant. . The beaches are absolutely Devine. You will love it so much you will book your next vacation back before you leave. This island is so beautiful..just like the people. Keep up the splendid work. Guys.. Janellee, Action, Everett, Dangelo, Andre angel ,kenny the chef and Michael. We love you guys,aND can't wait to see you next year. RICH AND SHERRY. :) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Totally relaxing

Feb 13, 2019 BarbaraWeaver Hamilton, Canada

Verandah had just opened up when we last visited Antigua. Because we had enjoyed such a great holiday, we decided to return this past January, and, it is truly a tropical paradise! The same laid back and casual feeling was still there, with really good food and so much to do right on the resort (and now so much more with the mini golf!!). We… Read more
Verandah had just opened up when we last visited Antigua. Because we had enjoyed such a great holiday, we decided to return this past January, and, it is truly a tropical paradise! The same laid back and casual feeling was still there, with really good food and so much to do right on the resort (and now so much more with the mini golf!!). We again enjoyed our room with the bonus of a large Verandah, and this year, we booked a Waterview suite and just loved our sea views. We remembered how great the staff had been to us and this time around - they were awesome! I still cannot get over the transformation of the landscaping and the vegetation. It really is amazing and fully added to our whole experience! Thank you Verandah! No doubt about it, we will return. Read less
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Feb 12, 2019 highflyer15 Pine Beach, New Jersey

My fiancé and I needed a winter getaway to unwind, relax and enjoy the sun. We chose to come to Verandah for several reasons. The first being that this resort separates itself from the rest by resisiting the temptation to go vertical. There aren’t any rooms, all suites, above anyone like most other multi story resorts. You get to enjoy the… Read more
My fiancé and I needed a winter getaway to unwind, relax and enjoy the sun. We chose to come to Verandah for several reasons. The first being that this resort separates itself from the rest by resisiting the temptation to go vertical. There aren’t any rooms, all suites, above anyone like most other multi story resorts. You get to enjoy the Caribbean on 3 of the 4 sides of your suite. That 4th side is the adjoining suite situated within the bungalow style building. You get to choose between a hillside, water view, water front or superior waterfront suite here. This is a huge deciding factor for us that enables us to fully unwind. The next reason for choosing Verandah was that I stayed here years back and loved the property. From the lush grounds, top shelf quality drinks, tranquility, customer service and more. Our stay was just as relaxing as my first but with some noticeable differences that caught our attention. It was these differences that resulted in my “average” rating. Had these differences not been so prominent, I would have selected “very good” or “excellent”. Please let me elaborate. First at check-in, the reception came off as cold and un-inviting. Additionally, the resorts welcome cocktail / beverage was absent. Once we received our key, Shawn transported us to our suite. From the outside, everything appeared as I remembered but once inside, the changes were evident. The suite appeared worn and dated. The tile floors were scuffed, chipped and tired looking. The balcony slider needed some attention along with the screen. Our side windows were missing screens forcing us to be aware of when we open them and how far we open them so the wild life stays out. You’re in the Caribbean in January, who wants to have the AC on instead of enjoying the gentle breeze and sounds of the ocean. Our next observation was the staff at the bar(s) and restaurants. It was evident that the resort was close to full occupancy and that the staff was attempting to keep up. As our stayed continued, we learned that there was a lot of new staff members mixed in with the seasoned staff. After conversing with a few of the veteran staff members, it confirmed our suspicion that the few were being challenged to make up the difference. One of the biggest pitfalls that we noticed, was in the middle of day for several hours, the “main beach” was without clean beach towels. Watching guest after guest inquire with the water sports staff about towels only to watch the guests expression of frustration grow more and more. I can’t fault the water sports staff because they were constantly calling in for towels without receiving any support. Mind you, the day before this, I witnessed the water sports staff carry five (5) full bags of dirty beach towels up the steps at the end of the day for cleaning. Another difference that we noticed was the menus at both Nicole’s and Buccaneers. The menus were intriguing the first time but quickly realized that they never changed. The same menu at both restaurants, every night became dull, boring and unappealing. We soon turned to the main buffet the last half of our vacation. Last but not least, we had to track down housekeeping those days we requested service to acquire towels that should have been replaced during service. A small inconvenience but definitely added to our observation. Two small gestures of hospitality by the housekeeping staff that was also missing were the fresh hibiscus flowers in the bathroom and the origami towels placed on the bed. Finally, the evening entertainment at the main bar by middle of our stay became stale and repetitive. There needs to be conscientious approach to the music diversity and the entertainment in order to keep the evening “alive” and engaging. Ever since my first stay here, I have boasted about Verandah to my friends and colleagues. I’m said to say that after this stay, I will be very cautious of my recommendation. Customer service and the staff’s ability to make this resort the best it can be need to be looked at in the mirror and an unbiased full staff meeting needs to take place to bring it back to the resort it once was. Read less
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Feb 12, 2019 prang1958 queens ny

Nice Resort ,room was very clean and spacious .Had a great view of the bay from my room .Food was mediocre , most of the staff there were not friendly except the front desk.Pink Panther trip was fantastic. The two ladies on our tour were great .The resort grounds was immaculate ,but there was not any beach to talk about.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Perfectly Wonderful and Timely Stay

Feb 12, 2019 Watercrake London, Canada

The end of January and early February in Southwestern Ontario can be gruesome. So, winging our way to Antigua couldn't have come at a better time. After a two hour wait on the tarmac at Pearson for de-icing and a bumpy, but still comfortable flight to the island we were thrilled to see a modern, attractive airport and feel the tropical breezes… Read more
The end of January and early February in Southwestern Ontario can be gruesome. So, winging our way to Antigua couldn't have come at a better time. After a two hour wait on the tarmac at Pearson for de-icing and a bumpy, but still comfortable flight to the island we were thrilled to see a modern, attractive airport and feel the tropical breezes that we came for. And it was here, as we were coming through Antiguan customs, that we got our first taste of the famous Island friendliness. Lovely smiles and welcome all around. The Verandah shuttles its guests to and from the airport and this was an absolute "no-brainer". Again, the friendly driver knows you are here for quiet and relaxation so he was taciturn and efficient. The island is small but it still takes a while to get to the resort. We chose the resort because of the set-up of having most suites outlooking the beach and Atlantic. Each plantation style duplex has a large balcony for relaxing, sipping wine and enjoying the breeze and sea/sky. Ours was actually facing the large pool with just a glimpse of the water. After our first night and the party at the pool we decided to upgrade to one of the eponymous "Verandah"-style rooms; overlooking the Water Sports Beach. Just sumptuous. (I doubt you could find a better aspect. Rm. 186 Flamboyan). The rooms are a wee bit tired but still comfortable and large. They are all air conditioned though with temperatures of 27 hi and 23 lo, (YES. ALL WEEK LONG), you will hardly need it. The day we moved into our room a new, hi-def tv was installed but there is limited content. Who wants to watch tv in paradise? There are kitchenettes with microwave, dishes, toaster, kettle and a fridge. The beds are really comfortable and the linens clean and pillows perfect. There is an old fashioned safe in the room so be prepared to carry the key around. Also, there is plenty of room for clothes in the dresser and a large well-equipped closet. The bathroom has everything you will need but, as mentioned, is somewhat tired. Our shower was very nice, expansive with plenty of hot water. My one real criticism of the room, indeed the resort itself, was its internet situation. You can activate your rooms wifi but it is spotty and slow. I had a mobile plan before I came and basically stayed with that as the wifi in the room was very cranky. This wonderful resort should really update their internet connectivity. No, we shouldn't be a slave to our smartphones but my wife and I did have some work to do while we were there and we needed to use them at least part of the holiday. The resort itself is beautifully laid out. We were wondering whether there were any other guests the first couple of days but were told by all the generous and helpful staff that the Verandah was completely booked. The spacing of the villas is wonderfully done and you just never feel it is overcrowded. The gorgeous landscaping and tropical plantings make you feel you are somehow in a rainforest. The pool and pool bar was our favourite hang-out in the evening. The entertainment was hit or miss and the reggae never stops but we loved that. Even the lesser entertainers had a certain charm to their performances, while a few of them were unbelievably polished. Drinks at the bar were plentiful and quickly provided, my favourite being the house Hurricane; made with Scotch. The house wines were actually pretty good too. If you want a bottle, however, that will be an extra charge or you can buy a bottle at the shop in reception. Otherwise, drink as much as you want by the glass. By the way, you get 2 bottles of water when you arrive but you can refill them all week at water stations. That water is filtered and potable. Water from the taps in your room can be used when brushing your teeth but you may not want to swallow it, it contains chlorine. Also of note: there is cappucino/coffee/tea bar next to the bar that always has cookies, pastries and fruit if you get up later or feel like being a tea-totaler. There are a number of dining options. A general buffet-style option is open most of the time and requires no reservation. This is the Seabreeze, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. There was a cricket tournament on the island while we were there and so a large number of Brits were checked-in. Breakfasts tended to be geared towards an English-style palate. Nothing wrong with that. We found the other restaurants on the resort very satisfactory. These were the Buckaneer and Nichol's. Both require reservations and Nicole's, (extra charge of $40 US per person), being noted as the upscale option. Proper dress is required at Nichol's so make sure you bring a nice shirt and pair of slacks. There is a Beach Bar and Grill, (actually located right next to our room), where you can order things like pizza, burgers and such. The bar has a gorgeous view of the Sports Beach and this has a water station. Great little hangout and it requires a reservation for dinner. Once during the week the resort has a Barbeque on the Beach. This is located at the Rasta Beach near the reception. It is sort of the same food as you are used to but at a lovely table on the beach with moonlight, a steel-drum band and fairy lights. This is buffet-style too but very tasty. It's quite a romantic evening. (We missed the fire dancer). Tours around the Island can be purchased at Reception and we would like to shout out to our Air Canada representative at the Resort, Jillian, who took care of us and recommended her friend and colleague, Josee...who was a gifted guide with a plethora of Island Knowledge and a connection to everything. He was a real joy and I hope he remembers us as fondly as we do him. Also, and this is an impressive day or part of a day, you can request time at the sister resort, The Pineapple, which is adults-only and just a short walk down the road from the Verandah. At the top of the mountain is Mary's Outhouse, a shanty with truly amazing BBQ ribs. Your all-inclusive access to food and drinks applies to The Pinapple too so eat or drink your fill. Their beach is gorgeous. Though you should always take precautions Antigua and Barbuda are very safe places and, unlike some other Caribbean destinations, can be walked or biked with little to worry about. Also, unlike other destinations, this is a very clean island with little to no litter anywhere. AND everyone is so friendly. Nelson's dockyard and Shirley Heights are not to be missed. St. John's is a lovely city and worth a visit and by the time you return to the resort you will have seen the whole island. (My wife wanted to see the Donkey Sanctuary and we made a detour there and actually adopted our little, blind donkey, Stevie. When you adopt a donkey you are providing for him/her for a full year.) We really feel we were pampered, feted and relaxed beyond belief and the Verandah was a perfect place for all of this. Antigua is a place we will return to, that's for sure. It was just fabulous. Read less