Grand Pineapple Antigua

I have read a number of Grand Pineapple Antigua Guest Reviews, and was a little nervous before taking my young family there on vacation, but I needn’t have been. Although like anyone writing a review I have my own opinions, and the first thing that I must say is by Far East standards this is not a 5 star. Caribbean 5 star beach resorts are different altogether.

Pineapple Beach

antiguaThe Pineapple Beach is situated on probably the best beach in Antigua, in a lovely cove, and it is quite small compared to other all inclusive resorts I have experienced

We arrived hot and tired, to be given a welcoming rum punch drink. Our room wasn’t fantastic, it had great views of the beach and the resort. It is fair to say that the furniture in the room looked worn out, so it is no great surprise to hear the resort is due to close for a makeover, but I understand it will reopen as a couples only resort which is a bit disappointing.

Beach

One of my gripes on a vacation is the availability of sun loungers and shade, but the Pineapple Beach Resort had plenty around the pools, although if you wanted to be on the beach, that meant the dawn patrol to get an umbrella. read more

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Siboney

Siboney in Antigua first came into my radar when I was researching, privately locally owned hotels in Antigua.

It struck me as possibly one of the more secluded romantic Caribbean resorts, and so having spent my honeymoon in Cocos in what I still think is one of the best Caribbean honeymoons hotels, I was anxious to return and try the Siboney Beach Club.

Accommodations

We stayed on the top, third floor in a one bedroom suite, with a small kitchen. It was very comfortable, well decorated, but we would have liked it air conditioned throughout. Only the bedroom has air conditioning, and not the other rooms, which could be unbearably hot, even with a ceiling fan.

There were also mossies but Deet took care of that problem, and I don’t wish to be critical really because the Siboney Beach Club gave us a great vacation, not least because of the input of the owner Tony Johnson who has a handle on everything, and it is so nice to stay in an hotel where the owner and not a faceless manager is so ever present.

Location

Siboney is located at the far end of Dickenson Bay, although it’s not as beautiful as we were led to believe, with a Sandals resort to the right of the hotel, the beach there was far too busy, but in fairness go to the left past some crumbling buildings and you come upon a lovely deserted beach, totally peaceful.

Food

There is an excellent restaurant right next to the hotel called the Coconut Grove, literally right on top of the beach, with superb food, at breakfast lunch and dinner, although at a price!

Safety

Be careful in Antigua with your money, because everything is in US$, not EC$ as it should be, and it can be difficult to get your hands on cash from an ATM, because they seem to be permanently empty!!

There is a lovely good size pool in the beautifully lush, and well maintained gardens, and you’ll often have it to yourself.

The sunsets are another memory of Siboney in Antigua, seen with the inevitable rum punch in hand.

Siboney in Antigua is undoubtedly one of the more secluded romantic Caribbean Resorts, and is exactly the right place to stay for people like us who hate all-inclusive gin palaces.

Another popular destination is Galley Bay Antigua

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Cocos

One of The Best Romantic Affordable Ideas in Antigua is Cocos, and in my opinion it has to be the top all-inclusive honeymoon destination resorts in the Caribbean. It is undoubtedly one of the more secluded romantic Caribbean resorts

Cabo_San_Lucas_1The first thing to say is that it is vital you ensure you splash out a little and take at least a superior seaview cottage, if not a premium. The standard cottages are very noisy because of the road, and a neighbouring hotel, which they are close to, whereas the superior, and premium are up the hill, and round the corner. They have huge balconies, and spectacular views with king sized beds. Their main drawback is the uphill walk, and the fact that with no air conditioning you tend to leave the doors open, and let the mossies in, and the nets were not too efficient!!

My idea of an all-inclusive hotel is not what I found here at Cocos. I imagined a full on loud large resort, which must be terrible, but what we got was the most laid back relaxing small beautiful rustic Caribbean idyll.

The attention we got from the staff from the moment we arrived until we left was extraordinary, this has to be the friendliest most attentive hotel we have ever stayed in.

The biggest problem everyone in the hotel suffered from were the sand flies, so if you are going you will need 100% Deet spray, but that itself doesn’t protect you completely. Someone told us that they didn’t like sun tan oil and so we bought some, threw away our creams and lotions, and the combination seemed to work well.

Why therefore is this one of the top all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean?

The answer is a combination of things, but mainly the secluded romantic setting, plus the fantastic staff who couldn’t be faulted in any way at all.

Even the food which can be quite dire in the Caribbean, was quite superb, and we found plenty of choice, and when we did go a la carte it was extremely good value for money. We did enjoy the barbeque evening

I think though my favourite time was relaxing on a very comfortable sun lounger by the pool drinking cocktails brought by a happy smiling barman.

We will certainly return because we like to feel we have escaped from dreary 5 star hotels, and found authenticity, and this was just that.

Definitely Cocos is one of the most affordable romantic ideas in Antigua.

Another popular destination is Galley Bay Antigua

 

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All Inclusive

This is not an Antigua resort review in the typical sense of the word, but it is an Antigua vacation review, and not one where Antigua’s best resorts will be the ones you expect.

In this article I will ask you to forget the all inclusive resort, and instead look for lovely local establishments offering a totally laid back alternative. A real hideaway dream spot compared to the characterless chain resort frequented by those people who believe that where they are staying is the real Caribbean.

Caribbean Hotels

All over the Caribbean there are independently owned small hotels, and guesthouses offering a far more relaxed alternative, far closer to the real Caribbean experience. They may not offer an International buffet experience but you will be able to eat out in local restaurants, eat fresh caught seafood as it is landed.

There are two things in particular you should note. The first is that every dollar you spend will go into the local economy and not to the Marriott, Hilton, Meridian International Chains far away from Antigua.

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