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
Excellent hotel with fantastic views. we are walkers so no problem with the hills and going to the grocery store / jolly beach and restaurants are all close by(10 min. walk). Ate at sugar ridge lounge which was great and so was breakfast plan. we were celebrating our 40th wedding so we went to Carmichaels on our final night. The portions were small and fairly costly, we did not leave full. Really liked the shuttle to the beaches but you did have to pay for umbrellas(not what was on web site of Trip Central) and chairs each time because we were not eating there.(just finished breakfast).
I recently completed a one week stay at this resort. It is situated on a hill so it is not the most convenient location for persons with disabilities particularly those in wheelchairs. There are shuttle services to help persons get around though. Staff members are very friendly. Food is ok but expensive with a US10 surcharge for room service. The main restaurant has several stairs and there are no ramps or elevators. I did not go to the second restaurant but my colleagues did and found the service extremely slow, prices expensive and serving portions small.
Some rooms come with a splash pool which is convenient if you have limited mobility or just prefer some private time. Just be careful as uour neighbour might be able to see you.
If you are into fitness, the hilly terrain makes for great exercise particulary if you dont feel like using the gym.
Finally as a business hotel the room is not the most conducive as there are no desks in the rooms (at least mine). Television is weirdly placed. The rooms are spacious and well decorated. The ironing board is miniature so if you are mot used to the size it is a bit cumbersome.
Would I stay again? No as i have some mobility issues and getting around is challenging with that many stairs. Food quickly became even more expensive as i had to order room service at night and although breakfast was included I skipped it so i could function during the day.
But enjoy the views!
Just returned from Sugar Ridge and loved it. About 15 mins walk from two beaches, it’s set back on the hillside in beautiful surroundings. Rooms are big and nicely done with huge balconies, the grounds are lovely and the pool area was always quiet enough to get a sun-bed. Views from the infinity pool or Carmichael’s at the top of the hill are stunning - you can catch some lovely sunsets. They also have a fabulous yoga platform up there - doing yoga overlooking the sea was wonderful. The staff are fab - the friendliest team! Highly recommend.
I thought this hotel and surroundings were just lovely. It’s set in a beautiful picturesque hillside, but is only 10 mins walk from a couple of the beaches. There are a few other restaurants within walking distance. There’s also a regular shuttle service that goes to from a couple of the beaches. There’s also free sun loungers on these beaches if you’re staying at Sugar Ridge which is always a plus!
We found the rooms to be very spacious, clean and had good Wi-fi. If you don’t fancy walking you can call the shuttle. You only usually have to wait 5 mins. Same if you want to go to the infinity pool, yoga or Carmichael’s at the top of the hill. If not there’s a relatively easy path to follow, although a little dark at night.
We didn’t go all inclusive but we eat here a few times and the food was great. It’s not Michelin star but it doesn’t claim to be. The staff are very helpful and always courteous and happy to help. There’s also plenty of variety.
My only constructive feedback would be that the evening entertainment is a little random and sporadic (it may have been a season thing), and it could probably do with some nice ‘chill’ music in the bar area and around the pools.
If you want a pristine hotel on a beach that has no character go to a Sandals. If you want a hotel that has a good atmosphere, a bit of soul, set a little back from passing tourists with lovely food and helpful staff, then stay here. :)
Very quiet but great service and good value. Spa, restaurants and location exceeded expectations. Yoga on the hill is amazing with views of the carribean. Hotel rooms themselves have large balconies but rooms themselves could use a little maintenance as our locks weren't working very well on the doors. Customer service was fantastic. They returned a forgotten item from the restaurant before I had even phoned down. Shuttles to 2 different beaches are fun as were the hikes and market city tours that the hotel arranges.