A December 2005 trip
to Antigua by cpkan1
Quote: Sandals Antigua
Hotel | "Sandals"
My husband and I recently took a trip to celebrate our 15th anniversary, which he was not home for. He had been in Iraq for the last year in a highly intense position. Since I had worked for a number of years as a travel agent, and was a Sandals Specialist, we chose this one, since it is supposed to be their most romantic resort. We were extremely disappointed. The first room we booked was towards their upper end but was very worn and small. We upgraded to their Honeymoon Suite, which had been redone and was very nice. The problem was that between the renovations being done at the resort, and the construction being done directly outside of our room (bulldozers right off of our balcony waking us at 7am all week), we had something far from a quiet and relaxing time. They never notified us ahead of time, or even checked during all of this.
If you are someone who likes to travel and stay at nice places with good food, this is not the place. We are used to good service and food. You will get neither here. At the nightclub one night, the barmaid was so slow that another guest who used to bartend went behind the bar and started serving other guests. She would take around 10 minutes per drink! I guess that is how they save money. The food was mediocre at best. The snack bar was beyond horrible and choices at the restaurants were poor. The portion sizes were tiny. You couldn't even make changes to their menu items. It was so bad that even the chicken dishes were served with the cheapest chicken parts, no white meat.The resort and beach are beautiful to look at and the water sports were the best part. The water skiing has been discontinued. The entertainment was good for the most part. The karaoke was interesting, as the majority of the singers brought up were employees (and even former ones), which did not allow quite a few guests to get a turn!! The host was a wannabe singer who had a hard time relinquishing the microphone.It is a very quiet island with very little shopping and no nightlife. We got in our relaxing on the beach, but my poor husband, who had listened to bombs and gunfire for the last year, did not get the much-needed rest in our room. We had read a couple of other reviews, which mentioned the age and wear on the resort. We should have listened and gone to another island. We are not just being picky, because many others, including honeymooners, were also unhappy. I guess it just depends on your expectations. It was definitely not worth the high price we paid!
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 10, 2006
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa
Saint John's Dickenson Bay
Antigua and Barbuda