Over the years my wife has made my a bit spoiled especially when it comes to Spas. Whenever we vacation we make at least one trip to the Spa for a little relaxation.
We are familar with the Red Lane Spa Brand as we have used these spas when at other Sandals/Beaches resorts. We have always been quite satisfied with their services; especially at how low the prices are compared to other resort spas. The Spa provides a numbers of services from hair, makeup, massage, nails, waxing, wraps, scrubs, facials, hydrotherapy and more.We chose to have a Scents of Love couples Massage on my wife's Birthday. Our appointment was for 9:30 and our Butler Hunter escorted us to the spa for check in.
Upon arrival we filled out the customary health forms and were escorted to the mens/womens changing areas. Robes and slippers were provided as well as a locker to lock up our belongs during our stay at the spa. My wife and I were then reunited in a waiting area with calming fountains and beautiful plants. We were given glasses of champagne as we waited for our technicians. The wait was barely five minutes and we were escorted to our massge room. The room was dimly lit and full of flowers. My wife and I hopped up on our respective tables and waited for the pampering to begin.
The massage was excellent; I was so relaxed. They worked out every kink and sore muscle I had; leaving me feeling like mush. At the end of the massage they even sang Happy Birthday to my wife which made her day. After we put our robes on were were escorted back the the waiting area to relax and have some more champagne before heating the steam bath and showers.
I have to say this was one of the best massages I have had recently. What a way to start the day; relaxed and feeling good.
**The spa products here are incredible especially their suncare products which we enjoy. Try their after sun lotion, cooling gel, SPF hair mist and body spray. The scent smells like a mix of the beach and light coconut which is good for a man or a woman. We even received a free candle along with our purchases as a Happy Birthday for my wife.**
The Spa Pool and Jacuzzi was a great finish to a spa treatment. The pool and jacuzzi and right on the SPa ground and are equiped with chairs for lounging as well as refreshing flavored water to hydrate after a massage.
If you like aquariums pay a visit to this hotel!! They have different options of tours depending your time and our budget.
you can just enter to look arround and visit the extense aquarium.
You can do the tour above described + swimming pools and beaches.
or you can do everything + dophin training!
Check everything at the hotel's site.
I did the first tour and the entrance was usd 45 p/p.
Antigua is known for having a beach for every day of the year;365 beautiful beaches. The island has some gorgeous white sand beaches and pristine blue waters. Some of the popular beaches are Dickenson Bay, Runaway Bay, Rendezvous Bay and Half Moon Bay. Some of the best beaches can be discovered by just hopping in a car and driving the coastline; hidden little gems of beach are just waiting to be found.
Antigua had some amazing sunsets. Pictures do not do them justice in the slightest. Sunset on the beach was a big deal at our resort with guests lounging out with drinks waiting for the "green flash" that came at sunset. Everywhere we travel, I find it amazing how different the sunsets are from location to location.
In Antigua the competition for the best beach trophy is fierce. The island’s coast line is so curvy and flat that there are coves after coves clamouring for your attention. To identify one as superior to the other one has go into minute details such as natural shade in the form of palms or quantity of sea weed flushed on the shore. In these circumstances proclaiming the superiority of one beach over the others is a “keeping busy” activity but for the sake of competitiveness the Darkwood beach on the western shore could be announced as the crowning achievement of Nature. It is vast, has natural shade and possesses refreshment establishment; it’s located right by the road, the incline into the water is medium and there are no accommodations built around. Even if one is located in St. John’s, it is worth going there by minibus for the day.
Deep Bay is part of the Five Islands peninsula christened after the five rocks in its proximity. The peninsula is just off the capital city, St. John’s and has its fare share of accommodation establishments. The best of the bunch on the authenticity scale must be the Inn La Galleria, perched on a hill and reminiscent of a German castle. The atmosphere is not German at all – it is pure Caribbean; courtesy and politesse with attention to the guests’ needs combined with superb views of the turquoise sea. The beach is a bit off (five minutes’ walk to be precise) and gobbled up by an imposing hotel which has allowed to be frequented by the La Galleria customers. No wonder this is happening though considering the echo that reverberates through its empty hallways. Its restaurant overlooking the water has an unbeatable overview of the bay and the jerk chicken must be the envy of all Caribbean cooking mamas.
English harbour is the spot to chill out. It has been fulfilling this function for some three hundred years. Originally, there were the pirates then the military guys and nowadays his majesty the discerned yacht rider. For the purpose of tourist magnetism the harbour’s name is intricately associated with Horatio Nelson, The Great, but in reality he did not establish the base, just was in charge of it for a short period of time. Anyway, EVERYBODY has heard about him, friends and foes, so it seems so natural to promote the place through his name – on top of that there are no royalties to be paid. The base fell into disrepair after the British navy departed and they apparently did not care about what was left behind lying around. The new government of native Antiguans realized the potential though and brought the place to its former glory with the added conveniences of fancy hotels and restaurants. The feeling of exclusivity steadily creeps in – yachts moored on both sides of the narrow inlet compete for your admiration. Belonging to the club cost money though; what better way to feed the elite aspirations than to collect an entrance fee for those who want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous. In exchange, you receive the opportunity to admire the remnants of the dock where the ships crisscrossing the Caribbean in the 19th century were repaired. Moreover, some gorgeous views are available from the heights where a military bastion used to choke the bay with its cannons.
What's a pool without a Pool Bar? Yeah, I'm loving any place that has a bar in the pool. I love just floating around in the pool and grabbing a tropical drink. The pool bar had a menu with an incredible amount of specialty drinks. The big demand was for frozen blender drinks; of course it's hot outside.
Mainly we stuck to Miami Vice and Rum Runners when at the Pool; cold and refreshing.
Yeah, I love a Jacuzzi when we're on vacation. In particular the Jacuzzi at the Mediterranean Pool of our resort. The Jacuzzi was a huge circular shape. Even when it was packed with twenty people we didn't feel crowded. In the morning the place was virtually empty so my wife would take her floating mat to the jacuzzi to lounge out in the warm water before jumping in the cool waters of the pool. It was a nice way to relax especially in the evening before heading back to the room for the night.
The Nevis Pier is where most of the cruise ships dock in St. John's. During our visit to Antigua we were docked here along with another cruise ship. The pier is short 5 minute walk and ends at the shops. From here you can walk through town, catch a taxi or find a day tour.
Redcliffe Quay is another large shopping area right next to the Nevis Pier. This is where you'll get hawked to buy tours, goods and taxi tours. Once you get through the melee of people you can explore the shops full of souvenirs, clothing, local crafts and duty free items.
Hertitage Quay is the place for duty free shopping in St. John. The location is perfect; right next to the pier so all the cruise ship dollars can be spent up in their shops. The shops sell everything from camera equipment, jewelry and of course duty free liquor. Several restaurants are located throughout for a sit down meal, quick bite or just a drink.
My wife and I enjoyed doing some shopping here at Abbott’s, Fashion dock and Island Arts as well as enjoying some beer at the B-Hive. It is quite busy here especially if there are multiple cruise ships in port but that happens in any Caribbean port of call.
St. John is a popular cruise port destination; so of course there is tons of duty free shopping. Just steps away from the pier are tons of jewelry and liquor stores to chose from. Personally I find the prices on liquor and jewelry to be the best in St. Maarten but you can still haggle down the prices here.
We took another catamaran tour in Antigua. This excursion was booked through Celebrity and since there were only 16 of us and the boat was much larger we had a lot of space on this boat. It also had a large canape over it which was really nice when we needed some shade.
The company that runs the tours was very professional and everyone was very friendly. They provided finger sandwiches before we reached our snorkeling spot and lunch after we swam and snorkeled. It was a delicious buffet of local cuisine.
What I remember most about this outing is the amazing color of the water in Antigua. In a word: Wow. I've put together a travelogue so you can see some more photos of this outing.
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