Our trip was fantastic. it was our first time in Antigua. The resort was very nice. The setting was serene. The sea, sun and sand were perfect. We stayed at one of the beach club rooms. Talk about up close, wow. At night it sounded like the ocean was in our room. The layout of the resort was pretty basic. All Club rooms lined up along the beach with more traditional rooms behind. The dining room was a short walk up the hillside. It has an open air design which is nice but it has its drawbacks. I'll say more about that later. The resort is easy, convenient and comfortable. It certainly is not anything like the larger chain-resorts which is what we loved about it. Smaller all the way around and less crowded. Although they advertise children welcome there were only a couple kids under 2 years old. Unlike the larger resorts there is NOTHING for kids to do there, but again they are welcome.
On the downside, the resort is not near anything. The closest town is a 20 minute, $30 R-T cab ride. That's not a bad thing really, just inconvenient. The resort is in decent shape but could use some updating. The rooms are laid out fine BUT the mattresses are rock hard and very uncomfortable. I had to fold BOTH comforters into pads and ask for extra pillows. Also there are only a few rooms with AC. They say the rooms have ceiling fans but they are useless. Remember i mentioned the dinning room and its open air design? OMG the birds are ridiculous. They fly all around the room landing on the backs of the chairs and pooping all over them. They land on food serving equipment, i.e. tongs, and crawl all over piled up plates from cleared tables. PRETTY DISGUSTING! The food was very disappointing. We did the all inclusive. The selections sounded fine but mostly the entrees tasted like processed frozen dinners. The best food came at lunch time at the open air grill by the pool. The usual hots and hamburgers, chicken and fish. Again all the chairs were covered in bird droppings. The most surprising element to the trip was the attitude of most of the staff. Sure there were some that truly seemed to care about the guests. But for the most part they really seemed to be annoyed that you were there.
I know i am nit-picking (sp?) but I want to be thorough. Don't get me wrong we LOVED our time there. The pros definitely out weighed the cons and we would love to go back. The overall experience was wonderful. IF you go, plan events in advance, day trips and boating adventures sell out quickly. Also don't be surprised if there are cancellations due to "rough seas". Hope this helps.
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