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All inclusive or Villa ?

Afternoon :)

My partner and I are looking to book jolly beach for next February and are wondering if we should hire a villa for a week or book into a hotel all inclusive. Could anyone advise what the prices are like to eat and drink out?

Many thanks in advance for any replies

Sam & Brian x

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1. Re: All inclusive or Villa ?

Unless you're big drinkers and will really take advantage of that side of the AI deal, I'd go for a villa every time. A 2 bed 2 bath waterfront villa with a full kitchen, patio and great living space will cost you far far less than a smallish hotel room. There's an excellent supermarket at Jolly Harbour, which gives you the freedom to cook some meals (or at least put the odd sandwich together!) and have breakfast whenever you fancy, as well as to sit on your gallery and sip a few drinks at any time of day or night.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink out, both on the complex and within 15 minutes drive, to suit just about any budget - from truly fine dining at Sheer Rocks or Carmichaels to fish and chips at the double decker bus, pizza or a roti from a local food stand. Supermarket alcohol prices are much lower than the UK, and whilst some imported food is expensive, basic shopping basket stuff is pretty much comparable.

You also have the option of getting out and seeing way more of the island than you will at an AI, and won't feel you're missing out on an already-paid-for meal if you take a day trip out on the water or to another part of the island. There's an excellent local bus service that runs down the gorgeous west coast chain of beaches, many of which have bars and restaurants which again range from a budget snack through to linen tablecloths and gourmet menus, and all of which will let you see so much more of Antigua and its lovely people.

Allowing $US100 per couple per day is realistic for eating and drinking locally. You might also want to consider hiring a car for a few days to explore a bit further afield - English Harbour/Falmouth, Half Moon Bay, Long Bay and Dickenson are all worth a day trip.

Take a look at typicallytropicalvillas.com or homeaway.co.uk for some ideas on villa types and costs.

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2. Re: All inclusive or Villa ?

Agree with all that has been said above!! We have been coming for 14 years and always rent a villa!

Kent
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3. Re: All inclusive or Villa ?

We've been twice before and rented a 2 bedroom waterfront villa in the Jolly Harbour complex.

We had a growing daughter who is a fussy eater - and we didn't want to pay for food/ drink she wouldnt eat, and we didn't particularly want to share a room with her either. The villa gave us lots of room so we could all have our own privacy, and we were able to eat what we fancied when we fancied.

The rental was reasonable (booked through villarenters), and the facilitiies on site were great - supermarket, shops, bank, restaurants, sports centre with free use to residents......

The only downside was that we did find eating and drinking out quite an expense - and the supermarket, although well stocked - is not as cheap as those at home

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4. Re: All inclusive or Villa ?

VILLA hands down in Antigua. We stayed in a villa for the first time and really enjoyed it having stayed 4 yrs ago at an All Inclusive I wouldn't recommend it in Antigua.

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