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
Again my daughter took me on the vacation of a lifetime, this time to celebrate my retirement. The Resort was absolutely beautiful, the facilities, the staff, the food, and even the weather was fabulous. I would highly recommend the Resort to anyone wanting to vacation in the Carribean!
I checked into the Sugar Ridge on the 9th June for 3 nights, solo traveler. My room was number 48, delux room with plunge pool. The room itself is spacious airy and well decorated, with a mini bar (you choose the drinks you want). There are two restaurants on the site Carmichael's at the top of the hill and Sugarclub at the bottom. Both served tasty food. But the views from Carmichael's were amazing especially at sunset. The staff were always friendly and polite, nothing was a problem.
The hotel also provides a shuttle to the local beach as the hotel is not on the beach and not within walking distances (not in that heat anyway). I went for an all inclusive package and I'm so glad I did, it works out cheaper and I didn't have to worry about carrying money around with me. There is nothing bad I can say about the hotel everything was outstanding. Definitely going back next year.
My favorite view is at night when all the property lights were on 🤗. Overall the room was comfortable. The bed and pillows made for a good night's rest. We didn't stay much on property but had A1 breakfast one morning and of course Aveda is tight there so naturally we did the spa too! Great service. I didn't like my view of the bush. I didn't really like the fact that we had to be shuttled to and from the rooms and based on the pics I thought the rooms were a bit bigger (and the plunge pool) but in any case well worth the stay!
We stayed for 1 week 5/24/18-5/31/18. The room was very spacious and clean, no carpet but on the dark side- not enough lighting, it is recommended that they put additional lighting in the center of the room perhaps on the ceiling fan. Another problem was the half shower door which did not entirely prevent water from coming onto the floor. One other problem was that the coffee maker (pod type) was slow and did not sufficiently heat the water. Other than these items, the king size bed was super comfortable and the room decor was very nice with an extremely high ceiling. The deck was huge and our Room 35, had an absolutely terrific view! The staff was very courteous and helpful and responded well to whatever problem arose (our safe broke but was reaired expeditiously. Carmichaels, the restaurant on top of the hill over us had tremendous views, excellent food and service. The infinity pool outside the restaurant was great with fantastic views. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would recommend this resort as a mid-range option.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Sugar ridge for 3 nights and really enjoyed our stay! The rooms were spacious and very clean, AC worked very well! The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful with arranging shuttles to and from the beach or to dinner! I would highly recommend staying here!