My wife and I stayed there for one week. We enjoyed the huge appartments. They come with a fully equipped kitchen, very spacious living room, big TV and Bose sounds system, huge balcony, great sea view, very comfortable beds, nice bathrooms, and very quiet air conditioning units.
We also liked the restaurant and bar very much. Having spent 2 weeks in total in Antigua, I feel very comfortable saying that their cook is one of the better qualified cooks on the island. We dined in many recommended places on the island, but found the overall quality of cooking in Antigua very poor. Not so in the nonsuch bay resort, the guy knows how to cook and he prepares very tasty dishes.
The menu is a bit short, however, and we had finished trying out all dishes after about 3 days.
The breakfast buffet is also very nice, but unfortunately does not give many choices. You have scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, fruits, pastries, yogurt, and juices. Perhaps some variety on a daily basis would be a good idea. Maybe omelettes or other things (french toasts, waffles, pancakes, etc....) could be made a la carte or something.
We booked the sailing option and what this means is that you can take out the sailing equipment as much as you want during the day, if it is not booked by someone else. You can also take lessons and the staff that work there are very nice and patient. They take care of your kids too if needed. If you and your family like sailing, you will absolutely enjoy this place.
The beach is the only thing that is below average. Antigua has many great beaches, but this is not one of them. The water is very shallow, which is very good for little kids, but bad if you want to go swimming. There is a lot of seaweed growing just about 3 meters away from the shore, so only very few sandy patches in the water. You can really just use the beach to go sun bathing. I know this will come across as not eco-friendly, but if they could somehow rip out all the seaweed that is growing there, the beach would instantly look a lot more inviting. Having said all this, if you have a rental car, other beaches are very nearby.
The location of the resort is rather remote in the sense that this part of the island is not yet developed in terms of tourism. This is nice because it is very quiet. On the other hand, it is a bit inconvenient if you want to dine out a lot or if you book tours which depart from the other side of the island.
The staff is very very friendly and we enjoyed talking to them a lot. The only small thing I would point out is that they sometimes took too long to set up breakfast. If you need to be in St. John's for a tour or to go diving, you really need to finish breakfast before 8 am because the drive takes about 45 minutes. If breakfast officially opens at 7:30 then you should expect it to be completely set up at that time, especially if you have booked a tour that starts by 9 am. Otherwise you are forced to skip breakfast ...or just quickly swallow a croissant or whatever comes out of the kitchen first. This is what we ended up doing a few times.
I need to point out that the resort is not fully finished yet. The road leading to it is not on a map (it is difficult to find the resort), there is some construction going on, there is no gym and no tennis and no golf either. The landscaping is not completely finished and in a few places, here and there, you can see steel rods sticking out of the ground. Going running is also not possible, as the resort is located on a hill that is rather steep. If they could place a couple of treadmills somewhere, that would be perfect.
Overall we felt this was a very luxurious accomodation and we would recommend it especially to families and people who like sailing. It is a good compromise between staying in a traditional hotel and renting a villa. In a sense, Nonsuch Bay is a collection of vacation villas with some resort type services wrapped around them and that was exactly what we were looking for. I will be checking how this resort evolves because I am convinced that it can become on of the great places to stay at in Antigua once it is fully finished.
- Also Known As:
- Nonsuch Bay Hotel Freetown
- Nonsuch Bay Hotel
- Nonsuch Bay Resort Antigua/Freetown
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nonsuch Bay Resort nestles in forty exotic acres of the stunning bay carved out of the southeast of Antigua; embraced by lush tropical hills, a uniquely private and serene setting, a tranquil haven and home to wildlife including dolphins and turtles. Pure relaxation is blended with out-an-out adrenalin, and the finest luxuries with the simplest of pleasures. Resort facilities comprise a dramatically positioned restaurant, 3 infinity swimming pools, 20 sailboats and tuition, and spa treatments. ... more less
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