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Tranquility Bay Antigua
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Jolly Harbour, Bolans, Saint Mary's, Antigua   |  
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“GOOD ACCOMODATION FOR KIDS”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We stayed (2 yr olds twins included) at Tranquility Bay for 7 days and i must say the accommodations were very good. Large rooms with lots of space for kids to run about. Very helpful and polite staff (Mrs Maria always smiling), beach is excellent . Very picturesque ,and relaxing excellent for someone wanting to just lie on beach and sleep. Supermarket nearby with everything that you can need (baby stuff included)

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Tranquility Bay was our first visit to the Caribbean (myself and my retired parents), and our first stop on a 4 island trip. The hotel is set in lovely grounds, and convenient for the local supermarket and a few restaurants. A few places were no longer open, as we travelled at the very end the season - the marina in particular was very quiet every night.

Firstly, I must say that the staff at TB were great. All very friendly, approachable and helpful.

We were fortunate to have a booking in the block closest to the beach, and the porch actually looked out to the beach.

The suite was clean, but the furniture was a little shabby and the chairs not comfortable. The main bedroom however was very clean and the bed very large and comfortable. I had a folding bed which I'm afraid was uncomfortable, so I didn't sleep very well during our 4 night stay.

The beach is astounding. Pure white sand that seems to go on for some distance in both directions and still sea waters. It was quiet most days which was great. There were a few people selling things, but no-one really hassled us which was nice. From a boat tour we did to the nearby reef, it looked like most nearby beaches were equally beautiful.

We didn't much like the food voucher system TB has with the adjoining Jolly Beach Resort. It was too expensive and a bit restrictive, so we didn't use it in the end. Instead, we highly recommend the nearby Crow's Nest restaurant - wonderful local food, nice atmosphere and the owner was lovely. Some locals drank there, which seemed a good sign (and all very friendly). Also recommended is OJ's a short taxi ride away - excellent for seafood. Or better still, take a bus there for only $2 and save for more food and drink when there! Buses run till lateish evening. The neighbouring beach bar Castaway's was also good for a quick morning snack and evening drinks while watching the sunset.

You are able to use the Jolly Beach Resort facilities, so a good pool and a gym for instance. The gardens there next to the beach are really pretty, good for just sitting and relaxing.

The downsides for us were a noisy air conditioning unit, a poor quality TV which was housed in the main bedroom and not in the living room (but lets be honest, why watch TV when on holiday on such a beautiful island?). The safe lock didn't seem that sturdy to us; it wasn't the standard type of safe that is found in most hotels these days with a keypad. The kitchen did have a bit of an odour, as there is a small drainage hole in the middle of the floor, presumably for cleaning. That I think was our main gripe. However, the kitchen was well stocked with cooking utensils should you want to cook.

Overall, recommended for a short stay. Staff are great, location superb, but just a little let down in the rooms. A bit of modernising could really transform this place!
Antigua though is a beautiful island with wonderful people. With its 365 beaches, we're likely to be back again for just a few days. Do take an island tour if you can, and drive through the centre and make sure you go to Shirley Heights!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had our holiday in Antigua this past March/April and stayed at Tranquility Bay. The staff there is amazing. Mrs. Gomes and her crew are always so helpful. We stayed in a two bed room villa with Jacuzzi in the building "Caribbean Dream". It was picturesque, clean and the beds were quite comfortable.
We enjoyed being in the Jolly Habour area because there was always so much to do.
Staying at Tranquility had its privileges, we were able to utilize all the amenities at Jolly Habour Hotel, we took advantage of the meal passes offered at Jolly Habour and the water sports on the beach.
I would definitely recommend renting a golf cart as it makes getting around the premises so much easier.

Room Tip: Upper level rooms had great views and amazing sunsets. Don't worry about your luggage the staff...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We spent 10 nights at Tranquility Bay condos in Jolly Harbour, we stayed in a 2-bedroom, full kitchen suite.Service at Tranquility was excellant and staff so friendly and helpful. The living room furniture was a bit uncomfortable, however with a tv in every room we watched tv in bed most of the time.Showers need some updating and air conditioner worked really hard to try and keep the rooms cool. I would definitely recommend skipping the all-inclusive option and venturing out on your own to enjoy the local cuisine. So many great resturants, Akropolis the Greek Resturant,(excellant) ate there twice, Al Portos Italian resturant (very good ) and on the pier, all walking distance. Crow's Nest local bar was great and Canadian owned by a lovely lady Helen, again just walking distance. There is a local supermarket to pick up coffee , drinks, snacks and beers to keep for when we took our time.getting ready for our day or evening. I must say the people are the nicest I ever met on an island and i have been on quiet a few islands. They don't bother you and no begging, there are just happy smiling people, just wave and say hello when walking or driving by. I do have to mention as i wish i had known before going, there are lots and lots of mosquitos out in the evening, the gardens are sprayed every night which is great, i got bitten very badly first night dining out, but once i knew this i sprayed myself every night before going out and was safe after that. They didn't bite my husband but feasted on me and quiet a few other people i met. So bring bug spray!
We went on a couple of island tours with "Lennox Fun Tours" his name is Lennox Scotland he was a very nice man, and we thoroughly enjoyed his tour guiding of the whole island, We hired him for 2 days to really show us the island , its beaches and the historical sugar plantations/ mills, he did a great job. Just ask for Lennox, everyone on the island knows him,from concierge at Tranquility to any of the local resturants. We had a great time!

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

I stayed at Tranquility Bay the 3rd week of April for our Honeymoon! I purchased the week through Groupon, and was very pleased with the decision to stay here. We flew into ANU and took a cab from the aiport ($24 US & about 25 minutes) and were greeted by the very friendly desk staff at TBA. Check-in was fast and the staff was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions and help in any way they could. They had staff come with a golf cart to show us to our room. We hopped on and he took us to our room (113 at 'The Captain) and showed us the apartment - how to use the AC, fan, open the balconies, etc. We were so surprised by the room! It was a king suite and very modern! It had a full kitchen, tiled floors, large bathroom (fully stocked with bath towels, bath robes, lotions, shampoo, body wash, travel kit, hair dryer, a telephone, etc). When you check in you also get a beach towel per person that you can exchange at the front desk each day. The living room was a nice size with coffee table books about Antigua. There was a small balcony off of the living room. The bedroom was HUGE with 2 closets, a tv, an electronic safe, iron & ironing board, etc.. also very modern and had a GREAT balcony off of it with 2 loungers and a cafe set. I thought the AC & fan were AWESOME and sometimes too cold (a good thing!). Also - the maids left fresh flowers all over the apartment - a nice touch. The kitchen had a toaster oven, full-sized fridge, stocked with plates & utensils (cooking & eating), coffee maker, microwave, blender, serving trays (perfect for breakfast in bed), coasters, etc - all the bare essentials :-) We really enjoyed the suite - it was PERFECT! Also, there is daily maid service around 3 pm, and the grounds were immaculate.

The beach was great! Only a 2 minute walk to the beach. The only disappointing thing we found was that there were no reefs just off of Jolly Beach (our favorite pasttime) so you had to go elsewhere (excursion or boat ride) to snorkel. TBA's beach is not all-inclusive and is actually timeshare apartments, so it wasnt as crowded as it's all-inclusive sister resort that is just next store, Jolly Beach Resort. The bad thing about the less-crowded beach is that some of the locals bother you more (not always a bad thing but I got tired of being asked if I wanted to rent the jet ski every hour). The good thing about being right next to the sister resort is the option to pay for the all-inclusive options (about $500 US pp for the full all-inclusive option, yikes! But they do have a ton of options like just drink day passes or day passes, etc). You also have access to use all non-motorized water sports - kayaks, catamarans, peddle boats, etc. They also have catamaran sailing lessons every morning at 10:30 which was pretty fun! The guys at the watersports shack were really friendly and awesome, as well! You have access to both pools, fitness center (which is only open in the morning and afternoon and looked kind of small), and the spa if you want. There were plenty of beach chairs when we were there.

There were some good restaruants around Jolly Harbour. We bought a good amount of food at the supermarket and made breakfast every morning and ate it on our balcony outside :-). We also bought liquor there so we could save money by making our own drinks at our room. We *LOVED* Castaways - the beachfront restaurant/bar next door to TBA. We found ourselves there daily. They have 2 for 1 happy hour drinks and GREAT lunch specials (the curry chicken, ribs, and fish of the day was awesome!!). Their dinner was ok - but they have a live reggae band Monday nights and good karaoke on Friday nights - a lot of fun!! We also ate at Josephs suprette (the place UNDER the Greek restarunt) which serves AUTHENTIC local food (unless you want to go to the Caribbean and eat Italian or Greek food....... (-_-) . We also ate at the Crows nest (yum! and good drink selection), OJ's (outdoor restaruant about 8 minutes by cab with great lobster), & Peter's steakhouse (great steaks and fish cooked right outside!) - also great places to eat. If you ever have the option to get the catch of the day at any restaurant - get it! I always did and was NEVER disappointed!!

We went on the stingray/zipline excursion - It was $125ish US pp and included transportation, lunch, and entrance to both things. The ziplining was ok - 9 ziplines with 2 trips on their longest line, "The Screamer" and you are not allowed to bring your camera. The staff takes your picture on the first line and the cost is like $25 US pp for the photos that you get on a disc. We had lunch at Betty's Hope - the old Sugar Mill which is outdoors at picnic tables.. it was really cool and our taxi driver, Jason, was really knowledgeable and was happy to take our pictures, tell us about the tamarind trees, Betty's Hope, etc. Then we went to Stingray City - DO IT!!!!!!!!! Stingray city was AWESOME!! A true once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with 40-60 stingrays (some that go up to 5 ft wide!) and feed them, pet them, have your photos taken with them. Here you can have your camera with you, or the staff takes your photos holding a stingray ($15 US per picture on a disk). You also get snorkels, but the reef wasnt that good. There was a HUGE barracuda though (which apparently was a regular at the feedings and didnt bother tourists - but still scary with his big spikey chompers).

We also bought a boat trip with one of the locals, Linden, who parks his little boat in front of Jolly Beach. It was $25US pp to have him take us out on his boat for an hour of snorkeling. I liked this better than an official excursion becuase he only takes up to 4 people and you can tell him to take you wherever you want which is pretty cool. I also hate going on large snorkeling excursions because you are always bumping into people so it was fun to go out and snorkel on our own for an hour. He was really knowledgeable and a lot of fun once you got to know him. We went diving around and saw some cool conch shells. I did take one, but later felt really bad about it because I read that they are endangered :'( Didnt think about it at the time so I feel pretty bad about it. The guys at the watersports shack cleaned it for me and I was able to take it home in my luggage.

We were here for the start of sailing week so it was cool to see a bunch of great boats at English Harbor. There is also a lot of cute shops at St. Johns.

Prices are comparible to the US. $1 US = ~$2.60 EC. You can use your AMEX/MC at most places, but keep cash on you to tip folks (or buy coconuts on the beach).

Overall we had a VERY relaxing week here at Tranquility Bay Antigua. The desk staff was AWESOME and are VERY friendly and happy to help you in any way (suggest excursions, arrange a cab for you, etc. etc.). I recommend renting a car to get around the island if you are seeking more adventure (365 free beaches and plenty of historical sites... what more can you ask for!). If you are looking for a relaxing place with modern rooms, I recommend TBA. IF you are looking for an all-inclusive option, I recommend the sister resort next door.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

Just got back from a week at the Tranquility Bay apartments in Jolly Harbour, we stayed in a one-bedroom suite in the Sunset Delight block - this is the nearest block to the beach and has views over the harbour (through coconut trees). It can get a bit noisy with the access road behind but is quite fun for people watching - not to mention the guys collecting coconuts, very interesting! All the people we met at Tranquility Bay (and the whole island) were very friendly and helpful. Yes, the accommodation is a bit tired but they are working on updating it and you get what you pay for. The suites are a decent size with plenty of facilities, decently equipped kitchen and two balconies. The air conditioning units were poor though, not very effective and very noisy, this is really the only complaint we had with the suite. Worth having a wander round the harbour itself, there are some decent restaurants on the complex and The Epicurian (supermarket) is well stocked, if a bit pricey. We visited the Akropolis (Greek) and two Italian restaurants which all did decent food. The beach at Jolly Harbour is lovely, worth a walk to the end and a clamber up the hill to get a bird's eye view - water is nice to swim in but too cloudy for any decent snorkelling. We did the Sunday evening visit to Shirley Heights to see the steel band, worth noting that this costs around £5 per person to get in, but there are great views and music. Nelson's Dockyard is worth a visit and would highly recommend the swimming with stingrays trip - Stingray City - well worth the US$50. We hired a car, roads are full of potholes, badly signposted and people/dogs/goats/cows have a tendency to wander down the middle of roads but worth it if you want to see more of the island. Beware the rum punch, they offer it everywhere and it is extremely potent!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

First, I want to say that the Antigua people are the nicest I ever met on an island. We made an island tour with David, an excellent taxi driver that we met on Jolly Beach and the island is so beautiful. My stay was the first week of April. They received us with big smiles and welcome drinks. We had a deluxe 2 bedroom and end up with the unit facing the beach (the only one) we were so lucky. I'm not really difficult to please on vacation, I just find that I'm very lucky to have the chance to travel. This place had everything to make me happy. It is quiet, very clean and spacious, large verandah with a jaccuzi, all the staff were lovely and friendly, kitchen with everything you need to cook. Yes, furniture in the living room is not comfortable but I didn't use it often, I prefer to sit on the balcony where there was 2 long chairs with a patio furniture. We had AC and hot water problem the whole week.
Easy walk to restaurants and grocery Beautiful beach, beach chairs were always available, if you want a palapa, you can do what those crazy people do, wake up at 6 am, leave something on chairs, and come back at 3:00 p.m. Oh my, I don't want to say more about that!! You can have an umbrella on the beach for 5$ a day if you reserved for more than one day and you can look at the sea (palapas are further from the water and you see nothing from there).
We went to Al Porto on a Tuesday for the special 2 for 1 pizza, very good pizza, not expensive (50$ for 4 pizzas), service is very slow, very busy, not enough staff, but I recommend this place. If you have a chance to visit Sheer Rocks, is this paradise? We went on a Saturday for the tapas. 4 drinks, 8 or 9 tapas, taxes and a good tip for 150$ us (3 adults), all that with the use of a day bed and the little pool overlooking the Caribbean!!
For the price paid, Tranquility Bay is an excellent choice.

  • Stayed April 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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