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The Verandah Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint Philip
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“Rock away on the Verandah”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

The resort is very lovely and filled with the friendliest staff I have encountered in my travels. The Beach Bar & Grill was the best!!! The menu consisted of fresh fish choices every day and the food was delivered with a smile. The transports(needed if your room was an ocean view due to the terrain of the land) were easily available and driven by smiling, friendly, and accommodating people. The main pool was the most enticing of any I have swam in-crystal clear and no chlorine smell. An adult pool is also available for those who want to get away from the kids. However, the main pool is so large that one can hardly be disturbed by the youth. The water sport equipment was easily accessible. The resort features 2 beaches and it was fun kayaking from one beach to the other to have a cold refreshing tropical drink. The miniature golf course was an enjoyable way to spend time. It is very well maintained and is staffed by the most friendliest young man. Nightly entertainment was provided with some very good voices serenading the guests. The only drawback was they ended at 11:00PM. Guest Services provided internet usage free of charge. The pastel painted "rocking chairs" on the verandahs are the best!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

2nd day back from a week spent at the Verandah Resort and Spa, and I felt compelled to write a review. Everything you may have read in other reviews (good and bad) is probably correct. That being said, if you are looking for a posh resort to be pampered and catered to, this isn't the place for you. If you're looking for a beautiful setting to simply relax and get comfortable, this is exactly the place for you.
The resort has 190 rooms, or roughly room for 400-500 guests, yet it never felt crowded. We were always able to find chairs at either beach or the pool. We never waited more than a minute or two to be seated at the restaurants or get a drink at any of the bars. WARNING: THE DRINKS AT THE BARS ARE STRONG. :) The layout of the resort made everything fairly accessible by foot (my wife was in a walking boot from foot surgery). Everything centers around the main pool, most rooms are fairly close, and every room has beautiful views of the ocean. Only the Rasta Beach and Reception were far, but they have golf carts every 10-15 minutes to take you across the resort.
As far as activities, there are plenty of things to do. The sports beach had plenty of equipment to enjoy, including hobie cat (catamaran) sail boats, kayaks, paddle boards, windsurfing, rafts and snorkel mask/tubes/fins. The staff were always willing to teach people how to use the equipment (I learned to sail), and there was never a long wait for equipment. There is also a daycare area for the younger kids, but many kids were with their families at the main pool.

I went hoping to snorkel and honestly the snorkeling is not great on the resort, but there are a couple of good spots on property. The sports beach is a bit too cloudy from sand being stirred up from the waves. But, if you go out far enough along the sides of the coves, there are fish to see.
The Rasta beach has quite a bit of sea grass just out from the shore which makes the water on that beach much clearer. The Rasta beach has a nice row of rocks stretching out from the gazebo on the left, where you can see many types of tropical fish. I was also able to snap a few pictures of fish along the mangroves on the right side of the cove at Rasta beach.

Some people recommended Grand Pineapple Beach just outside of the main entrance of the resort. I found it wasn’t much better than the Rasta beach on property and really wasn’t worth the walk (about 5 minutes). We did book a tour at guest services to Bird Island (north of the main island) where the snorkeling was much better (see Adventure Antigua Eco Tour). We also spoke to other guests that had good things to say snorkeling at Cades Reed (off the southwest coast of the main island), but we didn’t have time to check it out for ourselves.

As far as dining, everybody has their own tastes. We found the food to vary from just good to outstanding. Breakfast was always at Sea Breeze (the buffet) and usually had the same thing each day (bacon, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, fruit, cheese, and an omelet chef). Lunch had a bit more variety at Sea Breeze, and occasionally we had lunch at the Beach Bar and Grill where I can definitely recommend the Verandah burger (w/ a slice of pineapple on it).
Dinner had a few more options. Sea Breeze had a buffet with a different theme each night (barbeque, Italian, Mexican, etc.), which was usually pretty good. When we didn’t have a taste for the menu at Sea Breeze, we made reservations at either Buccaneer’s or Nicole’s.
The food at Buccaneer’s was excellent; the braised lamb shank was out of this world. But the restaurant does not get the breeze that the rest of the building (Sea Breeze) gets which can make it quite warm. The food at Nicole’s was even better and the restaurant is air conditioned. Nicole’s is also more upscale and cost $30/person, but was good enough that we went twice. We did hear from the staff that they plan to air condition both Sea Breeze and Buccaneer’s. It would make them more comfortable, but they may lose the tropical feel they have.
The nightlife is very subdued. Most guests seemed to gather around the main bar after dinner. There was some musical entertainment that usually started around 8:30 and went to around 11:00 each night. Some guest would even bring their kids with them.

In all, the Verandah is a great place to relax. I would describe it as a great 3 star resort. It is not a place to feel pampered and catered to, but a place where you are always made to feel comfortable. To us, it felt more like being in a laid back small tropical town rather than a resort. Hopefully this will help others decide to stay here. We definitely plan to return.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Stayed here with my wife during the 1st week of November 2012. Had a great holiday and would happily return. Won't comment on food, rooms and staff etc as already well covered in other reviews. 3 things useful to know about before you go however;

1) Tree Frogs - aka (in our house anyway) The Burglar Alarms!
Am used to hearing animal sounds in the night when abroad, but these critters take it to a new level. As soon as the sun goes down, these fellas wake up and start their 'song'. The darker the louder, until they're all at it and the only comparison I can think of is that it sounds like all of your neighbours burglar alarms going off in unison - all night, until the sun comes up. And if it rains in the night, they love that for some reason and the volume goes up from 10 to 11 (they're the spinal tap of tree frogs!). Never saw one whilst there but you will hear them above the TV in the room, the shower... or your partner snoring. Got used to it kind of, but you may want to take ear plugs if you're a light sleeper.

2) Sunbed Hoggers - aka Inconsiderate tourists
In the welcome pack it says they give you a towel card to pick up and return towels etc. They don't in practice so you can swap towels any time, take as many as you want and if lazy and inconsiderate, leave them lying around the pool. Some people get a towel at 7am, reserve a bed with it around the pool then don't use it for hours. Or they use it a bit, then decide to go elsewhere at say 2pm and just leave the towel so you don't know if the bed is being used again or not. I saw one family put towels down at 7am on 6 beds, 3 people used them for 1 hour at lunchtime then they waddled off again never to return - thus taking up prime shade/beds for a whole day. At any one time 90% of main pool beds (all the shaded ones) had towels, but only 40-50% were being used. This drove me mad as we're too considerate to reserve beds unless we're using them so the decent people lose out. The hotel should enforce that if they're not used for 1 hour, then they should remove towels etc. It's unfair on the nice people, but the same as every other resort we've been to. It would be great if the hotel did something about this other than putting up the odd sign and not doing anything to enforce it.

3) AMT - aka Antigua 'Maybe' Time
At home we use GMT and it generally works OK. For example, if meeting someone of catching a train it generally happens at an agreed time which everyone knows and this is a useful system. On AMT however, you agree a time, but that's doesn't necessarily mean the actual time when something will happen. Had two instances of this. 1st was we went on a trip where we were picked up and dropped off for a boat trip on the other side of the island. We were told a 3pm pick up by minibus to get home, and this was confirmed by the boat also. 3pm in our swim gear standing by a road came and went, until eventually we went to another hotel and they made some calls for us (very kind) and the bus came at 4.30pm. No explanation other than it came so what's the problem? (AMT). The day after we booked the St John's shuttle for 9am and got there on time, to be told it went early already even though they knew we were going and the reception had been called before it left (AMT in reverse this time). Made it interesting, albeit the use of AMT needs some slight adjustment to those used to GMT. No major issue, but just need to accept Antigua uses its own timezone operation (AMT).

We still had a great time and observations 1 and 3 made it kind of fun in a weird way. Observation 2 could be improved by the hotel if they decide to do anything about it. May annoy a minority of inconsiderate guests, (which would be great in my opinion) but I'm sure the majority would appreciate a fairer system. I did adopt my own system one day and removed some towels and took the beds, only for the family that had towels on them to return 2 hours later, moan amongst themselves (but not to me as I ignored them), then wander off in a hump. Bit awkward, but quite satisfying on my part and would recommend you do the same if in a similar situation.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I know this is a little late but my husband and I stayed at the Verandah is January 2012, it was amazing. My husband has family in Antiuga which he has not seen in over ten years and whom I have never met, this is one of the resorts they recommended. I am so glad they did. We are a young couple who like to have fun during the day as well at night, the Verandah does not have night clubs but frankly by the time they would start we were so tired it didn't matter. Our room which was hillside view was amazing, we definately had a water view, the food was well worth it, we also paid the extra to dine at Nicoles which we are very glad we did, we unfortunately did not get to dine at the Buchaneers since we spent a lot of time with family so I cannot comment on that but we also found the buffet to be well worth it with lots of things to chose from. Our favourite would be the daily walk we took to devil's bridge (it worked off our delicious meals all day and an amazing view) the vendors were very polite and did not push to buy their products. We also walked to Long Bay daily where we met some very fun locals. The one thing I do have to say about Antigua is go meet the locals, find out where they go, they are some of the nicest people you will meet. We have already book our trip back to Antiuga this January but we opted for a rental villa this time. We are trying a new experience this time around. Point being, the verandah is I'd have to say the most beautiful resort I've been, the staff is very friendly and there if you need them. If you are looking for a quiet relaxing resort, this is the place to go. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Our room was hillside but we had the most beautiful view ever, room 219.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Stayed here for the 2nd time in under a year and fell in love with it all over again. Great staff, beautifully laid out and with good facilities and a spectacular beach. It's an eco resort too which is a bonus if you like to feel you are causing as little environmental damage as possible. Minor grumbles are the lack of reliable Wi-Fi even in the limited area of coverage (there is none in any of the rooms). This said, this is a place to relax and get away from it all so the lack of online access is probably a good thing. We paid extra for a water view room which faced the lagoon rather than the sea, which was fine for us but if seeing the sea face on is important to you, make sure you check this out when booking. Special credit goes to Janice on the tour desk for doing a great job consistently and being so friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We went from the 24th Oct to 2nd November 2012 with my husband and 2 boys aged 7 & 2. Our room was 159 which was a great location with children a short walk to the pool, beach and restaurant. The resort was kept in immaculate condition with friendly staff who were willing to help in anyway they could. In particular, Mr. Stanley Europe ( who drove the golf carts) took a special liking to my boys and made our visit special. Icilma, Noel, Neil, Shane , Nelevyn and executive chef John were particular helpful as we are vegetarians. Although, the veggie options were not particularly great for children they did their best to cater for us.

The weather was perfect and we had a relaxing 10 days. We would definitely consider another trip back.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

Stayed in Feb 2012' had a great time, all the staff were great, the food was 100% at all times.

Asked for the banana trees to be trimmed next to the villa, to stop the noise at night, this was done with in the hour!

The room was well looked after each day, the beach was great loads of places to chill and relax, and if you have children. The play areas were also very good.

Will be back for sure in 2013

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Verandah Resort & Spa
Address: Indian Town Rd, Saint Philip, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Phillip Parish > Saint Philip
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint Philip
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Verandah Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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The Verandah Resort & Spa is a world-class all-inclusive resort overlooking the crystal blue Caribbean waters of Antigua. Perfect for couples, friends, families, honeymoons, and weddings. Guests love the resort's friendly, romantic atmosphere, with lots of activities for adults, teens, and children--not to mention our Two White Sand Beaches!The Verandah's four restaurants, four bars, four swimming, including the largest freeform freshwater swimming pool in Antigua. Activities include hobie cat sailing, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, pedal boats, supervised Kids Club, 18-hole miniature golf course, and much more.Indulge at our Spa Tranquility, featuring a wide array of massage and beauty treatments, or enjoy a workout in our air-conditioned fitness center.We look forward to having you as our guest, and thank for your choosing The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua. ... more   less 
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