Sandals Grande Antigua

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Overview

Plethora of amenities for both active couples and R&R-seekers
On-site dining venues receive mixed reviews

Flanked by the crystalline waters of Dickenson Bay in northwest Antigua, this adults-only, all-inclusive Sandals resort caters to couples looking for a romantic retreat. Guests can choose between a cottage in the Caribbean Beachfront Village or a suite at the Mediterranean Oceanview Village. Whichever accommodation type travelers choose, they'll find mahogany, four-poster king-sized beds, plush bathrobes, complimentary Wi-Fi access and flat-screen TVs. The resort features an impressive seven bars and 11 restaurants, serving everything from pizza to Tex-Mex to sushi. For R&R-seekers, Sandals Grande Antigua's Red Lane Spa offers treatments like massages and body scrubs. Meanwhile, active duos have their pick of various land and water sports, including paddleboarding, snorkeling and beach volleyball. Though most recent guests praised the friendliness of the staff, some were disappointed with their room service and restaurant meals.

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Location
St. John's
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
All-inclusive resort, 373 rooms
Primary View
Bay, Mountain(s), Ocean
Style
Traditional, Opulent, Modern
Best For
Couples

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Scorecard
  • 5.0Hotel Class

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Critic Reviews

Condé Nast Traveler

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Antigua's Dickenson Beach, with long stretches of white sand, is the island's most beloved for a reason, and the adults-only Sandals Grande Antigua has the best and most reliable access. But that's not all: you won't run out of things to do, as the full-service resort has a piano bar, six swimming pools, eleven restaurants and bars, and a tennis court.

Fodor's

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The sumptuous public spaces, lovely beach, glorious gardens, and plethora of facilities almost mask this resort's impersonal atmosphere. ... Pluses include activities from cardio training to karaoke, romantic four-poster beds, and such extras as complimentary tennis lessons and scuba diving (only spa treatments and weddings incur surcharges).

Oyster.com

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Sandals ... is the epitome of a couples-only Caribbean mega-resort. It offers 373 rooms scattered through 27 acres of tropical grounds on stunning Dickenson Bay Beach.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 7510 have reviewed the Sandals Grande Antigua, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7510 reviews 4.5 (based on 7510 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Sandals Grande Antigua is divided into two areas: the all-suite Mediterranean Oceanview Village and Caribbean Beachfront Village. Standard luxury-level suites are located in the Mediterranean Oceanview Village side on the ground floors of the Cypress and Almond buildings. They boast mahogany, four-poster king-sized beds, shared patios, flat-screen TVs, whirlpool tubs and walk-in rain showers. The decor features crisp white linens and a subtle tropical theme. For added luxury and perks like exclusive lounge access, complimentary room service and a dedicated concierge, guests can stay in one of the property's Club-level accommodations, which are located in both parts of the property. Butler-level suites also offer personal butlers.
  • All-inclusive rates cover in-room Wi-Fi access
  • Red Lane Spa amenities inside all rooms
  • Love Nest Suites available for added romance and privacy

Standard room size401 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Located along Antigua's Dickenson Bay, the adults-only Sandals Grande Antigua offers all sorts of property amenities as part of its all-inclusive rate. Visitors can find multiple restaurants within walking distance or travel to downtown St. John's, which sits less than 3 miles south. Airport transfers are available free of charge, and car service can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • About 5 miles northwest of V C Bird International Airport
  • Resort departure lounge in Cypress Tower
  • Currency exchange available at front desk
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Sandals Grande Antigua features 11 restaurants, each with a unique lineup of dishes and flavors. Offerings range from a French cafe and a pizzeria to a British pub and a Japanese teppanyaki grill. There are also seven bars and lounges. The largest eatery is Bayside Restaurant, a French brasserie that offers a buffet for breakfast and lunch and a la carte dining for dinner. All meals and drinks are included in the resort's all-inclusive rate. Room service is also available but is limited to Club- and Butler-level accommodations.
  • Beach barbecue bash hosted at Bayside Restaurant on Wednesdays
  • Some restaurants closed on select days
  • Candlelight dinners in the garden, on a terrace or at the beach can be arranged for a fee
  • Room service available 24 hours in Butler-level rooms and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Club-level rooms
  • All dining venues and bars serve exclusive Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines and Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee blends

Number of restaurants11

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Mexican, Asian, Italian, French, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

Sandals Grande Antigua features six pools and six whirlpools in addition to beach access at Dickenson Bay. The property's largest pool, the Mediterranean Pool, is 15,000 square feet and includes one of the resort's two swim-up bars. Other smaller pools can be found throughout the complex, all of which have lounge chairs, umbrellas and pool showers.
  • Private pool and beach cabanas available for additional daily fee
  • Beach towels
  • Some Butler-level suites include private pools
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

Sandals Grande Antigua's Red Lane Spa offers a variety of treatments, including couples massages, body scrubs, facials, nail services and salt bath soaks. Outdoor plunge pools are available for use, and some treatment rooms feature private showers and whirlpools. Travelers with Emerald, Diamond or Pearl status in the Sandals Select Rewards program receive a complimentary 30- or 60-minute couples massage.
  • In-suite treatments
  • Men's treatments
  • Spa services cost extra

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Fitness

Open 24 hours, the fitness center at Sandals Grande Antigua features two rooms of Life Fitness cardio and weight-training equipment. Both rooms have vaulted ceilings and provide views of the resort's gardens. Guests can also take part in yoga classes, water aerobics and a variety of sports, including tennis and beach volleyball. Or, travelers can take advantage of unlimited lessons for beach activities, such as kayaking, windsurfing and paddleboarding.
  • All classes and land and water sports covered by all-inclusive room rates
  • Fitness center resides in Caribbean Beachfront Village area
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis (free)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (free)
  • Motor boats (free)

Business

Three spaces are available for meetings at Sandals Grande Antigua, including a 3,240-square-foot ballroom, a boardroom and a Caribbean-themed conference room. Free Wi-Fi access can be found throughout the property, and audiovisual and catering packages can be arranged for events.
  • Two guest computers in lobby area
  • Conference room can accommodate 80 people for receptions
  • Banquet-style events can be hosted in ballroom or boardroom

Number of meeting rooms3

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Wedding

The resort can host beachfront and garden gazebo weddings. A variety of wedding packages and themes are available, which vary in price. Theme package offerings include bouquets, wedding cakes, photography and videography, centerpieces and table linens. Wedding receptions with up to 380 people or seated dinners for 280 guests can also be accommodated in the property's ballroom.
  • On-site wedding planners
  • Free $500 wedding credit included with room booking for three or more nights

Maximum wedding guest capacity380

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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