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“Sugar Ridge saved our honeymoon!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Sugar Ridge
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   PO Box 153, Jolly Harbour, Antigua   |  
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Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Sugar Ridge saved our honeymoon!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My husband and I have just returned from 4 nights at Sugar Ridge for our honeymoon. We actually spent 2 weeks on the island – the first week was at Cocobay Resort where we got married. We then went to Galley Bay Resort where we had planned to spend 7 nights for our honeymoon. We did not like Galley Bay, and still do not understand what the fuss is all about at that resort. It gets good reviews, but we really do not see why. After 3 nights there, and not loving it, we decided to find somewhere else. It was our honeymoon after all, and we wanted a good experience! We had actually booked our photographer at Sugar Ridge Resort for the wedding, and he had great things to say about it. I called the resort and Marcia was able to get us 4 nights in a premium suite. Sugar Ridge has 60 units so it is a boutique style resort – which is exactly what we wanted. The property is just gorgeous, WAY above Galley Bay in terms of service, quality, rooms, etc. We were very fortunate to get suite #60 which is the last suite, but has the highest vantage point for views. It was so dreamy up there! It was our little slice of heaven :) Of course you do have to plan your outings well, since it’s not easy to “run back” if you forget something – but the very friendly staff will take you up in a golf cart any time you wish. We generally took the stairs down, and golf carted up :)

We opted for the breakfast option (not all-inclusive), which was perfect because it allowed us to explore nearby local restaurants. The local food on the island is delicious, and there are so many places you can choose from. If you want to go to the beach, the driver Vaughn will take you to any nearby beach you wish and pick you up when you’re ready. We mostly went to the Cocobay beach because it is lovely, and you don’t have to rent chairs there. If you are there, go to Dennis restaurant on the hill – it’s great! We also rented a car a few days to do some exploring. I highly suggest doing this – but if you do, rent a jeep. It’s a bit more expensive, but the roads are terrible and the one day we rented a car we blew a tire. Because the way insurance is set up with the island rentals, you pay for anything under $1,500 in damage. My husband joked that if you’re gonna get in an accident, better make it a good one. We had to pay $100 USD for a new tire which would have never happened had we just stuck to the jeep.

We are SO grateful to Sugar Ridge, Marcia, and the wonderful staff for truly saving our honeymoon. During the last couple days of our stay we were adopted by a little family of kittens. We knew we shouldn’t feed them, but it was hard to deny three hungry babies staring at you. The mama cat, who was just the most darling thing, we named “Sugar”. We let Marcia know about them when we left, and she said they will go to the humane society to get adopted. We hope they find homes because they were such sweet little things.

We highly recommend Sugar Ridge, and would definitely return! THANK YOU SUGAR RIDGE!!!

Room Tip: The higher the number of room, the higher on the hill. But that also means the best views - and #60...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SugarRidge, General Manager at Sugar Ridge, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
We were delighted that we were able to accommodate you at short notice at Sugar Ridge and to help rescue your honeymoon. Thank you for posting such a lovely review. The whole team get to read these and of course those individuals you singled out for special mention are all very appreciative. You make a wonderful couple and we will all look forward to welcoming you back for hopefully your first anniversary. Until then we send our very best wishes for your future happiness together - two special people.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We have been traveling to many islands in the caribbean. This was, so far, our least favorite vacation island but still a good time. Some of the beaches were beautiful. The Sugar Ridge Resort was nice. It is set on the side of a mountain close to the best beaches on the island near Jolly Harbor. We will write more on our website http://www.in-nycsite.com

Room Tip: Rooms 57-60 are best for privacy and views. They are very close to the infinity pool, cabanas and r...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Not long back from this hotel and had a stunning time. yes there were a couple of small issues mostly around music late at night but didn't happen often and certainly didn't ruin the holiday.
The staff are amazing and a real credit to the hotel and Antigua - lovely lovely people. The food was good and my only comment would be there isn't a lot of choice for vegetarians beyond pasta - that's fine cause I love pasta. Breakfasts are unbeatable :) There are fantastic beaches nearby and could wholeheartedly recommend Darkwood and Turners - Nest was a bit busy as there was a cruise ship in at the time but again didn't spoil any part of the holiday. Both my partner and I are sure we'll be heading back some day as it was genuinely excellent.

Room Tip: We'd room 18 which although not perhaps the best views was just a teensy short hop to the recept...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
68 hotel reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I stayed at Sugar Ridge for 3 nights in January '14 with my fiance. The property is about 1min drive from the beach (but there is a free shuttle), and is nestled nicely into the mountain. Facilities (pool, gym, bungalows) are great, and value for money was good too. Service was decent but a bit patchy at times. In general I like to stay at different places when I travel but given how good my experience was, I would definitely consider staying here again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Beautiful property and hotel! My husband and I stayed in June 2014 using my Aveda points. We had an amazing week! The staff is probably the friendliest and most accommodating we have ever encountered while traveling. While the hotel is not on the beach the pools are great and a shuttle takes you to several different beaches with a short drive. The plunge pool on our balcony was so nice to cool off in after the day on the beach. Vorn who works there and drives the beach shuttle offered to give us his tour of the island if we were interested. We met him and his nephew at 9am and they gave us a whole day tour of the island, beaches, points of interest. What and incredible day! Thanks Vorn and Lorn!
We ate at Carmichael's twice and the food was spectacular! Sugar club breakfast was a great way to start the day! Our pick as the best property on the island!

Room Tip: The higher the room number the further up the hill you are with better views.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Sugar Ridge for our honeymoon this past January (2014). It was absolutely amazing- we couldn't have asked for anything more. The pictures do not do it justice. We were a little skeptical not to choose one of the more common Sandals type resorts, but we were so happy with our decision! We stayed in one of the king rooms without the outdoor dipping pool and LOVED the room, bathroom, and deck. This is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for something a little different. It is very quiet, beautiful, and romantic. We had the all inclusive plan and all of the food was amazing. We spent almost every evening up at the endless pool watching the sunset (basically alone every night with our own personal bartender!) The concierge was great at suggesting and making daily plans for us. We definitely recommend going on the walking tour of Antigua with Vaughn. He is so nice and informative- its a must! We can't wait to return!

Room Tip: Dont be scared of the steep climb many people complain about- the staff has no problem transporting...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Willmar, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Property and helpful staff form the perfect backdrop to fit any type of vacationer. If you want tranquility, it's everpresent in this natural hillside setting with great views. Loved the poolside (especially on top of hill) experience under pergolas with only the sound of birds and waterfalls. If you're looking for a beach experience, several are close by and the property jeep will provide roundtrip service upon request (if on the all-inclusive plan, you can also eat "for free" at some of the beach cafes). Loved the variety of experiencing several beaches. If you're looking for adventure and exploration, several good day tours are available. Don't miss the Sunday Jump-Up at Shirley Heights. Pre-book transportation at front desk. If you enjoy nightlife and dancing, this is your big opportunity! Nights get quiet very early at Sugar Ridge. We also enjoyed the excursion to Barbuda and the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, concluding the day with a meal and time on the untouched pink stretches of sand. Only go on a calm day as the catamaran ride is lengthy out on open seas. Room size is rather small, but the patio space makes up for it. Food was good and offered enough variety to wholeheartedly recommend the all-inclusive package. Loved the intimacy of the resort and ability to get acquainted with fellow travelers, most of whom were lovely people from the UK. GM - Keith went all out as our flight was delayed. We arrived at 1 am starving and without luggage and he was kind enough to open up the gift shop for sundries AND travel to the only local establishment still open and deliver some jerk chicken to our room. We were well cared for from start to finish!

Room Tip: Not worth the added expense to get a room with pool on patio unless you have children and don't...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 153, Jolly Harbour, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary Parish > Jolly Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Jolly Harbour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sugar Ridge 4*
Number of rooms: 60
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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