I don't even know where to begin! My husband and I just got back from spending a week at Sugar Ridge for our Honeymoon. It was everything we wanted and more. This resort is designed and catered for a romantic, adult getaway. As soon as we walked into the reception area, we were greeted by Lafaan (sorry if I've spelt it wrong) who made us feel so welcome. The ice cold tropical punch was also a great addition! Sugar Ridge is exactly how they describe it, a boutique style resort - which was exactly what we wanted. It has 60 units that are all placed along the side of a mountain. The rooms have views of the gorgeous harbor, water and island and lots of privacy. The higher the rooms the more privacy, but the further you are from the main reception and main pool. We had unit 42 and it was perfect. It had a private plunge pool on the massive balcony and it was such a great way to unwind each night. The rooms themselves are spotless, modern and comfortable. The air conditioning worked perfectly, and the bed is very comfy! Our favorite part was laying in bed with the french doors open - enjoying the warm breeze and views.
The property is gorgeous including both restaurants, lobby and pools. Carmichaels pool is amazing, definitely go up for sunset and a drink! The sugar ridge club pool is also great, we spent many afternoons there with snacks and drinks. The lounge chairs are comfy too. The resort is not on the beach but it didn't matter because the resort has beach shuttle service to many of the local beaches. These beaches also happen to be among the best on Antigua. Turner's beach is nice but we really loved the Nest Beach (Valley Church). We always went back to the Nest. The beach bar there is authentic and low key, and the beach itself is just gorgeous. It was quite secluded when we went, long wide white sandy beach front, and the water is amazing. It is the most turquoise water I've ever seen, and literally no waves. You can just lounge around in clear, warm blue water all day!
We did the all inclusive which worked out perfectly for us being on our honeymoon. We didn't want to think or plan meals or restaurants. If we went back, I'd probably just do the breakfast package and explore the island restaurants a bit more, but the all inclusive was definitely great for the honeymoon. I especially liked that their all inclusive menu included champagne! In terms of food, the Sugar Club is where we ate most of our meals. Amazing staff, great food and variety. We had 3 dinners at Carmichaels (the fine dining option) but it didn't blow us away. We appreciated the Sugar Club more, but Carmichaels view is definitely worth at least one dinner during sunset. Our ONLY complaint (and we didn't mind) was the wifi sometimes iffy. Some days it was perfect, other days it didn't work or would go in and out.
The best part of Sugar Ridge is honestly the service. It is a step above. The people are so nice and accommodating. A few to mention are: Rodayne (dealing with our flight issues and being so nice), Carleen (the best most friendly server at Sugar Club), Stevette (helped us plan our ATV trip, which was also so much fun and highly recommended -- Antigua Buggys Tour - you see the entire island from a cool dune buggy and get to have lunch on the most secluded beach), Vaughn (the beach runner, knows so much about the island and took us to get local fresh fruits), Oneil/Javin (all such nice people, readily available to give you a lift up the hill in the golf carts) and the Manager Keith (who dealt with our check out and reservation issue professionally and promptly).
Overall, the island of Antigua was a great honeymoon spot. We really enjoyed how low key and authentic the island was. Thank you to Sugar Ridge for making our honeymoon one to remember! We hope to be back for an anniversary!
- 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