Keyonna Beach Resort Antigua – All Inclusive – Adults Only
What We Love
- Having delicious à la carte fare, prepared by top chefs, included
- Sleeping, lounging and dining just steps from the crowd-free, white-sand beach
- The couples-only policy, making for a relaxing and romantic getaway – this is a honeymooner's paradise
What To Know
- This is a romantic retreat; children are not permitted
- Some cottages have a private plunge pool
- It's common to see a few stray cats wandering around the property
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Tucked away on a long stretch of secluded, white-sand beach lapped by gentle waters, intimate Keyonna Beach All-Inclusive Hotel is only a few steps from the sparkling Caribbean. With only couples allowed and no TVs to be found, this serene TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner allows you to connect with your partner away from any interruptions, and an all-inclusive policy means your stay is extra fuss-free. Airy cottages leading directly out onto the beach and a stunning view of nearby volcanic island Montserrat complete this hidden paradise.
You’ll enjoy all meals à la carte at the resort’s namesake restaurant, where casual, beachfront dining is the name of the game. When it’s time to relax, take a lounge chair by the pool or stretch out on a Bali bed to sunbathe on the gloriously crowd-free beach, and set your clock to island time. If you and your S.O. are seeking a slightly more active experience, take advantage of the hotel’s yoga and Pilates sessions or the snorkeling equipment, or head into town to liven things up with a visit to local restaurants or shops.
Good to know
The all-inclusive basis includes breakfast, lunch and dinner; premium brand liquors; selection of wines; afternoon snack; daily restock of mini fridge; live entertainment two times per week; Wi-Fi; snorkeling equipment; yoga sessions twice per week; and government taxes, service charge and staff gratuities.
The hotel’s wood-paneled cottages are open and airy, easily blending into the beautiful landscape just outside the door. You’ll sleep soundly each night in a romantic, four-poster, king-sized bed, and each beachy-luxe cottage comes complete with sea views, which you can take in on your balcony.
Amenities – Air conditioning- Outdoor shower- Mini-fridge restocked daily- Complimentary Wi-Fi- Tea and coffee facilities- Safe- Iron and ironing board
The hotel’s restaurant provides casual, secluded beachfront dining overlooking the Caribbean and a range of fresh seafood and locally sourced vegetables. A contemporary mix of international cuisine with a strong local influence, the restaurant’s menu features ingredients acquired daily at nearby farmers’ markets. Fish, freshly caught and individually selected from local fishermen, is a staple on the menu, along with spicy local dishes, pasta, tender steaks and classic salads.
Johnson’s Point, Antigua is located on the Caribbean, sunset side of the island and known for its secluded, white-sand beaches (no seaweed to see here!). Step out into the surf for the best view of neighboring volcanic island Montserrat, as well as stunning sunsets over the ocean. An encircling reef protects the surrounding waters, providing tranquil waters good for swimming and snorkeling. The area hosts a number of casual yet popular restaurants. For more of a town atmosphere, head into Jolly Harbour, a large marina, golf course and villa development, only a ten minute drive away. There, you’ll find restaurants, bars, shopping, an art gallery and a swimming, tennis and squash sports complex.
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Just returned from 10 nights here with my wife where we stayed in a beach cottage (44). The hotel has 3 stars and at times that was a fair rating, fortunately for us, they were much better than that for the vast majority of our holiday. So, the bad bits first. When we arrived, we decided to use the sun beds in the cottage garden, unfortunately they were soaked and black almost to the point of being rotten. We spoke to reception but it took 2 days even with the intervention of Jason the Kuoni rep (twice), before 2 usable ones appeared. We chose to use our beds on the beach on day 1 and that’s where I got my free present of 40+ sand fly bites on one leg. The hotel does its best to control the mosquito population with “swing fog” twice per week but there’s a lot of standing water so it’s never going to be 100%. I used OFF and had a mostly bite-free remainder of the holiday; it’s an occupational risk that’s well worth taking if you protect yourself. Our biggest issue though was having no hot water for 4 nights. The hotel initially struggled to fix the problem as it probably needed a bit of money throwing at it, something they did in the end after I’d involved the rep and made the hotel aware of my feelings! After day one we spent pretty much every day by the pool which was completely empty most days. I have to say it needs a bit of tlc but the water was cool and the view impressive. Now the good bits. This entire holiday was made by the superb local staff we met. This could have easily been a one star review but the remarkable, personable local people we met deserve so much better than that. Where to start? Accare looked after us almost every day of our holiday, either coming down to the cottage (we had a mobile phone given to us to call for drinks!) or checking us every half an hour by the pool. He sums up what is good about Keyonna, friendly, respectful, efficient and knowledgeable. His early morning local walk on Tues mornings is not to be missed, he does it even on his day off. We had lunch every day by the pool, always on time, always delicious. Shaun the manager and Clint the deputy (thank you for the postcards and stamps) ran a good team, the serving staff were happy, professional and a delight to speak to. O’Deal nailed our breakfast tea habit by day 2, earl grey and a pot of water. Sandy and Devina made us feel welcome and I only regret not remembering more names. Rohan the sommelier ensured our wine glasses were kept full of nice wines and did a wine tasting every week which unfortunately we missed both weeks. I thought the food was delicious but my wife had a rubbish steak one evening and generally thought the food was over salted. We had an anniversary on the last night and went out. When we came back the staff there presented us with a half bottle of French champagne - a lovely gesture. So, a summary would be: hotel needs a little tlc, the beach and gardens are superb, the food is mostly excellent, but the staff make the whole experience unforgettable.
My husband and I spent 10 days at the Keyonna Beach Resort in a Beach bungalow (without a plunge pool) and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. If you are looking for out and out luxury then this is not the place for you but what the Keyonna Beach may lack on this score, it more than makes up for in other ways. Yes, perhaps it could do with a bit of a facelift but it has a charm and authenticity so often missing in the supposed ‘all singing, all dancing’ resorts. We loved that it was small and adults only and on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Day trippers did arrive on catamarans for an hour or so to use the beach a little further down but we were never bothered by anyone during our stay. Yes, there are mosquitoes, particularly after the sun goes down, but this is the Caribbean. Mosquito nets are provided and we were given insect spray which we used in our room before leaving for dinner. Admittedly, housekeeping and provision of insect spray was a bit ‘hit and miss’ at times and should be a little more consistent but what the heck. The staff are friendly and helpful, the food is excellent and the ambience is wonderfully relaxing. What more could you want on a ‘fly and flop’ holiday? Thank you to all of the staff for making us feel so welcome and making our holiday such a success. We do hope to return in the future.
My wife and I just returned from Keyonna to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I did a lot of research prior to choosing this particular resort. There are many options for places to stay on the island, and I have to say that we were extremely happy that we chose Keyonna!
We met a group of people at the airport on our way home that stayed at Sandal's. And they had NOTHING but bad things to say about it, from the service, to the food, to the people...everything. Just the opposite for us!
From the moment we stepped on to the property, the number one feeling we had was "relaxed". We originally booked one of the premium cottages. However, when we were shown to our room we had been upgraded to a pool cottage as a nice surprise! Our room was clean and comfortable and did not have any real issues with the accommodations. The sound of the tree frogs at night was calming. The bed was comfortable. We did enjoy the outdoor shower and even got to experience it in a rain shower, which was pretty cool! Sandy had a special breakfast prepared and delivered to our room on our anniversary, and we also enjoyed lunch being delivered another day out on the deck by our private pool. We also enjoyed a complimentary couples massage that was nice.
We found the food to be very good and our experience with the service was tremendous. We were always greeted with friendly, smiling faces and enjoyed meeting and getting to know the staff. One of the main reasons we chose the resort was due to reviews about the food and the fact that it wasn't a buffett. I would have preferred more beef choices, but still found the food to be good. If I had any suggestions here, I would say the dessert choices could be better. But the options we tried were still good. Any time we had a request or a question, it was always met or answered. They really did try to make our stay as relaxing and as pleasurable as possible!
The beach was obviously our favorite place to hang out and it does not disappoint. The beds are a nice, relaxing amenity and we actually were able to take a couple of naps. With the cool breezing and sound of the waves hitting the beach, it's impossible not to relax. Yes, there are some cruise ship passengers that show up each day further down the beach. But honestly, we were not bothered by them and actually enjoy people watching. Some can be overly intrusive to the resort area, but not to the point of interrupting our stay. They are only on the beach for an hour or so, so really no big deal.
As others have mentioned, you definitely need to make sure you have bug spray on hand. Once the sun goes down, the sand flies and the mosquitoes become a problem. This interferes with your ability to hang out on the deck after dinner for a cocktail and visit with friends. But we found that we could tolerate it with an appropriate amount of repellent. Also, the bugs weren't as bad on some nights as others. Just be prepared.
We met a number of other visitors during our stay that we enjoyed hanging out with and getting to know. We also enjoyed getting to know the staff, particularly Acare, Akeem, Sandy, Jameel, Aron, Johan, Sherri Ann, Gerry Lee, O'deal, Ruan, Victoria, Clint, Shawn and I'm sure a few others that I have failed to specifically mention. We really appreciate all you did to make our stay a great one!
In summary, I would not hesitate to book Keyonna if you are considering it. It is not a perfect resort....it's not 5 star luxury perfection. It doesn't have TV's and loud parties. It has bugs at night and sometimes requires something to be fixed or attended to. But it is the perfect place to relax, spend quality time with your spouse, disconnect from the crazy world back home and enjoy the post card view each day of your stay. I would absolutely come back here!
First, We had a wonderful stay at Keyonna beach and I recommend it to anyone looking to relax and enjoy themselves without the hustle and bustle of some of the more trendy hotels. Being a couples only property was just what we were looking for and we totally enjoyed all the peace and quiet that that entails!
The service is without exception wonderful and does justice to the reputation of the people of Antigua as being welcoming, friendly, honest and hard working. We always felt if we needed something that they would do their best to accommodate with a smile. Does that mean everything was perfect, no but it was clear to me they did their best. I do always find if you are polite and courteous you will received the same in return. This is not saying I don’t have high expectations :) I do.
The property itself is very nice. A lot of dark wood against white sand and blue skies and seas. Our bungalow was facing the beach with a plunge pool off of our deck which had plenty of furniture for either lying in the sun or relaxing with a book. This was a great place to relax with a drink when you weren’t on the beach. The room was spacious with a king bed that was surprisingly comfortable and a bath with an outdoor shower. Many complained about this but I loved it.
I am not a fan of beach beds for a few reasons. I don’t find them comfortable and at Keyonna they blocked the view of sunset from the bungalow porches. It makes no sense to me. I like umbrellas, or palapas. Many may disagree but the beds don’t dry quickly after rain and who wants to close curtains against the sun and block your view of the water? Once the sun starts to go down there are no see-ums on the beach and It is nicer to sit on your deck and enjoy the days end in privacy but you couldn’t see the sunset. I recommend dressing early for dinner and watching from the restaurant porch.
We did not have mosquitos in our room like some have suggested but we did close the netting around the bed just in case :) it was fun!
The food and drinks at Keyonna are all very good and you get plenty to eat. The chef tries and succeeds at being creative and the serving sizes are reasonable and not overwhelming. The staff in the restaurants are wonderful and I apologize for not remembering individual names but kudos to all.
Tilting my head just a little as I conclude this review. We have been to many places that are more lavish and modern then Keyonna Beach but we really found the personal service and the casual feel at Keyonna makes it very special and will make us look to return in the future.
Umbrellas in rooms,
Pads for lounge chairs on beach,
Broom for porch to sweep off sand when needed :)
An additional wine list for purchase if you want to choose something other than the wines of the day.
My wife and I vacationed at the Keyonna Beach Resort last week. We stayed in the Beach Front Pool Cottage room 46. While the room and its amenities were wonderful we did have a few issues with the room/property: The first thing is there were a ton of bugs in the room. There are no provisions for this in the room, no citronella candles or torches. There was a half inch gap in the french doors. So even if the doors are shut bugs will still come in. I got bit pretty bad but my wife was eaten alive with bugs spray on. If you wanted to go outside from sunset on and enjoy the patio, deck or beach at night you couldn't because you would be getting bit constantly. For the price you pay for the room at the very least there should be citronella candles provided. Our BIGGEST complaint was people not staying at the hotel thinking they have the right to come up to our patio, patio doors, private beach area, bali beds/beach chairs and deck. The reason we booked this room was for complete privacy which is advertised and expected when booking this room. Tour companies drop off people in a catamaran (in our case over 30 people) along the beach as part of their tour. These people persisted to invade our property and our neighbors properties. Our room was the last on the beach that is supposed to be most private and we got the brunt of it. Once we came back from breakfast we saw what was happening and I called security. I called security because instead of them staying down by the water they came up to our room as I described. My wife and I were privately tanning. These people barged up onto our property and we shouted at them to leave and they wouldn't. They then began flying a drone over our private pool and deck. So security finally arrived and they momentarily went back down towards the water. The second the security guard left, they all and I mean all 30 people ran back up to our property, sent the drone back into the air, started shouting and screaming and harassing us for calling security. At this point I called security and the front desk AGAIN. Meanwhile, they trampled all over our private beach area and posed on all our chairs and bali bed for a group photo with the drone. Eventually security finally came back and finally got rid of all of them. This lasted for over an hour. The front desk tells us that it's a public beach. But it's not public once these people stepped up onto our property and harassed us and took drone footage of us. We didn't pay the kind of money we paid to be harassed on our vacation by a tour group.We also didn't pay this amount of money to call security twice. This problem should have been taken care of immediately. Then, after complaining in person to the front desk the hotel did nothing to compensate us for this, except for a free transfer back to the airport (I'll touch on that in a moment) and they didn't seem very concerned or apologetic that this happened. For the price of this room being over a thousand dollars a night, transfers should be included without a doubt and they are at every other hotel we have stayed at in the Caribbean. There were other smaller issues like there being hardly any lighting in the room. It was very dull and hard to see especially while getting ready for dinner. The lights outside the room didn't work for the first day so we had to call the front desk. They should be up to date with the maintenance of the rooms before someone checks in. We also lost power in the room for most of the day on our third day which resulted in no A/C, no lights, and no mini fridge. On our last day we wanted to go in the private pool but they put so much chlorine in the pool that we couldn't and I mean it was floating in there for hours. All in all I called the front desk and security more times than I ever have on a vacation. We need a vacation from this vacation. On a brighter note the staff at the hotel was very nice and accommodating. Special shout outs to Lisa, Sandy and Judith. The food here is very good and accommodating to vegetarians. The sea water was the clearest water I have ever seen. The concept of this hotel and our room is wonderful. But because of what my wife and I experienced I don't know if we will ever go back.