My boyfriend and I stayed at the Verandah Resort and Spa during the summer of 2012. While on the island we rented a car and did a lot of exploring as well. At first, the arrival to the resort was a little off putting because of the general state of the island. All I can say is do not be fooled by first impressions. Once in the resort, we found it to be self contained and beautifully maintained. The front desk reception was helpful but a little apathetic and the carts between rooms were sometimes hard to catch because other demanding guests had the staff stressed. We were two of only a handful of Americans at the resort and during our stay found the most difficult thing to deal with was the overall rudeness of the Brits. They were loud, they cut in lines, they made demands that made all of the staff cringe all the while never looking away from their iphones or ipads or ibooks. BUT...that being said, we kept to ourselves. Compared to a few resorts that we visited while on the island (Jolly harbour, Grand Pineapple and Tranquility Bay), we were very content with our choice. It seemed that we were tucked away from the rest of the general public and were not bothered by any outside factors. Upon leaving we also met a honeymoon couple who stayed at the Secrets and had mentioned that they were jealous of our choice because Secrets was a crazy party atmosphere.We ate at all of the restaurants. Nicole's was a nice change. We did pay an upcharge but so what, we were on vacation. It was nice to get away from the 16 year old girls screaming "Mum I want more Sauvignon Blanc" and have a peaceful dinner with a GREAT jazz/blues piano soloist. The food was ok but the change was welcome. Buckaneers was a typical buffet restaurant with different themes every night. Some were better than others. The evening entertainment got really repetitive and we were only there for 8 days. But, that being said, we were able to have drinks and relax and head back to our rooms. We were worried about the 10 pm cut off since we are fairly young and weren't sure we really wanted a curfew. That being said, the sun takes a lot out of you and we found it enjoyable to sit on our deck and finish our drinks in the quiet after the music stopped and listen to the waves. I have never gone on a vacation and had such quiet so early in the evening. It was a good change. We liked the small beach better than the big one just because it was quiet but frequented both. The seaweed is unfortunate but is a side effect of the Gulf oil spill and a dispersing agent that the US used to soak up the oil. It has been pushing seaweed onto the beaches of all Caribbean resorts. Do not expect anyone to bring you a drink at any point. Every thing is self service and tips are welcomed but do not affect the service in any way (with the exception of maid service).We tried a few different restaurants (Carmichael's at Sugar Ridge and Cafe Bambula in St. John's) on the island and did a lot of driving (which is NOT an easy feat and found the island maps laughable). The good news is, just when you feel panicked and think you're lost, the road ends because you have reached the other side of the island. We drove to the top of Mt. Obama, spent a day in St. John's and really go to know the people of the island, who are not so warm at first but really appreciate when you ask about them and their traditions. A walk to Devil's Bridge is a must. There is a quick trail that goes from the main beach to the bridge. Also, Long Beach was our favorite place to end the day and snorkel. Beware of one local named 8-ball who tried to sell us drugs every single day we were there. We were cordial and polite yet firm in our thanks but no thanks, still he tried. We eventually quit visiting Long's beach. Fig Tree Drive was really special and English Harbor was beautiful. There are so many good things to say about this island. One local told us that in 1999 a hurricane was over the island for 36 hours straight and they didn't think that the island would still be standing at the end. It is obvious in the abandoned homes and empty buildings. There is also an 18-hole 5 star resort that stands abandoned on one end of the island near Turner's Beach.; yet another result of the hurricane. For everything else I will have to write a separate review in order to give adequate time but overall the Verandah was perfectly accommodating, even with not having water the morning we were to leave for the airport due to the aqueduct system, but they found us a room with water and took care of us. We had running water back in our own room within 30 minutes of this little freak out. We will not be going back to Antigua any time soon because there are so many other places to see but I would recommend the Verandah if you are going. Perfect for families or couples. Overall, I think any vacation is what you make of it. If you expect the conveniences and comforts of home then you should stay home. If you don't mind trying new things and experiencing life according to someone else's standards then you will have a good time no matter what.
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