- Reviews: 175
We really enjoyed our stay, it was our first visit to the West Indies.
Rooms were very spacious, restaurants were great, breakfast amazing (a lot of fresh fruit).
We didn't use the pool, the beach was only 2minutes away.
- Reviews: 93
Galley Bay: Adults only resort
Galley Bay is an adults only, all inclusive resort.
If you are so inclined, you wouldn't have to leave the hotel for your entire stay.
We stayed in a premium suite, which had a terrace leading directly onto the sand. The bathroom had his and hers showers, two sinks, and a double bath. There was a sunken living area with wetbar too. Not plush by any means. In fact the whole resort has rustic charm rather than plush marble etc.
Here is a picture taken from inside the room, of my husband posing on the beach.
The food is a la carte, waiter service. So no queuing up for buffets all the time, and feeling that you are eating the same thing every night!
On Wednesdays only however, is beach bbq night, where you order your steak, fish, chicken, rib etc, and help yourself to the array of dishes avaialable. They also have a hog roast that night too.
Drinks were all top brands, no limits on what you could and couldn't have.
I must be honest and say this was our first all inclusive holiday and will probably be our last. It reaffirmed that we like to walk into the village and find little restauarants ourselves, rather than being restricted to one place.
The atmosphere was lovely.
Absolutely classless (as in nobody is better than anyone else).
- Reviews: 39
Royal Antiguan: All Inclusive or Budget?
This is an older facility with beatiful grounds and beach. It offers some exploring and hiking adventure. For a great time on the water look up the Kozy Kat Catamarran we went with a guy named Freddie. We spent 2 days touring the island by water. Stopping to snorkel and see the sights.
We didn't book the all inclusive package so we found a grocery store and took advantage of the refrigerator in our room. For less than the price of one person on all inclusive we were still able to eat well and save a lot of money to spend elsewhere.
The pools were beautiful but we preferred the beach.
I won this vacation through Sky Auction. Paid $33 per day. Thank goodness our room had a refrigerator!
- Reviews: 447
Jolly Beach Resort: Very cheap
Antigua is known as the 365 beaches islands. Actually I didn’t discover so many but those I did were wonderful. On one of the best beach of the island is located the Jolly Beach Resort. I think is among the worst place I stayed in the Caribbean and one of the oldest resort born there. For this reason, the beach chosen is so beautiful!!! Anyway, the Jolly Beach Resort is a 3 stars all inclusive resort. It offers more or less 400 rooms and the white 2 floors building stretches widely on the beach, surrounded by a tropical garden. The rooms are extremely basic and you can get a discount if you are willing to get a smaller room. The are two restaurants, one is a buffet of everything but, unfortunately, everything is of medium-law quality. I would have preferred less quantity and loss opportunity of choosing but a better quality. Unfortunately I didn’t visit the second a-la-carte restaurant, because man were allowed there only wearing a shirt with collar (so no T-shirts admitted for man). My husband had only t-shirts so we couldn’t eat there. What an idiot rule, isn’t it? But we were told it was not so good. The only thing that Jolly Beach offers (besides an affordable price, considering you are in the Caribbean) is the beach, so long and so uncrowned. The swimming pool is also nice but the sea is much better. Obviously, if you are interested in taking advantage of the all inclusive drinks, it can be a sort of paradise. I would recommend it only if you are REALLY interested in Antigua without spending so much like other higher quality resorts cost. on Jan 19, 2008 I saw a quotation for this place, 7 days all inclusive, flight from and to Milan Malpensa for 1340 euros/person.
- Reviews: 227
Galley Bay: An indulgent escape
This is a wonderful hotel, perfect for a stress-free break. It was my first experience of an all-inclusive resort, and it has given other AI hotels a LOT to live up to!
There are three types of room: the Gaugin cottage, which consists of two little thatched rooms (one bedroom, one bathroom) with an inter-connecting corridor. There are sea-front cottages, where you literally step out of your front door and on to the sand. We stayed in a beachfront room, which was spacious, extremely clean and had a lovely balcony on which to relax with a drink in the evenings as the sun came down. All rooms are comfortable and have air-conditioning and safes.
The hotel is set in the grounds of a nature reserve, so it is pleasant to stroll around. The area used to be a sugar plantation, and there is a ruined windmill on the site. There are sporting activities such as tennis and table tennis, and you can use the hotel's bicycles if you want to travel a bit further (although they looked a little ramshackle to us!)
There is a beautiful swimming pool with a manmade waterfall - if you don't fancy swimming you can just sit in the cool water with a cocktail from the pool bar. The beach is stunning, but we didn't see many fish so snorkellers may have to travel outside the resort for a better experience.
There are two restaurants and the menu changes every night. The food was excellent at every meal (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner - not a good place to stay if you are on a diet!)
There is a beauty spa at the hotel, but we didn't use it so I can't say what it was like.
Excellent and friendly service - Mike, the maitre d', called every guest by their names the whole time we were there, like Mr Memory. The pool and the beach are beautiful, and we became very fond of the wonderful rum punch that the hotel makes. The hotel does not allow children under the age of 16 (I think there is an exception to this over the Christmas break.)
- Reviews: 2392
Cityview Hotel: A good middle-class hotel in central St. John's
I am used to low-cost accomodation, so Cityview was not my first choice. I opted for a more a simple place called “Capuccino Lounge”, but unfortunately, this placed closed – after I had my reservation confirmed. Finding a hotel at the beginning of the high season, for the same bargain price I got Cappuccino Lounge was impossible. I tried to get offers from other places, but most hotels and B&Bs did not reply. Finally, I ended up paying almost twice as much as I wanted to and made a reservation for Cityview Hotel. At least, I got a better rate than on their price list.
Cityview is popular with tourists as well as with local businesspeople. Also, caribbean airline crews book this hotel for their stay in Antigua. This mixed audience is a good sign for this local-managed, middle-class hotel. I can just confirm this and recommend it to anyone looking for a good accomodation in St. John’s. If I come back to Antigua on a future ocassion, I will think about booking it – although it is surely not my price class.
Cityview’s rooms are very spacious and well-equipped: Air conditioning, TV, a bathroom with shoer and a small bathtub, fridge and water boiler. A safe is available for rent (3 US$ per day + deposit). The king size bed was more than enough for myself. Perhaps the only disturbing thing were the big air conditioning machines used for the hotel which were just in front of my balcony. And perhaps this has something to with the reduced rate…. Staff is very friendly and helpful, a good example for the warm-hearted friendlyness of the Caribbean. Continental breakfast is included, which is good. Warm dishes and extras are available upon request (and for cash).
- Reviews: 43
Grand Royal Antiguan Resort: Good value and unpretentious!
The Grand Royal Antiguan resort has a fancy name, but it's a down to earth place with generous all inclusive options (certainly for the British holiday maker, but some guests paid for meals and drinks).
The staff were lively and friendly, and the resort has enough on offer - watersports on the beach, a lovely pool with swim up bar, a kid's small pool, 3 nice restaurants on site (one posh a la carte, one "over the water" a la carte specialising in seafood and a buffet restaurant).
The resort is close to St Johns for trips out, and the hotel offer a variety of entertainment, such as nature walks and live music.
There is an old fort on the cliff top along the end of the Royal Antiguan's private beach and the hotel runs guided walks up there a few times a week. My leg muscles didn't forgive me for days after climbing the steep paths up there though!
This is also the only hotel on the island built over two storeys high, but it's also withstood every hurricane so far!
- Reviews: 2
Dian Bay Resort & Spa: Romantic & friendly Hotel
The best holiday i have had in ages and one of the few places i would go back to.
The staff are excellent and very welcoming and friendly. The food is superb and if you are a little fussy just tell Bernard the head chef and he will be more than happy to help.
The bar staff are all very friendly but Dale & Brenda deserve a mention as they really go out of there way to make your holiday special. Dolston in the restaurant will make you laugh and Vivian one of the waitress's is very friendly and always happy. The rooms are in good condition and are cleaned very well although sometimes a bit late in the day. As soon as i can afford it we will be going back to Dian Bay
The views are superb from all of the resort but the restaurant is in excellent position with stunning pictures of Dian Bay and the beaches. Pools are clean and well looked after also one of the gardners from montserat is very friendly and ask him about the aloe vera plant leaf for refreshing your skin. Adults only Hotel
- Reviews: 6
Trade Winds Hotel: Trade Winds
Trade Winds Hotel is located on top of the hillside looking out on and over Dickenson Bay. The hotel layout gives all rooms great views and amazing sunsets to watch.
Rooms are spacious and airy so that you don't feel trapped. You have your own private balcony to enjoy the views and sunshine. The rooms come with ceiling fans as well as air-conditioning (in case your need it), satellite TV, a mini fridge and on-suite bathroom.
The hotel also has a great restaurant called 'Bay House' which is very well known on the island. There is also a pool and sun deck with a bar where you can easily relax.
A couple of great beaches are only a 10-minute walk away or a couple of minutes in a taxi or bus.
If you’re comfortable enough to hire a car and drive around Antigua then this hotel will be a perfect base for you. Even if you’re not up for hiring a car then the beaches, St John's (the capital) and the airport are only a short taxi or bus ride away.
Excellent Views, Great Restaurant, Quiet & Friendly
- Reviews: 6
Blue Waters Hotel: Blue Waters Hotel
Blue Waters is a family-owned hotel, and one of Antigua's longest established resorts. The hotel is located in Soldiers Bay, on the north western side of the island, with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.
Guests have the choice of relaxing on the beach, taking a stroll through the lush, tropical gardens of the hotel, or spending time at one of the two sea-view pools and the pool bar.
Gourmet cuisine and fine dining is provided at the hotel’s two restaurants.
The hotel provides a choice of luxury rooms, suites and villas, all with the modern facilities. For the guest looking for a special treat, the luxury 5-bedroom Rock Cottage is located on the farthest corner of the bay. It is secluded and offers a real island escape for its guests.
The hotel has a private bay and two beaches. Watersports are available in the form of cats, kayaks, windsurfing and snorkelling. There is also an all-weather tennis court, air-conditioned fitness centre, spa, beauty salon and two freshwater swimming pools.
- Reviews: 6
Long Bay Hotel: Long Bay Hotel
Long Bay hotel is situated on a peninsula with a quiet bay to one side and a stunning beach to the other. The cottages are scattered randomly around the landscape, allowing for an uninterrupted easterly breeze and a good level of privacy. The rooms are all blessed with a beautiful view of the sunrise.
There's a choice of standard rooms, 2 suites and 3 cottages.
The Bedrooms are spacious and tastefully furnished with cane furniture, grass rugs and large private balconies. Deluxe rooms are on the second floor and have ceiling fans for cooling.
The Round House Suite is a rustic, wooden Caribbean style cottage. It is light and airy, with a four poster queen size bed, kitchenette and shower room.
The Hill House Suite is a large vaulted ceiling suite with queen size bed, and is located on the side of the hill with a balcony, bathroom and walk-in dressing room.
The Cliff House Cottage is located above the main hotel and has a King size bed, large bathroom, kitchen and separate living room with 2 sofa beds and a private patio.
The Harbour House Cottage is a traditional house adjacent to the dock with private patio. It also has an open-plan king size bedroom, bathroom and large living area with kitchen, dining area and 2 sofa beds.
The View House Cottage is also located above the main hotel with a large wooden deck offering spectacular views. It has a King size bedroom with en-suite bathroom, kitchen and large living area with 2 sofa beds and a separate bathroom.
The views are great and being on the North Eastern coast of Antigua you get nice cooling breezes and close enough to a few attractions like Devils Bridge.
As with the rest of Antigua the staff are friendly and helpful which make the stay much more pleasant. And being a distance (30 minutes) from the capital St John's makes it nice and quite too!
2 Nice Restaurants
30 Minutes from Airport
30 minutes from the Capital
Not all rooms/suites/cottages have aircon
Great place to stay and would recommend it to anyone!
- Reviews: 5782
Celebrity Silhouette: Cruise Ship Accomodations
We first arrived in Antigua via the Celebrity Cruise ship Silhouette. We had an aft balcony suite which was perfect for our twelve day cruise from Bayonne, New Jersey. The aft balcony was a nice change from the regualr balcony experience; they were more private and quiet. We loved that this was a new ship to the fleet and had beautiful upgrades from other ships we had sailed prior.
I have become addicted to cruising. I find it an excellent way to visit some new islands and see if a longer exploration in the future should be had. After our exploration of Antigua we decided to book a week long trip to further explore this beautiful island paradise.
I know some feel that cruising is not travelling but I do enjoy the relaxation a cruise affords us. There is no worries about transportation, finding food, searching for accomodations or worrying about flights. It's really a no hassle vacation in my opinion.
- Reviews: 6
Jolly Harbour Marina & Villas: Jolly Harbour - Comfort & Beauty
This modern marina contains hundreds of self catering villas, as well as options for All-Inclusive stays.
The villas themselves are spacious, clean (with daily maid visits), and well equipped (TV, kitchen equipment, a/c), many with views over the peaceful marina inlets.
The beach, a barely noticeable stroll from all properties is beautiful, quiet and reasonably free from pesky vendors. With watersports activities, sunshades and a beach cafe.
The complex also includes: 2 pools, a full sized golf course, various restaurants and bars, casino, tennis courts, laundry facilities and shopping complex, all well maintained and excellent standard.
The shopping area includes pharmacy, bank, supermarket, as well as gift and diving equipment shops.
The complex is secure and well maintained, taking all the worries of your plate so you can enjoy a truly relaxed Antiguan holiday!
Beautiful beach and great variety of eating places and bars, golf buggies to zoom around in if the heat gets too much for you!
- Reviews: 33
Sandals: Ultimate luxury and stress-free vacationing
This couples only, all-inclusive hotel far exceeded my expectations! The rooms were beautifully decorated with fresh flowers on the bed...we got upgraded for free and had a private pool (to be shared with only a few other rooms) right outside our patio door! The restaurants served incredibly delicious meals and were located beachfront. It was so romantic! Tips and everything were included!
TOTALLY all-inclusive! Eat and drink anytime you want!
- Reviews: 2
Hawksbill Beach: Not as nice as we expected
The hotel staff were friendly on arrival waiting with a free cocktail.
The rooms were a bit of a disappointment as we were staying in a 2 storey block which didn't do much for the hotel's image.
There are also some beach bungalows which were more private and seemed nicer inside.
Breakfast was ok with loads of choice such as cereals, juices, toast, full hot brekky, and an egg cooking station were they would cook your eggs whichever way you liked.
Lunch could either be taken at the beach bar or in the main restaurant. The beach bar food was nice with a choice of grills, pasta, sandwiches, salad etc.
Dinner was the let down it was usually waiter service but some nights buffet style. It did not look appetising and we often just had the starter.
Drinks were included as we had booked All Inclusive and after a couple of days the staff knew you and gave you the 'good' brands.
The water sports were occasional but no consisent and generally it was very relaxed down by the beach, with everbody soaking up the sun.
The main down side was the flies especially by the beach bar, but I suppose you can't really control those.
This hotel has a nudist beach one of the 4. There was never anyone on it and it's worth the walk just to see it. We were not that brave as to go nude though!
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