Verandah Resort & Spa
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... who tie up to our aft deck, time off to swim and snorkel and being treated to a manicure on the beach sitting on the steps of a mansion supposedly owned by Giorgio Armani (truth or local legend, who cares). Once the owners headed to the airport it was time to kick off a whole 2 weeks without any quests on board - the longest stretch yet! And kick it off we did! Shots of tequila all around and then off to the local beach bar for some well deserved island ...
... just ok. I ordered the Vegetarian Wellington. The pastry was like modelling clay. Our waiter Jimmy came round and saw that I had put it to one side and said that it was only there to hold the vegetables together! I suggested that a rubber band might ...
... the time I get home my hands should look like a bricky's.! It's all a very big learning curve for both of us. We haven't had a row yet which is amazing.! Tim has to be patient with me as I'm not an experienced sailor as he is so when he needs anything doing he has to talk me through it carefully! I also am almost deaf in my left ear which is a massive irritation to Tim as I can't hear anything he says when it's windy and I'm on the bow of the boat. He ...
... As such, the guides report that in 8 years, nobody has been stung.
They put us on a boat and took us out by Guiana and Great Bird islands. They have a floating dock to tie the boat to. Despite being so far out to sea, the water is extremely shallow. Once we got into the stingray area, they came right up to us and nuzzled against us, much like cats do. We were able to pet them and hold them. Everywhere, we were surrounded ...
... br> There were a few shops that actually contained crafts. I went into one shop, Earthly Instincts, because it had very pretty painted gourd bowls out front. The artist herself was in the shop, working on making some napkin rings. We chatted for a while about her and her art. When I marveled at some very uniquely-shaped wine glasses, she noted that she “likes shapes,” which of course made me crack up and tell her about my sister. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Verandah Resort & Spa Saint Philip
We returned last week from our wedding and honeymoon in Antigua. The first week we got married at the St James Club and chose the Verandah for our honeymoon week ( when the family had all returned home!).
Keine Sorge, ein super Hotel, bin gerade hier...
Kamen vor ein paar Tagen an und hatten eine super Zeit. Das Wetter war super, der Strand klasse und die Angestellten spitze. Das AI-Angebot beinhaltet auch die Drinks an der Bar. Die Baustelle fängt bei Zimmer Nr. 138 an abwärts an, nicht dort, wo etwas los ist. Alle Bereiche im Restaurant und am Pool sind fertig und in Gebrauch. Werde später eine ausführlichere Bewertung schreiben, gehe jetzt segeln. Am Pool hat man auch eine WLAN-Verbindung.
No worry, great place, currently a guest at the resort
Arrived here a few days ago, having a great time. Weather great, beach great, staff great. The all inclusive plan also includes bar drinks. The construction of units is from room 138 down, away from where the action is. Everything in the area of the restaurant and pool is finished and running.
Will write a full review later, must go sailing now... and yes wifi is available by the pool.
Brillant, really was. It's still being built, currently only 90 rooms are open of the proposed 200 were open. I can see the point in an earier review about the place being over crowded if at full capacity but this place will have a 2 private beaches and a massive pool area. 3 resturants and enough activitys to keep you and any kids busy all day.
My wife and I checked into the Verandah on 21st October 07 so we were amongst the first guests ever to stay there. We'll liken our stay to a spaghetti western -
We recenty returned from our half term vacation at this well designed wonderful resort. Our family consisted of 2 adults and 4 children under the age of 8.
Hi everyone just returned from antigua last night! Verandah is an amazing resort! When you arrive you are given a cocktail immediately(rum punch, champagne) that was a nice treat. check-in was quick and thorough and then you were brought through the resort by a six to eight person electric manual golf cart( yes manual i was astonished too!) Your first glimpses are an unfinished beach looks nice though, then up to a top of a bluff good photo op here ask to stop we did! This area is mostly under construction until you get to the kidz club. kidz club was fully operational except for the pool. Our room was a bay view room 243 which had a descent view then about an hour later they switched the room because they coudnt find the keys. to my surprise it was closer to the pool and beach room 266 right above the wedding gazebo by the beach bar. wonderful views of both the beach, bay, ocean and devils bridge! Our first meal, all that was open when we arrived, round 4:00 pm was the beach bar. We had a fried fish platter and a broiled fish platter some of the best fish i have ever had! We than had dinner at the buffet around 800pm because nicoles their fine dining was booked. The buffet was better than both cozumel all inclusives and dominican republic's as well. Book your reservations for nicoles as soon as you arrive if thats your fancy. Menu never changes though gets a little boring. Buffet changes for both lunch and dinner breakfast never changes but is delicious! The pool was operational but we never went in it except to rinse your feet from the beach.( there are no water spikets to rinse your feet off from the beach) The beach is small if 25 people are on the beach there will probably be no chairs and shade is limited. One day there was six of us and we had to get a porter to help us carry six chaise loungers down the fifty stairs to the beach. If you want a prime spot get up for the amazing sunrise and get some chairs. There are no activities i.e. yoga, volleyball, soccer, table tennis, pool. I think the only activities are the snorkeling, kayaking, sailfish on the beach. There is suppose to be a library but no books so bring loads your gonna need them. There are board games, but you will have to ask. Entertainment wise they did have some good music every night starting at 730pm down by the pool bar. reggae and other top hits. No steel drums though kind of dissapointed. Lots of bob marley you would think you were in jamaica! Service at the resort was immpecable could not thank them enough! have heard on other posts that they are from the St. James. Who cares because when im sitting drinking and talking with friends and i think to myself wow i need another drink and before i have a chance to get up and get it I have a waiter or waitress asking me if i need anything thats amazing! God bless the verandah staff! On other posts people are talking all about this long bay beach by pineapple beach resort! Yes it is about a half mile long about ten times the size of verandah's, but it is maybe 10 yards deep(from the water to the grass) and you have to deal with antiguan vendors trying to sell shirts and drugs to you. Also if you want to go anywhere near the pineapple beach you have to purchase a day pass for 85$ us dollars. wouldn't recommend this beach. I would rather stay on a secluded beach then have to deal with vendors talking to me all day. As for the amenties of the verandah the spa was also amazing got an hour massage for my girlfriend an I ,which they accomodated for us they did us both in the same room at the same time. What a wonderful experience, the ambience and smell of the spa was envigorating they had beautiful waterfalls and lemon water for all guests. WOW! The rooms i thought were some of the cleanest I have ever been in flat screens were good for the football game, but who is watching the t.v. anyway. The verandah was probably the best part of the room the views are breathtaking! The solar hot water could be a problem. we didn't have it for one day and they fixed it right away. Another couple we met didn't have it for four days. Some nice excursions are renting a car and definitely going to english harbour and jolley beach. St johns is a must for shopping. THE CANOPY ZIP LINE is the best thing I have ever done totally safe and exciting. Devils bridge is a 10 min walk from the resort amazing pic oppurtunities. I would definitely recommend this hotel to someone who wants to have a relaxing vacation! thankx,
I arrived on 19th October. We drove in through pristine gates to a new lobby reception area, all surrounded by a building site! Long beach is about 200 meters from the reception but quite a way from the completed rooms (to answer some other queries). The reception team was enthusiastic and we were quickly on our way on an electric buggy to our rooms. We passed the 'new beach' (apparently, according to internet reports, created from destruction of mangroves). This is not a large area and otherwise seems relatively sympathetic to the surroundings. It is made to look 'open' with sun loungers but nobody is using it yet and the beach and reception bar is not open. We drove on through the building site, past the unfinished tennis courts and rooms, winding up the resort roads. Things started looking a bit more complete when we passed the (as yet) un-opened kids club; this is interesting as it has a very fancy climbing area (which may get a bit hot in the sun). No kids pool as yet.
We knew when we booked it was going to be a soft opening. With that said, save your money and don't go back for another year. Unlike the above poster, I will give you a 360 degree report. For sure don't pay full rack rate, so not worth it. We paid 242.00 for both of us per night. So, we got a great value. Won't go back though. Reception area done, but when you leave that area to go towards the back, get ready! This resort is not ready yet.-6-12 months to get this thing full functioning. When you leave the main check in area, the landscaping is only 10% done and tons, I mean tons of villas are being worked on and are only shells. The beach upfront (long bay) is not ready for visitors yet either, unless you want to hear construction noise etc. We stayed in room 155 (booked an ocean view, this was a bay view with a peek of ocean). All the guest while we were there were placed in the back part. I did hear construction noise, as the villa next to us was being worked on at 8am. Rooms are average and the pictures on the website make them look much better. Bring your own pillows as theirs are super fluffy and many of us had neck aches from them. Their is a flatscreen, but who travels 2500 miles to watch tv. Microwave and unstocked (I even asked 3 times) refrigerator. So if you get thirsty at 11pm, too bad for you! No roomservice either, which made me mad. The one beach that is open (that they cut down trees and imported sand for) is nice but very tiny. Only 4-5 tiki huts and lots of sandflies. Bring your OFF! Activities don't exist. If my husband and did not bring books and really like being with each other-we would have died from boredom. One family from England left after day 6 to go to St James due to the boredom. The activities lady was nice, but was not prepared she was asking us about What we knew about Scuba on the island. Because of the location of the resort, expect to pay 40-45.00 each way to get to the activities. There is nothing around but Devils Bridge (which is only a 10 min walk). They did have 1-2 pattle boats, some kayaks and sailboats. But after day 3, these get old. There is not much to look at snorkeling off the tiny beach as it is a bay. 2 of the 3 restaurants were open. The tiny beach has a beach bar that serves a few items, they close at 4pm. Handicapped beware: There are lots of steps going to that beach, we wondered how anyone not fully walking could get down there. Nicoles Restaurant (we did not pay this dumb surcharge) was the best. But the menu was the same every night. That got old. I WOULD NOT have paid 25.00 per person surcharge for this, that is a bunch of bunk. We had a lobster barbeque at Palm Island Resort- no surcharge there. The buffet was ok, I have had better at the Royal Palace in Rivera Maya. Lots of pasta, pizza, not so great fish. Out of 5 I would give the buffet a 3, just average. Breakfast was much better, I would give that a 4.5. What I found odd was that we were oceanfront but I did not see one shrimp or crab offering for the entire week. Thats what I was wanting the most. There were lots of families there (only about 20 rooms taken during our stay). The kids were bored out of their minds. One group turned over pool chaise's and played table tennis. We felt so bad for them. They are starting up some kind of timeshare program 10-26K membership. No thanks. GOOD POINTS: Service was excellent. Many are from the St James Club. Very nice, polite. Best Service in a long while. Close to the airport. Good Value for <300.00 a night. Water in Antigua is beautiful. Very nice. If we go back to Antigua, we will go to Galley Bay or Blue Wates. For Verandah-they are nice but I would wait though till its fully functioning. Couples and Families only, I think the singles would die! Feel free to email me if you would like more information.
I just returned from Antigua with my wife who is a travel consultant. She was invited to go over and visit this hotel with a group sponsored by the tourist board and I was able to tag along. The Manager took us around the entire hotel and grounds and was quite eager to show us everything (even the kitchen!) and we were pretty impressed with the facilities. The rooms are really large and each have an oceanview with a private varandah really was nice. It has a large centrally located pool, children's facility and BEAUTIFUL spa. It overlooks two really beaches and the water looked really very calm and shallow. Our guide explained it is in a bay and even though on the Atlantic side, a large reef breaks the rough waters, so it is very calm. He insisted it would be open by mid-October, but it did look a little barren with not much vegetation, but workmen were bringing in trees and plantings, so I would expect it will be ready to open next month.