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Tranquility Bay Antigua
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
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5 reviews
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“Antigua Get Away”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013

We spent a week at Tranquility Bay and found the place a little run down - but an excellent place to stay while in Antigua. The rooms were spacious and clean, equipped with everything you need. Full kitchen (no oven) Microwave, fridge, pots and pans. Even had a washer and dryer. The beautiful beach is only a few steps away. The dive shop (I am a diver) - Jolly Dive - is located on the beach and provided great service. The staff was very helpful finding our way around Antigua. One thing - if you rent a car - the roads are not too good and there are very few street or road signs to help navigate and being an English colony they drive on the left side of the road. All in all we would return.......

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kansas City, Missouri
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Just stay somewhere else. If you smoke - you will be charged $300.00 anytime Housekeeping smells smoke.Management in my opinion is inept. Furniture is old & dirty in our suite. Promised upgrades never seem to come.In my opinion, Management & housekeeping staff is rude.

Room Tip: Any room without cockroaches is a good room
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

We celebrated our 1st anniversary here back in August. There are many resorts to choose from, keeping in mind there is one international airport located in St. Johns. Tranquility Bay is approximately 25 minutes from the airport, but well worth the "seclusion". We had a one bedroom suite, we were in the building closest to the beach too! The rooms are clean, plenty of space for two. The beach is clean with not many people to crowd it. The only complaint we had was the AC, it seemed to not work at all. The engineer came by promptly after we complained, he worked on it a bit but it never seem to be in full working order. Otherwise, plenty of delicious restaurants to choose from (all within walking distance), local grocery store close, and you're able to use and enjoy the adjacent resorts amenities. I would recommend this resort and we will return again.

Room Tip: Ask to be booked in the building closest to the beach!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

I lost count long ago how many times I've stayed at Tranquility Bay Antigua (TBA), but it is at a minimum several dozen times over at least the past 6-7 years. When I first started staying there it was still called (the suites at) Jolly Beach Vacations. My most recent stay was in early July 2013, and I would have stayed there on an even more recent visit to Antigua in late September 2013 had the property not been closed for maintenance until October 16.

While not every stay has necessarily been perfect in every respect, the fact that I keep going back to TBA (revealed preference, as we economists would say) clearly speaks volumes. The full list of positives would be much too long to enumerate, but key among them are the following. First, the staff -- Dawne, Felmina, and the rest of the team, including the housekeepers, have become like family, and always make me feel welcome to the core. Their helpfulness extends way beyond the call of duty; I am still very touched, for instance, by the occasion when, many stays ago, Felmina advised me that that particular 3-4 night stay would be on the house "as our way of saying thank you for always coming back".

Second, the property itself is lovely, four largish three-floor buildings set in tropical gardens, with ample parking for rental cars. One of the property's biggest assets is the long stretch of fine sand beach, definitely one of Antigua's nicest, which is but a few steps from any of the buildings (the building closest to the beach is called "Sunset Delight", literally a few meters away from the beach, and you can see the water from a few of the suites).

Third, even though it is some way (slightly under 30 minutes' drive) from the airport (V. C. Bird International) and Antigua's main town (St. John's, the capital, about 20 minutes' drive), TBA is very conveniently situated for various activities and shopping, etc. For instance, there is an outstanding dive shop (owner: Paul Roos) right on the beach near the Sunset Delight building, which I have used numerous times. Nearby Jolly Harbor (2 minutes' drive or 5 minutes' walk) has a well-stocked supermarket, pharmacy, liquor store, and a host of other stores and restaurants.

And fourth, the (self-catering) suites themselves are very nice. I usually stay in a one-bedroom, but have also stayed in a two-bedroom a handful of times. They are spacious and come with full, well-equipped kitchens and bathrooms (one in the one-bedrooms, two in the two-bedrooms). Washer/dryer is also available (actually inside the two-bedroom suites, and in a common area for the one-bedroom). (Note: I have never stayed on the top floor, so don't know exactly what configuration suites are up there, but judging from some of the reviews the suites up there are really nice.) The furniture and interior decoration are basic but tasteful and reasonably comfortable. There is free WiFi (locked, so ask for the code). All the suites have large balconies with lounge chairs and regular table and chairs.

I have only very occasionally noted any deficiencies at all. Least infrequent was finding a problem with one or both air conditioning units, usually that it/they did not cool properly. The management were, however, quite prompt in addressing the issue (a couple of times I recall being moved to a different suite, most other times the duty engineer was able to resolve the problem). Very occasionally also I recall noise being an issue. Each one-bedroom suite is located next to a two-bedroom and there is a connecting door (locked, obviously) between the two. Once or twice I had a family with small (and very loud) children staying next door, and found it a little bit of a handicap.
Finally, the WiFi sometimes goes in and out, and in such cases maintaining a VPN or Skype connection can be a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless, the WiFi at the reception appears more reliable.

Can't wait until my next stay at TBA!!!

Room Tip: Honestly, I can't remember ever being disappointed with a particular suite, and I've stayed...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

We booked via Interval International and stayed August 24th to the 30th. We got a one bedroom and it was okay, we are used to what places are like on the Islands but we had no AC and we complained every day since it was awful to try and sleep, to hot, to sweaty and miserable. Everything else was great, the staff very nice, the beach is awesome, we loved it. Finally after our 4 days of complaining and calling Interval International we got moved to a two bedroom with AC, YAY....better late than never lol. Our room was cleaned daily, WiFi was not strong in our one bedroom and went out a lot but was better in the two bedroom except when the power went out, bed(s) were kind of hard but otherwise we really didn't have any problems with the rooms. We normally don't stay in our room much anyways. If you love a great beach and understand the rooms are okay for a small Island and it's not the Hilton then you'll be fine here. If we were to go back we wouldn't have an issue staying there again as long as we have AC.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

I paid 450 USD per night because I read all the positive comments. I don't understand how you can pay such an amount and get a regular (spacious) room, The share the pool and the rest of the amenities with Jolly Beach Resort but and we were the Cinderellas, no towel, no service in the amenities. The lobby was a mobile trailer, the restaurant (Hemispheres) was a bad joke... I paid for the all inclusive option... well the food was bad and the restaurant was invaded by lots of crows who were flying in there and no one cared, quite anti hygienic.

The beach was beautiful, the tranquility Bay staff was nice, the Jolly Beach staff was rude, the Friday and Saturday shows were nice, but for 450 dollars a night this hotel was a bad choice.

Some Jolly Beach Resort Staff members even had the audacity to suggest that we made a bad choice.

The island coast line and waters are just beautiful. Most of the people we met were friendly and nice.

Room Tip: If you still decide to go there choose the first floor 'cause there is no elevator
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

I loved the resort, and the staff was very polite and helpful. I also really loved the proximity to the beach. The nearby restaurants and food was great. The easy access to the rest of the Jolly Beach services made sure there was always something for us to do. We found our way easily on the buses that leave right from the resort and go into town. I had a really great time and would highly recommend it!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Tranquility Bay Antigua
Address: Jolly Harbour, Bolans, Saint Mary's, Antigua
Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary's > Bolans
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Tranquility Bay Antigua 3*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquility Bay, is Antigua’s only all-suite resort. Located on a breathtaking, mile-long stretch of white sand beach on Antigua’s southwest coast, Tranquility Bay boasts spectacular sunsets, majestic views of Montserrat, Redonda and St. Kitts/Nevis. Spacious suites, large balconies and calm blue waters make Tranquility Bay a haven for those craving peaceful moments away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Create a vacation as relaxing or active as you wish. You’re just steps away from water sports, golfing, tennis, spa, fishing, dining, entertainment, kids club and more. And, we’re just 30 minutes away from the airport and capital of St. Johns. Experience Tranquility Bay and you will never vacation in an ordinary hotel room again. ... more   less 
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