Pineapple Beach Club
What We Love
- A beachfront room at an all-inclusive, adults-only Caribbean retreatPicking your perch on the private beach – it’s a full quarter mile
- Deciding where to enjoy your all-inclusive meals, from five dining-and-drinking destinations
- Relaxing at the spa, after a tennis or beach-volleyball match or sailing or windsurfing outing
- Wandering through the Elite Island Resort’s 30 acres of tropical gardens
What To Know
- There are a few WiFi hotspots throughout the hotel; for guestroom access, you have to pay extra
- Rooms are a good size but a bit tired
- Beach sun beds can be hard to come by; the earlier you're up, the easier it is to snag one
As the name suggests, Pineapple Beach Club sits right on a beautiful stretch of tropical shore – a quarter mile of it, along a reef-sheltered bay, to be precise. Housing an array of airy accommodations, it’s the kind of place where your hardest decision is where on the sands to drop your towel and work on your tan. Then again, you may also opt to hit the tennis courts or fitness center, or hang out somewhere on the 30 acres of lush gardens. The Elite Island Resort even features not one, but two, beautiful freshwater pools.
Non-motorized watersports are also offered at the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, for the adventurous, and treatments at the spa, if you’re feeling lazy. And to help you make the most of your all-inclusive basis, five dining destinations are on hand, from bay-view The Outhouse to Italian spot Chef Pietro. Suffice it to say that wherever on this sprawling property you spend your time, you’ll be in Caribbean-vacation heaven. And there’s even a gift shop, so that when you finally have to leave, you can pick up a memento to instantly bring you back.
Accommodations at the property number 180 in total, offering either private balconies or patios or access to a communal outdoor area. Furnishings are rattan, to fit in with the beachy setting, and you’ll have a tea- and coffeemaker, to help you start your blissful days in the Tropics.
– 32-in. flat-screen cable TV- Individually controlled air conditioning units- Telephone- Private bathroom with shower and/or tub- Hair dryer- Safe- 110v U.S.-style socket
Five dining and drinking destinations range from a beachfront international restaurant that opens for three elegant meals a day to a poolside grill for light lunches and snacks. There’s also Chef Pietro’s, which serves Italian dinners twice weekly, with additional grilled fare on the menu at Pineapple Grill Restaurant and bay-view The Outhouse – known for its ribs, by beloved resort institution Miss Mary.
Get exfoliated, massaged and moisturized to vacation nirvana at The Tranquility Body & Soul Spa. Also providing beauty treatments, like manicures, hair services and waxes, this soothing spot is the perfect place to wind down. Pineapple Beach Club’s fitness center gives you another way to keep up your health-and-wellness regimen during your beachy escape.
With a beach for every day of the year, Antigua is a tropical paradise where the weather is mostly lovely and water-sport opportunities abound. In the heart of Caribbean, it’s surrounded by vibrant reefs and dotted with lagoons, and its surrounding waters are inhabited by dolphins and turtles. Also in plentiful supply are bustling restaurants, nightspots and bars for the beloved rum punch, keeping the party going long after the Caribbean sun sets.As a Pineapple Beach Club guest, you may also play a few matches of tennis – there are multiple courts – or pick between a wander in the 30 acres of gardens or on the quarter-mile beach, a dip in the two freshwater pools or a visit to the gift shop. There are even organized water-aerobics and beach-volleyball events, plus windsurfs, sailboats, kayaks and snorkel gear to get you out on the water.
How to Get There
So I’ve been intending to write review for the Pineapple Beach Club for a while. This was our 5th visit in the last 6 years - so we have seen the changes and grown with the Pineapple.
We returned this year as we had visited St Lucia last year for a change. But felt we had missed out on going home!
Pineapple is a short 20-30 minute ride from the airport, on arrival you are provided with a taste of the Caribbean with a cold rum punch. Check in is relaxed and easy. The fresh cold face towel is a nice touch.
We selected the waterfront rooms as these are our favourite rooms. We had requested a king size bed and a room away from the main restaurant. Our requests were granted. Previously returning guests were given a bottle wine as a welcome back. The new furniture in the rooms is fresh and contemporary.
The resort is still being renovated, but the amount of renovation undertaken shows. The hotel is on long beach which is a stunning horseshoe white sanding beach, with clear blue water. There are three pools and three bars all clean and Caribbean measures of top shelf drinks!
Eating at pineapple has 5 main choices!
Pelican snack bar - open all day serving fast food, ice cream, snacks etc.
Mary’s outhouse - relaxed and informal bbq lunch on top of the hill with amazing views. Arlene was so welcoming and courteous- thank you. You remembered us from previous visits and made sure you welcomed us back.
Topaz - buffet breakfast, lunch and evening meal. Great food and lovely sitting next to the beach and watching the waves.
Chief petro - Italian restaurant that you need to book with guest services. Amazing food with a relaxed service which some may find slow.
Pineapple grill -a la Carte restaurant which needs to be booked with guest services. The foods ok but not as good as previous years. The service was also slow.
Staying at the pineapple also means you can book to use the sister hotel Verandah. Worth a visit for eating three restaurants to choose. Sea breeze, buccaneer and Nicole’s. we ate at the Buccaneer twice during our visit- food out of this world and the service was superb. Thank you Lorenzo, Kettie and Toy you were fantastic.
The Caribbean street party is a fun night on the resort with amazing food and choice. There is entertainment on resort each night but quietens down early.
Just speak to guest services to book a pass and golf buggy over to the resort.
There are loads of sun beds throughout the resort, it would be nice to have a few more sun shades and my personal gripe people reserve beds from first-light even when they don’t use the beds until later in the day! Fresh towels are available as and when required.
Water sports are free and there are plenty of organised activities if you want to take part. Snorkelling on the reef is good and free.
It’s easy to book tours and car hire at the resort or through your rep. Go out and see Antigua as it’s beautiful, St. John is a quirky and charming capital city. The boat trips are also great.
The only downside was we had a late flight and checkout was mid-day. You can reserve a shower room in half hour slots. It was a 1st floor room in a non renovated garden room. It was horrible and not a nice memory for the end of a fantastic holiday.
Pineapple alway feels like home and you are made to feel welcome.
Our first visit to the Pineapple Beach but not our last.Lovely friendly helpful staff from the minute we arrived to the time we left. We had an Ocean View room with superb views of the bay, well worth the climb to reach it. All the restaurants were good and we loved the ribs in the Outhouse at lunchtime. The bars were well staffed and Franklin and Summertime were particularly noteworthy. Premium brands always available. Pools were never crowded and pool towels were available at all times. Evening music and street party were excellent. Storms did cause an influx of seaweed but staff worked tirelessly to clear it. Everywhere on the resort was kept spotlessly clean. A nice touch was the buggies for transport if you needed one.
Just returned Tuesday from our 5 night stay. We had a wonderful time. If airfare cost goes down, and a direct flight happens in the future, definitely would come back. Here are my opinions and tips. Bring an insulated cup! Your drink won’t melt as fast in that hot sun!
-beautiful country and people
-always felt safe
-oceanfront room beautiful view
-lots of brits with their accent 😝, yes I’m a sucker for it ❤️
-Calypso Cat excursion!! Amazing time. Great views, people, had a blast. Do this!!
-beach was great, seaweed wasn’t a problem, one day piled up but was quickly taken care of
-Food was alright, pretty much what I was expecting. Outhouse has good food and amazing views, bring your camera when you go up!
-Devils bridge was neat. Did this by taxi on the way to the airport. We were there maybe 10 min.
-laid back resort no big, loud, parties or music all day long
-ate breakfast (sometimes lunch and dinner depending where we went) with an amazing view right on the beach practically.
-massage was not worth it, felt like I was locked in a storage room with an inexperienced mausseuse. (My boyfriend and I both felt this way)
-trip to Shirley heights, gorgeous views but was a LONG time to be there- 4 hours. To do again- I’d by pass the resort’s shuttle and take a taxi so I had more control of time there. Also not what we were expecting. Loud music, overpriced food and felt like a tourist trap. Not a lot of seating. Thought it was more of a street party, not the case.
-Not having WiFi everywhere was a little annoying but dealt with it. Also forced me to be off my phone more. WiFi was good in the two common free areas. I FaceTimed no problem.
Have just returned from our 2 week honeymoon at this hotel and overall we were really happy with it. It is a great honeymoon location and with just a few extra little touches it really would be perfect. I hope I have managed to give a fair and reflective view in this review, but please remember that all experiences are subjective and everyone has their own opinion.
Beach is an excellent size and there are an abundance of sunbeds and shades. Most of the time the sand is gorgeous and seaweed free, but at the moment Antigua is suffering quite badly with Sargassum and there is nothing the hotel can do to stop the influx of weed. Fortunately PCB is not affected as badly as St James Club. We went there one day and the smell is revolting. Many people were being moved to Verandah or PCB from St James. Pls remember the sea here at PCB is Atlantic so is rougher and not as pretty or clear as Caribbean side. Nevertheless, it is a glorious beach and even when seaweed accumulates, the staff do a pretty good job usually of clearing it.
There are 3 restaurants to choose from at PCB. The Pineapple Grill is a la carte but I don't like to eat inside when in the Caribbean so it wasn't our first choice. Chef Pietro is an Italian, but I personally found the tables too close together to enjoy our meal. Topaz is the main buffet and as all-inclusive buffets go, it was ideal. Wide choice for everyone, even the fussiest of eaters. Beautiful location right on the beach. Pretty little birds at breakfast flying around but just cover your food and drink when you get up to go to the buffet and you'll be fine.
The gardens are stunning and so well maintained. The Garden Gazebo is where we chose to have our Romantic Private Evening Meal and it was perfect. It had been decorated and our personal waitress Kaolin was excellent. Everyone chooses the beach or Hilltop Gazebo but I strongly urge you to try the Garden location.
The staff are friendly and in the most part they are charming and lovely. The staff that are good are VERY good. The same said however - the (very few) poor staff were extremely poor ! Particularly the lady who was in charge of making fajitas on the Mexican buffet theme night. She didn't wear a name badge, but she had never heard of flour wraps for tortillas ! I had to tell her how to make one. Odd !
Drinks are good and there are plenty of named brands. Try the Pink Panther and Pineapple Painkiller - they are amazing.
Garden view rooms are awful. Small, dingy, tatty, no ceiling light, only 1 mirror and that is in bathroom, horrid worn concrete floor, no fan on patio, curtains did not run properly on rails and had to be yanked closed, no nets so no privacy unless you closed these heavy, broken curtains and then plunged room into darkness. Drawers in bedside units didn't run properly so had to be pulled open with force, and such a lack of power sockets that the TV, kettle, coffee maker and fridge all had to share just ONE socket ! I know they are refurbishing garden view rooms but was very disappointed that we were not allocated one of the rooms already finished, given that it was our honeymoon. Another point re garden view rooms - we seemed to have a group of concrete-boot wearing elephants in the rooms above us. Consequently peace was impossible as you could hear every noise. We also had a huge gap under our door which let all the mosquitos in. The resort really need to use bug spray as the mozzies as well as sand flies from the seaweed were rife.
Evening entertainment really lets this hotel down. There appears to be one band only who play night after night, and until the singer comes on stage they are not "too" bad. However, once the singer starts the band get SO loud that it gives you a headache.
I use the term "singer" loosely as the female is quite frankly AWFUL ! The male singer is a little better but really, neither of them can properly hold a note or seem to be able to sing without shouting.
Sadly there is nowhere at PCB to enjoy a quiet evening or conversation and just muted background music. I have no idea why a disco is held in the main Lounge area when the Pineapple Grill turns into a disco after closure. There is no need for 2. We were hoping to hear a steel band at the hotel, yet other than the Beach Party night, that's all there was. Daytime entertainment is better and the staff try to vary it, but the evenings became very repetitive and this needs addressing.
During our 2nd week the hotel appeared to be taken over by a lot of "Spring-Breakers" ??? The average age dropped considerably from 40-50's down to 20's. They appeared to be mainly Canadian, and were very loud and raucous. This hotel was recommended to us as ideal for honeymooners and couples, and overall this is the case. However, it would seem that the demographic changed to groups of friends in the 2nd week and this changed the atmosphere somewhat.
The bar service in the evenings at Mongoose is very slow. They need more staff.
Overall this was a fantastic hotel, and we will probably return one day. There are so many places to see in the world however, although as Caribbean all-inclusives go - this was one of the better ones most definitely.
First and foremost. Great staff is what attributes to a Great Resort.
Special people such as , Joyce. A smiling face when greeting at the Topaz Restaurant and also at the Outhouse BBQ. Denel ... The best housekeeper ... friendly, courteous, and proficient. Natasha .. Always had my Molly's to drink. :)
The resort itself is spectacular. Beach, 3 pools, restaurants, all is close proximity to any of the rooms. The views from the Outhouse are breathtaking. Left our sign ( memento of our trip) with the others who have come before us and will be coming again after us.
Management also deserves a special congratulations. This is one holiday, and i have been to costa rica and dominican several times, will always cherish.
In fact I was so impressed, and only been home a week, that i am BOOKED and looking forward to my return visit.
Thats sums it up.
John and Dorothy.