Anguilla Great House Beach Resort
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We spent 4 days in Anguilla during a 10 day trip to the Caribbean. The island is very tranquil with beautiful beaches. We chose the Anguilla Great House because we wanted to avoid the large, "American", all-inclusive resorts. We were disappointed from the moment we arrived. The reception area is shabby. The bungalow style accomodations are past their best. Our bungalow had no view of the beach and was very worn inside. There were cracks on tiles in the bedroom and bathroom, the room was dark, the bed was 2 singles pushed together. We asked to move to a nicer room (the hotel was almost empty as it was the low season) and were told we could not do so without paying an extra charge (which we wanted to avoid as we were already paying too much given the quality of the resort). At night it is very dark and you feel slightly nervous walking to your bungalow (ours was far from the reception).
We travel a lot, love trying new hotels and always try to go for something small with a local feel. However, this hotel was disappointing - there are nicer hotels on the island for a lower price. Staff are nice, as is Rendezvous Beach is but this didn't make up for the disappointing hotel. If you can afford it/want to splurge, Cap Juluca and Malliouhana are beautiful resorts.
Must do's in Anguilla include Little Bay Beach, Meads Bay, lobster on Scilly Cay.
Great House, Great Location, Great Vacation
Do you want to step back in time to your beach vacations where the hotel or cottage you stayed in was just a few yards away from the beach? You don't have to wait on an elevator to get to the proper floor for your room, etc. At AGH you can just step out of your room and be on beautiful property that has a wonderful view of St. Martin and the most beautiful beach on the island. You can leave off the AC and just let the breezes in. The staff was all so accomodating and friendly. There wasn't anything they wouldn't do to help you enjoy your vacation. You could rent a car on the property and enjoy the ride around the island.
We always came back feeling like we were home. The Caribe restaurant (on the property) was especially good. Being just a few feet from the beach made for beautiful scenery. All the food was great there.
Sunday's they have a special cookout that was a real deal. They really have a spectacular location. Anguilla Great House will be on my list of places to go back to. Be ready for some beautiful scenery, great food, friendly staff, and some real realaxtion on a touch of paradise.
We're going back!
My husband and I honeymooned at the Pineapple Beach Club almost 9 years ago. The reason I came across this site is because WE CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!!! We had a phenonmenal experience. The food was great, the room was great (Waterside), the beach was great. I liked that the staff pretty much left you alone unless you needed them, unlike a Club Med type of place. It was so relaxing....we now need to go back and take a second honeymoon for our tenth next year. And a vacation from our kids!
A very good holiday
we have just returned from our lovely holiday at pineapple beach. we had a ocean view room which was spacious, and kept spotlessly clean, with fresh towels everyday. the food was generally very good, though some times slow to be served, but hey your in the carabean, whats the rush. do the snorkel & pic-nic trip, excellent. dont miss marys out-house for lunch, great ribs & chicken. the beach was also very nice. all in all a lovely holiday.
A fabulous place
My wife and I just got back from 9 days at the aptly named Great House.
It was one of the finest vacations we've ever had, and we have travelled extensively in Europe, the U.S, and the Caribbean. The Great House is near a few other "big resorts", and should not be mistaken for, or compared to that kind of place. The Great House is on one of Anguilla's most lovely stretches of beach at Rendezvous Bay. It consists of about 30 individual, single story units-the farthest of which is no more than 100 meters from the powdery white sands, and lovely blue waters of the Caribbean. The staff was amazingly friendly and accomodating. The other guests ranged from couples to families, and included several Europeans from Paris and Milan. The on-site restaurant is an overlooked treasure for all 3 meals, yet most people think of it only for breakfast and lunch. We ate at many of Anguilla's better known venues, and came back one day from a trip to another island too late for a reservation at Blanchard's, which had been our favorite. We "settled" for dinner at the Great House, and found it to be one of the best dinners that we had in our 9 days in Anguilla. We used a Sunfish one afternoon, and found Vaughan, the Great House's water sports person, to be amazingly knowledgeable and friendly. Every single person on the Great House's staff was just plain nice and friendly, and seemed eager to go out of their way to make things right for us. The few people that we encountered who seemed to have anything unfavorable to say about the Great House were "not on island time", and probably would've found fault in anything. There were minor little problems, as there are anywhere when travelling, but I can't imagine anything being more to my liking on this island than the Great House. We're definitely going back.
A place of tranquility
My husband and I just returned from our 5th stay at the Great House, and our seventh trip to Anquilla. The location is ideal for walking, snorkeling and floating on our rafts. Not many restaurants are open in October as it is their time for refurbishing and getting ready for the season. It is a quiet time with many suggestions by the staff (Yes Elvis I mean you). The maids do a superb job cleaning especially with the fine white sand. To us it is simply paradise. We can't wait to go back and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. The restuarant is excellent and prices are within reason. The front desk is very friendly and accomadating and you can rent a vehicle on the property. We meet many Anguillians that were more than willing to tell us where to find conk shells, how to hire boats for a day of going to secluded beaches to snorkle or swim. The newest experience we loved was the adorable boutique and Smoothie shop by the round-a-bout- going to Sandy Ground.
The Smoothie's are delicious and I would highly recommend the Passion Kiss !!!. Ellen and Lynn were a wealth of information. Make sure you stop and try those tasty smoothies, I am sure they will be a big hit.
We definitely go in off season but we don't mind because our lives are crazy and confusing and we love the peace and quiet of this beautiful island. It is truly a spot in paradise and our hearts. Lynne and Jamie
Great beach - shame about the service
We chose this hotel/resort for our honeymoon, largely based on the good reviews we had seen for it on Tripadvisor. Unfortunately, we were on the whole, disappointed. We opted for a beach front apartment but on arriving we immediately regretted it. The room was small with a limited sea view, a balcony which doubled as a walkway and which had the air conditioning units right where you might wish to sit. We immediately complained and after significant pestering were moved the next day to an oceanview room. Although not on the beach this was much better. The staff and service at the resort were, at best, average, as was the food. The staff were generaelly unhelpful and unfriendly. Still - the beach was fantastic !!
We stayed at the Pineapple Beach Resort in Antigua. It's a picturesque resort with turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. The food at The Topaz was very good with lots of selection. We had booked a standard room but were very disappointed with it (very small, no bath, no view). We expressed our disappointment to the hotel staff and the next day, at no charge, they changed our room to an Ocean View room which was very nice. Every night there was entertainment such as calypso bands, fire eating/acrobatic show... We also took a few excursions and particularly liked the Bird Island tour which the hotel offers for US $25 a person (a half hour boat ride to the island with snorkeling and a BBQ). We saw a very large turtle and so many beautiful fish among the corals. All in all, we really liked our week trip at the Pineapple Beach Hotel.R. Winslade
nice rooms, nice food, nice staff, nice beach...
not nice taxi's.... rip off fares, no choice as u r stranded here, miles from anywhere... 60 usd return to english harbour/nelsons dockyard....40 pounds !! i needed to go and get my 'tot' of rum from the royal navy tot club..didn't tip... booked the same guy - boogie - to take us to the airport - he didn't show - do u know what sort of mess that can leave you in ? as for 'all-inclusive' - all this seems to mean is that they will be feeding the staff on the same food you get, and the drinks will be weak.
for those of you who go to abv in barbados, the pluses are, (1) very few hawkers on beach, (2) no shells/rocks/reef on the beach, you can just run in.
minuses, (1) the cabs are minivans, so after paying your fare for a cab, the driver will then hawk around for more passengers and you find yourself sitting with 8 other people, sardine-style, driving over very bad roads, and in dubious vehicles. (2) apart from visiting english harbour/nelsons dockyard (max 2 hours unless you have a sess) and a morning in st. johns (nice old church) there is nothing to do..stay on the resort... i WILL be coming here again, I am all barbadosed-out after 10 years...if u would like any specific info, pse email me further....cheers...smudge
My entire family went to Pineapple beach club a few years ago. THe place is amazing! From a beautiful location to great food, tennis, windsurfing, etc., we all really enjoyed it. One of the nicest parts of the place is that it is covered by an all included fee. So once we got there, we didn't have to take our wallets out everything we wanted a drink or a meal. That made the entire experience much more pleasant. Definitely recommend it!
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... beautiful homes and boats. We had been driven only through the Dutch side, so from the water we got to see a tiny bit of the French side.
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