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Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We recently visited St.Lucia for our one year wedding anniversary (La Toc) and I have to say the customer service at this Sandals in Antigua was FAR BETTER. Two days into the vacation I wanted to fly back to Antigua. I would HIGHLY recommend this resort and if you get married request Nasasha, she's amazing!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed in the rondoval hut right on the beach front. Jeffery and Cecil were our butlers. Jeffery was mostly on duty during our stay and went above and beyond! Visited Shirley heights and recommend that as well only if you enjoy music and dancing. Yes we did have our spot reserved every morning on the beach but you do get what u pay for so not sure why there's so many complaints regarding that, pay the Extra and get the perks! also the wait for food etc it's really not that bad if you want service in a minute visit a mcdonalds drive through you'll get it there. since this is the islands and your on vacation stop stressing over unnecessary details. We did the couples massage and it was terrific they definitely hit the right spots. Did many vacations in many islands countries etc.... And this was hands down one of the best couples massage. Food wise it was great for an all inclusive we don't tend to vacation just to eat and drink but for the whole package. And this place had it beach was beautiful we don't even waste our time at the pool what's the point u can do that at home in your own backyard. The people here are so friendly not sure why there were reviews saying the opposite unless your giving out the ignorant vibes I'm assuming your just getting it back. The beach is public so there are people walking up and down selling tours jewellery etc a simple no thanks and they will leave you alone. I fully recommend sandals grande antigua it's a nice romantic getaway!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

This resort was seriously almost perfect for us. The buildings are beautiful, the spa is heaven, the food is delicious, and the service is awesome.

We only had 2 complaints about the place, and some may not see this as bad:
1) All beaches on Antigua are public space, by law, which means if you do step out onto the beach you run the risk of your relaxation being interrupted multiple times by locals trying to sell you things. We were looking for a nice quiet vacation, so this part really didn't work out. We ended up avoiding the beach except for our prearranged on-the-beach dinner for two, which was quite lovely and cost extra.
2) Even though the resort was beautiful and perfect for a nice quiet vacation away from everything, we realized a few days in that we would have liked to have more opportunities to maybe dance or socialize a bit. The resort has a pub where you can meet people, watch sports, and play a bit of pool which is nice. Unfortunately, there were VERY few opportunities for live music and dancing all week.

Room Tip: Can't go wrong with oceanfront rooms
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Reina Q
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We had a wonderful week at Sandals. We met three other couples there and had really good time connecting with some old friends and making new ones. The resort itself is meticulously maintained. The landscaping is beautiful, our room was nice and everything worked as it should. The staff was superb. Everyone was friendly, helpful and seemed to do what ever was required to make the guest happy. As the week went on you developed a rapport with the folks you interacted with regularly. My wife used the spa twice, and the technician she liked the first time rearranged her schedule to make sure she was available for her second visit. The food was good, and clearly a cut above the stereo type of all-inclusive. The jerk pork at Barefoot may be one of the better lunches on any island. I would stick to the seafood and dishes with a local flavor - at least that is my bias. The beach dinner/BBQ was excellent. We did two days "off-resort": one on a day sail, and one at English Harbor and in town at St. John. The Wadadli Cats circumnavigation cruise is a must do - you can book it at the activities desk or independently. On a kind of rainy day we explored the island - the concierge arranged a cab for the day and he dropped us off and picked us up where and when we wanted. It is good to see the island beyond the resort. The resort controlled part of the airport transfer process worked like a well oiled machine - too bad they don't control Antiguan immigration (patience and realize you're on a tropical island). An all-inclusive is not our thing every year (we spend a lot of time in the VI and typically rent a condo and are a bit more independent), but Sandals was excellent and we'd definitely do it again for our next all inclusive.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We couldn't have chosen a better honeymoon spot. The people were all so nice and the beaches are simply breathtaking from the smooth sand to the crystal clear water. We stayed 8 days and it wasn't long enough. We had a Club Level Walk out Suite on the Mediterranean side and highly recommend it. The concierge service was great and the room was fabulous. My husband and I both agreed to return on our 1 year anniversary!

Room Tip: Mediterranean Club Level Walk out Rooms offer a higher level of service and are on the newer side of...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank jodieannewilson
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We visited this Sandals for our belated honeymoon in early June 2014, and it was the most amazing trip we've ever taken. I work in a hotel so I'm always attentive to how the staff treats the guests, the service the hotel provides, etc. This Sandals BEYOND exceeded our expectations. They staff was so friendly, you couldn't pass anyone on staff without a "good morning!" or "how are you today?". The rooms were so well kept, we stayed on the Carribbean side in a walkout suite and it was perfect! They in-room bars that are re-stocked daily were my husband's favorite part! The bars all over the resort were perfect, and they didn't skimp on the alcohol in the drinks just because they were included in the price. The beach was PERFECT except the local vendors. As long as you say "no Thank you" to anyone trying to sell you something they are very polite and walk away. Everyone on the islad was beyond friendly, and the resort made you feel like you were really a part of the Antiguan culture. It was just amazing. We are planning our "honeymoon squared" with another couple we met at the resort for next summer. We loved this place and I would advise anyone looking for a honeymoon destination to book here!

Room Tip: The Mediterranean side is new, but it is pretty much just a hotel. The Carribbean side is in the mi...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Sandals Grande Antigua, what a wonderful place to vacation. From the friendliness of the local people to the great service from the staff, this is just one more place on the to "return visit list". This was our first "All Inclusive" Sandals resort stay, and it won't be our last. From the experience we received from Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa, we are looking into other Sandals Resorts. If you go,
to Sandals Grande Antigua, look for these staff members to make your stay even more nice because of the kind, friendly attitude and above and beyond approach to their jobs, Lobby attendant Leonard, pool bar waitress Akiko, bartender Marie-Louise, pizza restaurant manager Anika, and front desk Phillip, these were the people that made us feel as though we were family members, making our stay much nicer than it would have been without their presence. A great place to vacation! Go there!

Room Tip: All rooms face the beach.....so in my opinion, all rooms are good.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
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Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#3 Family Hotel in St. John's
#3 Luxury Hotel in St. John's
#4 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
#5 Business Hotel in St. John's
Price Range: £367 - £843 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 373
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
•A European Hotel in the Six-Star, all-suite Mediterranean Village •Exotic Rondoval with private plunge pool and butler service •1,400 square foot Mediterranean villa with private plunge pool and butler service•Houses the East Caribbean's largest pool (1 of 6) •Offers 9 dining options and 8 bars including an English pub •Voted "World's Most Romantic Resort" 14 years in a row ... more   less 
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