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The Verandah Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint Philips
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

Just got back from 9 days at the Verandah. We were 2 adults and 3 teenage girls.
The resort is well laid out and we did not find it too big to get to anywhere by foot - in fact quite pleasant to stroll along the golf paths, especially at night when the tree frogs were chirping. Having said that hopping on a golf cart if one was passing was also fun.
We spent our time on the main water sports beach and also the main pool. Both were first class. The setting of both beaches is idyllic and very safe for little ones and larger ones who have had a cocktail or two. We did not find the stairs to the beach an issue in the slightest but it would be for the infirm. The water sports are all non-mechanised so no engine noise to contend with but if you dont want the sound of kids enjoying themselves then stick to the Rasta beach. Good variety of water sports from lounging on the "trampolines" to racing on the Hobies. We took pedaloes and snorkel gear out to the reef (about 800 yards) where the snorkelling is pretty good (swam with a large shoal of blue trevelly one day). A really good day out and close by was Stingray City (US$ 50 each) but watch out for love bites from the rays!
We also played tennis and mini-golf which were both high quality.
Our days began with the breakfast which was usual AI fare. Nothing to complain about here whatsoever and if anything the temptation to over-indulge means the pounds will soon rack up over the course of a week or two. We'd then try to stake out a plot with some shade on the beach or by the pool. The sun here is very potent and staying out of it at midday is sensible - we all got burnt at some stage even though we thought we were taking precautions (so pack lots of high factor sun cream). Once it got too fierce we would retire to either the beach bar (and grill) or the pool bar for cocktails before lunch. The bar staff are nothing short of fantastic and there is never a long wait even when there are a few people at the bar at the same time. The cocktails are great and it's a good chance to go through the card and experience a few you might not try at home (hic). Lunch was at the buffet or beach bar. The buffet was usually a bit gloomy at this time of day and we preferred the setting of the beach bar. Lunchtime food to be honest was pretty average but we didn't have any real complaints, mostly we were still pretty full from breakfast and only needed a snack anyway. We'd then get back to the beach or pool and enjoy the rest of the afternoon chilling and playing until the sun started to go and it was time to pack-up and head back to the villa. We would usually stop off at the pool bar on route where the last of the sun was (it leaves the beach beforehand) to get in one last cocktail (I must sound like an alky!).
We stayed in one of the 2 bed villas and it was very comfortable - even the pull out bed. Loads of good TV channels which makes a change although we weren't in the villa for much of the day. Good showers, kitchen which we didn't use (they are selling these units as timeshare which is why they have the kitchens) large dining table and chairs and outside seating on the verandah with semi sea views. From what we could see all the units had reasonable views but if you were using one of the standard units (not the 2 bedder) then a waterfront one would be where I would book. We were quite close to the adult pool where the kids would go for wi-fi so they could facebook the real world! Wi-fi also at the main pool bar.
We totally over-packed as the resort is pretty relaxed about dressing up for dinner (mind you we do have teenage girls). We used the buffet, buccaneers and the beach grill. Although nothing special, we did not have a bad meal, and often commented on how tasty some of the food was. It is not, however, a venue for someone expecting a gastronomic experience. The wine was surprisingly good though - both red and white (We stayed on the Chilean Cabernet and Sauvignon). After dinner we retired to the bar for even more drinks and the evening entertainment which ranged from good to average, mainly 1/2 singers with some synthesizer accompaniment or small band. Good place to mix with the other guests and maybe have a boogie. The "name that tune" night was good fun as well. Night usually rapped up by 11.30/12 and headed (stumbled) back to villa.

Room Tip: 2 bedroom villas are good for families of 5 as they have more space.
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

I'm gonna get straight to the point! I am a foodie! I love to eat good food...the food at this resort is terrible and I got food poisoning on the third day and spent the whole day in bed violently ill! Therefore, the rest of the trip I barely ate and found nothing appealing.
Service is "help yourself". Don't expect to get a drink by the pool, and get ready to walk up two flights of stairs to get yourself a drink at the beach! Also, don't plan on taking food to the beach or pool! All in all, I feel like a big dummy for not reading the bad reviews. My husband and I got into a fight almost everyday b/c we were so frustrated and disappointed with the food and service! We came home and read all the bad reviews and couldn't believe we wasted our time and money on the place! Please carefully read the bad reviews and don't get fooled just by the good ones like we did!

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16  Thank Airhostess2000
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EIR123, Public Relations Manager at The Verandah Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2012

Thankyou for your comments. It is most unfortunate you became ill whilst at the Verandah Resort and we trust you are now better. As we strive very hard to please all our customers, we are extremely sorry to hear that Verandah’s style of service did not meet with your expectations. In the quest for perfection we thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience with us.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My husband and I and our 2 teenage daughters (14, 16) stayed at the Verandah from March 20-April 6. We’ve been going to the Caribbean over Spring Break nearly every year for the past 13 years and always stay at a different place (some are AIs, some are not). We really, really enjoyed our stay at the Verandah. The property was absolutely beautiful and immaculately maintained. We requested a room in the middle of the property since it is very spread out and ended up at “Jamaica, #155” (all the villas are named for islands, trees, or fish). On all our previous vacations, we'd always get a garden view since we spend so little time in the room, but this time we opted for an ocean view and it was well worth it. The view from our balcony was simply breathtaking! When the sun was too hot in the middle of the day, it was nice to relax on the balcony and enjoy the view. Antigua was some of the most beautiful water (turquoise, aquamarine, cerulean) I have ever seen.

There was a good selection of water sports: kayaks, sailboats, windsurfers, a large floating ring to lay on, and standing boards (“paddles”). Our family liked that there were trees for partial shade as well as canopies on the beach. There was also abundant wildlife on property which we really enjoyed: adorable songbirds, small lizards, sand and water crabs (small), a number of fish to observe right from shore along the mangroves, and the most hummingbirds I’ve ever seen.

Staying where we did kept us close to the dining hall, the pool, and the beach. The only hike was to the mini golf (which was lots of fun), tennis, and the small beach with a pier where we like to watch and feed the fish (barracuda, colorful reef fish, snappers, and snook).

The food was good, but not great. (We are not picky eaters either). The buffet offered a fairly large selection, but the quality was hit-or-miss. We also missed the variety of fresh tropical fruits we usually see at most Caribbean resorts – there was only pineapple and melons; no papaya or mango or guava. We did eat at the Buccaneer Restaurant one time (NOTE: it is not open every day and you can only make a reservation one day in advance). The quality of food was definitely higher than at the buffet, and we were very pleased with our meal. Our family also enjoyed the unlimited tropical drinks, especially the virgin piña coladas (the best packaged mix we’ve tasted).

The entertainment was low key (a band every night), but we were so tired from the days’ activities, that we passed on that every night except our last. That night, a DJ came and played “Name That Tune” which my daughters, especially, really enjoyed. It was very lively and lots of fun.

One perk of staying at the Verandah is that you’re only a short walk to either Long Beach (very lovely beach, OK snorkeling, nice shops) or Devil’s Bridge (the bridge itself is not spectacular but there are great views from the cliffs).

Overall, I would highly recommend the Verandah. It is an all-inclusive with an intimate feel.

Room Tip: Rooms in the 150s to 160s (oceanview) and 250s (garden view) are on the top of the hill and close to...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank amiranten11
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

We spent four nights at this lovely resort which has two gorgeous beaches. The location really is stunning and a fifteen minute walk gets you to the Devil's Bridge which is really worth a visit with your camera.

The Resort
Eco-aware in approach with lots of beautiful hummingbirds, cute patrolling mongooses and fish to keep you entertained. The communal areas and pools are well thought out and staffed. There is free wifi around the pool and near Guest Relations. Too many ipads in view but that's the world we live in now! There is usually afternoon tea and also entertainment around this hub in the evening from about 8pm. There is a great mini golf and free shuttles to different parts of the resort, but frankly it's perfectly doable on foot. There are steps down to the main beach and it's a little hilly but nothing major.

Food & Drink
It's an all inclusive and they don't skimp on either. Really good with plenty choice.

Staff
Attentive and helpful without being OTT. Will suit Brits down to the ground.

Rooms
We stayed in a waterview villa which had a very pretty view. The waterfront ones are a lot higher than the water so probably not worth it unless you're super keen. The room was fine but a little tired in decor. We weren't there very much though during the day. The bed was comfy but the old fashioned blanket and sheet combo not ideal and the linens not that high quality. The room looked three star really so not up to the standard of the rest of the resort. The bathroom was okay too but the fixed showerhead soaked the floor everytime which was inconvenient. The bath screen is just not long enough. The towels were poor quality and this is also true of the beach towels (and somewhat basic sunloungers). There is no shower gel just soap. Bring your own! There is a decent 1500w hairdryer in the bathroom though affixed to the wall (again a bit old fashioned). Finally, there is a good tv with many channels, a safe and lots of storage space. And a great verandah!!

With a bit of clever updating this really could be fabulous rather than very good.

Frankly, with beaches like this on your doorstop and free activities you may not care or sweat the small stuff!

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2  Thank Elle M
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

We have just come back from the Verandah Resort where we got married. The whole holiday and wedding were just totally superb.
Our wedding co-ordinator Larissa was wonderful and made us feel special throughout the entire holiday. There were a number of places to get married on the resort from the most beautiful gazebos in the garden or over looking the turquiose waters and she took time to show us all of them. The wedding flowers and button hole were really pretty and you can have any colour you want to compliment your dress, and the cake was divine! We sent a few request before hand and everything was sorted when we arrived at the resort. We were kept fully informed of when we needed to do things such as legal paper work and picking up certificates. We choose to have a simple wedding but Larissa and the team helped make it a real celebration. We got married in the gazebo on the small beach with its breath taking views over the bay.

The resort itself was superb and the staff could not do enough for you and were always so friendly. The resort despite being full, never felt busy you could always get a sun lounger by the pool or beach. If you felt like somthing more energetic there was a superb gym, motorised water sports, tennis courts, pool, table tennis, ping pong, shuffle board, cinema, crazy golf. You could also borrow snorkle gear if you were going to a beach off the resort. We did not travel with our children however we were located opposite the kids club, the children were so well catered for with a wonderful play area and kids club,allowing parents to get a break. I would take the kids back to this resort. All of the familes we spoke to loved it.

The rooms were lovely and clean and had everything you could need. Including a full size fridge and microwave.

The food!! We put on pounds. It was 5 star. The main restaurant served a buffet with something for even the fussiest eaters. The evening meals were based on a different theme every evening such as BBQ, French etc. And there was always a kids corner of fish fingers, chips chicken nuggets, burgers etc if like mine, your kids are not into trying new food. Superb desserts mmmm. The a la carte restaurant we did not try but we did book Nicoles for our wedding meal. It was lovely and again we were made a fuss of by the staff. The lobster is wonderful. The menu was nice but the main restaurant still got my vote. There is also a beach bar which we did not try. The fruit smoothies were devine!

Guest services were superb if you needed anything. The tour desk was also located next to them and were really informative on what the tours included if you were looking for anything in particular.

The whole place is immaculate and nothing is too far away. However, if you find it hard to walk too far in the heat a golf cart service operates around the site. The kids loved this. There is a small shop on site.

If you do want to get out and about, by foot you can walk to the devils bridge which is about 10 mins away and worth going to see. Also Long beach is a 2 min walk and is stunning. Good snorkling on the right hand side of the beach. We hired a car for 2 days from Lion rental based at the resort. The Island is easy to get around and people are always willing to point you in the right direction if you are unsure. It is worth getting out and taking a trip to Nelsons dock yard and St John's and English Habour. You can also find some wonderful beaches, as the locals say when they get too hot they go to the beach. The roads are not straight and did worry a lot of Canadian and USA visitors, for us though no worse than the UK back roads. All of the trips you book with this or any hotel on the Island DO NOT INCLUDE the price of your taxi which is annoying. However they are worth it. And our highlight apart from the wedding, was Shirley Heights on either a Thu or Sun evening, we went in the rain and while we did not get to see a sunset we got some breath taking views with the super sounds of the steel band orchestra and reggie band who got everyone up and dancing all night. There is BBQ which is great value for money. The rum punch packs quite a kick!! There are a few stalls here with the ususal tourist stuff for sale. But buy the maraccas as the chap who sells them is fab and they are just great fun.

Top tips:
1) Take plenty of high factor sun cream it is expensive everywhere around $25 (US) and use it even on over cast days.
2) We took East Carribbean Dollars but all prices are given in US dollars and it was accepted everywhere.
3) Go and experience Shirley Heights evening and have at least one rum punch.

Would we go back to Antguia and this resort? Yes on every count!

Room Tip: If you are worrieed about being by the bar don't be, it closes at 11pm, even when it is open the...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Newliferhoose
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Address: Indian Town Rd, Saint Philips, Antigua
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Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Philip Parish > Saint Philips
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint Philips
Price Range: ₹ 19,123 - ₹ 69,860 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Verandah Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Verandah Resort & Spa is a world-class all-inclusive resort overlooking the crystal blue Caribbean waters of Antigua. Perfect for couples, friends, families, honeymoons, and weddings. Guests love the resort's friendly, romantic atmosphere, with lots of activities for adults, teens, and children--not to mention our Two White Sand Beaches!The Verandah's four restaurants, four bars, four swimming, including the largest freeform freshwater swimming pool in Antigua. Activities include hobie cat sailing, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, pedal boats, supervised Kids Club, 18-hole miniature golf course, and much more.Indulge at our Spa Tranquility, featuring a wide array of massage and beauty treatments, or enjoy a workout in our air-conditioned fitness center.We look forward to having you as our guest, and thank for your choosing The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua. ... more   less 
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