The Verandah, Antigua

Antigua, Caribbean

Virgin rating

The hotel

This adults-only resort is in an idyllic spot, up on the secluded Northeast coast, featuring a brand new pool on Rasta Beach with amazing views of the ocean, a revitalised lobby and bigger gift shop. 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. Come together and 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

  • Hobie Cats
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

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

185 open-planned suites and villas all with spacious, furnished terrace, living area, air-conditioning, satellite TV, WiFi access, tea/coffee maker, kitchenette with mini-fridge, kettle, safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, bathroom amenities, and 1 king-size bed. Hillside Suites sleep maximum 2 adults.

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.

Water View Suites offer partial ocean views, with 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Waterfront Suites are newly refurbished and directly overlooking the bay with unrestricted views. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Superior Waterfront Suites are newly refurbished and directly overlooking the bay with unrestricted views. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

5 restaurants: Seabreeze (International buffet restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Nicole's* (fine dining à la carte offering Caribbean-fusion cuisine, open for dinner - surcharge applies, subject to change). Portofino’s (Italian themed setting and Michelin three star inspired menu). Sails & Tails (bar/grill, seafood restaurant). The Beach Grill (casual beachfront dining). Papa Rico’s Pizzeria. Café 17 61° (coffee shop, afternoon tea). Bars: Rasta Bar (beachside), Lazy Pelican Bar (beach bar located on the water sports beach), Pool Bar, The Wavy Wicket Pub.

Dine-around privileges, allowing guests to explore the culinary and entertainment offerings of sister resorts, Pineapple Beach Club and St. James's Club & Villas at no extra charge.

Please note: reservations are required for dinner at Portofino’s and Nicole's restaurants. Restaurants are open on a rotation basis due to season/occupancy.

Low key entertainment on selected evenings. Themed BBQ nights. Weekly manager's cocktail party on Tuesdays. The Wavy Wicket, a brand-new sports-themed bar.

4 swimming pools. 2 beaches with water hammocks. Non-motorised water sports including kayaking, pedalos, Hobie Cat sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and snorkelling. 2 tennis courts (lit for night time tennis). Beach activities including volleyball. Fitness centre. Yoga and aqua aerobics classes. Nature walks. Refurbished Tranquility Body & Soul Spa* offering beauty and body treatments plus an 'outdoor' treatment room. 18-hole mini-golf. Pickleball courts.

Gift shop. Golf cart shuttle service (there are no vehicles within the resort). Complimentary WiFi available in public areas and in all rooms. Concierge.

This hotel has a resort fee of USD $24 including tax per room, per night, (payable locally, subject to change). Please note: a room levy of USD $5 per guest, per night applies to all guests (payable locally, subject to change).

7 nights from 21 Dec-2 Jan.

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

* Denotes local charge.

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 First Trip Out of NJ Since 2022!

Apr 22, 2024 dvz1128 West Milford, New Jersey

Our April trip to The Verandah Resort and Spa was wonderful. The location, the scenery and the lovely little duplex cottages were beautiful. There was a variety of restaurants and bars, a delicious daily breakfast buffet, a coffee shop open until 11:00 PM, choice of beaches and pools, evening events, and also access to The Pineapple Beach Club, a… Read more
Our April trip to The Verandah Resort and Spa was wonderful. The location, the scenery and the lovely little duplex cottages were beautiful. There was a variety of restaurants and bars, a delicious daily breakfast buffet, a coffee shop open until 11:00 PM, choice of beaches and pools, evening events, and also access to The Pineapple Beach Club, a short golf cart ride away. The staff and accommodations were fabulous! Shout out to Chef Richard at Sails and Tails as well as Theodore and all our many servers who couldn't have done more to make our stay so pleasurable. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Huge Disappointment!

Apr 11, 2024 V3443BEjanicem Gravenhurst, Ontario

We don’t often write reviews about places we have visited but we’re making an exception with the Verandah resort in Antigua. It was terrible. We were booked for two weeks. Decided after the first night we had to either go home on the next flight out or move to another property. We moved at our own expense after one week. We would have left… Read more
We don’t often write reviews about places we have visited but we’re making an exception with the Verandah resort in Antigua. It was terrible. We were booked for two weeks. Decided after the first night we had to either go home on the next flight out or move to another property. We moved at our own expense after one week. We would have left immediately but the resort we chose had no availability until the next week. Let us explain. First, the positive. The property is expansive and beautifully landscaped. The pools were lovely and the beaches clean. Views from the rooms were very nice. Towards the end of our stay we discovered the little coffeehouse where we could get granola with yoghurt for breakfast and some snacks to tide us through the day. That’s about it. Reception and rooms When we arrived the hotel was not ready for us. Check-in was slow. Our room wasn’t ready. Although there were at least three people standing around we were told to store our own bags in a room off the lobby without a lock on it. We were not given a resort map but told to go to the beach bar and wait. This is a huge property with many hillsides and therefore difficult to navigate. The room we were given was awful. Right beside the main party pool where music was playing loudly and people were partying. The room itself was plain, a little dirty and definitely tired. Stains on the furniture. Bed was comfortable enough but the party and music went late into the night. We asked to be moved to another room. To their credit we were moved the next evening. The new room was quieter and a little nicer however there were broken drawer pulls and the balcony floor, chairs and table were disgusting. Had not been cleaned in a very long time. My feet were black from the dirt! A few key points: two small bottles of water in the room. Had to purchase bottled water after that. No stocked mini fridge and yet this was an all inclusive resort. Housekeeping came twice in the week. Surface cleaning only. Bathroom wasn’t cleaned. Food and Beverage In a word: atrocious. Two out of three of the main restaurants were inside. The main one served breakfast and dinner buffets where it was difficult to find anything appetizing to eat. What we did eat was awful. Coffee was burnt, tried to have tea and the water was lukewarm, floors were dirty. Service was mediocre. The only outdoor restaurant was passable, food wise, and at least being outside there was a breeze. The beach bar and grill at the quiet beach was okay. Bars were understaffed. Those who worked there were not very friendly. Booze seemed to be watered down and the wines were cheap swill - unless you wanted to pay extravagant US dollars for a bottle. Other notes Tipping: was expected by everyone working at the resort but was unmerited. Beaches: didn’t chance swimming at either beach. Quiet beach smelled horrible and the water was filled with seaweed and gunk. The party beach might have been okay except that we saw a cleaner dumping dirty water down a pipe in the grass outside the main pool’s washrooms after cleaning them. The grass gave off a sewage smell and the pipe seemed to go downhill towards the sea. We suspected it emptied directly into the bay but do not know. Gift shop: not only were the hours irregular (and that’s where bottled water had to be purchased) but the prices were crazy. Purchased a small package of cold medication and was charged $25 US! Checking out: we let reception know we were leaving two days before so they were aware. They weren’t. When we went to checkout they couldn’t get the bill right. Tried to charge us for fourteen days resort fees when we were there for seven. Then they tried to charge us an additional $3,500 US - why, we don’t know. When they finally figured it out with our assistance there was also a charge for a local charity donation. In the end we paid only what we owed but the experience was quite upsetting. At the end of the day we would suggest this property would be appropriate for 20 somethings who like to party and don’t care where. We would give it a rating of 2. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Quiet, Beautiful Property, Simple rooms, Decent Food

Apr 6, 2024 Kim-Brian37 Montclair, New Jersey

My husband and I stayed 5 nights at the Verandah. We are a super active couple in our 30's so we most enjoyed all the recreational activities in the water and around the resort. Overall, we thought it was a lovely stay! The property itself is well kept and maintained. It is pretty spread out and hilly but walkable for those that want the… Read more
My husband and I stayed 5 nights at the Verandah. We are a super active couple in our 30's so we most enjoyed all the recreational activities in the water and around the resort. Overall, we thought it was a lovely stay! The property itself is well kept and maintained. It is pretty spread out and hilly but walkable for those that want the exercise. The porter service was great for the times you dont want to walk but it takes a few minutes of patience for them to arrive (thank you Tristan).The fruit infused water stations around the property were such a nice touch. Bathrooms were always cleaned and stocked. The recreational activities and game areas were really nice. Our favorite was learning to play pickleball! The instructor was awesome! We stayed in the "Clownfish" Waterview suite. Our room was spacious and clean but super simplistic, nothing extra or noteworthy. There was an issue with opening the back door but maintenance was able to fix it after a day. The patio had a simple bistro set and nothing more. Bed was comfortable. The shower pressure was fine and water temperature got nice and hot. There was a nice variety of foods offered at the buffet and restaurants. Of course, some items are hit or miss but my husband and I were always able to find at least something we enjoyed. The breakfast omelet station was great (thank you Marina). The pizza place was actually pretty good! Service at restaurants was good for the most part. It seemed some nights were a lot slower maybe due to being short staffed. Anneshia was our fantastic server several times at Sails and Tails and had like 16 tables or more by herself. She ran those tables nonstop with a smile on her face! Michael, Theodore, and Kayla also were pleasant servers and gave great service! The Cafe was nice to enjoy in the mornings and throughout the day. Gleniq was pleasant and added a little extra love to all her drinks she made for us. The pub was also a nice place to hang out in the evenings. The Pineapple Beach Club was nice to visit for a change of scenery. You have to request a day pass from Guest Services prior to going. Its a completely different vibe. My husband and I enjoyed the BBQ cookout for lunch and the activities! The activities were way more fun and entertaining than at Verandah. Reccommendations to visitors: Schedule everything in advanced at Guest Services including dinner reservations and day passes. Bring cash and smaller denominations for tips because there's not really anywhere to break bills down. Cash is needed for taxis. Wouldn't really recommend for anyone handicapped or disabled due to the wide spread and hilly nature of the property unless you're super patient and heavily rely on porter cart service. Items that would make for a nicer stay: Having menus in the rooms would be really convenient. An ATM or way to break down smaller bills would have been nice and allowed for more staff tipping. Daily scheduled activities were a bit disappointing because we would plan our day around activities that either wouldn't happen (beer pong) or too full to participate (bingo only had like 12 cards). Maybe a sign up sheet for activities could help? Read less
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Mar 28, 2024 Sharon H Ferndown, United Kingdom

We had a super relaxing 11 nights at The Verandah Suites from 20 Feb. All of the staff are exceptionally friendly, and although some lack experience they make up for it with enthusiasm. We enjoyed the food at Portofino very much, although we did not like the chairs as the backs are too reclined. Maybe add some soft cushions for those of us… Read more
We had a super relaxing 11 nights at The Verandah Suites from 20 Feb. All of the staff are exceptionally friendly, and although some lack experience they make up for it with enthusiasm. We enjoyed the food at Portofino very much, although we did not like the chairs as the backs are too reclined. Maybe add some soft cushions for those of us who prefer to sit straight rather than slouch. The all inclusive wines by the glass were very palatable, I particularly enjoyed the Sauvignon blanc and the sparkling rose. I also liked the fact that the staff would make ANY cocktail you asked for. The Lovers beach was definitely the better of the two, although the fresh fish on offer at the grill at the Rasta beach was enough to tempt us there sometimes. Most evenings there was entertainment at the main bar, which is close to the pool, and this could be quite loud, however as it finished by 11pm it was not an issue for us. It wasn’t that loud inside the room even if you were in bed. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great first impressions!

Mar 23, 2024 sharonmI5621XZ Rochester, New York

The resort is beautiful and has so much character, and the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The water is unbelievable beautiful and the views spectacular. If you don’t want to pay an Up-charge you only have two ala carte restaurants and one buffet(which was wonderful ) to choose from for dinner which makes getting early seating … Read more
The resort is beautiful and has so much character, and the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The water is unbelievable beautiful and the views spectacular. If you don’t want to pay an Up-charge you only have two ala carte restaurants and one buffet(which was wonderful ) to choose from for dinner which makes getting early seating reservations challenging ; however all the places to eat were really great! The casual food options (grills, pizza place, sports bar,cafe) are also very good. The nice thing is that you can also eat at and spend the day at the sister resort, Pineapple Beach which I would highly recommend. There are lots of hills so you can get daily exercise without really trying but there are also golf carts that take you around. Housekeeping only comes every other day but you still have to pay a daily resort fee(24/day) and travel levy (5/person/day). Pools and beaches are amazing but they could use more umbrellas for additional shade because like most resorts people reserve multiple chairs in various places to assure they get some shade. The night life isn’t great but that’s not important to us so it wasn’t a big deal but we did enjoy the Wavy Wicket sports bar in the evening . The water is calm usually so the kayaking and paddle boarding is wonderful.We would definitely come back. Shoutout to a few of our favorite employees-Kerry-Anne who mixed amazing drinks, Adainia, Quinell who served us food and the kitchen staff at Sails and Tails -Richard, Jodian and Curlissa! We would definitely come back again! Read less