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The world’s most romantic resort is in Antigua and I had the opportunity to enjoy an all inclusive vacation there! My husband and I stayed at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa, which has been voted the “most romantic” for the past 12 years. Antigua itself is a smallish island in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean but with 365 beaches, Antigua is a paradise for sun worshippers!
Sandals Grande Antigua is an all-inclusive, adults only, couples only resort. That means only 2 people in each room, and each and every room is furnished with a King Bed. With only 373 rooms and suites, the maximum occupancy of the resort is less than 750 guests. Sandals Grande Antigua is quite large, so there is always somewhere for couples to be alone! With a beautiful beach, 9 restaurants and 8 bars, water sports galore, a casino right next door, (not included, of course!!) evening entertainment, pools with swim-up bars, and a full service spa, you may never want to leave! I didn’t!
Sandals Grande Antigua added the Mediterranean Village to the resort about 2 years ago. A fantastic addition! The Cypress Tower and Almond Building are 2 of the new additions. They are absolutely beautiful! The Cypress Tower is 7 stories and the views from those 6th and 7th floor suites are amazing. However, we were on the 2nd floor and while not quite as expansive, the views were great. Check out the pictures!
The Caribbean Village is the older section of the resort, but a lot of renovations and updates have been done and are continuing, so this section is really looking great! Because it is older, the foliage is much more established, so the area is more tropical than the Mediterranean Village, or much more Caribbean, if you will. Also, because of the foliage, the Caribbean Village, tends to seem a bit more intimate. You feel more secluded, even though you are not! The Beachfront Rondovals, for which Sandals Grande Antigua is known, are in the Caribbean Village. Most are literally steps from the beach, but others, which offer a private plunge pool, are a bit more secluded. The Rondovals are very unique in that they are round, with cone shaped roof, and private patios.
As I mentioned before, there are 9 restaurants at Sandals Grande Antigua. We tried to visit every one! The Bayside Restaurant, serves buffet style, but only for breakfast and lunch; at dinner the Bayside is transformed into a specialty restaurant. One night was the Returning Guest Dinner, and another was steak night, another was Asian. Mario’s is the Italian restaurant, and serves great lasagna and the best tiramisu I have ever tasted! Cricketer’s Arms serves British pub food…..cottage pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash! One of my favorites, and I have several, was the Bella Napoli Pizzeria, where pizza cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven is served! You can order a pizza to each in the open air café, or have it boxed for “to-go” and eat it at the beach, pool, lying in a hammock, or on your private lanai! You can have just about anything on it that you want….veggies, sausage, and the usual toppings, but lots of other options, as well.
Don’t miss the Manager’s Cocktail Party. You will be introduced to the management staff, of course, but also learn a new dance, and win prizes…I won a $25 gift certificate to the gift shop. One couple won a day in a Cabana at the pool!
The Beach Party is also a must! With abundant food and drink, served on the beach of course, steel drum band, fire eaters, and limbo dancers, this is one event you do not want to miss!
At Sandals Resorts all of the water sports are also included. SCUBA, snorkeling, kayaks, water trykes, Hobie Cats and Catamarans, are all available. Don’t know how to sail a Hobie Cat? No problem, the Water Sports staff is always happy to teach you. Not certified in SCUBA? You can do a resort course for only $80 and a few hours of your time. You will be able to dive once a day and your certification is good at any Sandals or Beaches Resort for 1 year. This is a really inexpensive way to see if SCUBA is for you.
My husband and I loved Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa, and even though the majority of the guests were honeymooners, there were many guests celebrating 20, 30 or even 50 years of marriage! Sandals Grande Antigua, “The World’s Romantic Resort” is a fantastic resort for destination weddings & honeymoons, or the perfect resort to spend a week together renewing that special bond!
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