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    The most perfect vacation ?

    Reviewed by Kaylee J() on Jul 26, 2015

    What can I say apart from this was the perfect honeymoon destination. It's the most beautiful place I have seen. All the staff are so lovely and don't treat u as a guest they make you feel like...

    What can I say apart from this was the perfect honeymoon destination. It's the most beautiful place I have seen. All the staff are so lovely and don't treat u as a guest they make you feel like their friends. If there Is 1 thing I miss it's the staff at Sandals antigua. The place is spotlessly clean every day without fail. The food is cooked to perfection and the staff will go above and beyond to cater to your needs. My hubby's favorite place was the drunken duck he's says the apple cider is a must and the staff once again are so welcoming. I loved the pool bar with the lazy river. Please I recommend you go to the lazy river pool just to meet a lady called latoya and ask her to make you a peach dacquori. She can create anything you ask for that's not even on the menu she has a rare talent. She is welcoming and had a great laugh with you. Please go see her you won't regret it!!!! I can't say 1 bad word about the place. Amazing amazing place food staff and facilities. Please please go don't hesitate. I miss sandals antigua ?

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        Awesome

        Reviewed by bmartin31(Georgetown, Canada) on Jul 24, 2015

        We had an awesome stay. Highly recommend butler service. Craig, Dionne and N'Koshi were just awesome. They catered to our every need. Food was good. especially enjoyed the steak at Mario's...

        We had an awesome stay. Highly recommend butler service. Craig, Dionne and N'Koshi were just awesome. They catered to our every need. Food was good. especially enjoyed the steak at Mario's. Pools were clean and the right temperature. Beach was also clean. Whole trip was very relaxing. Can't wait to go back again.

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          25th Wedding Anniversary

          Reviewed by Lisa137(Mill Village, Pa.) on Jul 24, 2015

          My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Sandals, Grand Antiqua. Our stay was perfect. The grounds are beautiful, the weather is incredilbe and food was outstanding. We stayed...

          My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Sandals, Grand Antiqua. Our stay was perfect. The grounds are beautiful, the weather is incredilbe and food was outstanding. We stayed for 5 days, but could have stayed longer without being bored. The main question was "what do we do next?". We met a lot of great poeple, both guests and employees. Our package included a butler service. They did not follow us around (thankfully), but when we asked for something, they were right there to make sure we taken care of. This location is pure parsdise. One would have to try very hard to not have a good time. We are going to visit other Sandals resorts, but we will definitely go back to Grand Antiqua for another vacation.

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          Honeymoon Visit - Perfect

          Reviewed by Joe S(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on Jul 24, 2015

          Honeymoon 7/13 - 7/18 I will keep it very simple in this review as it is my first. Food - Plenty of variety and excellent Property - Beautiful Beaches - Beautiful Pools - You trip over a pool...

          Honeymoon 7/13 - 7/18 I will keep it very simple in this review as it is my first. Food - Plenty of variety and excellent Property - Beautiful Beaches - Beautiful Pools - You trip over a pool walking to another pool - just plain awesome. Room - Stayed on the Carribean side in #803 - one of the "cheaper" options but had everything that we wanted - close to pool, private, just a nice room. Butler Service? We opted NOT to have Butler Service. In our opinion, you can get anything you want on this resort without having a Butler in your business. Save the money unless that is your thing. Couple Individual Recognitions Gerda - Cleaning lady who took time for her regular job to escort my wife and I to a restaurant we didn't know where it was located. Pleasant as can be and remembered our names later on that day. The Land and Sea Adventure was truly a treat. All the people on board boat and rover were excellent (Danny, Capt Andy , Phillip, etc.) Rosetta - excellent job cleaning our room everyday - fresh everything Tanya - pleasant worker at Café De Paris - great personality. Kia - another pleasant worker at Café De Paris - great personality to guests and personalized coffees No complaints - if you have one you are very picky and do not deserve this paradise that Sandals provides. Thanks.

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          AWESOME HONEYMOON EXPERIENCE!!

          Reviewed by Jeff C(Springfield, Illinois) on Jul 23, 2015

          My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon from June 1 through June 8. We had an amazing time, met great people, and will definitely be back. This review is several weeks in the making. It's...

          My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon from June 1 through June 8. We had an amazing time, met great people, and will definitely be back. This review is several weeks in the making. It's obviously not a cheap place to go, so hopefully this (overly) detailed review with assist some of you thinking about Sandals Grande Antigua. First, we didn't know what to expect. My first time out of the US and first all-inclusive. The age range of the guests was from 21-91. A lot of people were honeymooners, but there were also a lot of anniversaries. Eventually we formed a group of friends ranging from 24 to 64. I'm 34 and my wife is 30 and we never felt awkward. We stayed in the Mediterranean side on the third floor of the main building. We were in the Mediterranean Club Level Suite. the room was clean and well decorated. The bathroom was huge with a large tub and big walk-in glass shower. Our views were of the gardens only because we weren't high enough to get a good view of the ocean. The grounds and gardens are in immaculate condition! My advice: save your money on the room. We didn't spend any time in there! We were busy doing activities or partying during all of the daylight hours (and a lot of the late night hours), so the view didn't really matter. Also, the club level gets you some "perks", but probably unnecessary. I would strongly suggest you do NOT get a butler. Almost everyone we talked to with a butler said it was a waste of money. We didn't mind making our own reservations and getting our own drinks. In fact, we met a lot of people while getting drinks at the bar. The butlers go to the pools early in the morning to reserve lounge chairs for their clients. I'm an early riser, so I was usually at the pool by 8:00 and reserved our loungers. All it takes is a bottle of water and a towel and people will leave your stuff alone until you're ready to use it. It was a little annoying when people reserved chairs early and NEVER used them. So, be courteous and give up your chairs if you're not going to use them. Of course, some people have horrible things to say, but our experience was about as close to perfect as it could be. The VERY minor issues we faced were taken care of immediately. For example, our room was not ready when we arrived at the resort. I immediately had flashbacks to the TripAdvisor reviews that complained of this same problem. They suggested we go to Barefoot by the Sea and have lunch and drinks. We rode with another couple celebrating their honeymoon from the airport to the resort. We all went to lunch together and became great friends. The late check-in was actually a blessing in disguise. We partied with that couple all week! On the Saturday night before we flew out on Monday, our air conditioner started leaking onto the floor.... at 5:00 AM... I was not impressed. They had a tech to the room within 5 minutes. He was polite and efficient. He did a quick fix so we could go back to sleep. They came back to the room later in the day while we were at the pool to finish fixing it. What could have been a disaster ended up being no big deal. The beach is beautiful. It's pretty crowded all day, but not overwhelming. It is a public beach so there are locals peddling their wares. If you just say "no, thank you" they will leave you alone. There are a lot of security guards employed by Sandals too. We never felt threatened or uncomfortable. Look for a Rastafarian named Daryl. Nice guy and has some cool jewelry. He'll bargain with you, too. Now for the good stuff: We had a comp for $250.00 to the Red Lane Spa. I've read some reviews where people had trouble getting the credit, but we had no problems. You just can't schedule your spa appointment until you're on property. Ignore all the emails pushing you to schedule ahead of time. We used it to get the 1 hour "Scents of Love" couple's massage. It was a great massage, but a little hokey. They start you off with a candle lighting ritual... kind of weird. Collette and Joy were our masseurs and they both did a great job. It was nice to get totally relaxed early in the vacation. I also got a pedicure because, let's face it: I'm a guy and I have ugly feet. Polly was awesome! She told me a ton about the island and the resort, what to do, and what not to do. Off Property: Sandals offers a ton of stuff to do on property and also a lot of different excursions. Most of the excursions will cost at least $100 and up to $300 per person. We took the Discovery Tour for about $100 each. It was a 4x4 jeep tour all over the island. The tour guide, Foster, was great. All of the resorts contract through different guide services. Ours was Island Safaris. We learned a lot about the history of the island, got some great views, and had a great lunch. He also served rum punch at each stop. When he dropped us off, he gave my wife a conch shell. For those that don't know, it's a really big sea shell. They sell for $25 on the beach. If you get a conch shell, put it in your checked luggage. The Antiguan TSA took the shell out of my carry on. They claimed it was a weapon. Ridiculous, I know, but I didn't want to go to Antiguan prison, so I didn't put up much of a fight. We booked horseback riding with Nick on the beach. He is a skinny Rasta looking guy with long dreads and a red hat. His son, Romerio was our guide. I've been riding horses my whole life, so I didn't get a real big thrill, but my wife absolutely loved it! We had a two hour ride and watched the sun set. On Property: We flew in on Monday. They have a Beach Party near the Bayside restaurant every Monday night. It was awesome! They have a few interactive games you can play with other guests. This is an adults-only resort, and the games reflect that. If you're a shy person, I suggest you just watch, enjoy a drink, and be entertained by the staff and the other guests. Every night they have different activities somewhere on property. The Drunken Duck had karaoke a few times. I don't usually sing in public, but after several New Castle beers, the reality that I'll never see these people again finally set in! The Duck also has great bar food. It's themed like a British style pub and has a few TVs with sports playing most of the day. On some nights it's just a dance club. We didn't stay long on those nights as the music was just too loud. They had a "White Party" one night. Everyone was encouraged to wear white clothes and they served special martinis. On the same night they had a chocolate martini party where they served a variety of drinks and had a ton of chocolate desserts. They even had two ladies in body paint made of chocolate. The newlywed game was hilarious... again if you're shy, avoid getting on stage. I know more about some of those people than I ever wanted! But still a lot of fun! Eleanor's Restaurant is the "fanciest" place to eat. They actually have, and enforce, a dress code. The food is very good, but not the greatest thing I've ever had. I ordered the beef filet. I'm not sure what cut it was (definitely not a filet), but it was very good. The next day, the menu had changed and filet was no longer offered. My wife got the mahi and loved it. Eleanor's also serves the good booze! We had vodka martinis and asked for blue cheese stuffed olives. They didn't have any, so our server Earla, took the time to make them herself. Had we known she had to go to the trouble, we wouldn't have even asked. It is just one more way the service is above and beyond. If you like sushi, Soy is the place to be. Absolutely GREAT!! It's a very small sushi bar and probably only holds about 10 at the bar and 10 at tables inside. There are a couple of tables outside too. My point: Get there early! Or just be prepared to sit in the bar and drink. I don't think they take reservations. We ate sushi as the appetizer before going to Kimono's for dinner. Our chef was Nate... who after several bottles of sake was "Nate-Dog!" He was entertaining, fun, and the food was great. It is a little different than what we were used to in the States, but it's still really good. We booked a reservation with 4 other couples that we had become friends with over the week. It was a great way to hang out with people that we knew would be fun. Our waitress was Bianca and she was great! The host, Melissa, was also great! She was very patient as we corralled our large group out of Soy. I also have to thank one of the butlers, Tan, for helping us find our way to Kimono's... we'd been at the swim-up bar all day.... Mario's is the Italian restaurant. If this place had a view of the ocean, it would have been our favorite restaurant on property. That being said, the food was amazing. I had the leg of lamb. Huge portion, tender, pretty much perfect. My wife had the Pasta Carbonara which was also amazing. The best thing about Mario's is the salad/antipasto bar. A ton of appetizers set up on a nice looking buffet. They also serve a breakfast buffet in the morning which is pretty good, too. They'll do eggs to order, omelets, etc. The manager is a very nice guy named Michele (pronounced MeeKelee... or something like that). He's very nice, greets every table. He asked us to come back for a second dinner so that he could wait on us personally. Unfortunately, we couldn't make that happen, but I'm sure it would've been great. Bayside Restaurant is French themed. They do a standard, conventional breakfast buffet, but dinner is French. Food was great. It's just really nice to eat with a nice breeze and the sound of the waves. Barefoot by the Sea was also very nice. It has great food and drink. We used it several times for lunch. They'll wrap a (real) plate for you to take back to the pool. We also hit the pizza place several times for lunch. They make small personal pizzas which are pretty good. Special thanks to Althea at the swim up bar in the big pool! She knew my name and my preferred drink by the 3rd time I ordered. She was friendly, patient, and just a nice person. We went to a wine and cheese tasting one evening near the reflection pool. Our servers were Scotty, Stanley, and Shamar. All three of these guys are aweome! It was Scotty or Stanley that showed me the "proper" way to open a bottle of wine. After the wine tasting, we ran into these three hard-workers several times. They each remembered our names and always said hi. Sandals has an app you can use on your phone called LOOP. It uses the Free Wi-Fi, which worked fine across the resort. We pledged we wouldn't use our phones during our trip, but after talking to Mr. G (more on him later), we tried this Loop program. It's great! It allows you to contact the management of the resort at anytime. We used it to get more shampoo and body wash, discuss the A/C mentioned earlier, and a few other things. I strongly recommend the Loop to communicate with Mr. G and his staff. Now for Mr. G: This guy is the real deal. He is absolutely incredible. He stands out because he's the only guy wearing long black pants and a long sleeved white shirt. You'll see him picking up dirty glasses, sweeping floors, delivering food, and mostly talking with guests. I introduced myself to him once and he remembered my name and my wife's name all week. We were literally on a first name basis with him. As this was our honeymoon, I wanted to surprise my wife with something nice on our One Week anniversary. I contacted Mr. G through the Loop program and he took great care of us. We came home from the excursion to find Champaign, flowers, and a handwritten note from Mr. G. His motto is "if it's not worth doing right, it's not worth doing at all." He lives his motto and so does his staff. He gives all the credit to the people that work with him. Ask him to tell you his work history... it's pretty incredible. A true example of a person who has become successful through hard work. Mr. G, you were truly one of the highlights of our honeymoon. Thank you again for such a great time!

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