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Stayed in a Mediterranean pool villa with butler. Found the food in all the restaurants to be very good for an all inclusive, better than expected. Highly recommend the butler service if only to...
Stayed in a Mediterranean pool villa with butler. Found the food in all the restaurants to be very good for an all inclusive, better than expected. Highly recommend the butler service if only to reserve chairs on the beach which can become very busy. Never sat around the pool as we prefer the beach but on the odd occasion you could hear some of the hotel entertainers doing their job. Personally i would recommend the med side as the Caribbean side appeared slightly more run down. The beach vendors left us alone after a polite no thanks and didn't seem overbearing as per some of the comments on this site Overall a great experience and we are already booking next Jan although we will be opting for a penthouse butler suite as we never used the pool or Jacuzzi. Big thanks to Jeneva, Julien and Hunter our personal butlers.
Sandals does it again...
Each day was fantastic. Service was top notch in all areas except at the main bar near the courtyard. Some but not all of the staff members behind that bar were rude at various times. The bar does...
Each day was fantastic. Service was top notch in all areas except at the main bar near the courtyard. Some but not all of the staff members behind that bar were rude at various times. The bar does have operating hours and the staff must be annoyed by guests who demand bar drinks outside those hours but rolling eyes should never be the response to a request for water or the time. This bar was usually tended by younger and possibly less experienced staff members so that may explain the issue. The Room - After analyzing the resort map and proximity to amenities we chose the Anthurium Building and were placed in a ground floor unit. The room was accessible from the front and rear. Rear entrance had a small patio with a table and chairs and was especially helpful when using the pool and hot tub which were 10-20 feet from our rear door. Nearness to the Anthurium pool was great except for the one night when a late night (2am-ish) pool party woke us up. Since the pool is so close to all the rooms in this building, almost anything above conversation volume can be heard from inside. However, the building is somewhat secluded and noise was never a problem except for the pool party. Security disbanded it within about 15 minutes of our call. Response time could've been better but things do move at a more leisurely pace in the Caribbean. No real complaint there. After chatting with other guests about their accommodations and walking the grounds, we felt we chose the best location for our stay. It is in a central location on the grounds, positioned higher than most other rooms and was a short walk to the Caribbean Grove pool which quickly became our favorite day spot. The room itself was comfortable but the bathroom was smaller than expected. The Beach - the beach was beautiful but not private. Vendors and salesman are abundant and will approach you with various items for sale but also lots of information on activities like jet-skiing, atv tours, boat rides, fishing, etc. The guys are persistent and a big reason we chose pool over beach from the second day of the trip until the end. Everything offered on the beach, except smoke at night, is available through Sandals at their excursion desk. Excursions - the circumnavigation tour is an absolute must for anyone who doesn't get seasick. Even if you do, take some dramamine and get on the Wadadli Tours boat. It's a half day boat tour that circles the entire island. You also pit stop on an uninhabited island to snorkel and maybe get a glimpse of a sea turtle in the wild. After snorkeling on just lounging on the island's beach, the BBQ on the boat gets fired up, the drinks start flowing, and the music turns up. It's a tame but very enjoyable party for the rest of the trip. You'll also get some quick history from the captain as he calls your attention to various points of interest along the way. Tip these guys on your way off the boat. This was easily the best or second best day of our trip. Big thanks to the Wadadli Tours circumnav boat crew. DO NOT LEAVE ANTIGUA WITHOUT WATCHING A SUNSET AT SHIRLEY HEIGHTS! Sunday is the big day up there when the food vendors come out and band plays. You can arrange a trip through Sandals or just take a cab up there. Gigi was a great driver that you can probably ask for by name. He's been on the island forever and seemingly knew every single person on the island. He'll also give you some good history on the drive. The Spa - couples massage was good. Resort Activities - pool volleyball at the Caribbean Grove pool was a daily routine and lots of fun. It was usually followed by beach volleyball at the court a few steps from the pool. Raymond, Antonio were awesome coordinators and Raymond was a good buddy after a couple of days. Him and Corey took a lot of time to interact and hang with guests. Peta-Anne was also so friendly and a pleasure to ave coordinate activities. The Mediterranean and Caribbean sides of this resort have remarkably different feels. The Mediterranean pool is a massive Vegas-style set up whereas the Caribbean Grove pool is a smaller intimate setting. The Food - all good. The beachfront seafood restaurant is another great place to catch a sunset. The big weekly lobster bake for all the guests was fun but crowded. The breakfast buffet was great and being greeted by the big happy Gus each morning was a pleasure. There are lots of birds that like to hang out in the breakfast area and your bagel may disappear if left unattended.
Flower power and diving
This was our fourth visit to the Sandals/Beaches family and narrowly edges out Sandals La Toc (St. Lucia) as our favorite. We started in the beachside rondoval with butler and was later upgraded to...
This was our fourth visit to the Sandals/Beaches family and narrowly edges out Sandals La Toc (St. Lucia) as our favorite. We started in the beachside rondoval with butler and was later upgraded to the one bedroom with plunge pool/hot tub- their highest level of room- for our 19th anniversary. We could not have been happier with our accommodations! The butler team of three was good, but Vanessa daily went above and beyond her usual butler duties, and will be the standard by which we will judge all other butlers! Her personal touches included a white glove en suite late dinner service consisting of favorite meals from all over the resort, even when I was dripping wet after a night dive, to singing a lullaby to charm us on our second night! Flower petals preceded us everywhere and we felt like royalty, even coming back to our room to find romantic music playing while champagne chilled and a beautiful surprise bath awaited. The food was generally very tasty. I am vegetarian and found a fair selection, but my vegan husband had a much harder time finding options. The chocolate lava cake at Mario's was to die for. Gus was always a gracious host. Kelly and Natasha were always smiling and made our poolside time a delight. They welcomed us and tended to whatever our needs. The dive staff was friendly and accommodating, even turning out the boat lights for a few minutes of stargazing after a great night dive. I didn't care for having to carry gear through the water to board the boat, since they don't have a dock and I am relatively shorter than the staff, but the dives made up for this. Also, they do not have dive lockers, so if you bring your own gear, be prepared to shower with it in your room. The dives were great, with plenty of sea life and Fern's eagle eyes could spot a shark at any distance. Ray made every dive memorable! The public beach was generally clean and well-kept, but the local vendors were only occasionally annoying. My husband enjoyed running on the beach and he says they never hassled him, though they did ask if he was interested but left him alone after a polite refusal. The grounds were lush and well-maintained. There was a radio show promo during our stay and this was less attractive with the white tents, but I never experienced the rudeness noted my some of the other commenters. The guests were generally great fun and there were very few of the self-absorbed narcissists I have met at some of the other newlywed centers. Wifi was generally good, though worsened close to the beach. I am writing this from our comfy bed on our last night and I am already missing our beautiful home away from home. Who will put flower petals on our bed now? I guess I will have to book a return trip!
christmas and new year 2014 / 2015
when we first arrived the airport is manic there sooooo slow when we got outside we went to the sandals booth and booked in there was another couple there and we waited and waited we thought some...
when we first arrived the airport is manic there sooooo slow when we got outside we went to the sandals booth and booked in there was another couple there and we waited and waited we thought some more people were coming but we were one of the last through so no bodys was left anyway we got on our way and it only takes about 15 mins or so which is great after a longish flight from uk got talking to the other couple on route they seemed okish ( looool turned out we became firm friends ) no problem with us checking in we booked carribean grove side, our room was lovely a little cottage type rm just by the pool and nr to where we have stayed the prev last 2 yrs everything seemed pretty much the same as it had b4 some staff were the same but ones we hadnt meet b4 were very friendly food and drink were plenty full we had meet people from the prev time we had been there sharon malcom and a few more and like i said we became friends with the couple on our way to resort mr and mrs g we had fun place is very clean beach is lovely and this year there were like rings in the water that you swam or walked out to and got urself in different and they were quite nice to sit in for a bit and have your drink, you wouldnt have to have waited long to get in one you were sort of in and out in about 10/15 mins or so there are people selling stuff on the beach but there very nice people just trying to earn a living but if u dont want anything just say no thanks and there walk on but some of them have now become friends hazel he sits just outside barefoot selling necklace's and bracelets and tony you will hear him b4 you see him loool big guy but a very nice man he sells trips we dont normaly do trips as when we went few yrs back we did what we wanted to do then but this time we decided to do stingray city think it was about 85$ per person its about 1 hour away and when you get on the boat once you have had the 5mins introduction its a 10 mins ride away then in the middle of the ocean you get in with the big stringrays the guys are very good and you have photos taken lovely day out the pools are very clean people come round asking if you wants drinks also they do the same on the beach there are 2 main pools 1 on the med side and 1 on carribean grove side and you have smaller ones dotted around the resort entertment this year wasnt as good as other yrs was hardly any outside the druken duck (what they call the english style pub (?) and mario's which is the italian restaurant you have some enterament in the court yard by the beach bar and you have a disco in the pub also karaoke on a thurs and sunday evening which is fun lots of people join in the pub also does food up till 1am all restuarants are good but got fed up with bayside during the day for breakfast is a buffet but every night was french plz god have a change, service in here was soooo slow felt like walking out one time another time we were there my friends food was so cold she had to send it back ok corals, the food it good but its very dark up there eleanors al a carte breakfast steak and eggs if u like ( which my hubby did ) most mornings good choice in most resaurants tapinayki is fun we had a good chief and a good crowd round our table 6 of us and another 2 couples christmas eve sort of comes and goes didnt feel very christmasy at all this yr not big christmas tree in reception just a few garlands put here and there christmas day father christmas came and you could have your pic done on the beach with him ( this yr it was an american man ( holidaymaker very nice friendly) and he gave you a few sweets ( how tight are sandals the money it cost to get there ) but its just another day no christmas dinner nothing special at night weather this yr rained than normal but if you give yourself a good spray you should be fine from then nasty mozzies they do fog everynight but if you have a shower then there all out again everyday is more or less the same unless inside resort unless you do trips well we are on holiday :) new year eve was a great disapointment they closed the med main pool in the afternoon to get ready for the evening and tables of 10 were put all round the pool food was put out outside marios and the drunken duck ( pub) marios was closed this yr so u could sit in there you could also sit in the pub if you didnt want to sit round the pool on tables of 10 eleanors and bayside were open if you booked up dont think menus changed on this night dont think they changed any night to be honest in any restaurant ( from yr to yr loool ) a stage was built they had a band but sandals has different age groups from i would say 18yr olds upwards to the older person and the band was ok if you were in the younger age group for for older ones the whole night was a very big disapointment didnt even have fireworks from sandals this yr a bar on the beach had some so we watched theres there is a new gm there a very nice man spoke to him a few times his not affraid to clear tables and glasses and pick up paper some staff gave him thumbs up others didnt but what i would say is you have staff to clear tables collect glasses and pick paper up and if you have to do it there not doing there job properly ? the gardens look fantastic mr g seemed more worried about the gardens than anything else this is not a non smoking resort but omg to find and ashtray anywhere was hard work ( do people take em home or what ) why arent they put out if you dont use them fine but some people do there seemed to be many cut backs this year and its a shame as we have b4 really had good times here but this yr really did put us off in coming back also it say that it is a romantic place well when u have crowds of youngters i dont think it applies would like to say a big thank you to our maid we were in room 406 ( from 17.12.14 to 2.1.15 ) the towel art was beautiful lovely lovely ladies we did have a couple i know one of them was called jenny she was doing a cover james at the beach bar what a great bar tender and all staff at the bar andy and cant think of the other mans name in the drunken duck very good on the ball and sometimes it was so busy in there with the youngters doing there shots which take seconds to down then they want more but they were both keeping others refreshed as well so well done you guys the ladies in the drunken duck were lovely as well antonio on entertament lovely guy mad as a hatter but real good fun takes time to talk to you and good at what he does
We visited Antiqua last week (1/10-18/15). We ran off to get married. Neither of us had been to Antiqua, so that was the main reason we choose it. The weather at the time was perfect. Cool in the...
We visited Antiqua last week (1/10-18/15). We ran off to get married. Neither of us had been to Antiqua, so that was the main reason we choose it. The weather at the time was perfect. Cool in the evening and hot during the day. We stayed on the Mediterranean side, which we heard was A LOT nicer than the Caribbean side(as far as rooms go). We were perfectly happy with the room(plus who stays in their room much anyway!) The grounds were very nice. The restaurants we ate at were good, but we didn't hit the two main ones, which we heard were really good(we stay pretty busy and don't like to hold down schedules on vacation). The beach is busy during the day as it is public. Again, this doesn't bother me much as I like to people watch. We often walked down the beach to Sneaky Petes to have a beer during the day. It was a great little beach bar. We are not much into the late night party seen, but on the nights we did stay up later than usual the nightlife seemed to end pretty early(Jamaica is the place to go for partying), which was fine with us. Our wedding was on the beach and their staff did an excellent job of putting it all together. The one thing I had not planned on was all the bystanders(remember, public beach), so its best to do it later(after 4) when the cruise boat people have to leave. Other than that, it was really nice, and the staff did well. Be prepared to pay for photos though. So, overall I thought it was a very nice place. The island is beautiful, weather was great, and everyone was very friendly. I would say this is very much geared towards couples though. I will return on our Anniversary.
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