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Romantisch met zijn tweeën wandelen over een van de 365 stranden met de zonsondergang in de verte en een cocktail in uw hand.
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
Een fraai ‘All Inclusive’ resort dat vanwege de zeer romantische ambiance meerdere onderscheidingen heeft gekregen. Het hotel ligt direct aan het strand van Dickenson Bay, het mooiste strand van Antigua. Dit hotel is uitgeroepen tot ’s werelds ‘meest romantische resort’. Creëer uw eigen liefdes legende in het meest romantische hotel van Antigua.
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Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa heeft 9 uitstekende restaurants, 5 zwembaden met zonneterras en ligstoelen, 10 bars, een nachtclub, een swim up-bar, verschillende winkeltjes, een mooie spa, een wasserette en faciliteiten voor tennis (verlichte banen), tafeltennis, volleybal, biljart, shuffleboard, fitness, croquet, kanovaren, windsurfen, zeilen, snorkelen en twee gratis duiken per dag. ’s Avonds is er een animatieprogramma met levendige muziek.
Romantisch met zijn tweeën wandelen over een van de 365 stranden met de zonsondergang in de verte en een cocktail in uw hand.
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Alle kamers zijn voorzien van een airco en een ventilator, radio, tv, telefoon, een kluisje, een föhn, strijkfaciliteiten, een koffiezetapparaat en een badkamer met bad/douche en toilet.
Caribbean Deluxe kamers zijn in de tropische tuin gelegen.
De Caribbean Grande Luxe Poolside kamer is eveneens een gerenoveerde luxe kamer voorzien van een kingsize bed, balkon of terras en op steenworp afstand van een afgelegen zwembad en rustige tuinen. Het resort biedt eveneens voorzieningen en kamers voor minder validen.
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa ligt direct aan het strand van Dickenson Bay, het mooiste strand van Antigua.
• Gratis WiFi
• 11 restaurant
• 6 zwembaden
• 7 bars
• Swimup bar
Naast het fraaie tropische landschap zijn vooral de witte zandstranden de smaakmakers van Antigua. Het eiland telt maar liefst 365 stranden; voor elke dag één! Maar niet voor niets is het motto op Antigua “The beach is just the beginning” ; er is namelijk nog veel meer te doen op dit prachtige eiland en de vele bezienswaardigheden zijn echt een bezoek waard. Schitterende natuur met regenwouden, vele vogelsoorten en een kleurrijke onderwaterwereld met veel koralen en vissoorten; het is slechts een kleine greep uit al dat moois.
My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon at Sandals Grande Antigua and I wanted to write this while it was fresh in my mind. To say that our experience was fabulous would be an understatement! We booked a rondoval suite with a private plunge pool and butler service to spoil ourselves because we knew this would be a special, once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. It did not disappoint. There is so much to cover here, so I think it's easiest to break it down by category. Butler Service: Do you really "need" it? Certainly not - and we know plenty of couples who rave about Sandals without it. Admittedly this was our first Sandals trip so I can't say for sure what it's like to not have the service, but coming back to our room to find bubble baths drawn, truffles awaiting us, champagne on ice, and flameless candles lit (among other surprises) made us feel utterly spoiled. Some additional advantages to having butlers are that they arranged all of our dinner reservations for us before we even arrived (we could make changes as needed) and would reserve a spot for us on the beach every day, with a cooler full of water and beer. Neil, Charmane, and Maureen (our butlers) were some of the hardest working and kindest people we've ever met, and it was truly a pleasure to have them. Ultimately, we probably won't do butler service again - the ONLY downside is how pricey it is - but we would highly recommend it to couples who are celebrating a special event and want to feel spoiled! Food: Interestingly, we felt that some of the best spots to eat on the resort were the "hidden gems" like OK Corral (a laid-back joint where you can get quesadillas, ribs, etc.) and Cafe de Paris, a spot that's open all day serving coffee, crepes, and desserts. (If you're a coffee fiend like me, definitely head there on your first day for lattes, macchiatos, iced coffee, etc.) As for some of the other spots that were touted as the best for dinner (Elanor's, Bayside) - we found that the menus were a bit limited. My suggestion would be to make a reservation for Kimono's (excellent hibachi) and Mario's (an Italian place with a superb antipasto/appetizer buffet) as soon as you arrive, as they require them in advance. Elanor's requires reservations, too, but we weren't thrilled by the menu so we skipped that one. During the day, both the breakfast and lunch buffets at Bayside have everything you could possibly want, and the pizzas from Bella Napoli are delicious, too. And the Drunken Duck is great for late-night drinks, too, with a lively atmosphere and pub food. The Grounds: Whether you're staying on the Caribbean or Mediterranean side, be sure to explore the WHOLE resort early on. We waited and only found Cafe de Paris, the hot tub by the spa, and other hidden spots a few days into our stay. Go out and see everything! Also, my suggestion would be to approach the resort as a whole with this mindset: in addition to doing your research in advance, don't hesitate to see things for yourself and form your own opinions. Some people disliked certain aspects of the resort that we absolutely loved. There are two swim-up bars on the property which are fun and convenient, and even during busy times, you'll never wait more than a minute for a drink. The beach is absolutely breathtaking, and the water is beautiful. The peddlers, however, can be exhausting. I'd have to say that this was my least favorite aspect of the resort. The beach is public, so the resort can't restrict access to peddlers. We did buy a couple of things from some of the ones who have name tags (an anklet, magnet, etc.), but by the end of our stay we actually preferred to stay by the pool just because it was exhausting to say "no" every few minutes. If you don't have any interest in purchasing anything, giving them a firm "no thank you" is usually effective. It's just a bit frustrating to have frequent interruptions when you're trying to relax. HOWEVER, don't rule out excursions/experiences that are being offered on the beach. As long as the sellers have name tags, they're trustworthy, and it's more affordable than going through the resort. Another couple recommended booking Sting Ray City through Eddie, which turned out to be fabulous. We also rented Jet Skis from Jason. Both excellent experiences! General Comments: One of the things we loved most about Sandals was how you have the option to socialize as little or as much as you want. If you're looking for a romantic getaway to be shared with just you and your partner, you won't be disappointed. But, if you prefer meeting new people, there are plenty of opportunities to do that, too. Everyone we met was so friendly, and the Beach Barbecue Night (held on Mondays) and dinner at Kimono's (Hibachi-style seating) allowed us to meet some lovely people. One thing we found interesting is that couples who have been to other Sandals and compared their stays there to Antigua said that the other resorts were better. Many said the staff members were friendlier, but we didn't encounter any unpleasantness from any resort staff whatsoever. If the other Sandals are indeed better, that's not to say that Antigua is lacking in any way! I think at any place you go, you'll find that some employees are generally warmer than others, but everyone who served us, helped us, or interacted with us in any way was superb. It's so nice to walk around the grounds and be met with a warm "hello" from every single employee you pass. We really don't have any complaints. A few very minor things could be improved. For instance, our room's plunge pool was just a little on the chilly side. There was one night during which we called for room service quite late and the order was forgotten, but considering it only happened once, we can't fault them. We called again and they apologized profusely and had it right out. Also, you may want to pack earplugs if you're staying in a rondoval. The night critters are exceedingly loud! I loved hearing the crickets at night and the birds in the morning, but when you finally do need to get some sleep, the earplugs are good to have :) Finally, if you've made it all the way through this review, one last tip: if you can avoid booking your flights through American Airlines, do so. We had never flown with them and they were by far the WORST airline we've ever flown. Our flight out of Antigua was delayed by 3 hours, which is just an inconvenience, but after we missed our connecting flight, they wanted to charge $200 to switch flights by the phone. The only way to avoid it was to wait on a massive line at the airport. Don't feel compelled to book your flights through Sandals - it may be convenient at the time, but it's worth exploring other options. Overall, we had a great stay at Sandals Antigua and hope to visit another location in the future!
"Best trip ever"
Let me begin by saying that being on our honeymoon at 70 made me wonder if we would fit in. Forget about that. Now as to the trip. Restaurants. Excellent. Service prompt and attentive. Food fantastic. Spent many a dinner at Barefoot enjoying multiple lobster tails. Breakfast at Mario's was a treat. Activities. Do not overlook horseback ridding through the hotel rec desk. We were fascinated by "Fire" who owns the horses. But the highlight of the trip was bareback ridding in the Caribbean Sea. Accommodations Our room was excellent. We prefer the Mediterranean side above the 4th floor as the view is great. Noise was never a problem. Entertainment We found this a slight disappointment when compared to other all-inclusives we have visited. Negatives More of the restaurants should be air conditioned. The size of the complex necessitates some serious walking. Weather HOT HOT HOT Expect it.Prepare for it. Dress I found that most folks dress more to the nicer side than the relaxed attire I was used to. Transportation Our trip from airport to hotel started slowly due to the hurricane affecting other resorts which sent overflow to ours. However once on the transport we were moved to our hotel and checked in promptly.
We checked in to Sandals Antigua Tuesday, October 18th. Today was our first day here. We chose to not go with a butler room because on our last vacation we did not need to use the bulter. We travel every few months to a different location. At this property the butlers go out before 7 am and take all the shaded/umberella areas for their clients. We have fair skin. At 7:15 I went out to the pool and there was 2 chairs with partial shade that were not claimed. I went to front desk (we paid for meditarian club level) and we were told to check the smaller pools. They also were full when it came to shade areas. We explained our situation and finally paid $75/per day for guarenteed places to sit that would have shade. However there is not enough chairs even if you want to be in sun. There were people just putting there stuff on statues and the ground. This could easily be fixed with a few more chairs and umbrellas. People are paying over $4000/week to relax there should be enough chairs. This morning at breakfast I ordered a mimosa and it never came. My husband was sat under an air conditioner at Mario's. It dripped moldy water onto his food. We asked to move. No one helped us move or appologized. This could be an amazing resort.
"Beautiful resort, fabulous time, wonderful anniversary"
Fantastically relaxed anniversary, highly recommend This was our 3rd Sandals visit, having previously been to St Lucia (Regency La Toc, '05) and Jamaica (Ocho Rios, '09). We read the various Trip Advisor reviews, as every good traveller does, and as usual saw a mix of great / not so great reviews. We decided to focus on the positives and ignore the negatives, and I'm glad we did. As usual we found Sandals to be a fantastic resort, providing beautiful settings, great staff for the main, a good selection of restaurants and bars, and superbly attentive (when requested, else quietly in the background just as we like) butlers. We chose to initially stay in the butler beach front room, but upgraded at the last minute to the Penthouse Butler 1 bedroom suite. This was a smart move, our suite was great, a large lounge with wet bar, a large bedroom with 4 poster bed, dual vanities in the bathroom along with a large rainfall shower, large Jacuzzi bath and separate toilet. There was also a small "kitchen" with mini fridge, microwave and closet with iron and ironing board. The large balcony was accessible from both the bedroom and lounge, and had both a table and chairs plus 2 comfortable sun loungers. The view was great, looking down towards the sea, taking in views of the well manicured gardens and the main pool. We had no complaints about the room, it was superb, and my only minor criticism would be that the mini fridge did not hold enough supplies, and although we were able to get our preferred drinks switched around, and could get them replenished by room service / the butlers, I'd ask Sandals to consider supplying guests with further stocks as standard, as there was plenty of space where "spares" could be stored. The resort itself was really lovely, the ground staff were constantly tending to the grass and plants, touching up the paintwork and ensuring everything was just perfect. The layout meant meandering around the resort rather than perhaps taking a direct route, however that just allows you to take in more of the pleasant surroundings, although I'd suggest the resort could do with improved lighting as it did feel a little dark when walking through certain areas. We only used the main pool during our stay, although did walk by a couple of the smaller, more intimate pools which looked great. The main pool was fabulous, and we enjoyed the Butler perk of having our loungers saved each day, along with a cool box of drinks and flowers / towel arrangements. We were kept well supplied with drinks from the waitresses, although did make many trips wading through the pool to keep hydrated ;-). My only complaint about the pool itself would be the lack of depth in the water, it was fine for the many people who wished to float leaning on the pool floaters / using them as tables for their drinks, but you couldn't actually swim in the water itself as it was too shallow. We chose to keep our stay very relaxed, so didn't opt in to any of the activities, instead preferring to lounge around the pool or spend time enjoying our room / balcony. We did listen in to the pool entertainment each morning, which kept us entertained but I'd implore the quiz masters to repeat the answers so that those not actually right next to them could hear, and feel engaged even if not actually involved. We ate at all of the restaurants with the exception of the Sushi one, as neither of us like sushi. They were all good in our eyes, of course the standard of food differed between them in terms of the choice / presentation, but I feel you got what you would expect based on the restaurant's set up, although I have to say the Courtyard Diner surpassed our expectations with delicious snacks cooked to order. The only negative as far as dining is concerned would be the portion sizes, which I know has been mentioned by many others and to a certain extent I agree with some who say "so what, just go get something else, it's all free", however that is not quite as simple as it sounds when perhaps only 1 of you is still feeling hungry and doesn't want to make the other wait around while they find something else to eat. It was only on a couple of occasions, in the Bayside and Eleanor's, where the shrimp dish my wife ordered contained 5 very small shrimp compared to my nicely sized steak, and the coconut desert was the size of a melon ball! On the desert front, I do think that Sandals could improve the desert options, after all we are on vacation and don't mind overlooking the calorie content once in a while :-) With respect the weather, we were very concerned based on the forecasts as they showed heavy rain showers for the entire week, which was even repeated on the daily printouts left at our door. However, only 1 day did it rain heavily for several hours, otherwise with the exception of one or two small showers, the weather was glorious. A special mention has to be made to the Butler Service. Having been spoiled in our past visits we felt we just had to have them again, and again have no complaints. We had 3 assigned butlers, Shante, Daryl and Darren, and although some might feel the need for constant 24/7 service, we prefer them to be available should we need to call on them, else to be in the background, check in on us every so often, and throw in the occasional shout-out whilst we wandered around :-) We enjoyed the special treats they left in our room each afternoon, and very much appreciated the anniversary card and decorations left for us on our special day. As mentioned before, reserving our sun beds in our preferred location each morning was fantastic, and stocking the cooler with our preferred beverages was much appreciated. The butler choice is quite expensive on top of your standard cost, however we don't see us ever coming back without having this as part of our package, especially given the room choices are much improved over the regular rooms. Overall we had a fantastic experience once again, a most relaxing time where we were able to simply chill out and de-stress! I have no reservations in returning for a 4th time in the hopefully not too distant future, Thank You Sandals
This was our fifth visit to a Sandals resort and our first to Antigua. The grounds are massive, plenty of room to stroll and enjoy the views. The beach is massive and very nice. The places to eat are your typical Sandals fare. One exception was the O.K. corall. It was more of a southwest place,ribs,chicken etc. very good! It was hotter than Hades too so dress accordingly. The staff was a mixed bag, some very nice others not so. Of the ones that stand out to me as the best are the Cabana girls by the pool! Seanana, Kelly,and Briana. The ladies at the main pool swim-up bar, Althea,Vanessa S. and Marie-Louise.The Drunken Duck was another great place to hang out! The bartender Andy was always polite,servers Teshana and Odayne were great! It may have something to do with the young lady running it Gemma! One of my favorite people there was a young intern by the name of Anna! Also there is another young lady named Althea who was a server at Eleanors! Most all of them were great and very attentive. We never got to meet the manager Mr. "G" due to his father not feeling well. Even with being stranded for two days by hurricane Mathew all in all it was a very nice visit! We hope to travel back one day when they have direct flights out of Atlanta. I hate having to fly through Miami! If you visit make sure to remember the staffs names who helped you. The bust their tails to make your stay there enjoyable.
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