Having left London just before a snowflake shut down all transport links it was great to board the Virgin Atlantic flight for an escape to some winter sun, the flight was via Barbados so the relatively cheap upgrade to premium economy was worthwhile and the in flight movie selection made the time 'fly.'
Upon arrival at Antigua the welcome oven door effect, shedding of winter clothing, quick passage through arrivals and transfer to Sandals was most welcomed.
We were upgraded to a honeymoon suite in the Mediterranean village, nice clean room and views of the gardens and the sea from the little balcony.
The many bars on site all served premium spirits and served great cocktails, the restaurants, food and service was very professional and of a high standard.
All the staff were exceptionally polite, always smiled and said hello whenever they passed by, customer service with a UPA always evident.
We did a couple of trips, booked with the excellent Virgin rep, Catamaran 'Excellence' around the island with snorkelling and beach barbie, Jeep safari trip with many stops at the top sites and photo opportunities galore.
The usual pool lounger nonsense was evident with all beds 'reserved' before breakfast ended, not a big deal as the beach was great and the sun was shining.
A lovely island with friendly people - enjoy !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •A European Hotel in the Six-Star, all-suite Mediterranean Village •Exotic Rondoval with private plunge pool and butler service •1,400 square foot Mediterranean villa with private plunge pool and butler service•Houses the East Caribbean's largest pool (1 of 6) •Offers 9 dining options and 8 bars including an English pub •Voted "World's Most Romantic Resort" 14 years in a row ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandals Grande Antigua Resort And Spa
- Sandals Grande Antigua Hotel St. John`s
- Sandals Antigua
- Hotel Sandals Grande Antigua
- Sandals Grand Antigua
- Antigua Sandals
- Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa Saint John Parish