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Post a safety review of the hotel you have stayed in.

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Post a safety review of the hotel you have stayed in.

hi

Thought it maybe a good idea if people posted a safty review from the hotel they have stayed in so others can read and feel more relaxed about going, or at least have a good idea before deciding on a hotel. Any saftey tips too!

kirsty x

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1. Re: Post a safety review of the hotel you have stayed in.

hi

i stayed at sandals in may of this year, every opening into the complex had sercurity. Even when you go out on to the beach and then come back on to sandals propety there was always a security person asking to see your room keycard... They are there 24 hours just stood at the fence between beach and complex and there is one every couple of meters. They are all very polite and profesional. the front of sandals has gates to get in and security there too

The casino was also guarded with a security box, there is 1 entrance for sandals guests and a front entrance for non sandals guests. on the way out you had to show your keycard to them.

We stayed in the med village and there was no way anyone could get into your room. beside the keycard to get in youy also have a safty catch on the inside which can only be unlocked from the inside.

iam quite a naive person and a little nervous of anywhere i dont know, however not once at sandals did i feel at risk or unsafe.

I feel i have to mention though that we did go into st.johns and strolled off the main shoppiing area by accident... (took a wrong turn!) they were some people sat outside their shops littrally telling you to go in and buy... i felt a little uneasy about that but they were not aggresive just very asertive and when no other tourists are in sight its not a cool feeling !!!

where ever you pick just check out safty in other peoples reveiws ( iam sure they will be alot coming up in the coming weeks) your going for a break so you want to relax and enjoy yourself and antigua is beutifull.

kirsty x

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2. Re: Post a safety review of the hotel you have stayed in.

Read my review of Siboney Beach Club and the recent questions regarding Antigua Village. In one word - security = none. Sandals, yes, plenty of security, in fact prison like.

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Jolly Beach Resort

Stayed here and our room was located closest to the beach which was great as you could hear the sea all night - not so great was the feeling that anyone could walk straight off the beach and our room was first port of call - there were security guards patrolling day and night but this is a large complex with a large beachfront area and they cant be everywhere at once. Also we came back to our room most days to find the patio doors closed but unlocked!

Didn't feel safe outside complex so didn't hire a car - got stuck at St John's coming back from Montserrat trip as our taxi failed to turn up - didn't feel safe or very welcome in the town and when 2 taxis started arguing about who would collect the fare each telling us to get in their cab we felt very intimidated. We've been to lots of caribbean islands and this is the only island we've felt unsafe on - I would honestly say that despite Antiguas beauty we wouldn't return

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We too stayed at Jolly Beach Resort and never once did we feel intimitaded ot afraid to go off the hotel grounds, it is a very big resort but they have a lot of security staff and at the main entrance a guard is on duty and if you don't have your band on they will question you about it, we often strolled into Jolly harbour in the day to go to the suoermarket there and of an evening to eat out there. we also hired a car and drove all round the island again not feeling threatened and went shopping into St Johns several times and also ate at Hemingways, i loved the shopping there and not just in the centre we strolled down all the other roads and even stumbled on a KFC. I can honestly say that all the locals we spoke to or came into contact with were all very friendly and not in the least bit imtimitading and we will definately be returning next year, i feel more threatened walking about at home.

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I felt very safe at Blue Waters but very isolated. When we did venture out I had an uneasy feeling but could'nt put my finger on it. I had booked to go again but to Cocobay as I thought this was a stunning area, unfortunately due to the recent events at the neighbouring resort I have cancelled. On the other hand I have changed to Barbados which will make this my fifth visit. Hopefully nothing so awful will happen between now and then because it really does put a downer on it for me. I am fully supportive of anyone who does not let this dreadful incident put them off going to this lovely island... They are better than me!

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Just returned form our trip to Antigua. We were there from July 17th till the 27th. We stayed at the Jolly Beach timeshare units. Plenty of security on all properties. Some more noticeable security walking around in Jolly Harbour this year and more gates located at the entrance of the roads to the villas. Felt safe the entire time. We walked the beach several nights and always saw several guards all over the property. This year all has walkie talkies-always checking with other guards when needed. We went into St.John's on a Friday-not as many crowds as on a Saturday. The vacations units all have locks on all doors and a dead bolt also on main door. The patio doors have a good lock on them,we tried to see how sturdy they were and they were all in good working order. We walked around ST. Johns and even shopped in the vendor area(like a Bahamas straw market) they were just like any other caribbean local market not overly aggressive-maybe we are used to the local vendors hawking their stuff-we were always saying no thanks and moved on, this always works best. Never rented a car as we dont feel confident in the driving on the oppsite side of the road. Will go back again , no matter where we go even in our own country we always take the same precautions. Parrothead82

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7. Re: Post a safety review of the hotel you have stayed in.

Many of these responses remind me so much of when we visited Kenya about 14 years ago!

There were armed guards on every entrance to the hotel, very scary to me at that time, and I'd travelled all over the world, first time I'd ever seen armed guards at hotels!

But then we heard horror stories of tourists being held ransom, or being conned or mugged. Kenya is a beautiful country, but there were then no tourist police, and I believe there still are not.,,,

For once in my life I felt afraid to go outside the hotel complex, so I have never returned.

I hope and pray the caribbean will not end up the same way.

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8. Re: Post a safety review of the hotel you have stayed in.

We stayed at the Catamaran Hotel in Falmouth Harbour, in Feb 05, in a beach front room and felt very safe. It is owned and run by a local family who also live on site and they have a night watchman outside the rooms every night. We hired a car and travelled all round the island and never once felt unsafe, a local man who had been on the same beach as us with his children, gave us a lift in his truck part of the way back to where we were staying, everyone was friendly and helpful. We went into St Johns in the day time but would not want to go in there at night. We often walked to most places or used the local bus when we did not have our hired car. If you are looking for a small friendly hotel would recommend this one.

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We stayed at Hawksbill Hotel and there was always a security guard(s) on at the entrance. There is only one way in and out by road so it felt pretty safe. Also the guards walk around the resort day & night. I never felt uneasy or that any body could just wonder in and often went for walks of an evening time aong the beaches. I would say though make sure your door is locked (deadlocked if poss) and make sure the louvre windowns are secure. Lock everything away in a safe

We used to live in Antigua and i would def go back but i would be a lot more observant and aware of people especially now i have a baby to take care of.

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10. Re: Post a safety review of the hotel you have stayed in.

Stayed at Cocobay last year. Don't remember if they had security guards or not but I certainly did not feel unsafe. We walked out of the resort, down the road to the main road, wandering down to other beaches and never felt unsafe. Hopefully the event at Coco's was an isolated incident and the perpetrator(s) will be caught and dealt with accordingly. I love the Caribbean, have been visiting for over 30 years on a yearly basis and can't imagine having that love taken away. I do hope that this makes the islands stand up and take notice and do something other than lip service.

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