What We Love
- The 6,000-square-foot Aveda spa
- On-site yoga and Pilates classes
- First-floor rooms have private plunge pools
- Free WiFi
- Infinity pool with beautiful island views
What To Know
- It’s a short distance from the beach, but there’s a free shuttle
- The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Carmichael’s is closed on Sunday and Monday evenings
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on a sugarcane-covered hillside, between mountains dotted with villages and the untouched forest on the island’s dramatic coastal highlands, Sugar Ridge appeals to aesthetes with its modern architecture and clean palette of crisp whites against dark woods. And while it’s not directly on the beach, it’s tough to beat the views its hillside location affords of Antigua’s palm-lined shore, the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands of Redonda, Nevis and St. Kitts.
Bed and Bath
The property’s 60 spacious rooms are in groups of four, each with its own entrance and modern interiors done up in earth tones. Upper rooms have large verandas, dining decks and daybeds, while each lower room comes with a private plunge pool. Decks have panoramic views of the island’s lush landscape, and four-poster beds draped in white mosquito netting add to the air of romance.
For a small property, the dining options are eclectic. Carmichael’s is an open-air hilltop restaurant with a menu devised to make the most of what’s fresh at Antigua’s local market; expect dishes such as jerk pork tenderloin and Antiguan lobster. At Sugar Club, the more informal eatery and social center of the resort, head chef Andrew Jean takes a modern, fusion approach to Caribbean cuisine, adding such categories as tapas, sushi and pizza to the mix. Highlighting Sugar Ridge’s emphasis on wellness and relaxation, the 6,000-square-foot Aveda spa has a full menu of rejuvenating treatments, including holistic therapies, body wraps using mint and rosemary, and chakra-balancing massages. For fitness fans, there are aerobics classes and a Pilates and yoga studio, and an 82-foot lap pool.
In the Area
The hotel overlooks Jolly Harbour Marina, from which boat excursions, scuba dives and fishing trips depart. We like Miramar Sailing, which offers a sunset cruise that includes champagne and snacks. Active types can get an up-close look at the island’s lush rain forest with the Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour, a two-and-a-half-hour zipline adventure. For Antigua’s most famous view, visit Shirley Heights, also known for the delicious barbecue served at the Lookout restaurant and for hosting the biggest and best boat party every Sunday.
How to Get There
First of all, don't book a room with pool, it is very small and it's not clean at least the one we had and the other ones are better. This was one of the hotels we stayed for my boyfriend's birthday getaway. We loved the place but we were amazed from the prices for some things that were just not worth it. The front desk agent who I don't remember her name but she has family in St. Kitts (where we live) she was wonderful in so many ways. Very helpful. I unfortunately can't remember her name, I believe it was her who organized the nice champaign or sparkling wine in the room as soon as we entered, it was a really nice thought. The breakfast menu needs work but what we had was nice. We work in hospitality so we know a lot and we travel as well. The room they gave us bad bushes so we couldn't see the view properly, the pool wasn't big enough for two persons to be in properly, and it was dirty. If we didn't have bushes the view would had been beautiful because we were all the way to the top of the hill. For some reason having to do with the land that was by the wall, all the water from the rain we had was coming in the room, we had to move everything and we were concerned because there was electrical around. The room itself was really nice. I was in love with the bathroom because how nice it was, even the one on the reception. We got ropes and the amenities in the room were good. We called to report the issue and it took forever for the issue to be resolved. But they did the night before our departure date and the room was really nice and the view was okay. But we were comfortable with it because we didn't have to deal with stepping on water. The restaurant to the top of the hill had the best wings we ever had and the pool was incredible plus the view. I suggest that the woman who was the hosts a couple of times stop wearing clothing showing her breasts or dressed inappropriately to be working in a restaurant. I personally didn't like that. There were nothing unique that I remember about it. My boyfriend liked the gym very much. It was clean and very organized. The furniture was very nice and the hotel had updated technology.
We booked this trip with a few add-ons for a 50th birthday celebration as part of Aveda's Pure Privilege program and absolutely loved our experience. We got to know the staff and, while we didn't go for the all-inclusive, enjoyed lingering over breakfast in the open air restaurant, spending time in our personal plunge pool, lounging by the communal pool and good conversation over happy hour. The staff was extremely courteous, knowledgeable, and professional while also being down to earth and a joy to chat with. July is obviously a quiet time of year for the island, but we found it to be relaxing and just what we wanted from our vacation; yet we found plenty of time and opportunity for own fun. In the spirit of getting back what you give in life, we left the resort and island - reluctantly - amidst hugs and well wishes among our new found friends. Wishing you guys all the best! See you all again real soon...
We are a bit late writing this review our holiday was back in may but we are still talking about how amazing it was, accomadation was excellent rooms are clean, a good size, wonderful views with an excellent balcony to fully appreciate it.we stayed all inclusive and never had a bad meal breakfast was especially good.the transport to the two local beaches was easy and regular and the all inclusive extension at the beach made our holiday even more relaxing.the island it self is safe friendly and welcoming but what made it extra especially fabulous is the people wherever we went everyone was kind and helpful and couldn't do enough for you.the staff at sugar ridge are top notch and we need to personally thank rose jojo carleen and vorn 'our family' for taking such good care of us.