We spent a very nice 7 days at Sandals. We were greeted by friendly staff with appetizers and cool drinks. Our room was clean and well stocked. Three problems that I think Sandals could work on regarding the bathroom. The lighting was dark, no step or stool in shower for us older folks, and the bathroom window had no glass, only a screen so it was much warmer than the rest of the room, and humid. After taking a shower, it was uncomfortable to shave, dry hair, etc.
The view from our room was good. We were in the new section on the 5th floor and could see the property and sunsets, etc. from our balcony. We enjoyed sitting out there in the morning with a coffee, or evenings for a drink .
Breakfast at Marios most mornings with made to order omelets! Fresh fruit. I tried sugar cane and the fresh coconut was yummy. Coffee at the Patisserie was great.
We lunched at Bayside and By the Sea. Limited menu, but tasted good. The birds that kept fighting over food left on the tables were entertaining.
We had dinner at all the restaurants except Kimonos. Marios eggplant parmigiana was excellent, and OK Corral the ribs and filet were very good. We had the Lobster and Shrimp at Eleanors, and Coconut Soup. Very good and we felt that portion sizes were more than adequate at all the restaurants, especially if you had soup, appetizers, salad and then main course. Pizza was good. We did not eat at Cricketers. We found the service to be very good. The staff were all friendly and happy to help. The only complaint we had was the table cloths were not changed after each use, and so you were sitting down to a dirty table with clean cutlery, etc. They should be changed everytime.
The gym facilities are adequate, and reasonably updated. TV's don't have their own plug in for the volume, so it can be annoying if you're trying to watch something, but not a big deal as we wanted to spend more time outside than in anyway. This was a vacation after all!
The grounds are lovely. The groundskeepers were working on them while we were there, trimming, etc. There are about a half dozens cats running around the resort. They are very friendly, and didn't beg. I was happy to see that they had their ears notched. Not because they were notched, but because I know this means that they have been neutered or spayed and won't be having bunches of kittens. They probably help with controlling the pest population. Which by the way, we didn't have any problems with mosquitoes, etc.
Sitting in the lounge chairs in the evenings around the firepits to watch the sunset or listen to the ocean under the stars was heavenly!
The big pool is very nice and yes you do need to get there early in the am to "reserve" a lounge chair. We rented a cabana one day, but didn't feel we got any upgraded attention. Maybe because we just had an attendant and not a butler, but it was okay. The pool water was so cold, we didn't get in but the first day. Could have used some music playing around the pool instead of just in the bar area of the pool, but I had an ipod.
One last point. I wish that we could have gotten some plain, unflavored ice tea for those who don't like fruit in their tea or soda or fruity drinks.....We made our own one day with tea bags and the hot water pot in the room. We put it in a used water bottle and asked for ice at the pool. I guess you get creative!
The resort hosted a Caribbean Day on Friday, with traditional food, music, crafts, etc. That was great!
It was a good trip, and I would say a good place to stay but not over the top. We were there with a group trip, so I may have been more picky if we had spent more out of our own pocket. We probably would have preferred to stay at a B&B or other where we could walk more, and see more of the island.
- 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