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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Nonsuch Bay Hotel Freetown
- Nonsuch Bay Resort Antigua/Freetown