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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Everything I read about KB was spot on, rustic charm, laid back, beautiful sandy beaches. We had a beach front cottage which I can highly recommend, it felt like we were on our own on an island. The rooms are basic, outside shower a nice idea but not sure I liked it. I had read about issue with sand flies but we never had an issue. The staff can’t do enough for you and they are all so friendly. A special call out to Sandi, Acare, sommelier, lady with no name badge but all wonderful. We had a complimentary couples massage which was wonderful and we went to Shirley heights on the Sunday evening, welll worth it. We also did yoga which was excellent but should be run every day. I would have preferred a bit more entertainment in the evening as everyone disappeared after dinner so bed by 9.00 every night. Well worth going, highly recommend
We chose Keyonna for our Honeymoon. We rented a private cottage w/plunge pool so review is from that perspective. We loved it. The staff was very nice. Special shout out to Sandy, Acare and Rojan who made dining and the consumption of adult beverages more fun. This is a relaxing place. There is nothing to do. We went completely off the grid - no cell phones/computers etc. The only excursion we took was recommended by staff and it was a 1/2 day sailing/snorkling trip with Captain Denzel. I highly recommend that excursion. There is a big party on Sunday nights at a place called Shirley Heights. Glad we went for the views but it go too crowded and the queues for drink/food were 15+ deep. The rest of the trip we just laid on the beach or used our plunge pool. The beaches are not private. This was not really an issue except for Tuesday. There are locals who try and sell you their wares, but are very friendly and leave right away if you tell them not interested. Tuesday was another story. A group of tourists from Germany came in on a catamaran. Now I get that the beaches are public, but some common courtesy would have been nice. Instead they invaded the area where are cabana was and set up camp for the day. They were also loud and obnoxious. This is no fault of Keyonna, I'm just letting you know that this can happen since the beach is not private. Other than that one day, everything was perfect. The place is not a 5 star resort but has a lot of character. If you are looking for a place to party, this probably is not for you. If you are looking for a romantic place to spend quality one on one time with your lover - make a reservation! Oh, and the food! Superb.
I want to start my review by saying that when we booked [through Kuoni] to stay for two weeks at KB we didn't know that November is the wettest month. Fortunately we caught only the tail end of a very wet and miserable 10 days, but this experience certainly put a downer on the start of our holiday. KB is very much set up for outdoor living and even the main Reception building is open to the elements. An open-air shower certainly loses some of it's appeal when it's raining and windy. The resort experienced flooding and so we had to endure the noise of pumping for several days and a rather nasty smell as the flooded area dried out.
So I will try not to let my feelings about the weather affect this review, as there are a lot of positive things to say about KB:
The location is fab on probably one of the best beaches on the island. All beaches on Antigua are public but this was never an issue even when the day boats arrived further down the beach. Swimming was great, but nothing to see from the beach when snorkelling. Sadly lots of ferocious sand flies on the beach and sand fleas on the beach beds.
The swimming pool is quite small but very nice and cleaned regularly. Very nice area to sit close to the main building.
The food is very good and the portion sizes are perfect when eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nice daily specials for breakfast and lunch but the evening meal [and wine] is on a weekly rotating programme so we found our second week to be a bit 'Groundhog day'.
Good local evening entertainment on three or four nights each week, but again same bands on the same nights each week. NO TV or music in the rooms, so good to take an Ipad and/or speakers as the evenings can be long.
WIFI was good once the weather settled down, but quite complicated password arrangement and we had to keep logging back in every time we left the resort.
Drinks selection at the bar was basic and many of the cocktails were very sweet, but the beach bar service was excellent.
Our Beach Cabin was basic but the bed was very comfortable and we slept really well. Housekeeping was a bit speedy, but the mini bar was kept topped up and we always had clean towels in the room.
Very nice complimentary couples massage and it's great that the resort is Adults only.
KB is described as 'rustic' but unfortunately I would describe it as looking tired and in need of redecoration and renovation. Apparently the Hotel never closes for repairs, so guests will always be subjected to this noise. During our stay we endured the main reception roof being repaired [2 days of banging] and Beach Cabins being remodelled so sawing, drilling and hammering. Not the best environment for a get away from it all relaxing holiday.
The laid back Caribbean vibe is something we could all do with a bit of, but sadly not when this is reflected in the Management of the resort. Some staff were friendly, helpful and looked happy to be working whilst others were surly and gave you 'the look'. Some days quite basic foods were unavailable, e.g. tomatoes and eggs at breakfast, no salad at lunchtime, no rum or lemons and limes in the bar.
I don't know if the whole of Antigua suffers with mosquitoes but this is quite a bit issue at KB. I don't think we have ever had so many bites from mossies, sand flies/fleas and very small black insects [called noseeums in the US]. We covered ourselves in DEET day and night and sprayed the room, but still got eaten alive. It's a good thing there is a 4 poster bed in the room as it's needed for the mosquito net.
So to sum up, we did enjoy our holiday [once the rain stopped] and I think overall I could recommend KB, but with the above reservations. I am not sure that our expectations were fully met in terms of value for money, and I think we will be back to the Maldives or Seychelles for our next winter break.
A few minor upgrades and this can be the perfect place to get away from it all. And with only about 25 rooms,no kids, and on a quiet end of the island, you can avoid the usual resort crowds too. Great service, everyone there knows you right away and are eager to meet your needs. Expertly prepared meals. From breakfast to dinner all the dishes are well executed, with daily specials available at all meals. The beach is quiet and the water is calm. Pamper yourself relaxing on the king sized Bali beds on the beach while the attendants make sure your drink is never empty, You can even have your lunch brought to you. But it's the attentive and friendly staff that really makes Keyonna stand out.
I am a travel agent and came to Keyonna Beach with my husband and 2 dear friends to celebrate my 50th Birthday. I did not reveal being an agent as I wanted to have the “true”experience. I decided to try something different this trip as historically we have visited high end chain resorts with crowded beaches and buffets. KEYONNA IS A WIN WIN
1. Beach - walk out of cottage a few steps to beach. Uncrowded and well kept. Very quiet. You may see some jet skiers or boats go by a few times a day. The cabanas with terry cloth covered mattresses, pillows and curtains to shade were clean and comfortable.
2. Food-AMAZING. No Buffets. All meals are al a carte. Meals were 3 courses with specials and catch of the day paired with wine EVERYDAY. The taste of the meals spoiled me. I am from the US and I can compare Keyonnas dinners to a high end steak/ seafood restaurant such as Delfrisco, but BETTER.
3. Entertainment-The resort is very quiet, so if you are looking for a daily party this is not the place for you as they are geared to romance, health, and wellness. They do have a live band during dinner approximately 4 days a week and they were great.
4. Staff-SANDY - welcomed us EVERY MORNING WITH Her beautiful Smile, a mimosa, Bloody Mary and “lovingly addressed the elephant on the table our last morning 🤗 (Our inside joke with Sandy 😉), ACARI-took care of us everyday on the beach with drinks, food, conversations about life and being thankful. Odeal, Gilda, and others were just as accommodating making us feel comfortable. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You Made us feel at home and went above in welcoming us and catering to us
5. Service - EXCELLENT. Let them know of any special requests in advance and upon arrival and they will for the most part make it happen. As we were the only group of 4, there was a table set up for us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday.
6. Accommodations - We stayed in a cottage, clean, outdoor garden shower, WiFi. 4 post bed with Mosquito netting. No TV which we didn’t miss, but if you need something to watch, bring an iPad. Fully stocked Bar in room.
7. My Birthday Dinner - FRANCINE brought me to tears with setting up our own dining space with flowers, candles, champagne, cake, and an awesome meal. OMG IT WAS AMAZING! Every night was special as Francine catered to us.
8. Things to do- Tons of activities in the area, site seeing, horseback riding, shopping, just request a taxi or shuttle at the front desk and for a nominal fee they are easily accessible
9. The Spa- i had the aromatherapy massage - it was amazing. Don’t leave with out having one and take advantage of the free 30minute massage.
10. Beware of Mosquitos!
We had a few very MINOR incidents hoping this will be taken into consideration. Beach towels would run out quickly in the mornings, lack of wash clothes in cottages, iron your clothes before you arrive as it maybe difficult to get one there. Also our phone in room did not work. In no way would this deter my return or A business referral. I will say that anytime it was bought to the attention of Gilda at front desk, or Sandy or Francine in dining area they went above and beyond to remedy any concern.
Overall amazing. Yes I would return and yes I will refer as a trip to my clients.