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Nonsuch Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Freetown
Certificate of Excellence
Chester, UK
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“Location, location, location.... (Heaven)”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

So where to begin... firstly its seems some people knit pick about certain things like the beach and the wind!! Get a grip, do some research before you come. First point, the beach, its small and cleaned every day and perfect to relax and for families. Its not Dickenson Bay but then again its not covered in hotels and people in tattoos and cruise ship clients. Point two, the wind. The wind is perfect, keeps you cool and the kids cool and is great for sailing. We spent some time out of the wind on Half Moon Bay and its was so damned hot! Yes, to get to Nonsuch you have to travel down an un-surfaced road but surely that is part of the charm, or at least I thought so, anyway it is soon to be surfaced!

This is the longest review I have every written but I feel the need...

Nonsuch bay is wonderful... The accommodation is first class and not like anywhere else I have been in the Caribbean (no terracotta tiles or flowery bedspreads here). The staff are simply fantastic in every department. Yes they can be a little slow in the restaurant at times but after a couple of days you slow down too... Restaurant is great, sometimes exceptional, sometimes very good and sometimes just good. Its as good as you are going to get on Antigua if not better and is made even better by the staff who look after you.

The kids club is great if a little expensive. My boys (9 and 5) loved it and learned to sail and just had the best time. No sitting around in a play room is not for this kids club, they were active and safe all day.

Location of the hotel is a little away from it all but that's part of its charm its also not far from one of the most beautiful beaches In the World 'Half Moon Bay'. However its only 30 minutes from English Harbour. If you like to sail then this is the place for you, wonderful constant wind and open waters protected by the reef. If you remember Sunsail in Antigua, its that but a much higher standard all around. The team who look after the sailing and great and know exactly how to sail, you can trust them with you life and your children's life's.

If you want big beaches, flashy hotels and lots of people then its not for you. If you want subtle style, Caribbean hospitality, great kids club, great food and a wonderful climate then this is for you.

I love Antigua exactly because its not Barbados and Nonsuch Bay is Antigua.

We are already planning our next trip to Nonsuch Bay a simply wonderful place.

Almost too many names to mention at Nonsuch but special shout out to Timmy and David in the bar, Brenda who baby sat for us most nights, Natasha in the kids club, Shakimba who took my boys and I sailing, the restaurant staff, Ruth who is just lovely and everyone who looked after us.

Walking back to our apartment after dinner under star studded skies along palm tree lined roads was wonderful. It is Antigua but it could be the South Pacific.. HEAVEN.

Counting the days!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Spent a week here and don't like to blot the tripadvisor good reviews , however I use the site and would have liked to have known a few important factors on location. The resort is VERY remote ( several miles of dirt track) and located on the east coast that meets the Atlantic. Therefore the wind is strong and incessant. If you are looking for tranquil calm, Aqua Caribbean Sea then this is not the place to be, go to the west coast where the sea and beaches are to die for. Non such is for sailing and kitesurfing enthusiasts, perfect! As there's so much wind!! Beach was usually deserted because it was not pleasant to sit out. Also lots of seaweed.
Pools are unheated and cold ( prob because of cooling winds!), there's no gym , no spa and no hot tubs to warm up :( Ate in restaurant once but found choice limited, food quality average and prices expensive.
Villa was spacious but showing age in places . No curtains so very light and wooden slats around the building emphasised the howling winds.
People seem to love the resort and if you're into the sailing kitesurfing windsurfing then it is good conditions if you are more of a sunny beautiful beach lover then try elsewhere.
We drove 45 mins plus everyday to escape and also get to diff restaurants and calmer sea

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Howell, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

Short three and a half flight from Newark. Great winter escape to Antigua. Apartment was spacious, clean, well-equipped. Weather was wonderful. Always east coast breezes. Beach is small and has some seaweed but didn't keep us out. Three infinity pools. Restaurant was more than adequate for breakfast and dinner. Away from the action of the west coast, but a short ride to the other beaches. We will be back!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

We wanted somewhere secluded, with excellent accommodation and off beach sailing facilities. Great food and service are a must too. We were not disappointed. Beautiful setting, fabulous apartment and excellent professional service from all we met. From David behind the bar who makes a mean cocktail, to the boys and girls managing the sailing facilities. We managed to avoid family week too, perfect. As always weather is tremendous here, with great winds for messing around in dinghy or hobbie cat on the water. All in the knowledge that a safety rib was only a minute away if needed. We loved our stay, highly recommend it and we are planning another visit already. Thanks guys!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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St Albans England
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

We came here for the second time this January with our two boys, aged 3 and 21 months. We rented a beach cottage 2 bed apartment. We visited the first time a year ago and loved it so much that we came back. For a young family, or for mad for it sailors or kite surfers, the place is perfect. The apartment we had gave us a huge place with a separate room for the boys, two bathrooms, a large living area and a kitchen diner and an outside verandah looking out on to the palm trees and beach - totally enclosed so no danger of a small boy falling down stairs. It's all well equipped - there's even a washing machine. We mainly self catered but the restaurant is also great. The beach area is good too for families, very private, no real waves, shallow for a fair way, sheltered but excellent for sandcastles. The sailing facilities are good - we took a package and then sailed a few days - there is a variety of boats to take and try. Kids Club is great or you can take turns. We also headed out to Harmony Hall one lunchtime on the speedboat and did some kayaking with the kids.

Staff are super friendly - special mentions to Zoe and Natasha (hello from rainy, windy London!) - and there really isn't anything else you could want if you want a quiet, friendly time. If you want the bright lights then this isn't for you - but then probably neither is Antigua. They have also now added a little shop for essentials and of course ice cream! Our tips: go to the supermarket on the way in and stock up - you can stick a lot in the fridge freezer, hire a car and go to Long Bay, English Harbour etc for a change, take a 2 bed apartment if you have kids as it's worth it, watch out for the sun - the on shore breeze can make it seem less hot than it really is.

Overall a great holiday at a really wonderful place. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Manasquan, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

I must admit I was a little nervous going to such a remote resort with the kids, however, this was one of best vacations yet. Beautiful beaches around this resort and wonderful people! Loved half moon and long bay!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Stratfield Mortimer, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

We just spent six days at NSB and loved it.

Accommodation was to a really high standard, very comfortable and spacious with a kitchen with all the gadgets (although we were on a half board package so never used any of it). We had a two bedroom apartment with a view of the bay, overlooking one of the pools and with a big balcony.

The team are all extremely helpful and keen to ensure you have an enjoyable stay. For example, unbeknown to us our flight home was delayed. The reception team had checked the flight unprompted, changed our transfer and found us to let us know.

I made good use of the sailing that was on offer and was well looked after by Micky, one of the very friendly and able watersports' team. The RS Elites were lovely to sail and I also upped the pace a little in a Hobbie Cat. The team also organised some low key racing one day. It was quite windy - ideal for the sailing and it also meant there were no bugs and the nights were comfortable.

It's a good base to explore English / Falmouth Harbours, a twenty five minute drive / cab ride away. We hired a car for a couple of days, which gave us the mix of staying put and exploring that we wanted.

We found good running routes (quite hilly) and equally enjoyed chilling on the white sandy beach.

The restaurant is top notch with a new menu every two days.

It's a really unspoilt corner of the island. Half Moon Bay is worth a trip for a walk and swim. We had a good lunch at nearby Harmony Hall which is worth a visit (albeit quite pricey). Green Island is also a fun trip.

We will return to NSB. We couldn't fault it.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Nonsuch Bay Resort
Address: Hughes Point, Freetown po 2208, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Phillip Parish > Freetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Freetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Nonsuch Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nonsuch Bay Resort nestles in forty exotic acres of the stunning bay carved out of the southeast of Antigua; embraced by lush tropical hills, a uniquely private and serene setting, a tranquil haven and home to wildlife including dolphins and turtles. Pure relaxation is blended with out-an-out adrenalin, and the finest luxuries with the simplest of pleasures. Resort facilities comprise a dramatically positioned restaurant, 3 infinity swimming pools, seclude sandy beach, 30 sailboats and tuition, kitesurfing, windsurfing, SUPs and spa treatments. ... more   less 
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