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This resort is our favorite. All the other glowing reviews you read are true, so I won't try to say the same things other than to say this place is wonderful! The picture of an island map did not...
This resort is our favorite. All the other glowing reviews you read are true, so I won't try to say the same things other than to say this place is wonderful! The picture of an island map did not upload, but do go to the internet and study the island. Also, really study the resort map and decide a room choice. We were in the Caribbean side, second floor, room 124 for reference. It was wonderful, but if we go back we will get a ground floor walkout. We see now that is so much handier. We had our own pool or could go to the main one. Our room just a few yards from the beach. Make sure to go to all the restaurants. We liked that you don't need reservations every time like some resorts. All good, lot's of variety, sit down or buffet. Don't just do the buffet for breakfast, try Eleanor's also. All the staff there were super good, fun to be around. We liked the entertainment at night, that adds to the whole experience. The day trip by catamaran around the island is fun, very interesting, and great photo ops. If you decide to do the Shirley Heights trip, make sure weather is good. It rained for us, no fun and no sunset photos. There is acutally a lot of history in this island. People we talked to did the automobile trip through the resort and really liked it. I wouldn't be brave enought to do on my own. The beach is great, and they have security at all entrances from the beach. Don't swim with your iphone in your pocket! They post the week's activities so make sure to read that, it helps. First time we have ever seen a resort manager not only working but taking part with the guests! If your read this and want more information or pictures let me know. If you go to this resort just make sure to experience all of it. Just simply fantastic!
Incredible Honeymoon Week
Incredible Honeymoon Experience (November 2013)... We had never been to a Sandals Resort before and we were thoroughly impressed! Rondoval/Plunge Pool Butler Service: Amazing! Our three...
Incredible Honeymoon Experience (November 2013)... We had never been to a Sandals Resort before and we were thoroughly impressed! Rondoval/Plunge Pool Butler Service: Amazing! Our three butlers (Maureen, Cecil, and Trisha) were professional, attentive, kind, and went the extra mile for us. They were a true pleasure to talk to and we would go back just to visit them! We were greeted as soon as we arrived at the resort by Trisha who welcomed us and escorted us to our Rondoval. She then poured us champagne and went through the specifics of the resort with us. Every request we had (beach chairs, breakfast in bed etc.) were always taken care of. They set up a romantic table for us at each a la cartes. They also prepared romantic evenings/bubble baths in our Rondoval for us. Keep in mind they serve eight other couples and deal with check ins/outs so be patient when they come to escort you - have a mimosa or enjoy another cup of coffee. The Rondoval itself is paradise - it was exactly what we expected. Its something to experience especially for a honeymoon! We couldn't have been more happy with this experience! The Restaurants/Buffets: Absolutely excellent. We ate like Kings the entire week. There are eleven different places to eat at. Our favourites were: Marios, Drunken Duck (for late night eats), and Eleanors The Courtyard Café came in extremely handy when you just wanted something quick for lunch or a snack. The Beach: Beautiful! We went there every day - white sand and crystal clear water We rented SeaDoos from a private employer for an hour which was worth it. People try to sell you things, but if you`re not interested they don't badger you - we often gave them a bottle of water or beer and talked to them. The Resort: Beautifully designed and immaculate. Many activities to choose from - we snorkeled one day and went to the Spa for a couples massage which was incredible. They had a private appreciation cocktail hour for couples who had butler service which was lovely. The different Theme Nights were fun and entertaining. They sprayed for mosquitos at dusk because they were quite intense - just stay away from the lush green parts or the beach at that time. We brought some bug spray to use which was helpful - go enjoy a cocktail at that time. They had photographers who documented us all week and we participated in a sunset photo shoot on the beach (only if you want) - at the end of the week you can buy the photos as a keepsake - its an expensive purchase but a nice memory. Amazing! We are going to vacation at the Grenada location next November simply based on our incredible week! Once you've vacationed at a Sandals Resort you can become a member and receive great discounts for your next Sandals booking!
My husband & I just got back from spending a week at this resort, and I had to write a review immediately. Our room was on the Mediterranean side - very nice room on the main level, so we had a...
My husband & I just got back from spending a week at this resort, and I had to write a review immediately. Our room was on the Mediterranean side - very nice room on the main level, so we had a walk-out patio. Room was clean, well kept and had everything you need (fully stocked bar, which was awesome!) The service at this resort can not be beat - friendly and willing to accommodate you. They may not do it at the pace some people expect, however, you are in paradise...so relax! I am a beach person, so we did not spend a single day at the pool - every day on the beach. This beach is what I imagined paradise to be - crystal clear aqua blue warm water, white sand, perfect sunny days of 80-85 degrees with a nice breeze. Just perfect.....I can't for the life of me figure out why people would spend their days at the pool with that amazing beach just feet away! To each their own I guess! Food - this is the only part that wasn't great. HOWEVER, I personally did not expect it to be, so I was not too disappointed. It wasn't horrible, so I'm sure you can find something decent at each restaurant. The best meal we had was lobster at Eleanor's - make a reservation as soon as you get there otherwise you may not be able to get one. I don't have high expectations when it comes to food at any all-inclusive resort....no matter how much you pay (& let's face it people, you are not paying top dollar so get over it). We took the "Wadadli Cat" catamaran tour, which is a 6 hr tour around the entire island. We had an awesome time on this & the lunch they served was better than anything we had at the resort! So glad we did this - such a great way to see the rest of the island....it was a perfect day. However, if you get motion sickness at all - take something first! There is about a 1/2 hr period of time where it gets very choppy when you enter the Atlantic channel (like you are on a roller coaster & the captain said it was a good day the day we went out). Other than that it was smooth sailing :) Even though I prefer to go somewhere new every time I go on vacation, I would definitely go to this resort again. Antigua & the beaches are just too good to not go back!
Even better than last year!
We are in the room we requested with a view of the pool and gardens. It has obviously been recently renovated and everything about it is spotless. The service as before really cannot be faulted. The...
We are in the room we requested with a view of the pool and gardens. It has obviously been recently renovated and everything about it is spotless. The service as before really cannot be faulted. The staff are friendly, welcoming and treat you like family. One of the bar staff girls deserves a special mention - Celia!! She is so much fun while being the epitome of efficiency!! Another great holiday- I wish we were here longer!
Great hotel, not impressed with Sandals this time
It has taken me a month to write this review after spending a week on this beautiful island. I have differing opinions of this Sandals. Nice thing is that the property is very close to the airport...
It has taken me a month to write this review after spending a week on this beautiful island. I have differing opinions of this Sandals. Nice thing is that the property is very close to the airport, so getting to the hotel takes no time at all, unlike some other Sandals properties. Do not get me wrong, we met some awesome couples to hang around with and most of the employees were kind and friendly. Others appeared to us like we were a nuisance and would not acknowledge us for anything. Wherever we go, my husband and I make our own fun. We understand that coming to these islands is a very laid back atmosphere and we love it. We understand to take things slow and relax - which we did. However, when we are the customers paying big bucks to come to Sandals, we don't appreciate going up to the bars and being ignored while the employees talk among themselves. Do we really have to wait 5 minutes to be waited on? Our biggest complaint is.........if Sandals is charging us all this money, can they not afford to buy more chairs for around the pool and on the beach?? It is very frustrating when you are on vacation and have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. to get to the pool to reserve a chair. The Drunken Duck was the only bar where you could actually sit down?? What is up with that? The Super Bowl was on when we were there. Fun, fun time and great buffet for the game. The betting games were fun too and the prizes great. I won a candlelight dinner on the beach. Very romantic and awesome food. We also took part in the bbq on the beach - OK, the managers meet and greet - nice people. We did the "Wadadli Cat" catamaran tour of the island. Only 14 of us on the boat - awesome time. Make sure you book the one for Sandals guests only. Less people. The captain and crew were tons of fun. Beautiful tour of the island. Only problem was the captain was talking with a microphone and very, very hard to understand him. Lunch was heavenly - chicken, sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, veggies, fish, all the soda, water and liquor you wanted. The meal was HOT (temp) when we ate and the crew was very accommodating, My husband I would highly recommend this. As other reviewers mentioned, there are guards on the beach at all times, so walking the paths between the hotel sides, you always felt safe. Beach was gorgeous, please note, there are sand flies, so if you are like me and tend to get bit, pack your bug spray. I stepped out of my box and had a massage. Fantastic. Jeana was great, ask for her!! Very friendly and got all the kinks and tension out of me!! Mario's was good, the lava cake to die for. Our favorite employee of the whole resort was Melissa B. at Mario's. Very sweet, loving, kind girl with a huge smile and heart of gold!! Even if we weren't in her section, she would come over and talk with us. Keep up the great work, girl!! Drunken Duck was fun, the manager there does an awesome job. They had gambling nite there for the Sandals Foundation as well as kareoke and trivia. Fun spot to go in the evenings. The room we had in the Mediterranean side was gorgeous. Had a view of the ocean. Bathroom was huge, shower was nice and bed was comfortable. The 3 things for me that make a great hotel. They covered it all. Daneka, at the conceirge desk was awesome too. My husband celebrated his birthday while we were there and she arranged to have a cake delivered to our room along with rose petals on the floor as we entered the room and towels shaped like a heart on the bed. (I think our travel agent had something to do with this too!!) Very impressive, really made my husband's birthday special. Would we come back to Sandals Antigua again? Maybe, but I think we would try other places first. Yes, it is beautiful and friendly, but like I mentioned before, I don't think Sandals is as "special and inviting" as they claim to be. We were in St. Lucia at Le Toc and were treated like royalty there. Here, it was nice, but for what we paid, don't think this Sandals was the all out SPECTACULAR hotel. This is for the Sandals head office, what happened to the "you are the special couple here at our hotels." Where is the lavish food? In St. Lucia, they had huge tables of fresh seafood one night, the entertainment was awesome, portions larger and selection of meals greater. In Antigua, didn't like the buffets - skimpy at most. Yes, we don't need to eat more food, but didn't think the selections were that great. We have been to Mexico and Jamaica, stayed at Sandals, Riu and other hotesl and and can truly say we would go to one of those again before another Sandals. Yes, the drinks are a little better at Sandals, but the buffets at other hotels are huge with more selections of food. The other hotel's entertainment has Sandals beat hands down. I am glad we didn't stay for more than a week or we would have been bored with the entertainment, same thing week after week!! We tried Sandals again and yes, we did have a great, fun time, but won't return to Sandals any time soon. Just doesn't have the "couples" intimate feeling any more. Word to the wise, don't be taken in by the Sandals commercials and print. It is OK, but not the couple's atmosphere like they advertise. Maybe if you spend extra to get a butler, but who needs them. Most restaurants in Antigus, they don't take reservations and why do you have to have someone following you around all day? Not my cup of tea. Antigua, great country and people, Sandals, not impressed with you.
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