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Tranquility Bay Antigua
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Reviewed February 13, 2013

My husbnd and I used this resort as our timeshare exchange. We found the resort to be close to a beautiful beach. Even though we found the complex to be older, our unit was neat and very clean with all the suppplies we would need in the kitchen. The reception staff was very accommodating and fun to work with. The complex was within walking distance to the harbor and restaurants. We certainly would recommend this resort.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We rented a 2 bedroom condo (Room 202) in the Sunset Delight Building for 2 weeks at the end of Jan. The room was over 1,000 sq ft. The condo has all the amenities that you will need to live here, and all were working. Beds were made daily, and towels were changed as needed. The floors were swept daily but never washed. The bottom of our feet were black the first night we were there. The furniture is 'Early Fred Flintstone' and were not at all comfortable, and were very dirty. We only used the master bedroom and found the bed to be really comfortable. Lots of closet space with a safety box in the closet, bolted to the closet organizer. Not at all secure.

This resort is a timeshare facility, there is no restaurant or bar on the premises. But there are many bars and restaurants within minutes of the resort. Also there is a grocery store 5 minutes away.

There are only 15 shade cabana's on the Tranquility Bay Resort Beach and around 60 lounges. We would go out at 5:30am to place our towels under one of these cabana's, and by that time 10 were already taken. That's right 5:30am! If you went later there was a good chance that all the cabana's and lounges were taken. You can go down to the Jolly Beach Resort and use their lounge chairs. There were people renting lounges and umbrellas on the beach. The beach can be used by everyone on the island, including cruise ship guests, and people from the villas in Jolly Harbour Marina, and locals. Hotel security is there to make sure that only hotel quests use the lounges, but it was ok if locals use the lounges and the outdoor showers right beside our block. Because there were so many non quests walking around the resort, I found that security was totally lacking. We never had a problem though....

We stayed on the beach and watched great sunsets everynight.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

We had a one bedroom apartment for 4 days with a bathroom, living room, and kitchen (working large refridgerator, microwave, and stove) and a balcony. Room was clean and everything was working.
I had a late flight back to the U.S and paid a reasonable price for a room for the day and I got a 2-bedroom which was clean and huge with 2 bathrooms and a kitchen, laundry room, and a huge balcony. The location and beach was also beautiful and quiet. We were allowed to use the facilities of the Jolly Beach Resort but we passed on them. We took advantage of the neighboring supermarket and did a bit of shopping.
My next trip to Antigua, i will be staying there again... Love it!!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We had room 203 in the Sunset Delight building, which is closest to the beach. It's a two-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen and two washrooms and a large balcony (room for a table with four chairs, two lounge chairs and two more seats with space to spare). Very clean. I'd go back again, which I can't say about many other Caribbean resorts.

We ate the all-inclusive food at Jolly Beach one day but much preferred other restaurants and shopping at the supermarket. The Castaways beach bar next door is a great place for a drink, especially at sunset, but DO NOT eat there: the portions are small and the food not very good. You can rent a car right in the Jolly Beach resort and get your Antigua driver's licence at the same time.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Location is the number #1 advantage to this resort/timeshare. It is on a beautiful beach with fairly quiet waters (just a little wave action to make it interesting). You can use the facilities at the adjoining Jolly Beach Resort (JBR), such as the swimming pool, and enjoy their nightly entertainment. Also, meal ticket plans can be purchased at Tranquility Bay for use at the JBR. We did not do so, since we prefer smaller restaurants more highly rated on Tripadvisor. Tranquility Bay does not have any restaurants, but you are easily within a 10 minute walking distance to about a half a dozen in Jolly Harbor, included Castaways on the beach. While none of these restaurants are five stars, they're quite servicable for a breakfast/lunch, drinks. etc. The Epicurean food market is fantastic for its variety at reasonable prices - fresh baked pasteries, bottled water, snacks, milk, juices, etc. This is also within walking distance, although if you have a lot of packages, it could be difficult trecking back to your suite. The front desk staff at Tranquility Bay are very polite and helpful with information and making restaurant reservations. However, I would suggest that the orientation focus more on the resort amenities, rather than shopping at St. Johns. The free wi-fi in your suite is definitely a plus.
Why have I given it only 3 circles for a rating? We had a one bedroom unit, which needed major refurbishing. While everything was passable, the furniture, refrigerator, TV, and air conditioning needed to be replaced or updated. TV is the small (and old) CRT located in the bedroom, not in the living area. Refrigerator worked, but freezer door didn't always close tightly. One of the air conditioning units rattled like there were marbles inside. You get the picture. We were told that these issues are being addressed, and other units have already been upgraded.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

We have spent 3 weeks and just returned. The contrast is hot sun to wet dismal weather. We had a great time. Ideally situated close to the best beach in Antigua we enjoyed walking its length but even at a fair pace it takes over an hour along the gently sloping bay. Plenty of shared watersports at the adjacent jolly beach resort where there are a number of all inclusive packages if you do not wish to self cater. The accomodation is well situated with many excellent local restaurants, shops and supermarket which carries a full range of products. The staff are very friendly and helpful with ready advice and information. Also nearby there is an 18 hole golf course, fishing and tennis. There are several dive operaters. Already planning a return trip.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Just returned from Tranquility Bay 1/26/13 after 8 wonderful days. Weather was great the whole time. There were short spurts of rain showers during the last that only lasted a few minutes. Although we had a two bedroom reserved when we arrived they thought we had a one. However, we went to the grocery store came back and had rum punch while they straighten it out. The suite was clean with a great kitchen where we cooked breakfast and had plenty of things in the refrigerator to drink. There are lots of restaurants, banks and a grocery store all within a few minute’s walk. The beach is beautiful never crowed and plenty of beach chairs. We never used the pool because the ocean was so great. The beach is shared with the Jolly Beach Resort. Bring mosquito spray for the evenings when they seem to be hungry! Yes sometimes there were no clean beach towels available in the middle of the day you had to get them early morning or late evening. Our room towels were changed daily. Staff at the resort was great; we adopted Leon the bellman as our nephew. If you want a clean, safe basic amenities place to stay pick Tranquility Bay. It’s not a luxurious resort but has friendly staff, great beach and plenty of offsite things to do. Go Castaways and say hi to Mervin and company. I will definitely stay here again if I return to Antigua.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Jolly Harbour, Bolans, Saint Mary's, Antigua
Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary's > Bolans
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Price Range: $194 - $333 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tranquility Bay Antigua 3*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquility Bay, is Antigua’s only all-suite resort. Located on a breathtaking, mile-long stretch of white sand beach on Antigua’s southwest coast, Tranquility Bay boasts spectacular sunsets, majestic views of Montserrat, Redonda and St. Kitts/Nevis. Spacious suites, large balconies and calm blue waters make Tranquility Bay a haven for those craving peaceful moments away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Create a vacation as relaxing or active as you wish. You’re just steps away from water sports, golfing, tennis, spa, fishing, dining, entertainment, kids club and more. And, we’re just 30 minutes away from the airport and capital of St. Johns. Experience Tranquility Bay and you will never vacation in an ordinary hotel room again. ... more   less 
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