My husband and I visited Sugar Ridge for a quick few day trip from the US. We booked the hotel and flight as a last-minute trip on Expedia.com. We picked Sugar Ridge because it was a quiet, adults-only boutique resort, and overall we were pleased with our stay.
Our room was clean and spacious with high-end finishes. There are 4 rooms in each building, and the buildings are spread out over the property at various elevations, but all with a sea view. We had a room on the upper level, which has a large balcony, but the rooms on the lower-level have a splash pool if you are interested in that. Since the rooms are located on the side of the ridge, there are many steep stairs to climb from your room to anywhere in the resort, so you get a great calf workout. There is a buggy to take you around if you call for it, but it's not always available.
The front desk staff was very friendly and always available to help with anything. Since the property is not on the beach, there is a shuttle schedule to take you to the beach and back. There are a number of nice beaches within a short drive. Jolly Harbour is also close by where many of the sailing trips are available to and from. The staff recommended a shuttle to Shirley’s Heights on Sunday, when most everything else is closed. The trip is about 45 min from the hotel to the other side of the island, but well worth it for the sunset and the BBQ.
As far as amenities, most are located at the Sugar Club. The gym is well-equipped and there are daily classes available. The Aveda Spa was really nice and clean, and we enjoyed massages during our stay. There are two pools, one at the Sugar Club and one at the top of the ridge at Carmichael’s. Both are clean with a lot of area to lounge and relax, and the view from Carmichael’s is amazing.
There are 2 dining options on property at the Sugar Club and Carmichael’s. Breakfast is at Sugar Club with a buffet option or full breakfast menu and the service was pretty good. Lunch is available at both, but Carmichael’s is closed Sunday and Monday. We were told you could order food in the Carmichael’s area regardless, but when we requested it, they said it would take over an hour to deliver from the Sugar Club, so we just walked back down to eat instead. Dinner at Carmichael’s was nice, but quite expensive for what we ordered. The Sugar Club was good for dinner and the bartenders made some great pina coladas, and there is nightly entertainment like kettle drum band. We did not get the all-inclusive because breakfast is already included in your stay, and we planned to go off property for at least one meal per day.
We plan to come back to Antigua for a longer stay someday and would return to Sugar Ridge, but also probably stay a few days at another property on the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Antigua’s newest boutique hotel nestles in a sugar cane-bordered natural hillside with stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Designed in contemporary colonial style, rooms have private large verandas, plunge pool and full amenities. An Aveda™ spa provides the latest in holistic therapies; a gym, 3 swimming pools, trendy Sugar Club bar/restaurant and the more formal Carmichael’s, make Sugar Ridge the place to be. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sugar Ridge Hotel Jolly Harbour
- Sugar Ridge Antigua/Jolly Harbour