Sandals Grande Antigua is a beautiful resort with a lot to offer guests! After spending a fabulous vacation at the resort, I’m sharing my Sandals Antigua review.
Happy Marvelous Monday! How was your weekend?
I got to actually watch the Super Bowl, which was awesome. I cheered, I laughed, I cried over the Budweiser puppy. Gets me every time!
Going to bed at 6:30 for work every Monday in my old life meant I never actually got stay up and watch the game. And before I worked mornings I worked weekends, so watching the game was a big treat last night.
I hope you guys aren’t sick of me talking about how I went to the Caribbean yet. I promise this is the last Antigua post I have planned! I love reading hotel reviews while I am planning trips, so I thought I would write one for anyone considering a trip to Antigua or Sandals Grande Antigua.
And for everyone else, I figured who doesn’t like to look at food and beaches? Anyone?
Last one, really 🙂
Sandals Grande Antigua Reviews
Sandals Grande Antigua is a beautiful resort and I had such a great time on our trip! The resort is massive and is divided into two section, the Mediterranean Village side and the Caribbean Grove side. We decided to stay on the Mediterranean side because it was newer and I prefer crisp fresh hotel rooms.
The Mediterranean Village side is home to a giant zero entry pool with the iconic Sandals tower and swim up bar.
The Caribbean Grove side is older and has been around since before this property was a Sandals. I was actually blown away by how charming it was. The rooms were recently renovated, so they felt just as new inside.
The Caribbean side is home to many smaller pools tucked away in more private corners.
There are plenty of standard looking upgraded old motel-like rooms on this side, but there are also little huts that are brilliantly whimsical.
They walk right onto the main pathway that leads out to the beach. I instantly wanted to move into one of these huts and live a happily-ever-after-fairy-tale hut life. I had to settle for finding a large beach umbrella near the huts.
Note: We did have to get up early to claim a chair and umbrella
The property is landscaped beautifully and are some of the most amazing grounds I have seen short of Hawaii.
There are little white butterflies everywhere fluttering across the gorgeous grounds. I adore butterflies and just loved watching them. I have a little bit of a hippie heart. Please don’t judge 🙂
Another thing I adore: Rainbows. This one was seen from our room. I imagine Sandals can’t guarantee rainbows along with their fairy tale huts, but I was lucky enough to see two of them while I was there.
The beach is on Dickenson Bay. The water is very blue and fairly calm. I was told it is normally much calmer than it was while I was there, but regardless it was beautiful.
The beach is not private to the resort and is shared with other properties and locals. In Antigua the beach belongs to everybody, which honestly seems only fair. There are many locals walking the beach trying to get you to buy something. If I wasn’t interested I said no thank you. I never had a problem and I’m not complaining, but it is something I’m glad I knew about ahead of time.
This is an un-edited picture of what it looked like in the morning before most guests wake up. The chairs get more crowded through the day. I suspect that the break in the sand is not always there and was just because of the “rougher” water.
Water sports activities of snorkeling boat trips and scuba are included.
As I mentioned in my last Antigua post, the hubs and I had a great time learning how to sail on this trip.
I had a little panic moment the first time we took out the Hobie Cat because I wasn’t sure if we would be able to turn the boat around to go back to the shore line. I had visions of becoming castaways… I even named my volleyball. Luckily we figured it out how to maneuver the boat and shear joy replaced my panic within just a few minutes. Short lessons were included and there was a motor boat to come and save you if you had problems, which made me feel much safer.
The hubs loves putting vacation videos together and did this with our GoPro. It is a little slice of heaven on a cold winter day.