When you book a holiday to Sandals, you expect luxury, yet Sandals Grande Antigua will far surpass any expectations…
Seen in the City headed to Sandals Grande Antigua to see what it was really like for that romantic break. A chilled glass of champagne on arrival at the beautiful resort set the precedence for what was to be for the rest of the trip. We were shown round the resort, and had the chance to view the different accommodation types – “The Caribbean Grove” and “The Mediterranean Village”. The Mediterranean Village draws inspiration from the magnificent plazas and palatial villas of Europe’s coveted coastal cities and is breathtaking.
With a range of shops, boutique European-style eateries and a true British pub, it features a buzzing yet relaxed social scene that is to be unrivalled on the Island. The Caribbean Grove is a lushly landscaped area nestled beneath towering coconut palms and climbing tropical vines- a real secluded paradise just a few sandy steps from the sea. Exotic Rondovals suites and gingerbread-trimmed cottages exude a seductive and serene ambience just perfect for that once-in-a-lifetime break away. We stayed in one of the Mediterranean Village suites and if there’s one word to describe it, its breathtaking. If you’re wanting to go that one step up and immerse yourself in pure indulgence, this is the accommodation for you. With a King-sized mahogany four poster bed, large bath, walk in shower, our own bar, living room and terrace with amazing views over the whole resort and beach there is little more you could wish for. This room also comes with its own personal butler who will do everything from unpacking and packing your luggage to pouring your champagne.
The resort itself is utterly divine – something reflected in the fact it has been voted the “World’s Most Romantic Resort” year after year. Located on Antigua’s best and most famous beach, soft white sands and the majestically blue sea pave way for a vacation to remember and scenes unlike any others. A charming seaside oasis, it is evident just why it has achieved its six star status.
The grounds are bursting with flowers and greenery, full of beautiful backdrops ideal for wedding ceremonies. Sandals never hold more that one wedding at a time to ensure all guests receive the staff and resorts full attention and that their day is as special as it can be.
Dinner is also something of a special affair at Sandals Grande Antigua. With such a vast array of different restaurant spanning over a wide myriad of cuisines, there is something for everyone. Our personal favourite was at Kimono’s – a Japanese restaurant. It was reservation only so we would recommend booking yourself in. The food was delicious and cooked and served in front of us. Our other indulgence was Café de Paris, a French patisserie serving freshly baked pastries, cakes, crepes, coffee and ice cream. This was open till 10.30pm, so we enjoyed a crepe there after dinner one evening. It is located in a beautiful courtyard with a fountain in the middle, and the ideal spot to relax and take in the views. Dotted around the resort are fire pits with seating surrounding them, which in the evening is the perfect place to sit back and relax with your partner, taking in the soft smells of burning wood and the smooth Caribbean sunset.
The fact that there are so many different areas at Sandals Grande Antigua means it feels like you are staying in a small town rather than a resort, however it’s not too big and has everything you could require just a short walk away. Being all inclusive too, your break is hassle free from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Exactly what you want when on holiday!
Water sports at Sandals are also in abundance – from snorkelling and scuba diving to wind surfing and hobbie cats, there is something for everyone. As we are qualified open-water divers, we went on a shipwreck dive one afternoon – it was a really incredible and unforgettable experience and one I would highly advise. If you are a new diver, there are also a range of diving courses on offer so you can learn during your trip. Other activities within the resort include volley ball, tennis, a fitness centre and a spa with a range of treatments. There are six fresh water pools and six whirlpools aswell as two swim up pool bars. We found the large Mediterranean pool livelier with music and games, whereas the Caribbean pool was smaller, quieter and ideal for relaxing or snoozing!
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sandals Grande Antigua and I would highly recommend the resort. From the start until the end you will have the time of your lives and it’s sure to be a trip you will never forget.
Visit the Sandals Grande Antigua website here for more information and to book.
Seen in the City were hosted by Sandals Grande Antigua for two nights in their Mediterranean Village Suite.