Nonsuch Bay Resort All Inclusive
What We Love
- Private setting with a sandy, protected beach at the southeast corner of the island
- Spacious apartments with fully equipped kitchens and private verandas
- All accommodations offer exceptional water views, and there are just four to six units per building
- Three pools, including an infinity pool overlooking the quiet bay
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Half Board and Inclusive Sailing options are available for purchase; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to arrival
- The airport is a 35-minute drive away
- Families frequent the resort, but the romantic hilltop vibe makes it popular with couples, too
- On the quieter side of the island, so prepare for a 30-minute drive or cab ride to any nightlife or shopping
- The resort offers activities such as bootcamp, yoga and jewelry making (schedules vary and fees apply; contact hotel for more information)
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On the relatively undeveloped southeast corner of Antigua in a private bay surrounded by rolling green hills, Nonsuch Bay Resort is a retreat for travelers seeking beach time and watersports. A favorite with families, passing yachties and loved-up couples, the resort offers the low-key environment of a private condo complex combined with the full-service extras of a luxe resort in a stunning hillside location.
Bed & Bath
The resort’s one- and two-bedroom apartments are housed in whitewashed buildings along the hillside — all positioned to take in the stunning bay views. Pitched ceilings, enormous French windows and wraparound verandas encourage indoor-outdoor living and make the most of the island’s cooling trade winds, while the modern all-white palette is offset by the Caribbean blues and greens just outside. Modern comforts include free WiFi, flat-screen televisions, in-room coffee and tea makers, and iPod docking stations, but guests at Nonsuch Bay tend to focus their attention on the resort’s natural bounty: beach, bay and clear blue seas.
The activities cover the beach-vacation spectrum, from a dip in one of the resort’s three infinity pools to sunbathing on the private beach to an in-room spa treatment, but Nonsuch Bay’s trump card is its position on a protected bay — ideal for sailing and windsurfing. A highlight of any stay is a meal at the Bay, the resort’s hillside restaurant. In an open-air setting, chef Mitchell Husbands (voted Caribbean Chef of the Year in 2011) serves a refined menu of classic Carribean and international fare.
In the Area
Nonsuch Bay has one of Antigua’s best sailing schools, and routine races offer a chance for guests to get competitive. Or, opt for a day excursion (complete with picnic) to nearby Green Island. Rather leave the ship’s wheel to the captain? Take an all-day eco-excursion aboard Adventure Antigua; you’ll snorkel off Hell’s Gate and learn where celebs like Giorgio Armani and Eric Clapton reside while on the island. When hunger strikes, make a beeline to Carmichael’s, one of the area’s best restaurants, complete with spectacular island views. Enjoy fresh seafood and meat as the sun sets. And for some indulgence, make a reservation for an in-room spa treatment. Therapists will even draw you a bath afterward in your apartment’s oversize soaking tub.
How to Get There
We got a free transfer from the airport. We were already on the island having stayed at the Ocean Point hotel, and had arranged to meet outside arrivals, but could not find our driver. A lady on the information desk kindly called the hotel and we managed to find the driver who had been waiting in a different part of the terminal.
On arrival we were warmly greeted by name as we stepped out of the taxi (The taxi driver had given our transfer papers to the security guard, who in turn I guess called reception to expect us) - Either way it was a nice touch.
We were offered fruit or rum punch while we completed registration and then back in the taxi to our room (401).
The room is more like a condo, as it was originally designed for self catering and they have only recently gone All Inclusive.
Large sitting room leading onto an all around verandah which had a single sunbed, glass table and 4 chairs + 2 comfy single chairs.
Full kitchen with American fridge with a large bottle and 2 small bottles of free water, coffee maker, coffee, blender, cutlery and crockery.
A TV, although at night with the crickets making a racket it was difficult to hear unless you ramp up the volume.
The bedroom had a 4 poster bed with a mattress on top of another mattress, making it quite high.
The bed was a bit rickety and squeaky, but comfortable.
Bathroom with a jacuzzi bath, 2 washbasins, shower and toilet.
The room also had free Wi-fi.
We had a problem with the bedroom aircon being warm on our first night,but this was sorted by re-gassing the system
There are 3 pools scattered around the resort. One by the kids club, one on the next road down and the infinity pool by the restaurant.
I was intrigued as to how you got a drink with no bar at either and when we arrived was told a drinks waiter made regular stops on the pools and beach.
When we arrived the lower pool was packed so we headed for the top pool.
There are a lot of weeds in between the paving around the pool which detracted a bit from the 4* rating.
The pool itself was fine, but there were a lot of midges biting you as you tried to sunbathe.
After an hour with no sign of any drinks waiter, we headed for the beach.
Our initial impression of the beach was black seaweed in the shallow water and kids screaming about jellyfish , no sunshades other than the palm trees and no bar + most beds were taken.
So we grabbed a couple of beds on the jetty and walked up the steps to the bar to grab ourselves a much needed drink.
We did eventually see a waiter offering drinks on the beach.
The beach however turned out to be a better option than the pools. The beach boys kept the seaweed at bay, so our first impression must have been an anomaly. The beach was clean, the water was calm and on a really calm day the snorkelling was good.
There is a man made jetty and there are hundreds of fish living there. I even saw a barracuda. Some people would swim out behind the lanes marked with tubing for the yachts to come back into harbour and go into deeper water and to the small coves to the right of the resort.
There are lots of shoals of fish that swim into shore and lots of crabs in the bay and beach. Yes there is an odd jellyfish.
The beach bar service was hit and miss. The guy would offer you drinks, but as the whole beach wanted them, you would dehydrate by the time you got it.
It would take a good 10 or 15 minutes between ordering to actually getting it.
Although you have to climb steps to get the the restaurant and bar, it was better to just fetch a drink yourself.
Bearing in mind there is one bar, the barman is having to serve guests who come to the bar wanting a drink + make all the drinks for the tray that is going to the beach.
The infinity pool was freezing but great for a photo opportunity.
But it only opened up for a short period around 3-4pm during afternoon tea.
We were first in one day and quietly enjoying ourselves when a load of kids came in one of whom insisted on standing on the side and jumping in.
His parents were nowhere to be seen (turned out they were out sailing or snorkelling - This turned out to be a regular occurrence of just abandoning their kids)
After politely asking him to stop, he pretended not to hear saying his ears were blocked and carried on jumping and splashing.
So we gave up and got out.
We did mention this to the hotel and they said they knew his parents and would have a word.
There is a large notice about unsupervised children and running and jumping, but it is not enforced.
Most of the kids were well behaved.
But it kind of ruins the experience if you are trying to quietly take in the view and catch the afternoon sun.
It was half term at the time and the hotel was busy, and there were a lot of kids.
Restaurant & Bar
The bar served decent drinks and sparkling wine, the selection of wine was nice.
The bar staff were all chatty and very attentive.
Varied, choice of eggs, cheese, pastries, bread juice and coffee.
Usually 2 or 3 warm dishes, a few salads and bizarrely hot puddings even crumble.
A couple of platters of sandwiches and a few cakes + tea and coffee.
We found that the amount of sandwiches was limited, and once it was gone that was that. So during the half term week they did not last long.
The menu was a l carte from a set menu and lasted 2nights per cycle.
One day a week was BBQ night.
The menu always seemed to have a burger as one option.
But the food was lovely.
Chicken cordon bleu, lamb shanks,steak and burger were just some of the mains options.
The veg was always the same though. Mash, chips, salad and steamed veg.
Chicken livers with pumpkin purée and apple and raisin sauce was absolutely amazing starter and the salmon the first night was nice.
The only issue was the consistency of portions and presentation.
One night the starter was noodles with chilli and chicken or beef.
When it arrived on the 1st night, it was in a large bowl and was almost enough for a main course and was quite spicy.
The 2nd night on a small black plate and better presented but much milder.
The desserts could be on from 1 to 3 nights, but again were really nice.
The coffee could be a bit hit and miss.
One day it was weak, the next like treacle.
They serve it all from cafeterias, so they need to standardise the scoops they add per pot.
Scheena, who is one of the ladies in charge of the restaurant was excellent.
You could talk to her and felt she was listening.
The view is really nice if you get a window seat.
It is like a tree house being set on the edge of the cliff with a view of the bay and beach and it is lovely with the moon shining, but being open air if it rained it wreaked havoc.
The outer tables got wet and the poor staff had to navigate from the restaurant to kitchen in the open, using a variety of wet weather gear.
My favourite - One of the girls would don a shower cap over her hair.
All of the staff were really good, and a couple of the girls even had a dance to the band with the guests one night.
There were a few bands and a steel drum player during our stay.
It was also Independence Day while we were there and the whole staff dressed up.
Sports & Trips
The weather was a bit mixed to say the least during our stay, but we did the green island tour twice.
Some people saw turtles and rays, but I missed the turtle.
The 2nd Trip was delayed from 11am - 1pm due to rain, but it was a good trip and the boat staff are a laugh.
If you are qualified, or have taken a trip out with them (instruction is free on certain days), you can take out a yacht or hobby cat.
We had a free lesson towards the end of our stay and then I took out an Elite.
The weather suddenly looked very iffy, so I started heading back in, but the staff had already seen the incoming storm and they send out a speed boat so they can bring the yacht back for you.
They were a really good bunch.
There was kite surfing (rental and lessons for a fee)
The lady was not doing much business in the week we were there, mainly due to the conditions. But she was always saying hi and chatting to guests.
She did make it out one day to show off her skills.
You get a personal touch here.
You are greeted by name by the lady who stands by reception in the mornings and gave us the hotel tour when we arrived (sorry I forgot the name)
At the restaurant the girls in charge know your name.
With only 40 rooms (I think) it is a bit more exclusive.
The drinks situation by the pools - They could quite easily have a little van that goes round with a small selection of drinks.
The beach could do with a bar, or even a water point. They could quite easily adapt the shack where the beach boy hang out and do the basics of lemonade, coke and water there.
The poolsides could do with weeding to improve the look.
They should make the infinity pool adults only or perhaps supervise it to prevent misuse - But it was only a problem the first few days during the school holidays when it was busy.
The vast majority of children were well behaved and very polite.
It is not a cheap hotel, but then again Antigua is not cheap.
It is not luxury compared with the Middle East etc, but for service and general facilities and ambience it is a solid 4 in my opinion.
This was to be our holiday in a lifetime but mother nature took over & spoilt it. It was my husbands seventieth birthday treat & we used the last of our savings thinking, after all the amazing reviews we couldn't have chosen better, how wrong we were! The food was okay for all inclusive but no bottle of wine on the table & the topping up was very slowwww.
The day after we arrived we had very high winds with a lot of rain which was not supposed to happen in May. This caused a huge amount of seaweed to accumulate in the bay & on the beach. For the whole fortnight the men worked tirelessly to try to remove the weed from the beach & bay but it was a losing battle. They brought diggers & lorries in to help but again it was a slow slog. The noise of the lorries going backwards made you feel you were on a building site! The smell got so bad even an air freshener didn't remove it from the apartment. We couldn't use the verandah at all during our stay & the stench was too bad around the swimming pools for you to sunbath or swim. The boat was stuck in the seaweed so couldn't take us to green island most of the days however they did manage to go from a different jetty on a couple of days but the drop into the boat was unmanageable & quite dangerous for elderly people. The hotel also arranged a couple of trips during our stay, to a different beach that had not been affected by the seaweed and whilst they cannot be blamed for the weather, you will see from the photos attached that this was definitely not paradise so my advise would be to not take the chance but to choose somewhere that doesn't experience this hideous side of nature!
Our family is a long time visitor of Bitter End Yacht Club and we were devastated when it was wiped out by a hurricane. We searched for a place for a our family that would have similar water sports program. We are a sailing family and have chartered boats for vacationing. We are so happy that we decided to try Nonsuch Bay! It is a beautiful resort on the quiet windward side of the island. There is a constant breeze which was perfect for sailing. The villas are spacious and well appointed. We stayed in beach villas and loved it. My dad had a knee replacement recently so it was perfect because we were close to sailing center and restaurant. They kindly arranged for all of our family to be in units next to each other. We loved the food. It was so nice to have the buffet for breakfast and lunch because we could get out quickly to activities. The omelets were made to order and delicious in the morning. It was a bit slower with service in the evening but we quickly learned to go to dinner at 6:30 with our kids and we got our dinner very quick at that time. Absolutely wonderful seafood dishes! They were so accommodating to our children with meals as well.
The watersports program was wonderful. The staff worked so hard and were very busy We spent the week out on the Elite boats and went a few times on the hobie cat. Once the staff ensured you could sail you were able to take the boats out on your own. Our kids loved the kitesurfing and actually got up after just 2 lessons.
Beach area was small but pretty. You could take a boat over to green island which was a secluded quiet beach Our family was busy with activities so we did not do a lot of beach sitting. The staff was so nice and accommodating. Natasha was wonderful with planning excisions. Stingray city was amazing for kids. Tour of island with stop at waterpark for kids was a favorite for all of us.
We will always miss the Bitter End Yacht Club but we are thrilled that we now have Nonsuch Bay to return to. The only negative I think I can say is that there was not much for kids activities from the kids club. We had older kids they were 10 and up. Would have been nice for a few planned activities at the resort for them.
Overall fabulous time. We will definitely return!
Just returned today from Nonsuch Bay resort and could wait to write about this wonderful resort- this may be quite long!
This was our visit to the beautiful island of Antigua and we were looking for a small secluded resort when we found Nonsuch on TripAdvisor. The reviews were very accurate and this is a small resort just 45-50mins from the airport.
But don't be fooled by how small this place is, as it brings a real personal touch every day and attention to details.
The staff get to know you by name and they are all lovely, but we must mention a few-
Natasha- the resorts fairy god mother, who is able to put your mind at rest and deal with any queries before you even have them and just make things happen. An absolute star!
Shenena- with her warm welcome, lovely smile and remembering our names from day 2 at meal times, with nothing being too much trouble. Her team enjoyed what they do, such wonderful service and even joined guests dancing on the special nights when entertainment was laid on. But please note that this is a quiet resort where the bar closes at 10.00pm
Zoe- for her caring attention to making sure we were welcomed to the bar of an evening with our cocktails already prepared., even though her main job seemed to be at the reception. Finally David- the gentle happy and perfect cocktail maker, introducing us to the "After-dinner" cocktail wow 😃
The resort is set within well maintained grounds on quite a steep hill, and the Villa we had shocked us how spacious it was with its wrap around balcony with a sea and pool view.
The beach is cleaned every day of sea weed, not that there was too much, water was clear with cocktails served on the beach, water sports were a plenty and included if it's your sort of thing.
The restaurant was 1st class, full buffet breakfast and lunch and a fine A la carter dinner service of excellent quality, all served in the simple open restaurant area over looking the bay and beach.
If there is any criticisms, it would only be that the house keeping staff were not too attentive and requests for little things were sometimes forgotten, but always resolved by Zoe or Natasha.
We can't wait to go back, perhaps with a little more insect repellent. Thank-you Nonsuch and all the staff
This was our first trip to the Caribbean and our first all inclusive holiday, I don’t think we could have chosen a better resort than this. We chose it primarily as we both enjoy sailing and the resort offers free use of their sail boats and kayaks etc.
There is a choice of three pools and there is also the well tended and cared for beach all with a regular drinks service, so you don’t even have to get of your sun bed for a drink!
We had a fantastic time, all of the staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for you. The food was plentiful, with a good choice of menu and of very good quality, not to mention the wines, cocktails and the legendary rum punch!
We stayed in an apartment with a huge double bed which was beautifully kept with house keeping changing bed linen and towels every day.
We liked the fact that the resort is small and quiet, there is no night life apart from early evening live music in the bar a couple of times during the week, which suited our requirements perfectly. The location of the resort is fairly isolated so if you want to see more of the island as we did local car hire is available at reasonable rates or taxi tours can be arranged, the hotel also puts on transport for events such as visiting the market in St. John’s and Shirley Heights to watch the sunset.
If you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday with excellent facilities and service look no further than Nonsuch Bay Resort.
We had a wonderful time here and the end came all to quickly, again we can’t speak highly enough of the staff and for this reason alone we will return in the future.