So, you have decided on an all inclusive holiday to Antigua but you don’t know where to stay. Finding the hotel you want to stay at is usually the hardest part of any holiday search, but unfortunately, photos don’t always do a hotel justice – or sometimes the photos look better than the hotel does in real life. We recently visited many of the all inclusive hotels in Antigua so we can tell you first-hand what to expect so you won’t be disappointed when you arrive. With this in mind, we have put together a list of our favourites….
Carlisle Bay Hotel is a beautiful medium sized hotel with a boutique hotel feel. Expect modern, spacious rooms, superb service and great food. The hotel has a secluded feel with a beach one side and mangroves the other. You can take one of the kayaks (it’s free) and explore the mangroves, laze on the beach (there are enough sunbeds for everyone) or take one of the mountain bikes (also free) to explore the local area. The hotel is great for both couples and families as couples are placed in rooms at one end of the beach and families the other. The hotel photos look exactly like the resort does in real life.
Why we liked it: The rooms are gorgeous, it has a relaxed vibe and many things you can do: kayaking, tennis, spa, mountain bikes, wind surfing, paddle boarding. All except spa treatments are free.
Star rating: 5 Star
Blue Waters Resort
If you are looking for an all inclusive hotel in Antigua that has a bit more bustle, then Blue Waters Resort is for you. The resort complex is fairly spread out but you can call reception to get a golf buggy to take you to reception or to your room if you don’t want to walk. There is a huge variety of room types so there is likely something for everyone. The hotels has several pools in different places around the hotel so you can use any of them, there are also three small beaches that you can choose from. Spend the day relaxing by the beach or pool with a cocktail in hand (the cocktails are fabulous!) or try some of the free watersports like paddle boarding, snorkelling or the quirky one person pedalos. The hotel is good for families and couples, there is a kids club and a spa on site.
Why we liked it: The pools and beaches are all located in different places so you can usually find a quiet one and riding on the golf buggy was a fun novelty!
Star rating: 4 Star
This stunning property isn’t open yet but will be in July 2019. It’s perched on a cliff with fantastic sea views and rooms are apartment style with a huge open balcony. The balcony has a private pool, caged hanging chair, kitchenette and sun loungers and it really is amazing! Inside there is a bedroom in modern design and absolutely huge bathroom with double shower and double sink. The beach and pools haven’t been built yet but the architect’s plans sound very impressive. This hotel is for couples only and would make a perfect location for lovers, romantics and honeymooners.
Why we liked it: Wow that balcony and those views, absolutely superb!
Star rating: Planned to be a 4.5 – 5 star
Sandals Grande Antigua
If you like bustle, partying and no children around then you will love Sandals! This couples only all inclusive resort is huge and has plenty to do: yoga, play a game of pool, beach parties, karaoke and more – all included. Again, there is a huge choice in room styles from beach bungalows to 7th floor hotel rooms (there are great views from the 7th floor!) Premium alcohol is included and many of the rooms have a selection of premium alcohol waiting for you.
Why we liked it: The entertainment program was fun so you will never be bored day or night
Star rating: 5 Star
The Verandah Resort & Spa
The Verandah Resort & Spa is a great all inclusive hotel for families. The resort is large and surrounded by lush greenery wherever you go. There is an entertainment program for everyone to enjoy; you can go for a hike to Devils Bridge, which is nearby, have a windsurfing lesson, do a gym class or relax with some yoga or kids can even have a tennis lesson. There is so much to do (if you can drag yourself away from the beach!) tennis, snorkelling and mini golf for example so you definitely won’t get bored and it’s all included at no extra cost. There are two beautiful white sand beaches to laze on, one with a beach bar. There is of course a kids club and area for teens to hang out with table tennis, pool table and shuffle board.
Why we liked it: We loved that The Verandah Resort & Spa thinks of all ages so everyone has lots of fun things to do if they want to. The beach with beach bar is also very beautiful.
Star Rating: 4 Star
Pineapple Beach Club
Pineapple Beach Club is an adults only all inclusive hotel, with a wide range of accommodation options, nestled amongst gorgeous gardens. The stunning white sand beach is lined with palm trees and scattered sunbeds. There are lots of areas to chill out with a cocktail, play a game of giant Connect Four and a large tiered swimming pool. Rooms are crisp and contemporary with a homely feel and the photos look just as the property does in real life. Pineapple Beach Club is located very close to Devil’s bridge which makes a nice walk (avoid doing this between 12pm and 3pm as it’s too hot). There are three restaurants and one grill restaurant which is called the Outhouse. The Outhouse sits high on a hill which gives you great views of the resort and the beach. Enjoy the spa, themed parties, snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing and yoga to name a few.
Why we liked it: It has a relaxed holiday feel. The Oceanfront rooms are very spacious and you get great views of the beach.
Star rating: 4 star
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