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“Great week in Antigua @ Tranquility” 4 of 5 stars
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Tranquility Bay Antigua
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Jolly Harbour, Bolans, Saint Mary's, Antigua   |  
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Atlanta
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“Great week in Antigua @ Tranquility”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Just spent a week at this resort and walked away w/ nothing but positives. The location and price of staying here cannot be beat. We liked it as it was a short minute walk to one of the prettiest beaches I've ever seen. The general area has several beautiful nearby beautiful beaches that is a minute drive (if you have a rental) or take a taxi. All rooms have a kitchenette or kitchen which will allow you to eat breakfast and/or lunch in your unit w/o having to worry about spending money for 3 meals out each day. It also allowed you to start the day at your pace. The staff is friendly and responsive to your needs and the grounds are well maintained. The property is a little dated, but never dirty. For the price, I don't know how one could reasonably expect more than what these guys offer.

One can purchase an AI pass at the neighboring resort for a day, week, or even breakfast/lunch only. There are a host of good restaurants at the neighboring Jolly Harbour, all of which are casual attire.

The only reason I gave Tranquility a 4 instead of a 5 is that the AC in the rooms were insufficient. I had several nights where the AC couldn't keep up and my wife and I would lie awake, sleep above the covers, and even had to use a cold towel on my back to sleep one night.

If staying in Antigua on a budget, I recommend this property...I'd stay on this part of the island regardless of your budget.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Oshawa, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

spent a week here in february. Didn't do the all inclusive, found several very good places to eat within a 10 minute walk. Castaways was on the beach right beside the resort and we ate there atleast once a day, Kizzy our favorite waitress was awsome and there just about everyday. Prices were very reasonable and the food was excellent. It's in Carabian time so don't expect quick service but if you in a hurry stay at home :) We also went to the crows nest, on the harbour, several times (Canadian owned) best fish and chips ever and live entertainment or karioke several nights. The rooms weren't perfect as they are a little bit older but well worth the cost and the staff was great. Don't even think about getting a golf cart unless you reserve one from the harbour 1/2 a year in advance but unless your physically challenged you won't need one. We found an excellent cab driver Jacob cell 268-772-1906 who we used many times to go to St John's, the airport and for a cruise around the island. He was a NY caby for many years, a great driver and one of the highligts of our trip. There was never a day when there wasn't miles of open beach. A couple of days there people from the cruise ships on the beach but that just ment that there was 500 people on 2 miles of beach instead of 350.

We never tried the restaraunts @ jolly beach or the fitness center so I can't comment on them.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here in the last week of January. The hotel room was very spacious and clean. The fact that the grocery store was next door was convenient. A little pricey, but fresh. If your a coffee drinker then bring your own cause its very expensive. The beach is absolutely breath taking. The restaurants near by are great. The Greek restaurant was better than I've had here in the big city. Pools were great, but I'm a beach lover so that's where we spent our time. Enjoyed this hotel very much.
The only negative was the fact that we got eaten alive by some kind of bug while we were asleep. I thought they were bed bugs but my Dr. confirmed and said they were sand bugs.
Overall great stay, and i would definitely come back.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Our first trip to Antigua and can't wait to return. The beach is over the top and they do a great job of raking and keeping it clean every day. We were lucky to get room 102 only 10 second walk to the beautiful turquoise blue water. We also had a great view of Jolly Harbour from out large balcony.
The suite is spacious and perfect when traveling with another couple. The kitchen has what you need but some of the items are getting warn and should be replaced.
The location is fantastic, quick walk to many great restaurants, full grocery store and much more. One warning, we could NOT use our debit cards as no interac is available outside of St. John's however credit cards were widely accepted.
The people of Antigua are one of the islands best gems. So friendly, smiling and happy to welcome you to share in their bit of paradise :)

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Tranquility Bay exceeded our expectations in many ways, keep in mind this is not a five-star resort. The rooms were big and clean, the kitchen well stocked with all the appliances and cookware you could need. Air conditioning works great - separate units for the bedrooms and main room, never used the TVs. Furniture in the living area felt kind of cheap, but did the job. The bed was very comfortable. Access to the beach is a couple minutes of walking - and perfectly located so that you can walk south from the entry point and enjoy the amenities of the busy Jolly Beach Resort (kayaking, sailing, pools...) or walk north a little ways and find an area that is practically deserted. The grocery store is about 5 minutes walk and is well stocked to provide all you need for in-suite cooking - and their fried chicken is better than KFC and only 9 EC / lb! For better produce variety, take the bus into St. John's - the market is right across the street from St. John's bus terminal. There are several restaurants within walking distance, our favorites were the Crow's Nest and Miracles - we did do a lot of cooking ourselves. Apparently the food at Jolly Beach resort (the neighbouring all-inclusive) is not great so don't bother with the outrageously overpriced meal plans.

All of the staff at Tranquility Bay were very kind and genuinely eager to help you. Overall, we had a great stay and would definitely consider coming back if we return to Antigua.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Not a bad place to hang your hat if you're just planning on a beach vacation.

I stayed in a two bedroom condo in the "Caribbean Dream" complex. The bedrooms were quite large with old style (CRT) TV's. There was a more modern LCD in the living room, but we never turned any of them on. The air conditioners are internal vent and the rooms were quite musty smelling.

Both bathrooms were a little cramped - especially in the sink area. The toilet is immediately behind you when you stand at the sink and there is remarkably little counter space, though there is plenty of storage in the cabinet under the sink.

The kitchen seems to be well stocked though we couldn't find a bottle opener for our Wadadli! There was some bottled water in the fridge on our first day but it wasn't re-stocked so we bought our own after that.

We were in the "Caribbean Dream" building and had a very nice balcony but could not use it because of a pervasive septic smell. There was also quite a lot of traffic on the road below the balcony. We did not go on vacation to sit on a balcony, but it would have been nice a couple of evenings.

We briefly visited Jolly Beach next door and purchased one of their refundable, pre-paid drink cards (they don't take cash or credit at their bars). We stopped by their beach bar and ordered a $4 draft beer which was delivered in a 10-oz plastic juice glass. Quite chuckle-worthy!

I decided that we wouldn't be using the remainder of our $50 pre-paid drink card so I went to the desk for a refund. The clerk told me to, "come back in the morning" because she didn't have any cash. She then said, "...or you can come back anytime because we're open 24-hours.". Huh? This apparently wasn't "anytime". After waiting in line for nearly 40 minutes the next morning, I received my refund.

The only other spot we visited at Jolly Beach was Bocciolo restaurant. I'd tell you what it was like but we were promptly informed that our attire (collar shirt, dress shorts and sandals) did not fit their dress code. Perhaps that's why there was only 4 occupied tables at dinner?

We were visited in the room by a couple of mosquitoes but had no problems with sand flies. We wore a small amount of bug spray on our legs in the evening. We did see several people who looked quite itchy though, so your mileage may vary!

The beach at Tranquility Bay / Jolly Beach is probably the nicest beach we saw on Antigua. We've traveled the Caribbean extensively and we were still impressed. They have a few free chairs but we had to pay a vendor $5ea for chairs a couple of days. There is nothing to see snorkeling from this beach but it's a great place to swim.

Castaways beach bar is right next door on the beach. It's a little pricey and service is hit-and-miss, depending on who's working (Charmane rocks tho!). Happy hour is 4:30-6:30 daily.

Also, do yourself a favor and read the news before you go and get an understanding of current events. There were two shootings in St. John (one at the cruise ship duty-free shops) when we were there. I mention that only because you need to remember that caution is prudent wherever you travel - even if it is a sunny vacation destination!

In summary, If you're looking for adequate accommodations and a stellar beach, you'll love Tranquility Bay. If you're looking for a resort atmosphere and a young, hip crowd, you'll be very disappointed. The whole Jolly Harbour area is quite stuffy.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Yet again a wonderful stay at Tranquility Bay....we love it there. All the staff are lovely and cant do enough for you.....Maria, Felmina, Dawne, the lovely lady security guard (is it Veronica?) and all the other cleaining staff and maintenance staff and especially the men who rake the beach every single morning.
The apartments are very clean, very very spacious and very well equiped.
Its an easy stroll to the supermarket and other shops and all the lovely restaurants. Castaways is great value and the staff there are all lovely. Its well worth a trip to Shells - the static double deck bus fish and chip restaurant just a short walk away.
We will be back and certainly reccommend it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jolly Harbour, Bolans, Saint Mary's, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary's > Bolans
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Bolans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tranquility Bay Antigua 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquility Bay, is Antigua’s only all-suite resort. Located on a breathtaking, mile-long stretch of white sand beach on Antigua’s southwest coast, Tranquility Bay boasts spectacular sunsets, majestic views of Montserrat, Redonda and St. Kitts/Nevis. Spacious suites, large balconies and calm blue waters make Tranquility Bay a haven for those craving peaceful moments away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Create a vacation as relaxing or active as you wish. You’re just steps away from water sports, golfing, tennis, spa, fishing, dining, entertainment, kids club and more. And, we’re just 30 minutes away from the airport and capital of St. Johns. Experience Tranquility Bay and you will never vacation in an ordinary hotel room again. ... more   less 
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