My husband and I stayed at Sugar Ridge Antigua in November 2013. It is a nice resort with both positives and negatives. The positives:
1) The rooms are very nice, clean, and comfortable.
2) The pools and grounds are maintained very well
3) The views are gorgeous
4). Rent a car for a day and drive to Half Moon Bay. Buy a beach umbrella, pack a lunch, and take some beach towels. It's an amazingly beautiful beach and there were only 4 or 5 people on the whole beach. Stop at a few beach bars on the way back to the resort.
5) Go to the hilltop pool at the resort. Not many people go up there and it is very nice.
I saw the negative reviews about the plunge pools and wanted to comment. We stayed in a room with a plunge pool and enjoyed it very much. The water temperature was warm, even at night. Our pool faced due west, therefore the water received direct sun from early afternoon until evening. I think this makes a huge difference in the water temp. Many of the rooms face northeast (or even due north) and I'm guessing the sun never hits the water, thus, the plunge pools stay very cool. Again, ours was perfect and got a lot of use.
The negatives are:
1) The main restaurant is very expensive (and the food is below average)
2) The spa is nice, but their therapists could use some training by an Aveda certified massage therapist. My massage was rough and when the steamer wouldn't turn on, my therapist left the room and brought others in to fix it. Not exactly relaxing.
3) The staff......this is a tough one. Some were very nice, but most were not. I can't say they were unfriendly, but I found them to be standoff-ish. I'm not sure how to describe it other than to say that we didn't feel welcome.
4) If you need something, be prepared to ask 2 or 3 times
Overall, I would rate the resort at average (or slightly above). They really need to work on their hospitality.
- Also Known As:
- Sugar Ridge Hotel
- Sugar Ridge Hotel Jolly Harbour
- Sugar Ridge Antigua/Jolly Harbour
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sugar Ridge is Antigua’s most anticipated resort, opened in December 2009. Perched upon its namesake hillside bordered with sugar cane and lush flora and fauna, the resort features 60 rooms that wrap around the property, featuring panoramic views to the south and west of palm-lined beaches and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, plus the neighboring islands of Redonda, St. Kitts and Nevis. Sugar Ridge entertains guests with three swimming pools, the island’s first-ever Aveda Concept Spa. ... more less
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