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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Verandah Hotel Saint Philip
- Verandah Resort And Spa
- Verandah Hotel St Johns
- Verandah Resort All Inclusive
- The Verandah Resort & Spa Antigua, Caribbean