The perfect location! It’s a short drive from the airport and has a stunning beach which is fairly quiet at the Siboney Beach end and going west. The east side has a much narrower beach which houses Sandals and Rex resorts, we only ventured up that end once as we’re not a fan of big resort hotels and definitely not a fan of Sandals (see further down for more on that!).
You are greeted with stunning view when the taxi drops you off at the top of the path. All the staff are extremely welcoming and helpful. Tony is one of those guys you’d have on your ‘people I’d want at a dinner party’ list – full of interesting stories. He’s in his eighties but looks 20 years younger!
The pool and grounds are stunning – wonderful plants, flowers and wildlife. Be sure to venture to the back of the garden to see the Bananaquits feeding from the bird table. Lots of birds and little lizards came to visit us on our balcony at breakfast time too.
Our room (deluxe Beach view) was perfect. A balcony from which you could see the gardens and the beach. The kitchen has sufficient items to prepare breakfast and lunch if you want to keep the restaurant bills a bit lower (fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker). We loved our bedroom! To start with the bed is extremely comfortable and huge (and it’s not two singles pushed together). There’s a window the foot of the bed looking over the beach – needless to say we never drew the curtains at night. There is AC in the bedroom and wide opening doors and fans in the living area – we found this to be more than adequate even in the 90 degree heat.
We had planned to hire a car and see a lot of the island, but we loved our beach so much we only ventured out a few times. The sea is bright turquoise and had powdery white sand. We found ourselves spending hours on this beach admiring the view and watching the pelicans. The sunsets are stunning and every night is different. If we were out and about we made an effort to get back in time for these!
It’s worth the 15min walk down the road to Runaway Beach (turn right out of Siboney) – we walked the entire length and only saw one person. The east end of this beach is eroded but the west end is stunning.
You must visit the lady who has a fruit stall in the Antigua Village carpark (2 min walk down the beach). We had fresh melon, nectarines and pineapple every day for breakfast – the Antiguan Black Pineapple is the best I have ever tasted. She's been running her stall for 28 years now!
Coconut Beach restaurant is lovely. I had Lobster there on my birthday and it was delicious. We also went to The Beach (5 mins walk) which was good too. We tried to visit the restaurant on the pier at the Rex resort but Sandals put a stop to that – there’s some beach erosion at that end of the beach (far enough from Siboney not to worry about) so we had to cut through Sandals for a few metres to avoid wading through the sea in our clothes, we had 3 security guards on us in seconds asking us to leave. Why do people pay so much money to stay at this awful pompous place?
If you can drag yourself away, here are a few recommendations outside Siboney:
Papa Zouk for dinner if you like fish and a proper rum punch – great atmosphere and fanstastic food. They do a garlic dip that was to die for – unfortunately they would not part with the recipe!
Creole Cruises for speedboat trip to Bird Island, snorkelling and BBQ lobster – see separate review.
Shirley Heights on Sunday night for great sunset, steel band, reggae and a pretty good jerk chicken, very touristy but good all the same.
Long Bay for snorkelling right off the shore – shallow water and dozens of different type of fish.
Sylvester Scotland [--] for a sightseeing tour of the island. We didn’t actually do a tour with him, but used his taxi services several times. He also recommended Long Bay and Papa Zouk which were both great. We found some of the taxi drivers a little difficult to understand due to their strong island accent but Sylvester was easy to understand. Nice comfy air conditioner people carrier too!
If you want somewhere small and friendly in a stunning location and several restaurants in walking distance then this is the one. Why anyone would choose a huge all-inclusive resort over somewhere like this is beyond me.
I have been using Trip Advisor for years to research my holidays but never written a review (which I’m a little ashamed of), but this one made me finally put the effort in to let everyone else know how great this place is.
Anyway, you can tell for yourself – there is only one bad review in 2010 and I’m guessing 'whymilikethis' is just one of lifes moaners, everything they’ve complained about is completely untrue in our experience
Oh, final tip – take good insect repellent and wear all the time. I mistakenly thought I’d only need it at night and got eaten alive on my first day. Siboney provide plenty of spray and plug ins to keep the apartment mossie free.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Siboney Beach Club Hotel St. John`s
- Siboney Beach Hotel
- Siboney Beach Resort
- Siboney Beach Club Antigua/Saint John Parish