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“Great food, warm welcome” 4 of 5 stars
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3 Martini Beach Bar Restaurant and Apartments
Valley Road, Crab Hill, Saint Mary's, Antigua   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Crab Hill
Wirral, UK
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“Great food, warm welcome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

A rarity for Antigua's lovely south-west coast - a beach bar with no attitude problem ! Expect a genuinely warm welcome from Diane (from Toronto) and Godfrey (from Jamaica). Dinner needs to be booked the day before but is well worth it - Angela the cook produces delicious warmly-spiced slow-cooked casseroles with Jamaican flair (Jerk chicken, brown-stewed beef, curried goat etc) served delightfully by Diane. Expect to pay about 50EC / £13 / 18 US for a starter salad and main course. Location is just east of OJ's opposite Crab Hill beach, between Darkwood beach and Johnson's Point. Parking is awkward - use the verge opposite. See two photos, attached. For more of my photos from this area see www.webshots.com/user/aloudon

Stayed January 2009
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

We stayed here for a week in January. The bar is right on the beach so you can get from your room to the water in less than a minute.

Diane and Godfrey who run 3 Martini were very friendly and laid back hosts.

The room was fairly basic but large and good value. We also had a lovely view of the beach from our balcony.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2008

To our friends Godfrey and Diana, you made our Holiday fantastic and we look forward to seeing you in July.

This is the best place we found in Antigua, right next to the beach and so friendly. You cant go to Antigua with staying here and feel the real Caribbean.

Colin and Karen.
Scotland

  • Liked — Everything, the garden is full of fruits and flowers and the view if the beach no more than 10 meters away
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Arlington, TX
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2007

On the way to a sailing trip around Antigua, 3 Martini's was our congregation point before our sail - it happened to be New Year's Eve! Perched high on a hill, my hotel room was spacious and tropical. The view from the balcony was magnificant - a non obstructucted view of the sea. The restaraunt and bar are also wonderfully positioned for great views of the sea and gentle breezes. Diane and her staff provided the most memorable New Year's offerings - excellent food, drinks and fun! Great music! Thank you Diane and Godfrey for starting off my 2007 and sailing trip so memorably - you're the best!!
Your friend from Arlington, Texas.

  • Liked — Location, views, food, drinks and music
  • Disliked — Minimal bath amenities - soap, shampoo, etc.
  • Tips/Secrets — Great place but be prepared for stairs - no elevators
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2007

I spent a fabulous New Year's with 7 friends at 3 Martini! Diane and Godfrey are delightful and warm hosts, devoting their time and attention to making us feel at home and helping us celebrate in fine style. And let's not forget the beauty and charm of Lady, queenly pup in residence! I hope to return again to sample Antigua's and 3 Martini's hospitality.

Stayed January 2007
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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2007

We had been travelling around the caribbean for three weeks and Antigua was our last leg. We did not want to stay at one of the big resorts; our feeling is you could be anywhere in the world at one of those, so we decided on 3 Martini, which was 5 minutes drive from nearby Jolly Beach resort for all amenities; the local car hire company came and dropped a vehicle off for us. There were no reviews on it but its not expensive and the location is on and near the best beaches on Antigua (what we wanted) so we took a chance and booked.

They did not disappoint. Godfrey and Diane have made a true haven where you spend the evening with a few rum punches or local beers watching the sun go down over the ocean (yes it is on the all important WEST side!- with a view in the distance of smoking Monserrat). Put the world to rights with Godfrey -he has a seemingly guru status - and have a delicious meal, whether it be something like their curry prawn(our favourite) and the amazing peanutbutter cheesecake or just a salad (they do lunches too + ask for breakfast). Then go to sleep lulled by the sound of the waves, treefrogs and crickets. They have a tv in the bar, plenty of travellers books to borrow/swap, cool music and sometimes limin'/jamming of an evening. If you don't want to join in (we were exhausted from sun and sea that day!) then you can't hear a squeak from your room.

There's a fridge and fan (was sometimes really hot) in the very clean room and Diane had a mossie mat plugged in for us. Room and bed were large, huge shower and balcony with two deck chairs and a table, plus comfy chairs and coffee table inside. Really private, sit there au naturel and no one would see you! (unlike resorts!). The balconies are also west facing; ask Diane to put you on the top level for the best view from your room.

The outside decor is gorgeously colourful, so caribbean with its oranges and blues. Inside its calmer and cooler with plenty of room to dry off your swimming stuff and your dive gear without it getting in the way.

The beach is right over the road from the hotel, beautiful for swimming and general contemplation (very quiet). Darkwood beach is also nearby, a bit bigger, just as stunning and still quiet. There are other great restaurants nearby, with of course bars where you can have your sundowners on the beach.
There is a shop about 5-10 min walking distance where you can stock up on chocolate, crisps, fruit etc for your days' drive. There is also a supermarket at busy Jolly Harbour but we only went there once- too many people after the quiet of 3 martini!

It was about 30 mins over the island to Nelsons Dockyard, after sight seeing we went diving there with Carlo Constantini's antiguascuba ([----]) inside the Old Dockyard. Very safe, great teacher; I highly recommend him.

All in all 3 Martini is the perfect place for chilling out, hanging out in the bar all day, floating over to the beach if you want a cooling dip in the sea! A great base for the rest of the island without being in the crowds but easy to drive to them if you so wish. I whole heartedly recommend this to my family, friends, and all other trip advisor surfers reading this. Have a great holiday!

  • Liked — Great to chill out, great base for the island, great food and good company
  • Disliked — Room sometimes a bit hot without aircon
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask for a top room and get into a conversation with Godfrey!
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Valley Road, Crab Hill, Saint Mary's, Antigua
Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary's > Crab Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Crab Hill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beach Front/Ocean View Accommodations at '3 MARTINI' Beach Bar,Restaurant and Apartments, a small boutique resort on the hillside opposite one of Antigua's most beautiful south-coast beaches. Come for a day and stay for a night or two. 3 Martini Resort with beach front and ocean view rooms/apartments, private patios, and luxury villa. Providing the ultimate romantic hideout complete with the sounds of the ocean to ease your drift into a perfect night of rest. The perfect escape from the usual tourist fare offered by big hotels and resorts on Antigua. The beach bar restaurant, is surrounded by a wild Tropical Garden with spellbinding daily sunsets to accompany our "happy hour" drink specials.Dine by reservation on the outside terrace nightly (space very limited during full moon phases). Enjoy romantic seating on the veranda overlooking the emerald waters of the Caribbean Sea while dining on a unique menu of International and Island cuisine mixes. ... more   less 
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