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“Ultra Luxury--Beach is top 5 in Caribbean. No worries.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

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Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Bronx, New York
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Ultra Luxury--Beach is top 5 in Caribbean. No worries.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

Was here for a conference, I am a travel agent and occasionally we inspect the rooms at a Sandals resort. During my free time, I was able to visit the restaurants---fantastic options, loved the diverse menus. The beach as a long stretch, I walked that whole thing, the sand was so soft and powdery (just made up a word), the water was great and calm, it was so relaxing sitting on my chair with my favorite Bacardi libation. The life !!! I would def go back with the mrs for my own vacation. They have a casino next door and a couple of nightclubs that are cool. I enjoyed them.
I also went off the resort to visit the local area of Antigua---Grand Pineapple which another Sandals property for Value was also very enjoyable !! I was working hard, but had no worries !!!
jiminezi@libertytravel.com

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

We stayed here for two weeks for our honeymoon and we could not of hoped for anything better. We stayed in the Caribbean Honeymoon Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level Room and it was perfect, the facilties were great and we had a wonderful view. The most outstanding part of this place and of Antigua too is the people, they are so welcoming and friendly and would do anything for you. The service was unrivalled.
The food was fantastic, we were spoilt for choice. The choice of drink was also fantastic, not just local spirits but all the main brands.
This was the first time we had stayed in a Sandals resort and after this trip we would go back any day. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone going to Antigua.

Room Tip: Rooms in the Carribean Grove near the beach front are quieter
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013

This was our first Sandals experience and we absolutely loved it! I was a bit anxious after reading some of the negative reviews, however, our week in November was great. We had a concierge room in the Med Village. Upon arrival at the airport we found our way to the Sandals kiosk and waited for our transportation. It is a short ride to the resort. The check in process seemed unorganized. Multiple people try to expedite the process and we found ourselves sitting around waiting to get checked in. Once we were escorted to our room, we settled in pretty quickly. We were on the 3rd floor and had oceanview and courtyard views. We had a problem with the shower and maintaince crew took care of it right away.The main pool is a short walk, there is a swim up bar at this pool. The grounds are lush with tropical plantings and are well maintained. The beach is small and the water is very swimmable. There are vendors here, but we found them to be polite. Look for Hazel the jewelry maker, he'll make whatever you want. The food overall is good. So many choices. Be sure to see George and Mark at Soy Sushi. They will treat you like friends. The Barefoot has great seafood choices. Ask for Nikki, she is so sweet and accommodating. Dinner at Eleanors the first time was disappointing. We found the Lobster to be overcooked and dry. However, a repeat visit and a chat with the chef, our dinner was much better. If you cannot decide where to go, the Bayside is buffet style for 3 meals a day with so much to choose from & good quality. Make sure you stop at the chocolate night outside Mario's.
Some of the reviews complain about the noisy crickets...people need to learn to enjoy nature! Overall, we had a great time and look forward to trying Sandals resorts again.

Room Tip: Request the Med Village. Higher floors have better beach views
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

First, I must say THANK YOU to http://www.vacationsbyvip.com for planning this amazing trip for us! The owner, Jennifer Doncsecz and her staff took care of every detail so all we had to do was arrive at the airport. Dec. 1st - Dec. 9th. We stayed in the Medditeranean Village. The room was beautiful and stayed that way for the entire duration! Phillip greeted us when we arrived at the resort and helped get us settled. We lounged at the main pool almost daily. Althea and Gavin at the pool bar were AWESOME!! The entire staff was very gracious and very accomdating to our every need! I had read about people saying it was hard to get a good spot at the pool but we had no problems and no butler either. Met a lovely couple John and Margaret whom we sat with almost every day whom I miss very much!! We enjoyed ALL of the restaurants. We also spent time on the Carribean Grove side of the resort. The Bayside Restaurant was great for breakfast! Channel always gave me a hug and made us feel special. I miss you Channel!! We did a few excursions which were also wonderful. Unfortunately it rained on Sunday so we weren't able to experience Shirley Heights but still managed to have fun during the rain. The vendors were friendly on the beach and after saying no thank you, they went on their way. This was an amazing vacation!! Thank you to all of the staff for taking such great care of us. We will be back next December :)

Room Tip: Higher floors have a great view!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bracebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

We have just returned from our 11th Sandals stay. Many asked us what our favourite Sandlas is and that in itself is a very difficult question. Every resort (including Sandals Grande Antigua ) has its own unique character but meets the standards of all the resorts ... exceptional service, friendly staff (all with smiles and greetings) great food/drinks and lovely grounds.
Commendation to our butlers who knew what we wanted before we did, Craig and Sheldon. If you are fortunate to stay in the butler beachfront rondoval you will be impressed!!! Also hats off to Celia at the courtyard bar, Evette our housekeeper, the butler manager who checked on us several times and a chef in training (Craig will know her name) who escorted my husband to dinner (I was arm and arm with Craig,the butler), a great gal and an asset to the resort.
When we stepped out of the rondoval we were 22 steps to our chairs on the beach!!!! Coffee delivered every morning followed by room service breakfast always on time!! Barefoot by the Sea was wonderful dining at both lunch and dinner and Marios tremendous meals and atmosphere.
Met many new friends and will not forget this experience. Our 12th visit is to Emerald Bay in May followed by our 13th stay (our free week) at Sandals Grande St. Lucia. If you have any doubts about going to Sandals Grande Antigua, remove it from your mind as you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: The beachfront rondoval , wonderful and the best location if you like the beach
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Moosic, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

I have stayed at many sandals and Caribbean resorts. This was by far the best in terms of beach, service, food, drinks, and activities. I could go on about every detail but take it from me, this was exceptional and I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Room Tip: we had a beach front rondoval, the Mediterranean village hotel is at the back of the property away...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

Stayed at Sandals Grande Antigua Dec8 to the 15 2013. I work in the travel industry and have been to numerous all inclusive all over the world and this property is one of my favorites. We absolutely loved it and would go back in a heart beat. Food is excellent. Rooms are good. Beach is amzing. Pools and grounds are beautiful and it is a pretty big property. Service is also excellent.

Special mention:
Chamantha, George and Mark at the sushi bar were our favorites. They stayed open later just to serve us and they were so funny and nice that we went back twice after that, the sushi is also excellent but the staff is why we kept going back.

Omega at the photoshop is also excellent and went out of his way to accomodate our requests, the pictures turned out great. I would recommend booking your sunset photo shoot with him.

All and all we loved our stay and we would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
Address: Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
#3 Family Hotel in St. John's
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#3 Luxury Hotel in St. John's
#4 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
#5 Business Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 373
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
•A European Hotel in the Six-Star, all-suite Mediterranean Village •Exotic Rondoval with private plunge pool and butler service •1,400 square foot Mediterranean villa with private plunge pool and butler service•Houses the East Caribbean's largest pool (1 of 6) •Offers 9 dining options and 8 bars including an English pub •Voted "World's Most Romantic Resort" 14 years in a row ... more   less 
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