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“Great location by the beach!”
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Antigua Village
Ranked #10 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 4, 2013

I had the pleasure of being invited to join a friend for her time share at Antigua Village. Our unit was lovely. We were on the second floor with a balcony that looked at the water. The unit was spacious, and comfortable. The bedroom AC was fine. The living room tended to get a bit hot at times as we didn't always get the best cross breezes, but we managed. We had most supplies we needed. There were little ants in the kitchen but they were easy to deal with and a good reminder to wipe up food IMMEDIATELY. The location is great, and I did read some reviews from prior guests who complained about no bar or restaurant, but there are 2 to choose from, literally steps from the property, a few places a short walk away, easy access to cab drivers, a little convenience (and expensive) store on the property, that sells liquor too, and usually a local vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables near the reception office on most days. It's low season so many units were empty, i can imagine in high season it can get pretty packed. What stood out most to me was how friendly everyone was. The fact that some people owned units, and many are time share people, there was a very friendly and family vibe about the place which added to the experience. It was very easy to meet people, visitors, locals, and employees, and for the week I was there, it felt very homey. You have free wifi on the property as well as cable TV with loads of channels. There is enough going on with vendors nearby, and the assistance of the main office, that you could easily stay put for the entire week without feeling like you had to taxi elsewhere. Granted, you might want a little variety for restaurants, but you could manage if you needed to.

Room Tip: It was a slow week but the units are fairly close so if you had people around you in other units, i...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank ellen5181
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

The Antigua village experience is relaxing and the beach-front location is great. It's lovely to walk up and down Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, and sit in the gardens around AV. Nipping back to the apartment to get a beer or gin and tonic really is relaxing! It's a great place to stay and relax during the day, and then go out from in the evening for dinner to a local restaurant. It's a friendly place and I think it's a great place to stay if you want your own privacy and to be master of your own holiday!

Room Tip: Avoid the side nearest the noisy Pepperz n Lime restaurant!
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

So this was our first time staying on the island and certainly won't be our last. This hotel was wonderful! I would recommend Pepperz and Lime to eat and certainly drink on Sundays but avoid Coconut Grove. Horrible service, overpriced and awful food that made me sick for 3 days! But, as for the hotel, it was amazing! Peaceful, quiet and tranquil. Friendly staff and William our taxi driver #711 was awesome. Take the island tour with him! Miss it already and just came home!

Room Tip: Rooms away from the pool are quieter
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank kravmagaNewYork
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Antigua Village is a rare commodity and obviously isn't everyone's cup of tea as it were. It isn't a hotel there is no bar or restaurant it is a timeshare/condominium with a range of accommodation types from Suites to Studios all self contained. Over the years we have stayed in a number of different units and it is fair to say some have been better maintained and equipped than others. It is also fair to say that if you have a problem at all the staff will sort it for you and if it can't be sorted as happened with us on one occasion they will transfer you to another unit cannot fault the staff here they are very good indeed from the gardeners right up to the top they are friendly and helpful and keen to ensure your vacation goes smoothly and as enjoyable as possible.

This year we stayed for 4 weeks in February in unit 38A a ground level studio in the garden area. It is nice and quiet around there the views of the Caribbean albeit restricted and the soft noise of the sea lapping on the beach a constant reminder of just how close you are to paradise. There is a sandy area at the beach front of the garden with loungers a short stroll with a cup of tea or coffee and you can just sit and watch the world go by. Good security means little problem with vendors and the vendors who do walk by are very friendly you will soon get to know them and they are no trouble. Beach towels are provided and the laundry will do other stuff quite reasonably priced so no need to carry vast amounts in your luggage.

Food wise you have the choice and what a choice it is go to the supermarket and stock up the large fridge freezer that is in every unit and cook in when you wish and eat out when you wish. Lots of variation around and about eat out expensively great food to be had at la Bussola and Coconut Grove even better and cheaper at Pepperz and Lime and Putters, Colins steaks at Putters Bar flame grilled and as good as any on the island and on a Wednesday and Friday Dave brings his Fish and Chip van to the layby out back of AV 35ECD will get you the best fish and chips on the island what a bargain eat al fresco or take away you can get a really good currie as well.

So there you go something completely different Antigua Village is a great way to relax and spend some time no hassle no regimentation no fighting for food in queues at coffee machines and buffet tables or waiting for eggs you all know what I mean it is more of a relocation from home to home escape the horrible cold and spend some time living on Antigua one of the best island destinations in the Caribbean.

Room Tip: We like the garden rooms for the privacy, peace and quiet.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Bill E
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

This beach resort hotel has large rooms with patios, and is just steps from the shimmering turquoise Sea.
A restaurant is just a 5 minute walk up the beach.
Lots of clean beach towels upon request.
Always a cab driver parked ready to take you anywhere, anytime.

Room Tip: Ask for more bath towels hours before you actually need them.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank sandyseniorita
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I stayed here in February 2013 for 6 nights on business.

Check in was fast and the staff courteous but not overly friendly. Also, when I asked about the use of safety deposit boxes they did not mention the free ones available at reception but tried to sell me the use of the in room one for US$3 per night.
The rooms/apartments at this resort are all privately owned so they vary. My studio looked a little tired but then most do in my experience in tropical countries due to the heat and humidity, so it was about what I would expect. It had a fully equipped kitchenette with oven, hob, fridge/freezer and microwave. There was also a coffee machine, kettle and toaster.
The bathroom was clean and the shower worked well.
The bed was comfortable. I did not use the A/C but prefered to keep the shutters open and let air blow through the room assisted by the ceiling fan which worked well to keep the room comfortable.
There was a sitting area with TV which was old but worked ok and the patio was well equipped with a table, chairs and sun loungers.
The resort itself has few facilities. There is a nice pool with sun loungers which I used every day. Some days people had reserved all of the sun loungers with towels which is veru frustrating when most never turned up to use them. The management did have a purge some days though and removed some towels.
There is no onsite restaurant but there are two restaurant/bars very close by. The 'official' partner restaurant is called Coconut Grove and by day is a beach bar but about 5pm the put out table clothes and it becomes a romantic beach restaurant. The prices in the evening were fine dining prices but the food was only average. The other restuarant is called Pepperz 'n' Lime and serves loosely mexican themed food. I ate here a couple of times and the food was about the same quality as at the Coconut grove but better priced. On the other nights I either cooked in my studio or went into St Johns.
Overall I was happy with Antigua Village and would bring my family here for a holiday.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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4  Thank shinycarot
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We spent an enjoyable week at the Antigua Village in late January 2013.

If you stay here, you will be in a condo that is rented out on behalf of the owner, but it will seem like you are staying in an apartment hotel as everything is managed by the front office. The front office will also book excursions for you.

Our condo was very clean, and housekeeping was far more thorough than at most places I have stayed in the past. The grounds were immaculate.

The staff were friendly, and maintenance came quickly on the two occasions when we reported an issue.

We expect bugs when we go to the Caribbean, in this case it was very tiny ants whose numbers diminished after we advised the desk. We only noticed a few mosquitoes, but then again it was not rainy season.

No two condos the same, some are renovated and well maintained, others appear to be in need of a face-lift. The complex's website lets you see pictures of the unit you will be renting.

The complex only had 7 palm leaf beach umbrellas, but most days there were a couple available. However, there was a shortage of pool loungers, and management was not enforcing its posted rule about removing articles guests use to reserve these.

The demographic was mainly north of 50 retired couples and their visiting families. Many were owners enjoying the resort for the winter season, and many appear to have known each other for some time.

It is not a place for young adults looking for a place to party with other young adults. Nor is there much to offer young children beyond a beach, a pool, and the mini-golf business across the street. It is a place for those looking for a clean, quiet place to relax, swim, do a few excursions, and prepare their own meals.

The only negatives for us was that the internet was slow, and that aside from a couple of nearby restaurants, everything - including serious groceries - was a $26 dollar round trip taxi ride away. (There is a taxi-stand on site.)

And as a suggested outing, our most memorable and enjoyable day out was a Caribbean cooking class a short taxi ride away at a place called Nicole's table. You will have to book this yourself as the reception desk had not heard of it. You can find her website through a Google search, and she has received several good Tripadvisor reviews.

This resort will be at the top of our list when we return to Antigua.

Room Tip: We experienced no serious noise issues, but those near the road might not be so lucky if the casino...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: PO Box 649, St. John's, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#8 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
Price Range: $177 - $386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Antigua Village 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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