Sandals Grande Antigua Review

September 14, 2018

I was lucky enough to return to the tropical island of Antigua this month. Antigua is one of my absolute favourite holiday destinations, so I was over the moon to be returning. This time round I stayed at the beautiful Sandals Grande Antigua, an award-winning all-inclusive resort and spa that has been voted the ‘World’s Most Romantic Resort’ and the ‘World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort’ multiple times. This was my second visit to a Sandals resort and I was so impressed with the beauty of the resort and the phenomenal service we received. Sandals Grande Antigua is idyllically situated on Dickenson Bay, a seemingly never-ending stretch of white sand and turquoise waters. It is considered Antigua’s most beautiful beach. The water is so calm and tranquil, you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave.

Overview of Sandals Grande Antigua:

Quick facts about Antigua:

The Review

Sandals Grande Antigua is made up of two villages: the Caribbean beachfront village and the Mediterranean ocean view village. The two villages offer slightly different accommodation types, however, whichever village you choose to stay in, you’ll have full access to the entire resort.

The Caribbean Beachfront Village:

This particular village offers an authentic Caribbean and secluded accommodation type. Here you will find private cottages and bungalows just steps away from crystal blue beach. The rooms and suites are designed in a traditional Caribbean style, with mahogany furnishings from Jamaica and colourful paintings, reflecting a West Indies flair. The Caribbean Beachfront village is immersed in a tropical oasis, surrounded by soaring palm trees that sway peacefully in the cooling easterly trade winds. If you are searching for the quintessential island life, this village is for you. On this side of Sandals Grande Antigua, you will find the exquisite Caribbean style restaurant, Eleanor’s, along with the Sunset Bar, Bayside restaurant and OK Corral.

The Mediterranean ocean view village:

This village draws inspiration from the cosmopolitan and chic style found in Europe’s most glamorous coastal destinations. The suites found in the Mediterranean village are situated in an elevated landscape and are generally more modern and contemporary compared to those on the Caribbean side of the resort. Within this village, you will find fashionable boutiques and charming European eateries in St. Mark’s Square including: a French café, a wood-fired pizza parlour, a grand Italian restaurant and an authentic English pub.

Room Types

Sandals Grande Antigua offers 28 different room types across both villages, including: Luxury Level, Club Level, Butler Level and Love Nest Suites.

  

            

Restaurants

At Sandals Grande Antigua you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, take your pick from the 11 unlimited, all-inclusive restaurants:

Bayside Restaurant

Bayside offers a diverse culinary experience with a buffet-style breakfast and lunch and an a la carte dinner menu. With tables on the terrace that overlook the endless turquoise waters, this restaurant provides the best beachside dining opportunity.

Mario’s

Here you will find beautiful, authentic Italian food, inspired by the Lombardia Region of Italy. The interior is utterly spectacular, with grand ceilings, dazzling chandeliers and large round tables. Mario’s offers an exquisite location for an a la carte breakfast or a magnificent evening meal.

Eleanor’s

Visit Eleanor’s restaurant for an authentic Caribbean dinner and exceptional beachfront vistas. The menu offers a range of unique Calypso flavour dishes to choose from.

Barefoot by the Sea

A delightful restaurant on the beach, which is one of the few restaurants you can actually turn up barefoot on the soft, white sand. Barefoot offers a whole range of delicious seafood for lunch and dinner. Enjoy shrimps and salad at lunchtime whilst watching the watersports and surf ‘n’ turf for dinner while you dine under the stars, with your toes in the sand.

Drunken Duck

A truly English pub, situated next door to Mario’s. At the Drunken Duck you will be able to order a wide selection of gastro food for lunch and dinner. Also a great place for drinks after dinner while you play pool or darts in the games room. At the Drunken Duck you’ll find the DJ playing music until the early hours of the morning for those who want to party all night long.

Kimono’s

An interactive and exciting Teppanyaki restaurant, offering exotic dishes from the Far East. The dim lighting, Asian-inspired décor and authenticity of the cuisine will transport you to East Asia. Not only are the chefs brilliant at skilfully preparing the food but also entertaining as they show off their tricks while cooking.

OK Corral

In the heart of the Caribbean Village lobby, you will find a Tex-Mex restaurant serving tasty Southern cuisine for dinner. Also a great spot to witness the sweeping panoramas of Dickenson Bay.

Soy

Situated within Kimono’s is a quaint sushi bar, nestled behind the bamboo and Shoji sliding screens. Soy is the perfect place for a pre-dinner cocktail and starters before you venture upstairs for your Teppanyaki experience. Watch the skilled chefs prepare the sushi before your eyes in the centre of the bar. The menu offers a diverse range of sushi rolls including lobster, snow crab and spicy tuna.

Courtyard Bistro

A casual eatery that offers a great place for a laid-back lunch as you enjoy the stunning views that surround you.

Bella Napoli

An al fresco setting offering made-to-order pizzas. Choose from a great selection from the menu or design your own unique pizza. A must for any pizza lover.

Café de Paris

A quaint café located in St. Mark’s Square offering coffee and continental breakfast choices. There’s also ice cream and cakes on offer for a late evening snack for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Entertainment

There is a great range of entertainment throughout the day and night at Sandals and the entertainment team are fantastic. You can join in with the activities around the pool and resort all day long. Once a week, they hold a pool party with a live DJ and foam! The pool party was so much fun and it was a great way to meet other hotel guests.

However, the fun doesn’t stop there as the party continues after sunset with themed nights and a wide selection of bars. A few nights a week, everyone gathers in the Piano Bar for the sing-a-long with a live piano player, it’s a great place to hang out with a great atmosphere.

Additionally, they hold a White night once a week in the hotel, with brilliant chocolate desserts and martinis. St. Marks Square is decorated white and they bring in live music and singers.

Also, there is a carnival beach BBQ every Wednesday with a range of singers, steel bands and carnival dancers performing. This was definitely the most fun night we had in the resort. The entertainment team also run daily competitions for all of the couples to get involved and win prizes.

Land and water sports

There truly is something for everyone at Sandals Grande Antigua. Take your pick from the wide range of all-inclusive land and water sports on offer, even scuba diving! That’s right, Sandals offers one complimentary dive per person per day throughout your stay. If diving isn’t your thing, choose from snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking and venturing out on the Hobie cats to explore the breath-taking Caribbean waters. Paddle boarding was my personal favourite! Every morning I set out on my paddle board across Dickenson Bay, this was such a relaxing way to start the day and soak in the views.

If you’d rather stay on land, you can play beach volleyball, croquet, tennis, darts, shuffleboard, lawn chess, table tennis, pool and visit the fitness centre. There’s plenty on offer to keep you active throughout your trip at Sandals.

Be sure to check what land and water sports are on offer at particular resorts as each resort differs.

We had the most spectacular trip to Sandals Grande Antigua from start to finish. Our experience was true to Sandals renowned commitment to providing the ultimate all-inclusive experience.

Antigua has so much to offer, it’s best to try and experience as much as you can. Look out for my next post on the amazing reasons why you should visit Antigua.

If you enjoyed this, read about my trip to Sandals Barbados here.

Thanks for reading!

The Blonde Sunchaser x

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