Sandals Grande Antigua – All Inclusive Couples Only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Sandals Grande Antigua – All Inclusive Couples Only in St. John’s, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Dickenson Bay Beach and close to Fort James. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of Runaway Bay Beach and Antigua and Barbuda Institute of Information Technology.
Make yourself at home in one of the 373 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LED televisions. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Cable programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 6 outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor tennis court, and a sauna. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 11 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 poolside bars.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. Planning an event in St. John’s? This resort has 5000 square feet (450 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center and a meeting room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
How to Get There
We love going to Sandals but won’t be going back to Antigua! Had problems with the room and the staff wasn’t very helpful. In fact, we were treated like we were bothering them. Had problems on the beach with the vendors and other beach goers. Sandals security was useless with helping with either issue. Even though it’s closer to the airport than Grande St. Lucian is, I would recommend the Grande St. Lucian. It’s a muck longer ride from the airport but we had absolutely zero issues there!
As most people do, we had read the reviews here before travelling, and were a little apprehensive, but needn't have worried!
We were visiting for the first time, but travelling with friends who had stayed several times before - wherever we went, we were greeted like old friends by very friendly staff.
The transfer from the airport was interesting - quick tip though - when you come out of arrivals, someone will offer to take your bags to the sandals desk. There's no need - it isn't that far, and not worth the five or ten dollars they will ask for!
The roads are not exactly smooth, so you will get jostled around a bit, but other than that, the transfer was fine.
When we got to the resort, we were greeted with cool towels and sat in the lounge to check in via an iPad. The room wasn't ready, but no big deal - we just went to the bar and had a quick look around the resort. People complain about rooms not being ready, but even after a transatlantic flight, we were happy just to relax at the bar and wait. There's no need to complain really, and certainly no need to be rude to the staff, as we saw other people being. It's not as if you are in a rush to be somewhere else!
Morgan showed us to the room, and although he said that our bags would follow, we wanted to take them with us so we could change. Morgan wouldn't have that, and carried our bags for us.
At the room, Morgan explained how everything worked, and left us to get on with unpacking. We only had one key, as Morgan explained that they wanted to promote "extreme bonding", but when we were ready for another one, we just had to ask.
The beds are very comfortable, but quite high - if you are a bit on the short side, just ask for a step. There are extra pillows in the wardrobe.
The mini bar was well stocked and included litre bottles of rum, gin, vodka and whisky, as well as beer and champagne. For once, we weren't worried about using the minibar as it is all included.
The room was great, even though the pictures were crooked and played havoc with my OCD! The view from the balcony (5202) was great, taking in the pool and ocean. The whirlpool bath we had seen a few complaints about was lovely - it works, but give it a little time to warm up, and make sure it is set up properly.
The restaurants were all good, although a buffet in the evenings would have been welcome.
Kimono, Mario's and Barefoot each deserve a special mention. The theatre and quality in Kimono was great and highly recommended. Mario's was very nice food dinner and buffet breakfast, and Barefoot is a place you really can dip your toes in the sand whilst eating your dinner.
There are loads of sun loungers, and some lovely areas you can lay back on a padded double lounger next to a fire pit to watch the sunset.
There weren't as many activities as we had hoped- we'd read about aqua fit, yoga and so on, but there weren't any.
You do get a newsletter in the evening, outlining the next day's entertainment and activities, which is very useful.
I spent a lot of time scuba diving, and the team were amazing. If you want to learn to dive, or do advanced courses, this is the place to do it! You can dive comfortably in shorts and t shirts, and if you're lucky, will get up close and personal with sharks.
The dive team - Ivense, Fern, Alex, Denzel, Keran, Jamal, Odsvare, Joyanne, Maurice and Mickael were all great. If I've missed a name, sorry, but everyone were came across there was great!
The dive boat had issues on our way to what was meant to be our last dive, so we had to miss it. Disappointing, but they handled it well and put safety first, so no cause to complain.
The wife visited the spa twice and really enjoyed it - prices were not unreasonable at all.
Housekeeping were very good, and if we needed anything, we just asked.
We used the ice machine a few times, so more bags in the rooms would be good, and a scoop in the machine would also help.
We played snooker in the drunken duck- a game pretty alien to most Americans! The table was ok, but would benefit from rests and a scoreboard, but again, hardly a big issue!
The piano bar with George was great fun - George deserves a medal for keeping it together while everyone is destroying popular songs!
The biggest thing for us, was the amount of people who were so rude to the staff. If something is wrong, ask for it to be put right, but ask nicely! Even the amount of people asking (demanding) a drink really surprised us.
The staff work very hard and a please and a thank you do not go against the tipping policy, so feel free to give out as many as you can!
There is no point complaining (rudely) to the staff at the dive shop that your room doesn't have enough bottled water - speak to the concierge and they will sort it.
We will certainly be back, and can't wait for our next visit!
My husband and I had a fantastic time at the Sandals Antigua Resort this May 2019. The photographers Delmore and Kerran took such beautiful photos of our vacation. We are so thankful to have such beautiful memories to bring back with us. Thank you Delmore and Kerran. Your love of your work shines through in the photos you take.
What a great hotel. Great food, great beach and amenities and free booze everywhere. I had the best rib eye steak at Mario's restaurant I've ever tasted. The water sports facilities - snorkelling, sailing, kayaks, diving and a whole load of other stuff is well organised with professional and friendly staff. The resort handles tours which were expensive and only showed you what they wanted you to see. Having said that, we took a boat ride round the whole island ( Extreme 360 ) which we thoroughly enjoyed - swam with stingrays, snorkelled off English Harbour and had a great time being bounced around in the Atlantic swell off the east coast. It was pricey at £380 for the 2 of us but really enjoyable. If you want to be independent and go and see for yourself, then hire a car for a day ( it's a small island - you can pretty much drive around it in an afternoon but you can save yourself a fortune instead of paying tour companies to take you to just one place!). We found a lady who has just started up her own company who was excellent and rented us a car ( Kia Picanto - so a bit small but did the job ) for $46 for the day. She delivered it too. Her contact details are : Topview AJ Car Rental and her contact number on the island is: 1 268 7751075 and ask for Alicia. Very friendly lady and worth giving her the business rather than one of the big firms? Oh, you have to pay a further £20 for an Antiguan driving permit which is valid 3 months ( and have a valid driving licence from your own country too ).
The visit we made to English Harbour and Nelson's dockyard was great especially if you are a history buff. You can also visit Shirley Heights which has a fantatstic view of the harbour below. This costs $8 each for the entry into the National Park where they both are. There is also a small sound and light show at next to Shirley Heights where you get a 15 minute potted history of Antigua and where there is a cafe, toilets and gift shop. All very clean and tidy and not too much of a rip off.
All in all it was a great holiday with lovely hot ( pack serious suncream! ) weather, pure white sandy beaches, palm trees - the works!
Having been here a week, i cannot believe the negative comments made by some customers. The staff are fantastic, food excellent, service with a smile 24/7. My only problem is the clock is ticking too fast to our departure. Well done Sandals Antigua, i’m Sandalised. 25th wedding anniversary this Monday and have not regretted our choice for this vacation for one second.