This resort is amazing for many reasons. The location is very remote which provides almost complete seclusion from the outside world. Cell phone service is spotty and expensive so its best just to use your phone to check the time. There are no TV's, no radio's, and certainly no internet. It's just you and your significant other spending lots of incredible time getting to know each other again.
I guess I will start off explaining what this resort is not. This is not a resort for children though I am sure they are more then welcome. However the time it takes to travel makes me think it would be very taxing on both the parents and children. This resort is not glamorous by any means unless you like rustic cottages, some in need of a fresh coat of paint. The beach is left to its natural state so there is seaweed and grass though Reuben does remove it from time to time using his tractor. The food is excellent but very local. Think lots of fish, lobster, and vegetables cooked in ways you may have never tried. We had the most excellent pasta dish with fresh lobster, shrimp and an amazing cream sauce. We actually had this dish twice and could have had it every night for dinner. But more on the food later.
Getting there is a bit of a challenge if you try to get there in one day's worth of travel. Most flights from the US leave around noon time and have you landing in Antigua around 4:00pm - 4:30 pm. It seems there are a lot of flights from various countries that land all at once so getting through customs takes about an hour or so if you are not lucky. The later afternoon flights from Antigua to Barbuda (if available) are subject to change at little to no notice. Two of the couples we met very very frustrated at SVG airlines because they ended up having to stay a night on Antigua at their expense. I recommend flying to Antigua and spending the night at the Wind Chimes Inn located 3 miles from the airport. That way you get a good nights sleep (airplanes do take off up to 10:00pm or so so be warned) and head out on the first flight at 8:00am to Barbuda. Taxi fare is $8 US each way.
Flight time to Barbuda is very quick (20-25 minutes) and the airport you land in is so small its almost funny. Check-in is quick and Reuben will have a driver who takes you to the harbor and loads your suitcases on the boat. My wife and I were asked to wait until the second flight arrived but we were happy too. We walked through the small town of Codrington and felt safe. Someone tried to give us a tour in his car but we politely declined and mentioned we had a boat waiting to take us to North Beach. The town is an experience and I will leave it at that!
Arrival at North Beach via boat is quick and the boat parks right on the beach. Reuben and Joanne are there to greet you and help you with your bags. They will direct you to your cottage and give you a quick tour of how things work. After that you are left to your own devices.
Our cottage was one of the bigger ones but the small cottages are actually quite roomy too. Beds are comfy and linens and towels are clean but well used. Our room came with a fridge but we never even plugged it in since the kitchen was but a few yards away. Bathrooms are small and the showers were tiled and very clean.
Now let the relaxing begin! We arrived with three other couples and each went on their own walking tour of the beaches as soon at they got settled. Then my wife and I sat beneath a palm shelter and spent a good hour just looking at the beautiful ocean. Soon it was time for lunch and then an afternoon of snorkeling.
The ocean consists of a large bay for great snorkeling as long as the big waves from the Atlantic stay down. This was roughly half the time we were there. Great snorkeling when calm. Not so good when choppy. Scuba and Tarpon fishing is available at a modest cost and be prepared to see some huge tarpon (70-90lb)! Tours of the island can also be arranged at an extra cost. We saw a huge manta ray (4-5ft across) which was big enough for us while snorkeling on day! The reefs are beautiful and hold a lot of various tropical fish.
The beach walks outside of the resort are roughly a half mile in either direction. I recommend using the Kayak and heading out to the west where there is a good walk (about 2 miles or so) to the beautiful pink sand beaches! Kayaking north and east around the point leads you to another beach that faces the Atlantic and its an interesting experience to say the least. This beach is a great beach to find a message in a bottle! However, its literally covered with plastic and glass bottles from the US and surrounding ships and islands. You never know what you will find on that beach!
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner started around 8:00am, 1:00pm, and 8:00pm respectively. Breakfast was very american with bacon (request fried or else Reuben will boil the bacon), eggs of any style, home fries, toast, and fresh fruit. Lunch usually consisted of lobster salad (our favorite), tuna salad, fruit and maybe a sandwich thrown in for good measure. Reuben will usually ask beforehand what you would like and then let you know if they can make it based on their current food supply. Dinner was typically fresh fish (blackened, Lemon sauce, etc...), fresh lobster, the great pasta dish I mentioned earlier, garlic bread, vegetables and that's primarily it. You can make a special request and Reuben will do everything he can to make it happen but be prepared for a "no" simply because of the logistics of getting food there. Supplies are delivered once a week on a ferry and he will make a quick run into town if something is needed. My wife and I aren't picky eaters so if you are you may want to email Reuben beforehand so he has time to get supplies. If you want a snack, Joanne makes a wicked toasted Peanut Butter and Jelly!
There is also plenty of beer, wine, and spirits to drink. Plus there is an incredible rum punch that was our favorite! The selection of beer and wine is minimal but there is always plenty of it to go around. If you are thirsty then just open the fridge or freezer and help yourself!
Sleeping is great but we found ourselves actually a little chilly this time of year so bring a long sleeved t-shirt and maybe some pajama pants. Extra sheets are available and the night temps are around 70 degrees with a constant breeze. There are fans in the rooms too for the afternoon nap if you so desire.
Overall this is an amazing resort where you meet interesting people. We met four great couples from the US, UK, and Italy. You talked over breakfast, lunch and dinner and then went your own way and hardly ran into them between meals. My wife and I are definitely coming back next year for another week! You will too!
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