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Nonsuch Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Freetown
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 March 2014

The resort really is in gorgeous setting and if you like the benefits of a villa or apartment but also enjoy a quiet resort feel (plus the bonus of amazing sailing and then kite surfing and paddle boarding through 40 Knots) this is a really lovely choice.

To enjoy the island and see those beautiful, aquamarine blue seas hire a jeep, take a taxi or even just take the boat over to Green Island. Antigua is an amazing, friendly island and there is some beautiful beaches to see and wonderful restaurants. We were travelling with our 6 and 3 year old kids:


First off Natasha at Kids Club is fantastic, lots of energy, bubbly personality and takes the kids for water based activities. There is a price for kids to attend the Club ($50 per child for half day). Well worth the value if you have a child that can access the sailing, and expensive if not.

Little in the way of inside stuff for those beyond toddler but not old enough to sail. It would make more sense to make it a free drop in, with hourly indoor activities and a fee for sailing as opposed to paying for the day or half day (we went to Rosewood Mayakoba last year and they did a great job with this in their Kids Club).

There was a free pizza and movie on for kids, the night of the manager's cocktail party - I don't know if this was a one off, but well worth asking about as the kids had fun and we had a quiet dinner!

Although there is the seaweed, my kids thought it was the best beach for making sandcastles on the island - the discerning eyes of a 6 year old.

Pools are all 5ft deep and no paddling pools - also hard to find buckets and spades.

The apartments have great wrap around decks and patio doors from all the rooms (that can be heaviely bolted if worried about wandering small kids).

Restaurant can be slow - we either fed kids before we went out and they had dessert, or I had heard that people would phone through their kids' order. All the food was fantastic for both adults and kids alike from breakfast through to dinner, although kids menu seemed a bit steep at $20.

They could really do with a separate bar or another causal eating area. There is a great space by the cliff pool that seems to be unused - could something be done with this.

Book the sailing before you go - much better value.

No gym, but the hills make for a punishing work out - we even saw someone running along the road to the resort for those that are hard core. Pack your goggles - pools are a good length for a work out and there is always paddling boarding to work on the core! Staff at 40 knots and Non Such sailing are fab.

There really is nothing else around - apart from Harmony Hall to eat - but the setting, staff and the atmosphere make up for it. Overall, I liked the fact that we were attached to some of the facilities of a hotel, but still had the flexibility of an apartment and the views are so lovely I just want to be back there!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Our children's spring break week allowed us to stay for 7 days in what was an absolutely beautiful and refreshing resort. The accommodations (we had a 2 bedroom apt) were very clean with a well-stocked kitchen and ample, comfortable and stylish seating in a number of rooms. The terrace was lovely and private.

We wanted to sail, and sail we did. Nonsuch Resort has a strong fleet of boats and the wind to keep them moving. Do make sure you understand what sort of plan you are purchasing. While we purchased a 10 hour sailing package for $300, we we thought we were booking 10 hours of boat time for the family. We later realized that ten hours of sailing was per person. So if the five of us took out the Hobie for an hour that counted as five hours (approx. $150). Any way, just ask questions. Denise is fabulous on the resort side of sailing. There is also another company called 40 Knots that rents out kite boards and paddle boards. These enthusiastic entrepreneurs were wonderful as well. I have confidence in all the sailing staff and wouldn't hesitate to send any child out with them.

The staff at the resort in general were VERY kind and patient. Well trained and happy employees. They are anxious to help, fix or explain any question, situation or concern.

Location - it is a haul to get most anywhere else on the island….. The kids were a little nauseated on all the roads, and my husband a bit stressed driving on the left. Donkeys, goats, dogs and ferrets abound, which added to the roadside mayhem but gave us a diversion from our nausea. While we didn't use the car as much as we had planned, it was wonderful when we had to go to town to pick up medicine for our son's swimmers' ear. The concierge connected us to a doctor by phone (we knew exactly what the problem was) and for $25 he gave us good advice and called in a prescription.

We really hope to go back!

Room Tip: Higher rooms have a better view of the water, but all seem beautiful.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 March 2014 via mobile

Am currently staying at nonsuch and wanted to say a few things if your thinking of staying. The good bits to begin with!
The food is amazing, good selection of steaks, pasta and seafood and menu changes every other day.
The apartments/villas are lovely and kept very clean and tidy.
The staff are all very friendly and would do anything to help you or provide something you require.
Especially Timmy, David and Cheryl in the restaurant and all the ladies behind reception.
The down sides unfortunately are the resort only has one restaurant and there is nothing nearby to go to. It's very expensive and a simple meal with starters, two mains and two drinks will cost you £100 easily.
The only other downside is we have been woken up at 745 every morning with hammering and sawing from the building work which is going on. Being in a Bay Area this sounds like it's next door to our villa because of the echo!!
This may not necessarily be related to the resort but it's very frustrating!!
Apart from those negative points would recommend Nonsuch for Antigua :-)

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Andy201407
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Overall a great week. We chose the resort for the sailing and were not disappointed. We prebooked five days unlimited sailing and sailed for two hours each morning and two in the afternoon. All the time we had a great instructor called Micky who was very knowledgeable and helpful. I ended the week helming an Elite in 20 knot winds!
Our only criticism is the service in the restaurant was slow. It did improve after we said something. Food was great though. We had breakfast included which was well worth it.
Also special mention to the reception staff who were great throughout.
James and Gill

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank James S
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

After doing lots of research on tripadvisor, we decided on staying at Nonsuch Bay.
On past reviews we knew this resort was situated on the breezy side of Antigua,we found this to be very refreshing and also kept the bugs away.
We knew we would have to travel on an unfinished road to get there, but this wasn't a problem.
We hired a 4x4 for the duration of our stay, which we recommend to explore the whole Island.
The beach is quite small, but plenty big enough for the guests at Nonsuch bay, as the resort is in a nice secluded spot it never felt crowded, and had a great relaxing feel. Infact the beach was better than I expected after reading the reviews, we rather liked having the palm trees for shade. There is seaweed, but if this bothers you, then there are beautiful swimming pools around the resort to use instead. We stayed for 2 weeks, so we used the resort restaurant on many occasions, for both lunch and dinner and every visit we enjoyed immensely! The food is of a high standard, and the menu changes every couple of days, there is a good wine list, the service is good, maybe a little slow a couple of times, but the friendly, smiley staff made up for that....and it's the Caribbean and most are on holiday....so what's the rush? Sit back and enjoy a rum punch (or one of the other tasty cocktails) and enjoy the ambience and the fantastic views! The restaurant holds a cocktail and BBQ evening on a thursday, so people can mingle and maybe meet the owner of the resort.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment. it was very spacious and luxurious, with an outdoor feel. One of the best features was the huge terrace/balcony, that wrapped around the apartment, with room for dining table and chairs, sunbeds and even more table and chairs, we spent plenty of time out here, soaking up the beautiful views of the bay, relaxing and reading etc.
Nonsuch Bay have sailing and other water sports, such as windsurfing and kite surfing,
We had a go at sailing, never done this before, so a very patient instructor Shakimba took us out (thank you for putting up with me! :) We enjoyed it so much, we booked to go on a sunset sail, which was as equally as good! (Thanks Micky).
As it was our first time staying on Antigua, we done lots of sightseeing, visiting many gorgeous beaches, one being a short drive away from Nonsuch bay,called Half Moon Bay. English Harbour (one of our favourite areas) being a good 25 mins drive away from the resort, lots here to visit, like Shirley Heights and Nelsons Dockyard, along with many lovely restaurants to try. This is where we got our groceries also, although Nonsuch Bay have recently opened a shop on the resort for essentials. We also went to the Jolly Harbour area....beautiful beaches (but abit more crowded). St Johns, quite hectic with all the cruiseships docking here.
We recommend Harmony Hall for sunday lunch, great atmosphere, with a steel band, and it's only across the bay from Nonsuch Bay resort.
We can't recommend staying at Nonsuch bay resort enough.....it's a superb place, so relaxing.
Ideal for families (great kids club by the way) and ideal for couples too.
Just go! :-)

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sexysuzy
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

i had never been to Antigua, so i was really worried in finding a place to stay that would exeed my expectations, that are generally quite hy!
it was a last minute booking, so the pressure was on.
after days of consideration, i went for nonsuch bay, on the east side of the island.
it seemed to be away from the big all inclusive resorts on the west side of the island, so peace and quite!
and we had our own flat, even if all the amenities were there for us to use, and lots of them!
it has a mixed asian carabian feel, but with all comforts and detailing of a 5 star western hotel.
when i arrived in the evening, the sun was going down, and the very pleasant drive gave me a very good idea of the beauty of the spot i had chosen. i was over the moon!
one phone call away, room service was available, or a stunning restaurant with a varied menu of a fusion of continental/Carabian food.
all the members of staff went out of their way to help with any request. water sports and excursions all available for a really unforgettable and wonderful holiday. i would like to keep this secret to myself, but they are running a business after all!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Thank LIVIAPASCUCCI
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Reviewed 28 February 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, travelled with family
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2  Thank Ian W
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Address: Hughes Point, Freetown po 2208, Antigua
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Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Philip Parish > Freetown
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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: £268 - £770 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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