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Siboney Beach Club
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Princeton, NJ
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Absolutely perfect!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2009

I chose Siboney for our lodging based on a lovely review in the NY Times and, of course, supported by the reviews here. My husband and I had been doing more indulgent vacations for the last couple years - cruise during pregnancy, all-inclusive resort in the DR post-pregnancy (I was too tired to plan a "real" vacation!). We craved getting back to our preferred mode of travel - exploring, eating, relaxing and essentially being free to choose where, when and with whom we wanted to do these things!

Siboney Beach Club was the perfect home base for this!! The club itself is lovely, some days we found ourselves just lounging about on our room's porch with the birds, wandering down to the pool to relax in the shady hammock area with the lizards - jumping in the ocean and enjoying the beautiful water - and my favorite - pulling one of the awesomely comfortable lounge chairs (like a director's chair with really long arms you can swing your legs over) to the end of the "jetty" and looking out at the sea with a rum punch. Other days we stayed away all day - renting a car and exploring the island thanks to the support, encouragement (I was very nervous) and maps provided by the incredibly friendly and helpful staff / management of Siboney or going out on a catamaran cruise (check wind before heading out on one of those!) for the day.

The kitchen in the room came in very handy - there is a small store right up the beach (about a 4 minute walk along the water) where we purchased our breakfast items. It was wonderful to be able to enjoy breakfast in our room/ on our porch. ! And the free wireless access was a huge bonus we weren’t even expecting!

As everyone else says - it's true - staff is wonderful. They recommended great restaurants (Papa Zouk's!!! YUM!) and were very accommodating to all our requests and questions. On top of that - they were just simply good, down to earth people who want you to enjoy your stay and their island. I can't say enough about them. Thank you! Thank you!

My last morning, I witnessed this on my morning walk: not but 30 yards off from the property – I saw a man come through the palms with a beautiful horse. He led that horse into the water – they swam out to the deep and then proceeded to swim over what must have been 2 miles across the bay and back. It was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.

Oh Antigua, I miss you so! We’ll be back. Thank you Siboney for making this a wonderful trip!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Boston
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2009

We recently returned from spending a week at Siboney Beach and found it just great for our purposes. This is not a posh luxury resort. It is a low -key charming hotel that we found extremely comfortable and relaxed.

The room, comprised of a single bedroom, a kitchenette, a living room and a patio, provided enough room for two adults and two small kids. It was clean and comfortable and was literally just steps from both a fantastic beach and a beautiful swimming pool set in a lovely quiet tropical garden.

The service was tremendous - everyone was both very friendly and extremely helpful. It's the kind of warm personal service you can only get from a smaller hotel with a history on, and a good knowledge of, the Island. I seriously doubt that the big resorts can compare on this level.

While Siboney Beach does not specifically cater to kids, they were extremely nice to ours. Both the proximity to the beach and the friendliness of every single staff-person made it a great place for kids.

Siboney Beach is a short walk to a shop that sells basic groceries (we ate breakfast and a couple of lunches in our room) and to a couple of restaurants. We found Coconut Grove, the very highly rated restaurant connected to the hotel to be a bit disappointing: expensive, only OK food and service that was sometimes sullen and usually slow, even by Island standards. But that shouldn't discourage you from staying at the hotel.

If you need to be pampered this might not be for you. But if you want a really lovely, quiet place on beautiful beach, and at a very reasonable price, this is absolutely the place.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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1 Thank ATraveller08
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Siboney Beach Club for a week in May 2009. It was our first time in Antigua and the main reason why we loved this trip was the quality of our stay at this gem of a hotel.
The staff is incredibly nice and friendly, always ready to help and make your life easier. They are so helpful and so friendly. The 3 ladies at reception are exceptional, the cleaning ladies are so sweet, even the gardeners are friendly. Mr Johnson is always ready to share his knowledge of the island, to give you tips on where to go, restaurant-wise, excursion-wise.
The beach is also a huge highlight: at the south end of Dickenson bay, it is so quiet and peaceful one easily ignores the hussle and bustle of the rest of the bay (when there is any). So you can enjoy the relaxing beach experience and also have easy access to sailing, jet skis, that Dickenson bays has to offer. Sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed with literally no one around.
The Coconut Grove is also a perfect Caribbean restaurant, on the beach, good food, delicious cocktails and lively bar.
The suites are spacious, the kitchenette is very useful, the hotel is very quiet. If you want to enjoy the garden, it is very lush and peaceful, nicely shaded when it becomes too hot at the beach.
I have nothing but good things to say about Siboney. Do try it, it will make your Antigua experience so much more memorable!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Astrid032
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Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2009

This small secluded hotel has helpful staff, beautiful lush gardens with a pool, fully equipped kitchens, sitting room with TV and cable and a nice beach for swimming. We had a great time. We can't wait to go again next year.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Thank JoseyWales10
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UK
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2009

We were returning from the BVI to Antigua and needed a nice place to stay for a couple of days before catching the flight back to the UK.
We didn't want a large resort hotel but we wanted good service, good food and a nice place and we got it all in Siboney Beach Club.

The hotel is small and friendly with good staff. The gardens deserve a special mention as they are obviously the gardener's pride and joy providing a beautiful setting for the swimming pool and welcome shade from the Caribbean sun.
The beach is everything you would dream of for a Caribbean setting with white sand and shady palm trees and the beach side bar/restaurant, which is actually a seperate business, is first class.
Siboney Beach Club shares this lovely bay with some private accomodation as well as the Sandals resort but the entire beach is open to anyone.
The rooms are in fact small suites consisting of an airconditioned bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and sitting room. Our room was no 11 on the second floor and the sitting room had shutters which opened out across the full width of the room onto a private balcony overlooking gardens and sea.
It was everything we had hoped for and more.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Divers0
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CONNECTICUT
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2009

In Feb. my husband and I went for our annual vacation in Antigua. Staying in the Suite #1 in Siboney Beach Club, As always we felt right at home. We have been staying in the the same suite for the last 25 years! Since 1984 , that is. You would be absolutely right if you drew the conclusion that we love it. Unconditionally! For Feb. 2009, our good friend, Tony Johnson, the owner and his crew, had most tastefully redcorated our suite, completing the finishing touches as we arrived. Tony called us at home on christmas, told us that there had been afire in our suite, assured us that everything would be taken care of before we arrived and asked if we would prefer a pair of recliners or Caribbean style sofas in the front room. We opted for the recliners. When we arrived were met with the usual warim greetings of the staff and the usual impeccable appearance of our suite. There was no way if telling that a fire had occurred just a very few weeks earlier. Our stay followed the usual pattern: toasting in the sun on the beach, siiting in our chairs in the shade of the palms, watching the birds and pelicans and ,of course, other guests passing by and also taking a dip in the Caribbean Sea to cool off. You can cool off by the swimming pool and take in the beautiful gardens and dine at Coconut Grove. We chatted and laughed with the Siboney crew and generally had a ball. We left sadly, making our booking for 2010 as we paid our bill. We certainly will be back - we cannot do without our annual Siboney vacation. It's our home away from home. Hope to see you there.
Bob and Barbara of CT

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank CONNECTICUTdOLPHINS
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Edinburgh
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2009

We have just enjoyed a wonderful two weeks at Siboney Beach Club, a small, exceptionally friendly hotel in a lovely setting on the beach. Our suite was spacious, comfortable and very well and thoughtfully equipped. We loved our balcony in the canopy of the tropical garden and the multiple sea views and waking to the sound of the waves on the shore. Inland from the hotel is a huge salt pond of great interest to bird watchers and a walk along this takes you to Runaway Bay which is a superb, mostly empty beach highly suitable for swimming. We also enjoyed swimming in the hotel pool in the tropical garden and eating at the Coconut Grove restaurant next to the hotel.

Tony Johnson and his staff are genuinely interested in their guests and have created something rather special which is far removed from the big hotel experience where you are just a number. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at the Siboney Beach Club.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MiddleagedScotland
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Property: Siboney Beach Club
Address: Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in St. John's
#5 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
#6 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Siboney Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate, romantic, all suites hotel set in a fabulous, bird and flower filled, tropical garden, on the sheltered mile long white sand beach of Dickenson Bay. A tranquil hideaway for the discerning, independent, traveler looking for excellence in Caribbean hospitality and 'home away from home' comfort.Palms grow through the roof of the award winning Coconut Grove Restaurant where a ribbon of sand separates the dining tables from the blue Caribbean Sea. ... more   less 
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Siboney Beach Club Hotel St. John`s
Siboney Beach Hotel
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